Oncology is ever expanding branch of medicine. The biggest challenge for radiation oncology in the current scenario is organ motion and the good news is now we have a technology which enable us to counter it. This will help us to target tumors more precisely.
Oncology is ever expanding branch of medicine. Although medical science has overcome many hurdles with regard to the management of cancer, still we have to go a long way. Radiotherapy is a very important pillar of oncology management either working solely or in addition to surgery or chemotherapy. The biggest challenge for radiation oncology in the current scenario is organ motion and the good news is now we have a technology which enable us to counter it. This will help us to target tumors more precisely.
Image guided radiotherapy, four dimensional imaging and Linear Accelerator (capable of capturing internal organ motion) are all part of technological innovations which empowers radiation oncologists to treat most challenging scenarios in oncology.
March Issue of Anticancer Research published a meta-analysis which revealed that women with normal level of vitamin D at the time of diagnosis had twice a chance of survival when compared to those with low levels of Vitamin D. This meta-analysis combined 5 studies having a total of 4443 patients. If we look at 10 year survival, mortality from breast cancer was 44% lower in group of patients with highest level of Vitamin D compared to those with lowest level of Vitamin D. Previous studies have already established that Vitamin D prevents breast and colon cancer. Also there are enough studies to suggest that Vitamin D stops cancer growth. “Doctors should measure Vitamin D levels in their breast cancer patients, if they are deficient, they should be started immediately on 40000.
Consultant Radiation Oncology
Assistant Professor, Radiation Oncology
Chief Radiation Physicist