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Practical Radiation Oncology

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The overarching mission of Practical Radiation Oncology is to improve the quality of radiation oncology practice. PRO's purpose is to document the state of current practice, providing background for those in training and continuing education for practitioners, through discussion and illustration of new techniques, evaluation of current practices, and publication of case reports. PRO strives to provide its readers content that emphasizes knowledge "with a purpose." More

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ASTRO Founded in 1958, ASTRO's mission is to advance the practice of radiation oncology by promoting excellence in patient care, providing opportunities for educational and professional development, promoting research and disseminating research results and representing radiation oncology in a rapidly evolving health care environment.

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External Beam Radiation Therapy for Primary Liver Cancers

Practical Radiation Oncology section editor Daniel T. Chang, MD, hosts a conversation on the recently published ASTRO clinical practice guideline on external beam radiation therapy for primary liver cancers. Two of the guideline authors, Smith Apisarnthanarax, MD of University of Washington and Higinia Cardenes, MD, PhD of Weill Cornell, discuss the development process of the guideline and the evidence for the recommendations included.

Single-Isocenter Radiosurgery for Multiple Metastases

Practical Radiation Oncology executive editor Sanford Meeks, PhD, hosts a conversation on the use of single-isocenter radiosurgery for multiple metastases. Dr. Meeks is joined by Richard Popple, PhD and John Fiveash, MD from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, as well as Stephen Tenn, PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles and Catherine Mercado, MD, from Orlando Health Cancer Institute. Dr. Meeks and guests discuss the changes in radiosurgery technology, features and differences of different radiosurgery systems, treatment planning procedures, and the clinical considerations when adopting these modalities.

PRO Editor Podcast – December 2021

Editor-in-Chief, Robert Amdur, MD, discusses three Practice Pearls from the most recent PROshot article: Adjuvant radiation halves the rate of ipsilateral breast recurrences at 10 and 15 years with minimal late toxicity in women with good-risk ductal carcinoma in situ; women with early-stage vulvar cancer and sentinel lymph node micrometastases (≤2 mm) can safely forgo ipsilateral completion lymph node dissection to reduce morbidity, but those with macrometastases cannot; and prophylactic cranial irradiation using hippocampal avoidance for SCLC helps preserve short-term memory.

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