Marion Essers

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Tumour-selective acidification is of potential interest for enhanced therapeutic gain of pH sensitive drugs. In this study, we investigated the feasibility of a tumour-selective reduction of the extracellular and intracellular pH and their effect on the tumour response of selected anti-cancer drugs. In an in vitro L1210 leukaemic cell model, we confirmed(More)
PURPOSE To investigate the effects of using volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) and/or voluntary moderate deep inspiration breath-hold (vmDIBH) in the radiation therapy (RT) of left-sided breast cancer including the regional lymph nodes. MATERIALS AND METHODS For 13 patients, four treatment combinations were compared; 3D-conformal RT (i.e., forward(More)
INTRODUCTION The main aim of the current study was to assess the dosimetric accuracy and clinical quality of volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) plans for stereotactic (stage I) and conventional (stage III) lung cancer treatments planned with Eclipse version 10.0 Anisotropic Analytical Algorithm (AAA) and Acuros XB (AXB) algorithm. METHODS The(More)
PURPOSE To assess the accuracy of transmission dose rate measurements for various phantom-detector geometries, performed with an electronic portal imaging device (EPID) and to compare these transmission dose rate values with exit dose rate data. METHODS AND MATERIALS Transmission dose rate values on the central beam axis and beam profiles were measured(More)
In this critical review of the current practice of patient dose verification, we first demonstrate that a high accuracy (about 1-2%, 1 SD) can be obtained. Accurate in vivo dosimetry is possible if diodes and thermoluminescence dosimeters (TLDs), the main detector types in use for in vivo dosimetry, are carefully calibrated and the factors influencing their(More)
The health benefits of sunlight and the risk of skin cancer from UV exposure are still controversial. The literature was analyzed in terms of reviews, controlled and epidemiological studies for the relationships between sunshine exposure and overall cancer mortality, as well as mortality from cancer of the prostate, colon and breast. The residential and/or(More)
PURPOSE Conformal radiotherapy requires accurate knowledge of the actual dose delivered to a patient. The impact of routine in vivo dosimetry, including its special requirements, clinical findings and resources, has been analysed for three conformal treatment techniques to evaluate its usefulness in daily clinical practice. MATERIALS AND METHODS Based on(More)
PURPOSE The aim of this study was to develop a method to derive the midplane dose [i.e., the two-dimensional (2D) dose distribution in the middle of a patient irradiated with high-energy photon beams] from transmission dose data measured with an electronic portal imaging device (EPID). A prerequisite for this method was that it could be used without(More)
In vivo dose measurements were performed during the simultaneous boost technique for prostatic cancer to check the accuracy of dose calculations by a monitor unit calculation program and a three-dimensional planning system. The dose of the large field and the boost field are given simultaneously using customized 10 mm thick Roses-metal blocks in which the(More)
PURPOSE To determine the characteristics of a commercial electronic portal imaging device (EPID), based on a two-dimensional matrix of liquid-filled ionization chambers, for transmission dose measurements during patient treatment. METHODS AND MATERIALS Electronic portal imaging device measurements were performed in a cobalt-60 beam and two accelerator(More)