Proton therapy is a promising new technology in radiation medicine. This issue of Radiation Medicine Rounds provides a comprehensive review for practitioners on the current status of proton therapy, its scientific basis and current clinical applications along with reviews of the available clinical evidence, discussions of costs and technology development, and reviews of the issues in establishing a proton therapy center and the future development of proton therapy as a tool in clinical practice, both in academic centers and its future potential in community practice.
About the Series:
Radiation Medicine Rounds is an invited review publication providing a thorough analysis of new scientific, technologic, and clinical advances in all areas of radiation medicine. There is an emphasis throughout on multidisciplinary approaches to the specialty, as well as on quality and outcomes analysis.
Published three times a year Radiation Medicine Rounds provides authoritative, thorough assessments of a wide range of "hot topics" and emerging new data for the entire specialty of radiation medicine.
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•Editorial board of nationally recognized experts across the spectrum
of radiation medicine
•In-depth, up-to-date expert reviews and analysis of major new developments in all areas of Radiation Medicine
•Issues edited by an authority in specific subject area
•Focuses on major topics in Radiation Medicine with in-depth articles covering advances in radiation science radiation medicine technology, radiation medicine practice, and assessment of recent quality and outcomes studies
1. Physics Considerations in Proton Therapy; 2. Biology of Proton Therapy: Old and New Considerations; 3. The Need for and Future of Clinical Studies of Proton Therapy; 4. Review of Proton-Beam Radiotherapy of Prostate Cancer; 5. Proton Radiotherapy in Pediatric Malignancies; 6. Proton Therapy for Adult Brain Tumors and Base of Skull Tumors; 7. Proton Therapy in Lung Cancer and Other Thoracic Tumors; 8. Proton Therapy: Project Planning and Development; 9. Proton Therapy in the Community
About the Authors
James Metz, MD, Associate Professor and Vice Chair, Clinical Division, Radiation Oncology, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Charles R. Thomas, Jr. MD, Professor and Chair, Department of Radiation Medicine, Professor, Division of Hematology/Oncology, Department of Medicine, Knight Cancer Institute, Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, Oregon