Most new radiation techniques, have been introduced primarily to reduce the dose to normal tissues in order to prevent radiation-induced side effects. Radiotherapy with protons is such a radiation technique that due to its superior beam properties compared to photons enables better sparing of normal tissues. This paper describes a stepwise methodology to select patients for proton therapy when the primary aim is to reduce side effects. This method has been accepted by the Dutch health authorities to select patients for proton therapy. In addition, an alternative method is described in case randomised controlled trials are considered not appropriate.
|Journal||Radiotherapy and Oncology|
|Publication status||Published - Jun 2013|
- Proton therapy
- Patient selection