During each treatment, a radioactive seed is placed into the center of the balloon. The treatment lasts for 5 to 10 minutes, long enough to deliver the required dose of radiation. It is done twice a day for 5 days. Once treatments are completed, the tube and balloon are removed through a small hole in the skin.
3D Conformal External Beam Radiation
This treatment delivers radiation to a small treatment area that matches or conforms to the area with cancer. Information from a CT scan or MRI of the breast is used to map a treatment field for the area at risk. Radiation beams from different directions are delivered to the treatment field. Focusing the radiation on this precise area helps to reduce damage to normal tissues that can be caused by radiation.