Advances in Technology in Radiation Oncology
European Association of NeuroOncology Magazine 2012; 2 (1): 11-14
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Keywords: neuro-oncology, oncology, radiation, radiosurgery, radiotherapy
The last decade has shown breathtaking developments in radiotherapy. As a local and organ-preserving method, radiation oncology as a discipline is changing its paradigm to more sophisticated, precise treatments rather than largefield irradiations. A radiation beam is more like a scalpel in the era of hypofractionated and ablative doses. It becomes increasingly possible to escalate the fractional and total doses without increasing toxicity; toxicity may even decrease. While early clinical results with these new technologies are very satisfactory, evidence-based longterm results are anticipated.