Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

Living Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-56782-2_93-3



Brachytherapy is a form of radiation therapy and often indicated for the treatment of specific, recurrent brain tumors and head or neck cancers. The procedure involves the placement of radioactive (e.g., iridium-192, palladium-103, or iodine-125) seeds inside or adjacent to a targeted lesion. The primary advantage of brachytherapy is that the treatment allows for a higher radioactive dose to be delivered to the tumor bed without damaging the surrounding, healthy brain tissue (Sneed, Prados, Phillips, Weaver, and Wara 1992). In particular, high-dose rate brachytherapy utilizes catheters to mitigate exposure and accelerate the treatment time. Intracavitary brachytherapy is another subtype that involves the use of a balloon catheter which delivers localized radiation therapy to the affected area. Following the completion of radiotherapy, the radiation source and balloon catheter are then removed. Brachytherapy is a safe procedure, although reported side effects include infection, seizures, and headaches.


References and Readings

  1. Sneed, P. K., Gutin, P. H., Prados, M. D., Phillips, T. L., Weaver, K. A., Wara, W. M., et al. (1992). Brachytherapy of brain tumors. Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, 59, 157–165.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Gynecologic OncologyHoag Hospital Cancer CenterNewport BeachUSA