Brachytherapy, also known as internal radiotherapy is a kind of radiotherapy treatment. During the brachytherapy, a minor source of radiation is sited inside the patient’s body close to the area where treatment is needed.
Brachytherapy has different kinds of benefits for different kinds of medical conditions.Some of the most performed brachytherapy types are:
● Brachytherapy for cervical cancer
● Brachytherapy for breast cancer
● Brachytherapy for prostate cancer
● Brachytherapy for uterine cancer
● Brachytherapy for skin cancer
Brachytherapy can be the only treatment in one's treatment plan, or it can be performed with other kinds of treatment techniques such as chemotherapy, external radiotherapy, or cancer surgery.
Brachytherapy has several benefits which lack in other kinds of radiotherapy or cancer treatments. By performing the brachytherapy practice, doctors can treat only the area which is affected by cancer. Since the brachytherapy technique has fewer side effects than external radiotherapy, there is a shorter time between each radiation dose, which eventually leads to less time for surviving cancer cells to grow. Additionally, brachytherapy has benefits for many different types of cancer, and its success rate is comparable to cancer surgery or external radiotherapy.
For patients who are suffering from listed diseases, brachytherapy is recommended:
● Eye cancer
● Brain cancer
● Breast cancer
● Bile duct cancer
● Cervical cancer
● Endometrial cancer
● Head and neck cancer
● Lung cancer
● Esophageal cancer
● Pancreatic cancer
● Prostate cancer
● Skin cancer
● Rectal cancer
● Vaginal cancer
Brachytherapy procedure can be performed only, or it can be combined with other treatment techniques such as cancer surgery, radiotherapy, or chemotherapy.
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