This is the most common way of giving internal radiotherapy after surgery to treat womb cancer. You can usually have it done as an outpatient. Your doctor will carefully put a hollow plastic or metal tube (applicator) into your vagina. You won’t usually need any anaesthetic to have this done. But let your nurse or doctor know if you’re worried or have any discomfort. They can help to reassure you or give you painkillers if you need them.
You’ll probably have a CT scan or x-ray to check the position of the applicators. After this, a radiographer will attach a flexible tube to the applicator. This is connected to the machine that delivers the radioactive source into the applicators.
The radiographer and nurse will leave the room and switch on the treatment machine. They will still be able to see you and hear you, so if you need anything they can stop the machine and come back in again.
The treatment only lasts a few minutes, and a nurse will gently remove the applicators when it’s over. You’ll need to come back and have it on different days for between 2–4 treatments. You can usually have it as an outpatient.