What is High-Dose Rate (HDR) Brachytherapy?
HDR brachytherapy is a form of internal radiotherapy where an oncologist:
- Temporarily implants a catheter — a small plastic tube or balloon — in the tumor area.
- Places highly radioactive material inside the body for a short time and then retracts it using a remote control.
- Removes the catheter after you've completed your entire course of treatment. You may need multiple sessions of HDR brachytherapy.
HDR Brachytherapy for Certain Cancers
At UPMC CancerCenter, we often use HDR brachytherapy to treat cancers located near the outside of the body.
Get details on treatments based on your cancer type:
- Endobronchial brachytherapy for lung cancer.
- Brachytherapy (seed implantation) for prostate cancer.
- HDR brachytherapy for sarcoma and melanoma.
- MammoSite® brachytherapy for breast cancer.
Contact Us About Radiation Oncology at UPMC CancerCenter
To learn more about HDR brachytherapy or other radiation oncology treatments at UPMC CancerCenter, please call us at 412-647-2811.