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Why quality assurance is necessary in gynecologic radiation oncology
  1. David Chang1,2,
  2. Alisha Moore3,
  3. Sylvia van Dyk4 and
  4. Pearly Khaw1,2
  1. 1 Division of Radiation Oncology, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  2. 2 Sir Peter MacCallum Department of Oncology, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  3. 3 Trans-Tasman Radiation Oncology Group Cancer Research, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
  4. 4 Radiation Therapy Services, Division of Radiation Oncology, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Pearly Khaw, Division of Radiation Oncology, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; pearly.khaw{at}petermac.org

Abstract

Quality assurance (QA) in radiation oncology involves all checks and processes that ensure that radiotherapy is delivered in an optimal and intended manner. QA is essential for the accurate delivery of brachytherapy and external beam radiotherapy in patients diagnosed with gynecologic malignancies. Inadequate QA can adversely impact clinical outcomes and reduce the reliability of clinical trials. This review highlights the importance of QA in gynecologic radiation oncology and explores the pertinent issues related to its implementation.

  • radiotherapy
  • gynecology
  • brachytherapy

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  • Contributors All authors have contributed equally to the development of the content, as well as the writing and editing of the manuscript submitted for review.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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