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HNO. 2008 Jun;56(6):585-93. doi: 10.1007/s00106-008-1719-9.

[What is the impact of new radiotherapy techniques?].

[Article in German]

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Abteilung für Radioonkologie und Strahlentherapie, Universitätsklinikum, Im Neuenheimer Feld 400, 69120, Heidelberg. florian.sterzing@med.uni-heidelberg.de

Abstract

Radiation oncology, along with surgery and chemotherapy, is one of the cornerstones in the treatment of head and neck tumors. Within the last years, this field has experienced a remarkable evolution of new technical possibilities. New imaging modalities have been introduced into radiation planning and into linear accelerators themselves. In addition, new techniques enable the tailor-made conformation of radiation beams and dose distributions to complex tumor geometries. At the same time, organs at risk can be spared, and long-term toxicities are considerably reduced. This report presents the new techniques in radiation oncology and describes the effects on new treatment options and patients' quality of life.

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18483796
DOI:
10.1007/s00106-008-1719-9
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