Conventional radiation therapy of cervical cancer

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This review of the present literature about the conventional management of patients with definitive radiotherapy for invasive carcinoma of the cervix will focus on advances in the use of external-beam radiation therapy (EBRT) as well as in the administration of low-dose-rate brachytherapy for the delivery of radiotherapy. Important concepts discussed include: techniques and dose fractionation for EBRT; newer imaging modalities for administration of EBRT; construction of the midline shield for external irradiation of the pelvic nodes following brachytherapy; the role of elective para-aortic nodal external radiotherapy; and the adequate number of brachytherapy applications needed to impact on patient outcome. Considerable attention will be given to multi-institutional clinical data (e.g., the Patterns of Care Study and the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group) to illustrate advances in radiotherapy of patients with cervical carcinoma.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)242-246
Number of pages5
JournalSeminars in Surgical Oncology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 1999


  • Brachytherapy
  • Cervix neoplasms
  • High-energy radiotherapy
  • Lymph nodes
  • Lymphatic irradiation
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Neoplasm metastasis
  • Neoplasm staging
  • Pelvis
  • Radiation dosage
  • Radioisotopes
  • Radiotherapy
  • Survival rate
  • Time factors
  • Treatment outcome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Oncology


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