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Brachytherapy and Implants

  • What is Brachytherapy and Implants?

    Brachytherapy, also known as internal radiation, involves placing a small radioactive source (pellet or seed) inside the body near the tumour. It allows higher doses of radiation to be given to specific areas of the body, and may cause fewer side effects than conventional radiation therapy. The treatment time is usually shorter as well.

    The brachytherapy seeds may be placed inside a body cavity such as the vagina, or inserted into the tissues using hollow needles. They may be left in permanently or removed after some time.

  • Brachytherapy is used as treatment for many cancers, including:

    • Bile duct cancer
    • Breast cancer
    • Cervical cancer
    • Uterine cancer
    • Oesophageal cancer (cancer of the food pipe)
    • Lung cancer
    • Eye cancer
    • Prostate cancer
    • Soft tissue cancer
    • Head and neck cancer

    Brachytherapy is effective for some who have prostate cancer or cervical cancer, and may be preferred for some women who have uterine cancer. It is recommended if the patient is at risk for tumour regrowth in the upper vagina after removal of the uterus.

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