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May 5, 1999

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

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Copyright 1999 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.1999

JAMA. 1999;281(17):1583-1586. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-281-17-jbk0505

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.