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dc.contributor.authorKeyerleber, Michele A.
dc.date.accessioned2009-07-28T17:28:12Z
dc.date.available2009-07-28T17:28:12Z
dc.date.issued2007-09-19
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1813/13228
dc.description.abstractPalliative radiation therapy protocols, indications, goals, outcomes, prognoses, performance scaling, and toxicities were investigated in 95 patients. The most common protocol was 8 Gy x 4 fractions = 32 Gy, however median survival was longest with a 6 Gy x 5 fractions = 30 Gy protocol. The main indication was found to be a tumor not amenable to definitive therapy and the main goal was relief of cancer-related symptoms. Tumor response was most commonly stable disease. Despite performance scoring, survival predictions were generally inaccurate but overly pessimistic for grave prognoses. Neither toxicity prevalence nor tumor response was significantly different between the common protocols, which were well tolerated with no significant toxicities appearing below 24 Gy. Above this, ulceration was most prevalent but seldom outlasted patient survival, thereby making palliative radiation a valuable modality in end-stage cancer treatment.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesSenior seminar paperen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesSeminar SF610.1 2008 K49en_US
dc.subjectRadiotherapyen_US
dc.subjectNeoplasms -- Radiotherapy
dc.titlePalliative radiation therapy : a retrospective studyen_US
dc.typeterm paperen_US


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