Multi-catheter interstitial accelerated partial breast irradiation - Tips and tricks for a good insertion

  • Tang J
  • Tan P
  • Koh V
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Abstract

Adjuvant radiotherapy is recommended post breast conserving surgery. Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation (APBI) offers a more attractive shorter course of treatment over 5 days compared to standard conventional external beam radiotherapy, which is often protracted. Multi-catheter interstitial APBI offers excellent dosimetric coverage. This article describes two insertion techniques for multi-catheter interstitial APBI, the operator dependent freehand technique, and the easier to learn template technique. The indications, benefits, and drawbacks of these two techniques are discussed.

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  • Brachytherapy
  • Breast
  • Multi-catheter

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Authors

  • Johann I. Tang

  • Poh Wee Tan

  • Vicky Yanling Koh

  • Shaik Ahmad Buhari

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