Home|Journals|Articles by Year Follow on Twitter| Subscribe to List

Directory for Medical Articles

Open Access

Original Research

Natl J Med Res. 2014; 4(1): 58-60

Palliative Radiotherapy in the Management of Advanced Pediatric Malignancies

Prashant Kumbhaj, Rameshwaram Sharma, Aseem Rai Bhatnagar, Piyush Kumar Saini.

Purpose:To evaluate the role of palliative radiotherapy in the management of advanced pediatric malignancies.
Methods:Patients coming to the department of radiotherapy S.M.S Hospital were included in the study.36 pediatric patients were selected between nov 2010 to nov 2012 . All of theses 36 children received palliative external beam radiotherapy by cobalt 60. The two dose schedules were used (1) 625cGy in 1 fraction (2) 30 Gy in 10 fractions.
Results:There were 26 boys and 10 girls in the age group of 1 to 19 years, with a median age of 14 years (range of 1-19 years). Predominant symptoms were swelling , pain, bleeding, and weakness of limbs. The median duration of symptoms was 80 days (range of 4-40 days). The histological diagnosis was (1) malignant round cell tumors (17), (2)retinoblastoma (6), (3)neuroblastoma (5), (4) Ewing's sarcoma (8). All patients presented with advanced stages of disease. Out of 36 patients 18 (50%) had disseminated disease at presentation. Some patients underwent surgery and chemotherapy and all patients received palliative radiotherapy. Three patients showed complete resolution, 18 patients showed good, while 14 patients had little, 1 did not have any relief in their symptoms. At the completion of treatment, 16 patients had partial response, 8 patients had progressive disease, 10 had stable disease and 2 patients had complete response.
Conclusions: Sothe role of radiotherapy is very important as palliative modality in children with locally advanced lesions.

Key words: Palliative Radiotherapy,Paediatric Malignancies

Full-text options

Full-text Article

American Journal of Preventive Medicine and Public Health


BiblioMed Home
Follow ScopeMed on Twitter
Author Tools
eJPort Journal Hosting
About BiblioMed
License Information
Terms & Conditions
Privacy Policy
Contact Us

The articles in Bibliomed are open access articles licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/) which permits unrestricted, non-commercial use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the work is properly cited.
ScopeMed is a Database Service for Scientific Publications. Copyright ScopeMed Information Services.