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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29103987/special-radiobiological-features-of-second-cancer-risk-after-particle-radiotherapy
#1
Klaus-Rüdiger Trott
In absolute terms: second cancer risks from radiotherapy of first cancers in adults are small compared to the benefits from radiotherapy but this is not so for radiotherapy of childhood cancers. Moreover, the radiation dose dependence of cancer induction differs between organs and tissues. The organ-specific dose dependence of second cancer risks may indicate the existence of different radiobiological mechanisms. As an inevitable consequence of the age dependence of organ sensitivity to second cancer induction, the organ/tissue weighting factors which have been proposed by ICRP for calculating effective dose (the dose unit Sv) and for risk estimation in the general population should not be used in medical radiation exposures...
November 2, 2017: Physica Medica: PM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29099228/collisionless-shock-acceleration-of-high-flux-quasimonoenergetic-proton-beams-driven-by-circularly-polarized-laser-pulses
#2
H Zhang, B F Shen, W P Wang, S H Zhai, S S Li, X M Lu, J F Li, R J Xu, X L Wang, X Y Liang, Y X Leng, R X Li, Z Z Xu
We present experimental studies on ion acceleration using an 800-nm circularly polarized laser pulse with a peak intensity of 6.9×10^{19}  W/cm^{2} interacting with an overdense plasma that is produced by a laser prepulse ionizing an initially ultrathin plastic foil. The proton spectra exhibit spectral peaks at energies up to 9 MeV with energy spreads of 30% and fluxes as high as 3×10^{12}  protons/MeV/sr. Two-dimensional particle-in-cell simulations reveal that collisionless shocks are efficiently launched by circularly polarized lasers in exploded plasmas, resulting in the acceleration of quasimonoenergetic proton beams...
October 20, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29095996/optimum-size-of-a-calibration-phantom-for-x-ray-ct-to-convert-the-hounsfield-units-to-stopping-power-ratios-in-charged-particle-therapy-treatment-planning
#3
T Inaniwa, H Tashima, N Kanematsu
In charged-particle therapy treatment planning, the volumetric distribution of stopping power ratios (SPRs) of body tissues relative to water is used for patient dose calculation. The distribution is conventionally obtained from computed tomography (CT) images of a patient using predetermined conversion functions from the CT numbers to the SPRs. One of the biggest uncertainty sources of patient SPR estimation is insufficient correction of beam hardening arising from the mismatch between the size of the patient cross section and the calibration phantom for producing the conversion functions...
October 31, 2017: Journal of Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29092716/the-150-most-important-questions-in-cancer-research-and-clinical-oncology-series-questions-67-75-edited-by-chinese-journal-of-cancer
#4
EDITORIAL
(no author information available yet)
Since the beginning of 2017, Chinese Journal of Cancer has published a series of important questions in cancer research and clinical oncology, which sparkle diverse thoughts, interesting communications, and potential collaborations among researchers all over the world. In this article, 9 more questions are presented as followed. Question 67. How could we overcome the resistance of hepatocellular carcinoma against chemotherapeutics? Question 68. Is pursuit of non-covalent small-molecule binders of RAS proteins viable as a strategy of cancer drug discovery? Question 69...
November 1, 2017: Chinese Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29082601/time-resolved-diode-dosimetry-calibration-through-monte-carlo-modeling-for-in%C3%A2-vivo-passive-scattered-proton-therapy-range-verification
#5
Allison Toltz, Michaela Hoesl, Jan Schuemann, Jan Seuntjens, Hsiao-Ming Lu, Harald Paganetti
PURPOSE: Our group previously introduced an in vivo proton range verification methodology in which a silicon diode array system is used to correlate the dose rate profile per range modulation wheel cycle of the detector signal to the water-equivalent path length (WEPL) for passively scattered proton beam delivery. The implementation of this system requires a set of calibration data to establish a beam-specific response to WEPL fit for the selected 'scout' beam (a 1 cm overshoot of the predicted detector depth with a dose of 4 cGy) in water-equivalent plastic...
October 29, 2017: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29058267/robert-r-wilson-1914-2000-the-first-scientist-to-propose-particle-therapy-use-of-particle-beam-for-cancer-treatment
#6
EDITORIAL
Masahiro Endo
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 20, 2017: Radiological Physics and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29050953/dual-energy-ct-based-proton-range-prediction-in-head-and-pelvic-tumor-patients
#7
Patrick Wohlfahrt, Christian Möhler, Kristin Stützer, Steffen Greilich, Christian Richter
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: To reduce range uncertainty in particle therapy, an accurate computation of stopping-power ratios (SPRs) based on computed tomography (CT) is crucial. Here, we assess range differences between the state-of-the-art CT-number-to-SPR conversion using a generic Hounsfield look-up table (HLUT) and a direct patient-specific SPR prediction (RhoSigma) based on dual-energy CT (DECT) in 100 proton treatment fields. MATERIAL AND METHODS: For 25 head-tumor and 25 prostate-cancer patients, the clinically applied treatment plan, optimized using a HLUT, was recalculated with RhoSigma as CT-number-to-SPR conversion...
October 16, 2017: Radiotherapy and Oncology: Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29045491/monte-carlo-simulation-of-secondary-neutron-dose-for-scanning-proton-therapy-using-fluka
#8
Chaeyeong Lee, Sangmin Lee, Seung-Jae Lee, Hankyeol Song, Dae-Hyun Kim, Sungkoo Cho, Kwanghyun Jo, Youngyih Han, Yong Hyun Chung, Jin Sung Kim
Proton therapy is a rapidly progressing field for cancer treatment. Globally, many proton therapy facilities are being commissioned or under construction. Secondary neutrons are an important issue during the commissioning process of a proton therapy facility. The purpose of this study is to model and validate scanning nozzles of proton therapy at Samsung Medical Center (SMC) by Monte Carlo simulation for beam commissioning. After the commissioning, a secondary neutron ambient dose from proton scanning nozzle (Gantry 1) was simulated and measured...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28986856/spin-lattice-relaxation-epr-po2-images-may-direct-the-location-of-radiation-tumor-boosts-to-enhance-tumor-cure
#9
Boris Epel, Martyna Krzykawska-Serda, Victor Tormyshev, Matthew C Maggio, Eugene D Barth, Charles A Pelizzari, Howard J Halpern
Radiation treatment success and high tumor oxygenation and success have been known to be highly correlated. This suggests that radiation therapy guided by images of tumor regions with low oxygenation, oxygen-guided radiation therapy (OGRT) may be a promising enhancement of cancer radiation treatment. Before applying the technique to human subjects, OGRT needs to be tested in animals, most easily in rodents. Electron paramagnetic resonance imaging provides quantitative maps of tissue and tumor oxygen in rodents with 1 mm spatial resolution and 1 torr pO2 resolution at low oxygen levels...
October 6, 2017: Cell Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28980974/analytical-probabilistic-modeling-of-rbe-weighted-dose-for-ion-therapy
#10
Hans-Peter Wieser, Philipp Hennig, Niklas Wahl, Mark Bangert
Particle therapy is especially prone to uncertainties. This issue is usually being addressed with uncertainty quantification and minimization techniques based on scenario sampling. For proton therapy, however, it was recently shown that it is also possible to use closed-form computations based on Analytical Probabilistic Modeling (APM) for this purpose. APM yields unique features compared to sampling-based approaches motivating further research in this context. This paper demonstrates the application of APM for intensity-modulated carbon ion therapy to quantify the influence of setup and range uncertainties on the RBE-weighted dose...
October 5, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28975835/role-and-future-directions-of-external-beam-radiotherapy-for-primary-liver-cancer
#11
Florence K Keane, Theodore S Hong
The incidence of primary liver cancers continues to increase in the United States and worldwide. The majority of patients with primary liver cancer are not candidates for curative therapies such as surgical resection or orthotopic liver transplantation due to tumor size, vascular invasion, or underlying comorbidities. Therefore, while primary liver cancer is the sixth-most common cancer diagnosis worldwide, it represents the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths. Radiotherapy traditionally played a limited role in the treatment of primary liver cancer due to concerns over hepatic tolerance and the inability to deliver a tumoricidal dose of radiotherapy while still sparing normal hepatic parenchyma...
July 2017: Cancer Control: Journal of the Moffitt Cancer Center
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28945054/intracranial-stereotactic-radiosurgery
#12
Andrew A Fanous, Dheerendra Prasad, David Mathieu, Andrew J Fabiano
Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) is the use of a single high dose of radiation, stereotactically directed to an intracranial region of interest, in order to create a lesion or obliterate a preexisting one. This technology has evolved over the years into the use of multiple radiation sources oriented at a variety of angles, thus permitting the creation of various treatment target shapes. This allows for non-open surgical treatment of intracranial pathologies, which significantly decreases the risk of morbidity...
September 22, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924096/revision-of-calibration-method-of-ct-number-to-stopping-power-ratio-conversion-for-treatment-planning-of-particle-therapy
#13
Nobuyuki Kanematsu, Shinichiro Mori, Taku Inaniwa
A calibration method for CT-number to stopping-power-ratio conversion was recently proposed as a revision of the Japanese de facto standard method that has been used at particle therapy centers in Japan for over a decade. The revised method deals with 11 representative tissues of specific elemental composition and density, based on a latest compilation of standard tissue data. We report here how the revision was actually implemented into clinical practice. We applied the revised method to 7 CT-scanning conditions currently in use for treatment planning...
2017: Japanese Journal of Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28895552/measurement-of-track-structure-parameters-of-low-and-medium-energy-helium-and-carbon-ions-in-nanometric-volumes
#14
G Hilgers, M U Bug, H Rabus
Ionization cluster size distributions produced in the sensitive volume of an ion-counting wall-less nanodosimeter by monoenergetic carbon ions with energies between 45 MeV and 150 MeV were measured at the TANDEM-ALPI ion accelerator facility complex of the LNL-INFN in Legnaro. Those produced by monoenergetic helium ions with energies between 2 MeV and 20 MeV were measured at the accelerator facilities of PTB and with a (241)Am alpha particle source. C3H8 was used as the target gas. The ionization cluster size distributions were measured in narrow beam geometry with the primary beam passing the target volume at specified distances from its centre, and in broad beam geometry with a fan-like primary beam...
September 12, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886211/homogeneity-study-of-proton-and-carbon-ion-scanning-beams-using-combinations-of-different-spot-sizes-and-grid-sizes
#15
Ying Xing, Xianwei Wu, Yongqiang Li, Jun Zhao
PURPOSE: Different scanning ion beam delivery systems have different delivery accuracies, and the resulting delivery errors will affect field homogeneity. This study was performed to determine an appropriate combination of spot size (FWHM) and spot grid size (GS), which can provide homogenous dose distributions for both proton and carbon ion scanning beam radiotherapy. The combination of the two parameters is represented by a combination factor named n, which is the quotient of FWHM divided by GS...
September 8, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28885189/addendum-measurement-of-charged-particle-yields-from-pmma-irradiated-by-a-220-mev-u-sup-12-sup-c-beam
#16
Ilaria Mattei, Giuseppe Battistoni, Francesco Collini, Erika De Lucia, Marco Durante, Salvatore Fiore, Chiara Latessa, Carlo Mancini-Terracciano, Michela Marafini, Riccardo Mirabelli, Silvia Muraro, Riccardo Paramatti, Luca Piersanti, Antoni Rucinski, Andrea Russomando, Alessio Sarti, Christoph Schuy, Adalberto Sciubba, Elena Solfaroli Camillocci, Marco Toppi, Giacomo Traini, Serena Marta Valle, Marie Vanstalle, Vincenzo Patera
In this paper we report the re-analysis of the data published in (Piersanti et al. 2014) documenting the charged secondary particles production induced by the interaction of a 220 MeV/u 12C ion beam impinging on a polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) target, measured in 2012 at the GSI facility in Darmstadt (Germany). This re-analysis takes into account the inhomogeneous light response of the LYSO crystal in the experimental setup measured in a subsequent experiment (2014) performed in the Heidelberg Ion- Beam Therapy Center...
September 8, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28884707/review-of-medical-radiography-and-tomography-with-proton-beams
#17
Robert P Johnson
The use of hadron beams, especially proton beams, in cancer radiotherapy has expanded rapidly in the past two decades. To fully realize the advantages of hadron therapy over traditional X-ray and gamma-ray therapy requires accurate positioning of the Bragg peak throughout the tumor being treated. Already a half century ago suggestions were made to use protons themselves to develop images of tumors and surrounding tissue, to be used for treatment planning. The recent global expansion of hadron therapy coupled with modern advances in computation and particle detection has led several collaborations around the world to develop prototype detector systems and associated reconstruction codes for proton computed tomography (pCT) as well as more simple proton radiography, with the ultimate intention to use such systems in clinical treatment planning and verification...
September 8, 2017: Reports on Progress in Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28880368/optimization-of-monte-carlo-particle-transport-parameters-and-validation-of-a-novel-high-throughput-experimental-setup-to-measure-the-biological-effects-of-particle-beams
#18
Darshana Patel, Lawrence Bronk, Fada Guan, Christopher R Peeler, Stephan Brons, Ivana Dokic, Amir Abdollahi, Claudia Rittmüller, Oliver Jäkel, David Grosshans, Radhe Mohan, Uwe Titt
PURPOSE: Accurate modeling of the relative biological effectiveness (RBE) of particle beams requires increased systematic in vitro studies with human cell lines with care towards minimizing uncertainties in biologic assays as well as physical parameters. In this study, we describe a novel high-throughput experimental setup and an optimized parameterization of the Monte Carlo (MC) simulation technique that is universally applicable for accurate determination of RBE of clinical ion beams...
September 7, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28873069/fred-a-gpu-accelerated-fast-monte-carlo-code-for-rapid-treatment-plan-recalculation-in-ion-beam-therapy
#19
A Schiavi, M Senzacqua, S Pioli, A Mairani, G Magro, S Molinelli, M Ciocca, G Battistoni, V Patera
Ion beam therapy is a rapidly growing technique for tumor radiation therapy. Ions allow for a high dose deposition in the tumor region, while sparing the surrounding healthy tissue. For this reason, the highest possible accuracy in the calculation of dose and its spatial distribution is required in treatment planning. On one hand, commonly used treatment planning software solutions adopt a simplified beam-body interaction model by remapping pre-calculated dose distributions into a 3D water-equivalent representation of the patient morphology...
September 5, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28871342/a-systematic-review-of-publications-on-charged-particle-therapy-for-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#20
REVIEW
Hiroshi Igaki, Masashi Mizumoto, Toshiyuki Okumura, Kiyoshi Hasegawa, Norihiro Kokudo, Hideyuki Sakurai
Charged particle therapy (proton beam therapy and carbon ion therapy) is a form of radiotherapy which has the unique characteristic of superior depth dose distribution, and has been used for the treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in a limited number of patients, especially in Japan. We undertook a systematic review to define the clinical utility of charged particle therapy for patients with HCC. We searched the MEDLINE database from 1983 to June 2016 to identify clinical studies on charged particle therapy for HCC...
September 4, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Oncology
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