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Understanding Brachytherapy

An internal form of radiation treatment for cancer,this therapy uses high dose of radiation to treat small areas in a shorter time with external beam of radiation.

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Welcome to HCG Cancer Care Kenya, a leading cancer hospital dedicated to providing exceptional care and advanced treatment options. We understand that receiving a cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming, but we are here to guide and support you throughout your journey. In this section, we will provide you with valuable information about brachytherapy, an innovative treatment modality we offer, and how it can benefit you.

How Brachytherapy Works

The brachytherapy procedure involves several key steps:

  1. Treatment Planning: Before the procedure, our expert team of radiation oncologists and medical physicists will carefully plan your brachytherapy treatment. This includes determining the optimal placement of the radiation sources and calculating the appropriate dose of radiation required to target the tumor effectively.
  1. Radiation Source Placement: During the brachytherapy procedure, the radiation sources are inserted into the tumor area using specialized applicators, catheters, or needles. The placement method depends on the type and location of the cancer. Our skilled medical team will ensure your comfort and safety throughout the process.
  1. Treatment Delivery: Once the radiation sources are in place, they emit radiation that effectively destroys the cancer cells. The radiation may be delivered continuously over a specific period (known as low-dose rate brachytherapy) or in a shorter duration with high-intensity radiation (known as high-dose rate brachytherapy). Your treatment plan will be customized to suit your specific needs and the type of cancer being treated.
  1. Monitoring and Follow-up: Throughout your brachytherapy treatment, our team will closely monitor your progress and provide necessary care and support. After the treatment, we will schedule regular follow-up appointments to assess your response to therapy, manage any side effects, and ensure your overall well-being.


Benefits of Brachytherapy

Brachytherapy offers several advantages that make it an effective and valuable treatment option for many cancer patients:

  1. Precise Targeting: Brachytherapy delivers radiation directly to the tumor site, allowing for a higher dose of radiation to be administered precisely where it is needed most. This precision helps maximize treatment effectiveness while minimizing damage to surrounding healthy tissues.
  1. Shorter Treatment Duration: Compared to other radiation therapy techniques, brachytherapy often requires a shorter treatment duration. This means less time spent in the hospital and more time for you to focus on your recovery and daily activities.
  1. Minimized Side Effects: By targeting the tumor directly, brachytherapy reduces the exposure of healthy tissues to radiation, resulting in fewer side effects. This allows for a better quality of life during and after treatment.
  1. Versatile Application: Brachytherapy can be used to treat various types of cancer, including prostate, gynecological, breast, head and neck, and skin cancers. Its versatility makes it a valuable treatment option for a wide range of patients.


Expert Brachytherapy Care at HCG Cancer Care Kenya

At HCG Cancer Care Kenya, we take pride in our multidisciplinary approach to cancer care. Our highly skilled team of radiation oncologists, medical physicists, and radiation therapists are dedicated to providing you with personalized and compassionate care throughout your brachytherapy treatment. We combine state-of-the-art technology with years of expertise to deliver the best possible outcomes for our patients.

If you have been diagnosed with cancer or have questions about brachytherapy, we encourage you to reach out to us. Our caring team is here to support you, answer your questions, and guide you through your treatment journey. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about the comprehensive cancer care we provide at HCG Cancer Care Kenya. Together, we can fight cancer and strive for a brighter future.

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