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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 55-57

Radiotherapy in pediatric patients without anesthesia or sedation: Feasibility and challenges

Department of Radiation Oncology, Kauvery Health Care Global Cancer Centre, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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Ayan Basu
Head of Radiation Oncology, Health Care Global Cancer Centre, MBC Tower, No. 199/90, Luz Church Road, Alwarpet Junction, Mylapore, Chennai - 600 004, Tamil Nadu
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DOI: 10.4103/2278-0513.125795

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Conventionally fractionated radiotherapy treatment involves strict immobilization for accurate delivery and typically is delivered in five daily fractions every week for several weeks. To ensure rigid immobility during treatment planning and delivery in children, anesthesia or sedation has been used but valid concerns have been raised about the safety and long-term consequences of such practice on daily basis for prolonged periods. We tested the feasibility of avoiding daily anesthesia or sedation in our pediatric radiotherapy patients by extensive pretreatment counseling and demonstration of the treatment procedure ensuring their comfort and compliance.

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