Brachytherapy (Internal Radiation Therapy)

Brachytherapy treats cancer by placing tiny radioactive seeds inside the body, directly into or next to the target area. The technique has proven to be a powerful treatment option for many cancers of the prostate, cervix, endometrium, breast, skin, bronchus, esophagus, and head/neck, as well as soft-tissue sarcomas and several other types of cancer. There are two common techniques available to the physician when administering Brachytherapy: LDR and HDR.

LDR (Low Dose Rate) Brachytherapy

LDR uses sealed, low-strength radioactive seeds about the size of a grain of rice to deliver radiation to the target. These seeds are permanently implanted in the body. As the seeds emit radiation, they reduce in strength and in a few weeks no longer emit any measurable amounts of radiation.

HDR (High Dose Rate) Brachytherapy

HDR uses higher-strength radioactive sources (compared to LDR) to provide radiation to the target. As opposed to LDR, these sources are only implanted in the body temporarily.

Questions to Ask Your Doctor

This suggested list of recommended questions is only a guide and you will likely have other questions that you will want to ask your doctor.