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The incidence of persistent functioning endometrial tissue following successful radiotherapy for cervical carcinoma
  1. S. B. PINION and
  1. *Beatson Oncology Centre Western Infirmary, Glasgow; and Department of Gynaecology, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Foresterhill, Aberdeen, UK
  1. Address for correspondence: T. Habeshaw, Consultant in Radiotherapy and Oncology, Beatson Oncology Centre, Western Infirmary, Glasgow G11 6NT, UK.


Sixty-three patients under the age of 50 years who were long-term survivors following radiotherapy for cervical cancer and had been placed on hormone replacement therapy (HRT) were identified. The median age at treatment was 37 years and the mean delay from treatment to the initiation of HRT was over 15 months. Fifteen of the 63 patients had experienced vaginal bleeding attributable to the effects of HRT on persisting endometrial tissue. The significance of this is discussed.

  • cervix— neoplasia
  • radiotherapy
  • endometrium
  • hormone replacement therapy

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