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Brachytherapy

Radiation therapy typically is delivered as high-energy beams that are aimed directly at a patient’s tumor. This is known as external beam radiation.

Brachytherapy (Internal Radiotherapy) is different. It delivers radiation therapy with small pieces of radioactive material (usually about the size of a grain of rice) that are placed inside the patient’s body as close to the tumor as possible. This allows doctors to deliver very high doses of radiation directly to the patient’s tumor while limiting radiation exposure to healthy tissue.

Brachytherapy is used to treat several different diseases, including breast cancer, gynecologic cancers and prostate cancer.

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