Intraoperative Radiation of the Paraaortic Nodes in Cancer of the Uterine Cervix

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Intraoperative electron beam irradiation is being used for the therapeutic and prophylactic treatment of the paraaortic nodes in cancer of the uterine cervix. A Varian 18 meV accelerator is employed at an electron energy setting of 6-18 meV. Special aluminum and lucite collimators allow visualization of treatment area and keep the uninvolved small bowel out of the treatment beam. A one-time dose of 2000 rads is delivered in 4 minutes. The procedure presents no special surgical problems, is well tolerated, and appears as a promising supplement in cases where abdominal exploration for surgical staging of cervical carcinoma is carried out.

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