Why brachytherapy for bladder?
Brachytherapy is a well-known treatment for certain types of bladder cancer, with good clinical outcome. A key advantage of brachytherapy is the potential to spare the bladder, which improves the quality of life for the patient.
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The Luneray® Applicator consists of an integrated catheter/needle system, designed to enable laparoscopic, minimally invasive bladder brachytherapy procedures
Combination of laparoscopy and cystoscopy, to view both sides of the bladder wall. With laparoscopic instruments, the bladder wall is cleared for accessibility, the borders of the clinical target volume (CTV) are marked by titanium clips, and three to four brachytherapy catheters are positioned in parallel along the bladder wall. Both catheters’ ends protrude from the patient’s skin.
“The Luneray catheter creates new opportunities to treat select bladder cancers in a minimally invasive way.”
Designing the optimal dose distribution can be a time-consuming job. The latest version of Oncentra Brachy offers a series of useful tools that simplify many repetitive tasks, such as contouring and reconstruction. Oncentra Brachy buys you time to focus on what counts: creating the optimal dose distribution.
Oncentra Brachy also helps you optimize treatment plan accuracy, providing easy navigation to any plane that offers the most relevant information per region of interest. Template solutions for repetitive tasks, such as the new Implant Modeling tool and the popular Applicator Modeling feature, help reduce implant reconstruction time. DVH presets and the ROI Catalog Manager can help improve accuracy and reproducibility. Powerful inverse planning optimization automates volume-based planning, making the process fast and efficient.
Reduce implant reconstruction time
Dose distribution calculated by ACE
Implant modeling tool
Automatic dose optimization
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Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, United Kingdom
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