First Experiences in Würzburg of Interstitial Low-Dose Afterloading for Breast-Conserving Therapy with the Microselectron

  • K. Rotte
  • E. Löffler
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In Germany, manual interstitial brachytherapy was abandoned for many years due to the radiation hazard associated with it. There is now a return of this mode of treatment with the introduction of remote-controlled afterloading machines [4, 7–9, 14, 15]. Compared with teletherapy, two great advantages favor contact therapy. One is that, for the same reference volume, the integral dose within the target is higher. The other advantage is that the treatment volume can be kept smaller. In breast-conserving therapy, this enables us to administer a high dose within the tumor bed and simultaneously spare skin and lung.


Reference Volume Arch Gynecol Obstet Source Assembly Iridium Wire Spare Skin 
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