HDR brachytherapy for lung cancer
Because the lungs support breathing and are located near the heart and other essential structures, it is important for radiation treatment to be tightly focused on tumors to avoid serious side effects. This is why HDR brachytherapy might be a beneficial treatment option for lung cancer patients.
Some other potential benefits of high-dose rate brachytherapy include the following:
- Radiation beams are precisely targeted inside the tumors, controlling the location and intensity, and offering more precision and concentrated dosing.
- Radiation exposure to healthy lung tissue and nearby organs is limited or eliminated, reducing side effects like difficulty breathing.
In many cases, high-dose rate brachytherapy may an alternative to surgery for lung cancer.