Do not recommend the use of “special” techniques or radiation therapy machines without having previously obtained the recommendation by a radiation oncologist.

Type of practice

Other treatments

Topic Area


Actually, the high level of technologies widely used by the radiation oncologist’ community represents a very important opportunity and benefit for oncological patients because it permits to achieve interesting results in selected subgroups. These results are robust and guarantee the safety of each radation therapy technology if used following recognized recommendations.
Today, the modern RT tools are available in the vast majority of the Italian Centres. All available technologies, even when used for simple radiation treament planning, are regularly checked for quality assurance. The use of last generation accelerators and /or sophisticated and expensive techniques, only available in high level Italian Centres, should be used only in selected cases in which a deep radiation oncologist’ expertise is required.


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