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Purpose This handbook is intended as a desktop reference for radiotherapy physics. Audience The book is intended primarily for practicing medical physicists and graduate students in radiation therapy physics who wish to have a concise, yet in depth book for reference.


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D presc is varied to keep the NTCP of the organ at risk constant. Significant improvements in local control are expected for non-small-cell lung tumours.

Level II involves the determination of an individualized isotoxic combination of D presc and fractionation scheme. Examples are given using our BioSuite software. This results in non-uniform target doses. The limitations of and uncertainties inherent in the radiobiological models are emphasized.

Introduction 1. Advances in Radiotherapy Technology and Practice from the s to the Present The practice of external-beam radiation therapy is heavily influenced by the technology available in any one era. In the s linear accelerators began to replace Cobalt machines [ 1 ]. Thus higher bremsstrahlung photon energies with improved tissue penetration became available.

The next major advance was computerized treatment planning systems TPSs and shortly thereafter computer tomography CT provided 3-D images of the patient anatomy which were imported into the TPS [ 2 ].

These early 3-D TPSs made vastly improved targeting of the tumour volume possible but also revealed just how much normal tissue was irradiated using the crude collimation techniques of the time. Beam's eye view BEV computer graphics then led to much improved beam shaping, firstly through custom casting of shielding blocks which became standard practice in N. Lymphoma may be radically curable if it is localised to one area of the body. Similarly, many of the common, moderately radioresponsive tumors are routinely treated with curative doses of radiation therapy if they are at an early stage.

For example: non-melanoma skin cancer , head and neck cancer , breast cancer , non-small cell lung cancer , cervical cancer , anal cancer , and prostate cancer. Metastatic cancers are generally incurable with radiation therapy because it is not possible to treat the whole body. Before treatment, a CT scan is often performed to identify the tumor and surrounding normal structures.

The patient receives small skin marks to guide the placement of treatment fields. Many patient positioning devices have been developed for this purpose, including masks and cushions which can be molded to the patient.


The response of a tumor to radiation therapy is also related to its size. Due to complex radiobiology , very large tumors respond less well to radiation than smaller tumors or microscopic disease. Various strategies are used to overcome this effect.

The most common technique is surgical resection prior to radiation therapy.

This is most commonly seen in the treatment of breast cancer with wide local excision or mastectomy followed by adjuvant radiation therapy. Another method is to shrink the tumor with neoadjuvant chemotherapy prior to radical radiation therapy. A third technique is to enhance the radiosensitivity of the cancer by giving certain drugs during a course of radiation therapy. Examples of radiosensitizing drugs include: Cisplatin , Nimorazole , and Cetuximab.

Handbook of Radiotherapy Physics: Theory and Practice

Many low-dose palliative treatments for example, radiation therapy to bony metastases cause minimal or no side effects, although short-term pain flare-up can be experienced in the days following treatment due to oedema compressing nerves in the treated area.

Higher doses can cause varying side effects during treatment acute side effects , in the months or years following treatment long-term side effects , or after re-treatment cumulative side effects. The nature, severity, and longevity of side effects depends on the organs that receive the radiation, the treatment itself type of radiation, dose, fractionation, concurrent chemotherapy , and the patient. Most side effects are predictable and expected.

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Side effects from radiation are usually limited to the area of the patient's body that is under treatment. Side effects are dose- dependent; for example higher doses of head and neck radiation can be associated with cardiovascular complications, thyroid dysfunction, and pituitary axis dysfunction.

The main side effects reported are fatigue and skin irritation, like a mild to moderate sun burn. The fatigue often sets in during the middle of a course of treatment and can last for weeks after treatment ends. The irritated skin will heal, but may not be as elastic as it was before.

Nausea for any reason can be treated with antiemetics. Depending on the area being treated, this may include the skin, oral mucosa, pharyngeal, bowel mucosa and ureter. The rates of onset of damage and recovery from it depend upon the turnover rate of epithelial cells. Typically the skin starts to become pink and sore several weeks into treatment.

The reaction may become more severe during the treatment and for up to about one week following the end of radiation therapy, and the skin may break down.

Although this moist desquamation is uncomfortable, recovery is usually quick. Skin reactions tend to be worse in areas where there are natural folds in the skin, such as underneath the female breast, behind the ear, and in the groin.

Mouth, throat and stomach sores If the head and neck area is treated, temporary soreness and ulceration commonly occur in the mouth and throat. The esophagus can also become sore if it is treated directly, or if, as commonly occurs, it receives a dose of collateral radiation during treatment of lung cancer. When treating liver malignancies and metastases, it is possible for collateral radiation to cause gastric, stomach or duodenal ulcers [14] [15] This collateral radiation is commonly caused by non-targeted delivery reflux of the radioactive agents being infused.

Typical symptoms are soreness, diarrhoea, and nausea. Swelling As part of the general inflammation that occurs, swelling of soft tissues may cause problems during radiation therapy. This is a concern during treatment of brain tumors and brain metastases, especially where there is pre-existing raised intracranial pressure or where the tumor is causing near-total obstruction of a lumen e. Surgical intervention may be considered prior to treatment with radiation.

If surgery is deemed unnecessary or inappropriate, the patient may receive steroids during radiation therapy to reduce swelling.Surgical intervention may be considered prior to treatment with radiation. This procedure reduces damage to healthy tissue between the charged particle radiation source and the tumor and sets a finite range for tissue damage after the tumor has been reached.

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Typical symptoms are soreness, diarrhoea, and nausea. Books and publications Free Access.

Infertility The gonads ovaries and testicles are very sensitive to radiation. From to , a hospital in Missouri overexposed 76 patients most with brain cancer during a five-year period because new radiation equipment had been set up incorrectly. Hardcover pp. The planner will try to design a plan that delivers a uniform prescription dose to the tumor and minimizes dose to surrounding healthy tissues.

Radiol Phys Technol, 7, Patients receiving palliative radiation to treat uncomplicated painful bone metastasis should not receive more than a single fraction of radiation.

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