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Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy
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1/2021
vol. 13
 
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Case report

Novel method of combined photon beam radiotherapy and brachytherapy for treatment of extensive advanced scalp squamous cell carcinoma

Mostafa Farzin
1, 2
,
Ramin Jaberi
3
,
Fatemeh Jafari
2, 4
,
Mohsen Najafi
4
,
Kasra Kolahdouzan
2, 4

1.
Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Research Center, Neuroscience Institute, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
2.
Radiation Oncology Research Center, Imam Khomeini Hospital Complex, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
3.
Radiation Oncology Department, Yas General Hospital, Tehran, Iran
4.
Department of Radiation Oncology, Cancer Institute, Imam Khomeini Hospital Complex, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
J Contemp Brachytherapy 2021; 13, 1: 95–100
Online publish date: 2021/02/18
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Radiotherapy of extensive malignant scalp lesions has always been a challenge for radiation oncologists considering the proximity of critical structures.

We treated a 39-year-old patient with extensive scalp squamous cell carcinoma with application of adjuvant concurrent chemoradiation and external beam radiation therapy (EBRT), followed by high-dose-rate (HDR) surface brachytherapy boost using an exclusively designed mould, and assessed the radiation dose reaching planning target volume, brain, and optic structures.

Comparison between conventional planning with sole EBRT and combined treatment planning with EBRT and brachytherapy, assured the use of the latter treatment to avoid high radiation doses from reaching critical organs at risk without compromising the required dose for planning target volume.
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scalp squamous cell carcinoma, brachytherapy, radiation therapy

 
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