Feng-Ming Kong

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UNLABELLED PET with (18)F-FDG has been used in radiation treatment planning for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Thresholds of 15%-50% the maximum standardized uptake value (SUV(max)) have been used for gross tumor volume (GTV) delineation by PET (PET(GTV)), with 40% being the most commonly used value. Recent studies indicated that 15%-20% may be more(More)
BACKGROUND Recent research has supported that a variety of cytokines play important roles during radiation-induced lung toxicity. The present study is designed to investigate the differences in early cytokine induction after radiation in sensitive (C57BL/6) and resistant mice (C3H). RESULTS Twenty-two cytokines in the lung tissue homogenates, bronchial(More)
PURPOSE To determine the optimal method of using (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (FDG-PET) to estimate gross tumor length in esophageal carcinoma. METHODS AND MATERIALS Thirty-six patients with esophageal squamous cell carcinoma treated with radical surgery were enrolled. Gross tumor volumes (GTVs) were delineated using three(More)
PURPOSE To determine whether high-dose radiation leads to improved outcomes in patients with non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). METHODS AND MATERIALS This analysis included 106 patients with newly diagnosed or recurrent Stages I-III NSCLC, treated with 63-103 Gy in 2.1-Gy fractions, using three-dimensional conformal radiation therapy (3D-CRT) per a dose(More)
PURPOSE To study whether changes of [18F]fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (FDG-PET) during treatment correlate with post-treatment responses in tumor and normal lung in patients with non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). PATIENTS AND METHODS Patients with stage I to III NSCLC requiring a definitive dose of fractionated radiation therapy (RT)(More)
PURPOSE To investigate the impact of radiographic parameter and radiation technique on the volumetric dose of lung and heart for intact breast radiation. METHODS AND MATERIALS Forty patients with both two-dimensional (2D) and computed tomographic (CT) simulations were enrolled in the study. Central lung distance (CLD), maximal heart distance (MHD), and(More)
BACKGROUND Previous reports have suggested that acupressure is effective in reducing pain and improving sleep quality; however, its effects on alertness have not been characterized. OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to determine whether two different acupressure treatments have opposing effects on alertness in a full-day classroom setting. DESIGN(More)
PURPOSE To review the dose limits and standardize the three-dimenional (3D) radiographic definition for the organs at risk (OARs) for thoracic radiotherapy (RT), including the lung, proximal bronchial tree, esophagus, spinal cord, ribs, and brachial plexus. METHODS AND MATERIALS The present study was performed by representatives from the Radiation Therapy(More)
PURPOSE Accurate delineation of the mediastinal and hilar lymph node regions is essential for a reproducible definition of target volumes used in conformal irradiation of non-small-cell lung cancer. The goal of this work was to generate a consensus to delineate these nodal regions based on definitions from the American Joint Committee on Cancer. METHODS(More)