Immobilisation for breast cancer patients with large and/or pendulous breasts undergoing external beam radiotherapy.

Lisa Montgomery, Terri Flood, Paul Shepherd

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Introduction. External beam radiotherapy is central to the effective management of breast cancer. No universal consensus appears to exist regarding the optimal way to immobilise patients with large and/or pendulous breasts.
Aim. To evaluate the immobilisation techniques used during external beam breast irradiation for patients with large and/or pendulous breasts in order to inform best practice.
Method. A survey to determine breast immobilisation practices was distributed to seventy-four radiotherapy centres in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Results. Patients positioned supine on a breast board wearing a bra, was the most common immobilisation method for the sub-group. Most centres reported the use of the patient’s own, non-underwired, bra. Some centres reported using specific commercially available bra types. Only 2 centres reported using a prone technique. The reproducibility and setup accuracy of the prone technique remains under debate

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 24 Jan 2020
EventAnnual Radiotherapy Conference 2020 - Hilton Brighton Metropole, Brighton, United Kingdom
Duration: 24 Jan 202025 Jan 2020


ConferenceAnnual Radiotherapy Conference 2020
Abbreviated titleARC2020
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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