Curietherapy, more commonly named brachytherapy, is one of the oldest irradiation techniques used for prostate cancer.
Prostate brachytherapy evolved according to the scientific and technological progress. After a historical reminder of the evolution of prostate brachytherapy, different technical aspects are discussed: low-dose rate brachytherapy using permanent or temporary implants, high-dose rate brachytherapy as well as new imaging modalities. Prostate brachytherapy indications are listed regarding to the evidence-based medicine data for low, intermediate and high risks prostate cancers. Potential indications and new research programs (focal therapy, high-dose rate, single-dose brachytherapy) are also presented.
Hannoun-Levi JM, Chevallier D, Cosset JM, Gerbaulet A. Are you the author?
CHU de Nice, service de chirurgie urologique, 06000 Nice, France.
Reference: Bull Cancer. 2012 Dec 18. Epub ahead of print.