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Vol 20, No 1 (2015)
Technical Notes
Published online: 2015-01-01
Submitted: 2014-01-03
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Implementation of intensity modulated radiotherapy for prostate cancer in a private radiotherapy service in Mexico

María Adela Poitevin-Chacón, Gabriel Reséndiz González, Adriana Alvarado Zermeño, Jesús Manuel Flores Castro, Christian Haydée Flores Balcázar, Samuel Rosales Pérez, Miguel Angel Pérez Pastenes, Alejandro Rodríguez Laguna, Patricio Vázquez Fernández, Alejandro Calvo Fernández, Jorge Bastida Ventura
DOI: 10.1016/j.rpor.2014.06.002
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Rep Pract Oncol Radiother 2015;20(1):66-71.

open access

Vol 20, No 1 (2015)
Technical Notes
Published online: 2015-01-01
Submitted: 2014-01-03

Abstract

Intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) allows physicians to deliver higher conformal doses to the tumour, while avoiding adjacent structures. As a result the probability of tumour control is higher and toxicity may be reduced. However, implementation of IMRT is highly complex and requires a rigorous quality assurance (QA) program both before and during treatment. The present article describes the process of implementing IMRT for localized prostate cancer in a radiation therapy department. In our experience, IMRT implementation requires careful planning due to the need to simultaneously implement specialized software, multifaceted QA programs, and training of the multidisciplinary team. Establishing standardized protocols and ensuring close collaboration between a multidisciplinary team is challenging but essential.

Abstract

Intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) allows physicians to deliver higher conformal doses to the tumour, while avoiding adjacent structures. As a result the probability of tumour control is higher and toxicity may be reduced. However, implementation of IMRT is highly complex and requires a rigorous quality assurance (QA) program both before and during treatment. The present article describes the process of implementing IMRT for localized prostate cancer in a radiation therapy department. In our experience, IMRT implementation requires careful planning due to the need to simultaneously implement specialized software, multifaceted QA programs, and training of the multidisciplinary team. Establishing standardized protocols and ensuring close collaboration between a multidisciplinary team is challenging but essential.

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Keywords

Radiotherapy; IMRT; Prostate cancer

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Title

Implementation of intensity modulated radiotherapy for prostate cancer in a private radiotherapy service in Mexico

Journal

Reports of Practical Oncology and Radiotherapy

Issue

Vol 20, No 1 (2015)

Pages

66-71

Published online

2015-01-01

DOI

10.1016/j.rpor.2014.06.002

Bibliographic record

Rep Pract Oncol Radiother 2015;20(1):66-71.

Keywords

Radiotherapy
IMRT
Prostate cancer

Authors

María Adela Poitevin-Chacón
Gabriel Reséndiz González
Adriana Alvarado Zermeño
Jesús Manuel Flores Castro
Christian Haydée Flores Balcázar
Samuel Rosales Pérez
Miguel Angel Pérez Pastenes
Alejandro Rodríguez Laguna
Patricio Vázquez Fernández
Alejandro Calvo Fernández
Jorge Bastida Ventura

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