Internal Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy is given through different methods, depending on the type of cancer, the location of the cancer, and your health. Sometimes, radiation therapy is used in combination with other treatments.

Internal radiation is also called brachytherapy (brake-ee-THER-uh-pee). It uses a radioactive source, called an implant, that’s put inside the body in or near the tumor. The radiation from the implant travels only a short distance, so it has very little effect on normal body tissues. In some cases, internal radiation therapy lets the doctor give a higher dose of radiation to a smaller area than might be possible with external radiation treatment. The Ella Milbank Foshay Cancer Center employs a variety of methods of internal radiation therapy to kill cancer cells and shrink or destroy tumors.

High Dose Rate Brachytherapy (HDR)
Patients may benefit from High Dose Rate Brachytherapy (HDR), a treatment that allows for the temporary implantation of a high dose radioactive source. This results in shorter duration of treatment time. We treat breast, prostate and gynecologic cancers using HDR.

Partial Breast Irradiation (Mammosite®, SAVI & ConturaTM)
This treatment delivers radiation directly to the tissue surrounding the original tumor while minimizing radiation exposure to healthy surrounding tissue. Treatment is given after a lumpectomy, twice daily over a period of five days. To learn more about Partial Breast Irradiation, visit our Partial Breast Irradiation section.

For more information about our Radiation Oncology Department, please call (561) 263-4400.