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External beam therapy is the most common form of radiotherapy, delivering ionizing radiation such as high-energy x-rays, gamma rays, or electron beams directly into the location of the patient's tumour. Now in its third edition, this book is an essential, practical guide to external beam radiotherapy planning and delivery, covering the rapid technological advances made in recent years.
The initial chapters give a detailed insight into the fundamentals of clinical radiotherapy. This is followed by systematic details for each tumour site commonly treated with radiotherapy, covering indications, treatment, and planning. The final chapter covers the all important aspect of quality assurance in radiotherapy delivery.
This third edition has been fully updated and revised to reflect new techniques, including details of intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT), image guided radiotherapy (IGRT), stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT), and proton therapy.
Written by experts in each field, External Beam Therapy is an invaluable companion to professionals and trainees in medical physics, therapeutic radiology, and clinical or radiation oncology.
ABOUT THE SERIES Radiotherapy remains the major non-surgical treatment modality for the management of malignant disease. It is based on the application of the principles of applied physics, radiobiology, and tumour biology to clinical practice. Each volume in the series takes the reader through the basic principles of the use of ionizing radiation and then develops this by individual sites. This series of practical handbooks is aimed at physicians both training and practising in radiotherapy, as well as medical physics, dosimetrists, radiographers, and senior nurses.
Provides essential background information on external beam planning physics and dosimetry Includes site specific chapters covering all major cancer sites treated with this modality Emphasizes practical guidance, key for use in clinical practice Full colour with over 150 illustrations to aid understanding NEW TO THIS EDITION: Covers new techniques including details of intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT), image guided radiotherapy (IGRT), and stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) Brand new chapter on Proton Therapy Complete revision of all chapters to ensure that they reflect current guidelines and practice Peter Hoskin, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Mount Vernon Cancer Centre, Professor in Clinical Oncology, University of Manchester, and Honorary Consultant in Clinical Oncology, University College London Hospitals NHS Trust, London, UK and The Christie Hospital NHS Trust, Manchester UK.
Peter Hoskin has extensive clinical experience in the use of modern techniques for radiotherapy delivery. He undertakes both national and international teaching courses in the subject and is a clinical lead for the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) radiotherapy quality assurance programme. An experienced teacher and examiner in clinical oncology, he currently chairs the fellowship Examination Board for the Royal College of Radiologists. Peter Hoskin is the series editor for the Radiotherapy in Practice series.