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Minerva Ginecologica 2007 August;59(4):377-86

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Breast irradiation with brachytherapy: approved techniques and new concepts

Niehoff P. 1, Mundhenke C. 2, Kimmig B. 1, 2, Maas N. 2

1 Department of Radiotherapy (Radiooncology), UK-SH, Campus Kiel, Kiel, Germany
2 Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, UK-SH, Campus Kiel, Kiel, Germany


Among surgery and chemotherapy, radiotherapy has an important role in the treatment of breast cancer patients. But not only external beam radiotherapy (EBRT) treatment is an established method for treatment of breast cancer, also brachytherapy (BT) is an approved method. BT is well known for boost irradiation in combination with EBRT, but new indications as reirradiation for local recurrences or partial breast irradiation offer new aspects in the field of BT for breast cancer treatment. Because of modern CT based 3-D treatment planning systems and the possibility of intensity modulated brachytherapy (IMBT) has getting more potential. In the future for selected patient’s reirradiation of the breast using IMBT after local relapse and second breast conserving surgery might be an alternative instead of mastectomy. Even partial breast BT following breast conservative operation as a new treatment option is getting more and more interesting and is widely investigated in several studies. Due to the approved techniques and the new indications BT is and will be an attractive alternative and extension in the field of breast cancer treatment. But we need five better ten years results for definite conclusions at least.

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