As is commonly known, radiological protection of paediatric and pregnant patients exposed to medical diagnostic and therapeutic radiation has always received special attention. This is because children, embryos and foetuses have higher radiation sensitivities, and they exhibit an increased likelihood of developing radiation-induced cancer over their lives compared with people who are exposed to radiation as adults [
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Published online: May 14, 2012
Received: September 19, 2011
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- In regard to: Letter to the Editor “The impact of early life exposure to diagnostic and therapeutic radiation on childhood cancer risk”. Phys Med 2013 29, 221–223Physica Medica: European Journal of Medical PhysicsVol. 30Issue 1
- PreviewWe read with great interest the recent letter submitted by Ju et al. on the impact of early life radiation on childhood cancer risk . This important subject merits more attention and we applaud the authors for their efforts. However, we would like to point out an important aspect that did not receive sufficient attention in that letter: the impact of radiotherapy technique on potential future secondary cancers.