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May 5, 1999

Prostatectomy, External Beam Radiation Therapy, or Brachytherapy for Localized Prostate Cancer

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1999;281(17):1583-1586. doi:10.1001/jama.281.17.1583

To the Editor: The study by Dr D'Amico and colleagues1 suggests that although radical prostatectomy, external radiotherapy, and brachytherapy are efficacious against low-risk prostate cancer, brachytherapy is less effective than the other methods against intermediate- and high-risk cases. However, several aspects in this study, including the therapeutic approach, implantation adequacy, and technical factors, require examination.

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