Image-Guided Radiation Therapy for Renal Cell Carcinoma

  • Ying Li
  • Gregory P. Swanson
  • Chul S. Ha
Reference work entry


The role of radiotherapy in treating renal cell carcinoma (RCC) was thought to be limited for several reasons. RCC was considered to be radioresistant, and clinical data on preoperative or postoperative radiotherapy did not show significant benefits. In recent years, stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) using image guidance has emerged as a favorable radiation technique in treating RCC. This chapter reviews the radiobiology of RCC and clinical experience with hypofractionated radiotherapy and SBRT in palliating metastatic RCC and definitively treating primary RCC.


Renal Cell Carcinoma Renal Cell Cancer Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy Radiation Therapy Oncology Group Biologically Effective Dose 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Radiation OncologyUniversity of Texas Health Science Center at San AntonioSan AntonioUSA
  2. 2.Department of Radiation OncologyCancer Therapy and Research Center at the University of Texas Health Science CenterSan AntonioUSA

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