SPOKANE, Wash. -- Doctors with Cancer Care Northwest say they are often asked what if “they” find a cure for cancer?
They answer that there are cures for cancer, but now researchers’ goals are to make sure that those treatments are safe for the patients.
This involves giving radiation just to the tumor and avoiding the surrounding normal structures. One way this is done is through “HDR” also known as high-dose rate Brachytherapy. Brachytherapy is a technique where radiation oncologists place radiation directly inside the tumor, treating it from the inside out, in hopes of avoiding the surrounding tissues. By treating the tumor from the inside out they can be very focused and just pin-point it on the area at risk. The method of Brachytherapy involves using thin little tubes and placing them into the tumor and then sending a small radiation source from the end of a wire which is controlled by a machine that puts the radiation source right where it needs to be for as long as it needs to be. Then doctors remove the tubes and the patient doesn’t have any radiation left in them.
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Cancer Care Northwest in Spokane Valley has moved to a new location at 1204 N. Vercler.