Adaptive Radiation Therapy for Head and Neck Cancer

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In this chapter, we review characteristics of patients’ anatomy changes for head and neck cancers, and evaluate different adaptive radiotherapy scenarios. With intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT; Purdy 2001; Wu et al. 2000), it is possible to treat very complicated target volumes at variable dose levels while sparing adjacent normal structures. This form of advanced radiation therapy technique has long been realized as an outstanding method for treating head and neck (HandN) cancer. It has been shown that IMRT is the most commonly used modality for HandN radiotherapy (RT; Mell, Roeske, and Mundt 2003). Implementation of IMRT requires adequate selection and delineation of target volumes based on different imaging modalities, appropriate specification and dose prescription regarding dose-volume constraints, and proper knowledge of setup uncertainties.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdaptive Radiation Therapy
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781439816356
ISBN (Print)9781439816349
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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