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Cancer Treatment

What are the side effects of vaginal brachytherapy for uterine cancer?

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  • APatrick Maguire, MD, Oncology, answered
    Most women tolerate  vaginal brachytherapy (VBT) treatment in uterine cancer without acute side effects other than the mild discomfort of having the cylinder inserted into the vagina. An uncommon, long-term side effect called vaginal stenosis (scarring of the tissues at the top of the vagina) may cause pain. The risk of vaginal stenosis can be minimized by use of a vaginal dilator that keeps the tissues flexible and healthy.
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