What Is Brachytherapy?
- Multi-catheter internal radiation or interstitial needle-catheter brachytherapy. This uses radioactive seeds to deliver radiation directly to the cancer. The seeds are placed in very small tubes that are stitched into place under the skin, and which are left there for hours or days.
- Balloon internal radiation or MammoSite. A special tube with l balloon on one end is placed in the breast where the cancer is. During each treatment, a machine places a radioactive seed into the balloon for 5-10 minutes to deliver the radiation. Usually this requires 10 treatments given over 5 days.
- DCRT. This is an experimental approach. First, a special MRI or CAT scan of the breast is performed to determine location of the area to be treated and dose. The radiation is then delivered with a linear accelerator twice a day for a week.
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