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What is Brachytherapy?
Brachytherapy or Internal Radiation Therapy is a type of radiation therapy used to treat various types of cancer. Radioactive materials (seeds) are placed near the cancer tissue which actively emits radiation which kills the cancer tissue and reduces cancer effectively. Brachytherapy can also be done to treat cancers affecting other internal organs like brain, eyes, breast, endometrium, etc. Depending upon the dose of radiation, Brachytherapy can be either Low-dose radiation therapy LDR or High dose radiation therapy (HDR).
What are the advantages of Brachytherapy?
Advantages of Brachytherapy are:
What are the indications of Brachytherapy?
Brachytherapy or Internal Radiation Therapy can be done for the following conditions:
Who can perform Brachytherapy [Right specialist type for Brachytherapy]?
Brachytherapy can be performed by:
What is the cost of Brachytherapy?
Cost of Brachytherapy depends on factors such as:
Minimum cost for Brachytherapy in Chennai starts from Rs.21,375
Average expenses for Brachytherapy in Chennai is approximately Rs.1,18,750
Maximum amount to be paid for Brachytherapy in Chennai rises up to Rs.2,12,800
Is Brachytherapy a major surgery or minor surgery?
Brachytherapy is considered a minor surgery yet serious care must be taken as the treatment involves the use of radioactive materials.
What are the risks and complications associated with Brachytherapy?
Few of the risks and complications of Brachytherapy are:
How long does it take to complete Brachytherapy?
Brachytherapy involves the insertion of radioactive materials into the tumor site (cancer site) which may take around 1-2 hours to complete.
What is the recovery time for Brachytherapy?
Insertion of radioactive materials at the tumor site would require 5-10 days to heal.
The patient is directed not to interact with children and pregnant women for at least 15 days as the patient can emit potentially damaging radiation.
What is the success rate of Brachytherapy?
The success rate of Brachytherapy depends on the following factors:
Is Brachytherapy permanent?
Depending on the type of cancer diagnosis brachytherapy can be either permanent or a temporary procedure where the radiation source can be removed after a few days or weeks.
What are the long-term results of Brachytherapy?
What are the options if Brachytherapy fails?
If Brachytherapy fails, the doctor may suggest alternatives like radiation therapy, immunotherapy, chemotherapy, etc.
What are the alternatives for Brachytherapy?
An Oncologist can choose other alternative treatment options for the treatment of cancers like: