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Intensity-modulated radiotherapy for lung cancer: current status and future developments


Chan, C; Lang, S; Rowbottom, C; Guckenberger, M; Faivre-Finn, C (2014). Intensity-modulated radiotherapy for lung cancer: current status and future developments. Journal of Thoracic Oncology, 9(11):1598-1608.

Abstract

Radiotherapy plays an important role in the management of lung cancer, with over 50% of patients receiving this modality at some point during their treatment. Intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) is a technique that adds fluence modulation to beam shaping, which improves radiotherapy dose conformity around the tumor and spares surrounding normal structures. Treatment with IMRT is becoming more widely available for the treatment of lung cancer, despite the paucity of high level evidence supporting the routine use of this more resource intense and complex technique. In this review article, we have summarized data from planning and clinical studies, discussed challenges in implementing IMRT, and made recommendations on the minimum requirements for safe delivery of IMRT.

Abstract

Radiotherapy plays an important role in the management of lung cancer, with over 50% of patients receiving this modality at some point during their treatment. Intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) is a technique that adds fluence modulation to beam shaping, which improves radiotherapy dose conformity around the tumor and spares surrounding normal structures. Treatment with IMRT is becoming more widely available for the treatment of lung cancer, despite the paucity of high level evidence supporting the routine use of this more resource intense and complex technique. In this review article, we have summarized data from planning and clinical studies, discussed challenges in implementing IMRT, and made recommendations on the minimum requirements for safe delivery of IMRT.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Radiation Oncology
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:November 2014
Deposited On:07 Jan 2015 15:56
Last Modified:11 Jan 2017 09:06
Publisher:Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
ISSN:1556-0864
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1097/JTO.0000000000000346
PubMed ID:25436795

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