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Treatment of upper gum carcinoma with high-dose-rate customized-mold brachytherapy

Cristina Garrán (1), Néstor Montesdeoca (2) and Rafael Martínez-Monge (1), 
(1) Department of Oncology, Clínica Universitaria de Navarra, Pamplona, Navarre, Spain
(2) Department of Maxillofacial Surgery, Clínica Universitaria de Navarra, Pamplona, Navarre, Spain

Magazine: Brachytherapy

Date: Sep 1, 2008

Radiation Oncology

Purpose
To design an applicator for the treatment of tumors of the upper gum (UGCs) with high-dose-rate (HDR) brachytherapy.

Methods and Materials
A customized mold with four 6-Fr catheters was built. The two halves of the paired catheters form a functional loop without sharp curves.

Results
An adequate dose to the surface of the tumor is ensured.

Conclusions
Mold-based HDR brachytherapy seems ideally suited for UGCs.

CITATION  Brachytherapy. 2008 Jul-Sep;7(3):267-9

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