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Dr. Douglas Housman is a radiation oncologist previously with Memorial Sloan-Kettering in NY,  and now at the Harold Leever Regional Cancer Center in CT. In his many years of experience, there’s one thing he can attest to: you can’t always see scars...
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While every team member in radiation oncology is vital to patient care, it is the role of the medical dosimetrist to prepare the treatment plan and make sure the plan will work as designed: deliver the most effective dose of radiation to kill...
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Radiation Oncology
The standard of care for post-lumpectomy breast cancer patients has been the delivery of whole breast radiation in the supine position. However, there is significant evidence that the heart and lungs are organs at risk (OAR) for radiogenic problems...
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Radiation Oncology
  One of the most frequently asked questions of our Radiation Oncology team is what are others doing when it comes to permanent vs temporary marks in treatment set-ups. The answer is "It depends." Both methods have their pros and cons and in the end...
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Radiation Oncology
“We want that body contour to be as accurate as possible. That is what we have to plan through to get to our target – the patient's cancer.” Beth Kelly, Dosimetrist and Chief Therapist, Nash General Hospital, Rocky Mount, NC Accuracy Is Key In...
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Radiation Oncology
The challenge every radiation oncology department faces is to destroy cancer cells and stop the growth of the tumor while limiting harm to nearby healthy tissue. Accuracy is measured in millimeters, and the precision of the CT simulation will...
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Radiation Oncology
The goal of the radiation therapist is to accurately locate the central axis or zero slice on the tumor field for treatment planning. A skin marker with a distinct shape that clearly defines the area of focus as you are scrolling through the images...
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Radiation Oncology
Temporary marks are an important part of CT simulation, allowing for accurate and reproducible set-ups for treatment. However, temporary marks are only helpful if they stay on the patient. Otherwise, the patient will need to be re-simulated...
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Radiation Oncology
Artifact can be an unavoidable obstacle for the radiation oncology team. In radiation therapy, no one knows this more than the medical dosimetrist who is responsible for interpreting the images taken during CT simulation and determining the ...
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