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Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2014 Jan 1;88(1):11-7. doi: 10.1016/j.ijrobp.2013.09.040. Epub 2013 Nov 15.

Current status and recommendations for the future of research, teaching, and testing in the biological sciences of radiation oncology: report of the American Society for Radiation Oncology Cancer Biology/Radiation Biology Task Force, executive summary.

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21st Century Oncology, LLC, and the American Board of Radiology, Bethesda, Maryland. Electronic address: pwallner@theabr.org.
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Department of Radiation Oncology, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia.
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Department of Radiation Oncology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York.
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Department of Human Oncology, University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center, Madison, Wisconsin.
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Departments of Radiation Oncology and Medical Biophysics, Princess Margaret Cancer Center/University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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Department of Radiation Oncology, Norton Cancer Center, Louisville, Kentucky.
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Department of Radiation Oncology, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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Department of Radiation Oncology, New York University, New York, New York.
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Departments of Radiation Oncology and Radiology, Stanford University, Stanford, California.
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Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Pennsylvania.
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Center for Radiation Research, Columbia University, New York, New York.
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Department of Radiation Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts.
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Department of Radiation Oncology, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina.
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Department of Human Oncology, University of Wisconsin.
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Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Michigan.
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Department of Radiation Oncology, Oakland University, Oakland, California.
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Department of Radiation Oncology, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California.
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Department of Radiation Oncology, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, California.
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Department of Therapeutic Radiology, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.
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Department of Radiation Oncology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts.

Abstract

In early 2011, a dialogue was initiated within the Board of Directors (BOD) of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) regarding the future of the basic sciences of the specialty, primarily focused on the current state and potential future direction of basic research within radiation oncology. After consideration of the complexity of the issues involved and the precise nature of the undertaking, in August 2011, the BOD empanelled a Cancer Biology/Radiation Biology Task Force (TF). The TF was charged with developing an accurate snapshot of the current state of basic (preclinical) research in radiation oncology from the perspective of relevance to the modern clinical practice of radiation oncology as well as the education of our trainees and attending physicians in the biological sciences. The TF was further charged with making suggestions as to critical areas of biological basic research investigation that might be most likely to maintain and build further the scientific foundation and vitality of radiation oncology as an independent and vibrant medical specialty. It was not within the scope of service of the TF to consider the quality of ongoing research efforts within the broader radiation oncology space, to presume to consider their future potential, or to discourage in any way the investigators committed to areas of interest other than those targeted. The TF charge specifically precluded consideration of research issues related to technology, physics, or clinical investigations. This document represents an Executive Summary of the Task Force report.

PMID:
24246724
DOI:
10.1016/j.ijrobp.2013.09.040
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