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Cancer Therapies Branch Out as Brachytherapy Gains Popularity
Brachytherapy is a type of radiation therapy used for the treatment of cancer, and involves placing a radioactive material inside or near the tumor. This is also known as internal radiation therapy, and allows the physician to treat a small area with a higher dose of radiation in a shorter time than for EBRT. Technological advancements such as three-dimensional (3D) treatment planning solutions allow physicians to administer incredibly accurate and precise doses, resulting in a dramatic decrease in treatment and recovery times. Permanent brachytherapy involves the insertion of radioactive pellets inside or near the tumor to then be left inside the body, while a temporary brachytherapy involves placing a highly radioactive material inside a catheter or slender tube for a specific amount of time.
The brachytherapy devices market is expected to be driven by the increasing incidence of cancer. Brachytherapy is a highly effective, outpatient procedure that is easily customizable to patients’ individual needs, and offers many benefits to the increasing numbers of patients opting for non-invasive treatment options. Brachytherapy is a high-value treatment option, which costs substantially lower than those for radical prostatectomy and Intensity-modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT).
The positive outcome associated with temporary High Dose Rate (HDR) brachytherapy for gynecological cancers have made brachytherapy standard treatment protocol, and a similar trend of acceptance for the treatment of other types of cancer may drive future growth of the US brachytherapy devices market. Brachytherapy is currently used to treat prostate, cervix, head and neck, skin and breast cancers, but the higher adoption of brachytherapy for the treatment of cancers such as brain tumor, liver cancer and macular degeneration will continue to drive demand for brachytherapy devices in the future.
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Page Updated Last on: Sep 17, 2013