When you have cancer, it’s important to have access to every tool available to fight it. At Baptist Health Miami Cancer Institute, we’re proud to offer one of the most comprehensive radiation therapy programs for cancer in the world. Among the services we offer through this program are brachytherapy and radionuclide therapy.

What is brachytherapy?

Brachytherapy is a type of radiation therapy. But unlike treatments that direct radiation to your cancer from outside your body, brachytherapy is internal radiation. The treatment involves injecting radioactive material, such as Iridium-192 or Iodine-125, directly into your tumor. Brachytherapy allows us to target your cancer while significantly minimizing radiation exposure to the rest of your body.

We often use brachytherapy for prostate cancer and gynecologic cancers, such as cervical and endometrial cancer.

Types of Brachytherapy

Baptist Health Miami Cancer Institute offers two forms of brachytherapy:

Radionuclide Therapy

Radiation specialists can also inject a tumor-specific drug into your body to fight cancer. This treatment is known as radionuclide therapy.

One form of radionuclide therapy is called liver radio-embolization. It involves treating liver cancers by injecting radioactive microspheres — tiny, hollow particles go into the blood vessels that feed a tumor.

Baptist Health Miami Cancer Institute offers other radionuclide therapies, including:

  • I-131: An oral radioactive drug that treats certain thyroid cancers in conjunction with surgery. It can also treat certain benign (noncancerous) thyroid conditions.
  • Lutathera: A targeted radioactive drug that slows or stops growth of neuroendocrine tumors.
  • Pluvicto: A targeted radioactive drug used to treat certain types of stage 4 prostate cancer.
  • Xofigo: An injectable radioactive drug that treats prostate cancer that spreads to the bones.
  • Zevalin: An injectable radioactive drug used in conjunction with Rituximab to treat certain cases of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
Cutting-Edge Radiation Treatment in One Place

Cutting-Edge Radiation Treatment in One Place

Find the treatment option that’s right for you at Baptist Health Miami Cancer Institute. We offer one of the world’s most comprehensive and advanced radiation oncology programs, which includes South Florida’s first proton therapy center. As the only cancer center in the world to offer all the latest radiation therapies in one place, we’ll help you choose the right treatment for you.

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