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HDR brachytherapy of prostate cancer
Article published in Urologia Polska 2007/60/2.


Marek Kanikowski 1, Janusz Skowronek 1, Piotr Milecki 2, Magda Kubaszewska 1, Adam Chicheł 1
1 Zakład Brachyterapii, Wielkopolskie Centrum Onkologii w Poznaniu
2 Zakład Radioterapii, Wielkopolskie Centrum Onkologii w Poznaniu


prostate, prostate cancer, HDR brachytherapy, external beam radiation therapy, radioisotopes, temporary implants


Brachytherapy is one of the oldest methods in treatment of tumors known from the beginning of XX century. Generally the main idea of this method is to implant radioactive source and to provide radiation dose directly into the tumor mass. HDR brachytherapy (HDR - BT) in treatment of prostate cancer is most frequently used together with external beam radiation therapy (EBRT) as a boost (increasing treatment dose exactly to the tumor). In some cases HDR - BT is used as a sole radical treatment modality or as a palliative treatment. There are no significant differences in treatment results between radical prostatectomy, EBRT and HDR brachytherapy. The use of radiation therapy as a treatment of prostate cancer enables many patients to keep their sexual functions in order and causes lower rate of incontinence. According to progress in medical and technical knowledge in brachytherapy (development of computer planning systems, new radioisotopes and remote - afterloading systems), there has been possible to make treatment time significantly shorter in comparison with external beam radiation therapy and enables a higher protection of healthy organs in the pelvis. The aim of this publication is to describe method, indications, complications and selected results of prostate cancer HDR - BT.


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Marek Kanikowski
Wielkopolskie Centrum Onkologii Zakład Brachyterapii
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