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What is Brachytherapy?
Brachytherapy is an advanced cancer treatment. It is a form of internal radiation treatment where radioactive sources are placed on or into a tumor. It is derived from the Greek word “brachy” meaning “short”, thus impying radiation is delivered from a short distance relative to the tumor.
In a brachytherapy procedure, radioactive seeds or cathethers are placed in or near the tumor itself, giving a high radiation dose to the tumor which allows for a reduction in the radiation exposure in the surrounding healthy tissues. Brachytherapy radiation therapy is thus localized, extreamely precise and very advanced.
There are two kinds of brachytherapy. The radiation sources may be inserted either permanently or temporarily. The two most common forms of treatment are low dose rate (LDR) permanent seeds for prostate cancer and high dose rate (HDR) temporary brachytherapy.
Brachytherapy with East Bay Cancer Physicians
Brachytherapy can be done on many types of cancers. Some of the tumors our experts treat with brachytherapy are:
Gynecologic cancers (Endometrial Cancer, Cervical Cancer and Vaginal Cancer)
Head and Neck cancers