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Overview of

Gold Fiducial Marker Placement

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Fiducial marker placement is an image-guided procedure often performed by an interventional radiologist in preparation for certain types of radiation therapy, such as stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) and stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT), or proton therapy. They are commonly used in patients who suffer from prostate cancer. Fiducial markers are small metal (typically gold) spheres, coils or cylinders about the size of a grain of rice that are placed in or near a tumor to help guide the placement of radiation beams during treatment.

Goals of

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Fiducial marker placement uses imaging guidance to place small metal objects called fiducial markers in or near a tumor in preparation for radiation therapy. The markers help pinpoint the tumor's location with greater accuracy and allow the treatment team to deliver the maximum radiation dose to the tumor while sparing healthy tissue.

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Pros and cons of

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Pros

-The use of fiducial markers helps pinpoint the location of a tumor with greater accuracy, enabling a treatment team to deliver the maximum dosage of radiation to the tumor while minimizing the dose delivered to nearby healthy tissue.  

Cons

-Fiducial markers may move away from where they were originally implanted. There must be sufficient time between the implantation of markers and treatment in order for the markers to stabilize.

How it works:

Gold Fiducial Marker Placement

First, your healthcare provider will gently insert a probe into your rectum. They will apply an anesthetic (numbing) lubricant on it to help it slide in more easily. They may also give you an injection of a local anesthetic to numb the area around your prostate.  The probe uses ultrasound to provide images of your prostate. A thin needle will be used to insert 3 gold fiducial markers into 2 separate areas of your prostate. Your healthcare provider will use the ultrasound to help them guide the needle.  This procedure takes about 15 minutes. Before you are discharged from the clinic, your healthcare provider will tell you how to care for yourself at home.

Preparation before

Gold Fiducial Marker Placement

Pre - treatment

Before your procedure, you will discuss with your doctors about the following:   -Medications that you may take to thin your blood (anticoagulants). -Your use of steroids if any (such as prednisone). - Whether you take any other medications, including herbal or dietary supplements or natural or home remedies. -Your antibiotics history in the past 3 months.

Recovery of

Gold Fiducial Marker Placement

Post - treatment

Nurses will be assessing the patient before transferring to recovery room for observation. Patients will be receiving the information about what could be expected such as excessive perineum bleeding which the patient must see the doctor. Patient can go home when the condition is stable and no unusual symptoms shown.  It’s normal to have some soreness after your procedure, but most people don’t have pain. If you feel sore, your doctor will prescribe you some medication. If these do not help, please call your doctor’s office.

Risks & side effects

-Fiducial markers placed in the lung may result in a complication called pneumothorax or collapsed lung, in which air becomes trapped in the space between the lung and the chest wall. This condition may require the insertion of a chest tube to remove the air pocket and re-expand the lung.  -Any procedure where the skin is penetrated carries a risk of infection. The chance of infection requiring antibiotic treatment appears to be less than one in 1,000.  - There is also a risk for bleeding in the caused by the procedure

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What are my restrictions in activity after the procedure?

-Don’t engage in any sexual activity for 3 days after your procedure.  -For the next 5 days after your procedure, don’t do any sports, work out in a gym, ride a bicycle, or lift any objects heavier than 10 pounds (4.5 kilograms).

What is the likelihood of success?

The procedure is performed accurately under the ultrasound machine to provide your doctor with a the precise location for your radiotherapy

What's normal to see after I complete the procedure?

You might see blood in your bowel movements. You might also have a small amount of bleeding from your rectum. These can happen right after your procedure or for the next few days when you have a bowel movement. You might see blood in your urine for 7 to 14 days after your procedure. This bleeding might come and go. Your semen might look rust-colored for up to 12 weeks after your procedure. This is because small amounts of blood might be in it.

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