High-dose-rate brachytherapy as salvage modality for locally recurrent prostate cancer after definitive radiotherapy : A systematic review.

To review the current status of interstitial high-dose-rate brachytherapy as a salvage modality (sHDR BRT) for locally recurrent prostate cancer after definitive radiotherapy (RT).

A literature search was performed in PubMed using "high-dose-rate, brachytherapy, prostate cancer, salvage" as search terms. In all, 51 search results published between 2000 and 2016 were identified. Data tables were generated and summary descriptions created. The main outcome parameters used were biochemical control (BC) and toxicity scores.

Eleven publications reported clinical outcome and toxicity with follow-up ranging from 4-191 months. A variety of dose and fractionation schedules were described, including 19.0 Gy in 2 fractions up to 42.0 Gy in 6 fractions. The 5‑year BC ranged from 18-77%. Late grade 3 genitourinary and gastrointestinal toxicity was 0-32% and 0-5.1%, respectively.

sHDR BRT appears as safe and effective salvage modality for the reirradiation of locally recurrent prostate cancer after definitive RT.

Strahlentherapie und Onkologie : Organ der Deutschen Rontgengesellschaft ... [et al]. 2017 Jun 16 [Epub ahead of print]

Georgios Chatzikonstantinou, Nikolaos Zamboglou, Claus Rödel, Eleni Zoga, Iosif Strouthos, Saeed Ahmed Butt, Nikolaos Tselis

Department of Radiotherapy and Oncology, J. W. Goethe University of Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main, Germany. ., Department of Radiotherapy and Oncology, J. W. Goethe University of Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main, Germany., Department of Radiotherapy and Oncology, Sana Klinikum Offenbach, Offenbach am Main, Germany., Department of Radiotherapy and Oncology, Medical Center - University of Freiburg, University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany., Department of Medical Physics and Engineering, Sana Klinikum Offenbach, Offenbach am Main, Germany.