Posts Tagged: ESTRO

Image guidance for proton therapy

The dose delivered during proton therapy is exquisitely sensitive to geometric and anatomic variations. Incorporating imaging into the treatment delivery chain can help monitor and address inter-fraction changes and set-up errors. Speaking at the recent 3rd ESTRO Forum in Barcelona, James Metz from the University of Pennsylvania explained how such image guidance has been implemented… Read more »

Backing Off From Brachytherapy? Deciphering the Decline

The declining use of brachytherapy was a much-discussed enigma among radiation oncologists and other experts who attended this year’s European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO) 3rd Forum. In the face of ample evidence about the benefits and sometimes even dramatic advantages of brachytherapy in the treatment of various cancers, the conversations of researchers and… Read more »

Do radiotherapy innovations meet our needs?

Dirk Verellen, head of medical physics at UZ Brussel in Belgium, gave the Breur Award Lecture at the recent 3rd ESTRO Forum. No one can argue that technology developments have not made a huge impact upon the practice of radiation oncology, said Verellen, and research in this field must continue. However, it’s important that developments… Read more »

Targeted radiotherapy boost helps paediatric ependymoma outcome

Children with ependymoma and residual disease after initial surgery and radiotherapy can benefit from further surgery and an extra boost of radiotherapy, according to new research. The findings, presented at the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO) 3rd Forum, show that higher and more targeted radiotherapy doses can make a difference in this particularly… Read more »

Proton radiotherapy delivers more accurate cancer treatment, with less collateral damage

Radiotherapy using protons can deliver more accurate treatment to a tumour while reducing the dose to surrounding tissue. However, in mobile organs such as the lung, precise targeting of the dose is difficult. Now researchers have succeeded in making a model of breathing movement that allows for the precise measurement of narrow beams to a… Read more »