Description of Radiation Therapy Techniques for Gynecological Cancers
This book is a practical guide to the use of modern radiation therapy techniques in women with gynecological cancers. Step-by-step instruction is provided on simulation, contouring, and treatment planning and delivery for cancers of the cervix, endometrium, vagina, and vulva. Beyond external beam radiation delivery, full details are presented on three-dimensional brachytherapy at all sites for which it is applicable. Moreover, in-depth guidance is offered on the various advanced techniques of radiation delivery, including intensity-modulated radiation therapy, image guidance for external beam and brachytherapy, and stereotactic body radiotherapy.
Radiation therapy is a critical component of the multidisciplinary management of gynecological tumors. With modern technology, both external beam radiation and brachytherapy can be delivered in a highly conformal way. This requires precise contouring and accurate planning techniques. In clearly describing the indications for and the delivery of quality radiation therapy for gynecological tumors, this book will benefit radiation oncologists, medical physicists, medical dosimetrists, radiation therapists, and radiotherapy residents.
About the Author
Kevin Albuquerque, MD, MS, is Professor and Chief of Gynecological Radiation Oncology at UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas. He is also Director of Quality Assurance/Improvement. He is involved actively with resident and medical student education and research. His research interests and publications are in outcomes and quality of life for women with breast and gynecological cancers and brachytherapy.
Sushil Beriwal, MD, holds several positions within the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, including Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Residency Program Director of Radiation Oncology, and Medical Director for Radiation Oncology at Magee-Women’s Hospital.
Akila Viswanathan, MD, MPH, is Executive Vice Chair and Professor at the Johns Hopkins Dept. of Radiation Oncology, Director of radiation oncology services in the greater Washington D.C. region, and Director of gynecological radiation oncology services for Johns Hopkins. As an expert on gynecologic cancers and their treatment, she has published over 190 articles and chapters.
Beth Erickson, MD, is Professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Department of Radiation Oncology. Dr. Erickson focuses on the treatment of patients with gynecologic cancers. She is Chief of brachytherapy services and has a special interest in image-based treatment planning for both external beam and brachytherapy.