Advances in Radiation Therapy / Edition 1

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Overview

Recent advances in radiation oncology have depended upon and are intertwined with subsequent scientific discoveries and the development of new techniques in the fields of radiation and molecular biology, physics, electrical engineering, surgery, and medical oncology.
This volume describes how some of the recent discoveries in the radiological sciences have influenced the way radiation oncology is practised. As there are many advances in this field, the Editors have chosen to concentrate on selected topics in clinical radiotherapy, radiation physics and biology, and technical innovations that have had a major impact on radiation oncology in the past twenty years. It is hoped that the techniques described in this volume will increase tumor control and prolong patient survival and at the same time decrease radiation-induced side effects and complications.

The book contains predominantly black-and-white illustrations, with some color illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Wui-Jin Koh, MD (University of Washington Medical Center)
Description: This book is the newest volume in the series Cancer Treatment and Research that explores focused topics in oncology.
Purpose: It describes recent advances in the radiological sciences, primarily from physics/computer technology and biologic standpoints, and how such progress has influenced the practice of radiation oncology. It allows the reader to recognize the clinical potential of ongoing basic science investigations and identify future research directions.
Audience: It is intended for radiation oncology physicians and residents. Its broad overview of current research and its clinical applicability in radiation oncology also make it useful for radiation biologists and physicists.
Features: This book is organized into three general sections: advances in electronics and computer technology; increased understanding in traditional radiobiology and molecular biology; and the promise and challenges of implementing new technologies in clinical radiation therapy. It introduces the reader to some of the terminology and concepts associated with exciting areas of contemporary research. The clinical perspectives provided in chapters 11 and 12 provide a useful framework for understanding the incorporation of technological advances into routine practice. However, it may in a sense be a victim of its own ambitious agenda by trying to cover too many disparate topics in a limited format. For example, chapters 7 and 8, which describe gene therapy and cell cycle manipulation, are on one hand intriguing and informative to the general radiation oncologist, but at the same time overwhelming and confusing in their level of abridged complexity.
Assessment: Many in medicine have espoused the notion of translational science, but relatively few have been able to effectively bridge the gap between basic science investigation and clinical practice. This book represents a unique and generally successful attempt to provide that needed link, and will serve to facilitate better understanding and communication between the various sub-disciplines in radiation oncology.
Wui-Jin Koh
This book is the newest volume in the series Cancer Treatment and Research that explores focused topics in oncology. It describes recent advances in the radiological sciences, primarily from physics/computer technology and biologic standpoints, and how such progress has influenced the practice of radiation oncology. It allows the reader to recognize the clinical potential of ongoing basic science investigations and identify future research directions. It is intended for radiation oncology physicians and residents. Its broad overview of current research and its clinical applicability in radiation oncology also make it useful for radiation biologists and physicists. This book is organized into three general sections: advances in electronics and computer technology; increased understanding in traditional radiobiology and molecular biology; and the promise and challenges of implementing new technologies in clinical radiation therapy. It introduces the reader to some of the terminology and concepts associated with exciting areas of contemporary research. The clinical perspectives provided in chapters 11 and 12 provide a useful framework for understanding the incorporation of technological advances into routine practice. However, it may in a sense be a victim of its own ambitious agenda by trying to cover too many disparate topics in a limited format. For example, chapters 7 and 8, which describe gene therapy and cell cycle manipulation, are on one hand intriguing and informative to the general radiation oncologist, but at the same time overwhelming and confusing in their level of abridged complexity. Many in medicine have espoused the notion of translational science, but relatively fewhave been able to effectively bridge the gap between basic science investigation and clinical practice. This book represents a unique and generally successful attempt to provide that needed link, and will serve to facilitate better understanding and communication between the various sub-disciplines in radiation oncology.
Booknews
Comprises 13 contributions on new techniques and advances in radiation oncology. Covers the ways in which developments in electronic microcircuitry and computer technology have increased the ability to deliver radiation more efficiently to achieve superior dose distribution. Also looks at advances in brachytherapy and external electromagnetic hyperthermia, portal imaging, gene therapy's role in radiation oncology, beam modulation techniques, a physicist's perspective on three<-->dimensional treatment planning and conformal dose delivery, and clinical applications of stereotactic radiosurgery. Includes a few b&w and color diagrams and photographs of IMRT scans and equipment. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792399810
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Series: Cancer Treatment and Research Series , #93
  • Edition description: 1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 305
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Three-Dimensional Treatment Planning and Conformal Dose Delivery - A Physicist's Perspective; J.A. Purdy. 2. Radiation Therapy Beam Modulation Techniques; A.L. Boyer. 3. Computer-Controlled Delivery of 3D Conformal Radiation Treatments; R. Mohan, et al. 4. Implementation and Clinical Use of Portal Imaging; C.L. Thomason. 5. Altered Fractionation: Radiobiological Principles, Clinical Results, and Potential for Dose Escalation; H.D. Thames. 6. Pharmacologic Modification of Radiation-Induced Late Normal Tissue Injury; J.E. Moulder, et al. 7. The Role of Gene Therapy in Radiation Oncology; D. Hallahan, R. Weichselbaum. 8. Potential Applications of Cell Cycle Manipulation to Clinical Response; E.E.R. Harris, et al. 9. Advances in Brachytherapy; R. Nath, L.D. Wilson. 10. Recent Advances in External Electromagnetic Hyperthermia; V. Sathiaseelan, et al. 11. Implementation of Newer Radiotherapeutic Technology in the Management of Prostate Cancer; M. Roach III, et al. 12. Conformal Radiation Therapy; S. Vijaykumar, et al. 13. Clinical Applications of Stereotactic Radiosurgery; J.C. Flickinger, et al. Index.

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