Radiotherapy in Practice - Brachytherapy

Paperback | February 13, 2011

EditorPeter Hoskin, Catherine Coyle

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Brachytherapy remains an important component of radical radiation therapy in the modern management of cancer. Widespread adoption of remote afterloading now enables brachytherapy to be delivered with minimum exposure to staff and other patients. Technical advances in imaging and computingpower have improved the precision of implantation and complex dosimetry can now be achieved in routine practice. The advantages of direct placement of the radiation source into the area to be treated, overcoming the problems of patient and organ movement, together with the dosimetric advantagesinherent in brachytherapy, will ensure that modern brachytheraoy continues to provide the optimal means of delivering accurate high does radiation therapy for many patients.Fully updated for the second edition, this book provides practical guidance on the use of brachytherapy. Each chapter gives the reader a solid background in the physics and dosimetry of the technique, followed by practical information on its use in common disease sites. Whilst low, medium, and highdose rate techniques are covered, emphasis is placed on high dose rate afterloading techniques which are likely to replace most other forms of brachytherapy in the future.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 this series takes the reader through the basic principlesof the use of ionising radiation and then develops this by individual sites. This series of practical handbooks are aimed at physicians both training and practising in radiotherapy, as well as medical physicists, dosimetrists, radiographers and senior nurses.

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Brachytherapy remains an important component of radical radiation therapy in the modern management of cancer. Widespread adoption of remote afterloading now enables brachytherapy to be delivered with minimum exposure to staff and other patients. Technical advances in imaging and computingpower have improved the precision of implantatio...

Peter Hoskin qualified at the Royal Free Hospital and, after junior posts in general medicine in London, trained in clinical oncology at the Royal Marsden Hospital. He currently has a busy clinical practice focusing on urological and gynaecological malignancies and lymphomas. He also directs a research programme through UCL developing...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:February 13, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199600902

ISBN - 13:9780199600908

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Table of Contents

1. P. J. Hoskin and C. Coyle: Introduction2. G. Lowe and C. Lee: Isotopes and delivery systems for brachytherapy3. C. Richardson: Principles of brachytherapy dosimetry4. P. Bownes: Radiation protection issues in brachytherapy5. C. Coyle: The role of brachytherapy in head and neck cancer6. P. J. Hoskin: Brachytherapy for uterine tumours: cervix and endometrium7. P. J. Hoskin: Prostate cancer: permanent low dose rate seed brachytherapy and temporary high dose rate afterloading brachytherapy8. P. J. Hoskin: Endolumenal brachytherapy: bronchus and oesophagus9. P. J. Hoskin: Perineal implants: anal canal, vagina and vulva10. P. J. Hoskin and S. Myint: Breast brachytherapy11. S. Myint, C. Lee and P. J. Hoskin: Rectal brachytherapy12. C. Coyle: Miscellaneous sites13. P. Bownes: Quality assurance

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Review from previous edition: "Written by leading British experts in this field, this small book manages to make brachytherapy understandable to physicians and other professionals. The short, clear chapters, full of helpful illustrations, provide readers with the scientific fundamentals intechnique, and with practical guidelines on its use in common disease sites." --Cancer World July - August 2005