Instead of permanent seeds, high dose rate brachytherapy is a temporary implant designed to give focused, pulsed doses safely. A high activity seed is temporarily inserted into an empty catheter or tube to deliver radiation therapy safely to a certain part of the body, sparing more normal tissue than external beam radiation therapy but without leaving any radioactivity in your body once the procedure is completed. This has been particularly helpful in treating certain diseases such as uterine and cervical cancers and has also allowed women needing an implant to have it done as an outpatient rather than be admitted to the hospital.
For selected women, accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI) with HDR brachytherapy may be an option that will reduce the time required to complete radiation treatment. There is also increasing use of HDR brachytherapy for selected skin cancers.
Currently, Radiation Oncology Associates performs HDR brachytherapy at the following locations: