Brachytherapy, also called Internal Radiation Therapy, involves placing a sealed radioactive material inside or next to specific areas of the body requiring treatment. It is regarded as the most effective treatment for cervical, prostate, breast and skin cancers. Because cancer often affects organs and other essential structures, it is important for radiation treatment to be tightly focused on tumors to minimize serious side effects. This technique ensures the maximum radiation dose is given to cancerous tissues, while minimizing exposure to the surrounding healthy tissue.
Advantages of Brachytherapy
Brachytherapy may cause fewer side effects than does external beam radiation, and the overall treatment time is usually shorter with brachytherapy.
Minimally-invasive procedure with no incisions/ stitches. Minimal or no post-operative pain.
Convenient outpatient procedure with no hospital stay. Can return to normal activity within a day.
Minimal blood loss when compared to a surgery.
Cost-effective when compared to many weeks of external beam radiation.
Spares adjacent organs and tissues by delivering radiation dose over a short period of time
directly to the specific area.
Brachytherapy is used to treat several types of cancer, including:
Brachytherapy can be used alone or in conjunction with other cancer treatments. For instance, brachytherapy is sometimes used after surgery to destroy any cancer cells that may remain. Brachytherapy can also be used along with external beam radiation.
Precision Cancer Care at American Oncology Institute
Treatment options may consist of surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or any combination of these treatments depending on the stage of the cancer. In recent years, cancer treatment and therapies have progressed significantly. Countless patients have been cured, while others’ lives have been extended far longer than possible with these advanced treatment options.
American Oncology Institute provides comprehensive cancer management powered by a multi-disciplinary team, clinical excellence, world class technology as well as international protocols. AOI stands at the forefront of treatment excellence offering precision cancer care for all types of cancers for all age groups and genders.