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Brachytherapy and Implants

  • What is Brachytherapy and Implants?

    Brachytherapy (also known as internal radiation) involves placing a small radioactive source (pellet or seed) inside the body near the tumour. It allows higher doses of radiation to be given to specific areas of the body, and may cause fewer side effects than conventional radiation therapy. With brachytherapy, treatment time is usually shorter.

    The brachytherapy seeds may be placed inside a body cavity, like the vagina, or inserted into the tissues using hollow needles. They may be left in permanently or removed after some time.

  • Brachytherapy is used as treatment for many cancers, including:

    • Bile duct cancer
    • Breast cancer
    • Cervical cancer
    • Uterine cancer
    • Oesophageal cancer (food pipe)
    • Lung cancer
    • Eye cancer
    • Prostate cancer
    • Soft tissue cancer
    • Head and neck cancer

    It is effective for some who have prostate cancer or cervical cancer, and may be preferred for some women who have uterine cancer. Brachytherapy is recommended if there is the risk for tumour regrowth in the upper vagina after removal of the uterus.

  • Your goal of getting swift, accurate and effective treatment is our strength. Our skilled team of specialists and staff operate at Mount Elizabeth Orchard and Mount Elizabeth Novena – both award-winning hospitals with advanced technology and modern facilities. Take your first step towards better health today, and experience the high-quality, customised healthcare that has made us one of the leading medical institutions in Asia-Pacific.

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