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By expanding the linear quadratic equations to allow for the interval of time between teletherapy and brachytherapy in a model which assumes continual exponential tumour regression following teletherapy, the log, cell kill resulting from brachytherapy is found to depend on radiosensitivity, tumour regression rate (λ) and tumour clonogen doubling time (T(p)). When λ is relatively small the precise timing of brachytherapy following teletherapy is shown to influence the tumour cure probabilities. The model predicts a reduction in tumour control if brachytherapy is delayed when λ values are small and T(p) values are short, but when T(p) values are long, deferral of brachytherapy may be advantageous. By differential calculus the occurrence of a minimum value of log cell kill can be found. Application of these concepts may improve the results of clinical radiotherapy.

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British Journal of Radiology

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63 - 70