Brachytherapy State of the Art and Future Directions

Adam Cunha

J. Adam M. Cunha

Assistant Professor 

MON, 02/26/2024 - 3:00PM TO 4:00PM


Radiation has been used for the treatment of cancer for over a century. Brachytherapy is a delivery method that introduces radioactive material directly into tumors (vs. using beams of radiation delivered from outside the body). The last decade has seen a period of rapid technological advancement for the clinical practice of brachytherapy that includes developments in robotic needle insertion devices, integrating electro-magnetic tracking technology, and customizing brachytherapy applicators to each individual patient with 3D printing technology. This talk is a snapshot of these recent brachytherapy technological advances and will conclude with a vision of where the field is going in the next 10 years.


Dr. Cunha is an Associate Professor in the UCSF Department of Radiation Oncology. And the Director of the Graduate Program in Medical Physics, a joint effort between Radiation Oncology and UC Berkeley’s Department of Nuclear Engineering. He earned his Ph.D. in experimental particle physics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. As a member of the BaBar collaboration, his thesis work explored subatomic particle interactions generated using the GeV-energy electron/positron linear accelerator at SLAC National Laboratory in Palo Alto, CA. Dr. Cunha specializes in all aspects of Brachytherapy including Optimization, Robotics, Electromagnetic (EM) Tracking, and 3D Printing applications.