GVR Report cover Brachytherapy Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Brachytherapy Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Product (Seeds, Applicators & Afterloaders, Electronic Brachytherapy), By Dosage Type, By Application (Prostate, Gynecological & Breast Cancer), And Segment Forecasts, 2021 - 2028

  • Report ID: GVR-1-68038-618-9
  • Number of Pages: 120
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Range: 2017 - 2019
  • Industry: Healthcare

Report Overview 

The global brachytherapy market size was valued at USD 788.5 million in 2020 and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.1% from 2021 to 2028. The increasing prevalence of cancer, technological advancements, and a significant rise in the adoption of brachytherapy are expected to drive the growth of the market during the forecast period. Brachytherapy is a type of radiation therapy used for the treatment of cancer. The radioactive materials are placed inside the body with the help of catheters.

U.S. brachytherapy market size, by dosage type, 2017 - 2028 (USD Million)

It is an excellent treatment for localized tumors. Currently, artificially produced radionuclides such as Caesium-137, Iridium-192, Gold-198, Iodine-125, and Palladium-103 are routinely used. According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the global incidence of cancer in 2020 is estimated to be around 19.3 million. This is expected to increase to 24.6 million by the year 2030. The increasing cancer burden is one of the major factors driving the market.

Radiation therapy can be used for prophylactic, palliative, or curative treatment. It can also be used as monotherapy or as an adjuvant with surgery, immunotherapy, and chemotherapy. The wide range of applications of radiotherapy has increased its adoption by physicians. The latest advancements in radiation therapy allow the delivery of a high amount of dose to the target area with minimum damage to nearby healthy tissues. This has increased the chances of localized tumor control and has improved cure rates, leading to an increase in demand for radiation therapy.

However, the lack of skilled radiotherapy professionals and access to technologically advanced products, particularly in developing countries is expected to be a major restraining factor for this market. According to the IAEA’s Directory of Radiotherapy Centres (DIRAC), as of 2020, there are around 3300 brachytherapy systems installed across radiation therapy centers worldwide. Around 60% of the cancer cases occur in LMICs. 80% of patients in these countries lack access to treatment as they have limited access to technologically advanced products. In LMICs, only 3-4% of the radiotherapy needs are met as opposed to 60-80% in the European countries.

COVID-19 brachytherapy market impact: A decline in usage in 2020, due to delay in treatments.

Pandemic Impact

Post COVID Outlook

The brachytherapy market declined by 1.3% during 2019 and 2020.

The market is expected to witness slow growth in the next 3 years as most of the hospitals and private clinics will have reduced budgets for the purchase of new equipment.

Delay in diagnosis and treatment major factors for the decline in growth.

Delay in diagnosis and treatment major factors for the decline in growth.


Product Insights

The seeds segment dominated the market and accounted for the largest revenue share of 30.5% in 2020. Seeds are small radioactive materials that are placed inside the body. These seeds can be placed in the body permanently or temporarily depending on the type of cancer.

The electronic brachytherapy segment is expected to grow at the fastest rate during the forecast period. This technique involves the usage of miniaturized x-ray sources as opposed to radionuclides. The various advantages of electronic brachytherapy such as low dose radiation to the organ at risk, minimal exposure of treating staff to radiation, and no radioactive waste are some of the major factors driving the adoption of this technique.

Application Insights

The prostate cancer segment dominated the market and accounted for the largest revenue share of 32.9% in 2020. Brachytherapy is an effective treatment option both as monotherapy and in combination with external beam radiation therapy in all patients with localized prostate cancer. The promising applications of brachytherapy in the treatment of prostate cancer are driving the segment.

The breast cancer brachytherapy application segment is expected to witness a CAGR of 7.6% during the forecast period. The increasing usage of brachytherapy in Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation (APBI) is one of the major factors driving the growth of this segment. Additionally, the rising incidence of breast cancer is also expected to drive the growth of this segment.

Dosage Type Insights

The HDR brachytherapy segment dominated the market and accounted for the largest revenue share of 71.2% in 2020. The therapy is generally done as an outpatient procedure for the treatment of various types of cancers such as skin, cervical, prostate, head and neck, and breast cancer. Short procedure time, higher efficacy, and protection from radiation exposure are some of the factors contributing to the dominance of this segment. HDR afterloaders are gradually replacing LDR afterloaders worldwide, as most manufacturers no longer guarantee the maintenance of LDR systems.

Global brachytherapy market share, by dosage type, 2020 (%)

LDR brachytherapy is primarily used for the treatment of prostate cancer. The introduction of new products such as GammaTile for the treatment of brain cancer is expected to drive the growth of this segment. In July 2018, IsoRay received FDA 510K clearance for this product, which uses Cesium-131 seeds which have a better adverse effect profile than other commonly used LDR isotopes.

Regional Insights

North America dominated the brachytherapy market and held the largest revenue share of 45.7% in 2020. Brachytherapy is widely used in North America due to the advantages it offers over traditional methods as it is a comparatively safer and efficient cancer treatment. Europe accounted for a share of more than 25.0% in 2020. The usage of brachytherapy in the European region has been increasing over the last 5 years.

In Asia Pacific, the market is poised to witness the highest CAGR during the forecast. The region accounts for over 60% of the world population and half the global burden of cancer. The prevalence of cancer is rising pertaining to an unhealthy lifestyle. In addition, limited access to technologically advanced cancer treatments offers various opportunities for the market players.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

Some of the key players have been present in the market for more than 35 years. They already have a well-established network of suppliers and customers, which helps in strengthening their market position. Additionally, some of the major companies also operate in other business domains. Hence, most often they are able to invest huge amounts for R&D activities.

New product launches and mergers and acquisitions are some of the major strategies adopted by the players in order to gain market share. For instance, in 2017, Eckert and Ziegler BEBIG GmbH acquired WOLF-Medizintechnik GmbH, which manufactures X-ray devices for skin tumor treatment. With rapid digitization in the field of medicine, more companies are focusing on integrated applications of hardware and software to develop next-generation oncology treatment solutions. Some of the prominent players in the brachytherapy market include:

  • Varian Medical Systems, Inc.

  • Becton

  • Dickinson & Company

  • Elekta AB

  • Isoray Medical, Inc.

  • Eckert & Ziegler BEBIG

  • iCAD, Inc.

  • CIVCO Medical Solutions

  • Theragenics Corporation

Brachytherapy Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2021

USD 839.7 million

Revenue forecast in 2028

USD 1.4 billion

Growth Rate

CAGR of 7.1% from 2021 to 2028

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2017 - 2019

Forecast period

2021 - 2028

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD million and CAGR from 2021 to 2028

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

Segments covered

Product, dosage type, application, region

Regional scope

North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Latin America; MEA

Country scope

U.S.; Canada; U.K.; Germany; France; Spain; Italy; China; Japan; India; South Korea; Brazil; Mexico; South Africa; Saudi Arabia

Key companies profiled

Varian Medical Systems, Inc.; Becton, Dickinson & Company; Elekta AB; Isoray Medical, Inc.; Eckert & Ziegler BEBIG; iCAD, Inc.; CIVCO Medical Solutions; Theragenics Corporation

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2017 to 2028. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global brachytherapy market report on the basis of product, dosage type, application, and region:

  • Product Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2028)

    • Seeds

    • Applicators & Afterloaders

    • Electronic Brachytherapy

  • Dosage Type Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2028)

    • HDR Brachytherapy

    • LDR Brachytherapy

  • Application Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2028)

    • Prostate Cancer

    • Gynecological Cancer

    • Breast Cancer

    • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2017 - 2028)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • U.K.

      • France

      • Italy

      • Spain

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • Japan

      • India

      • South Korea

    • Latin America

      • Brazil

      • Mexico

    • MEA

      • South Africa

      • Saudi Arabia

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