Lane R. Rosen, MD
Radiation therapy, a foundation of cancer treatment for decades, remains fertile for continued technological innovation that can improve patient outcomes. Some of the newest technologies, however, may be practical for only the largest institutions. For example, particle-based radiation therapy—specifically, proton therapy—has generated lots of buzz, but the majority of radiation oncology practices lack the financial resources and expertise needed to purchase and operate the equipment for this. Fortunately, the continued evolution of legacy technologies enables clinicians to offer excellent patient care. Advancements in stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) and image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) exemplify how radiation oncologists can deliver excellent outcomes using familiar tools that are already widely deployed.
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