Australian Government - Department of Health

Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC)

1147 - Implantation of fiducial markers into the prostate gland or prostate surgical bed for external beam radiotherapy

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Assessment No1147
Application NameImplantation of fiducial markers into the prostate gland or prostate surgical bed for external beam radiotherapy
Assessment TypeSubmission Based Assessment
Description of Medical ServiceImplantation of radio-opaque fiducial markers into the prostate gland or prostate surgical bed to assist in the delivery of external-beam radiotherapy. Fiducial markers serve as fiducial reference points during radiotherapy in patients with prostate cancer precisely identify the location of the cancer and deliver accurately guided radiation therapy.
Description of Medical ConditionProstate cancer is the most common cancer in men. Just over 16,000 cases of prostate cancer (nearly 30% of male cancers) are diagnosed each year in Australia and it is responsible for approximately 3,000 deaths annually. Prostate cancer tends to develop in men over the age of fifty. Patients with localised prostate cancer may be treated with radical prostatectomy or radical radiotherapy.
Pre Assessment Meeting5 March 2010
Stage 2 – Suitability for Assessment22 June 2010
Lodgement of Proposed DAP3 May 2010
Stage 3 – 1st PASC (Draft DAP considered)7 July 2010
Stage 3 – Release for Public Comment (Consultation DAP)Release date: 25 July 2011 to 18 August 2011
PDF version Consultation Decision Analytic Protocol (DAP) (PDF 378 KB)
Word version Consultation Decision Analytic Protocol (DAP) (Word 283 KB)
Stage 3 – 2nd PASC (Final DAP)14 – 15 September 2011
PDF version Final Decision Analytic Protocol (DAP) (PDF 368 KB)
Word version Final Decision Analytic Protocol (DAP) (Word 351 KB)
Stage 4 – Submission of Collated EvidencePDF version Contracted Assessment Report (PDF 1079 KB)
Word version Contracted Assessment Report (Word 1301 KB)
Stage 5 – ESC Evaluation13 -14 June 2013
Stage 6 – MSAC Appraisal1 August 2013
Stage 6 – MSAC AdvicePDF version Public Summary Document - August 2013 (PDF 172 KB)
Word version Public Summary Document - August 2013 (Word 90 KB)
Stage 7 – Noting by Minister-
Stage 8 – Implementation-

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