Treatment Modalities: Brachytherapy Treatment

Brachytherapy Treatment

Among our specialized treatments are new methods for delivering radiation deep inside the body (Brachytherapy).  The precise dosage and location of radiation is automatically delivered through an applicator, which is positioned inside the body, in close proximity to the tumor.  Brachytherapy treatment can be given in different ways.

High Dose Rate Brachytherapy

A device or catheters will be implanted into or close to the tumor.  The radioactive source is then placed inside a catheter for a short duration of time.  The amount of time that the source stays inside the patient is depends on how much of a dosage needs to be delivered.  Typically, each treatment takes between 5 and 25 minutes and can be administered as either an outpatient or inpatient procedure.  This treatment method can be used for a variety of different cancers, including lung, esophageal, gynecological, prostate and sarcoma.  We have had many successful outcomes using this procedure on previously treated recurrent cancers.