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Brachytherapy (Radioactive seeds) Treatment in Spain

Hospitals and medical centers in Spain performing Brachytherapy for cancer patients.
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Grupo Hospitalario Quirón

Quirón has an internationally prestigious medical staff, the largest in the sector, and is also the principal hospital network in terms of patient numbers and care facility area. The group administers 38 healthcare centers, more than 2,864 hospital beds and 7,500 associate doctors.

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Vithas Xanit International Hospital

Xanit Hospital Internacional is a modern private hospital located in the suburbs of Malaga, Spain. The hospital is modern (opened in 2005), and the staff include over 200 specialists in all medical specialties.

Listed oncologist:

Dr. Emilio Alba

Director of the Xanit Oncology Institute (XOI)

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HM Hospitales

HM Hospitales is a hospital group with six private hospitals in Madrid: three general hospitals, a cardiovascular hospital, an oncological center and a women's health hospital.

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Hospital Quirón Torrevieja

Hospital Quirón Torrevieja is an ISO-certified private hospital located in the north of Torrevieja, championing excellence in cancer treatment and management.

Listed oncologist:

Dr. Loubna Aakki

Consultant - Radiation Oncology

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Hospital Ruber Internacional

The Ruber International Hospital is designed as a "whole hospital". thus achieving maximum efficiency in the organization and development of the various medical, welfare, educational and research activities.

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Clinica La Luz

The largest private hospital in Madrid, with over one hundred physicians providing tertiary medical services in over thirty medical specialties. The hospital is equipped to deal with the most complex of conditions, including oncology, neurosurgery and cardiac surgery.

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Quirón Madrid University Hospital

An ISO certified modern private hospital, which was opened in 2006, and is part of the Quirón Hospital Group. This tertiary care hospital 400 has certified physicians from all medical specialties capable of treating the most complicated medical cases.

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Dr. Ramón Pérez Carrión

Head of Oncology Integral Unit

Dr. Javier Hornedo Muguiro

Associate Chief of Medical Oncology Division

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Sant Joan de Déu-Barcelona Children’s Hospital

Sant Joan de Déu-Barcelona Children’s Hospital is one of the leading medical centers in Europe for childhood and adolescence medicine and offers a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach to health care from birth through 21 years of age.

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Hospital Quirón Valencia

Quirón Hospital of Valencia is ranked as one of the best private schools in Spain, winning nine times in the TOP 20 award in recognition of its management and quality of care.

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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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