Low Dose Rate (LDR) Brachytherapy
Low Dose Rate (LDR) Brachytherapy involves implants positioned inside or near the tumor for several days or permanently, depending on the type of cancer. LDR Brachytherapy allows us to deliver effective doses of radiation directly to the tumor site while minimizing harm to healthy tissue.
What to Expect
While under anesthesia, a small catheter is used to insert tiny titanium seeds containing radiation in or near the tumor. Ultrasound imaging is used to guide placement and a CT scan is used before the procedure is completed to ensure proper placement of the seeds.
This procedure is completed on an outpatient basis and takes approximately just over an hour. The seeds are typically permanent but will cause little to no discomfort.
The radiation lessens after several weeks to months as it delivers an optimal dose of radiation to the tumor while protecting the surrounding healthy tissue. Our physicians review all safety precautions with each patient.
Why Choose John Theurer Cancer Center for Radiation Therapy
We have a history of leading radiation therapy in New Jersey. The Department of Radiation Oncology at John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center was the first center in the state to offer stereotactic radiosurgery (a non-surgical option) for the treatment of brain tumors.
We were also the first medical center in New Jersey to offer TrueBeam® image-guided radiation therapy, a radically different approach to treating even the most challenging cancers with unprecedented speed and accuracy. This technology is now offered throughout the network.
John Theurer Cancer Center has affiliate locations across the state, providing you with access to advanced radiation therapy options conveniently located close to home.
The cancer surgeons at John Theurer Cancer Center perform more minimally invasive cancer surgeries than any other center in New Jersey.
We have numerous radiation oncologists available throughout New Jersey.