High-Dose Rate (HDR) Brachytherapy is a type of internal radiation therapy used to treat breast cancer, prostate cancer and various other cancers. Brachytherapy is used to eliminate cancer cells with a high degree of precision by destroying the cells internally, completely within the body. Gamma West is one of the largest Brachytherapy clinics in the U.S. and every one of our radiation oncologists is certified with the American Board of Radiology. Our radiation oncologists have collectively performed tens of thousands of Brachytherapy procedures, meaning your team of experts is focused on you achieving the most successful clinical outcome possible.
Brachytherapy is a type of cancer treatment that involves the temporary placement of radiation directly inside the body, in or near the tumor, for a short period of time and is then withdrawn. Radiation is placed inside slim applicators and delivered specifically to the tumor in a short burst, lasting only a few minutes. These applicators are then removed after the treatment is administered.
Treatment for Breast Cancer
Brachytherapy to treat breast cancer is typically delivered after surgery. Brachytherapy treatment involves placing a slim applicator containing radiation directly into the breast tissue for a short time in the area where the cancer has been removed.
Treatment for Prostate Cancer
This Brachytherapy treatment involves placing a slim applicator directly into the prostate gland to eliminate cancer cells while also preserving surrounding healthy tissue. Treatment can also include a wider area around the prostate, so early spread beyond the gland capsule can also be targeted, if necessary.