Brachytherapy for prostate cancer

Low dose rate or high dose rate brachytherapy? What’s the difference and how do you do it? Tips and tricks when it gets difficult; post-implant challenges and toxicity management; which treatment for prostate cancer is best and in what circumstances?;  how does it compare with VMAT and SBRT?

This course covers a range of topics from patient selection, to implant and planning technique, to new developments in the field.

The course is aimed at all members of the prostate brachytherapy team who wish to enhance their knowledge and skills as well as those wishing to learn about prostate brachytherapy and aspiring to set up a brachytherapy programme including  urologists, radiation oncologists, radiation therapists (RTTs) radiologists, physicists and specialist nurses.

Course Director

Peter Hoskin, Radiation Oncologist, Mount Vernon Cancer Centre, London, Christie Hospital, Manchester and the University of Manchester (UK)


  • Bashar Al Qaisieh, Medical Physicist, Cookridge Hospital, Leeds (UK)
  • Stefan Machtens, Urologist, Marien- Krankenhaus, Bergisch Gladbach (DE)
  • Carl Salembier, Radiation Oncologist, Cliniques de l’Europe, Brussels (BE)
  • Frank-Andr. Siebert, Medical Physicist, Universit√§tsklinikum Schleswig-Holstein, Kiel (DE)


The course aims to: 

  • Discuss patient selection, indications and contra-indications for brachytherapy. 
  • Provide an overview of the, physics background techniques, equipment and staffing for a prostate brachytherapy unit and regulatory requirements. 
  • Give an overview of the results, side effects and their management 
  • Discuss new developments relevant to brachytherapy in imaging, focal therapy and salvage

Course Content

This course includes an overview on epidemiology and treatment options for localised prostate cancer.   Patient selection for both HDR and LDR seed implants will be discussed with treatment indications and contra-indications. Practical examples of gland evaluation, different implant techniques, ways of treatment planning, and post implant evaluation are presented in the context of videos and interactive discussions between participants and the teaching staff. New approaches are discussed including salvage and focal therapy. Comparisons are presented between LDR and HDR brachytherapy implants and between brachytherapy and other treatments available for prostate cancer.


Before commencing this course participants should:

  • Revise the general principles of prostate cancer pathology, diagnosis and staging
  • Read the published GEC-ESTRO guidelines in LDR and HDR prostate brachytherapy
  • Complete the FALCON* exercise which is distributed prior to the course.
  • Access the blended learning virtual lectures

Teaching Methods

  • 3 hours of virtual lectures
  • 8 hours of lectures
  • 1 hour of contouring
  • 2 hours of practical workshops
  • 3 hours of interactive discussions.

Methods of Assessment

  • MCQ  
  • Delineation exercises
  • Evaluation form.





The scientific programme is available here 

Key Words

Prostate brachytherapy, high dose rate, low dose rate, radioiodine, afterloading.


ESTRO members can order products at substantially reduced prices. Please note that in order to benefit from the member price, you must renew your membership for 2021 before registering to the course.To benefit from these member rates, please visit the membership page to become a member or renew your membership BEFORE proceeding with your order.



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Multidisciplinary Prostate

€ 350.00

 € 400.00

 € 500.00

 € 600.00

 € 600.00

 €  600.00

Brachy Prostate

€ 350.00

 € 400.00

 € 500.00

 € 600.00

 € 600.00

 €  600.00

Combined Fee

€ 550.00

 € 700.00

 € 850.00

 € 700.00

 € 800.00

 €  900.00

* Only available to members

If you want to benefit from a discount by registering for both Multidisciplinary Management of Prostate Cancer and Brachytherapy for Prostate Cancer please send a mail to:

Insurance and cancellation

Access to homework and/or course material will become available upon receipt of full payment.

The organiser does not accept liability for individual medical, travel or personal insurance. Participants are strongly advised to take out their own personal insurance policies.   

In case an unforeseen event would force ESTRO to cancel the meeting, the Society will reimburse the participants fully the registration fees. ESTRO will not be responsible for the refund of travel and accommodation costs.

In case of cancellation, full refund of the registration fee minus 15% for administrative costs may be obtained up to three months before the course and 50% of the fee up to one month before the course. No refund will be made if the cancellation request is postmarked less than one month before the start of the course.

Reduced fees

ESTRO members from economically challenged countries may register at a preferential rate of 350 Euro if three conditions are met:

  1. Only ESTRO members for 2021 are eligible (please make sure your 2021 membership is in order before you apply for the reduced fees)
  2. Only one course per person per year can be subsidized by ESTRO
  3. Sponsored candidates are not entitled to reduced fees (the invoicing address has to be the one of the participant)  

Please note:

  • We can only guarantee a certain number of reduced fees per course
  • Application deadlines are the same as early registration fees (3 months before the course date).


If you want to benefit from a discount by registering for both Multidisciplinary Management of Prostate Cancer and Brachytherapy for Prostate Cancer please send a mail to: