Patient Positioning and Immobilization in Radiation Oncology: Some Considerations

PATIENT POSITIONING AND IMMOBILIZATION IN RADIATION ONCOLOGY: SOME CONSIDERATIONS BY Gunilla C. Bentel, RN, RTT Duke University Medical Center Durham, North Durham INTRODUCTION Uncertainties associated with the delivery of a prescribed radiation treatment can be divided into two groups; uncertainties of dose (i.e., in homogeneities, dose calculations, variables in machine output and uncertainties in patient-beam […]

Immobilization Device For Patients Undergoing Radiation Therapy For Hodgkin’s Disease

IMMOBILIZATION DEVICE FOR PATIENTS UNDERGOING RADIATION THERAPY FOR HODGKIN’S DISEASE By Gunilla C. Bentel, RN, RTT Duke University Medical Center Durham, North Carolina INTRODUCTION Hodgkin’s disease is a quite curable disease which strikes approximately 7400 young Americans annually, the majority of them less than 35 years old. This disease, which earlier was considered fatal, is […]

Immobilization Device for Patients Undergoing Cranio-Spinal Irradiation

IMMOBILIZATION DEVICE FOR PATIENTS UNDERGOING CRANIO-SPINAL IRRADIATION Gunilla C. Bentel, RN, RTT Duke University Medical Center Durham, North Carolina INTRODUCTION Cranio-spinal irradiation  (CSI) is required in patients with medulloblastoma, and sometimes in patients with lymphoma and leukemia, usually as a preventive mode of therapy. Patients requiring CSI are usually children or young adults since these […]

Breast Positioning Device For Patients with Large Breasts

BREAST POSITIONING DEVICE FOR PATIENTS WITH LARGE BREASTS UNDERGOING RADIATION THERAPY Gunilla C. Bentel, RN, RTT Duke University Medical Center Durham, North Carolina INTRODUCTION Several studies have shown that local excision followed by radiation therapy in the management of early stage breast carcinoma yields results that are similar to that of a radical mastectomy.1,4,6,7 An […]