Low dose rate (LDR) brachytherapy
LDR brachytherapy is a type of radiation therapy. This type of therapy destroys cancer cells and shrinks tumors. During LDR brachytherapy, implants are placed into the patient’s body and are often left in for one to seven days before being removed. The implants can be hollow needles, catheters (hollow tubes) or balloons filled with fluid that are inserted into or near the cancer. General anesthesia may be used during the insertion of implants, depending on the size and number of implants, as well as the location of the insertion site.
Patients are likely to stay in a special room in the hospital during treatment and may need to limit time with visitors in the hospital when the implants are in place. Once implants are removed, the patient is no longer radioactive and can be around people.