About Brachytherapy

Brachytherapy is a type of internal radiation that delivers high doses of radiation directly to tumors by way of a radioactive implant. It allows your doctor to focus radiation where it needs to go without hurting healthy tissue. In this way, it is able to reduce side effects.
 

How It Works

In brachytherapy, a radioactive substance called a "seed" is inserted via needle directly into or near the tumor. Your doctor will use imaging equipment to help him place the implant precisely where it can deliver the highest dose without harming healthy tissue. The implantation process only takes a few minutes. Depending on your needs, the implant typically will stay in place.  

 

Side Effects

Generally, patients experience few or no side effects from radiation therapy. Fatigue is the side effect most often reported, it is usually not very severe. Most patients can often continue all or some of their normal daily activities with a reduced schedule. Many patients continue to work full time during radiation therapy.
 
If you experience side effects, they will usually begin by the second or third week of treatment, and may last for several weeks after the final treatment. In rare instances, serious side effects can develop after radiation therapy is finished. Talk with members of your radiation oncology team about any side effects you’re having. They can give you information about how to manage them and may prescribe medicines that can help provide relief.