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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910290/radiation-therapy-staffing-model-2014
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Leigh J Smith, Rachel Kearvell, Anthony J Arnold, Kevina Choma, Aniko Cooper, Michael R Young, Donna L Matthews, Bronwyn Hilder, Debbie Howson, Katherine Fox, Katheryn Churcher
INTRODUCTION: In 2001, the Radiation Therapy Advisory Panel (RTAP) of the Australian Society of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy (ASMIRT) (formerly known as Australian Institute of Radiography) published a model for radiation therapist staffing in Australian radiation oncology departments. Between 2012-2013, the model was reviewed to ensure it reflected current radiation therapy practice, technology, and to facilitate forward planning of the radiation therapy workforce. METHOD: Twenty-four sites from all states participated and provided data on megavoltage simulation, planning and treatment delivery...
December 2016: Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910001/the-effect-of-influence-quantities-and-detector-orientation-on-small-field-patient-specific-imrt-qa-comparison-of-measurements-with-various-ionization-chambers
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Henry Finlay Godson, Ravikumar Manickam, Sathiyan Saminathan, Kadirampatti Mani Ganesh, Retna Ponmalar
Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) requires a patient-specific quality assurance (QA) program to validate the treatment plan and a high level of dosimetric accuracy in the treatment delivery. Dosimetric verification generally consists of both absolute- and relative-dose measurements in a phantom using ionization chambers. Measurements were carried out with three different ionization chambers (Scanditronix FC 65G, Exradin A18, and PTW PinPoint 31014) to assess the effects of influence quantities such as the stability, pre- and post-irradiation leakage, stem effect, polarity, and ion recombination on the IMRT point-dose verification with two different orientations...
December 1, 2016: Radiological Physics and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909957/adaptive-radiation-therapy-in-head-and-neck-cancer-for-clinical-practice-state-of-the-art-and-practical-challenges
#3
REVIEW
Ovidiu Veresezan, Idriss Troussier, Alexis Lacout, Sarah Kreps, Sophie Maillard, Aude Toulemonde, Pierre-Yves Marcy, Florence Huguet, Juliette Thariat
Modern radiation therapy techniques are characterized by high conformality to tumor volumes and steep dose gradients to spare normal organs. These techniques require accurate clinical target volume definitions and rigorous assessment of set up uncertainties using image guidance, a concept called image-guided radiation therapy. Due to alteration of patient anatomy, changes in tissue density/volumes and tumor shrinkage over the course of treatment, treatment accuracy may be challenged. This may result in excessive irradiation of organs at risk/healthy tissues and undercoverage of target volumes with a significant risk of locoregional failure...
December 1, 2016: Japanese Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909738/prostate-bed-target-interfractional-motion-using-rtog-consensus-definitions-and-daily-ct-on-rails-does-target-motion-differ-between-superior-and-inferior-portions-of-the-clinical-target-volume
#4
Vivek Verma, Shifeng Chen, Sumin Zhou, Charles A Enke, Andrew O Wahl
PURPOSE: Using high-quality CT-on-rails imaging, the daily motion of the prostate bed clinical target volume (PB-CTV) based on consensus Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) definitions (instead of surgical clips/fiducials) was studied. It was assessed whether PB motion in the superior portion of PB-CTV (SUP-CTV) differed from the inferior PB-CTV (INF-CTV). PATIENTS AND METHODS: Eight pT2-3bN0-1M0 patients underwent postprostatectomy intensity-modulated radiotherapy, totaling 300 fractions...
December 1, 2016: Strahlentherapie und Onkologie: Organ der Deutschen Röntgengesellschaft ... [et Al]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908168/examining-credentialing-criteria-and-poor-performance-indicators-for-iroc-houston-s-anthropomorphic-head-and-neck-phantom
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Mallory E Carson, Andrea Molineu, Paige A Taylor, David S Followill, Francesco C Stingo, Stephen F Kry
PURPOSE: To analyze the most recent results of the Imaging and Radiation Oncology Core Houston Quality Assurance Center's (IROC-H) anthropomorphic head and neck (H&N) phantom to determine the nature of failing irradiations and the feasibility of altering credentialing criteria. METHODS: IROC-H's H&N phantom, used for intensity-modulated radiation therapy credentialing for National Cancer Institute-sponsored clinical trials, requires that an institution's treatment plan agrees within ±7% of measured thermoluminescent dosimeter (TLD) doses; it also requires that ≥85% of pixels pass ±4 mm distance to agreement (7%/4 mm gamma analysis for film)...
December 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904451/the-ratio-of-weight-loss-to-planning-target-volume-significantly-impacts-setup-errors-in-nasopharyngeal-cancer-patients-undergoing-helical-tomotherapy-with-daily-megavoltage-computed-tomography
#6
Wei-Hsien Hou, Chun-Wei Wang, Chiao-Ling Tsai, Feng-Ming Hsu, Jason Chia-Hsien Cheng
BACKGROUND: Changes in head and neck anatomy during radiation therapy (RT) produce setup uncertainties of nasopharyngeal cancer (NPC) irradiation. We retrospectively analyzed image guidance data to identify clinical predictors of setup errors. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The data of 217 NPC patients undergoing definitive RT on a helical tomotherapy (HT) unit were analyzed. Factors including tumor stage, body mass index, weight loss, and planning target volume (PTV) were assessed as predictors of daily megavoltage computed tomography (MVCT) setup displacements, which were automatically registered using software...
December 1, 2016: Radiology and Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903179/gamma-knife-radiosurgery-for-brain-metastases-from-pulmonary-large-cell-neuroendocrine-carcinoma-a-japanese-multi-institutional-cooperative-study-jlgk1401
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Takuya Kawabe, Masaaki Yamamoto, Yasunori Sato, Shoji Yomo, Takeshi Kondoh, Osamu Nagano, Toru Serizawa, Takahiko Tsugawa, Hisayo Okamoto, Atsuya Akabane, Kazuyasu Aita, Manabu Sato, Hidefumi Jokura, Jun Kawagishi, Takashi Shuto, Hideya Kawai, Akihito Moriki, Hiroyuki Kenai, Yoshiyasu Iwai, Masazumi Gondo, Toshinori Hasegawa, Soichiro Yasuda, Yasuhiro Kikuchi, Yasushi Nagatomo, Shinya Watanabe, Naoya Hashimoto
OBJECTIVE In 1999, the World Health Organization categorized large cell neuroendocrine carcinoma (LCNEC) of the lung as a variant of large cell carcinoma, and LCNEC now accounts for 3% of all lung cancers. Although LCNEC is categorized among the non-small cell lung cancers, its biological behavior has recently been suggested to be very similar to that of a small cell pulmonary malignancy. The clinical outcome for patients with LCNEC is generally poor, and the optimal treatment for this malignancy has not yet been established...
December 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903114/a-quantitative-analysis-of-craniopharyngioma-cyst-expansion-during-and-after-radiation-therapy-and-surgical-implications
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Kelly Lamiman, Kenneth K Wong, Benita Tamrazi, Jason D Nosrati, Arthur Olch, Eric L Chang, Erin N Kiehna
OBJECTIVE When complete resection of craniopharyngioma is not achievable or the sequelae are prohibitive, limited surgery and radiation therapy have demonstrated excellent local disease control while minimizing treatment-related sequelae. When residual tissue exists, there is a propensity for further cyst development and expansion during and after radiation therapy. This can result in obstructive hydrocephalus, visual changes, and/or clinical decline. The authors present a quantitative analysis of cyst expansion during and after radiotherapy and examine how it affected subsequent management...
December 2016: Neurosurgical Focus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898748/-investigating-the-clinical-applicability-of-ebt2-self-developing-films
#9
Zsuzsánna Zongor, Dalma Béla, Réka Király, Gábor Stelczer, Tibor Major, Csilla Pesznyák
The purpose of the study was to investigate the physical properties of the EBT2 radiochromic films and define the conditions of its clinical applicability. We irradiated the films with different treatment techniques 3D conformal (3DCRT), intensity-modulated (IMRT) and stereotactic body radiotherapy with arc therapy (SBRT), and then compared the data with the dose distribution exported from the treatment planning system (Eclipse). Two film analysis softwares were investigated for the comparison: PTW Mephysto and FilmQA Pro...
November 29, 2016: Magyar Onkologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898429/dosimetric-improvements-with-a-novel-breast-stereotactic-radiotherapy-device-for-delivery-of-preoperative-partial-breast-irradiation
#10
James W Snider Iii, Yildirim Mutaf, Elizabeth Nichols, Andrea Hall, Patrick Vadnais, William F Regine, Steven J Feigenberg
OBJECTIVE: Partial-breast irradiation (PBI) with external-beam radiotherapy has produced higher than expected rates of fair-to-poor cosmesis. Worsened outcomes have been correlated with larger volumes of breast tissue exposed to radiation. A novel breast-specific stereotactic radiotherapy (BSRT) device (BSRTD) has been developed at our institution and has shown promise in delivering highly conformal dose distributions. We compared normal tissue sparing with this device with that achieved with intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)-PBI...
November 30, 2016: Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893626/molecular-profiling-using-breast-cancer-subtype-to-plan-for-breast-reconstruction
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Lars Johan Sandberg, Mark W Clemens, W F Symmans, Vicente Valero, Abigail S Caudle, Benjamin Smith, Henry M Kuerer, Limin Hsu, Steven J Kronowitz
BACKGROUND: Molecular profiling using breast cancer subtype has an increasing role in the multidisciplinary care of the breast cancer patient. We sought to determine the role of breast cancer subtyping in breast reconstruction and specifically if breast cancer subtyping can determine the need for postmastectomy radiation therapy (PMRT) and predict recurrence-free survival (RFS) to plan for the timing and technique of breast reconstruction. METHODS: We reviewed prospectively collected data from 1931 reconstructed breasts in breast cancer patients who underwent mastectomy between November 1999 and December 2012...
November 21, 2016: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891440/radiation-therapy-in-paediatric-orbital-granulocytic-sarcomas-experience-from-a-tertiary-cancer-center
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Sushmita Pathy, Bhanu Prasad Venkatesulu, Supriya Mallick, Subhash Chander
INTRODUCTION: Orbital Granulocytic Sarcoma (OGS) is an uncommon manifestation associated with haematological malignancies. Chemotherapy remains the cornerstone of the treatment. The role of radiation is not well-defined. AIM: To evaluate the effect of radiation in OGS and to define an optimal dose for achieving adequate local control. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a retrospective analysis of 11 patients who received radiation therapy to orbit for Granulocytic Sarcoma (GS) between 2007 and 2014 at a tertiary cancer center in India...
October 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890801/eus-guided-paclitaxel-injection-as-an-adjunctive-therapy-to-systemic-chemotherapy-and-concurrent-external-beam-radiation-before-surgery-for-localized-or-locoregional-esophageal-cancer-a-multicenter-prospective-randomized-trial
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John M DeWitt, S Krishna Murthy, Ramesh Ardhanari, G Aaron DuVall, Grzegorz Wallner, Paul Litka, Claire Daugherty, Kirk Fowers
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: OncoGel is paclitaxel (PTX) formulated in a thermosensitive, biodegradable copolymer for focused cytotoxicity and radiosensitization. A phase IIa study suggested EUS-guided PTX injection into esophageal tumors subsequently receiving radiation therapy (RT) was safe. METHODS: In an international multicenter, prospective randomized phase IIb study, patients with local or locoregional adenocarcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma (SCCA) of the esophagus/GE junction and eligible for neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy (CRT) before surgery were randomized to standard of care (SOC) plus EUS-guided PTX injection or SOC alone...
November 24, 2016: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884092/a-retrospective-analysis-of-outcomes-for-primary-mediastinal-large-b-cell-lymphoma-treated-with-rchop-followed-by-radiotherapy-or-front-line-autologous-stem-cell-transplantation
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Xiaojian Liu, Ting Deng, Xianzhi Guo, Ye Guo, Leiping Wang, Jian Zhang, Zuguang Xia, Quanling Zhang, Kai Xue, Junning Cao, Jumei Shi, Xiaonan Hong
OBJECTIVES: Our aim was to retrospectively investigate the data from our institute the response rate and outcome in patients with primary mediastinal B-cell lymphoma (PMBL) who received the rituximab in combination with CHOP (RCHOP) followed by autologous stem cell transplantation (ASCT) or RCHOP followed by involved field radiation therapy (IFRT). METHODS: Sixty five patients with PMBL received RCHOP as first-line chemotherapy between January 2005 and December 2010...
November 25, 2016: Hematology (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881963/angiogenesis-inhibitors-for-the-treatment-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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REVIEW
Massimiliano Berretta, Luca Rinaldi, Fabrizio Di Benedetto, Arben Lleshi, Vallì De Re, Gaetano Facchini, Paolo De Paoli, Raffaele Di Francia
Background: Angiogenesis inhibitors have become an important therapeutic approach in the treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) patients. The therapeutic inhibition of angiogenesis of Sorafenib in increasing overall survival of patients with HCC is a fundamental element of the treatment of this disease. Considering the heterogeneous aspects of HCC and to boost therapeutic efficacy, prevail over drug resistance and lessen toxicity, adding antiangiogenic drugs to antiblastic chemotherapy (AC), radiation therapy or other targeted drugs have been evaluated...
2016: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881158/evaluation-of-daily-patient-positioning-for-radiotherapy-with-a-commercial-3d-surface-imaging-system-catalyst%C3%A2
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F Walter, P Freislederer, C Belka, C Heinz, M Söhn, F Roeder
BACKGROUND: To report our initial clinical experience with the novel surface imaging system Catalyst™ (C-RAD AB, Sweden) in connection with an Elekta Synergy linear accelerator for daily patient positioning in patients undergoing radiation therapy. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed the patient positioning of 154 fractions in 25 patients applied to thoracic, abdominal, and pelvic body regions. Patients were routinely positioned based on skin marks, shifted to the calculated isocenter position and treated after correction via cone beam CT which served as gold standard...
November 24, 2016: Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27880737/development-and-clinical-introduction-of-automated-radiotherapy-treatment-planning-for-prostate-cancer
#17
D Winkel, G H Bol, B van Asselen, J Hes, V Scholten, L G W Kerkmeijer, B W Raaymakers
To develop an automated radiotherapy treatment planning and optimization workflow to efficiently create patient specifically optimized clinical grade treatment plans for prostate cancer and to implement it in clinical practice. A two-phased planning and optimization workflow was developed to automatically generate 77Gy 5-field simultaneously integrated boost intensity modulated radiation therapy (SIB-IMRT) plans for prostate cancer treatment. A retrospective planning study (n  =  100) was performed in which automatically and manually generated treatment plans were compared...
December 21, 2016: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869084/verification-of-dose-distribution-in-carbon-ion-radiation-therapy-for-stage-i-lung-cancer
#18
Daisuke Irie, Jun-Ichi Saitoh, Katsuyuki Shirai, Takanori Abe, Yoshiki Kubota, Makoto Sakai, Shin-Ei Noda, Tatsuya Ohno, Takashi Nakano
PURPOSE: To evaluate robustness of dose distribution of carbon-ion radiation therapy (C-ion RT) in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and to identify factors affecting the dose distribution by simulated dose distribution. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Eighty irradiation fields for delivery of C-ion RT were analyzed in 20 patients with stage I NSCLC. Computed tomography images were obtained twice before treatment initiation. Simulated dose distribution was reconstructed on computed tomography for confirmation under the same settings as actual treatment with respiratory gating and bony structure matching...
December 1, 2016: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869081/long-term-update-of-nrg-oncology-rtog-0319-a-phase-1-and-2%C3%A2-trial-to-evaluate-3-dimensional-conformal-radiation-therapy-confined-to-the-region-of%C3%A2-the%C3%A2-lumpectomy-cavity-for-stage-i-and-ii-breast%C3%A2-carcinoma
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Rachel Rabinovitch, Jennifer Moughan, Frank Vicini, Helen Pass, John Wong, Susan Chafe, Ivy Petersen, Douglas W Arthur, Julia White
PURPOSE: NRG Oncology RTOG 0319 was the first cooperative group trial in the United States to evaluate 3-dimensional conformal radiation therapy (3D-CRT) accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI). This report updates secondary endpoints of toxicity and efficacy. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Patients with stage I or II invasive breast cancer (tumor size ≤3 cm, ≤3 positive lymph nodes, negative margins) were eligible for 3D-CRT APBI: 38.5 Gy in 10 twice-daily fractions...
December 1, 2016: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867176/impact-of-pelvic-rotational-setup-error-on-lymph-nodal-dose-in-whole-pelvic-imrt-using-fiducial-markers
#20
Hiroki Katayama, Masaomi Ookubo, Masato Tsuzuki, Yasuhiro Sasakawa, Shigeo Takahashi, Toru Shibata
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to investigate the impact of pelvic rotational setup error on lymph nodal dose in the whole pelvic intensity-modulated radiation therapy using the fiducial marker. METHODS: The dose differences of clinical target volume for pelvic lymph node (CTVLN) due to isocenter (IC) shift and pelvic rotation were evaluated using the radiation treatment planning system. The rotated computed tomography (CT) images were created for the simulation of the pelvic rotation...
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