Cancer And Other Conditions Can Be Treated With Brachytherapy
Brachytherapy can be administered in a number of ways, including through temporary implants, permanent implants, and intracavitary/interstitial techniques.
Temporary Implants: In temporary implants, thin, flexible tubes containing the radioactive source are inserted into the body. These tubes are then positioned near the tumor and left in place for a period of time, usually a few days. The tubes are then removed, and the patient is monitored for any side effects. This method is commonly used to treat prostate cancer.
Permanent Implants: In permanent implants, small, permanent seed-like sources of radiation are inserted into the body. These sources, which are usually made of palladium or iodine, are placed directly into the tumor or surrounding tissue. This method is commonly used to treat prostate, breast, and cervical cancer.
Intracavitary/Interstitial Techniques: In this technique, the radioactive source is inserted directly into the tumor or surrounding tissue using special applicators. This method is commonly used to treat cervical, endometrial, and ovarian cancer.
The treatment plan is tailored to the individual patient based on factors such as the type and stage of cancer, the location of the tumor, and the patient's overall health. The radiation oncologist will determine the appropriate type, dose, and duration of treatment, as well as the specific technique to be used.