Three-dimensional treatment planning for lung cancer

B. Emami, J. A. Purdy, J. Manolis, G. Barest, E. Cheng, L. Coia, K. Doppke, J. Galvin, T. Losasso, J. Matthews, J. Munzenrider, B. Shank

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The experience of four institutions involved in a three-dimensional treatment planning contract (NCI) for lung cancer is described. It was found that three-dimensional treatment planning has a significant potential for optimization of treatment plans for radiotherapy of lung cancer both for tumor coverage and sparing of critical normal tissues within the complex anatomy of the human thorax. Evaluation tools, such as dose-volume histograms, and three-dimensional isodose displays, such as multiple plane views, surface dose displays, etc., were found to be extremely valuable in evaluation and comparison of these complex plans. It is anticipated that with further developments in three-dimensional simulation and treatment delivery systems, major progress towards uncomplicated local regional control of lung cancer may be forthcoming.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217-227
Number of pages11
JournalInternational journal of radiation oncology, biology, physics
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 15 1991


  • Lung cancer
  • Radiation therapy
  • Three-dimensional
  • Treatment planning


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