American Brachytherapy Society consensus report for accelerated partial breast irradiation using interstitial multicatheter brachytherapy

Brachytherapy. 2017 Sep-Oct;16(5):919-928. doi: 10.1016/j.brachy.2017.05.012. Epub 2017 Jul 1.


Purpose: To develop a consensus report for the quality practice of accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI) using interstitial multicatheter brachytherapy (IMB).

Methods and materials: The American Brachytherapy Society Board appointed an expert panel with clinical and research experience with breast brachytherapy to provide guidance for the current practice of IMB. This report is based on a comprehensive literature review with emphasis on randomized data and expertise of the panel.

Results: Randomized trials have demonstrated equivalent efficacy of APBI using IMB compared with whole breast irradiation for select patients with early-stage breast cancer. Several techniques for placement of interstitial catheters are described, and importance of three-dimensional planning with appropriate optimization is reviewed. Optimal target definition is outlined. Commonly used dosing schemas include 50 Gy delivered in pulses of 0.6-0.8 Gy/h using pulsed-dose-rate technique and 34 Gy in 10 fractions, 32 Gy in eight fractions, or 30 Gy in seven fractions using high-dose-rate technique. Potential toxicities and strategies for toxicity avoidance are described in detail. Dosimetric constraints include limiting whole breast volume that receives ≥50% of prescription dose to <60%, skin dose to ≤100% of prescription dose (≤60-70% preferred), chest wall dose to ≤125% of prescription dose, Dose Homogeneity Index to >0.75 (>0.85 preferred), V150 < 45 cc, and V200 < 14 cc. Using an optimal implant technique coupled with optimal planning and appropriate dose constraints, a low rate of toxicity and a good-to-excellent cosmetic outcome of ≥90% is expected.

Conclusions: IMB is an effective technique to deliver APBI for appropriately selected women with early-stage breast cancer. This consensus report has been created to assist clinicians in the appropriate practice of APBI using IMB.

Keywords: Accelerated partial breast irradiation; Breast brachytherapy; Breast cancer; Interstitial multicatheter brachytherapy.

Publication types

  • Consensus Development Conference
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Brachytherapy / adverse effects
  • Brachytherapy / methods
  • Brachytherapy / standards*
  • Breast / radiation effects
  • Breast Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging
  • Breast Neoplasms / radiotherapy*
  • Breast Neoplasms / surgery
  • Consensus
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Mammography / methods
  • Mammography / standards
  • Mastectomy, Segmental
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Selection
  • Radiation Injuries / prevention & control
  • Radiometry / methods
  • Radiotherapy Dosage
  • Radiotherapy Planning, Computer-Assisted / methods
  • Radiotherapy, Adjuvant / methods
  • Radiotherapy, Adjuvant / standards
  • Radiotherapy, Image-Guided / methods
  • Radiotherapy, Image-Guided / standards
  • Skin / radiation effects
  • United States