American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) and American College of Radiology (ACR) practice guideline for the transperineal permanent brachytherapy of prostate cancer.


Journal Article

Transperineal permanent prostate brachytherapy is a safe and efficacious treatment option for patients with organ-confined prostate cancer. Careful adherence to established brachytherapy standards has been shown to improve the likelihood of procedural success and reduce the incidence of treatment-related morbidity. A collaborative effort of the American College of Radiology (ACR) and American Society for Therapeutic Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) has produced a practice guideline for permanent prostate brachytherapy. The guideline defines the qualifications and responsibilities of all the involved personnel, including the radiation oncologist, physicist and dosimetrist. Factors with respect to patient selection and appropriate use of supplemental treatment modalities such as external beam radiation and androgen suppression therapy are discussed. Logistics with respect to the brachytherapy implant procedure, the importance of dosimetric parameters, and attention to radiation safety procedures and documentation are presented. Adherence to these practice guidelines can be part of ensuring quality and safety in a successful prostate brachytherapy program.

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Cited Authors

  • Rosenthal, SA; Bittner, NHJ; Beyer, DC; Demanes, DJ; Goldsmith, BJ; Horwitz, EM; Ibbott, GS; Lee, WR; Nag, S; Suh, WW; Potters, L; American Society for Radiation Oncology, ; American College of Radiology,

Published Date

  • February 1, 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 79 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 335 - 341

PubMed ID

  • 21106306

Pubmed Central ID

  • 21106306

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1879-355X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.ijrobp.2010.08.045


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States