PURPOSE: To analyze the difference in prostate coverage and dose to the rectum in men with prostate carcinoma treated with permanent seed brachytherapy with different seed activities.
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METHODS: Forty-nine patients treated with iodine-125 permanent seed prostate brachytherapy with low-activity seeds of 0.30-0.37 mCi were identified. For each of these patients, 2 patients with similar prostate volume (±2 cc) were paired: one treated with intermediate seed activity (0.44-0.46 mCi) and one with high seed activity (0.60-0.66 mCi). The doses to prostate and rectum were compared using CT on Day 30.
RESULTS: A total of 147 patients divided into the three seed activity groups were analyzed. Mean prostate volume was 35.7 cc (standard deviation [SD], 11.70). Compared with low-activity seeds, implants with high-activity seeds consisted of an average of 22 seeds and 4.7 needles less. The dose to the prostate (prostate volume receiving 100% of the prescribed dose [V100], prostate volume receiving 150% of the prescribed dose, and minimal dose covering 90% of the prostate volume expressed in Gy) was not higher on Day 30 (p = 0.58-0.97). The mean volume (in cubic centimeters) of rectal wall receiving 100% of the prescribed dose (V100) increased with activity: low activity, 0.34 cc (SD, 0.49), intermediate activity, 0.47 cc (SD, 0.48), and high activity, 0.72 cc (SD, 0.79) (p = 0.009). There was a trend (p = 0.073) toward a higher frequency of clinically unfavorable rectal dosimetry (V100 > 1.3 cc) in patients with high-activity seeds (16.7%) compared with low-activity (6.3%) or intermediate-activity (4.2%) seeds.
CONCLUSION: High-activity seeds do not result in a higher dose to the prostate but in a higher dose to the rectum.
Delouya G, Bahary P, Carrier JF, Larouche RX, Hervieux Y, Béliveau-Nadeau D, Donath D, Taussky D. Are you the author?
Department of Radiation Oncology, Centre hospitalier de l'Universiténde Montréal (CHUM), Hôpital Notre-Dame, Montreal, Canada; CRCHUM-Centre de recherche du Centre Hospitalier de l'Universiténde Montréal, Quebec, Canada.
Reference: Brachytherapy. 2015 Jan 24. pii: S1538-4721(14)00691-6.