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Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy
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vol. 11
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A dosimetric study of electron beam therapy vs. high-dose-rate mould brachytherapy in adjuvant treatment of non-melanoma skin carcinomas of the head and neck region

Souransu Sen
Anis Bandyopadhyay
Jayanta Kumar Pal
Arnab Kumar Ghosh
Asit Ranjan Deb

J Contemp Brachytherapy 2019; 11, 6: 547–553
Online publish date: 2019/12/01
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Radiation for superficial tumours of the head and neck region can be given either by brachytherapy or electrons. Brachytherapy (BT), due to rapid dose fall-off and minor set-up errors, should be superior to external beam radiotherapy (EBRT) for treatment of lesions in difficult locations such as the nose and earlobe. The present study is a dosimetric comparison of computed tomography (CT)-based mould brachytherapy treatment plans with 3D conformal electron beam therapy in the treatment of non-melanoma skin cancers (NMSC).

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From December 2017 to November 2018 10 patients with NMSC of the head and neck region (forehead, nose, cheek) who underwent adjuvant radiation with HDR brachytherapy (BT) with a surface mould individual applicator were enrolled for analysis. We evaluated dose coverage by minimal dose to 90% of planning target volume (PTV, D90), volumes of PTV receiving 90-150% of prescribed dose (PD) (VPTV90-150), conformal index for 90% and 100% of PD (COIN90, COIN100), dose homogeneity index (DHI), dose nonuniformity ratio (DNR), and exposure of organs at risk (OARs) (eyes, lens, underlying bone and skin). Prospectively, we created CT-based treatment plans for electron beam therapy. We compared conformity (COIN90, COIN100), dose coverage of PTV (D90, VPTV90, VPTV100), volumes of body receiving 10-90% of PD (V10-V90), doses to OARs (D0.1cc and D2cc) of BT and electron plans.

We obtained mean BT-DHI 0.81, BT-DNR 0.608, Electron-DHI 1.25. We observed no significant differences in VPTV90,100 and D90 between BT and electron beam. Mean BT-VPTV125,150 were significantly higher than Electron-VPTV100,125. COIN90 was superior for BT plans.

CT-based surface mould brachytherapy results in better conformity of superficial lesions on small, irregular surfaces such as the nose and inner canthus than electrons with a slightly higher skin dose.


surface mould brachytherapy, electron beam, head and neck

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