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Brachytherapy

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Metadata item type:Help on this termGlossary Item
METeOR identifier:Help on this term594080
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 14/05/2015
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A form of radiotherapy where a sealed source of radiation is placed inside or next to the area requiring treatment. 

Brachytherapy involves the placement of a  capsule containing a radioisotope that emits short-range radiation at the site of the malignant tumour. This allows the radiation to kill the surrounding tissue while preventing the radioisotope from moving or dissolving, and limiting the exposure of healthy tissue to radiation.

Brachytherapy is a common treatment for prostate, cervical, skin and breast cancer, and can be used for the treatment of tumours at many other sites.

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Submitting organisation:Help on this termCancer Australia

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Cancer treatment—brachytherapy dose rate Health, Standard 04/02/2015

Cancer treatment—brachytherapy dose rate, code N Health, Standard 04/02/2015

Cancer treatment—brachytherapy indicator, yes/no code N Health, Standard 14/05/2015

Prostate cancer (clinical) NBPDS Health, Standard 14/05/2015

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