alexa Implementation of image-guided brachytherapy for cervix cancer in the UK: progress update.


OMICS Journal of Radiology

Author(s): Tan LT

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Abstract AIMS: Image-guided brachytherapy (IGBT) is the new gold standard for cervix cancer brachytherapy. In 2009, the Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) published a guidance document to facilitate the implementation of IGBT for cervix cancer in the UK. This paper reports the progress since the publication of the RCR document. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Questionnaires were sent to 45 UK centres known to offer brachytherapy for cervix cancer in 2011. Replies were received from 43 (96\%) centres. Details collected included brachytherapy machine, imaging technique for brachytherapy planning, applicator design and total dose to point A from external beam radiotherapy and brachytherapy. The results were compared with the 2008 survey reported in the RCR document. RESULTS: The number of centres offering computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-based IGBT for cervix cancer has increased to 32 (71\%) in 2011 compared with 12 (26\%) in 2008. Although the most common applicator design in 2011 remains the tandem-ovoid applicator (71\%), more respondents are using the tandem-ring applicator (29\% versus 9\% in 2008). Only seven (16\%) centres are routinely prescribing < 70Gy(10) to point A in 2011 compared with 10 (22\%) in 2008. CONCLUSION: Considerable progress with implementing IGBT for cervix cancer has been made in the UK since the publication of the RCR guidance document. Copyright © 2011 The Royal College of Radiologists. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. This article was published in Clin Oncol (R Coll Radiol) and referenced in OMICS Journal of Radiology

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