Brachytherapy - Intracavity & Interstitial
There are different types of brachytherapy. Intracavity brachytherapy involves placing the radioactive seeds inside a natural body cavity, such as the windpipe, vagina, or rectum. Interstitial brachytherapy involves surgically implanting the radioactive seeds into or near a cancer tumor, such as in the prostate. Brachytherapy can be delivered in high dose rates (HDR) or low dose rates (LDR). HDR brachytherapy is delivered for several minutes and then withdrawn. LDR brachytherapy remains in the body longer.
Brachytherapy is usually well tolerated. Most people do not experience discomfort during or after their treatments. Your doctor will let you know specifically what to expect and inform you of any precautions.
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