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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 219--221

Hypofractionated radiotherapy as local hemostatic agent in advanced cancer


1 Department of Radiation Oncology, Regional Cancer Centre, Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, Srinagar, India
2 Department of Radiation Oncology, Government Medical College, Srinagar, India

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Malik Tariq Rasool
Department of Radiation Oncology, Regional Cancer Centre, Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, Srinagar
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0973-1075.92339

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Purpose : Tumor bleeding continues to remain a challenge in an oncological setting, and radiotherapy has been studied as a local hemostatic agent. We studied the role of local radiotherapy in controlling bleeding at our center. Materials and Methods : We reviewed 25 treated cases (cancer urinary bladder: 12, lung cancer: 5, cervical cancer: 4, uterine cancer: 1, rectal cancer: 2, schwanoma: 1) at our center from March 2008 to December 2010. All patients had either an advanced or recurrent disease. Radiotherapy schedule was either 20 Gray in 5 fractions or 15 Gray in 5 fractions and was delivered with Cobalt 60. Results and Conclusion : Of 25 patients, 22 (88%) responded, and there was complete cessation of bleeding. Both 15 Gray and 20 Gray dose schedule had equal efficacy. Treatment was well tolerated without any intermission. Radiotherapy is a safe and effective option in controlling tumor bleeding.






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