What can I expect from Brachytherapy?
At MMCH, High Dose Rate (HDR) Brachytherapy is used to treat gynaecological cancers only, allowing shorter treatment time. The procedure is of minimal pain as you will be given anaesthetic prior to applicator insertion by the Clinical Oncologist. The applicator is a pathway for the sealed radioactive source to reach the tumour area.
When the insertion is completed, Computed Tomography (CT) scan will be taken to plan your treatment. You will be transferred to the Brachytherapy treatment room once your treatment plan is ready. A flexible transfer tubes will be used to connect the applicator to the HDR Brachytherapy machine. The radioactive source will be delivered to certain locations in the applicator and irradiate the tumour as planned by the Medical Physicist and Clinical Oncologist. This irradiation process is painless and safe.
Once the treatment is completed, the transfer tube will be disconnected from the applicators. You will be transferred to the recovery room to have the applicators removed.
You may experience tenderness and swelling in the treatment area or other symptoms depending on your specific procedure. Most patients are able to resume normal activities within days after Brachytherapy.