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Brachytherapy Techniques

BRCP - Radiation Oncology offers high-dose brachytherapy for several types of cancer and interstitial implants for prostate cancer.

 

  • High-dose rate (HDR) implants. In this type of brachytherapy, the radiation source is in place for 10 to 20 minutes at a time and then taken out. You will likely have treatment once a week for two to five weeks, however the schedule will depend on your type of cancer.  During the course of treatment, your applicator will be put in place before each treatment and removed at the conclusion of the treatment.

  

  • Permanent interstitial implants. After the radiation sources are in place, the implants will always stay in your body.  The radiation gets weaker each day. You may need to limit your time around other people when the radiation is first put in place. Be extra careful not to spend time with children or pregnant women. As time goes by, almost all the radiation will dissipate, even though the implant stays in your body.