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Prostate brachytherapy in obese patients.
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PMID:  15062188     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: To identify and illustrate the potential problems with brachytherapy in obese patients. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Three patients with body mass index greater than 30 were treated with prostate brachytherapy. Transrectal ultrasound (TRUS) was performed using a 6.0-MHz Siemens Sonoline Prima ultrasound machine and a Barzell-Whitmore stepper unit. The patients' weight required use of an accessory table support. RESULTS: Once set up, there was ample room to maneuver, providing that the patient's legs were abducted fully. TRUS imaging of the prostate was unaffected by patients' obesity. The amount of periprostate adipose tissue visualized on TRUS appeared to be no different than that noted in nonobese patients. Similarly, there was no increased distance between the prostate and rectal surface, either on preimplant CT or transverse TRUS. To date, our experience is that the perineal skin to prostate distance was not so great that standard 20-cm applicator needles could not be used. For the 2 sub-350-pound patients who could be imaged on our CT scanner, postimplant target coverage (V100) was 88% and 95%. CONCLUSIONS: Standard TRUS and brachytherapy needles are sufficient to implant even the largest patients.
Jason Rockhill; Kent Wallner; Cory Hoffman; Gregory Merrick; Colleen Simpson; Sandra Arthurs
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Brachytherapy     Volume:  1     ISSN:  1538-4721     ISO Abbreviation:  Brachytherapy     Publication Date:  2002  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-04-05     Completed Date:  2004-06-21     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101137600     Medline TA:  Brachytherapy     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  54-60     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Middle Aged
Obesity / complications*
Prostatic Neoplasms / complications,  radiotherapy*

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