There are many types of gynecologic cancers, each of which affects different parts of the female reproductive system. Each of these cancers can occur in all women, and the risk of developing one of these cancers increases with age. High-Dose Rate Brachytherapy (HDR) is a type of radiation therapy that can treat several gynecologic cancers.
High Dose Rate Brachytherapy (HDR) may be used for cancers that occur in the female reproductive system. This type of treatment may be used in addition to external beam radiation therapy, surgery, chemotherapy, or a combination of these.
HDR Brachytherapy Can be Used to Treat:
High Dose Radiation treats gynecologic cancers with a high dose of radiation over short periods of time. This method allows for maximum radiation dose to be delivered while minimizing damage to surrounding tissue.
What to Expect During HDR Brachytherapy for Gynecologic Cancers:
HDR treatment may be repeated over the course of several days or several weeks.
Side effects following HDR treatment for gynecologic cancers are usually related to the exact area that is treated. Not everyone experiences side effects. These side effects usually resolve within several weeks of the final treatment. Consult with your doctor about expected side effects for your treatment plan.
Short-Term Side Effects Include:
Late-Term Side Effects Include: