Cervical brachytherapy is a critical component of radiation treatment for cervical cancer. Cervical brachytherapy may be used alone or in combination with external beam radiation. With brachytherapy, a very small source of radiation is delivered directly into the tumor and surrounding tissue. This allows a high dose of radiation to be given where needed and reduces the chance of injury or side effects to normal tissues.
Treatment with cervical brachytherapy involves insertion of instruments into the cervix. This is done as outpatient surgery, under general anesthesia. Cervical brachytherapy is well-tolerated, with few side effects.
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