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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
56 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 ?

No: Don't take testosterone. You are receiving therapy for your prostate cancer. The goal for prostate cancer therapy is to decrease your testosterone level. If you take testosterone, it is almost like pouring fuel to the fire- you are just going to feed the cancer cells. Talk to your md and ask for help. Keep active and exercise. Your md also has to rule out other causes of your problem above. ...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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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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Since having prostate brachytherapy I now have E D is Viagra (sildenafil) beneficial and is it covered by PBS ?

Since having prostate brachytherapy I now have E D is Viagra (sildenafil) beneficial and is it covered by PBS ?

Individualized: Every insurance program has multiple program/plans, each with its own formulary ("allowabe" medication panel). ED is a recognized risk/side-effect associated with any treatment for documented prostate cancer. Unfortunately, pRacticing MDs do not control/manage your insurance: it is up to the discretion of your insurer as to the degree of "coverage" re: your post-op situation. ...Read more

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Does brachytherapy prove effective for any kind of cancer other than prostate cancer?

Does brachytherapy prove effective for any kind of cancer other than prostate cancer?

"Brachy" is a: Greek root, meaning "short". The range of XRT is short, when the isotope is implanted, or applied through an opening. Cervix cancer is the prime use, but a subset of radiation oncologists are deeply interested, conceptually and technically, in delivering very high dose where the tumor is, and very little to adjacent tissues due to the short range. ...Read more

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My mom just underwent brachytherapy to treat her cervical cancer. Is there anything we can do to alleviate pain once the anesthesia wears off?

My mom just underwent brachytherapy to treat her cervical cancer. Is there anything we can do to alleviate pain once the anesthesia wears off?

Brachytherapy: Important: Did she have pain before the sleeve was put in? Reason if so, then her pain may be from something other than the brachytherapy such as the cancer itself. The sleeve should not in and of itself be causing pain unless there are issues with it. Her pain level should be the sameish after the procedure as before. If pain worsens after procedure other than slight discomfort get checked ...Read more

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What is the advantage of internal brachytherapy vs external radiation for prostate cancer? Seems as if everyone would prefer the external route.

What is the advantage of internal brachytherapy vs external radiation for prostate cancer? Seems as if everyone would prefer the external route.

Convenience: Historically, there used to be greater advantages. There are many fewer advantages today, since external beam radiation has advanced greatly. You can save time by having brachytherapy. The advantages used to be greater. Cyberknife treatment offers all the benefits of both: only five days, and none of the bruising pain and bleeding of seed placement. Good luck with your choice. ...Read more

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Can brachytherapy in the pelvic area cause menopause? I’ve heard it can and i’m having brachytherapy for bladder cancer. Will this cause menopause?

Can brachytherapy in the pelvic area cause menopause? I’ve heard it can and i’m having brachytherapy for bladder cancer. Will this cause menopause?

Yes: It all depends on how much radiation reaches the ovaries, and how close to menopause you are. With brachytherapy we can't really say with certainty that you will or will not go into menopause. You just have to try it to find out. ...Read more

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Is brachytherapy with iodine-125 an effective treatment for bladder cancer?

Is brachytherapy with iodine-125 an effective treatment for bladder cancer?

No: Brachytherapy is not a standard form of therapy for bladder cancer. The treatment options for bladder include radical surgery or chemotherapy with radiation. Brachytherapy is a very good option for select patients with prostate cancer. ...Read more

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Does brachytherapy for prostate cancer have the same side effects as beam radiation?

Does brachytherapy for prostate cancer have the same side effects as beam radiation?

No: Though both types of radiation are delivered to the prostate the brachytherapy has higher levels of radiation that cause more urinary symptoms than external beam. The external beam radiation has greater side effects on the rectum where as a properly performed brachytherapy procedure should have virtually no rectal symptoms. ...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