Brachytherapy is a treatment option for some prostate, lung, cervical, head and neck cancer patients. During the procedure, tiny radioactive seeds are implanted directly into tumors and deliver a highly concentrated dose of radiation to the cancerous area. Surrounding healthy tissues are spared radiation exposure.
The procedure is available at Holston Valley Medical Center and Bristol Regional Medical Center.
You can read more about brachytherapy, also called internal radiation therapy, below.
American Cancer Society http://www.cancer.org
National Cancer Institute http://www.cancer.gov
Canadian Cancer Society http://www.cancer.ca
Cancer Care Ontario http://www.cancercare.on.ca
Radiation. Oncolink, University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center website. Available at:
http://www.oncolink.org/treatment/treatment.cfm?c=5. Accessed February 24, 2015.
Radiation therapy for cancer. National Cancer Institute website. Available at:
http://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/treatment/types/radiation-therapy/radiation-fact-sheet. Accessed February 24, 2015.
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