Practical aspects of pediatric proton radiation therapy

Kevin P. McMullen, John Kerstiens, Peter A S Johnstone

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

7 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Many radiotherapy centers desire proton therapy (PrT) because the unique physical dosimetry allows for improved dose distribution in some clinical situations. These benefits are best described in skull base and many pediatric lesions. However, there are significant challenges to PrT that are overlooked or simply ignored when centers embark on the PrT journey particularly as it applies to pediatric patients.In this review, we review the Indiana University Health Proton Therapy Center experience regarding benefits and drawbacks of PrT for pediatric patients. In conclusion, centers aspiring to PrT capacity should be aware not only of the well-described benefits in some clinical scenarios, but also the significant challenges to the modality in its practical clinical application.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)393-396
Number of pages4
JournalCancer Journal (United States)
Volume20
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 11 2014

Fingerprint

Proton Therapy
Radiotherapy
Pediatrics
Skull Base
Health

Keywords

  • clinic operations
  • pediatrics
  • Proton therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Oncology
  • Medicine(all)

Cite this

Practical aspects of pediatric proton radiation therapy. / McMullen, Kevin P.; Kerstiens, John; Johnstone, Peter A S.

In: Cancer Journal (United States), Vol. 20, No. 6, 11.12.2014, p. 393-396.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

McMullen, Kevin P. ; Kerstiens, John ; Johnstone, Peter A S. / Practical aspects of pediatric proton radiation therapy. In: Cancer Journal (United States). 2014 ; Vol. 20, No. 6. pp. 393-396.
@article{8324849dab444c01b48eabeca6e0cbb8,
title = "Practical aspects of pediatric proton radiation therapy",
abstract = "Many radiotherapy centers desire proton therapy (PrT) because the unique physical dosimetry allows for improved dose distribution in some clinical situations. These benefits are best described in skull base and many pediatric lesions. However, there are significant challenges to PrT that are overlooked or simply ignored when centers embark on the PrT journey particularly as it applies to pediatric patients.In this review, we review the Indiana University Health Proton Therapy Center experience regarding benefits and drawbacks of PrT for pediatric patients. In conclusion, centers aspiring to PrT capacity should be aware not only of the well-described benefits in some clinical scenarios, but also the significant challenges to the modality in its practical clinical application.",
keywords = "clinic operations, pediatrics, Proton therapy",
author = "McMullen, {Kevin P.} and John Kerstiens and Johnstone, {Peter A S}",
year = "2014",
month = "12",
day = "11",
doi = "10.1097/PPO.0000000000000075",
language = "English",
volume = "20",
pages = "393--396",
journal = "Cancer journal (Sudbury, Mass.)",
issn = "1528-9117",
publisher = "Lippincott Williams and Wilkins",
number = "6",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Practical aspects of pediatric proton radiation therapy

AU - McMullen, Kevin P.

AU - Kerstiens, John

AU - Johnstone, Peter A S

PY - 2014/12/11

Y1 - 2014/12/11

N2 - Many radiotherapy centers desire proton therapy (PrT) because the unique physical dosimetry allows for improved dose distribution in some clinical situations. These benefits are best described in skull base and many pediatric lesions. However, there are significant challenges to PrT that are overlooked or simply ignored when centers embark on the PrT journey particularly as it applies to pediatric patients.In this review, we review the Indiana University Health Proton Therapy Center experience regarding benefits and drawbacks of PrT for pediatric patients. In conclusion, centers aspiring to PrT capacity should be aware not only of the well-described benefits in some clinical scenarios, but also the significant challenges to the modality in its practical clinical application.

AB - Many radiotherapy centers desire proton therapy (PrT) because the unique physical dosimetry allows for improved dose distribution in some clinical situations. These benefits are best described in skull base and many pediatric lesions. However, there are significant challenges to PrT that are overlooked or simply ignored when centers embark on the PrT journey particularly as it applies to pediatric patients.In this review, we review the Indiana University Health Proton Therapy Center experience regarding benefits and drawbacks of PrT for pediatric patients. In conclusion, centers aspiring to PrT capacity should be aware not only of the well-described benefits in some clinical scenarios, but also the significant challenges to the modality in its practical clinical application.

KW - clinic operations

KW - pediatrics

KW - Proton therapy

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84916602570&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=84916602570&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1097/PPO.0000000000000075

DO - 10.1097/PPO.0000000000000075

M3 - Article

VL - 20

SP - 393

EP - 396

JO - Cancer journal (Sudbury, Mass.)

JF - Cancer journal (Sudbury, Mass.)

SN - 1528-9117

IS - 6

ER -