Target Definition

Authored by: Anthony Neal

Handbook of Radiotherapy Physics

Print publication date:  June  2007
Online publication date:  June  2007

Print ISBN: 9780750308601
eBook ISBN: 9781420012026
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/9781420012026.ch29

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Abstract

The therapeutic use of radiation (radiotherapy) is an established method of treating malignant tumours. Radiotherapy is a local treatment and is complementary to systemic treatments such as chemotherapy and hormone therapies. It is important to appreciate that the desired anti-cancer activity of radiotherapy is only seen in the tissues directly irradiated by the primary beam(s).

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