Brachytherapy is a treatment for cancer where radioactive sources are placed in or directly next to the tumor. The radioactive sources may be left in place permanently or only temporarily, depending upon the location of the tumor. The advantage of brachytherapy is that the radiation dose is delivered directly to the tumor while very little radiation is absorbed by nearby healthy tissues.
The Department of Radiation Oncology at University Hospital offers the most experienced physicians and physicists in the field of brachytherapy in Central New York. This expertise combined with procedures not offered in nearby regions, provides the patient with the most treatment options. Common sites implanted using brachytherapy at University Hospital are prostate, head and neck, cervix, endometrium, lung, brain, breast, abdomen and eye.