Strahlentherapie und Onkologie

, Volume 175, Supplement 2, pp 121–122 | Cite as

A challenge for high-precision radiation therapy: The case for photons

Conclusion of the Meeting


The sophistication of Hadron facilities led to major technical and conceptual advances in the treatment immobilization, reproducability, planning and execution. Some of these developments have had a pivotal impact on conventional treatments, which can now approach the dose localization advantage of protons in the majority of clinical situations. While the biological advantages of neutrons may finally be combined with excellent dose localization in Heavy Ion Facilities, modern surgical or systemic treatment methods may reduce high LET advantages. Clinical trials still need to define the relative merits of these approaches in their most modern implentation. The advantage gap has certainly been narrowed by recent developments in conventional therapy.

Key Words

Conformal radiation therapy Intensity modulation Protontherapy Heavy ion therapy Hadrons 


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© Urban & Vogel 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Radiation OncologyArthur James Cancer Hospital & Research InstituteColumbusU.S.A.

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