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Case Reports in Medicine
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 168681, 4 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/168681
Case Report

Radiotherapy Can Cause Haemostasis in Bleeding Skin Malignancies

1St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney, Victoria Street, Darlinghurst, NSW 2010, Australia
2Melanoma Institute of Australia, Poche Centre, Rocklands Road, North Sydney, NSW 2060, Australia
3Department of Radiation Oncology, Mater Hospital, P.O. Box 1003, Crows Nest, NSW 2065, Australia

Received 30 September 2012; Accepted 15 December 2012

Academic Editor: Aaron S. Dumont

Copyright © 2012 Helena Sung-In Jang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Radiotherapy (RT) can cause haemostasis in select cases of malignant bleeding. We present two cases where RT was used to prevent fatal exsanguination from bleeding skin malignancies. Treatment was with radical intent in one case and palliative intent in the other. The dose used in both cases was 20 Gray (Gy) in 5 fractions. To our knowledge, this is the first report of radiation-induced haemostasis in bleeding skin malignancies.