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Brachytherapy (Radioactive seeds) Treatment in Israel

Hospitals and medical centers in Israel performing Brachytherapy for cancer patients.
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Assuta Hospital

The new Assuta Hospital was opened in 2009, and claims to be the most modern hospital in the middle east.

11 listed oncologists:

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Rambam Medical Center

A large teaching hospital staffed by over 4,000 physicians, nurses, researchers, and allied caregivers, Rambam is Northern Israel’s largest hospital, a tertiary referral center for a population of over 2 million people.

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Prof. Nissim Haim, MD

Director, Depatment of Chemotherapy

Prof. Abraham Kuten, MD

Director, Department of Oncology

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Herzliya Medical Center

A private hospital located on the shorelines of Herzliya, just off Tel Aviv, offering healthcare services to both local and foreign patients. The hospital is affiliated with over 500 Israeli physicians, many of whom hold high level positions at public hospitals.

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Dr. Guttman Live

General Surgery, Oncological Surgery

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Sheba Medical Center

The largest medical centre in Israel and the Middle East, internationally renowned for it's medical excellence. Around 31,000 inpatients are treated annually.

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Dr. Aderka Dan

Oncology

Dr. Ayalon Shlomo

Surgical 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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