Journal article

The paradox of adaptive responses and iso-effect per fraction The history of dose fractionation symposium: September 2015, RRS annual meeting

Benjamin J Blyth

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF RADIATION BIOLOGY | TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2018

Abstract

PURPOSE: Despite decades of research into radiation-induced adaptive responses, where prior irradiation changes the response to subsequent irradiations, the field of radiation oncology relies upon models of tumor control that assume that each radiation therapy fraction reproduces the same effect, known as iso-effect per fraction. Can these radiobiology principles both be true, forming a paradox or is only one of them right? Here, the apparent coexistence of these two contradictory observations is considered, examining how adaptive responses might apply in radiotherapy scenarios that are inconsistent with the majority of adaptive response experimental designs. CONCLUSION: While the iso-effect..

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