Brachytherapy is a very tailored, localized radiation treatment that involves placement of an applicator or catheter at the tumor site, and placement of a radioactive seed that emits radiation from an internal location.
The Avera Cancer Institute in the Prairie Center is home to the region’s only dedicated Brachytherapy suite. Imaging, applicator placement, planning and treatment are all carried out in one location. This translates into greater patient comfort, less movement of the treatment applicator and more accurate treatment.
Among ways brachytherapy is offered at the Avera Cancer Institute:
- Breast brachytherapy: Selected patients, whose cancer is detected in early stages, can be treated with lumpectomy with targeted radiation therapy, involving the placement of a radioactive seed directly where the tumor was located. This treatment option has the benefit of minimizing the overall radiation treatment time frame to one week.
- Endobronchial High Dose Rate Brachytherapy: Allows radiation to be delivered at the tumor site when a lung tumor is located near the bronchial tubes.
- High dose-rate brachytherapy and low-dose radioactive seed implants are offered for the treatment of prostate cancer.
Brachytherapy is also offered for:
- Gynecologic cancers
- Cancers of the head and neck
- Hepatobiliary cancers
- Skin cancer