Concentrated radiation - quicker and closer to the cancer
If you or a loved one has cancer, your individual treatment plan may include brachytherapy. This radiation treatment is given inside the body, as close to the cancer as possible.
Brachytherapy targeted at the cancer - sparing normal cells
The radiation is delivered with radioactive isotopes (chemical elements) inside delivery devices such as wires, seeds or rods. These devices are called implants.
Brachytherapy allows for a higher total dose of radiation over a shorter period of time than does external beam therapy. The radiation dose is concentrated on the cancer cells and less damage is done to the normal cells near the cancerous growth.
What cancers are treated with brachytherapy?
Brachytherapy is often used in the treatment of cervical, uterine, vaginal, prostate or rectal cancer, as well as eye and certain head and neck cancers. However, the therapy may also used to treat many other cancers. Brachytherapy may be performed in combination with external beam therapy to help destroy the main mass of tumor cells for certain types of cancer.
Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center
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