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Brachytherapy Treatment

Your doctor may decide that your cancer should be treated with a very high dose of radiation delivered internally to a very small area. This is known as brachytherapy.

Patients who undergo brachytherapy do not go through simulation or undergo external beam radiation.

In brachytherapy, radioactive material is placed directly into cancerous tissue. The procedure is done in the hospital. The implants, often called seeds or capsules, are sealed in thin wires or catheters and inserted into your body while you are under a mild anesthesia.

How long the implant stays in the body depends on your cancer, dose of radiation, general health and other treatments you may have had. Temporary implants with low doses of radiation may be removed after a few days. High-dose radiation may be removed after a few minutes. Permanent implants lose their intensity over time and are safe once you return home.

Your doctor and nurse will discuss any special precautions you may need to take if brachytherapy is selected for you