Khan’s Treatment Planning in Radiation Oncology Fourth Edition
The field of radiation oncology has advanced considerably since the advent of Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) and related technologies such as Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT), Volumetric-Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT), and Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy (SBRT). As a result of maturation of these techniques in the past decade or so, their application in the treatment of various cancers has accelerated at a rapid pace. Also, parallel to these developments, proton beam therapy has gained widespread acceptance as an effective modality, especially in the treatment of pediatric tumors and other malignancies where greater conformity of dose distribution is required than possible with photons. Consequently, we invited some leading experts to write about these latest developments in the field. It is our hope that the fourth edition will bring our readers up-to-date with the state of the art in the physics, biology, and clinical practice of radiation oncology.
This book provides a comprehensive discussion of the physical, biologic, and clinical aspects of treatment planning. Because of its primary focus on treatment planning, it covers this subject at a much greater depth than is the case with other books on medical physics or radiation oncology. Like the previous editions, it is written for the benefit of the entire treatment planning team—namely the radiation oncologist, medical physicist, dosimetrist, and radiation therapist. A distinctive feature of this edition is the inclusion of Key Points and Study Questions at the end of each chapter. This is intended to make the book useful not only for the practitioners but also residents preparing for their board examinations.
We acknowledge Julie Goolsby, Acquisitions Editor, Emilie Moyer, Senior Product Development Editor, and other editorial staff of Wolters Kluwer for their support in the development and production of this book.
Last but not the least, we wish to acknowledge the contributing authors whose expertise and efforts are greatly appreciated. Their valuable contributions have made this publication possible.
Faiz M. Khan
John P. Gibbons
Paul W. Sperduto
|September 15, 2017
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