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30. Palliative progress in radiotherapy

J. Skołyszewski
DOI: 10.1016/S1507-1367(01)70400-2
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Rep Pract Oncol Radiother 2001;6(1):41-42.

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Vol 6, No 1 (2001)
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Published online: 2001-01-01
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Abstract

Palliative irradiation is given to about 40% of cancer patients receiving radiotherapy. The large number of patients stand in sharp contrast to the scarce number of publications related to this type of cancer therapy. It is necessary to emphasize that palliative radiotherapy should be administered according to the different principles than curative treatment. The general principles governing palliative use of irradiation, defined by R. Paterson in 1956, seem to be still valid, However, since that time a substantial progress has been made. The main elements of this progress, and the main directions of research are related to:

  • 1.

    optimisation of fractionation schedules /including hyperfractionation/;

  • 2.

    re-irradiation;

  • 3.

    brachytherapy;

  • 4.

    integration of radiotherapy with the other methods of palliative and symptomatic care.

Abstract

Palliative irradiation is given to about 40% of cancer patients receiving radiotherapy. The large number of patients stand in sharp contrast to the scarce number of publications related to this type of cancer therapy. It is necessary to emphasize that palliative radiotherapy should be administered according to the different principles than curative treatment. The general principles governing palliative use of irradiation, defined by R. Paterson in 1956, seem to be still valid, However, since that time a substantial progress has been made. The main elements of this progress, and the main directions of research are related to:

  • 1.

    optimisation of fractionation schedules /including hyperfractionation/;

  • 2.

    re-irradiation;

  • 3.

    brachytherapy;

  • 4.

    integration of radiotherapy with the other methods of palliative and symptomatic care.

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About this article
Title

30. Palliative progress in radiotherapy

Journal

Reports of Practical Oncology and Radiotherapy

Issue

Vol 6, No 1 (2001)

Pages

41-42

Published online

2001-01-01

DOI

10.1016/S1507-1367(01)70400-2

Bibliographic record

Rep Pract Oncol Radiother 2001;6(1):41-42.

Authors

J. Skołyszewski

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