Table of Contents

Cover; Contents; List of contributors; List of abbreviations; 1 Introduction; 2 Basic physics; 3 Treatment delivery, intensity-modulated radiotherapy, and image-guided radiotherapy; 4 Breast; 5 Radiotherapy for thoracic tumours; 6 Upper gastrointestinal tract; 7 Lower gastrointestinal tract; 7a: Rectal cancer; 7b: Squamous carcinoma of the anus; 8 Urology; 8a: External beam radiotherapy for prostate cancer; 8b: Bladder cancer; 8c: Testis; 8d: Penis; 9 Gynaecology; 9a: Uterus; 9b: Vulva and vagina; 10 Lymphomas; 11 Central nervous system tumours; 12 Head and neck cancer; 13 Skin cancer 14 Sarcomas of soft tissue and bone15 Principles of paediatric radiation oncology; 16 Radiotherapy planning for metastatic disease; 17 Quality assurance in radiotherapy; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V; W; X External beam therapy is the most common form of radiotherapy, delivering ionizing radiation such as high-energy x-rays, gamma rays or electron beams directly into the location of the patient's tumour. External Beam Therapy, Second Edition is an essential, practical guide to the use of external beam radiotherapy, highlighting the rapid technological advances made in recent years. It provides a firm background to the physics of external beam radiotherapy, taking the readerthrough the basic principles and discussing issues such as quality assurance.Experts within each field then expand upon tech