- Radiotherapy remains the major non-surgical treatment modality for malignant disease, with over 50% of patients receiving radiotherapy at some point in their disease.
- The physics behind the administration of radiotherapy is essential to an understanding of how the treatment works, and therefore ensuring optimum practice. However, most oncologists will have been taught little physics since school.
- Existing books, written by physicists are very scientific and dry. This book combines the expertise of physicists and clinical oncologists making the scientific discipline of physics clinically relevant, and accessible, providing an excellent source of information for practising oncologist.
- The text is mapped against the FRCR curriculum to serve as essential reading for the trainee oncologist and the wider radiotherapy team.
Trainees in oncology learn about ionising radiation, but to understand it fully they must also understand the physics relevant to its use in therapy. This is the first book written specifically for the oncology and radiation team. It begins with basic concepts and then explores the principles and practice of physics as it relates to radiotherapy, including discussion of specific types of therapy.
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 principles of 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.
Readership: Trainee clinical and radiation oncologists. It will also be of interest to medical physicists, dosimtrists, radiographers, and consultant oncologists.
Table of Contents
- Amen Sibtain, Andrew Morgan and Niall MacDougall: Introduction
- Amen Sibtain: Basic physics essential to the radiation oncologist
- Amen Sibtain: The life cycle of a photonAndrew Morgan: Electrons, protons, neutrons
- 5Niall MacDougall and Andrew Morgan: Putting the IT in RT
- Vincent Khoo and Nick Van As: Principles of Imaging for Radiotherapy
- Tony Greener and John Byrne: Radiation Dosimetry
- Ranald Mackay and Alan Hounsell: X-ray Beam Physics
- George Pitchford and Prof Andy Nisbet: Electron Beam Physics
- Niall MacDougall, Colin Nalder and Andrew Morgan: Radiotherapy treatment planning
- Peter Bownes, Carolyn Richardson and Chris Lee: Brachytherapy
- Steve Colligan and John Mills: Beam Therapy Equipment
- Carolyn Richardson and Geraldine Workman: Radioactive sources
- Sarah Chittenden, Glenn Flux and Brenda Pratt: Unsealed sources for therapy
- Chris Taylor, Michael Waller and Peter Bownes: Radiation Protection
- Tom Jordan and Edwin Aird: Quality Assurance in Radiotherapy
Edited by Amen Sibtain, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Department of Radiotherapy/Oncology, St Bartholomew's Hospital, London, UK, Andrew Morgan, Head of Radiotherapy Physics, The Beacon Centre, Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton, Somerset, UK, and Niall MacDougall, Radiotherapy Physics Department, St Bartholomew's Hospital, London, UK
Edwin Aird, Department of Radiotherapy Physics, Mount Vernon Hospital, Rickmansworth Road, Northwood
Peter Bownes, Medical Physics and Engineering, St James's Institute of Oncology, Bexley Wing, St James's University Hospital, Beckett Street, Leeds, LS9 7TF
John Byrne, Department of Radiation Physics, Northern Centre for Cancer Care, Freeman Road, High Heaton, Newcastle-upon-tyne, Tyne-and-Wear
Sarah Chittenden, Physics Department, Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, Downs Rd., Sutton, Surrey
Steve Colligan, Cancer Services, Raigmore Hospital, Inverness
Glenn Flux, Physics Department, Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, Downs Rd., Sutton, Surrey
Tony Greener, Department of Radiotherapy Physics, St Thomas Hospital, Westminister Bridge Road, London
Vincent Khoo, The Royal Marsden Hospital, Fulham Road, London
Alan Hounsell, Department of Radiotherapy Physics, Northern Ireland Cancer Centre, Belfast City Hospital, 51 Lisburn Road, Belfast
Tom Jordan, St. Luke's Cancer Centre, Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford, Surrey
Chris Lee, Medical Physics Department, Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology, Clatterbridge Rd, Bebington, Wirral, Merseyside, CH63 4JY
Niall MacDougall, Radiotherapy Physics Department, St Bartholomew's Hospital, West Smithfield, London
Ranald Mackay, Department of Radiotherapy Physics, The Christie Hospital, Wilmslow road, Manchester
John Mills, Radiotherapy physics, Arden Cancer Centre, University Hospital, Clifford Bridge Road, Coventry
Andrew Morgan, Radiotherapy Physics, The Beacon Centre, Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton, Somerset
Colin Nalder, Radiotherapy Physics, The Royal Marsden, Fulham Road, London
Prof Andy Nisbet, Royal Surrey County Hospital, Egerton Road, Guildford
George Pitchford, Department Of Radiotharpy Physics, Lincoln County Hospital, Greetwell Road, Lincoln, Lincolnshire
Brenda Pratt, Physics Department, Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, Downs Rd., Sutton, Surrey
Carolyn Richardson, Brachytherapy Physics, Bexley Wing, St James's University Hospital, Alma Street, Leeds
Amen Sibtain, Department of Radiotherapy/Oncology, St Bartholomew's Hospital, West Smithfield, London
Chris Taylor, Department of Medical Physics, Wellcome Wing, Leeds General Infirmary, Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire
Nick Van As, The Royal Marsden Hospital, Fulham Road, London
Michael Waller, Department of Medical Physics, Wellcome Wing, Leeds General Infirmary, Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire
Geraldine Workman, Radiotherapy Physics Service, Northern Ireland Cancer Centre, Belfast City Hospital, Belfast