Is HDR Brachytherapy for Cervical Cancer Effective?

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What is HDR brachytherapy for cervical cancer? Is it effective?

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Cervix is close to the bladder and the rectum, so it is vital for high-powered rays to be focused on the cervix in radiation therapy. Too much rays at the healthy bladder and rectum will trigger some side effects.

HDR brachytherapy is a type of radiation therapy often used in cancer treatment. It may be combined with other treatments, such as external beam radiation therapy (EBRT) and intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT).

In HDR brachytherapy, the radiation beam is precisely targeted inside the cervix. Its location and intensity are accurately controlled. The therapy can provide excellent precision and maximum dose concentration. Therefore, radiation exposure to healthy structures of the body is limited or even eliminated. The therapy prevents side effects as many as it can.

 

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