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GEC-ESTRO ACROP recommendations for head & neck brachytherapy in squamous cell carcinomas: 1st update - Improvement by cross sectional imaging based treatment planning and stepping source technology
Interdisciplinary Brachytherapy Unit, University of Lübeck/UKSH CL, Germany.
Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Navarra, Spain.
Department of Radiation Oncology, Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, India.
Department of Radiation Oncology, Fundacion Institito Valenciano de Oncologia (IVO), Valencia, Spain.
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2016 (English)In: Radiotherapy and Oncology, ISSN 0167-8140, E-ISSN 1879-0887Article in journal (Refereed) In press
Abstract [en]

The Head and Neck Working Group of the GEC-ESTRO (Groupe Européen de Curiethérapie - European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology) published in 2009 the consensus recommendations for low-dose rate, pulsed-dose rate and high-dose rate brachytherapy in head & neck cancers. The use of brachytherapy in combination with external beam radiotherapy and/or surgery was also covered as well as the use of brachytherapy in previously irradiated patients. Given the developments in the field, these recommendations needed to be updated to reflect up-to-date knowledge. The present update does not repeat basic knowledge which was published in the first recommendation but covers in a general part developments in (1) dose and fractionation, (2) aspects of treatment selection for brachytherapy alone versus combined BT+EBRT and (3) quality assurance issues. Detailed expert committee opinion intends to help the clinical practice in lip-, oral cavity-, oropharynx-, nasopharynx-, and superficial cancers. Different aspects of adjuvant treatment techniques and their results are discussed, as well the possibilities of salvage brachytherapy applications.

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Clare, Ireland: Elsevier, 2016.
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Head & neck, brachytherapy, recommendation, GEC-ESTRO
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Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Medical Imaging
URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-53661DOI: 10.1016/j.radonc.2016.10.008PubMedID: 27889184OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-53661DiVA: diva2:1050239
Available from: 2016-11-28 Created: 2016-11-28 Last updated: 2016-11-28Bibliographically approved

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