Planning software and imaging provide an accurate picture of the tumor size, location and its relation to other surrounding organs. This translates into a 3D ‘virtual patient’, which facilitates the delivery of a highly targeted and individualized radiation doses directly to the target tumor.
The radiation dose and distribution of the radiation is calculated to exactly match the size and shape of the tumor. This ensures that the whole of the tumor receives the correct radiation dose, while also preventing unnecessary radiation to surrounding tissues. The physics of brachytherapy depends on the ‘inverse square law’; this states that around a source of radiation, the dose ‘falls off’ at the square of the distance. Consequently, tissues around the tumor receive a much lower dose than anticipated by other radiation methods.
Brachytherapy cancer cure rates are comparable to surgery and EBRT when used as monotherapy. For advanced tumors, combination treatment of brachytherapy with surgery or EBRT can improve efficacy over surgery or EBRT alone, with an associated reduction in toxicity.1-6
Minimized risk of side effects
Surrounding healthy tissue is spared from unnecessary radiation,7 resulting in fewer adverse events than alternatives such as EBRT and surgery, benefiting patients post treatment.8,9
Short treatment times
A course of therapy can be completed in less time than other radiotherapy techniques, typically 1 to 5 days with minimal recovery times of 2 to 5 days. Brachytherapy is more time efficient and patient friendly, allowing patients to get back to their everyday life sooner.10,11
Ease of use
State-of-the-art technologies for treatment planning, imaging and treatment delivery simplify the treatment process and save valuable time for staff and patients. Outcomes are easily reproducible with consistent quality.12
Short treatment times, the ability to provide outpatient procedures and low investment and maintenance charges result in less cost for both provider and patient.
Specially built units (called afterloaders) store and control the delivery of radioactive sources to the tumor, minimizing the radiation risk to staff and patients.
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