By Hans-Ulrich Kauczor, Tobias Bäuerle
Depending on their mechanism of motion, the cytotoxic and certain medicines and radiotherapy hired in oncologic therapy could cause issues and toxicities in lots of organ structures, with variable radiologic shows. This accomplished and excellently illustrated ebook covers the fundamentals of therapy-induced problems and toxicities in oncologic sufferers, identifies their results for the entire significant organs, and describes the imaging of those affects through a few of the radiologic modalities. via familiarizing radiologists with the main common and trendy toxicities which are recognizable on radiologic imaging following tumor treatment, it's going to facilitate identity in their early manifestations and allow differential prognosis according to appropriate findings.
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In recent years, for example, high-precision irradiation techniques in combination with image guidance (IGRT) and, where appropriate, simultaneous or sequential application of systemic drugs (chemotherapy, molecular targeting) significantly contributed to exceed the therapeutic window, that is, tumor control rates were improved, while chronic radiation sequelae maintained at the same level or even decreased at the same time. However, despite all advances and efforts, therapy-related side effects cannot be completely avoided, so that these adverse normal tissue reactions still represent a dose-limiting factor.
K. Herfarth) Radiotherapy a 35 b Fig. 11 CT scan of the lung 4 (a) and 23 months (b) after stereotactic irradiation of a lung carcinoma in the left lower lobe. Demarcation of a diffuse opacification of the irradiated lung parts with a positive air bronchogram in terms of a typical radiation pneumonitis. The lung carcinoma cannot be differentiated anymore. In the further course, the extension of the tissue reaction decreases, and the bronchi and vessels in proximity are slightly distorted as imaging correlates for a transition of radiogenic pneumonitis into a scarring tissue reaction (Figure provided by courtesy of PD Dr.
Sterzing 24 a b c d Fig. 7 Planning CT in three dimensions (a–c) and an AP radiography (d) for brachytherapy of a cervical cancer with a regular positioned intravaginal applicator and narrowly confined dose distribution relative biological effectiveness (RBE) of particles, likely due to the higher ionization density compared to photon irradiation. , optic nerve, pituitary gland, eye, brain stem). 6 Brachytherapy Brachytherapy describes internal irradiations of malignant lesions with a minimal distance between the radiation source and the cancerous tissue, which allows application of narrowly confined dose distributions.