Balancing Higher Cure Rates With Reduced Side Effects For Cancer Radiation Therapy When Using Daily Image Guidance

Grant number: 1023031 | Funding period: 2012 - 2014

Completed

Abstract

When using radiotherapy to kill tumours, the radiation beams need to be targeted at the tumour, plus a margin of error around it to ensure that it receives sufficient dose despite uncertainties in its exact location relative to reference points used for beam alignment. Advanced statistical modelling techniques applied to data collected from patients will be used to determine the optimal margin width for individual patients to maximise cancer cure while minimising normal tissue side effects.