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
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.
An adequate dose to the surface of the tumor is ensured.
Mold-based HDR brachytherapy seems ideally suited for UGCs.
CITATION Brachytherapy. 2008 Jul-Sep;7(3):267-9