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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2019  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 49-52

Radical brachytherapy for early-stage external auditory canal squamous cell carcinoma: A dosimetric feasibility study using plastic earbud as an applicator


Department of Radiation Oncology, Mahatama Gandhi Cancer Hospital, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India

Correspondence Address:
Kanhu Charan Patro
Department of Radiation Oncology, Mahatama Gandhi Cancer Hospital, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jco.jco_6_19

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Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of external auditory canal (EAC) is extremely rare. Although surgery followed by radio (chemo) therapy is the contemporary standard of care, radical radio (chemo) therapy has been successfully used as an anatomical as well as functional organ preservation modality. Radical brachytherapy is a promising alternative in early-stage SCC-EAC. We report our initial experience on the feasibility of using commercially available plastic earbud along with soft flexible earpiece of stethoscope as a radioactive source career applicator of remote after-loading high-dose rate radioactive sources (Ir192).


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