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December 06, 2014

Estimating Preferences for Treatments in Patients With Localized Prostate Cancer

Purpose: Studies of patients' preferences for localized prostate cancer treatments have assessed radical prostatectomy and external radiation therapy, but none of them has evaluated brachytherapy. The aim of our study was to assess the preferences and willingness to pay of patients with localized prostate cancer who had been treated with radical prostatectomy, external radiation therapy, or brachytherapy...

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September 25, 2014

Optimal source distribution for focal boosts using high dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy alone in prostate cancer

Purpose: To investigate the optimal distribution of sources using high dose rate brachytherapy to deliver a focal boost to a dominant lesion within the whole prostate gland based on multi-parametric magnetic resonance imaging (mpMRI)...
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September 18, 2014

Definitive salvage for vaginal recurrence of endometrial cancer: The impact of modern intensity-modulated-radiotherapy with image-based HDR brachytherapy and the interplay of the PORTEC 1 risk stratification

Purpose: Data for salvage radiotherapy for recurrent endometrial cancer are limited especially in the era of modern radiotherapy including IMRT and 3-dimensional image-based HDR brachytherapy. Theoretically, modern radiotherapy reduces the dose to critical organs-at-risk...
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July 30, 2014

Comparison of planned and measured rectal dose in-vivo during high dose rate Cobalt-60 brachytherapy of cervical cancer

Cobalt-60 (Co-60) is a relatively new source for the application of high-dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy. Radiation dose to the rectum is often a limiting factor in achieving the full prescribed dose to the target during brachytherapy of cervical cancer. The aim of this study was to measure radiation doses to the rectum in-vivo during HDR Co-60 brachytherapy...

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June 26, 2014

MRI findings at image guided adaptive cervix cancer brachytherapy: radiation oncologist’s perspective

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) represents the reference imaging modality for image guided adaptive brachytherapy (IGABT) of cervix cancer. Accurate interpretation of pre-treatment MRI is required for proper understanding of the tumor extent and topography at IGABT. Planning and optimal timing of the application begins already before treatment...

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May 28, 2014

Brachytherapy in the treatment of cervical cancer: a review

Abstract: Dramatic advances have been made in brachytherapy for cervical cancer. Radiation treatment planning has evolved from two-dimensional to three-dimensional, incorporating magnetic resonance imaging and/or computed tomography into the treatment paradigm. This allows for better delineation and coverage of the tumor, as well as improved avoidance of surrounding organs...

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April 16, 2014

A dosimetric study of polyethylene glycol hydrogel in 200 prostate cancer patients treated with high-dose rate brachytherapy ± intensity modulated radiation therapy

Background/purpose: We sought to analyze the effect of polyethylene glycol (PEG) hydrogel on rectal doses in prostate cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy...

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GEC-ESTRO Brachytherapy Guidelines:

www.estro.org

 

ABS Brachytherapy Guidelines and Consensus Statements:

www.americanbrachytherapy.org