Brachytherapy is the practice of treating cancer by placing radioactive source(s) directly into the cancer tissue and delivering a precise dose of radiation, thus killing the cancer cells. Brachytherapy gives a high radiation dose while avoiding nearby normal tissue.
Brachytherapy is faster than radiation; can be completed in 1-5 days usually and then need about 2-3 days to recover.
Brachytherapy has been shown to be equally as effective as surgery in the treatment of many types of cancers.
Brachytherapy works by targeting the cancerous tumor from inside the body. The source of radiation is placed directly inside or next to the tumor. This approach reduces the risk of damage to nearby healthy tissues and organs and therefore also reduces the risk of side effects.
Brachytherapy can be used for cancers of:
- Gall bladder
- Some others