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October 21, 1988

Transrectal Ultrasonography: Is It Ready for Routine Use?

Author Affiliations

Rush-Presbyterian-St Luke's Medical Center Chicago

Rush-Presbyterian-St Luke's Medical Center Chicago

JAMA. 1988;260(15):2215. doi:10.1001/jama.1988.03410150063017

To the Editor.—  On what data does Dr Chodak1 base his statement that "the most recent assessment indicates that surgically implanted radioactive seeds have not been a sufficiently effective treatment for localized prostate cancer"?Schellhammer and associates2 reported similar percentages of negative biopsy findings with either open implantation of iodine 125 (65%) or external beam radiation therapy (71%) for treatment of prostate cancer.Further, Dr Chodak, grouping together various surgical approaches, declares iodine 125 implantation experimental despite the fact that there is a history of success with open surgery, which was originally developed because of the anatomic limitation of the perineal approach.3