Brachytherapy for prostate cancer

Wills F, Hailey D
Record ID 31999008588
Authors' objectives: This report aims to review the recent literature relating to the use of brachytherapy in the treatment of prostate cancer.
Authors' recommendations: Biochemical outcomes indicate that brachytherapy is a reasonable option for treatment of early prostate cancer in the short term, or as a boost to external beam radiation in more advanced stages. However, its potential for influencing overall outcomes, particularly long term morbidity and survival are unknown. Alternative or complementary treatments such as radical prostatectomy, external beam radiotherapy are continuing to evolve so that the safety and efficacy of brachytherapy relative to these is not certain and may continue to change. This report suggests that, given these uncertainties, which are likely to continue, the choice of treatment for localised prostate cancer will likely continue to be made on the basis of physician and patient preference, rather than as a result of scientific proof that one treatment modality is of superior effectiveness.
Authors' methods: Systematic review
Project Status: Completed
Year Published: 1999
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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Copyright: <p>Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research</p>
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