We are excited to announce the expansion of Western Radiation Oncology to the Southern California region with the opening of our new clinic in Palm Desert. Our medical practice has a focus on prostate cancer treatment, and we are bringing targeted prostate brachytherapy to the Coachella Valley region. 

Brachytherapy, also known as seed implantation, is a type of radiation treatment that involves the placement of small radioactive seeds directly into the prostate gland. These seeds give off a low level of radiation over a period of time, targeting the cancerous cells and shrinking the tumor.

One of the benefits of brachytherapy is that it is minimally invasive and can be performed on an outpatient basis. This means that you can return home the same day as your treatment and resume your normal activities within a few days.

Real-time intraoperatively planned prostate brachytherapy has been shown to be highly effective in the management of prostate cancer and has fewer side effects compared to traditional radiation therapy. Furthermore, the use of prostate brachytherapy in combination with external beam radiation therapy for patients with high risk prostate cancer has been shown to achieve higher cure rates than external beam radiation therapy alone.

Our Southern California Urology Partners

Our team is partnering with Dr. Pedram Ilbeigi, a board-certified urologist and medical director of Valley Urology Medical Group in Southern California. Dr. Ilbeigi and his team of eight urologists practice across six locations and have teamed up with HALO diagnostics to build a fully integrated, multi-disciplinary, high quality prostate cancer treatment program to the Coachella Valley and beyond.

Meet the Physicians:

Leading the expansion of Western Radiation Oncology to the Coachella Valley are experienced physicians Dr. Ankit Agarwal and Dr. Steve Kurtzman. Both physicians have a wealth of experience in the field of radiation oncology and have a strong track record of success in treating prostate cancer. The team at Western Radiation Oncology are the highest volume prostate brachytherapists in the world. 

What is Targeted Prostate Brachytherapy?

Targeted prostate brachytherapy, also known as low-dose rate brachytherapy, is a form of radiation therapy that delivers a high dose of radiation directly to the prostate gland. This targeted approach allows for a more precise delivery of radiation, which minimizes the risk of side effects and maximizes the effectiveness of the treatment.

Benefits of Targeted Prostate Brachytherapy:

There are several benefits to targeted prostate brachytherapy as a treatment option for prostate cancer. Some of the main benefits include:

  • High effectiveness: Targeted prostate brachytherapy has been shown to be highly effective in the treatment of prostate cancer, with cure rates of up to 95%.
  • Fewer side effects: Traditional radiation therapy can cause side effects such as fatigue, diarrhea, and long term urinary side effects. However, targeted prostate brachytherapy, when done by experienced brachytherapists, can deliver fewer long term side effects, which can be a major advantage for patients.
  • Shorter treatment course: Targeted prostate brachytherapy typically involves a shorter treatment course compared to traditional radiation therapy. This can be more convenient for patients and can also reduce the overall cost of treatment.


We are thrilled to be bringing targeted prostate brachytherapy to Southern California with our new location in Palm Desert. 

At Western Radiation Oncology, our team of experienced medical professionals is dedicated to providing the highest quality care to our patients. We use state-of-the-art technology and techniques to ensure that our patients receive the most effective treatment possible. 

If you are considering brachytherapy for the treatment of prostate cancer, we encourage you to contact our office to schedule a consultation. Our team will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that meets your needs and goals. 

We are committed to helping our patients through every step of the treatment process and beyond, offering support and resources to ensure that they have the best possible outcome. 

If you’re in Southern California and would like to consult with one Western Radiation Oncology’s physicians, please contact us here.