UCLA Department of Radiation Oncology has developed a novel radiotherapy delivery planning system (4π radiotherapy) that improves radiation delivery to improve dose coverage of the treatment target, while reducing lose to surrounding normal tissues. The 4π radiotherapy is delivered on existing treatment machines. Standard radiotherapy doses will be employed and no difference in tumor response is expected than with standard planning systems. However, dose to surrounding normal tissues scatter doses are expected to be significantly reduced.
We are conducting this study to determine whether or not this form of treatment planning is feasible and tolerable.
We will ask you to undergo a CT in order to map out a treatment plan. We will then ask you to complete radiotherapy over 5 to 10 daily treatments, depending on what the doctor determines to be best for you.
At the end of each of your daily treatments, you will be asked to complete a questionnaire designed to determine level of comfort related to the treatment you received. We expect the questionnaire to take no more than 5 minutes to complete.
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