Lung Brachytherapy

What is lung brachytherapy?

Lung brachytherapy is used when a tumor is seen in an airway through a bronchoscopy. Find out more about superDimension bronchoscopy and rigid bronchoscopy.

What happens during the procedure?

During the procedure, a thin plastic tube is placed down the nose, and down into the airways of the lung, into the diseased bronchus. The bronchoscope is then removed, but the thin tube will stay comfortably in place for about 45 minutes. During this time, a brachytherapy treatment will be given through the segment of the tube which is lying against the cancer.

What are the benefits of the procedure?

Lung brachytherapy can help stop bleeding, be used to help early stage lung cancers and to aid in opening a blocked airway.

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