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Comparison of low and intermediate source strengths for (125)I prostate brachytherapy implants.

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Contributors: Nawaid Usmani, MD, FRCPC, Sunita Ghosh, PhD
Brachytherapy. 2013 Sep-Oct;12(5):442-8. doi: 10.1016/j.brachy.2013.02.004. Epub 2013 May 23.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To compare the implant quality and clinical outcomes for patients treated with low and intermediate strength (125)I seeds in prostate brachytherapy implants.

METHODS AND MATERIALS:

This retrospective review included 390 consecutive patients treated with prostate brachytherapy from 1999 to 2006. The first 142 patients were implanted with source strengths lower than 0.415U (0.327mCi), with the subsequent 248 patients implanted with source strengths higher than 0.493U (0.388mCi). Clinical, dosimetric, toxicity, and outcome data were compared between these two cohorts of patients.

RESULTS:

Despite having similar prostate volumes, fewer sources (median, 95 vs. 113; p<0.0001) and fewer needles (median, 23 vs. 29; p<0.0001) were implanted in the intermediate strength cohort. The postimplant dosimetry demonstrated better quality implants in patients treated with intermediate strength sources (median D90, 160.0Gy vs. 139.6Gy; p<0.0001), with greater dose inhomogeneity identified in the intermediate strength cohort of patients. A higher incidence of late rectal toxicity was identified in patients treated with intermediate strength sources despite lower rectal doses in this cohort. The biochemical relapse-free survival, prostate cancer survival, and overall survival were not significantly different between the two cohorts.

CONCLUSIONS:

The transition from low to intermediate strength sources has led to fewer resources being used and improved postoperative dosimetry. Although there were more rectal complications identified in the intermediate strength cohort of patients in this analysis, there were no other significantly worse clinical or biochemical outcomes for patients implanted with intermediate strength sources.

 

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APCaRI at the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer for second year

Well, we did it again!  Several APCaRI members participated in a 2-day major cycling event called the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer, benefiting the Alberta Cancer Foundation. We cycled 228 kms over 2 days along the majestic Rockies with thousands of other Riders, supported by an amazing team of volunteers. Riding along with over 50 members of the Cross Cancer Institute Team, and 1402 riders in total, it was an epic experience!
Most importantly, we raised $6.35M to support cutting edge cancer research in Alberta. We are very thankful for the support we received, which will help us to beat prostate cancer.

If you didn’t get a chance to support one of our riders, please consider contributing to the team’s efforts at our DONATE page.

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