A custom-made brachytherapy applicator for recurrent endometrial and vaginal cancer: A dental technique for prosthesis fabrication

J Prosthet Dent. 2021 Nov;126(5):711-714. doi: 10.1016/j.prosdent.2020.06.019. Epub 2020 Nov 5.

Abstract

The role of the prosthodontist in radiation therapy includes fabrication of radiation therapy prosthetic applicators. Brachytherapy is a form of cancer treatment that involves direct insertion of radioactive implants into the tissue. In the case of vaginal cancer, brachytherapy requires the radiation oncologist to use a device called an applicator. Conventional applicators have limitations in terms of the number of radiation tubes that can be inserted, positioning of the tubes, applicator misfit, and pain when inserted. A well-fitted applicator is needed to improve the orientation of the radiation source toward the target area and to reduce the amount of scatter radiation and tissue irritation. Using an appropriate dental material to make an impression can serve to achieve these aims. This article describes a technique for fabricating an acrylic resin custom-made applicator by using techniques used in dentistry.

MeSH terms

  • Brachytherapy*
  • Dental Implants*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Radiotherapy Dosage
  • Vaginal Neoplasms*

Substances

  • Dental Implants