Novel Radiotherapy Technologies in the Treatment of Gastrointestinal Malignancies

Shraddha Mahesh Dalwadi, Joseph M. Herman, Prajnan Das, Emma B. Holliday

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Abstract

Over the past 2 decades, major technical advances in radiation therapy planning and delivery have made it possible to deliver higher doses to select high-risk volumes. This has helped to expand the role of radiation therapy in the treatment of gastrointestinal malignancies. Whereas dose escalation was previously limited by the radiosensitivity of normal tissues within and adjacent to the gastrointestinal tract, advances in target delineation, patient immobilization, treatment planning, and image-guided treatment delivery have greatly improved the therapeutic ratio. More conformal radiation modalities can offer further dose optimization to target volumes while sparing normal tissue from toxicity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)29-43
Number of pages15
JournalHematology/Oncology Clinics of North America
Volume34
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Image guidance
  • Proton therapy
  • Radiotherapy
  • SBRT

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology
  • Oncology

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