“…I want to emphasize that it’s very rare that we have a patient that’s not treatable with modern-day techniques.”
Advances in Techniques and Technologies Have Improved the Quality of Radiation Therapy Given as a Part of CRT, Allowing for Reductions in Toxicity and Potentially Help With Preservation of Patient Performance Status1-4
3D CT-based simulation
3D CT-based simulation for radiation treatment planning has been one of the most important technological advances in radiation oncology, and allows for better anatomic definition of target lesions1
Use of 3D CT-based simulation has also been shown to improve survival outcomes vs conventional simulations1
IMRT is an advanced form of radiotherapy that allows radiation oncologists to sculpt radiation intensity in complex ways, allowing for high-dose volumes around the site of disease and sparing adjacent organs at risk2
Use of IMRT allows for consistent or, in select patients, improved radiation efficacy with decreases in toxicity2,3
“We can now treat people with CRT that we couldn’t 10 years ago, and we can treat them with less toxicity.”
NSCLC=non-small cell lung cancer; CRT=chemoradiotherapy; 3D CT=3-dimensional computed tomography; IMRT=intensity-modulated radiation therapy; AE=adverse event.
*The views and opinions expressed in the Art of CRT video series are those of the individual panel members and do not represent the views or opinions of AstraZeneca. These videos contain anecdotal information gathered from a discussion with 8 physicians and nurses based on their opinions/experiences. Recommendations are general and may vary with patients.