Low Dose Rate Brachytherapy
Low Dose Rate Brachytherapy involves a wide array of radioactive sources that deliver radiation slowly, over a period of a few days, and are used for a number of different procedures (implants).
Temporary Implants: the radioactive source is removed after a pre-calculated amount of time. These procedures involve a hollow tube placed in or around the tumor by a physician at the time of surgery. The radioactive sources are placed inside the hollow tubes for the duration of the treatment.
Permanent Implant: the radioactive sources are placed directly into the tumor tissue. The sources decay at such a fast rate that they remain inside the body.