Brachytherapy in the Chicago, IL Area
Brachytherapy, meaning short-distance therapy and also known as internal radiation therapy, is especially effective for treating cancers near tissues easily damaged by radiation, such as prostate cancer.
Offering different brachytherapy methods to beat your specific cancer.
There are a couple different types of brachytherapy: interstitial and intracavity.
Interstitial radiation involves placing high-dose “seeds” of radioactive material directly inside or next to the target tumor using small catheters. The seeds remain in place for the duration of the treatment, fighting your cancer through constant radiation emission. At the end of your treatment, we remove the seeds.
In intercavity radiation, we’ll place a container of radioactive material into a cavity in the body, such as the chest, rectum, uterus or vagina. Similar to interstitial therapy, we remove the radiation source from the cavity at the end of the treatment.
In both cases, we often use imaging technology, such as X-rays, CT scans or ultrasounds, to properly place the radioactive material. Compared to standard external-beam radiation therapy, high-dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy allows us to fight your cancer with much higher doses of radiation per session. However, some cancers make require a lower dose approach, which involves leaving the radioactive material in place for a longer period of time (often about a week). Your team of radiation experts will determine what’s best for your specific cancer.
Our team of experts provides first-rate brachytherapy.
As with all of our advanced radiation therapies, your team will include a medical physicist, licensed dosimetrist and a board-certified radiation oncologist. Our experts work together to calculate, administer and monitor your radiation therapy. Their goal is to fight your cancer as aggressively as possible while taking your health and personal considerations into account.
For more information on brachytherapyin Tinley Park, Homewood, or Palos Heights, Illinois, or to schedule an appointment, call 708-928-5040.You can also request an appointment using the easy online form on this page.