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Brachytherapy to treat cervical cancer declines in US, treatment associated with higher survival
Date:9/11/2013

lated radiation therapy (IMRT) and stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT).

In terms of patient survival, brachytherapy was associated with a higher four-year cause-specific survival (64.3 percent vs. 51.5 percent) and overall survival (58.2 percent vs. 46.2 percent) compared to EBRT alone. Brachytherapy treatment was also independently associated with better cause-specific survival and overall survival.

"The shift away from brachytherapy is concerning, and has directly lowered the survival rates of cervical cancer patients," said Akila Viswanathan, MD, MPH, director of BWH Gynecologic Radiation Oncology, senior study author. "High-quality brachytherapy must continue to be used, ideally with image-guidance, to maximize survival and minimize toxicity."

Brachytherapy is an important component of treatment that escalates the dose of radiation to the primary tumor while minimizing the dose to critical organs at risk. The standard treatment of locally advanced cervical cancer is EBRT with concurrent chemotherapy, followed by brachytherapy.


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