Don’t recommend the use of technical or “special” radiotherapy equipment without a motivated reason of the radiation oncologist.

Type of practice

Other treatments

Topic Area

Radiotherapy

The high technological level reached by the radiation therapy is beneficial for cancer patients, because it gives rise, in selected clinical situations, very positive results and guarantees the security of each technical method, provided that used according to correct indications.This benefit is available today for the vast majority of equipment for radiotherapy; all equipment, even those designed to simpler treatments, are subject to quality controls which guarantee security; the use of equipment and techniques more complex and expensive, available in a limited number of centers, is indicated in particular cases, that only the radiation oncologist’s competence is able to define.

Sources

1. L'appropriatezza in Radioterapia Oncologica: indicazioni e considerazioni dell'Associazione Italiana di Radioterapia Oncologica (AIRO) http://www.radioterapiaitalia.it/index.php?L=&ID=703&CERCA=appropriatezza#703
2. Seung SK, Larson DA, Galvin JM, eta l. American College of Radiology (ACR) and American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) Practice Guideline for the Performance of Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS). Am J Clin Oncol. 2013 Jun; 36(3): 310-5.

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