Brachytherapy Cancer Resources & Links
I. CANCER RESOURCES AND LINKS
- St. Luke's Hospital Wellness Watch: St. Luke Education program offer stream video of education about HDR Brachytherapy including interview with HDR Brachytherapy patients.
- American Cancer Society: is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.
- National Cancer Institute: The U.S. National Institute of Health's cancer research wing.
- Cancer Help Online: Links to Thousands of Cancer Related Sites
Seeds Migration Issue
- Article: "Radiation Pellets May Leave Prostate Gland After Treatment" by American Cancer Society
- Article: "Radioactive seed migration to the chest after transperineal interstitial prostate brachytherapy: extraprostatic seed placement correlates with migration" By Jeffrey S. Eshleman; Brain J. Dvis; Thomas M. Pisansky; Torrence M. Wilson; Michael G. Haddock; Bernard F. King; Charles H. Darby; Wayne N. Lajoie; and Ann L. Oberg.
Summary: A clinical investigation of 102 patients who underwent permanent prostate brachytherapy at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, The investigation revealed that one or more seeds were found in chest x-rays of 55 patients out of 100 patients, who are eligible for the study. The study conclude that extraprostatic placement of loose seeds is associate with increased likelihood for, and frequency of seed migration to the thorax (lung). [Abstract], [Full Article]
- Article: "Accurate and efficient detection of pulmonary seed embolization in prostate iodine-125 permanent brachytherapy with a collimated gamma scintillation survey meter" by Qin-Sheng Chen, Henry F. Blaire; Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Mayfield Heights, Ohio 41124, USA.; Medical Physics, May 2003, Vol 30, Issue 5, pp. 785-790.
Summary: The article showed that a gamma scintillation survey meter is an accurate and efficient equipment to detect implant seeds that could not be seen on a routine radiographs. [Abstract]
Organ Motion Issue
- Article: Organ Motion and Its Management Article by K.M. Langen, PhD and D.T.L. Jones, PhD. Published on International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics, Volume 50, Issue 1, Pages 265-278.
Summary: The author ended with discussion that "Method to compensate for organ motion are often resource intensive. Their implementation has to be weighed against the potential risk that organ motion may compromise clinical outcomes and may potentially mask the advantages of conformal therapies" [Abstract], [Full Article]
II. PROSTATE CANCER RESOURCES AND LINKS
- Prostate Cancer Foundation: An organization dedicated to finding a cure for prostate cancer.
- US TOO: A grassroots organization founded by prostate cancer survivors to help cancer survivors, their spouses/partners and families. The organization offering counseling and support groups.
- Medline Plus: Prostate Cancer Page: Prostate cancer resource from U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health providing latest news, over view of the the decease, diagnosis/symptoms, treatments information, prevention/screening information, etc.
- National Cancer Institute: Prostate Cancer Page: A comprehensive site maintained by the National Cancer Institute, provides quick access to current information on prostate cancer. Information on this page is continually reviewed and revised by experts.
- Prostate Cancer Research Institute (PCRI): Offering education, news letter and support for prostate cancer patients.
III. GYNECOLOGIC CANCER RESOURCES AND LINKS
- Eyes on the prize: A web community providing information, experience, resources, support and company to gynecologic cancer patients.
- MedLine Plus: Cervical cancer page, Vaginal cancer page, Uterine cancer page, Vulvar cancer page: Gynecologic cancer resource from U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health providing latest news, over view of the the decease, diagnosis/symptoms, treatments information, prevention/screening information, etc.
IV. BREAST CANCER RESOURCES AND LINKS
- The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation: The oldest breast cancer foundation, founded in 1982 in memory of Susan G. Komen who died of breast cancer at the age of 36, offering educations and supports for patients diagnosis with breast cancer.
- Breast Cancer Research Foundation: A non-profit organization, located in NY, who raise money to fund breast cancer research worldwide.
- Breast Cancer Action: Local support organization in San Francisco and Bay Area
- Breastcancer.org: A nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the most reliable, complete, and up-to-date information about breast cancer.
- Living Beyond Breast Cancer: A nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering all women affected by breast cancer to live as long as possible with the best quality of life.
- Voices of Mammosite: A website devoted to the thousands of extraordinary women who have confronted the challenges of breast cancer and have fought it successfully with MammoSite® 5-Day Targeted Radiation Therapy.
- Mediline Plus: Breast Cancer Page: A service of that U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health provide Breast Cancer latest news, Diagnosis/Symptoms, Treatment, Preventing/Screening, Picture/Diagrams, etc.
- National Breast Cancer Foundation: A nonprofit organization founded by a breast cancer survivor, Janelle Hail, aim to fight breast cancer by increasing awareness of breast cancer through education and by providing mammograms for those in need.
- National Cancer Institute; Breast Cancer Page: A comprehensive site maintained by the National Cancer Institute, provides quick access to current information on breast cancer. Information is continually reviewed and revised by experts.