The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) has recently updated its award-winning patient booklet, Radiation Therapy for Cancer that provides information for people living with cancer and their loved ones who are exploring radiation therapy as a treatment option.
The 24-page booklet provides information for patients on the various types of radiation therapy techniques, such as brachytherapy and external beam treatments. It also helps patients understand the various types of external beam treatments, including three-dimensional conformal radiation therapy (3D-CRT), intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), image guided radiation therapy (IGRT), stereotactic body radiation therapy (or stereotactic radiosurgery), proton therapy and neutron beam therapy. Information on clinical trials and side effects are also included as well as a list of questions patients may want to ask their doctors as they consider their treatment options.
"Trying to make sense of the various cancer treatments can be a real challenge when coping with a diagnosis of cancer. Our hope is that this booklet will help patients and their families better understand how the treatments work so they can make the best decisions about their treatments," said Gregory Patton, M.D., chair of ASTRO's Communications Committee and a radiation oncologist at Northwest Cancer Specialists, P.C., in Portland, Ore.
Radiation Therapy for Cancer is one of 16 brochures in English, Spanish, Japanese and Arabic. ASTRO offers to help patients better understand radiation therapy. Since 2003, ASTRO has distributed more than 650,000 hard copies of its brochures. Materials can also be downloaded free from www.rtanswers.org. Printed copies are sold at www.astro.org for $7.50 for 25 copies ($5 for ASTRO members). Patients and caregivers may request a free copy by e-mailing communications(at)astro.org.
Source: American Society for Radiation Oncology