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Individual moulds for contact pulsed dose rate brachytherapy in head and neck cancer

Adam Ziemlewski, Krystyna Serkies, Józef Zienkiewicz, Magdalena Ziemlewska, Katarzyna Maciejewska, Wojciech Kiewlicz, Tomasz Sawicki, Jacek Jassem
DOI: 10.1016/S1507-1367(05)71100-7
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Rep Pract Oncol Radiother 2005;10(5):265-269.

open access

Vol 10, No 5 (2005)
Case reports
Published online: 2005-01-01
Submitted: 2005-06-01

Abstract

Aim

To present three cases treated with contact pulsed dose rate (PDR) brachytherapy using individually prepared moulds.

Materials/Methods

The study group included one case of hard palate cancer treated with brachytherapy, applied as a boost to external beam radical irradiation and two cases of recurrent ethmoid and maxillary sinus cancer in which we administered palliative brachytherapy as the sole treatment for tumours located within previously irradiated areas.

Results

Good fitting of the moulds to the target was obtained. Satisfactory local control, including complete hard palate cancer remission for six years, and acceptable side effects were achieved.

Conclusions

Contact PDR brachytherapy using individually constructed moulds allows for the treatment of anatomical structures with difficult access. This method seems to be an effective and relatively safe treatment option for tumours located within previously irradiated areas.

Abstract

Aim

To present three cases treated with contact pulsed dose rate (PDR) brachytherapy using individually prepared moulds.

Materials/Methods

The study group included one case of hard palate cancer treated with brachytherapy, applied as a boost to external beam radical irradiation and two cases of recurrent ethmoid and maxillary sinus cancer in which we administered palliative brachytherapy as the sole treatment for tumours located within previously irradiated areas.

Results

Good fitting of the moulds to the target was obtained. Satisfactory local control, including complete hard palate cancer remission for six years, and acceptable side effects were achieved.

Conclusions

Contact PDR brachytherapy using individually constructed moulds allows for the treatment of anatomical structures with difficult access. This method seems to be an effective and relatively safe treatment option for tumours located within previously irradiated areas.

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Keywords

PDR brachytherapy; head and neck cancer; moulds

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Title

Individual moulds for contact pulsed dose rate brachytherapy in head and neck cancer

Journal

Reports of Practical Oncology and Radiotherapy

Issue

Vol 10, No 5 (2005)

Pages

265-269

Published online

2005-01-01

DOI

10.1016/S1507-1367(05)71100-7

Bibliographic record

Rep Pract Oncol Radiother 2005;10(5):265-269.

Keywords

PDR brachytherapy
head and neck cancer
moulds

Authors

Adam Ziemlewski
Krystyna Serkies
Józef Zienkiewicz
Magdalena Ziemlewska
Katarzyna Maciejewska
Wojciech Kiewlicz
Tomasz Sawicki
Jacek Jassem

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