Interventional strategies to counter the effects of inter-fraction treatment variation

  • John W. Wong
  • Di Yan
  • David A. Jaffray
  • Greg Edmundson
  • Alvaro A. Martinez
Conference paper

Abstract

Great strides have been made in recent years in the development of important techniques for treatment planning and delivery. There is optimism that the new conformal treatment methods, such as intensity modulation (IMRT) will ultimately lead to improved local control and/or reduced toxicity. However, our expectations must be guarded. The higher degree of conformation means that the risk of treatment failure will also be higher. It is imperative to ensure that the treatments are not only optimally planned, but also accurately implemented. Failure to minimize treatment error will not only undermine the treatment outcome, but also lead to the erroneous and dire conclusion that the advanced treatment methods are ineffectively.

Keywords

Toxicity Europe Fractionation Oncol Hull 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • John W. Wong
    • 1
  • Di Yan
    • 1
  • David A. Jaffray
    • 1
  • Greg Edmundson
    • 1
  • Alvaro A. Martinez
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Radiation OncologyWilliam Beaumont HospitalRoyal OakUSA

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