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Brachytherapy, Second Edition

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Applications and Techniques


  • Phillip M. Devlin MD, FACR
  • Robert A. Cormack PhD
  • Caroline L. Holloway MD
  • Alexandra J. Stewart MD
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Since the first edition was published in 2006, Phillip M. Devlin's Brachytherapy has been acknowledged as the essential book on the practice. In this updated new edition, all chapters covering cancer sites have been significantly revised. Organized for specialists in several fields, Brachytherapy contains site-specific chapters that discuss how the evolving role of advanced image guidance has demonstrated greater efficacy and less toxicity. Clinical vignettes with images now accompany all site-specific chapters. The chapter on prostate brachytherapy has been expanded to include other indications in the genitourinary system, and there are two entirely new chapters--one chronicling the history of brachytherapy and the other detailing the emergence of skin brachytherapy.

Dr. Devlin, a leading world authority on brachytherapy, has assembled other leaders in the field from world-renowned radiation oncology programs to enrich this comprehensive text. From new data on medical outcomes to the costs and benefits of running a brachytherapy practice, Brachytherapy, Second Edition is the first and last word on what still is considered the most conformal radiotherapy technique in the field.

In the new edition:

  • Over 300 images accompany the chapter text and clinical vignettes
  • Essential tables and spreadsheets enhance the chapter on running a brachytherapy practice
  • Ten years of technological advancements are assimilated and reviewed in each site-specific chapter
  • Includes access to the fully-searchable downloadable e-book

Product Details 

  • Publication Date October 14, 2015
  • Page Count 576
  • Product Form Hardback
  • ISBN 13 9781620700822
  • EISBN 9781617052613

Table of Contents 



Foreword David E. Wazer

Preface to the Second Edition

Preface to the First Edition


1. A Century of Brachytherapy (From the Prostate’s Perspective)

Jesse N. Aronowitz

2. Radiobiologic Concepts for Brachytherapy

Alexandra J. Stewart, Robert A. Cormack, and Kathryn D. Held

3. Technical Aspects of Brachytherapy

Mandar S. Bhagwat, Ivan M. Buzurovic, Antonio L. Damato, Scott A. Friesen, Jorgen L. Hansen, Desmond A. O’Farrell, Emily Neubauer Sugar, and Robert A. Cormack

4. Genitourinary Brachytherapy

André-Guy Martin, Frédéric Lacroix, Thomas Niedermayr, Paul L. Nguyen, and Peter F. Orio, III

5. Gynecologic Brachytherapy

Larissa J. Lee, Antonio L. Damato, and Akila N. Viswanathan

6. Breast Brachytherapy

Simona F. Shaitelman, Chirag Shah, Leonard H. Kim, Frank A. Vicini, Douglas W. Arthur, and Atif J. Khan

7. Thoracic Brachytherapy

Keyur J. Mehta, Nitika Thawani, and Subhakar Mutyala

8. Skin Brachytherapy

Anna O. Likhacheva, Phillip M. Devlin, and Ivan M. Buzurovic

9. Head and Neck Brachytherapy

J. Nicholas Lukens, Kenneth S. Hu, Peter C. Levendag, David N. Teguh, Paul M. Busse, and Louis B. Harrison

10. Central Nervous System Brachytherapy

Abigail L. Stockham and Nils D. Arvold

11. Gastrointestinal Brachytherapy

Alexandra J. Stewart, Nikolaos Tselis, Michele Albert, Nitika Thawani, and Arthur Sun Myint

12. Soft Tissue Sarcoma Brachytherapy

Caroline L. Holloway and Chandrajit P. Raut

13. Pediatric Brachytherapy

Lara Hathout, Suzanne L. Wolden, and Gil’ad N. Cohen

14. Vascular Brachytherapy

Chien Peter Chen, Ray Lin, and Prabhakar Tripuraneni

15. Foundations of a Brachytherapy Practice

David Jeffrey Demanes, Ron DiGiaimo, Casilda Menchaca-Garcia, and Tamara Syverson


Editorial Review(s) 


Dr. Devlin and coauthors have found a way to describe both the art and science of brachytherapy in a way that speaks both to experienced practitioners and to students of the field. The generous use of drawings, photos, and dosimetry complement the text in every chapter. This 2nd edition was worth the wait!

David C. Beyer, MD, FASTRO, Verde Valley Medical Center, Sedona, Arizona




This book is a timely and treasured addition to the brachytherapy library. The authors take us on both a historical journey and a modern adventure, moving from the inception of brachytherapy into the current era, as the authors showcase state of the art brachytherapy techniques. Recognition of the enduring nature of brachytherapy is especially important in an era where the utilization of brachytherapy is challenged. This book is a testament to the pivotal role that brachytherapy plays in the curative treatment of many patients with cancer. Written by a host of national and international experts, Brachytherapy contains both time-honored and evolving brachytherapy techniques. It is filled with practical information as well as interesting case examples and comprehensive outcome data. The authors review the traditional sites where brachytherapy is so important, but also catalog almost all possible sites where brachytherapy may be useful in the future. This book is a wonderful resource for both new and accomplished brachytherapists.

-- Beth A. Erickson, MD, FACR, FASTRO, Professor of Radiation Oncology, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin"



In this second edition of Brachytherapy, Devlin has put together an outstanding team of world experts to broadly cover this critical area of subspecialization in radiation oncology. The text begins with the basic radio-biologic and technical principles upon which brachytherapy is based, proceeds to each of the disease specific areas where brachytherapy plays a prominent role, and ends with practical aspects of operating a brachytherapy practice from a technical, operational and business perspective. This text is a must read for any radiation oncologist, whether one focuses their practice in brachytherapy, utilizes brachytherapy in any of the disease sites, or refers patients out for brachytherapy. This comprehensive text provides valuable information and guidance on the background, rationale, indications and care of the patient undergoing or considered for brachytherapy.

Bruce G. Haffty, MD, Professor and Chairman, Department of Radiation Oncology, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and New Jersey Medical School, New Brunswick, New Jersey




The alluringly titled first chapter of Phillip Devlin’s new Brachytherapy text is by itself worth the price of admission. In “A Century of Brachytherapy (From the Prostate's Perspective)," author Jesse Aronowitz channels his inner carnival barker to ensnare the unsuspecting reader into gazing at the irresistible tableau of eclectic science and colorful characters that form the history of brachytherapy as a subspecialty discipline within the field radiation oncology. From there, the rest of the prestigious and talented team assembled by Dr. Devlin complete the work of providing a comprehensive look at the current practice of brachytherapy in all of its protean forms. Especially given the recently re-invigorated appreciation of the clinical value of the fine art of brachytherapy as a powerful tool in the armamentarium of anti-cancer weaponry for a variety of tumor types, the book is a valuable addition to the athenaeum of oncology literature and should be read by radiation oncologists, medical physicists, dosimetrists, and trainees in these disciplines.

-- Brian D. Kavanagh, MD, MPH, FASTRO, Professor & Interim Chair, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Colorado School of Medicine



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