A new methodology for the treatment of patients with cancer is being introduced in the region. Specialists of the Belgorod Oncology Center master it. The Health Department explained that this was made possible thanks to the national project "Health Care".
Now, cancer patients will be treated using a modern and high-tech minimally invasive method – brachytherapy, which is effective in the treatment of cancer of gynecological and urological organs, as well as oral tumors.
If until recently we were engaged in remote irradiation – from the outside, now we can irradiate these tumors from the inside. Brachytherapy is intracavitary radiation therapy. It allows you to bring large doses of radiation directly to the tumor – locally. The tumor is affected by a fraction that cannot be achieved with remote exposure. Thanks to him, the highest efficiency and safety of radiation therapy is achieved. At the same time, there is no effect on other organs, – the acting cite Deputy Chief Physician for Radiation Safety, Head of the Radiology Department of the Oncology Center Pavel Golivets at belzdrav.ru.
According to the head of the urology department of the medical institution, Sergei Zagumny, patients can tolerate brachytherapy much easier than surgery or conventional radiation therapy. After it, patients are more likely to undergo recovery:
Instead of extensive surgery, the surgeon makes only a few punctures with a thin needle, the radiation source is delivered directly to the tumor. The procedure is performed within an hour. The patient is in the hospital for no more than three days, after which he will be under medical supervision at home.
To perform the procedure, the latest generation gamma-therapeutic apparatus and a set of equipment for the treatment of patients with neoplasms of the female genital organs have already been purchased. This year, a specialized ultrasound machine and a set of equipment for conducting prostate and oral brachytherapy will also be acquired.
The first patients in the region with prostate cancer will undergo a brachytherapy session until the end of August.