Cancer Treatment Centers of America

HDR brachytherapy for breast cancer

Advantages of HDR brachytherapy for breast cancer

The following are advantages of HDR brachytherapy for breast cancer:

  • It delivers a precise, highly concentrated dose of radiation directly to the breast tumor.
  • HDR brachytherapy limits radiation exposure to healthy surrounding breast tissue, reducing some of the side effects associated with standard radiation.
  • The treatment takes minutes, rather than days for low-dose brachytherapy.
  • After a series of treatments, the catheters are removed and there are no radioactive seeds left in the body.

We may also use HDR brachytherapy following surgery, like a lumpectomy, to help destroy cancerous cells that remain after the procedure.