Australasian Brachytherapy Group

Afterloader About Brachytherapy


Brachytherapy is a form of radiation therapy for cancers in which the radiation source is placed directly in contact with the malignancy. This is in contrast to most radiation treatments, which use radiation beams produced artificially from an X-ray machine.


Brachytherapy has a long history, in that it has been used to effectively treat cancers for around a hundred years. In particular, brachytherapy has had a very prominent place in the treatments for gynaecological cancers for most of this period, but it has also been commonly used for suitable cases of skin tumours, head & neck tumours, prostate cancers, and breast cancers, over this much of this time.