Helping Understand Brachytherapy

What Is Brachytherapy?

Brachytherapy is an important method of treating cancer. It works by destroying cancer cells by targeting them with radiation and stopping them dividing and growing.

What can it do for me? is a resource website dedicated to explaining brachytherapy treatments for patients and their families and friends. It offers perspectives from both patients and medical professionals as well as insights for each cancer type.

What can it do for me?

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Real life stories of cancer patients

Inspiring and honest video stories from real patients who have been through brachytherapy treatment. Their thoughts, experiences and hopes for the future.

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Types of cancer

Gyn Cancer

Cervical Cancer

Brachytherapy is clinically proven to be highly effective against cervical cancer with reduced risk of unnecessary damage to surrounding healthy tissues and organs, which reduces the chance of side effects.

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Prostate Cancer

Prostate Cancer

Brachytherapy has been used by doctors to successfully treat prostate cancer for many decades. Brachytherapy is recognized as a standard treatment alongside surgery and external beam radiotherapy (EBRT).

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Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer

Brachytherapy is clinically proven to be highly effective at preventing breast cancer from returning after surgery. You can receive treatment on an outpatient basis.

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Other Cancers

Skin Cancer

There are several options available to treat non-melanoma skin cancer (basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma).

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Other Cancers

Rectal Cancer

Rectal cancer treatments are typically recommended based on the stage of the disease and the patient's overall health.

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Healthcare Perspective

Video insights from healthcare professionals working in Brachytherapy

DISCLAIMER: Elekta is an equipment manufacturer and cannot guarantee a prospective patient’s experience or outcomes. Patient statements presented on this site reflect individual experiences and do not necessarily represent the experiences of all patients who undergo brachytherapy treatment with Elekta equipment or necessarily reflect the view of Elekta.

This material may contain general information relating to various conditions and their treatments. Such information is provided for informational purposes only and is not meant to be a substitute for advice by a doctor or other qualified healthcare professional. Patients should not use the information contained herein for diagnosing a health condition or disease. Patients should always consult with a doctor or other qualified healthcare professional for medical advice or information about diagnosis and treatment options.

Nevertheless, there are a number of high-quality online resources that you may find useful. Among them, the American Cancer Society and the US National Cancer Institute have high-quality information resources that are multi-lingual and available worldwide.

Professional organizations dedicated to cancer treatment also have resources that may be useful. These include the American Society for Radiation Oncology the American Society of Clinical Oncology the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) and the European Society for Therapeutic Radiation Oncology.