Application of an interstitial and biodegradable balloon system for prostate-rectum separation during prostate cancer radiotherapy: a prospective multi-center study

@inproceedings{Gez2013ApplicationOA,
  title={Application of an interstitial and biodegradable balloon system for prostate-rectum separation during prostate cancer radiotherapy: a prospective multi-center study},
  author={Eliahu Gez and Shmuel Cytron and Rahamin Ben Yosef and Daniel London and Benjamin Corn and Shlomi Alani and Giovanni Scarzello and Fabrizio Dal Moro and Guido Sotti and Filiberto Zattoni and Ike Koziol and Taryn Torre and Matthew Bassignani and Shalom Kalnicki and Reza Ghavamian and Dukagjin M. Blakaj and Mitchell Steven Anscher and Martin Sommerauer and Dieter Jocham and Corinna Melchert and Stefan Huttenlocher and Gabriella Kov{\'a}cs and Madhur Garg},
  booktitle={Radiation oncology},
  year={2013}
}
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Rectal toxicity presents a significant limiting factor in prostate radiotherapy regimens. This study evaluated the safety and efficacy of an implantable and biodegradable balloon specifically designed to protect rectal tissue during radiotherapy by increasing the prostate-rectum interspace. PATIENTS AND METHODS Balloons were transperineally implanted, under transrectal ultrasound guidance, into the prostate-rectum interspace in 27 patients with localized prostate cancer… CONTINUE READING
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