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Moreover, the spectrum near the center of the beam, say, within 3 cm of the central axis, is harder than that away from the axis, say, 1015 cm from Figure 3. However, these algorithms are less accurate when electronic equilibrium is lost due to more severe tissue inhomogeneities. This may be a clinical concern in the lung, where soft tissue tumors are surrounded by low density ($ 0. Lung Cancer Since lung has lower electron density than soft tissue, there is reduced attenuation of the primary photons of a beam traversing lung compared with the same path length in soft tissue. However, other, more subtle effects are described with reasonable approximation only by superposition-convolution algorithms (146,147) and most accurately by Monte Carlo. The cause of these effects is the long range of the secondary electrons in lung compared to soft tissue (the range is approximately inversely proportional to the ratio of lung to soft tissue density). Also, especially for a small soft tissue target embedded in a very low density medium and irradiated with a tight, high energy beam, there is a builddown (low dose region) at the entrance surface and sides of the target. All these effects are more pronounced for higher energy beams and lower density lungs (longer electron ranges) and smaller fields. The clinical concern is that treatment plans developed with algorithms that do not account for these effects can result in target underdose and/or overdose to normal tissues in penumbral regions. Lung radiation treatments usually consist of two or more beams, incident on the tumor in a cross-fire technique. The degree to which the target underdose and broader penumbra in lung may compromise complications-free tumor control has been addressed in several studies (24,33,34,148155). References 148151 used measurements only to investigate penumbra broadening and build-down effects. The parallel opposed geometry is a common field arrangement for treatment of lung tumors. The margin is intended to account for microscopic disease, setup error and breathing motion. Figure (a) and (b) show dose distributions on a transverse plane predicted by a measurement-based pencil beam calculation and by a Monte Carlo calculation, respectively. Experiments demonstrate that builddown accompanying the loss of electronic equilibrium in air cavities in tissue-equivalent phantoms can cause up to a 25% underdose within the first millimeter of tissue (156159), with particularly pronounced effects for small (5 В 5 cm2) fields, such as are used for treatment of larynx cancer. The penumbra broadening and loss of dose within the beam that are noted in lung also occur in air cavities but the small size of these cavities, compared to the size of a lung, prevent these effects from posing a serious clinical problem. Differences between the two calculation methods are more noticeable for individual beams than when all the beams (from two to seven, depending on the plan) are combined for the overall treatment plan. Monte Carlo predicts inferior target coverage compared to the planning system, but the differences, which depend on dosimetric index and tumor geometry, are less than in lung. Spinal cord maximum dose differences of < 1 Gy were reported in (31) (with the Monte Carlo calculation sometimes higher, sometimes lower) and 3 Gy higher as calculated by Monte Carlo in (162). Monte Carlo dose calculation for electron beams has recently become available on a commercial treatment planning system (48). For photon beams, however, it has not been practical for routine clinical use due to its long running time. To improve the computation efficiency, there are variance reduction techniques available. In splitting, a particle is artificially split into multiple particles in important regions to produce more histories. In Russian roulette, particles are artificially terminated in relatively unimportant regions to reduce the number of histories. In both techniques, the particle weight, of course, needs to be adjusted to reflect the artificial increase or decrease of histories. In addition to dose calculation, perhaps a more important application of Monte Carlo is to provide information that cannot be easily obtained by measurement. For example, in the simulation of the machine head, the phase-space data provide information on the primary and scattered radiation from various components in the machine head. These data provide important information in understanding the beam characteristics and may be used for other dose calculation methods. Monte Carlo simulations of the differential beam hardening effect of a flattening filter on a therapeutic X-ray beam. Off-axis X-ray spectra: a comparison of Monte Carlo simulated and computed X-ray spectra with measured spectra.
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Antiemetics can be given through a variety of nonoral routes to control vomiting,17 although complete relief of emesis is achieved in a minority of patients through antiemetics alone. Although direct comparisons of these agents have not yielded clear recommendations,19,20 a combination of these medications may offer synergistic benefits. Although a meta-analysis has suggested no statistical benefit of corticosteroid use, a subset of patients may benefit from them, and medication-related morbidity is low,21 particularly in patients in the terminal stages of their disease. If surgery is being considered, it has been shown that somatostatin or its analogs are likely not a risk to an operation. Persistent obstructions in the face of palliative treatments or evidence of complete obstructions are indications that a surgical procedure should be considered unless actively dying. Although bowel resection may lead to the best outcome,24,25 a bypass may be a safer option, and the placement of a gastrostomy tube for intermittent venting might be optimal in some settings. In addition, an intestinal stoma may be necessary after resection or to adequately bypass the blockage. Surgical risks must be carefully considered prior to an operation, because morbidity (42%)27 and mortality (5% to 32%)22,25,27 are common, and the reobstruction rate is high (10% to 50%). Anderson Cancer Center found that percutaneous gastrostomy tubes were utilized for palliation in 23% of small bowel obstructions in patients with advanced malignancy. In combination with other medical techniques, both open and percutaneous gastrostomy offers the possibility of intermittent oral intake. Endoluminal wall stents have a high success rate for relief of symptoms (64% to 100%) in complete and incomplete colorectal obstructions,30 and in over 70% of upper intestinal malignant obstructions including gastric outlet, duodenal, and jejunal obstructions. Procedures are considered in the setting of persistent nausea, vomiting, eructation, and early satiety. They also may be considered when there is evidence of duodenal compression on radiographic or endoscopic evaluations. Although few centers have the technical expertise, endoscopic stents for gastric outlet obstruction may be quite successful (approximately 90%) with rare complications. If endoscopic stenting fails for the gastric outlet blockage or is unavailable, an open or laparoscopic bypass is warranted. There are several technical variations of a surgical bypass procedure (gastrojejunostomy), but the results are similar. For an unresectable gastric cancer, the laparoscopic technique has been shown to have less suppression of immune function, less pain, shorter hospital stays, lower postoperative morbidity, and earlier recovery of bowel movements than an open procedure. In comparison, if patients were not symptomatic but had evidence of impending obstruction, only about 40% had a poor outcome. Antrectomy along with gastrojejunostomy in the setting of unresectable pancreatic cancer has been shown to have excellent results until death in one small series. Finally, in the setting where a surgical biliary bypass is planned, there is some controversy as to whether a preemptive gastric bypass (gastrojejunostomy) in the asymptomatic patient is warranted. Because a late gastric obstruction occurs from 9% to 23%,3941 a duodenal bypass should be considered at the time of biliary bypass, especially if the patient is of good performance status with limited disease (no or minimal metastasis). Hyperbilirubinemia may become symptomatic, leading to pruritus, bleeding diathesis, and liver failure. Patients need prompt relief of the biliary obstruction before embarking on any other palliative treatments. Two major treatment approaches are currently available: (1) surgical bypass and (2) stent management (via gastroenterology or interventional radiology). Although most patients receive stents, recurrence rates are higher and subsequent hospitalizations may be lower for patients who have surgical bypass. One approach is to perform endoscopic stent placement in patients considered to have short life spans with a limited potential for recurrent obstruction and to perform surgical bypass for patients with less aggressive tumors, longer expected life expectancy, or limited access to endoscopic expertise for treatment of recurrent obstruction. If urgent surgery is not realistic due to patient comorbidities, overall status, or operating room availability, a transhepatic drain placed by an interventional radiologist is indicated. If a laparoscopic exploration is first undertaken for a potentially resectable mass and metastatic disease is noted, it is reasonable to abort the procedure with the hope that a less morbid endoscopic stenting can be accomplished. Also, if endoscopic stenting fails or is unavailable, an open or laparoscopic bypass is warranted.
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Sensory and speech-associated cortex are typically mapped during an awake craniotomy. Patients are monitored in the specialized care unit Radiobiologic and Toxicity Considerations Most neoplasms can potentially be cured if the correct radiation dose can be delivered to the entire tumor and its microscopic extensions. This is not always feasible because the maximum radiation dose deliverable is limited by the tolerance of the surrounding normal tissues, and the identification of regions of microscopic extension remains vague. Adverse reactions to cranial irradiation differ in pathogenesis and temporal presentation and are not discussed in detail here. A major radiobiologic consideration revolves around the selection of total dose and the fractionation schedule. These late toxicities from larger fraction sizes can be minimized by minimizing the volume irradiated, as is done with radiosurgery, thereby drastically reducing the volume of normal tissues exposed to high doses. For radiosurgery, doses in the order of 12 to 21 Gy in single fractions are often utilized. In conventional radiotherapy, fraction sizes of 2 Gy are routinely utilized and may be lowered to 1. In general, the entire target is treated with a relatively uniform dose, but with the advent of newer delivery methods, it is possible to create dose gradients or dose inhomogeneities within the tumor to match differential radiosensitivity. This allows for avoidance of critical structures, such as the brainstem, optic apparatus, and spinal cord. Treatment can be carried out using either a modified or dedicated linear accelerator, cobalt-60 units, or charged particle devices. Several commercial devices have now been developed, each with slightly unique features, including robots that position the linear accelerator at various angles, collimation systems that provide prefixed circular collimators of various sizes or shaped collimated beams, and even intensity-modulated delivery from one or multiple directions, delivered serially, helically, or volumetrically. Charged-particle beams, including protons (but not electrons), deposit the majority of their dose at a depth dependent on the initial energy, avoiding the exit dose of photon therapy. Historically, in order to cover larger volumes, proton beams have been modified by passive range modulators that disperse the Bragg peak and broaden the dose deposition, resulting in decreased proximal sparing, while still maintaining distal sparing. Charged-particle radiotherapy has been particularly utilized to treat tumors of the skull base to doses higher than can be achieved conventionally, and in reirradiation settings where conventional techniques are too unsafe. In particular, chordomas and chondrosarcomas require high radiation doses for local control. Proton beams have also been advocated for childhood tumors and tumors in young adults, because they decrease integral radiation dose, thereby decreasing the risk of second malignancies, although concern about incidental neutron production exists. A liquid colloid of organically bound iodine-125 (125I) in a spherical balloon continues to be used to treat both recurrent and newly diagnosed malignant gliomas and brain metastases in the postoperative context. The injection of radioisotopes within the cystic portion of craniopharyngiomas allows ablation of the secretory lining. A select group of patients with cystic tumors may benefit from the direct instillation of colloidal phosphorus-32 (32P), yttrium-90 (90Y), or gold-198 (198Au). Institutions using this technique have utilized murine, chimeric, or humanized monoclonal antibodies attached to 131I, 90Y, rhenium-188 (188Re), and astatine-211 (211At). The evolution of these trials has seen the delivery route move from systemic (intra-arterial or intravenous) to local instillation of the agent into a surgically created resection cavity. Using 131I-81C6 (antitenascin monoclonal antibody), a trend toward significant improvement in median survival was shown for patients receiving 40 to 48 Gy versus less than 40 Gy. Among the reasons for the poor efficacy of chemotherapeutic and targeted agents is the low concentration of drug penetration to the tumor because of the difficulty of agents to cross the bloodbrain barrier, active transport mechanisms of drug efflux, and high plasma protein binding of agents, thereby lowering the volume of distribution of agents in the brain parenchyma. Although targeted agents are in early testing, multiplicity and alternate signaling pathways limit their efficacy. These include accounting for the heterogeneity of tumors, redundancy of pathway interactions, a lack of accurate and reproducible biomarkers to select patients for specific therapies, and difficulty in assessing target modulation. The specific isoenzymes induced by these drugs are often capable of metabolizing many agents. For example, standard paclitaxel doses commonly result in subtherapeutic serum levels in patients also using phenytoin. 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