Brachytherapy for Gynecologic Cancers

This information is useful for children, adults, and older adults

Brachytherapy, which is also called internal radiation therapy, is specialized form of radiation treatment for gynecologic cancers such as ovarian and cervical cancers. Tiny implants are placed near the tumor to target the cancerous cells. Healthy cells that are also affected by treatment—which may last several weeks—rebound and rebuild themselves. In this video, Yale Medicine radiation oncologist Susan Higgins, MD, who is also a professor of therapeutic radiology at Yale School of Medicine, explains how this specialized form of radiation therapy works as well as well as the potential side effects to sexuality and fertility that women may encounter.

Clinical Trials

New treatments for many conditions are tested in clinical trials, which ultimately bring lifesaving new drugs and devices to the patients who need them most. By participating in a clinical trial, you may get access to the most advanced treatments for your condition, and help determine their benefits for future patients.