Medical Dosimetrists,The Heart of Cancer Treatment Planning
On the surface, the role of the medical dosimetrist sounds a little intimidating, a Spock-like personality focused purely on numbers and science. After all - these are the people whose...
How Activity Trackers Could Become an Essential Tool in Cancer Treatment Planning
It's fairly common knowledge that being active is good for helping you stay healthy, but now cancer researchers are finding that your activity level during treatment can actually help improve your...
Defining Treatment Fields in Breast Conservation Therapy
There have been numerous clinical trials demonstrating that breast conservation therapy, where lumpectomy is combined with radiation therapy, will significantly decrease the rate of breast cancer...
How Comfort Influences Patient’s Compliance to RT Treatments
According to the American Society of Clinical Oncology, an estimated 65,410 people (48,000 men and 17,410 women) will develop head and neck cancer (HNC) this year. Many will undergo radiation...
Heat, Humidity, and Radiation Treatment Marks
Summertime. The word conjures up thoughts of fun, but in many areas of the country, it also brings to mind ways to cope with the excessive heat and humidity.
How One Radiation Oncologist Delineates Superficial Landmarks and Scars in CT Treatment Planning
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...
X-Line, A Dosimetrist's New Best Friend in the eFOV
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:...
Supine vs. Prone Breast Treatment Planning
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...
Permanent vs. Temporary Set-Up Marks in Radiation Therapy
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.
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