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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646463/patterns-of-failure-after-radical-prostatectomy-in-prostate-cancer-implications-for-radiation-therapy-planning-after-68-ga-psma-pet-imaging
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Kilian Schiller, K Sauter, S Dewes, M Eiber, T Maurer, J Gschwend, S E Combs, G Habl
BACKGROUND: Salvage radiotherapy (SRT) after radical prostatectomy (RPE) and lymphadenectomy (LAE) is the appropriate radiotherapy option for patients with persistent/ recurrent prostate cancer (PC). (68)Ga-PSMA-PET imaging has been shown to accurately detect PC lesions in a primary setting as well as for local recurrence or for lymph node (LN) metastases. OBJECTIVE: In this study we evaluated the patterns of recurrence after RPE in patients with PC, putting a highlight on the differentiation between sites that would have been covered by a standard radiation therapy (RT) field in consensus after the RTOG consensus and others that would have not...
June 23, 2017: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646251/cardiac-dose-sparing-effects-of-deep-inspiration-breath-hold-in-left-breast-irradiation-is-imrt-more-beneficial-than-vmat
#2
Mazen Sakka, Leonie Kunzelmann, Martin Metzger, Gerhard G Grabenbauer
BACKGROUND: Given the reduction in death from breast cancer, as well as improvements in overall survival, adjuvant radiotherapy is considered the standard treatment for breast cancer. However, left-sided breast irradiation was associated with an increased rate of fatal cardiovascular events due to incidental irradiation of the heart. Recently, considerable efforts have been made to minimize cardiac toxicity of left-sided breast irradiation by new treatment methods such as deep-inspiration breath-hold (DIBH) and new radiation techniques, particularly intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) and volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT)...
June 23, 2017: Strahlentherapie und Onkologie: Organ der Deutschen Röntgengesellschaft ... [et Al]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643751/quick-efficient-and-effective-patient-specific-intensity-modulated-radiation-therapy-quality-assurance-using-log-file-and-electronic-portal-imaging-device
#3
Rajesh Kumar, H I Amols, M Lovelock, S D Sharma, D Datta
AIM: The aim of work is to explore a quick, efficient, and effective patient-specific intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) quality assurance (QA). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Software tools were developed to extract and analyze the multi-leaf collimator (MLC) leaf positions (LPs) from electronic portal imaging device (EPID) images for Varian C-series machine and TrueBeam, to extract useful data from MLC log file of C-series linear accelerator (LINAC), to extract useful information from the trajectory log binary file of TrueBeam LINAC, to compare LPs derived from EPID images with log file/trajectory log data, and to analyze IMRT treatment files using the MATLAB programming language...
April 2017: Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643745/adjuvant-hypofractionated-radiation-in-carcinoma-breast-photon-versus-electron-comparison-of-treatment-outcome
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G Prameela Chelakkot, Rahul Ravind, K Sruthi, Namrata Chigurupati, Sanketh Kotne, Raghavendra Holla, Ram Madhavan, M Dinesh
BACKGROUND: Breast cancer tissue is sensitive to hypofractionation. This is an analysis of patients treated with hypofractionated protocols since 2009, at our tertiary cancer center. METHODS: Details of breast cancer patients treated with adjuvant hypofractionated external beam radiation therapy (EBRT) from January 2009 to December 2014 were retrieved and analyzed. RESULTS: One thousand seven hundred and eighty patients received adjuvant EBRT during this period...
April 2017: Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643737/changes-in-pharyngeal-constrictor-volumes-during-head-and-neck-radiation-therapy-implications-for-dose-delivery
#5
Akila Kumarasiri, Chang Liu, Mona Kamal, Correen Fraser, Stephen Brown, Indrin J Chetty, Jinkoo Kim, Farzan Siddiqui
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to evaluate the anatomical changes and associated dosimetric consequences to pharyngeal constrictor muscles (PCMs) that occur during head and neck (H and N) radiotherapy (RT). MATERIALS AND METHODS: A cohort of 13 oropharyngeal cancer patients with daily cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) was retrospectively studied. On every 5th CBCT image, PCM was manually delineated by a radiation oncologist. The anterior-posterior PCM thickness was measured at the midline level of C3 vertebral body...
April 2017: Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643730/an-overview-on-small-field-dosimetry-in-photon-beam-radiotherapy-developments-and-challenges
#6
REVIEW
Hamed Bagheri, Azadeh Soleimani, Nahideh Gharehaghaji, Asghar Mesbahi, Farhad Manouchehri, Babak Shekarchi, Banafsheh Dormanesh, Habib Alah Dadgar
Small fields are more repeatedly used for radiation therapy as small segments in intensity-modulated radiotherapy or as in the form of independent fields in stereotactic radiosurgery and other novel equipment such as cyberknife and tomotherapy. Nevertheless, the application of small fields for radiotherapy of lung makes the dose calculation and planning inaccurate due to the existence of electronic disequilibrium and intrinsic deficiencies within most of the analytical dose calculation algorithms. The current review attempts to gather the information in this regard and focuses on the current progresses and retaining issues associated with this type of photon beams...
April 2017: Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639942/commissioning-of-the-tongue-and-groove-modelling-in-treatment-planning-systems-from-static-fields-to-vmat-treatments
#7
Victor Hernandez, Juan Antonio Vera-Sánchez, Laure Vieillevigne, Jordi Saez
Adequate modelling of the multi-leaf collimator (MLC) by treatment planning systems (TPS) is essential for accurate dose calculations in intensity-modulated radiation-therapy. For this reason modern TPSs incorporate MLC characteristics such as the leaf end curvature, MLC transmission and the tongue-and-groove. However, the modelling of the tongue-and-groove is often neglected during TPS commissioning and it is not known how accurate it is. This study evaluates the dosimetric consequences of the tongue-and-groove effect for two different MLC models using both film dosimetry and ionisation chambers...
June 22, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636658/efficacy-and-safety-of-ultrasound-guided-implantation-of-fiducial-markers-in-the-liver-for-stereotactic-body-radiation-therapy
#8
So Hyun Park, Hyung Jin Won, So Yeon Kim, Yong Moon Shin, Pyo Nyun Kim, Sang Min Yoon, Jin-Hong Park, Jong Hoon Kim
OBJECTIVE: Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) for the treatment of a malignancy in the liver requires the perilesional implantation of fiducial markers for lesion detection. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the efficacy and safety of ultrasound (US) -guided marker implantation for SBRT. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed 299, US-guided, intrahepatic fiducial markers implanted in 101 patients between November 2013 and September 2014. SBRT-planning CT images were analyzed to determine the technical success of the implantation, the mean distance between the tumor margin and the marker, with the ideal location of fiducials defined as the distance between a marker and a tumor less than 3 cm and the distance between markers greater than 2 cm according to the tumor conspicuity seen on gray-scale US and the artifact obscuring tumor margins...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630876/a-dosimetric-comparison-of-dose-escalation-with-simultaneous-integrated-boost-for-locally-advanced-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
#9
Wenjuan Yang, Biao Zeng, Yanfang Qiu, Jianfeng Tan, Shilei Xu, Yilong Cai, Yujuan Zhou, Zhigang Liu, Junming Luo, Hui Wang
BACKGROUND: Many studies have demonstrated that a higher radiotherapy dose is associated with improved outcomes in non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). We performed a dosimetric planning study to assess the dosimetric feasibility of intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) with a simultaneous integrated boost (SIB) in locally advanced NSCLC. METHODS: We enrolled twenty patients. Five different dose plans were generated for each patient. All plans were prescribed a dose of 60 Gy to the planning tumor volume (PTV)...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629928/safety-and-efficacy-of-endovascular-fiducial-marker-insertion-for-cyberknife-stereotactic-radiation-therapy-planning-in-early-stage-lung-cancer
#10
Mikael Mongeon, Florence Thibault, Carl Chartrand-Lefebvre, Andrei-Bogdan Gorgos, Gilles Soulez, Edith Filion, Eric Therasse
PURPOSE: To evaluate the safety and efficacy of endovascular fiducial markers (EVFMs) for CyberKnife stereotactic radiation therapy (RT) of malignant lung neoplasms in patients with contraindications to percutaneous fiducial marker (PTFM) placement. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Between January 2011 and December 2013, 15 patients (7 men and 8 women) aged 59-87 years (mean, 73 y) underwent EVFM placement and 109 patients (54 men and 55 women) aged 55-92 years (mean, 73 y) underwent 114 PTFM placements...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology: JVIR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628354/soft-tissue-enhancement-and-implant-placement-following-partial-mandibulectomy-due-to-squamous-cell-carcinoma
#11
Fabio Bernardello, Giampietro Bertasi, Ralph Mackey Powers, Sergio Spinato, Andrea Viaggi, Jimmie Bullock, Pietro Felice
Many dental procedures allow for implant placement in partially or totally edentulous patients. Despite the availability of various implant and abutment types on the market, it often becomes quite challenging to achieve the biological and esthetic goals in a patient who has ridge deficiencies. Where problems will arise is from the lack of adequate bone quality and quantity.1,2 Soft tissue form and maintenance is also a consideration to evaluate.3 Primary reconstructive techniques following segmental mandibulectomy is evolving and improves quality of life...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Oral Implantology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621524/harnessing-the-power-of-nanotechnology-for-enhanced-radiation-therapy
#12
Shreya Goel, Dalong Ni, Weibo Cai
Radiotherapy has emerged as one of the first lines of treatment in oncology. The past few decades have seen dramatic changes in the delivery of radiation therapy, with dose fractionation and treatment planning being the major focuses of research. Although effective, such empirical approaches are hardly optimal, and instances of patient mortality and tumor relapse are not rare. In this Perspective, we review the emerging technologies for optimization of radiosensitization, hypoxia modulation, and combinatorial therapeutic regimes for improved treatment outcomes in preclinical tumor models, with a focus on nanotechnology-mediated approaches...
June 16, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612288/magnetic-resonance-image-guidance-in-external-beam-radiation-therapy-planning-and-delivery
#13
REVIEW
Ilamurugu Arivarasan, Chandrasekaran Anuradha, Shanmuga Subramanian, Ayyalusamy Anantharaman, Velayudham Ramasubramanian
The use of magnetic resonance (MR) imaging in radiation oncology is improving dramatically. This review article discusses the necessity of image guidance and how MR finds a significant place in radiotherapy planning and delivery. The challenges to and current solutions for an in-house MR simulation, dedicated MR simulator, estimation of electron density using MR image sets and development of MR-compatible treatment planning systems are presented. This article also reviews the feasibility, advantages and limitations of MR image-guided radiation therapy (MR-IGRT) and its drive toward the integration of radiation beams with MR technology...
June 13, 2017: Japanese Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612199/mri-guided-radiotherapy-for-head-and-neck-cancer-initial-clinical-experience
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A M Chen, S Hsu, J Lamb, Y Yang, N Agazaryan, M L Steinberg, D A Low, M Cao
PURPOSE: To report a single-institutional experience with the use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-guided radiotherapy for cancers of the head and neck. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Between October 2014 and October 2016, 18 patients with newly diagnosed cancers of the head and neck were prospectively enrolled on an institutional registry trial investigating the feasibility and efficacy of external-beam radiotherapy delivered using on-board MRI. All patients had biopsy-proven evidence of malignancy, measurable disease, and the ability to provide consent...
June 13, 2017: Clinical & Translational Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611367/the-hippocampus-sparing-volume-modulated-arc-therapy-does-not-influence-plan-quality-on-locally-advanced-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma-patients
#15
Wendong Gu, Qilin Li, Dan Xi, Ye Tian, Juncong Mo, Honglei Pei
Irradiation on hippocampus would lead to neuro-cognitive dysfunction in locally advanced nasopharyneal carcinoma (LA-NPC) patients accepting radiotherapy. Our study here aimed to investigate if undergoing hippocampus sparing (HS) volume modulated arc therapy (VMAT) would influence the plan quality in LA NPC patients. We designed three kinds of radiotherapeutic plans for 11 LA NPC patients: conventional VMAT (C-VMAT), HS-VMAT and HS intensity modulated radiation therapy with dynamic multileaf collimator (HS-dMLC)...
June 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610704/variation-of-the-prescription-dose-using-the-analytical-anisotropic-algorithm-in-lung-stereotactic-body-radiation-therapy
#16
Daisuke Kawai, Ryo Takahashi, Tatsuya Kamima, Hiromi Baba, Toshijiro Yamamoto, Yoko Kubo, Satoru Ishibashi, Yoshihiro Higuchi, Kensuke Tani, Norifumi Mizuno, Shunta Jinno, Hidenobu Tachibana
PURPOSE: The aim of the present investigation was to evaluate the dosimetric variation regarding the analytical anisotropic algorithm (AAA) relative to other algorithms in lung stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT). We conducted a multi-institutional study involving six institutions using a secondary check program and compared the AAA to the Acuros XB (AXB) in two institutions. METHODS: All lung SBRT plans (128 patients) were generated using the AAA, pencil beam convolution with the Batho (PBC-B) and adaptive convolve (AC)...
June 2017: Physica Medica: PM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609301/a-light-weight-compact-proton-gantry-design-with-a-novel-dose-delivery-system-for-broad-energetic-laser-accelerated-beams
#17
U Masood, T E Cowan, W Enghardt, K M Hofmann, L Karsch, F Kroll, U Schramm, J J Wilkens, J Pawelke
Proton beams may provide superior dose-conformity in radiation therapy. However, the large sizes and costs limit the widespread use of proton therapy (PT). The recent progress in proton acceleration via high-power laser systems has made it a compelling alternative to conventional accelerators, as it could potentially reduce the overall size and cost of the PT facilities. However, the laser-accelerated beams exhibit different characteristics than conventionally accelerated beams, i.e. very intense proton bunches with large divergences and broad-energy spectra...
July 7, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609300/a-new-method-to-reconstruct-intra-fractional-prostate-motion-in-volumetric-modulated-arc-therapy
#18
Y Chi, N H Rezaeian, C Shen, Y Zhou, W Lu, M Yang, R Hannan, X Jia
Intra-fractional motion is a concern during prostate radiation therapy, as it may cause deviations between planned and delivered radiation doses. Because accurate motion information during treatment delivery is critical to address dose deviation, we developed the projection marker matching method (PM(3)), a novel method for prostate motion reconstruction in volumetric modulated arc therapy. The purpose of this method is to reconstruct in-treatment prostate motion trajectory using projected positions of implanted fiducial markers measured in kV x-ray projection images acquired during treatment delivery...
July 7, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608731/survival-outcomes-in-patients-with-t2n0m0-stage-ii-squamous-cell-carcinoma-of-the-larynx
#19
Danielle L Gainor, Emily Marchiano, Emily Bellile, Matthew E Spector, Jeremy M G Taylor, Gregory T Wolf, Norman D Hogikyan, Mark E Prince, Carol R Bradford, Avraham Eisbruch, Francis Worden, Andrew G Shuman
Objective Emerging data have demonstrated suboptimal outcomes among patients with stage II larynx cancer. Our objective is to report survival outcomes for T2N0M0 larynx cancer and to determine the cause-specific survival. Study Design Case series with planned data collection. Setting Tertiary academic center. Subjects Adults with T2N0M0 squamous cell carcinoma of the larynx treated with curative intent. Methods A head and neck cancer epidemiology database was queried for eligible subjects from 2003 to 2014...
June 1, 2017: Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608305/quality-assurance-of-the-preopanc-trial-2012-003181-40-for-preoperative-radiochemotherapy-in-pancreatic-cancer-the-dummy-run
#20
Eva Versteijne, Eelco Lens, Astrid van der Horst, Arjan Bel, Jorrit Visser, Cornelis J A Punt, Mustafa Suker, Casper H J van Eijck, Geertjan van Tienhoven
BACKGROUND: The Dutch Pancreatic Cancer Group initiated the national, multicentre, controlled PREOPANC trial, randomising between preoperative radiochemotherapy and direct explorative laparotomy for patients with (borderline) resectable pancreatic cancer. The aim of this dummy run is to evaluate compliance with the radiotherapy protocol of this trial, and the quality of delineation and radiation plans. METHODS: Eleven radiation oncology departments open for accrual of patients in the PREOPANC trial were provided with all necessary information of a selected 'dummy' patient...
June 12, 2017: Strahlentherapie und Onkologie: Organ der Deutschen Röntgengesellschaft ... [et Al]
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