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Hypofractionated radiation

456Retired
Posts: 4
Joined: Sep 2017

Gentlemen,

Anyone have thoughts about salvage radiation reducing the number (27 vs 39) of sessions of radiation? Each session radiation is increased but delivered over a shorter period of time. Recovery from side effects actually quicker?

Howard53545
Posts: 1
Joined: Jan 2018

just finished. 25 sessions. No big SE.

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VascodaGama
Posts: 3029
Joined: Nov 2010

Retired,

I do not recall your case but I wonder about your inquire. Did your doctor suggested hypofractionated radiation for any salvage therapy?

Hypofractionated radiation is a technique typical of spot radiation or in prime treatments. Salvage radiation therapies (SRT) have wider protocols so that the number of sections are defined based on the scope of the specific field of attack. Surely hypofractionated radiation is good but some fields may include delicate areas where hypofractionation is not necessary.

Hypofractionated radiation does not equal to lesser side effects than traditional IMRT modalities. The accuracy of the equipment may influence the outcomes regarding damage and the side effects.

Best,

VG

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