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Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy
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Editorial Letter from the Editor-in-Chief

Janusz Skowronek

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Dear Colleagues,

We started a new, 4th year of editing Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy in hope to achieve more and more success. Our main goal is to serve the radiotherapy community and to provide recent know-­ledge in the field of brachytherapy. In response to the request and in consultation with our colleagues, since early 2012 we have initiated following changes in the membership of the Editors and Editorial Board: Jacek Fijuth MD, PhD, Ass. Prof., Lodz, Poland is no longer the Editor of Educational Corner, however will stay a member of Editorial Board. For this place we invited Brygida Bialas MD, PhD, Instutute of Oncology, Gliwice, Poland, who has been a member of the Editorial Board since 2009. Professor Maria Esmeralda Ramos Poli from the Medical Physics Unit, Hospital Santa Maria, CHLN, Lisbon, Portugal is a new member of the Editorial Board and Grzegorz Bielęda MSc, from Brachytherapy Department, GCC Poznan, is a new consulting editor in Editorial Office.

Eight manuscripts are published in this issue – three clinical investigations, concerning breast cancer (toxicity and cosmetic outcome in patients treated with multicatheter balloon brachytherapy), cervical cancer (impact of point an asymmetry on local control and survival for LDR-brachytherapy) and one about Equivalent Dose at 2 Gy for HDR interstitial brachytherapy based on experience in breast and prostate cancer patients. We publish five articles in physics. They concern of mostly interesting subjects like I-125 seed calibration with practical solution to fulfill AAPM-ESTRO recommendations, feasibility of treating breast cancer with a single-entry hybrid applicator in APBI breast brachytherapy, Monte

Carlo dosimetric study of the Flexisource Co-60 HDR source, progressive transition from pre-planned to intraoperative optimizing of seed implant and treatment planning study of the 3D dosimetric differences between Co-60 and Ir-192 sources in HDR brachytherapy for cervix cancer. Reports of experienced international teams of researchers encourage you to read the above mentioned articles. We noted that more and more of our colleagues agree to review and to publish their papers in our Journal.

It is worthy to note some news from brachytherapy Web-based reports. Two new studies demonstrate the cosmetic and dosimetric advantages of the SAVI(R) breast brachytherapy applicator for treatment of early-stage breast cancer....

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