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Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725254/interacts-interventional-radiotherapy-active-teaching-school-guidelines-for-quality-assurance-in-choroidal-melanoma-interventional-radiotherapy-brachytherapy-procedures
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REVIEW
Luca Tagliaferri, Monica Maria Pagliara, Luca Boldrini, Carmela Grazia Caputo, Luigi Azario, Maura Campitelli, Maria Antonietta Gambacorta, Daniela Smaniotto, Vincenzo Frascino, Francesco Deodato, Alessio Giuseppe Morganti, György Kovács, Vincenzo Valentini, Maria Antonietta Blasi
Eye plaque brachytherapy represents a safe and effective therapeutic approach for choroidal melanoma, combining clinical outcomes with an eye and visual preservation. As it represents a complex procedure, a specific quality assurance program is strongly suggested to improve patients and operators safety, and to reduce possible complications linked to surgical procedure and radiation exposure. The aim of this paper is to describe the INTERACTS (Interventional Radiotherapy Active Teaching School) guidelines for quality assurance in choroidal melanoma interventional radiotherapy (brachytherapy) used in our institution...
June 2017: Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725253/computed-tomography-based-treatment-planning-for-high-dose-rate-brachytherapy-using-the-tandem-and-ring-applicator-influence-of-applicator-choice-on-organ-dose-and-inter-fraction-adaptive-planning
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REVIEW
Vishruta A Dumane, Yading Yuan, Ren-Dih Sheu, Vishal Gupta
Three dimensional planning for high-dose-rate (HDR) brachytherapy in cervical cancer has been highly recommended by consensus guidelines such as the American Brachytherapy Society (ABS) and the Groupe Européen de Curiethérapie - European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (GEC-ESTRO). In this document, we describe our experience with computed tomography (CT)-based planning using the tandem/ring applicator. We discuss the influence of applicator geometry on doses to organs at risk (OARs), namely the bladder, rectum, and sigmoid...
June 2017: Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725252/individualized-3d-scanning-and-printing-for-non-melanoma-skin-cancer-brachytherapy-a-financial-study-for-its-integration-into-clinical-workflow
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Meritxell Arenas, Sebastià Sabater, Andreu Sintas, Monica Arguís, Víctor Hernández, Miguel Árquez, Iolanda López, Àngeles Rovirosa, Doménec Puig
PURPOSE: Skin cancer is the most common tumor in the population. There are different therapeutic modalities. Brachytherapy is one of the techniques used, in which it is necessary to build customized moulds for some patients. Currently, these moulds are made by hand using rudimentary techniques. We present a new procedure based on 3D printing and the analysis of the clinical workflow. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Moulds can be made either by hand or by automated 3D printing...
June 2017: Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725251/custom-made-micro-applicators-for-high-dose-rate-brachytherapy-treatment-of-chronic-psoriasis
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Ivan M Buzurovic, Desmond A O'Farrell, Mandar S Bhagwat, Jorgen L Hansen, Thomas C Harris, Scott Friesen, Robert A Cormack, Phillip M Devlin
PURPOSE: In this study, we present the treatment of the psoriatic nail beds of patients refractory to standard therapies using high-dose-rate (HDR) brachytherapy. The custom-made micro applicators (CMMA) were designed and constructed for radiation dose delivery to small curvy targets with complicated topology. The role of the HDR brachytherapy treatment was to stimulate the T cells for an increased immune response. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The patient diagnosed with psoriatic nail beds refractory to standard therapies received monthly subunguinal injections that caused significant pain and discomfort in both hands...
June 2017: Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725250/adjuvant-radiotherapy-with-brachytherapy-boost-in-soft-tissue-sarcomas
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Annalisa Cortesi, Andrea Galuppi, Rezarta Frakulli, Alessandra Arcelli, Fabrizio Romani, Gian Carlo Mattiucci, Giuseppe Bianchi, Stefano Ferrari, Andrea Ferraro, Andrea Farioli, Marco Gambarotti, Alberto Righi, Gabriella Macchia, Francesco Deodato, Savino Cilla, Milly Buwenge, Vincenzo Valentini, Alessio Giuseppe Morganti, Davide Donati, Silvia Cammelli
PURPOSE: The standard primary treatment for soft tissue sarcoma (STS) is a wide surgical resection, preceded or followed by radiotherapy. Purpose of this retrospective study was to assess the efficacy of perioperative brachytherapy (BRT) plus postoperative external beam radiation therapy (EBRT) in patients with intermediate-high risk STS. MATERIAL AND METHODS: BRT delivered dose was 20 Gy. External beam radiation therapy was delivered with 3D-technique using multiple beams...
June 2017: Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725249/two-years-results-of-electronic-brachytherapy-for-basal-cell-carcinoma
#6
Rosa Ballester-Sánchez, Olga Pons-Llanas, Cristian Candela-Juan, Blanca de Unamuno-Bustos, Francisco Javier Celada-Alvarez, Alejandro Tormo-Mico, Jose Perez-Calatayud, Rafael Botella-Estrada
PURPOSE: The use of radiation therapy (RT) for non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC) has been changing throughout the last century. Over the last decades, the use of radiotherapy has surged with the development of new techniques, applicators, and devices. In recent years, electronic brachytherapy (eBT) devices that use small x-ray sources have been introduced as alternative to radionuclide dependence. Nowadays, several devices have been incorporated, with a few series reported, and with a short follow-up, due to the recent introduction of these systems...
June 2017: Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725248/clinical-outcomes-with-high-dose-rate-surface-mould-brachytherapy-for-intra-oral-and-skin-malignancies-involving-head-and-neck-region
#7
Ashwini Budrukkar, Archya Dasgupta, Prakash Pandit, Sarbani Ghosh Laskar, Vedang Murthy, Ritu Raj Upreti, Tejpal Gupta, Kanchan Dholam, Jai Prakash Agarwal
PURPOSE: The literature and experience of high-dose-rate (HDR) surface mould brachytherapy (SMB) in head and neck cancer is sparse. We report our institutional experience of SMB for such tumours. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Thirty-five patients with malignant localized early T1/T2, N0 (21 intra-oral and 14 skin) tumours treated with SMB during 2008-2014 were analyzed. Treatment was delivered using HDR (192)Ir source to a median dose of 49 Gy (range, 38.5-52.5 Gy) as radical brachytherapy and 18 Gy (range, 15...
June 2017: Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725247/novel-anesthetic-technique-for-combined-intracavitary-and-interstitial-brachytherapy-for-cervix-cancer-in-an-outpatient-setting
#8
Yiat Horng Leong, Kenneth Hock Soon Tan, Bok Ai Choo, Vicky Yaling Koh, Johann I-Hsiung Tang
PURPOSE: To determine the feasibility and safety of outpatient combined intracavitary and interstitial brachytherapy for cervix cancer with sedation and local anesthesia. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We included patients diagnosed with non-metastatic cervix cancer and have completed brachytherapy between December 2015 and December 2016. Moderate to deep sedation was achieved using intravenous midazolam, propofol, fentanyl, and oxycodone. Local anesthesia was achieved with 2% lignocaine gel and a paracervical block containing a mixture of 1% ropivacaine, 2% lignocaine, and 1 : 1,000 adrenaline...
June 2017: Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725246/effects-of-vaginal-cylinder-position-on-dose-distribution-in-patients-with-endometrial-carcinoma-in-treatment-of-vaginal-cuff-brachytherapy
#9
Yurday Ozdemir, Yemliha Dolek, Cem Onal
PURPOSE: To investigate the impact of different cylinder positions on dosimetry of critical structures in patients with endometrial carcinoma undergoing three-dimensional image-based vaginal cuff brachytherapy (VCB). MATERIAL AND METHODS: We delivered VCB at a dose of 4 Gy to a depth of 5 mm in the vaginal cuff of 15 patients using three different cylinder positions (neutral [N], parallel [P], and angled [A]) according to the longitudinal axis of the patient. We analyzed the dose-volume distribution and volumetric variability of the rectum and bladder...
June 2017: Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725245/the-usefulness-of-fleet-rectal-enemas-on-high-dose-rate-intracavitary-cervical-cancer-brachytherapy-a-prospective-trial
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Ignacio Andres, Manuel Gutierrez-Perez, Maria Pilar Rodriguez-Vela, Roberto Berenguer, Marimar Sevillano, Manuel Aguayo, Meritxell Arenas, Angeles Rovirosa, Yashmina Murria-Perez, Sebastia Sabater
PURPOSE: To evaluate the effects of rectal enemas on rectal doses during radical high-dose-rate (HDR) intracavitary cervical brachytherapy (BT). MATERIAL AND METHODS: Twenty patients suffering from cervical cancer and treated with external beam radiotherapy and HDR-BT were included in a prospective trial. The first brachytherapy fraction was considered the basal status, and patients were instructed to self-administer two rectal cleansing enemas before the second fraction...
June 2017: Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725244/optimal-perioperative-anesthesia-management-for-gynecologic-interstitial-brachytherapy
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Alison A Nielsen, Tehani A Liyanage, Gary S Leiserowitz, Jyoti Mayadev
PURPOSE: To propose an optimal perioperative pain management clinical care pathway for interstitial brachytherapy for gynecologic cancer based on our interdepartmental experience. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We conducted a retrospective review of 23 women who underwent 32 interstitial brachytherapy procedures for gynecological cancers, analyzing patient demographics, type of anesthetic, medications, postoperative pain scores, adverse events, and delays in discharge. We measured the association of postoperative nausea and/or vomiting (PONV) with hydromorphone use, and postoperative pain scores and total narcotic administration with type of anesthesia...
June 2017: Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725243/outcomes-of-salvage-high-dose-rate-brachytherapy-with-or-without-external-beam-radiotherapy-for-isolated-vaginal-recurrence-of-endometrial-cancer
#12
Shuhei Sekii, Naoya Murakami, Tomoyasu Kato, Ken Harada, Mayuka Kitaguchi, Kana Takahashi, Koji Inaba, Hiroshi Igaki, Yoshinori Ito, Ryohei Sasaki, Jun Itami
PURPOSE: This study was designed to retrospectively analyze outcomes of high-dose-rate (HDR) brachytherapy, with or without external beam radiotherapy (EBRT), in patients with vaginal recurrence of endometrial carcinoma, and to identify factors prognostic of patient outcomes. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The medical records of all patients who underwent HDR brachytherapy for initial recurrence in the vagina of endometrial cancer after definitive surgery between 1992 and 2014 were retrospectively reviewed...
June 2017: Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725242/focal-application-of-low-dose-rate-brachytherapy-for-prostate-cancer-a-pilot-study
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S Sara Mahdavi, Ingrid T Spadinger, Septimiu E Salcudean, Piotr Kozlowski, Silvia D Chang, Tony Ng, Julio Lobo, Guy Nir, Hamid Moradi, Michael Peacock, W James Morris
PURPOSE: To evaluate the feasibility and to report the early outcomes of focal treatment of prostate cancer using low-dose-rate brachytherapy (LDR-PB). MATERIAL AND METHODS: Seventeen patients were screened with multi-parametric magnetic resonance imaging (mpMRI), 14 of whom proceeded to receive trans-perineal template mapping biopsy (TTMB). Focal LDR-PB was performed on five eligible patients using dual air kerma strength treatment plans based on planning target volumes derived from cancer locations and determined by TTMB...
June 2017: Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533809/brachytherapy-in-the-treatment-of-bile-duct-cancer-a-tough-challenge
#14
REVIEW
Janusz Skowronek, Grzegorz Zwierzchowski
The majority of patients with bile duct cancer are diagnosed with clinically advanced disease. Most of these patients have a short life expectancy and are treated with palliative aim. Most patients present with locally advanced or metastatic disease, which is not amenable to surgical resection, resulting in poor survival. Adjuvant or definitive radiotherapy, with or without chemotherapy, is therefore used in many centers worldwide for better local control, and with the expectation that it will have a favorable effect on survival...
April 2017: Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533808/how-one-institution-overcame-the-challenges-to-start-an-mri-based-brachytherapy-program-for-cervical-cancer
#15
REVIEW
Matthew M Harkenrider, Steven M Shea, Abbie M Wood, Bonnie Chinsky, Amishi Bajaj, Michael Mysz, Joseph H Yacoub, Ari Goldberg, Margaret Liotta, Ronald Potkul, Murat Surucu, John Roeske, William Small
PURPOSE: Adaptive magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-based brachytherapy results in improved local control and decreased high-grade toxicities compared to historical controls. Incorporating MRI into the workflow of a department can be a major challenge when initiating an MRI-based brachytherapy program. This project aims to describe the goals, challenges, and solutions when initiating an MRI-based cervical cancer brachytherapy program at our institution. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We describe the 6-month multi-disciplinary planning phase to initiate an MRI-based brachytherapy program...
April 2017: Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533807/malignant-soft-tissue-sarcoma-of-the-shoulder-treated-by-surface-mould-brachytherapy-boost-in-an-adjuvant-setting
#16
Ashutosh Mukherji, Mourougan Sinnatamby
PURPOSE: Soft tissue sarcomas of the extremities account for half of all soft tissue sarcomas. Radiotherapy and surgery have been the standard modalities in the treatment of this type of cancer. Brachytherapy can be used as the sole therapy, if the target volume is localized and easily accessible. This work reports three cases of shoulder soft tissue sarcomas with positive deep resected margins, treated with a combination of external beam radiotherapy and surface mould brachytherapy boost technique...
April 2017: Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533806/second-salvage-high-dose-rate-brachytherapy-for-radiorecurrent-prostate-cancer
#17
Metha Maenhout, Marco van Vulpen, Marinus Moerland, Max Peters, Richard Meijer, Maurice van den Bosch, Paul Nguyen, Steven Frank, Jochem van der Voort van Zyp
PURPOSE: Salvage treatments for localized radiorecurrent prostate cancer can be performed safely when a focal and image guided approach is used. Due to the low toxicity, the opportunity exists to investigate a second salvage treatment when a second locally recurrent prostate cancer occurs. Here, we describe a second salvage treatment procedure of 4 patients. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Four patients with a pathologically proven second local recurrence were treated in an outpatient magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-guided setting with a single fraction of 19 Gy focal high-dose-rate brachytherapy (HDR-BT)...
April 2017: Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533805/electronic-brachytherapy-management-of-atypical-fibroxanthoma-report-of-8-lesions
#18
Stephen Doggett, James Brazil, Marketa Limova, Leah Press, Sidney Smith, Jeremy Peck
PURPOSE: To evaluate the suitability of treating atypical fibroxanthoma (AFX), an uncommon skin malignancy, with electronic brachytherapy. MATERIAL AND METHODS: From Feb 2013 to Sep 2014, we were referred a total of 8 cases of AFX in 7 patients, all involving the scalp. All of them were treated with electronic brachytherapy 50 Kev radiations (Xoft Axxent(®), Fremont, California). All lesions received 40 Gy in two fractions per week with 5mm margins. RESULTS: At a median follow-up of 23...
April 2017: Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533804/the-use-of-trans-applicator-intracavitary-ultrasonography-in-brachytherapy-for-cervical-cancer-phantom-study-of-a-novel-approach-to-3d-image-guided-brachytherapy
#19
Tomoaki Tamaki, Kazunori Miyaura, Toshihiro Murakami, Yu Kumazaki, Yoshiyuki Suzuki, Takashi Nakano, Shingo Kato
PURPOSE: To assess the feasibility of applying trans-applicator intracavitary ultrasonography to image-guided brachytherapy for cervical cancer. MATERIAL AND METHODS: For this experiment, a phantom was created and included a polyethylene tube, intended to simulate a tandem applicator, which was inserted into chicken meat and embedded in agar, along with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-compatible ovoid applicators. Three-dimensional images of the phantom were obtained using computed tomography (CT), MRI (T2-weighted), and intracavitary ultrasonography sectional images acquired at 1 mm slice intervals...
April 2017: Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533803/use-of-ultrasound-in-image-guided-high-dose-rate-brachytherapy-enumerations-and-arguments
#20
REVIEW
Susovan Banerjee, Tejinder Kataria, Deepak Gupta, Shikha Goyal, Shyam Singh Bisht, Trinanjan Basu, Ashu Abhishek
Inherently, brachytherapy is the most conformal radiotherapeutic technique. As an aid to brachytherapy, ultrasonography (USG) serves as a portable, inexpensive, and simple to use method allowing for accurate, reproducible, and adaptive treatments. Some newer brachytherapy planning systems have incorporated USG as the sole imaging modality. Ultrasonography has been successfully used to place applicator and dose planning for prostate, cervix, and anal canal cancers. It can guide placement of brachytherapy catheters for all other sites like breast, skin, and head and neck cancers...
April 2017: Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy
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