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Volume 20, Number 1, 2015

Implementation of intensity modulated radiotherapy for prostate cancer in a private radiotherapy service in Mexico

María Adela Poitevin-Chacón, Gabriel Reséndiz González, Adriana Alvarado Zermeño, Jesús Manuel Flores Castro, Christian Haydée Flores Balcázar, Samuel Rosales Pérez, Miguel Angel Pére


Intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) allows physicians to deliver higher conformal doses to the tumour, while avoiding adjacent structures. As a result the probability of tumour control is higher and toxicity may be reduced. However, implementation of IMRT is highly complex and requires a rigorous quality assurance (QA) program both before and during treatment. The present article describes the process of implementing IMRT for localized prostate cancer in a radiation therapy department. In our experience, IMRT implementation requires careful planning due to the need to simultaneously implement specialized software, multifaceted QA programs, and training of the multidisciplinary team. Establishing standardized protocols and ensuring close collaboration between a multidisciplinary team is challenging but essential.

Signature: Rep Pract Oncol Radiother, 2015; 20(1) : 66-71

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