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Learn About Less Treatment Time

Brachytherapy for Breast & Gynecological Cancers

Orange County Radiation Oncology Center is a leader in providing women with high-dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy to treat breast and gynecological cancers. Brachytherapy is a type of radiation that treats the cancer from the inside out. Brachytherapy precisely delivers radiation that kills off bad tissue while preserving as much healthy tissue as possible. You can get back to doing the things you love more quickly because treatment time is 5 days rather than several weeks.

This is a highly specialized procedure where experience is critical.

What to Expect

You will have a meeting with your oncologist to get a medical history, exam and imaging. Your doctor will discuss your personalized treatment options, possible side effects and what to expect during and after treatments.

When you arrive at the clinic, we will take you into a treatment room and help you get comfortable. A compassionate team of experts will be providing your care, including your oncologist, a dosimetrist (radiation dosage expert) and a radiation therapist.

Your doctor will clean your skin, numb the area and make a small incision. A small flexible applicator will be gently implanted into the lumpectomy cavity and inflated to fit the cavity. The applicator will be connected to a computer that inserts tiny seeds of radiation for 10-20 minutes twice a day for five days. The applicator will stay in place until all the treatments are done.

Your oncologist will deflate the applicator and remove it once the treatments are done and discuss any activity restrictions you may have while healing.

Get back to doing what you love.