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Einck J.P.,University of California at San Diego | Hudson A.,University of Calgary | Shulman A.C.,Overlook Medical Center | Yashar C.M.,University of California at San Diego | And 8 more authors.
International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics | Year: 2014

West Africa has one of the highest incidence rates of carcinoma of the cervix in the world. The vast majority of women do not have access to screening or disease treatment, leading to presentation at advanced stages and to high mortality rates. Compounding this problem is the lack of radiation treatment facilities in Senegal and many other parts of the African continent. Senegal, a country of 13 million people, had a single 60Co teletherapy unit before our involvement and no brachytherapy capabilities. Radiating Hope, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide radiation therapy equipment to countries in the developing world, provided a high-dose-rate afterloading unit to the cancer center for curative cervical cancer treatment. Here we describe the implementation of high-dose-rate brachytherapy in Senegal requiring a nonstandard fractionation schedule and a novel treatment planning approach as a possible blueprint to providing this technology to other developing countries. © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Source

Ka S.,Institute Joliot Curie | Gnangnon F.,Institute Joliot Curie | Diouf D.,Institute Joliot Curie | Dieng M.M.,Institute Joliot Curie | And 3 more authors.
International Journal of Surgery Case Reports | Year: 2016

Objective To report a case of malignant chondroid syringoma, a rare skin tumor at Joliot Curie Cancer Institute in Dakar. Results We report a case of malignant chondroid syringoma of the deltoid and axilla in a 53 year old patient. Malignant chondroid syringoma is an extremely rare tumor of the sweat glands. It is included in myoepithelial tumors of the skin. It has an epithelial component with eccrin or apocrin differentiation, and myoepithelial component. It preferentially seat at the extremities. We report an unusual case with deltoid presentation and axillary mass masqueriding as metastatic lymph node. Surgery is the main treatment. It has a poor prognosis. © 2016 The Author(s) Source

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