Journal article

Upright Radiation Therapy-A Historical Reflection and Opportunities for Future Applications

Sulman Rahim, James Korte, Nicholas Hardcastle, Sarah Hegarty, Tomas Kron, Sarah Everitt

Frontiers in Oncology | Frontiers Media | Published : 2020

Abstract

Since the early days of megavoltage Radiation Therapy (RT), the potential of delivering treatment to a sub group of patients in an upright position has been recognized. Compared to lying horizontally, treating patients in an upright position offers potential benefits in terms of patient comfort especially for patients experiencing dyspnoea and saliva accumulation when lying down. Dosimetric benefits can also be gained from changes in the volume and location of lungs and heart in an upright position, which are potentially advantageous for clinical situations including Hodgkin's disease, lung and breast malignancies. Since the 1950's, upright stabilization mechanisms have ranged from standalon..

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Awarded by Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre Foundation


Funding Acknowledgements

We acknowledge Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre Foundation Grant 2018 for funding SR to conduct this work.