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Strategies for Radiation Therapy Treatment Planning

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Strategies for Radiation Therapy Treatment Planning

SKU# 9780826122445


  • Ping Xia PhD
  • Andrew Godley PhD
  • Chirag Shah MD
  • Gregory Videtic MD, CM, FRCPC
  • John Suh MD
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Strategies for Radiation Therapy Treatment Planning provides radiation oncologists, physicists, and dosimetrists with a step-by-step guide to implementing external beam treatment plans that meet clinical requirements for each major disease site. As a companion book to the Handbook of Treatment Planning in Radiation Oncology Second Edition, this book focuses on the technical aspects of treatment planning and the major challenges in creating highly conformal dose distributions, referenced to as treatment plans, for external beam radiotherapy. To overcome challenges associated with each step, leading experts at the Cleveland Clinic have consolidated their knowledge and experience of treatment planning techniques, potential pitfalls, and other difficulties to develop quality plans across the gamut of clinical scenarios in radiation therapy.

The book begins with an overview of external beam treatment planning principles, inverse planning and advanced planning tools, and descriptions of all components in simulation and verification. Following these introductory chapters are disease-site examples, including central nervous system, head and neck, breast, thoracic, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, gynecologic, lymphoma, and soft tissue sarcoma. The book concludes with expert guidance on planning for pediatric cancers and how to tailor palliative plans. Essential for all radiation therapy team members, including trainees, this book is for those who wish to learn or improve their treatment planning skills and understand the different treatment planning processes, plan evaluation, and patient setup.


  • Provides basic principles of treatment planning
  • Contains step-by-step, illustrated descriptions of the treatment planning process
  • Discusses the pros and cons of advanced treatment planning tools, such as auto-planning, knowledge-based planning, and multi-criteria based planning
  • Describes each primary treatment site from simulation, patient immobilization, and creation of various treatment plans to plan evaluations
  • Includes instructive sample plans to highlight best practices
  • Comes with access to the fully downloadable eBook

Product Details 

  • Publication Date October 17, 2018
  • Page Count 275
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826122445
  • EISBN 9780826122674

Table of Contents 



1. Overview of External Beam Treatment Planning Principles

Ping Xia, Andrew Godley, Anthony Mastroianni, and John H. Suh

2. Inverse Planning and Advanced Treatment Planning Tools

Jeremy Donaghue, Ping Xia, Naichang Yu, John Greskovich, and John H. Suh

3. Overview of Simulation and Verification

Lisa Zickefoose, Andrew Godley, Andrew Vassil, and Chirag Shah

4. Central Nervous System

Matt Kolar, John Potter, Salim Balik, Gennady Neyman, Joycelin Canavan, and John H. Suh

5. Head and Neck Planning

Eric Murray, Ping Xia, Andrew Dorfmeyer, Nikhil Joshi, Daesung Lee, and Shlomo Koyfman

6. Breast Cancer

Taoran Cui, Eric Murray, Eva Suarez, and Chirag Shah

7. Thoracic Cancer

Michelle Sands, Carol Belfi, Tingliang Zhuang, Michael Weller, and Gregory M. M. Videtic

8. Gastrointestinal Radiotherapy

Anthony Magnelli, Lisa Zickefoose, Jennifer Archambeau, Ehsan H. Balagamwala, and Gregory M. M. Videtic

9. Genitourinary Cancer

Salim Balik, Radoslaw Szwedowski, Elaine Kunka, Cory Hymes, Omar Mian, George Engeler, and Chirag Shah

10. Gynecologic Cancer

Susan Kost, Carol Belfi, D. Allan Wilkinson, Henry Blair, and Sudha Amarnath

11. Lymphoma

Bingqi Guo, Cory Hymes, Sheen Cherian, and Gregory M. M. Videtic

12. Soft Tissue Sarcoma

Kyle Verdecchia, Lama Muhieddine Mossolly, Matt Kolar, Eric Murray, Lanea Keller, and Chirag Shah

13. Pediatric Cancer

Nicky Vassil, Andrew Godley, Mihir Naik, and Erin Murphy

14. Palliative Treatment

Peng Qi, Kristan Pechatsko, Saju Rajan, and John H. Suh