(For treatment side effects and complications only)
At The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre we currently offer brachytherapy for prostate, cervix, endometrium, rectum and skin cancer.
Brachytherapy delivers radiation into body cavities or tissues using hollow tubes known as applicators and is ideal to treat tissue that is close to the applicator. An applicator is put in place just before each treatment session.
The radiation comes from a small solid radioactive source that is stored in a specialised treatment machine. During treatment the radioactive source travels down a tube, into the applicator, delivers the radiation as per your specific treatment plan and is then automatically returned to the machine.
You are NOT radioactive following your HDR Brachytherapy treatment and are therefore fine to be around children and anyone who is pregnant after your treatment. Brachytherapy can be delivered alone or can be combined with external beam radiotherapy (EBRT).
You can find our purpose built brachytherapy suite at Clatterbridge Cancer Centre - Liverpool, on Floor 1.
The exact procedure used to deliver the treatment depends on the type of cancer being treated.
Some of these procedures require a general anaesthetic, this will be discussed with you by the brachytherapy team prior to your appointment.
In the video below the team explain the principles of Brachytherapy for cancer of the cervix, to show you what to expect ahead of your first appointment.
We have a highly experienced team who work and specialise in brachytherapy to make sure all patients have the best possible treatment and care available. You may not meet all of the team as some work behind the scenes. Our team is made up of:
Short term side effects arising from your brachytherapy tend to be minimal as the treatment is confined to a small area but they may still occur. You will have the opportunity to discuss these prior to consent. If you have a side affects you are worried about please feel free to contact the brachytherapy clinical specialist.
Please see patient information leaflets for further details, you can access them here.
On the last day of your treatment the radiographers explain that the treatment will carry on working for up to three weeks after brachytherapy. A follow up appointment will be made with your clinical oncologist. A letter will be sent to your GP summarising your treatment in detail. You are free to contact the department at any time after your treatment has finished should you have any concerns or questions.
Brachytherapy Clinical Specialist Radiographer
Direct dial 0151 556 5342
The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre Hotline 0800 169 5555
If you are unwell during or up to 8 weeks following your cancer treatment please call The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre Hotline.
Your call will be answered by a dedicated nurse advisor. This line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.