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|+||Radiation treatment given by placing radioactive material directly in or near the target, which is often a [[tumor]].|
|+||Brachytherapy for prostate [[cancer]], for example, is also called interstitial [[radiation therapy]] or seed implantation. In brachytherapy for prostate cancer, radioactive seeds are implanted in the prostate. The seeds might be titanium-encased pellets containing the radioisotope iodine-125. |
|+||"Brachy-" is Greek for "short." The opposite of brachytherapy is teletherapy, treatment in which the radiation source is at a distance from the target.|
|+||A type of radiation therapy is which radioactive materials are placed in direct contact with the [[tissue]] being treated. |