Low Dose Rate Brachytherapy

Brachytherapy is an alternative form of radiation therapy used for the treatment of cancer. As opposed to external radiation therapy, brachytherapy lets patients receive a higher total dose of radiation in a shorter time, as it is placed directly inside the body as close to the cancerous cells as possible. The radioactive material used in this therapy is sealed in a wire or catheter or injected directly into the bloodstream.

Peachtree Radiation Oncology services has been performing low dose rate brachytherapy for more than 15 years. We perform live, intraoperative treatment planning using intraoperative ultrasound guidance, in a state-of the art cystoscopy suite with digital imaging capability. We are proud of our extensive quality assurance program, which includes timely post-implant dosimetry. Dr. Schwaibold has personally performed over 1,500 low dose rate brachytherapy procedures.

There are several different types of brachytherapy currently available, which offer patients varying radiation dosages and treatment lengths depending on the size and location of the tumor. For prostate cancer, we perform low dose rate brachytherapy, which is administered during a minimally-invasive, outpatient procedure.  

Seed implant procedures are performed in the operating room at Piedmont Hospital in a state-of-the-art cystoscopy OR. Real-time intraoperative ultrasound-based treatment planning is utilized to place small radioactive ‘seeds' into the prostate gland or immediately-surrounding area.

Once administered to the site of the tumor, the radioactive material delivers a steadily-decreasing dose of treatment over the course of weeks or months as the material in the seeds undergoes radioactive decay. Following the procedure, every patient returns to the Radiation Oncology department for a CT scan to assess the final position of the seed placement and to meet again with the radiation oncologist. A plan for follow-up care and continued monitoring will be determined at that time. Low dose rate brachytherapy is also commonly used for the treatment of gynecologic cancers.

Our physicians are highly experienced in treating all malignant and benign conditions for which radiation therapy is indicated. If you should have a question about whether or not a particular treatment is offered in our office, please feel free to contact our office by telephone.

 

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