Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Radiotherapy in which the source of radiation is placed close to the surface of the body or within a body cavity.

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  • noun Radiotherapy using radioactive sources positioned within (or close to) the treatment volume.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[brachy– (in reference to the short distances involved) + therapy.]

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From Ancient Greek βραχύς (brakhys, "not far off") + therapy from Ancient Greek θεραπεία (therapeia, "attendance, treatment, healing, service").

Examples

  • The new process, which goes by the name brachytherapy, is a one-off treatment for macular degeneration.

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  • The other study was of partial radiation treatment, also called brachytherapy, involving a device temporarily implanted in the breast to deliver radiation to the tumor site.

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  • As a result, they can receive at least $30,000 and as much as $95,000 per patient for IMRT, compared with only about $1,500 to $7,000 for surgery or an older form of radiation known as brachytherapy, or radioactive "seeds," according to Daniella Perlroth, an academic research associate at Stanford University's Center for Health Policy/Primary Care and Outcomes Research.

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  • That included 60 percent of the men who had their prostates removed, 42 percent who had regular radiation and 37 percent of the men who had radioactive seeds, also called brachytherapy.

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  • Short-range radiotherapy is known as brachytherapy, and this is becoming the main means of treatment.

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  • But guidelines on which women should or should not receive this type of radiation treatment, known as brachytherapy, are only newly published and it's unclear what the findings might mean to current breast cancer patients.

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  • Dr. Joe Camps, a urologist and surgical oncologist, implanted low-dose radiation seeds in Bowden's prostate, a procedure known as brachytherapy.

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  • Dr. Joe Camps, a urologist and surgical oncologist, implanted low-dose radiation seeds in Bowden's prostate, a procedure known as brachytherapy.

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  • Dr. Joe Camps, a urologist and surgical oncologist, implanted low-dose radiation seeds in Bowden's prostate, a procedure known as brachytherapy.

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  • Dr. Joe Camps, a urologist and surgical oncologist, implanted low-dose radiation seeds in Bowden's prostate, a procedure known as brachytherapy.

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