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What is High-Dose Rate (HDR) Brachytherapy?

Remote afterloader machine used for 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 Hillman Cancer Center, we often use HDR brachytherapy to treat cancers located near the outside of the body.

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Contact Us About Radiation Oncology at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center

To learn more about HDR brachytherapy or other radiation oncology treatments at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, please call us at 412-647-2811.