Best Hospitals for Brachytherapy

What is Brachytherapy?

Brachytherapy is a procedure of placing radioactive material inside the body of the patient to treat any sort of cancer. This process is often called internal radiation. Brachytherapy enables doctors to convey higher portions of radiation to progressively explicit regions of the body, contrasted and the regular type of radiation treatment (outer shaft radiation) that ventures radiation from a machine outside of your body. 

Brachytherapy may cause fewer reactions than does outer pillar radiation, and the general treatment time is typically shorter with brachytherapy.

Brachytherapy is used to treat several types of cancer, including:

  • Bile duct cancer

  • Brain cancer

  • Breast cancer

  • Cervical cancer

  • Endometrial cancer

  • Esophageal cancer

  • Eye cancer

  • Head and neck cancers

  • Lung cancer

  • Pancreatic cancer

  • Prostate cancer

  • Rectal cancer

  • Skin cancer

  • Soft tissue cancers

  • Vaginal cancer

Symptoms of Brachytherapy

A portion of the symptoms of brachytherapy is like those seen with outside pillar radiation treatment, in spite of the fact that they are typically less extreme. 

Instances of intense or prompt symptoms include: 

  • Nearby swelling

  • Nearby wounding 

  • Release in instances of vaginal or womb cancer. 

  • Semen might be stained and, in uncommon cases, may contain ousted pellets. Patients are in this manner encouraged to utilize contraception during sex. 

  • Bleeding

  • Pain and discomfort at the site of the implant

  • The general sentiment of weariness 

Brachytherapy utilized for uterine, cervical, vaginal or prostate disease can prompt momentary urinary manifestations including urinary maintenance, torment on pee, incontinence, and failure to pee. Brachytherapy for these tumors can likewise prompt looseness of the bowels, stoppage and some rectal dying.

Factors affecting the cost of Brachytherapy

There can be varied factors that affect the costing of the procedure and many time external circumstances play an important role. The exact factors are:

  • State of the art technology

  • Brachytherapy isotope used

  • Individual spending capacity

  • Hospital allowances 

Treatment and Cost

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Jaypee Hospital located in Noida, India is accredited by ISO, NABH, NABL. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • 525 beds in the first phase
  • 150 Critical Care beds
  • 325 ward beds with Suite, Deluxe, Twin Sharing, and Economy options
  • 18 Modular OTs
  • 4 Cardiac Catheterization Lab with unqie Hybrid Operating Room
  • 24 bedded Advanced Neonatal ICUs20 bedded Dialysis Units
  • 2 Linear Accelerator (IMRT, VMAT, I
  • GRT), Wide Bore CT Simulator, one Brachytherapy Suite
  • True Beam STx Linear Accelerator
  • 2 MRI (3.0 Tesla) with High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound
  • 64 Slice PET CT, Gamma Camera, Dual Head 6 Slice SPECT CT
  • 256 Slice CT Scan, CT Simulation
  • Amongst the few GOLD LEED-certified hospital buildings in India
  • Appointment Scheduling
  • Flow motion 64 Slice PET CT technology
  • Pick and drop facility from/to the Airport
  • Foreign exchange facility
  • Treatment packages
  • Visa assistance
  • Admission in the hospital
  • Wi-Fi/internet service in the room
  • Travel arrangement for patient & attendant after discharge
  • Tele-consults after discharge
  • Dedicated Guest House for International Patients maintained by Jaypee Hospital
  • In-house translators for patient’s comfort
  • Assistance in getting doctor’s opinion
  • Registration with the Foreigners Regional Registration Office
  • Accommodation arrangements after discharge
  • Accommodation arrangement for the accompanying attendant
  • Customized diet for patient and attendant
  • Laundry services
  • Prayer room
  • Dialysis facility for 60 patients
  • Cadaver organs
  • Blood bank facilities
  • Advanced Laboratory facilities
  • Diagnostic and Radiology facilities
  • High-end Ultrasound facilities

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Seven Hills Hospital located in Mumbai, India is accredited by JCI, NABH, NABL. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • It is spread over an area of 17 acres.
  • There is also an academic institute with research facilities.
  • SevenHills Hospital has excellent diagnostic services including a laboratory and a provision for various tests.
  • Given that their are specific departments for various kinds of diagnostsic. Tests like PET Scan, MRI, CT scan and biopsies are completed regularly.
  • Biochemistry, Hematology, Microbiology are some of the important diagnostic departments.
  • Endoscopies as well as non-invasive procedures are done through their respective departments.
  • Day care specialty services are available for those kinds of requirements.
  • Health Check up packages are also present as are the collaborations with many insurance organisations.
  • There are professionally managed in-patient and out-patient facilities.
  • There are more than 30 super specialties in Seven Hills Hospital Mumbai.
  • There are also Centres of Excellence in Cardiac Care, Neurosciences, Bone & Joint Care, Cancer Care, Nephrology and Cosmetic Dermatology.
  • International patient care services are also implemented for the best assistance to overseas patients.

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Wockhardt Hospital, Umrao located in Thane, India is accredited by NABH. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • A 14 story building houses this hospital and it has a 350 beds capacity.
  • The hospital has a day care unit, dialysis unit, and digital documentation facility.
  • Treatment packages are available at the hospital as are Diagnostic and therapeutic services.
  • High end diagnostic services, 9 operation theatres and ICU facilities (24/7) are present.
  • Nephrology, Urology, Oncology, Orthopaedics, Cardiology, and Neurology departments in the hospital are worth a mention.
  • Minimal access surgery as well as Emergency & Trauma Surgery services are present in Wockhardt Umrao.
  • Comprehensive health check up option is available at Wockhardt Umrao.
  • It has all kinds of International patient care services including assistance for travel, transfer, accommodation and interpreters.

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Asan Medical Centre located in Seoul, South Korea is accredited by ISO. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • 524,700 square meters is the floor area of Asan Medical Centre
  • Number of beds is 2,715
  • 67 operating rooms
  • 11,680 outpatients
  • Everday 2,427 inpatients come to the Centre
  • 66,838 Sophisticated surgeries (per year)
  • 1,600 physicians and surgeons
  • 3,100 nurses
  • Five various types of rooms ranging from suites to multi-bed rooms

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Phyathai 2 International Hospital located in Bangkok, Thailand is accredited by JCI. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • Fully equipped rooms are available for convenience of the patients- Gold B Room, Gold A Room, Pediatric Gold A, Platinum room, and Prestige ward
  • Nearby accommodations are also available- Abloom Service Apartments, Bangkok Patio, VIB Best Western Sanam Pao, VIC3 Hotel
  • Operating room
  • International Patient Medical Center to assist overseas patients

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Architecture of the Hospital designed as per the comfort of patients-

  • Consisting of 8 floors, 212 bed capacity
  • 75m2 suite rooms
  • 35 thousand m2 closed area
  • 7 operating rooms
  • 53 polyclinics
  • 54 Departments
  • Hotel-like patient rooms
  • Intensive care units consisting of 33 beds
  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Center inside the hospital
  • PYXIS computerized medicine system working with fingerprint
  • Social waiting areas
  • Indoor and Outdoor Cafeterias & Restaurants

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Memorial Atasehir Hospital located in Istanbul, Turkey is accredited by JCI. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • Covers an area of 22,000 sqm in the Anatolian side of Istanbul
  • The Hospital has comfortable patient rooms, designed while considering all the required needs of the patients
  • Capacity of 144 beds
  • Intensive Care Unit
  • Emergency Department

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Apart from in-detail treatment procedures available, Herzliya Medical Center located in Herzliya, Israel has a wide variety of facilities available for International Patients. Some of the facilities which are provided by them are Accommodation, Airport Transfer, Interpreter, SIM, TV inside room. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • 350+ leading doctors in senior positions working with the Hospital
  • Single & Double Standard Rooms
  • VIP Suites and Decor rooms
  • 20 Departments
  • 19 Outpatient Clinics
  • 12 Institutes
  • 4 hospitalization Offices
  • 7 Operating rooms
  • 2 Pharmacies
  • 12 VIP chambers
  • IVF Centre
  • Top specialties offered by the Hospital are- Hysterography, Eye Microsurgery, Ablation, Amniocentesis, Angiography, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Aorta Surgery, Arthroplasthy, Bone Marrow Biopsy, Brain Tumor Surgery, Breast Cancer, Breast Lift, etc.

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Max Smart Super Speciality Hospital located in New Delhi, India is accredited by NABH. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • 50-bed facility with 12 high-end modular operation theatres
  • High-tech observation unit, 72 critical care beds
  • 18 HDU beds for patients
  • Dedicated endoscopy unit, and advanced dialysis units
  • Tertiary care hospital that is equipped with 256 Slice CT Angio, 3.0 Tesla digital broadband MRI,
  • Cath Lab with electrophysiology navigation, a ?at panel C-Arm detector
  • Da Vinci Xi Robotic System
  • GE Lightspeed 16-slice CT scanners
  • Interventional Radiology Suite, X-rays
  • Novalis Tx-a highly powerful radiosurgery system, which offers a combination of advanced technology for the treatment of tumours and other body parts
  • Allegretto Wave Eye-Q excimer laser, which uses technical innovations to get laser vision correction, with excellent clinical results
  • Optical Coherence Tomography
  • Bi-Plane Digital Cathlab for producing high-resolution 3D images of blood vessels in the brain
  • Offers services in medical disciplines of Cardiac Sciences, Neurology, Paediatrics, Orthopaedics, Urology, Obstetrics, and Gynaecology
  • Over 300 leading specialists, strong nursing staff, state-of-the-art innovative medical tools
  • A hub for complex procedures such as heart surgeries, orthopaedic surgeries, neurovascular intervention, targeted cancer treatments, liver & kidney transplant, and fertility treatments.
  • Interpreter Facility
  • Stay and Food Arrangement
  • Visa and Travel Arrangement
  • 3D (4D) imaging and Pure wave x Matrix technology
  • Live 3D TEE
  • 20-Inch high resolution articulating flat panel display
  • Automated Stress Echo
  • Premium Image Quality
  • Full Doppler functions

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Bellevue Medical Center located in Mansourieh, Lebanon is accredited by JCI. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • More than 130 bed capacity
  • Latest and most advanced healthcare equipment
  • Over a 100 surgeons and doctors
  • Centers of Excellence are Dialysis Center, Maternity Center, Musculoskeletal Center, and Spine Center.
  • Clinical Research focus towards treatment
  • Detailed International Patient Care services covering every aspect
  • Publications and Newsletters detailing hospital activities
  • Online wellness programs are conducted as well.
  • Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC) to enable feedback from earlier patients and their families
  • Long list of outpatient clinics
  • Departments that make sure health is dealt with in a comprehensive manner in one place:
    • Clinical Laboratory
    • Blood Bank
    • Molecular Biology
    • Behavioural Health
    • Dietetics & Nutrition
    • EEG/EMG/Neurophysiology
    • Emergency Medicine
    • Geriatrics
    • Pathology
    • Pharmacy
    • Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation
    • Radiology & Imaging Services
  • Health Insurance partners association so as to make the treatment experience more affordable.
  • A number of additional patient services such as home lab services, cafeteria, spiritual and pastoral services, healing spaces, concierge services, medical library etc.

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Max Super Speciality Hospital, Patparganj located in New Delhi, India is accredited by JCI. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • 400+ bed healthcare facility and a unit of Balaji Medical
  • Equipped with 116 ICU beds &14 HDU beds
  • Patient-centric care and modern innovations in medical technology.
  • 510 medical experts and doctors, 770 nurses
  • Robotic heart surgery
  • Backed by state-of-the-art technology, and 11 high-end modular Operation Theaters
  • 28 clinical specialties
  • Dedicated endoscopy unit & advanced dialysis units
  • 3.0 Tesla digital broadband MRI, 256 Slice CT Angio
  • High-Efficiency Particulate Air filter (HEPA filter)
  • Da Vinci Xi Robotic System
  • A ?at panel C-Arm detector, Cath Lab with electrophysiology navigation
  • Interventional Radiology Suite, X-rays
  • GE Lightspeed 16-slice CT scanners
  • Novalis Tx radiosurgery system that offers a mix of advanced technology for the treatment of tumor and other body parts
  • 20-Inch high resolution articulating flat panel display
  • Premium Image Quality
  • Full Doppler functions
  • Automated Stress Echo
  • Interpreter Facility
  • 3D (4D) imaging and Pure wave x Matrix technology
  • Live 3D TEE
  • Stay and Food Arrangement
  • Visa and Travel Arrangement
  • Around 300 leading specialists, dedicated nursing staff, state-of-the-art medical tools
  • Expertise in complex procedures such as neurovascular intervention, heart surgeries, orthopaedic surgeries, targeted cancer treatments, fertility treatments, liver & kidney transplant
  • Allegretto Wave Eye-Q excimer laser based on technical innovations to have laser vision correction coupled with excellent results
  • Optical Coherence Tomography

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Bangpakok 9 International Hospital located in Bangkok, Thailand is accredited by JCI. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • It would be prudent to summarise the Medical Services provided at the Bangpakok 9 International Hospital (BPK 9), Bangkok, Thailand:
  • Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Dental Implants
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG)
  • Exercise Stress Test
  • Health Screening
  • Laser Vagina Firming
  • Pediatric Physical Therapy
  • Perfect Slim by Vela II
  • Physical Therapy for Musculoskeletal
  • Prosthodontics
  • The Medical Services are also inclusive of the International Patient Services such as the ones listed here:
  • Thai, English, French, Arabic, Chinese, Myanmar, Cambodia, Bangladeshi, Bahasa and Tagalog are the languages in which there are Translation services available for International Patients.
  • Visa extension related assistance
  • International health insurance related assistance
  • Embassy and international organizations related assistance
  • A variety of meals of choice for International Patients
  • Email consultation services
  • Transfer to either airport and/or hotels
  • Prayer room
  • Four different types of rooms are available such as Deluxe room, two kinds of suites, and a VIP suite.
  • Hospital facilities like The Coffee shop, Food Hall, Cafe and Medical Spa.
  • Complete health and safety protocols are maintained in the various Medical Centers some of whom are as follows:
  • Aesthetic Center
  • 24 Hour Emergency Center
  • Allergy Center
  • Breast Center
  • bSmart Center
  • Checkup Center
  • Dental Center,
  • Happy Long Life Center
  • Medical Fitness Center
  • Psychiatric Center
  • Rehabilitation Center
  • Sleep Disorders Center

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Apart from in-detail treatment procedures available, Farrer Park Hospital located in Connexion, Singapore has a wide variety of facilities available for International Patients. Some of the facilities which are provided by them are Accommodation, Airport Transfer, Choice of Meals, Interpreter, SIM, TV inside room. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • A medical centre is linked to the Farrer Park Hospital Complex, Connexion, Singapore
  • The focus of the hospital is to bring together two essential elements: those of healthcare combined with hospitality.
  • There is a building with 20 different stories which comprises Owen Link, hotel and spa.
  • Personal attention and patient care focus is maintained with a system in place of listening, analysing, evaluating and then implementing a treatment plan.
  • 121 bed capacity
  • Technology and innovations help provide the best of medical and surgical treatment options.
  • Professionally implemented international patient care systems
  • Suites: Cardiovascular, day surgery, endoscopy, major surgery, nuclear medicine, radiation oncology, and inpatient suite
  • Diagnostic imaging and intensive care unit
  • 24 hour emergency clinic and pharmacy
  • Facilities such as dialysis, nutrition services, rehab centre, and teaching clinic

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Kardiolita Hospital, Vilnius located in Vilnius, Lithuania is accredited by JCI. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • An outpatient department, 56-beds for inpatients
  • 13 advanced operation theatres
  • 24-hour intensive care unit
  • Emergency Department
  • Gynecology Center
  • Vascular Center
  • ENT Center
  • Neurology Center
  • General and Abdominal Surgery Center
  • The staff also takes care of your air travel and pick & drop facility

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Parkway Pantai located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is accredited by JCI. Also listed below are some of the most prominent infrastructural details:

  • Capacity of 335 beds
  • 200+ specialist Doctors
  • Critical Care Unit
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • Operating Theatre
  • International Patient Care Center
  • Types of rooms available- Premier Suite, Supreme Suite, Deluxe Single Room, 2-bedded room, 4-bedded room, Deluxe Suite, Premier Single room, and Supreme Single room

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About the Brachytherapy

Brachytherapy is an advanced form of radiation therapy. It is also known as internal radiation therapy. Radiation therapy is a type of cancer treatment in which ionizing radiation is used to destroy cancer cells and shrink the size of the tumors. The conventional form of radiation therapy is external beam radiation that projects radiation from a machine outside of the body. In case of internal radiation or brachytherapy, radioactive particles or sources that are internally placed in or next to the tumour site, are used to destroy cancer cells. Brachytherapy helps deliver a high radiation dose to the tumor, with minimal exposure to the surrounding healthy tissues.It thus allows delivering high doses of radiation to more-specific areas of the body.

Brachytherapy can be used for effective treatment of cervical, prostate, breast, skin, lung, head and neck, and gum cancer, in addition to tumors located in other parts of the body. Brachytherapy for prostate cancer is a commonly performed procedure. It is also used for the treatment of gum cancer as well. Brachytherapy is an alternative treatment for gum cancer and is conducted who are unfit to undergo a surgery or do not need one.

Brachytherapy can be completed in less time than other conventional radiotherapy techniques. Brachytherapy for prostate cancer and other cancers is often performed on an outpatient basis and patients typically have to take fewer brachytherapy sessions, as compared to external radiotherapy treatment for cancer. This makes brachytherapy more accessible and convenient to many patients. Most of the patients are able to tolerate brachytherapy very well with fewer side effects.

Types of Brachytherapy

There are two types of brachytherapy treatment:

  • Temporary brachytherapy:

    In this method, highly radioactive particles are placed in a catheter or slender tube for a specific amount of time and then withdrawn. Temporary brachytherapy can be administered at either low-dose rate (LDR) or high-dose-rate (HDR).

  • Permanent brachytherapy:

    In this method, a radioactive seed or pellet is implanted in or near the tumor and left there permanently. After a period of several months, the radioactivity level of the implanted seed eventually diminishes to nothing.

How is Brachytherapy performed?

Brachytherapy treatment plan is created and governed by a radiation oncologist, who is a highly trained physician specializing in treating cancer with radiotherapy. The radiation oncologist will require a team, including a medical physicist, dosimetrist, radiation therapist, radiation therapy nurse and in some cases, a surgeon to conduct the procedure. However, the radiation oncologist is the one who evaluates the patient and determines the appropriate therapy, including how much radiation to deliver.

In permanent brachytherapy, needles that are pre-filled with the radioactive brachytherapy seeds are inserted into the tumor. Then the needle or device is removed, leaving the radioactive seeds behind. Sometimes these seeds may be implanted in sessions using a device that inserts them individually at regular intervals. An appropriate imaging means such as an ultrasound, X-ray, MRI or CT scan may be used to assist the physician in positioning brachytherapy seeds at the right place. After implantation, some additional imaging can be done to verify seed placement.

Temporary brachytherapy starts with placing a delivery device, such as a catheter, needle, or applicator, into the tumor. Methods of imaging such as an ultrasound, MRI, or CT scan will help position the radiation sources correctly. The delivery device can either be inserted into a body cavity such as vagina (intracavitary brachytherapy) or applicators such as needles or catheters can be inserted into body tissues (interstitial brachytherapy). Device implantation will depend on the location of cancer.

Radiation using brachytherapy procedure can be delivered at three different levels:

  • High-dose-rate (HDR):

    HDR brachytherapy is given for over 10 to 20 minutes per session, but it can take several hours worth of preparation, which includes device placement. HDR brachytherapy is mostly conducted as an outpatient procedure, although sometimes patients are admitted for one to two days to have several HDR brachytherapy sessions using the same applicator.

    HDR brachytherapy delivers a specified dose of radiation to the tumor in a short burst using a remote-afterloading machine. This will help protect the patient from unnecessary exposure to radiation. This procedure can be repeated a couple of times on the same day.
  • Low-dose rate (LDR):

    LDR is delivered at a continuous rate of radiation for over 20 to 50 minutes. The patient needs overnight hospitalization so the delivery device can remain in place throughout the treatment. The radiation oncologist may insert the radioactive particle manually through the delivery device and remove the material and delivery device after the treatment.

  • Pulsed dose-rate (PDR):

    PDR brachytherapy is delivered in a similar way of LDR, but the treatment takes place in periodic pulses instead of continuous radiation. 

Recovery from Brachytherapy

For patients who have received brachytherapy for prostate cancer or any other types of cancer, limiting physical activity for at least three to five days is important. You can experience some level of grogginess after the procedure, however, it will last for only a few hours. You will be prescribed a few emergency medicines that you can take in case you experience pain or any other type of discomfort.

There are some side effects associated with all kinds of radiation therapy. However, the acute, sub-acute, or long-term side effects of brachytherapy depend on the location of the tumor being treated and the type of brachytherapy being used.

Some acute side effects of brachytherapy are

  • Localized bruising,
  • Bleeding, swelling,
  • Fatigue and discomfort within the implanted region.

But these are temporary side effects and usually resolve within a few days following completion of treatment.

Usually, brachytherapy does not cause any long-term side effects, but in a few cases, it may cause urinary and digestive problems. But in that case as well, long-term side effects are usually mild or moderate in nature and there are many palliative medicines that are available to cope with the symptoms.

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