External Beam Therapy (2nd edition)

Peter J. Hoskin
Radiotherapy in Practice

External beam therapy is the most common form of radiotherapy, delivering ionizing radiation such as high-energy x-rays, gamma rays or electron beams directly into the location of the patient's tumour. External Beam Therapy, Second Edition is an essential, practical guide to the use of external beam radiotherapy, highlighting the rapid technological advances made in recent years. It provides a firm background to the physics of external beam radiotherapy, taking the reader through the basic principles and discussing issues such as quality assurance. Experts within each field then expand upon techniques for treatment delivery within each anatomical site, covering indications, treatment and planning. This new edition also includes information on Stereotactic radiotherapy and coverage on the physics of proton beams. External Beam Therapy, Second Edition is an invaluable companion to trainees in medical physics, therapeutic radiography, and clinical or radiation oncology. ABOUT THE SERIES: Radiotherapy remains the major non-surgical treatment modality for the management of malignant disease. It is based on the application of the principles of applied physics, radiobiology, and tumour biology to clinical practice. Each volume in this series takes the reader through the basic principles of the use of ionising radiation and then develops this by individual sites. This series of practical handbooks are aimed at physicians both training and practising in radiotherapy, as well as medical physicists, dosimetrists, radiographers and senior nurses.


1. Introduction
2. Basic physics
3. Treatment delivery, IMRT and IGRT
4. Breast
5. Radiotherapy for thoracic tumours
6. Upper GI
7a Rectal cancer
7b Squamous carcinoma of the anus
8a External Beam Radiotherapy for prostate cancer
8b Bladder cancer
8c Testis
8d Penis
9a Uterus
9b Vulva and vagina
10. Lymphomas
11. CNS tumours
12. Head and neck cancer
13. Skin cancer
14. Sarcomas of soft tissue and bone
15. Principles of paediatric radiation oncology
16. Radiotherapy planning for metastatic disease
17. Quality assurance in radiotherapy


Peter Hoskin qualified at the Royal Free Hospital and, after junior posts in general medicine in London, trained in clinical oncology at the Royal Marsden Hospital. He currently has a busy clinical practice focusing on urological and gynaecological malignancies and lymphomas. He also directs a research programme through UCL developing and evaluating functional imaging in oncological practice. Professor Hoskin is series editor of the OUP series, Radiotherapy in Practice.