Selection of external beam radiotherapy approaches for precise and accurate cancer treatment JOURNAL OF RADIATION RESEARCH Shirato, H., Quynh-Thu Le, Kobashi, K., Prayongrat, A., Takao, S., Shimizu, S., Giaccia, A., Xing, L., Umegaki, K. 2018; 59: I2–I10


Physically precise external-beam radiotherapy (EBRT) technologies may not translate to the best outcome in individual patients. On the other hand, clinical considerations alone are often insufficient to guide the selection of a specific EBRT approach in patients. We examine the ways in which to compare different EBRT approaches based on physical, biological and clinical considerations, and how they can be enhanced with the addition of biophysical models and machine-learning strategies. The process of selecting an EBRT modality is expected to improve in tandem with knowledge-based treatment planning.

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