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Dr. Chad Levitt
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Brachytherapy (Overview)

"short", so that the isotopes used have short range of active dose and rapid fall-off of the dose so as to not give the healthy tissues the highest damaging radiation, and the implanted tumor get very high dose, locally confined treatment.


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What is brachytherapy?

What is brachytherapy?

Short acting radiat: Brachytherapy (brachy = short acting) refers to a type of radiation where the radioactive sources are placed either directly in and around tissues or into cavities. This allows the radiation treatment to be given from inside out as opposed to with external beam radiation therapy which is given from outside in. It is most commonly used for prostate, gynecologic, and breast cancers. ...Read more

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Dr. Chad Levitt
54 doctors shared insights

Brachytherapy (Overview)

"short", so that the isotopes used have short range of active dose and rapid fall-off of the dose so as to not give the healthy tissues the highest damaging radiation, and the implanted tumor get very high dose, locally confined treatment.


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Do I have to get some blood tests before doing a brachytherapy?

Do I have to get some blood tests before doing a brachytherapy?

Simple blood test: Avery simple blood test- i.e. Cbc and pt/ptt most likely. ...Read more

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Can I have hormone replacment after brachytherapy for prostate cancer i get very tired and run down have triuble sleeping am very moody ?

Can I have hormone replacment after brachytherapy for prostate cancer i get very tired and run down have triuble sleeping am very moody ?

No...: If you mean replace testosterone, absolutely not a urologist won a nobel prize for proving that removing the testicles, eg: eliminating testosterone, delays progression of prostate cancer since one can never be sure last cancer celkl gone, don't take risk of giving testosterone! ...Read more

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What is brachytherapy?

Short acting radiat: Brachytherapy (brachy = short acting) refers to a type of radiation where the radioactive sources are placed either directly in and around tissues or into cavities. This allows the radiation treatment to be given from inside out as opposed to with external beam radiation therapy which is given from outside in. It is most commonly used for prostate, gynecologic, and breast cancers. ...Read more

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Why are certain men ineligible for brachytherapy?

Why are certain men ineligible for brachytherapy?

Depends: Depending on the extent and severity of disease, sometimes there are other more appropriate treatments. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: brachytherapy?

What is the definition or description of: brachytherapy?

Brachy means: "short", so that the isotopes used have short range of active dose and rapid fall-off of the dose so as to not give the healthy tissues the highest damaging radiation, and the implanted tumor get very high dose, locally confined treatment. ...Read more

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Help please! is brachytherapy good for a PC patient at the age of 82?

Help please! is brachytherapy good for a PC patient at the age of 82?

Possibly: It depends on many factors such as the stage, gleason score, urinary function, prostate size, and overall health. Many prostate cancers in 82 yo men may not need to be treated at all as they are may never cause any problems. Others are more aggressive and may be deserving of treatment in an otherwise healthy man. Brachytherapy can be a good option for these men. ...Read more

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Where is a brachytherapy usually done? At a hospital?

Where is a brachytherapy usually done? At a hospital?

Hospital: Brachytherapy is a form of radiation therapy to treat prostate cancer. It is a painful procedure and requires anesthesia. It also usually requires fluoroscopy (x-ray) which is available in the operating room. ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Grimm
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Implant Radiation (Definition)

Sources are placed into an internal organ, wither permanently or temporarily. Cervix cancer commonly has "endocavitary" brachytherapy implants as part of curative management. Certain prostate cancers can be treated with radioactive isotopes of iodine or palladium. The idea is surrounding healthy tissue ...Read more