Brachytherapy 2015 Mar-Apr;14(2):136-41. Epub 2014 Sep 6.
Working Group for Promotion of Permanent Seed Implantation Therapy of Prostate Cancer, Subcommittee of Brachytherapy, Medical Science and Pharmaceutical Committee, Japan Radioisotope Association, Tokyo, Japan; Department of Radiology, National Hospital Organization Tokyo Medical Center, Tokyo, Japan.
Purpose: If a prostate cancer patient treated with (125)I brachytherapy dies within 12 months after the treatment, prostate removal before cremation is recommended to avoid problems related to radioactivity in the ashes, such as inhalation of airborne particulate matter by crematorium staff or nearby residents. To provide guidance for such cases, a manual prepared under the editorial supervision of several professional associations was issued in 2008 in Japan. Herein, we investigated the incidence and causes of death, and the actions taken subsequent to death, among prostate cancer patients who died within 12 months after (125)I brachytherapy over a 10-year period in Japan; and we compared the results before and after the manual was issued. Read More