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Cancer Radiother. 2002 Dec;6(6):352-7.

Fetal dose during radiotherapy: clinical implementation and review of the literature.

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Department of radiation oncology, medical university of South Carolina, 169 Ashley avenue, SC 29425, Charleston, USA.nuyttens@rtdh.azr.nl

Abstract

Two pregnant patients received radiation therapy, one for the treatment of mediastinal Hodgkin's lymphoma and the other for a head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. The fetuses were both protected by additional shielding which reduced the unshielded exposure of the first fetus by 20-40%, and that of the second by 20-60%. The first child received an estimated maximum dose of 42 cGy, the second a maximum dose of 9 cGy. Treatment details are reported and a review of the literature that addresses the possible irradiation-induced side effects at low doses is included.

PMID:
12504772
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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