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Brachytherapy 

Brachytherapy
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Brachytherapy
Author(s):

P Bownes

, C Richardson

, and C Lee

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199573356.003.0141
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date: 20 October 2019

This chapter should be read in conjunction with Radiotherapy in Practice: Brachytherapy (2nd edition). Brachytherapy means ‘near treatment’. In brachytherapy, the dose distribution is very high close to the source but then falls off rapidly following the inverse square law (see Chapter 10). Brachytherapy is only a practical option if you can access the tumour. It uses radioactive sources placed in a variety of ways: ...

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