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Practical Radiotherapy Planning Fourth Edition

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What you need to know before planning radiotherapy treatment Tumour Stage Patient Performance Status Prognostic Factors Role of Other Treatments Systems for Recording Outcomes Clinical Anatomy Underlying Principles of Radiotherapy Planning Volume Definition (GTV, CTV) Reducing Uncertainty in Targeting the Tumour (Immobilisation, Fiducial Markers, Predicting Organ Motion, PTV Margin Definition, Image-Guided and Adaptive Radiotherapy) Tumour and Normal Organ Data Acquisition (Protocols for CT, MRI, PET and Image Registration) Plan Production and Evaluation D-Conformal and Intensity Modulated Planning Concepts Forward and Inverse Planning DVH and NTCP and TCP Dose Prescription D and D Treatment Delivery Image guided radiotherapy Gating, ABC, surface registration Adaptive radiotherapy Methods to Verify That the Planned Treatment Has Been Achieved Portal Imaging KV and MV Imaging Portal dosimetry Radiobiological Principles Management of Patients During Radiotherapy Protocols for Management of Side Effects Scoring of Acute Effects Radiographer- Led on Treatment Clinics Head and Neck aEURO" General Considerations Classification of Cervical Lymph Nodes Choice of D Conformal Therapy Versus IMRT for: Primary Tumour Cervical Lymph Nodes Sparing Normal Tissues Matching Fields Multi Modality Treatment Regimes (Surgery, Chemotherapy, Brachytherapy) Fractionation Schedules Larynx Hypopharynx Nasopharynx Oropharynx Oral cavity Ear Parotid Maxillary Antrum Orbit Skin and Lip Thyroid Bronchus Oesophagus Breast Central Nervous System Lymphomas and Spleen Pancreas Rectum Anus Prostate Bladder Testis Penis Pelvis Cervix Corpus Vagina Vulva Sarcoma Paediatric Tumours Systemic Irradiation Emergency Irradiation Each anatomical site chapter (-) will cover: Choice of patients for radiotherapy (stage, pathology, risk factors, performance status) Sequencing of multi modality therapy Clinical and radiological anatomy and assessment of primary disease Data acquisition (immobilisation, imaging protocols, image registration) Target volume definition (GTV, CTV, PTV, PRV) Dose plan production Dose prescription Treatment delivery Verification

About the Author

Jane Dobbs, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Guy's and St Thomas' Cancer Centre, St Thomas' Hospital, London Ann Barrett, Professor of Oncology, and Honorary Consultant in Oncology, School of Medicine, Health Policy and Practice, University of East Anglia, Norwich


"Beautifully illustrated, adequately referenced [...] and written in plain English ... buy it and don't lose it" -RAD Magazine "the layout and presentation is very clear, with easy to read sections and headings ... I strongly recommend this book as essential reading for trainees in clinical oncology as well as radiographers. It is a useful book for anyone involved in the planning and delivery of radiotherapy. It is good value for money.." -Oncology News "The fourth edition represents a major revision of the 1999 edition. The introductory chapters are new, the book uses more clinical images to illustrate important planning concepts, and it emphasizes "the underlying principles of treatment, which can be applied to conventional, conformal, and novel treatments, taking into account advances in imaging and treatment delivery" as the authors state in the preface. Both trainees and practitioners of radiotherapy will find this a useful and quick guide to radiotherapy planning and treatment." -Doody's Book Review "This edition is a great improvement on the previous as is more relevant to the modern practice of radiotherapy[...]this book fulfils the aims it sets out in the preface and (is) easily affordable by an individual trainee or a department." -SCOPE Magazine - the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine

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