High Dose Rate (HDR) Brachytherapy for Effective Cancer Treatment
What is Brachytherapy?
Brachytherapy is a type of radiotherapy treatment. It uses a radioactive source, which is placed close to a tumor. The machine that gives the treatment is called a Flexitron.
Brachytherapy delivers higher doses of radiation to more specific sites in the body which allows for quicker treatment times and possibly fewer side effects.
What is High Dose Rate Brachytherapy (HDR)?
In HDR, applicators are placed in or adjacent to the cancer tissue after which a computer driven apparatus, called a remote afterloading device, pushes the radiation source through the catheters to the tumor site.
The source remains in place for a predetermined amount of time. When the desired dose has been achieved, the remote afterloading device withdraws the radioactive source.