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High-Dose Rate Brachytherapy

Brachytherapy is when a protected radiation source is placed directly within or near the site of the tumor. It is also sometimes referred to as internal radiation therapy.


How does it work?

High-Dose Rate (HDR) Brachytherapy involves placing a protected source of high energy radiation directly within the tumor. Then radioactive material such as plaques, needles, tubes, wires, or small "seeds" made of radio-nuclides are placed over the surface of the tumor, implanted within the tumor, or placed within a body cavity surrounded by the tumor.
Low-Dose Rate (LDR) Brachytherapy on the other hand, places radioactive materials inside the body for extended periods of time.

HDR brachytherapy is usually performed as a short series of outpatient procedures. The high energy radiation used (usually Iridium-192) means that doctors can deliver equivalent doses of radiation in just a few minutes by inserting and then removing the radioactive beads.


Who Can Receive HDR Brachytherapy

Ceylinco Radiation Treatment Unit offers HDR brachytherapy to gynecological cancer patients, and in clinical trials of MammoSite brachytherapy to breast cancer patients. In addition, patients with head and neck cancer, pulmonary cancer, and other local regional tumors can be considered for HDR brachytherapy on an individual basis.


Benefits of HDR Brachytherapy

  • Allows highly localized doses of radiation to be delivered to the tumor quickly
  • Minimal or no radiation exposure to your family or hospital staff
  • More convenient as treatment is performed on an out-patient basis
  • Cost-effective compared to LDR brachytherapy, which usually requires a hospital stay.
  • Eliminates risk of deep vein thrombosis, otherwise, exposed to in LDR brachytherapy
  • Treatment planning system permits doctors to control precisely, the amount of radiation delivered to the region, and to limit the amount of radiation that reaches nearby healthy tissue.