3 Further information

3.1 The Institute has issued interventional procedure guidance on laparoscopic radical prostatectomy, high-intensity ultrasound for prostate cancer and cryotherapy for recurrent prostate cancer. It is also preparing guidance on high dose rate brachytherapy [Now published as 'High dose rate brachytherapy in combination with external-beam radiotherapy for localised prostate cancer'].

3.2 The Institute is also developing a clinical guideline: Prostate cancer: diagnosis and treatment [Now published as 'Prostate cancer: diagnosis and treatment'].

Andrew Dillon
Chief Executive
July 2005

Sources of evidence

The evidence considered by the Interventional Procedures Advisory Committee is described in the following document.

'Interventional procedure overview of low dose rate brachytherapy for localised prostate cancer', January 2005.

Information for patients

NICE has produced information on this procedure for patients and carers. It explains the nature of the procedure and the guidance issued by NICE, and has been written with patient consent in mind.