Journal article

Radiation therapy quality assurance in head and neck radiotherapy - Moving forward

Lachlan McDowell, June Corry

ORAL ONCOLOGY | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2019

Abstract

Head and Neck Cancer (HNC) radiation oncologists (ROs) enjoy the immense pleasure of curing patients, working within a large multidisciplinary team to effectively deliver curative intent treatment whilst also aiming to minimise late treatment toxicity. Secondary analyses of large-scale HNC clinical trials have shown the critical impact of the quality of radiotherapy plans, where protocol non-compliant plans have yielded inferior survival rates approximating 20%. The peer review process in routine day-to-day HNC practice shows that even in major academic centers a significant proportion of RT plans may require changes to the radiotherapy planning volume. Optimising the therapeutic ratio in HN..

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