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PURPOSE/OBJECTIVE This study evaluates the dosimetric benefits and feasibility of a deep inspiration breath-hold (DIBH) technique in the treatment of lung tumors. The technique has two distinct features--deep inspiration, which reduces lung density, and breath-hold, which immobilizes lung tumors, thereby allowing for reduced margins. Both of these(More)
BACKGROUND Surgical resection of malignant pleural mesothelioma is reported to have up to an 80% rate of local recurrence. We performed a phase II trial of high-dose hemithoracic radiation after complete resection to determine feasibility and to estimate rates of local recurrence and survival. METHODS Patients were eligible if they had a resectable tumor,(More)
PURPOSE To determine whether a computer-assisted target volume delineation (CAT) system using a deformable image registration approach can reduce the variation of target delineation among physicians with different head and neck (HN) IMRT experiences and reduce the time spent on the contouring process. MATERIALS AND METHODS We developed a deformable image(More)
PURPOSE Local failure is a major obstacle to the cure of locally advanced non small-cell lung cancer. Three-dimensional conformal radiation therapy (3-DCRT) selects optimal treatment parameters to increase dose to tumor and reduce normal tissue dose, potentially representing an enhancement of the therapeutic ratio of radiation therapy for lung cancer. We(More)
BACKGROUND This study was conducted to evaluate quality of life in patients treated with primary radiotherapy (RT) for cancer of the base of tongue. METHODS From 1981 to 1990, 36 patients with primary squamous cell cancer of the base of tongue were managed with primary radiotherapy. Ages ranged from 35 to 71 years (median, 58 years), T Stage was: T1, n =(More)
PURPOSE To report the 5-year prostate-specific antigen (PSA) relapse-free survival outcome and incidence of long-term morbidity for patients with localized prostate cancer treated with CT-planned permanent I-125 prostate implantation using a transperineal technique (TPI). METHODS AND MATERIALS Between 1989-1996, 248 patients with clinically localized(More)
BACKGROUND Our study is a prospective evaluation of unresectable malignant cancers of the head and neck treated with concomitant chemotherapy and radiotherapy (RT) using delayed accelerated fractionation (concomitant boost). METHODS Between January 1988 and March 1995, 82 patients with unresectable cancers of the head and neck were enrolled in this phase(More)
PURPOSE To compare the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) relapse-free survival outcome and incidence of late toxicity for patients with early-stage prostate cancer treated at a single institution with either three-dimensional conformal radiotherapy (3D-CRT) or transperineal permanent implantation (TPI) with iodine-125 seeds. MATERIALS AND METHODS Patients(More)
PURPOSE Minimal literature exists with 10-year data on neck control in advanced head and neck cancer. The purpose of this study is to determine long-term regional control for base of tongue carcinoma patients treated with primary radiation therapy plus neck dissection. METHODS AND MATERIALS Between 1981-1996, primary radiation therapy was used to treat 68(More)
BACKGROUND There are several management options for patients with squamous cell cancer of the base of tongue. We have had an interest in using primary radiotherapy with or without neck dissection, in an effort to provide optimal oncologic as well as functional outcomes. METHODS From 1981 to 1995, 68 patients with primary squamous cell cancer of the base(More)