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Hypofractionated Radiation Therapy
Short-course radiation therapy is one of the most talked about subject in recent years and also a fascinating research zone. Hypo-fractionated radiation therapy is an old concept, but only in recent years, with tremendous improvement in radiation therapy delivery technologies, there is a significant visible surge in its applicability in clinical practice.

Modern radiation therapy technology is capable of delivering high doses to the target while sparing majority of the adjacent critical structures. Hence, it is possible to deliver a short course of treatment regimen with higher dose per fraction without increase in toxicity.

Apart from the intracranial lesions, there are emerging evidences about short-course treatment schedule in ‘extracranial’ sites such as lung, prostate, breast, and pancreas and also in various ‘oligo metastasis’. Short-course treatment regimens are comfortable for patients and caregivers. These regimens are more acceptable to the patients who have higher compliance rate and a definite positive influence in the quality of life.

However, planning the hypo-fractionated treatment is demanding, highly skill dependent and requires strict quality assurance. Appropriate training to the treating physicians, physicists and radiation technologists is critical to have a desired treatment outcome. Hypo-fractionated radiation therapy still have many unanswered questions, some of them may be sought out in such platforms.
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