Radiotherapy in Practice - External Beam Therapy

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Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN13: 9780198529293
Category: Radiology
Type: Print edition
2006 480 pages, Approximately 50 line illustrations, 25 black and white photographs and 120 colour photographs


External beam therapy is the most common form of radiotherapy, delivering ionizing radiation such as high-energy x-rays, gamma rays or electron beams directly into the location of the patient''s tumour. The beam is generated externally, with no radioactive sources placed within the patient''s body. The beams aim at destroying the cancer cells with minimal impact on the surrounding healthy tissue. The radiation oncologist will choose between different ways of administering the beams, such as linear accelerators, cobalt machines, or ortho-voltage x-ray machines. The three distinct stages of simulation, planning and treatment are critical to ensuring the highest rate of success. This book is an essential, practical guide to the use of external beam radiotherapy, highlighting the rapid technological advances made in recent years. It provides a firm background to the physics of external beam radiotherapy, taking the reader through the basic principles and discussing issues such as quality assurance. Experts within each field then expand upon techniques for treatment delivery within each anatomical site, covering indications, treatment and planning.

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