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How are radioactive pellets or radiation therapy used to treat soft tissue sarcoma?

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Doctors will put small radioactive pellets in the part of your body where the tumor is. This is called brachytherapy. The pellets are taken out after a few days. You may have to stay in the hospital while the pellets are inside. Your doctors also might suggest radiation therapy before surgery to shrink a tumor before they try to take it out. Or they might recommend it afterward to destroy any remaining cancer cells.

From: What Is a Soft Tissue Sarcoma? WebMD Medical Reference

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National Cancer Institute.

American Cancer Society.

The Mayo Clinic: “Soft Tissue Sarcoma.”

Sarcoma Foundation of America: “Patient resources.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Sarcoma.”

American Society of Clinical Oncologists.

Cancer Research UK: “Living with Soft Tissue Sarcoma.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on February 28, 2018

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute.

American Cancer Society.

The Mayo Clinic: “Soft Tissue Sarcoma.”

Sarcoma Foundation of America: “Patient resources.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Sarcoma.”

American Society of Clinical Oncologists.

Cancer Research UK: “Living with Soft Tissue Sarcoma.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on February 28, 2018

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