The Target Newsletter: Radiation therapy with heavy ions: physical, biological and clinical rationale (EM1509A)

The introduction of accelerated heavy ions (ions heavier than protons) to cancer care has revolutionized the field of radiation oncology since their usage allows both increased conformity and increased biological damage for the same amount of deposited energy. In the following activity we will describe the physical, biological and clinical rationale for heavy ion cancer therapy as well as the technology needed for its clinical implementation.

Radiation therapy with heavy ions: physical, biological and clinical rationale - Article (PDF)

 

References / Endnotes (PDF)

Target Audience

This activity is targeted to radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, surgical oncologists, neuro-oncologists, family medicine, generalists, radiation therapists, residents, and medical students.  

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the participant should be able to:
•    Differentiate the physical & biological characteristics of ion beam therapy from those of standard electron or photon therapy
•    Identify tumor types well-suited to ion beam therapy
•    Discuss the current state of clinical experience with ion therapy

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.50 AMA
  • 0.50 Attendance
Course opens: 
03/01/2015
Course expires: 
08/31/2017
Cost:
$0.00
Parent activity set: 

Course Director and Peer Reviewer
Lucien Nedzi, M.D.
Associate Professor and Medical Director
Department of Radiation Oncology
Disclosure:  Nothing to disclose

Authors
Arnold Pompos, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Radiation Oncology
Disclosure:  Nothing to disclose

Jeffrey Meyer, M.D., M.S.
Assistant Professor
Department of Radiation Oncology
Disclosure: Research Activities - Peregrine Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Dfine, Inc., and Royalties - UpToDate, Inc.

Accreditation Statement

The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

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Available Credit

  • 0.50 AMA
  • 0.50 Attendance

Accreditation Period

Course opens: 
03/01/2015
Course expires: 
08/31/2017

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