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Cancer Centers of North Carolina Offers HDR Brachytherapy for Treatment of Cancerous Tumors
Date:8/5/2009

RALEIGH, N.C., Aug. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Cancer Centers of North Carolina, an affiliate of US Oncology, Inc., continues to offer cutting-edge treatment options to its patients through the addition of High Dose Rate (HDR) brachytherapy. This latest advance in brachytherapy allows physicians to deliver precise radiation treatment to a patient's cancerous tumor and is rapidly becoming the treatment of choice for certain types of cancer.

With HDR brachytherapy, radiation is delivered directly to the cancer target through the use of catheters, needles or applicators inserted into a body cavity or directly into the tumor. A computer-controlled delivery system is used to optimize the dose distribution to the target. As a result of this precise delivery, the surrounding healthy tissue and critical organs are preferentially spared from high doses of radiation and side effects may be reduced.

Unlike low dose rate brachytherapy treatment, HDR therapy can be delivered on an outpatient basis at Cancer Centers of North Carolina's office, which incorporates all patient needs in one central location. In addition, treatment times for HDR brachytherapy are typically 10-15 minutes in duration instead of several days that are required for low dose rate brachytherapy. Cancer Centers of North Carolina is currently administering HDR primarily on breast and gynecologic cancers.

The HDR brachytherapy program at Cancer Centers of North Carolina is directed by its board-certified radiation oncologists, Dr. John Reilly and Dr. Kolby Sidhu. "HDR brachytherapy is a very effective addition to our fight against cancer. This technique delivers a high dose of radiation directly to the area of disease," according to Dr. Reilly. Dr. Sidhu adds, "Cancer patients
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