What is Brachytherapy?
Brachytherapy is a medical procedure that involves placing radioactive material inside your body. It is a type of radiation therapy used to treat cancer and is sometimes called internal radiation.
Compared to the traditional form of radiation therapy (external beam radiation) that projects radiation from a machine outside your body, brachytherapy allows doctors to deliver higher amounts of radiation to more specific areas of the body.
Brachytherapy can produce fewer side effects than external beam radiation, and the overall treatment time is usually lesser.
Why It is done?
The treatment of the following cancer types are usually performed using this approach.
- Brain cancer
- Bile duct cancer
- Cervical cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Breast disease
- Eye cancer
- Lung cancer
- Endometrial cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Head and neck cancer
- Rectal cancer
- Soft tissue cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Skin cancer
- Vaginal cancer
Brachytherapy is typically performed alone or in combination with some other cancer treatments. It is sometimes done after surgery to kill the remaining cancer cells. It may also be performed by external radiation therapy.
What makes the Technology so Special?
With 0.5mm source position accuracy and intuitive user interface, the technology at the Cancer Solutions provides an optimized treatment delivery process. The latest technology of brachytherapy reduces workflow complexity and ensures patient safety. The reference ‘zero’ is located at the applicant’s entrance for easy use. The radiologist can start counting early – no need to measure the tip.
What are the Benefits?
- Radiation protection
- Short treatment time
- Reduces the risks of infection
- Minimal risk of side effects
- Short recovery time
- Lesser number of hospital visits.
What are the Risks?
- Radiobiological disadvantages
- Side effects are specific to the field of treatment
- Tenderness and swelling for some time