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Cervical cancer treatment with 3D MRI-guided brachytherapy

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Tanderup, Kari, Ph.D. Aarhus University Hospital, Dept of Oncology • Denmark
Lindegaard, Jacob Aarhus University Hospital, Dept of Oncology • Denmark
Pedersen, Erik, PhD, DMSc Aarhus University Hospital, Dept. Radiology • Denmark

AUH at the forefront of MRI guidance in adaptive cervical cancer radiotherapy

The advantages of 3D MRI-guided brachytherapy in cervical cancer treatment are simply too important to be ignored, according to Prof. Tanderup, Aarhus University Hospital (AUH), Denmark. "The combination of EBRT and MR image-guided adaptive brachytherapy is our standard of care for the treatment of locally advanced cervical cancer at AUH."

 

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Cervical cancer treatment with 3D MRI-guided brachytherapy

Added value of 3D MRI guidance

 Pre EBRT MRI<br><br> MRI images with brachytherapy treatment plan
Pre EBRT MRI

MRI images with brachytherapy treatment plan
3D image-guided adaptive brachytherapy allows assessment of tumor regression during radiotherapy and conformation of the radiation dose to the residual tumor in an individualized, adaptive approach. By adding brachytherapy to the treatment of cervical cancer, much higher doses of radiation can be delivered to the tumor than by using EBRT alone.

Findings and international consensus

Summarizing the findings demonstrates the remarkable progress made in the past five years. Studies from 2013 and 2014 found a 10% higher overall survival by adding brachytherapy to radiation therapy for cervical cancer. On top of that, more recent studies showed an additional 10% increase in overall survival for brachytherapy with MRI guidance compared to conventional brachytherapy. The 2016 ICRU report shows an international consensus on the approach.

 

At Aarhus, MRI plays a role across the entire patient trajectory for cervical cancer radiation therapy

 

 

 

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Ingenia 1.5T, Ingenia 3.0T
Body, brachytherapy, cervical cancer, Cervix, EBRT, MR-RT, Oncology, Women's health
 

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