High Dose Rate Brachytherapy   

High Dose Rate (HDR) Brachytherapy 

High Dose Rate (HDR) Brachytherapy involves the temporary implantation of radioactive seeds to treat a variety of cancers.

In this type of therapy, the radiation source is left in place for just 10 to 20 minutes at a time and then taken out. Patients may have treatment twice a day for two to five days or once a week for two to five weeks.

Who is a Candidate for HDR Brachytherapy?

HDR Brachytherapy can treat nonmelanoma skin cancers, offering a nonsurgical option for patients with early-stage basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma. We also use brachytherapy to treat prostate cancer, gynecological cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, colorectal cancer, and others.

What to Expect

During HDR Brachytherapy, a single radioactive seed is temporarily placed inside the tumor for a few minutes and then removed. The seed travels through slim plastic tubes called catheters that are positioned at the tumor site.

During this time, the radiation source is inserted and then taken out. High dose-rate (HDR) Brachytherapy has the advantage of short exposure times, which means that many patients can be treated and go home the same day.

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Why Choose John Theurer Cancer Center for Radiation Therapy


We have a history of leading radiation therapy in New Jersey. The Department of Radiation Oncology at John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center was the first center in the state to offer stereotactic radiosurgery (a non-surgical option) for the treatment of brain tumors. 

Advanced Care

We were also the first medical center in New Jersey to offer TrueBeam® image-guided radiation therapy, a radically different approach to treating even the most challenging cancers with unprecedented speed and accuracy. This technology is now offered throughout the network. 

Patient Experience

John Theurer Cancer Center has affiliate locations across the state, providing you with access to advanced radiation therapy options conveniently located close to home. 


The cancer surgeons at John Theurer Cancer Center perform more minimally invasive cancer surgeries than any other center in New Jersey.

Our Doctors

We have numerous radiation oncologists available throughout New Jersey.

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