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How is brachytherapy used to treat colorectal cancer?

Brachytherapy uses small pellets of radioactive material placed next to or directly into the cancer. The radiation travels only a short distance, limiting the effects on surrounding healthy tissues. It is sometimes used to treat people with rectal cancer, particularly people who are not healthy enough to tolerate curative surgery. This is generally a one-time only procedure and doesn't require daily visits for several weeks.

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