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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,


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.

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