What is brachytherapy?

Brachytherapy (“brachy”) is a method of administering radiation treatment.

In brachytherapy, radiation is not administered as a beam from the linear accelerator; instead very small radioactive “sources” are placed directly inside the body area to be treated, where they emit gamma rays.  This irradiates the tissue directly, eliminating the need to direct radiation through other parts of the body.

There are two kinds of brachytherapy commonly used for prostate cancer: “high dose rate” (HDR) or “temporary needle” brachytherapy; and “low dose rate” (LDR) or “permanent seed” brachytherapy.

These two forms of brachytherapy are quite different and are used on different groups of patients.

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