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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 25-30

Unscheduled treatment gaps in head and neck cancer radiotherapy

1 Department of Radiotherapy, King George’s Medical University, Lucknow, India
2 Department of Radiation Oncology, Super Speciality Cancer Institute & Hospital, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India

Correspondence Address:
Deep Chakrabarti
Department of Radiotherapy, King George’s Medical University, Lucknow 226003, Uttar Pradesh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/bjoc.bjoc_5_23

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Unscheduled treatment gaps are a recurring problem faced by radiotherapy units worldwide. During the times of a global emergency like the coronavirus pandemic, the problem was further potentiated. This article describes the treatment breaks experienced by our radiotherapy unit during the initial nine months of the pandemic in a tertiary-care academic university hospital. Head and neck cancers are a priority for radiation oncologists and gaps in treatment lead to reduced local control. Sound knowledge of tumor repopulation and timely corrections using the biologically effective dose are essential to mitigate such effects.

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