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Estimating the impact of improved dose control on clinical outcomes in radiotherapy

King, M; Renedo, E (2019) Estimating the impact of improved dose control on clinical outcomes in radiotherapy. NPL Report. IEA 1

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Abstract

The following case study analyses one of the channels through which the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) contributes positively to cancer treatment by radiation therapy in the UK. It
applies well-established radiobiological models to show the positive effect of radiotherapy dose audit for better accuracy in radiation dose delivery. Its objective is to estimate the number of prostate cancer patients who would have received an incorrect dose because of the radiation machine not being in specification had the dosimetry programme by NPL not been carried out. The study finds that the joint efforts of NPL and physicists in the radiotherapy community have led to a gradual increase in successful treatments. At the end of the 20-year period analysed, it is estimated that 15 additional prostate cancer patients were treated successfully each year.

Item Type: Report/Guide (NPL Report)
NPL Report No.: IEA 1
Subjects: Ionising Radiation > Dosimetry
Divisions: Strategy Directorate
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2020 14:04
URI: http://eprintspublications.npl.co.uk/id/eprint/8556

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