Brachytherapy for treatment of prostate cancer

Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research
Record ID 31998008930
Authors' objectives: This report has been prepared in response to a request for information on the status of brachytherapy as a treatment for prostate cancer. Currently in Alberta, external beam irradiation is used for patients with prostate cancer who require radiation treatment. There have been a number of recent requests for out-of-province referral of patients for brachytherapy treatment.
Authors' recommendations: The quality of evidence on effectiveness of brachytherapy as a treatment for prostate cancer is still comparatively limited, particularly for longer-term outcomes. There is a continuing need for good quality controlled trials. However, brachytherapy is increasingly regarded as a useful option for appropriately selected patients, both as monotherapy and in combination with EBRT. Techniques are still evolving and levels of skill will vary between centres.
Authors' methods: Review
Project Status: Completed
Year Published: 1997
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: Canada
MeSH Terms
  • Brachytherapy
  • Prostatic Neoplasms
  • Radiotherapy
Organisation Name: Institute of Health Economics
Contact Address: 1200, 10405 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, T5J 3N4. Tel: +1 780 448 4881; Fax: +1 780 448 0018;
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