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Old 02-09-2008, 06:13 PM   #1
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HDR Brachytherapy

Anyone have experience or info on this type of radiation?

 
Old 02-09-2008, 07:39 PM   #2
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Re: HDR Brachytherapy

Hello Rotty

Hello yes that is commonly known as internal radition towards the end of all trgular radition the onocoligist usually gives the patient 2-3 tratments they are spaced at least a week apart you require hospitilaztion you go under and they stick these rods with radioactive seeds into your vagina and you have to lay flat on your back from Friday until Sunday (in my case) you are in a sedated daze you can have no vistors because if a nurse even walks into your room the machine shuts off as to not to expose them to the high dose raditian Its the most dreadful thing,,,,


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Old 02-10-2008, 06:27 AM   #3
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Re: HDR Brachytherapy

that is not at all how it is explained...

well, somewhat, but not totally. it has been described as being used instead of external not in addition to. and used once a week for 6 weeks.

super confused getting so much conflicting info.

 
Old 02-10-2008, 07:34 AM   #4
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Re: HDR Brachytherapy

Hello Rotty,

The "standard" treatment for cervical cancer is Low-dose chemotherapy,external raditian,and internal radiation.The top 2 cancer facilities or Sloan-Kettering in New York and MD Anderson in Houston,I am fortunate that MD Anderson is at my back door.In the almost 3 years of going there,I have encountered ALOT hundreds who had the same sort of cervical cancer and the "standard" treatment is 30 or more external treatments once weekly chemo so like 4 treatments,then 2 or more internal radiation treatments.Like I said if you have ANY specific questions let me know.....


At Memorial Sloan-Kettering, we have vast clinical experience in combined modality therapy (combination chemotherapy and radiation therapy), including brachytherapy. In high-dose brachytherapy, radioactive material is applied directly to the tumor. Brachytherapy is used in combination with external beam radiotherapy, in which high-energy rays are aimed at the cancer.
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Old 02-10-2008, 02:43 PM   #5
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Re: HDR Brachytherapy

also wanted to say here hdrb is not done as impatient into the hospital.

i don't know. was just wondering...guess i wait until i get my pet scan and treatment plan.

 
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Re: HDR Brachytherapy

Rotty whens your appointments? And where do you go for treatment?
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Old 02-11-2008, 01:51 PM   #7
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Re: HDR Brachytherapy

right now i am just trying to get information and see what treatment would be best for me. the local hospital offers hdrb as an outpatient - takes 2 hours. normal course is 6 treatments once a week. wonder if it's effective?

 
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