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High Dose Rate (HDR) Brachytherapy

HDR Brachytherapy involves the temporary placement of a powerful, robotically controlled, radiation source, accurately directed by your radiation oncologist and team. It is delivered into the tumor, or target region, through a tube called a catheter. It is usually given in multiple doses once or twice daily or once or twice weekly. This procedure may require anesthesia and a surgical procedure. Your doctor and team will control this treatment from outside the treatment room, monitoring you as the therapy is being given. Devices called high-dose-rate remote afterloading machines allow the team to deliver treatments quickly. You may be able to go home shortly after the procedure, resuming your normal activities with few restrictions.