brachytherapy
Brachytherapy
Introduction

Brachytherapy (internal radiotherapy) is a type of radiotherapy used to treat cancer. In this method, the radioactive source of radiation is placed either very close to the tumor or within the tumor itself to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors.

Procedures

Intracavitary and interstitial brachytherapy is usually done in an operation theatre and under anaesthesia. Intracavitary & surface mould brachytherapy can be done as an outpatient.

Indications

Cancer of:

  • Head and Neck
  • Eye
  • Oesophagus (Intraluminal brachytherapy)
  • Skin(Surface mould brachytherapy)
  • Breast
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Advantages
  • Short treatment duration: only 5 days treatment. Patient has to be inpatient in the hospital and procedure is done under anaesthesia.
  • Fewer side effects.
  • Faster recovery
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