Brachytherapy is a technique used to place radiation materials inside or next to the organ affected by cancer or in the tumor itself. This therapy allows your physician to provide an appropriate dose of radiation maximally focused on the tumor, limiting the amount of radiation to the surrounding healthy tissues. We use brachytherapy to treat a myriad of gynecologic cancers, as well as prostate cancer, ocular tumors and more.
UK Radiation Oncology offers two types of brachytherapy:
- Intracavitary—The radiation materials are placed inside or next to body cavities affected by the cancer (e.g., uterus, vagina, cervix).
- Interstitial—The radiation materials are placed directly into the tumor via “seed implants.”