Radiotherapy for Uterine Cervical Cancer

  • Edward Chandy
  • Gemma EminowiczEmail author


Uterine cervical cancer is an important health burden worldwide despite primary and secondary prevention measures in developed countries. Radiotherapy is a critical aspect of treatment with important roles in locally advanced disease as well as metastatic disease. A combination of external beam radiotherapy (EBRT) and brachytherapy, with chemotherapy if fitness allows, can be used to curatively treat locally advanced disease (FIGO stage IB1 to IVA). In the metastatic setting, radiotherapy to the primary tumor or metastases can effectively palliate symptoms such as pain or bleeding. EBRT uses photons to deliver radiation dose from a linear accelerator that is external to the patient, whereas brachytherapy uses radioactive material (e.g., iridium 192 for high-dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy) to deliver radiation dose to short distances from inside the patient. EBRT can be delivered using two-dimensional radiotherapy (2D-RT), three-dimensional conformal radiotherapy (3D-CRT), and intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) depending upon resources and skills available. This chapter describes the EBRT techniques currently used in the curative and palliative setting including the practical application, doses, evidence, and toxicities. Brachytherapy will also be detailed including image-guided brachytherapy.


Cervix cancer Radiotherapy Pelvic radiotherapy Brachytherapy MR-guided brachytherapy Image-guided brachytherapy Recurrent disease Dose escalation Para-aortic 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Clinical Oncology DepartmentCharing Cross HospitalLondonUK
  2. 2.Department of Clinical Oncology/RadiotherapyHammersmith Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare NHS TrustLondonUK

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