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Brachytherapy. 2008 Jan-Mar;7(1):55-9. doi: 10.1016/j.brachy.2007.12.004.

The "Golden Age" of prostate brachytherapy: a cautionary tale.

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  • University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA 01605, USA. aronowij@ummhc.org

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To investigate the earliest attempts to use man-made isotopes for prostate brachytherapy.

METHODS AND MATERIALS:

Two radiogold brachytherapy programs were analyzed, using literature review and interviews of participants.

RESULTS:

Although (198)Au has been discredited as a source for permanent prostate brachytherapy, the major flaw in the reviewed programs was the misapplication of the isotope.

CONCLUSIONS:

Safe and effective implant programs are grounded in the sound application of brachytherapy principles. New brachytherapy procedures should arise from the collaboration of radiation oncologists, surgeons, physicists, radiobiologists, and radiation safety specialists.

PMID:
18299114
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