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American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) and American College of Radiology (ACR) practice guideline for the performance of high-dose-rate brachytherapy. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 2011 Mar 01;79(3):641-9 PMID: 21106308

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High-Dose-Rate (HDR) brachytherapy is a safe and efficacious treatment option for patients with a variety of different malignancies. Careful adherence to established 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 HDR brachytherapy. The guideline defines the qualifications and responsibilities of all the involved personnel, including the radiation oncologist, physicist and dosimetrists. Review of the leading indications for HDR brachytherapy in the management of gynecologic, thoracic, gastrointestinal, breast, urologic, head and neck, and soft tissue tumors is presented. Logistics with respect to the brachytherapy implant procedures 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 HDR brachytherapy program.

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Erickson BA, Demanes DJ, Ibbott GS, Hayes JK, Hsu IC, Morris DE, Rabinovitch RA, Tward JD, Rosenthal SA


Beth A. Erickson MD Professor in the Radiation Oncology department at Medical College of Wisconsin


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MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Breast Neoplasms
Gastrointestinal Neoplasms
Genital Neoplasms, Female
Head and Neck Neoplasms
Health Physics
Patient Selection
Quality Assurance, Health Care
Radiation Oncology
Societies, Medical
Soft Tissue Neoplasms
Thoracic Neoplasms
United States
Urologic Neoplasms
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