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The Impact of an Empty Bladder on Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy for Cervical Cancer

Abstract

Research demonstrates that instructing patients to have a full bladder for pelvic radiotherapy results in highly variable bladder volumes at daily treatment. We aimed to determine bladder volume variation in patients with intact cervical cancer treated with intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) on an empty bladder and estimate the difference in radiation dose to the small bowel compared to treating on a full bladder.

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