Editor-in-Chief Emeritus Pick of Papers
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For each issue of Radiotherapy and Oncology, the Editor-in-Chief Emeritus Jens Overgaard, picks his favourite papers.
- Current interest in ultra-high-dose-rate radiation therapy (FLASH) has arisen from the observed protection of various normal tissues exposed to high single doses in preclinical studies . In this context ‘ultra-high-dose-rate’ is considered to be ≥40 Gy/s (c.f. a conventional (CONV) dose-rate ≥ 0.01 Gy/s) [2,3] (Fig. 1). While existing preclinical and clinical application of FLASH has used only a single beam, some proponents of FLASH have suggested the use of multiple beams to achieve the same conformal dose distributions obtainable using advanced radiotherapy techniques such as scanned beam proton therapy with conventional radiation dose-rates .
- Filling the gap in cancer care in underserved regions worldwide requires global collaboration and concerted effort to share creative ideas, pool talents and develop sustainable support from governments, industry, academia and non-governmental organizations. Comprehensive cancer care, which fits within and strengthens the broader healthcare system, ranges from prevention to screening, to curative treatment, to palliative care and to long-term follow-up. Radiation therapy is an essential component for curative and palliative cancer care and can serve as a stable focal point physically and for personnel around which regional cancer and health care programs can be established.