12-09-2009, 07:13 AM
Senior Veteran (male)
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Annandale, VA, USA
Re: Brachytherapy vs. CyberKnife
Originally Posted by CyberknifeLI
... We currently treat prostate cancers with Cyberknife and feel comfortable doing so. As a side note, we have done over 2,000 seed implants over the last 14 years and have actually stopped performing that procedure. ...
Would you mind telling us the reasons for the total switch away from seed implants? I'm thinking they were economic - an investment in the expensive CyberKnife equipment, as I'm not aware of any studies that would cast doubt on seed implants for the right kind of patient. The only reason I know of for some decline in interest in seed implants is that the external beam technology, coupled with treatment-guiding imaging advances, has improved so much and has the advantage of reaching beyond the prostate.
Thanks for providing the leads to CK research. I'm eager to review them.