Pulsed-dose rate brachytherapy in prostate cancer

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Abstract

Very similar to high-dose-rate (HDR) brachytherapy, pulsed-dose-rate (PDR) brachytherapy is delivered as an afterloading technique using a temporary implant. Several catheters or needles are implanted into the prostate according to a pretreatment plan. PDR brachytherapy is given as a boost to external beam radiotherapy. Treatment usually lasts about 48 h. Because catheters/needles can move during treatment, careful attention should be paid. Anchoring catheters in the prostate with specially designed anchoring catheters can be useful for this purpose. Because the treatment is delivered without the rectal ultrasound probe in, it is advisable to perform definitive treatment planning on CT scan or MRI.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInterstitial Prostate Brachytherapy
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
Pages111-117
ISBN (Electronic)9783642364990
ISBN (Print)9783642364983
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameInterstitial Prostate Brachytherapy

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Pieters, B. R. (2013). Pulsed-dose rate brachytherapy in prostate cancer. In Interstitial Prostate Brachytherapy (pp. 111-117). (Interstitial Prostate Brachytherapy). Springer Berlin Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-36499-0_8