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Radiotherapy in Prostate Cancer

Innovative Techniques and Current Controversies

Geinitz, Hans, Roach III, Mack, van As, Nicholas (Eds.)

2015, XV, 297 p. 200 illus., 100 illus. in color.

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  • About this book

  • Examines in detail the role of innovative radiation techniques in the management of prostate cancer, including IMRT, IGRT, BART, and modern brachytherapy
  • Explores a range of current controversies in patient treatment
  • Intended for both radiation oncologists and urologists ​

Radiation treatment is rapidly evolving owing to the coordinated research of physicists, engineers, computer and imaging specialists, and physicians. Today, the arsenal of “high-precision” or “targeted” radiotherapy includes multimodal imaging, in vivo dosimetry, Monte Carlo techniques for dose planning, patient immobilization techniques, intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT), image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT), biologically adapted radiotherapy (BART), quality assurance methods, novel methods of brachytherapy, and, at the far end of the scale, particle beam radiotherapy using protons and carbon ions. These approaches are like pieces of a puzzle that need to be put together to provide the prostate cancer patient with high-level optimized radiation treatment.

This book examines in detail the role of the above-mentioned innovative radiation techniques in the management of prostate cancer. In addition, a variety of current controversies regarding treatment are carefully explored, including whether prophylactic treatment of the pelvic lymphatics is essential, the magnitude of the effect of dose escalation, whether a benefit accrues from hypofractionation, and what evidence exists for the superiority of protons or heavy ions. Radiotherapy in Prostate Cancer: Innovative Techniques and Current Controversies is intended for both radiation oncologists and urologists with an interest in the up-to-date capabilities of modern radiation oncology for the treatment of prostate cancer.

Content Level » Professional/practitioner

Keywords » Hypofractionation in prostate cancer - IGRT - IMRT - IMRT for prostate cancer - Oncology - Organ Contouring - Pelvic Lymphatics - Prostate Cancer - Proton Therapy - Radiation Therapy

Related subjects » Oncology & Hematology - Radiology - Urology

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