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The role of low dose rate (LDR) intracavitary radiotherapy in the management of carcinoma of the uterine cervix is well established. However, there are selected groups of patients in whom high dose rate (HDR) intracavitary radiotherapy may have particular advantages. A case report of a patient with carcinoma of the cervix who received both LDR and HDR intracavitary radiotherapy is presented. A comparison of the normal tissue doses produced by the two forms of brachytherapy is made. The choice of dose for the HDR treatment was calculated using standard linear quadratic isoeffect equations. The relative clinical merits of LDR and HDR treatments in gynaecological cancer are discussed.

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British Journal of Radiology

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84 - 86