Plaque radiotherapy (brachytherapy) for choroidal melanoma – pro

Plaque radiotherapy is a different procedure than photocoagulation. Plaque brachytherapy is a widely accepted alternative to enucleation for medium-sized posterior uveal melanomas (<10 mm in height and <15 mm in diameter). The most common material used in modern plaques is iodine 125, because of its lower energy emission (lack of alpha and beta rays), its good tissue penetration, and its commercial availability. Radiation from this source causes

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Electronic radiotherapy – pro

The Axxent® Electronic Brachytherapy System® utilizes a miniaturized high dose rate  X-ray source to apply radiation directly to the cancerous tumor bed. It was cleared for marketing by the FDA in December 2005. Unlike traditional high dose rate brachytherapy technologies, this form of brachytherapy is claimed not to require radioactive isotopes, heavy shielding, or major capital equipment. A number of posters and presentations, most of it in

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Brachytherapy for Prostate Cancer – pro

Prostate brachytherapy is among several roughly comparable options for front line treatment of localized prostate cancer available at this time. Unfortunately, there had not been a comparative prospective trial comparing seed implants, brachytherapy, external radiation, robotic prostatectomy, nerve sparing prostatectomy or conventional prostatectomy, proton beam radiotherapy and hormonal manipulation. Retrospective reviews, however, show these options

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