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Brachytherapy (Radioactive seeds) Treatment in India

Hospitals and medical centers in India performing Brachytherapy for cancer patients.
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Apollo Hospital Chennai

The Apollo Hospital Chennai is part of the Apollo Hospitals group. The hospital is JCI accredited and considered as one of the best hospitals in India.

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Apollo Spectra Hospital Koramangala

Part of the Nova Medical Centers group, the center offers over 700 different procedures, with a specialty in general surgery, gynecology, plastic and cosmetic surgery, orthopedics, radiology, pediatrics, urology, and ophthalmology.

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Apollo Spectra Hospital Kailash Colony

A modern surgery center, opened in 2010, specializing in elective surgeries. Medical procedures carriedout at the center include general surgery, urology, pediatrics, orthopedics, oncology, plastic and cosmetic surgery, ophthalmology, pain management.

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Columbia Asia Hospitals

A 200-bed facility located at Gateway Center in Northwest Bangalore. The hospital opened in 2008 and provides comprehensive tertiary-level services, such as cardiac operations, orthopedics and neuroscience, as well as secondary-level medical care.

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Dr. Govind Nandakumar

Chief of Gastrointestinal Surgery

Dr. Shalini Govil

Senior Advisor and Quality Controller, Lead Abdominal Radiologist

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Rockland Hospital

Rockland Hospital Qutab offers choice of selecting from economy rooms to most luxurious single rooms. It is well recognized and credited for its services. The hospital attracts more than 1500 international patients for their specialized medical care needs in a year.

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Dr. Arun Kumar Giri

Senior Consultant – Surgical Oncology

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Sevenhills Hospital

SevenHills Group of Hospitals (SHHL) has been delivering Healthcare services at the highest level, since past 25 years. SevenHills Hospital, Mumbai, is a world class integrated Healthcare Delivery System, that provides comprehensive Healthcare...

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Dr. Indoo Ambulkar

Consultant in Medical Oncology

Dr. Chetan Shah

Consultant Surgical Oncologist

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Fortis Hospital Noida

Located near Delhi, Fortis Hospital Noida is a Centre of Excellence for Orthopaedics and Neurosciences with a focus on Cardiac Sciences, Minimally Invasive Surgeries and Oncology.

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Narayana Hrudayalaya Health City

A conglomeration of hospitals in one campus, including: the Sparsh Hospital for Orthopedics & Trauma, the Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Center, the Narayana Hrudayalaya Heart Hospital, the Narayana Nethralaya Eye Hospital, as well as a full fledged multi specialty hospital.

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Prof. Anthony Pais

Senior Consultant Surgical Oncology, Head of the Breast Unit and The Women's Oncology Dept.

Dr. Prasad Narayanan

Consultant Medical Oncologist

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Fortis Vasant Kunj

Fortis Flt. Lt. Rajan Dhall Hospital is a Centre of Excellence for Cardiac Sciences, Renal Sciences, Diabetology, Pulmonology and Thoracic Sciences and a specialty center for Joint Replacement, Genito-urinary, Cosmetic Surgery and Dental care.

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Apollo Hospitals Bangalore

Apollo Bangalore is a modern, JCI accredited, multi-specialty hospital, capable of treating the most complex medical cases, including neurosurgy, bone marrow transplants, oncology and cardiac surgery. Apollo provides a full range of services for foreign patients.

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Dr. P P Bapsy

Head of the Department of Oncology

Dr. B.K.M. Reddy

Radiation Oncology

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About Brachytherapy

This information is intended for general information only and should not be considered as medical advice on the part of Health-Tourism.com. Any decision on medical treatments, after-care or recovery should be done solely upon proper consultation and advice of a qualified physician.

What is Brachytherapy?
Brachytherapy (also known as Radioactive seeds) is a kind of radiation therapy used in cancer treatment. In radiation therapy, ionizing radiation is used to eliminate cancer cells and reduce tumors. During brachytherapy, radioactive material is placed directly on the tumor.

Brachytherapy that involves using radioactive seeds is known as Permanent Brachytherapy. The radioactive seeds are placed in or near the tumor and are left there permanently. After many months, the radioactivity level of the implants reduces to nil. The seeds are inactive and remain in the patient’s body without any lasting effect.

Brachytherapy is used to treat cancers of the prostate, cervix, head and neck, skin, breast, gallbladder, uterus, vagina, lung, rectum, and eye.

How is Permanent Brachytherapy performed?

  • A needle containing radioactive seeds is inserted into the tumor.
  • The needle is removed and the radioactive seeds are placed inside the patient’s body.
  • The physician may use X-rays and CT scans to position the seeds in the correct place.
  • Other imaging tests may also be performed after the seeds have been implanted to verify the placement of the radioactive seeds.

How to prepare for Permanent Brachytherapy?
The patient may need to do some of the following preparations:
  • Blood tests
  • Pre-treatment ultrasound, CT scan or MRI
  • Bowel preparation
  • Chest X-rays
  • Electrocardiogram

Side effects:
Side effects of brachytherapy differ according to the location of the tumor.

Acute side effects that last for a few days consist of the following:
  • Localized bruising
  • Bleeding
  • Swelling
  • Discomfort or discharge at the implant site
  • Fatigue

Acute side effects of brachytherapy related to cervical or prostate cancer are:
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Urinary retention
  • Painful urination
  • Minor rectal bleeding
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Rare chance of seeds migrating outside the treatment site and into the bladder and passed in the urine

Acute side effects of brachytherapy related to skin cancer are:
  • Shedding of the skin’s outer layer
  • Ulceration

Days admitted : A few days of hospital stay may be required after a permanent brachytherapy, depending on the dose and location of the implant.
As the radiation becomes less day by day, the patient will be discharged from the hospital.

Anesthesia : General anesthesia may be administered while the implants are inserted into the patient’s body.

Recovery : Most patients are able to return to regular activities within a few weeks after brachytherapy.

Risks : Long-term risks of brachytherapy may result from damage of tissues and organs.
These include:
- Urinary and digestive problems in cases of cervical and prostate cancer
- Erectile dysfunction in cases of prostate cancer
- Scar tissue and fat necrosis in cases of breast cancer

After care : - The patient should follow the aftercare instructions very carefully.
- The level of radiation is very low and affects only tissues that are around a few millimeters of the tumor. As a precautionary measure, patients are advised not to hold infants and small children. They should also avoid being too close to women who are pregnant.

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