Radiation therapy uses high-powered energy beams like X-rays or protons to kill cancer cells. A combination of radiation therapy and chemotherapy may be the primary treatment for your gynecological cancer. Or, you may receive radiation therapy after surgery to reduce the risk of the cancer returning.
Depending on your needs, Dr. Morrell may deliver radiation therapy externally or internally. External beam radiation therapy uses a machine to deliver radiation energy to a specific part of your body. Internal radiation, also called brachytherapy, involves placing a device containing radioactive material inside your body.
High-dose-rate brachytherapy is an outpatient procedure that takes 20 minutes or less, while low-dose-rate brachytherapy can take several hours or days. Dr. Morrell often uses high-dose-rate brachytherapy to treat cervical and uterine cancers.
To learn more about your treatment options, please call CenterPoint Radiation Oncology, or book an appointment online today.