Improving the therapeutic ratio of external beam irradiation for carcinoma of the prostate

Jeffrey D. Forman, Eva Zinreich, Ding Jen Lee, Moody D. Wharam, Rosemary A. Baumgardner, Stanley E. Order

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From 1975 to 1983, 240 patients with carcinoma of the prostate, Stages A2 to C, were treated with whole pelvic radiation followed by a 2-week rest and then a reduced field of radiation. The reduced prostatic field was evaluated for adequacy of tumor coverage by CT scan or ultrasound. The local regional control rate was 94%, with a 5-year actuarial survival for all stages of 72%. Severe complications occurred in 3% of patients and moderate complications in 13%. Two major factors that were identified as contributing to the risk of complications included previous or subsequent surgical intervention. Our technique of external beam radiotherapy resulted in a favorable therapeutic ratio, that is, excellent local-regional control with minimal morbidity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2073-2080
Number of pages8
JournalInternational journal of radiation oncology, biology, physics
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1985


  • Carcinoma of the prostate
  • External beam irradiation
  • Therapeutic ratio

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiation
  • Oncology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cancer Research


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