Implementation of intensity modulated radiotherapy for prostate cancer in a private radiotherapy service in Mexico.

Abstract

Intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) allows physicians to deliver higher conformal doses to the tumour, while avoiding adjacent structures. As a result the probability of tumour control is higher and toxicity may be reduced. However, implementation of IMRT is highly complex and requires a rigorous quality assurance (QA) program both before and during treatment. The present article describes the process of implementing IMRT for localized prostate cancer in a radiation therapy department. In our experience, IMRT implementation requires careful planning due to the need to simultaneously implement specialized software, multifaceted QA programs, and training of the multidisciplinary team. Establishing standardized protocols and ensuring close collaboration between a multidisciplinary team is challenging but essential.

DOI: 10.1016/j.rpor.2014.06.002

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@article{PoitevinChacn2015ImplementationOI, title={Implementation of intensity modulated radiotherapy for prostate cancer in a private radiotherapy service in Mexico.}, author={Mar{\'i}a Adela Poitevin-Chac{\'o}n and Gabriel Res{\'e}ndiz Gonz{\'a}lez and Adriana Alvarado Zerme{\~n}o and Jes{\'u}s Manuel Flores Castro and Christian Hayd{\'e}e Flores Balc{\'a}zar and Samuel Rosales P{\'e}rez and Miguel Angel P{\'e}rez Pastenes and Alejandro Rodr{\'i}guez Laguna and Patricio V{\'a}zquez Fern{\'a}ndez and Alejandro Calvo Fern{\'a}ndez and Jorge Bastida Ventura}, journal={Reports of practical oncology and radiotherapy : journal of Greatpoland Cancer Center in Poznan and Polish Society of Radiation Oncology}, year={2015}, volume={20 1}, pages={66-71} }