Brachytherapy in Head and Neck Cancer: A Forgotten Art or a Skill to be Remembered!!


  • A.S. Kirthi Koushik Department of Radiotherapy, M.S. Ramaiah Medical College, Bengaluru, India
  • R.C. Alva Department of Radiotherapy, M.S. Ramaiah Medical College, Bengaluru, India



Head & Neck Cancer, Brachytherapy, Radiotherapy


 Radiation therapy is a critical part of multi-modality management of head and neck cancers. Brachytherapy or internal radiation is an ideal method of treatment delivery to achieve the ultimate goal of radiation treatment, that is maximum dose to tumour and minimum dose to normal tissues. Brachytherapy enables the radiation oncologist to provide a perfect mixture of radiation physics, radiobiology and clinical acumen to counter head and neck cancers. Appropriate usage based on the clearly defined indications and simple methods can maximize the advantages of brachytherapy thus resulting in excellent outcomes. However, the steady decline in utilization of brachytherapy over the years coupled with the technological advances of highly conformal radiotherapy, have dented its broader application for head and neck cancers. Can the new age radiation oncologist afford to neglect this therapeutic skill set?


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How to Cite

A.S. Kirthi Koushik, & R.C. Alva. (2017). Brachytherapy in Head and Neck Cancer: A Forgotten Art or a Skill to be Remembered!!. Journal of Analytical Oncology, 6(1),  14–22.




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