By the end of this course participants should be able to know the:
- Requirements for a successful brachytherapy programme
- Relevant patient groups for prostate brachytherapy and the literature reporting their outcome
- Current areas of development in focal and salvage prostate brachytherapy.
This course covers an overview on epidemiology and treatment options for localised prostate cancer and gives an adequate introduction to brachytherapy. Patient selection for both HDR and LDR seed implants will be discussed with treatment indications and contra-indications. A review of the equipment and staffing for a brachytherapy unit is included in the programme for those yet to embark on this area of activity. Practical examples of gland evaluation types of treatment planning, different implant techniques and post implant planning are presented in the context of videos and interactive discussions between participants and the teaching staff. New approaches are discussed including salvage and focal therapy. Comparisons are presented between permanent (seed) and temporary (HDR) brachytherapy implants and between brachytherapy and other treatments available for prostate cancer.
Before commencing this course participants should:
- Revise the general principles of prostate cancer pathology, diagnosis and staging
- Read the published GEC-ESTRO guidelines in LDR and HDR prostate brachytherapy
- Complete the FALCON* exercise which is distributed prior to the course.
- 11 hours of lectures
- 1 hour of contouring
- 2 hours of practical workshops
- 3 hours of interactive discussions.
Methods of assessment
- Delineation exercises
- Evaluation form.