A Answers (2)
Brachytherapy is the installation of high-dose but localized radiation inside the bronchial tubes for the treatment of tumors that may be producing symptoms such as coughing of blood, shortness of breath, pneumonia, and chest pain. This can be very effective for symptom relief in patients who have been previously treated or are undergoing other cancer treatment.
Also known as internal radiation therapy, brachytherapy for lung cancer involves placing small radioactive tubes directly into your bronchus (breathing tube) using a bronchoscope. These tubes deliver radiation therapy directly to the tumor and stay in place for only a short period of time. Brachytherapy provides a high dose of radiation therapy to tumors in the airway with the goal of opening blocked lobes of the lung. Brachytherapy radioactive seeds can also be placed in a "mesh" and sewn onto a surgical site during an operation. This type of brachytherapy is intended to prevent local regrowth of tumor at primary site.