RADIOACTIVE SUTURE IN THE TREATMENT OF HEAD AND NECK CANCER

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Abstract

1–125 seeds in Vicryl suture have been used as a radioactive suture in 24 cases of advanced malignancy of the head and neck. Twelve cases had metastatic carcinoma attached to the internal or common carotid artery. The goal was to excise surgically as much tumor as possible, then implant any residual tumor with this radioactive suture which remains as a permanent implant (half-life of 60 days).

This preliminary study shows that use of I-125 impregnated Vicryl suture in this manner appears to produce improved long-term palliation and may increase local cure rates.

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