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.
- Patients with locally advanced head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) are currently treated with postoperative radio-chemotherapy (PORT-C) or primary radio-chemotherapy. While the inclusion of chemotherapy improved the outcome significantly [1,2], treatment response is still heterogeneous. To further individualize therapy in order to improve treatment response, additional biomarkers need to be identified and applied in personalized treatment escalation or de-escalation strategies [3,4].
- Hypoxia is a well recognised parameter of tumour resistance to radiotherapy, a number of anticancer drugs and potentially immunotherapy. In a previously published exploration cohort of 25 head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) patients on [18F]fluoromisonidazole positron emission tomography (FMISO-PET) we identified residual tumour hypoxia during radiochemotherapy, not before start of treatment, as the driving mechanism of hypoxia-mediated therapy resistance. Several quantitative FMISO-PET parameters were identified as potential prognostic biomarkers.
- Delineation of clinical target volumes (CTVs) is a weak link in radiation therapy (RT), and large inter-observer variation is seen in breast cancer patients. Several guidelines have been proposed, but most result in larger CTVs than based on conventional simulator-based RT. The aim was to develop a delineation guideline obtained by consensus between a broad European group of radiation oncologists.
- To investigate the impact of HPV status in patients with locally advanced head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC), who received surgery and cisplatin-based postoperative radiochemotherapy.
- Disconnected cancer research data management and lack of information exchange about planned and ongoing research are complicating the utilisation of internationally collected medical information for improving cancer patient care. Rapidly collecting/pooling data can accelerate translational research in radiation therapy and oncology. The exchange of study data is one of the fundamental principles behind data aggregation and data mining. The possibilities of reproducing the original study results, performing further analyses on existing research data to generate new hypotheses or developing computational models to support medical decisions (e.g.