The doctor may decide that brachytherapy is the best treatment for your child’s tumor. Brachytherapy uses radioactive material, called sources to kill tumor cells. These sources are no bigger than sesame seeds.
Preparing your child / teen for radiation
If children and teens are not given information about radiation treatment in words that they can understand, they are left to imagine what is going to happen. These thoughts can often be scarier than the truth.
Radiation therapy (RT) is used to destroy tumor or leukemia cells to help control cancer. The treatments take place in an area of St. Jude called Radiation Oncology. The doctor in this area is called a radiation oncologist.