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Endobronchial Radiation Therapy (Brachytherapy)

Brachytherapy is a type of radiation treatment that provides localized radiation to the larger airway, including trachea and bronchi. Radiation is delivered through a small catheter placed into the airways during bronchoscopy. This therapy is coordinated with radiation oncology and usually requires three separate procedures.

Why is it used?

  • Helps destroy airway cancers that are causing airway narrowing, bleeding, or recurrent infections
  • Removes abnormal granulation tissue

What Makes Endobronchial Radiation Therapy (Brachytherapy) Different?

  • Unlike conventional radiation which is delivered from outside the body, aimed at an inward target, brachytherapy is truly localized radiation delivered to just the airways
  • Three separate procedures are required to provide HDR (high dose radiation)

Benefits of Brachytherapy

  • May reduce some unwanted side-effects of conventional radiation
  • Localized radiation minimizes energy delivered to healthy tissue that is not intended to be treated

Learn More About Brachytherapy

At UC San Diego Medical Center’s Interventional Pulmonology Unit, the following interventional pulmonologists specialize in performing a brachytherapy procedure:

All referrals will still have the option of continuing their treatment with their primary care physicians after the brachytherapy procedure.


For an appointment, for more information, or to find out how to refer a patient, please contact the Interventional Pulmonology Unit, 619-543-5840.

Interventional Pulmonology
UC San Diego Medical Center, 3rd Floor, South Wing
200 West Arbor Drive
San Diego, CA 619-543-5840