Why it's doneBy Mayo Clinic staff
Brachytherapy is used to treat several types of cancer, including:
- Bile duct cancer
- Breast cancer
- Cervical cancer
- Endometrial cancer
- Eye cancer
- Head and neck cancers
- Lung cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Rectal cancer
- Skin cancer
- Soft tissue cancers
- Vaginal cancer
Brachytherapy can be used alone or in conjunction with other cancer treatments. For instance, brachytherapy is sometimes used after surgery to destroy any cancer cells that may remain. Brachytherapy can also be used along with external beam radiation.
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