HDR brachytherapy

Also known as: High-dose-rate brachytherapy
High-dose-rate (HDR) brachytherapy involves the remote placement of a tiny, very highly radioactive source, which is housed in a lead lined device called a high-dose-rate remote afterloader. During the treatment, the computer-controlled afterloader delivers the radiation source to the tumor through a tube called a catheter that has been placed in the appropriate positions within the body. It is usually given in multiple doses once or twice per day or once or twice per week from ten to 30 minutes per treatment. With HDR brachytherapy, the radiation oncologist controls where the source is placed and for how long which makes it possible to conform the doses precisely to the tumor. The radioactive sources are placed temporarily inside the body and are removed after the right amount of radiation has been delivered. You may be able to go home shortly after the procedure.

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