The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Brachytherapy

Brachytherapy is a type of radiotherapy treatment in which small sealed amounts of radiation are placed inside your body to treat your cancer.

Sometimes this type of treatment is given in isolation, or can be used in combination with external beam radiotherapy or chemotherapy. Each treatment is personalised for every patient and their tumour. Your treatment will be unique to you.

Brachytherapy is mainly used to treat prostate and gynaecological cancers. It may also be used to treat some oesophageal, rectal and skin cancers as well.

In the video below, Dr Rachel Cooper, one of our clinical oncologists, explains the principles about brachytherapy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_27Aj1hKco4

The brachytherapy department works as a multi-disciplinary team (MDT) which means that different health professionals work together to share specialist knowledge and expertise to make sure that all patients have the best possible treatment and care available. You may not meet all of the team as some work behind the scenes looking after our equipment or planning your treatment. Our team is made up of:

  • Clinical oncologists
  • Radiologists
  • Therapy radiographers
  • Anaesthetists
  • Theatre nurses
  • Operating department practitioners
  • Physicists
  • Clinical scientific technologists
  • Porters
  • Treatment coordinators & booking clerks

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Most of our staff wear theatre scrubs so sometimes it may be difficult identifying who they are. Every member of our staff will introduce themselves and have a Leeds Hospital ID card and wear a name badge.

There may be some waiting times between the stages of your treatment so please feel free to bring a book, computer tablet or phone with you. There is free hospital WIFI available for patients and visitors.