Radiotherapy for Peyronie's disease: A European survey

Luca Incrocci, Hop, HM Seegenschmiedt

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Background and purpose. Peyronie's Disease ( PD) is a benign condition characterized by penile nodules, pain and curvature. Radiotherapy has been used for many years with positive outcomes, however all studies published were non-randomized or non-controlled. The purpose of this survey was to understand which treatment policy is followed in Europe before setting up a randomized trial. Materials and methods. A questionnaire was sent out to 908 European radiotherapy institutions, 402 questionnaires were sent back and filled out correctly (44.5%). The questionnaire consisted of different items, regarding number of patients referred, fraction dose, total dose and technique used, and eventually treatment outcome of clinical trials. Results. Seventy-three institutions irradiate PD (19%), 304 do not (81%). Reasons for not treating were insufficient referrals from urologists or no interest in treating benign diseases. The most common fraction dose is 2 (range 0.5-8) Gy and the total radiation dose 20 (range 3-30) Gy. Most of the institutions use electrons (n=44) or orthovoltage (n=32). Decreased pain is reported in about 80% of the cases, and side effects by eight institutions. Conclusions. So far, a large variation of treatment schedules for radiotherapy of PD has been detected in European countries. Although the results are good and side effects minimal, there is still a need to set up a European randomized trial to prospectively evaluate the efficacy of radiotherapy for PD.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)1110-1112
Number of pages3
JournalActa Oncologica
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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  • EMC MM-03-32-04
  • EMC NIHES-01-66-01

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