Brightside Hospital is part of Southern Cross Hospitals' national network, and was the first private hospital in New Zealand to provide facilities for specialists who offer prostate brachytherapy.
Permanent Brachytherapy is a high-tech procedure and a most appropriate treatment option for many men with early prostate cancer. Introduced originally by Prostate Implants New Zealand, the treatment employs advanced techniques and technologies for prostate implants, and the specialists practising at the hospital have led the way in urological treatment in New Zealand.
Brachytherapy is typically recognised by health insurance companies, who fund it in a similar way to surgical treatments.
The advantages of brachytherapy include:
- Short hospital stay - usually overnight
- Minimally invasive procedure (not an operation)
- Early return to usual activities
- Few long term side effects