What is brachytherapy?
Brachitherapy is a type of radiation therapy that uses radioactive sources placed inside or near a tumor to deliver radiation directly to the treatment area. Brachytherapy sources may be placed temporarily or permanently. If placed temporarily, the sources are removed after treatment, so there is no risk of radiation exposure to others.
How is brachytherapy performed?
Brachitherapy is performed by a team of experienced radiation oncologists, medical physicists, and radiation therapy nurses. The radiation oncologist evaluates the patient and determines the appropriate treatment plan. The medical physicist then performs detailed treatment calculations. The radiation therapy nurse provides the patient with information about the treatment and potential side effects, and assists with the procedure.
There are two main types of brachytherapy:
There are two main ways to deliver the radiation dose in brachytherapy:
What are the side effects of brachytherapy?
The side effects of brachytherapy vary depending on the type of cancer being treated and the specific brachytherapy procedure used. Common side effects include:
Are there any special precautions I need to take after brachytherapy?
The precautions you need to take after brachytherapy depend on the type of brachytherapy you received.
If you are considering brachytherapy, or if you have any questions or concerns about this type of treatment, contact us to get a second opinion.