Positive outcome on late side-effects and cosmetic results in the GEC ESTRO APBI trial

The new GEC ESTRO results for accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI) with multicatheter interstitial brachytherapy have been published in  Lancet Oncology.

Results show significantly lower grade 2/3 late skin effects with interstitial multicatheter brachytherapy compared to Whole Breast Irradiation (WBI).

Cosmesis is similar in the two groups with a trend towards better cosmesis with brachytherapy.

The study authors conclude that “These findings provide further clinical evidence for the routine use of multicatheter brachytherapy-based APBI in the treatment of patients with low-risk breast cancer who opt for breast conservation”