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Dr. Jean M. Moran (from University of Michigan, Department of Radiation Oncology), "Using Radiation Therapy to treat Breast Cancer: How much Technology is Needed?"

Date: 10/18/12
Time: 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Audience: Public
Sponsored By: School of Science and Engineering
Location: Coykendall Science Building Auditorium
Contact: Dr. Julio Jorge Gonzalez, x3724, gonzalj@engr.newpaltz.edu

Radiation therapy has been used to effectively treat breast cancer for decades. As new technologies become available for treatment using linear accelerators, the question arises as to which patients would benefit from the increased complexity in the planning and treatment delivery. Individualized treatment plans range from photon fields (with simple physical wedges shaping the field), to intensity-modulated radiation therapy, which can minimize the dose to important organs, such as the heart and lungs. The techniques vary in the amount of dose delivered to normal tissues due to direct or scattered radiation. Some of radiation-induced effects have been estimated based on retrospective analyses of large patient cohorts; while others have been quantified using Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography. Our research in medical physics provides the necessary tools to continue to improve radiation therapy treatments while at the same time making sure the tools are used correctly.