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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Ann Pittier, MD (University of Washington Medical Center)
Description: This second edition treatment planning textbook incorporates the latest technology from diagnosis and evaluation of patients to tools necessary for investigating and planning the optimal treatment plan. The first edition was published in 1998 and since then there has been an explosion in the technology used in radiation planning.
Purpose: The authors set out to review the methodology of the treatment planning process. This is the very foundation upon which the practice of radiation is applied to the patient. The authors provide a practical outline useful in daily practice for radiation oncology residents, physicians, dosimetrists, and medical physicists. The contributing authors are all highly reputable in their field of practice and provide expert opinion in addition to relevant updated references.
Audience: The book is written for practicing radiation oncologists, radiation oncology residents, medical students, physicists, and dosimetrists. The editor is a well known and respected authority in radiation oncology treatment planning and he has assembled a noteworthy collection of expert collaborators.
Features: This book provides a platform for treatment planning and guides practitioners through relevant modalities of treatment for specific disease sites. It is a concise, practical reference that incorporates valuable algorithms for when and what to treat (e.g., which regional LN to incorporate in treating specific sites in the head and neck). Color plates help visualize volumes, isodose lines, and dose volume histograms. Each chapter is presented with easy to navigate sections and is punctuated with pertinent reference lists for readers to investigate topics further.
Assessment: This clear, concise book melds expert opinion and evidence-based approaches to treatment planning. It omits obsolete modalities and concentrates on relevant, practical approaches for up-to-date treatment purposes, highly relevant in a field where the technology is rapidly advancing.