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Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy
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vol. 3

Letter from the Editor-in-Chief

Janusz Skowronek

Online publish date: 2011/03/31
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Dear Colleagues

With this issue we start our third year of publishing a brachytherapy journal. Seven manuscripts are published in this issue. Five are clinical investigations – two concerning prostate cancer and three articles concerning cervical cancer, soft tissue sarcoma and base of tongue cancer. The other two are physics contributions. Manuscripts were send from USA (3), Sweden (1), Spain (2) and India (1). This show that our Journal is truly a global one.

We welcome Dr Sadiq R. Malik, MSBS, MS & PhD from Dhaka, Bangladesh as a new Co-Editor. Dr Malik worked for more than 40 years in USA and now started to organize Radiotherapy Department in his home country, Bangladesh. In accordance with his wishes, he will try to promote our Journal in South-East Asia. Now 70 scientists from 28 countries lead this Journal.

This issue of the Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy consist of two parts: the first contains prepared manuscripts and the second – materials from recent “International HDR Brachytherapy Meeting”, organizing by IBt Bebig International Brachytherapy, which was held in Pattaya, Thailand, 18-20 February 2011. For the second time we publish materials from a scientific convention. We are open for a cooperation with any scientific society, a research team or a company which patronize a scientific meetings. You are most welcome to cooperate. Publishing of this materials does not mean in any matter a company preference.

Most of us will probably come to London, for GEC-ESTRO Meeting (07-12.05.2011). It will be a very special Meeting, connected with ESTRO 30th Anniversary. I think that it will be a good possibility to meet together and talk to each other about brachytherapy and his place in cancer treatment at all. We can discuss about improvement of our Journal and proposed detailed themes: contents, profiles, publishing house, finances, distribution, advertisement politics, coope­ration with GEC-ESTRO, etc.

Interesting, but very controversial article was published in the “Washington Post” on February 28. For the second time in major American newspaper critical material about radiotherapy was published. It’s title: “Doctor-owned centers spark criticism, scrutiny”. The author (Michael Temchine from the Washington Post) describes how urologists try to treat prostate cancer using IMRT with connection of pathological funding procedures. They write...

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