Brachytherapy in Gynecologic Cancers: Why Is It Underused?

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Abstract

Despite its established efficacy, brachytherapy is underused in the management of cervical and vaginal cancers in some parts of the world. Possible reasons for the underutilization of brachytherapy include the adoption of less invasive techniques, such as intensity-modulated radiotherapy; reimbursement policies favoring these techniques over brachytherapy; poor physician or patient access to brachytherapy; inadequate maintenance of brachytherapy skills among practicing radiation oncologists; transitioning to high-dose-rate (HDR) brachytherapy with increased time requirements; and insufficient training of radiation oncology residents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number26
JournalCurrent oncology reports
Volume18
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Brachytherapy
  • Cervical cancer
  • Gynecologic cancer
  • Intensity-modulated radiotherapy
  • Utilization
  • Vaginal cancer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology

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