Are you familiar with the term brachytherapy? It is internal radiation therapy, or close-up therapy. The remarkable thing about this technology is that is delivers radiation treatment right at the site of the cancerous cells.
The procedure works this way. Radioactive seeds are inserted into body tissue or into a body cavity. The radiation dose is most concentrated right at the tumor and has less effect on surrounding body parts. For women, this treatment can be used for breast cancer as well as gynecological cancers.
If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer, Mammosite is a brachytherapy treatment that targets the cancer cells and limits the radiation exposure to healthy tissue. The radioactive material will be delivered inside your breast tissue with the use of a catheter. At Aventura Hospital and Medical Center, this treatment can be completed in just 5 days, as opposed to 5 to 7 weeks for traditional treatment.
If you have been diagnosed with endometrial or cervical cancer, brachytherapy can be used in a highly focused way. Depending on which condition you have, your doctor will use a cylinder or a ring to deliver radiation directly to the cancerous cells.
Brachytherapy is a much faster treatment for cancer, and it is less invasive than many other treatments are. Compared to other cancer procedures, it produces fewer side effects and is very precise, which means the rest of your body will receive minimal radiation exposure.
Brachytherapy may also be used in conjunction with other treatments, such as chemotherapy and surgery.
Aventura Hospital and Medical Center remains committed to providing the latest in cancer treatments. To learn more about brachytherapy and other treatment options, visit the Aventura Comprehensive Cancer Center online. Or, if you need a physician referral, call Consult-A-Nurse® 24 hours a day at 1-888-256-7692.
Procedures (Aventura Comprehensive Cancer Center)
What Is Brachytherapy? (American Brachytherapy Society)