Handbook of Palliative Radiation Therapy

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Handbook of Palliative Radiation Therapy

SKU# 9781620700952

Author: Candice Johnstone MD, MPH, Stephen Lutz MD, MS

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Handbook of Palliative Radiation Therapy is the first practical guide to palliative care in radiation oncology. The editors have assembled an international team of leading radiation oncologists to write this state-of-the-art volume on planning and administering single-fractionated, hypofractionated, and conventional radiation therapy for end-of-life cancer care.

The handbook begins with several chapters on the background and efficacy of palliative radiation therapy, along with crucial information on patient selection and assessment of life expectancy. Following these introductory chapters, the bulk of the book contains chapters on site-specific malignancies, containing comprehensive literature reviews, treatment plans, toxicity information, and symptom management. More than 20 color figures enhance the chapter text and illustrate best practices. Written for radiation oncologists, physicists, and other radiation therapy team members, this indispensable text explains how short course regimens can be used to provide better quality care, increase quality of life and convenience, and relieve pain and suffering for advanced stage and end-of-life cancer patients.

Key Features:

  • Chapters contain self-assessment questions, clinical cases, clinical pearls, and other elements to bring out key points in the text
  • Discusses strategies for delivering radiation to patients with significant symptoms, such as bleeding, dysphagia, airway obstruction, and other painful and debilitating side effects
  • Includes reviews of tools for assessing life expectancy including Recursive Partitioning Analysis, the TEACHH tool, and other predictive models such as Number of Risk Factors score
  • Explains appropriate considerations when combining palliative radiation therapy with analgesics

Product Details 

  • Publication Date November 14, 2016
  • Page Count 216
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9781620700952
  • EISBN 9781617052712

Table of Contents 




1. Introduction

Candice Johnstone

2. Patient Selection and Life Expectancy Tools

Srinivas Raman, Nicholas Chiu, Na Zhang, and Edward Chow

3. Bone Metastases

Pei Shuen Lim and Peter J. Hoskin

4. Malignant Spinal Cord Compression

Randy Li-Hung Wei and Kavita V. Dharmarajan

5. Brain Metastases

Mohammad Hasan and May N. Tsao

6. Head and Neck

Albert Tiong and June Corry

7. Lung and Central Airway Malignancies

Sarah Baker and Alysa Fairchild

8. Abdominal and Pelvic Malignancies

Sushmita Ghoshal, Bhavana Rai, and Raviteja Miriyala

9. Liver Malignancies

Jared R. Robbins

Appendix A

Appendix B