This depends on the stage of your cancer. In early stage cancer, brachytherapy alone is an effective treatment.1 If the cancer is locally advanced, a combination of treatments may be needed. Your doctor will discuss your treatment with you.
Brachytherapy has been used to effectively treat cervical cancer for over 100 years.2 It is very effective and is recognized as the standard treatment for cervical cancer in many countries.
Should the cancer return, your doctor may recommend another treatment, such as surgery with a course of chemotherapy, rather than another radiotherapy course.
Stay as healthy as possible; eat a healthy diet which is low in fat, high in vegetables and fruit.3
Once the brachytherapy course has been completed, you may want to wait a few weeks to give your body time to recover. 4
It would be unusual for you to lose your hair during brachytherapy.5 Hair loss is more likely during a course of chemotherapy.
All treatments for cervical cancer carry a risk of side effects. Side effects of brachytherapy can include problems passing urine, bowel problems and dryness or less stretching of the vagina.4,6,7
After brachytherapy, a couple of day’s rest is usually recommended before going back to work.5
Brachytherapy can cause early menopause as the radiation can affect the ovaries working normally. However, it is possible for the ovaries to be re-positioned before receiving brachytherapy so that they are not affected by the radiation.5 If you hope to have children after your treatment for cervical cancer it is important to discuss this with your healthcare professional.
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