Filipa Alves da Costa

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Background Portugal is currently facing a serious economic and financial crisis, which is dictating some important changes in the health care sector. Some of these measures may potentially influence patients’ access to medication and consequently adherence, which will ultimately impact on health status, especially in chronic patients. Aims This study aimed(More)
PURPOSE In IOERT a single dose of radiation is delivered to the tumour site during surgery. Manual dose calculations are used and the irradiation target volume, electron energy and applicator are decided on site by the radiation oncologist. This work assesses the effect that irregular and curved surfaces, typical of pelvic IOERT, may have on the expected(More)
BACKGROUND Surgery of locally advanced and/or recurrent rectal cancer can be complemented with intra-operative electron radiation therapy (IOERT) to deliver a single dose of radiation directly to the unresectable margins, while sparing nearby sensitive organs/structures. Haemorrhages may occur and can affect the dose distribution, leading to an incorrect(More)
PURPOSE To study the impact of shielding elements in the proximity of Intra-Operative Radiation Therapy (IORT) irradiation fields, and to generate graphical and quantitative information to assist radiation oncologists in the design of optimal shielding during pelvic and abdominal IORT. METHOD An IORT system was modeled with BEAMnrc and EGS++ Monte Carlo(More)
OBJECTIVE To characterize in vivo dose distributions during pelvic intraoperative electron radiation therapy (IOERT) for rectal cancer and to assess the alterations introduced by irregular irradiation surfaces in the presence of bevelled applicators. METHODS In vivo measurements were performed with Gafchromic films during 32 IOERT procedures. 1 film per(More)
After publication of this study [1], the authors noticed that the funding was incorrectly acknowledged. The correct Acknowledgements section can be found below: “This work was partly funded by Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT), in the framework of the project PTDC/SAU-ENB/117631/2010, which is cofinanced by FEDER, through Programa Operacional(More)
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