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Focal low-dose rate brachytherapy for the treatment of prostate cancer

Authors Tong WY, Cohen G, Yamada Y

Received 15 April 2013

Accepted for publication 19 June 2013

Published 13 September 2013 Volume 2013:5 Pages 315—325

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/CMAR.S33056

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William Y Tong, Gilad Cohen, Yoshiya Yamada

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Department of Radiation Oncology, New York, NY, USA

Abstract: Whole-gland low-dose rate (LDR) brachytherapy has been a well-established modality of treating low-risk prostate cancer. Treatment in a focal manner has the advantages of reduced toxicity to surrounding organs. Focal treatment using LDR brachytherapy has been relatively unexplored, but it may offer advantages over other modalities that have established experiences with a focal approach. This is particularly true as prostate cancer is being detected at an earlier and more localized stage with the advent of better detection methods and newer imaging modalities.

Keywords: prostate cancer, focal, low dose rate, brachytherapy

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