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The Radiotherapy of Malignant Disease

  • Eric C. Easson
  • R. C. S. Pointon

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. D. Greene, S. K. Stephenson
    Pages 1-32
  3. M. L. Sutton, J. H. Hendry
    Pages 33-55
  4. P. M. Wilkinson, B. W. Fox
    Pages 57-83
  5. R. C. S. Pointon, D. Studd
    Pages 85-113
  6. E. C. Easson
    Pages 115-133
  7. R. D. Hunter
    Pages 135-151
  8. M. B. Duthie, N. K. Gupta, R. C. S. Pointon
    Pages 153-213
  9. M. L. Sutton
    Pages 215-236
  10. E. Sherrah-Davies
    Pages 237-258
  11. G. G. Ribeiro
    Pages 259-280
  12. M. P. Cole, R. D. Hunter
    Pages 281-309
  13. R. C. S. Pointon
    Pages 311-330
  14. R. Gibb, G. Read
    Pages 331-345
  15. D. P. Deakin
    Pages 381-398
  16. D. Pearson
    Pages 399-428
  17. R. D. James, R. C. S. Pointon
    Pages 429-435
  18. M. K. Palmer
    Pages 437-453
  19. Back Matter
    Pages 455-474

About this book

Introduction

Radiotherapy or radiation therapeutics, as the name suggests, is a branch of general therapeutics. In this case the therapeutic agent is ionising radiation which induces specific and predictable biological changes. Radiotherapy is sometimes described as therapeutic radiology because historically the earliest X-ray machines were used both for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. Diagnostic radiology has since become a very complex and time-consuming speciality requiring the undivided care and attention of the diagnostic radiologist. Similarly, radiotherapy now embraces both X-ray beams and the radiations from radium and various artificial radium substitutes. This too requires the full-time attention of the radiotherapist. In recent years radiotherapy has sometimes been described as radiotherapeutic oncology, to indicate the involvement of the radiotherapist in oncological management and indeed in all aspects of oncology from prevention and early detection to the treatment, after-care, and (for those who need it) terminal care of the patient. The radiotherapist, by total commitment to the cancer problem, is in truth the epitome of the oncologist. In the same way as the medical physician or internist requires a proper understanding of the pharmacology of the therapeutic agents he or she employs-the nature, metabolic biochemistry, and biological effects of any administered drug-so also the radiotherapist needs to understand the nature, biological effects, and therapeutic potentialities of ionising radiations. The radiotherapist's "pharmacology" involves an understanding of the relevant physics and radiobiology.

Keywords

Radiotherapie Strahlentherapie X-ray cancer diagnostic radiology oncology pharmacology prevention radiation radiobiology radiology radiotherapy

Editors and affiliations

  • Eric C. Easson
    • 1
    • 2
  • R. C. S. Pointon
    • 2
  1. 1.University of ManchesterUK
  2. 2.Christie Hospital and Holt Radium InstituteManchesterUK

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