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Speaker:Hao Gao, Associate Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Kansas Cancer Center
Date:Dec 17, 2021
Location:Tencent Meeting, ID: 115 435 332
Sponsor:School of Mathematics, Shandong University
Cancer is the second leading cause of death for both men and women in US, with projected rising number of new cancer patients per year to 29.5 million and rising number of deaths per year to 16.4 million worldwide by 2040. The most common treatments of cancer are surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and their combination. About 50% of all cancer patients will receive radiation therapy (RT). RT is a very complex treatment process requiring a high degree of accuracy, which is the subject of medical physics: first a 3D patient model will be established via simulation scans (CT, MRI, PET etc.) and image fusion, and delineated with well-defined tumor targets and organs-at-risk (OAR); then a RT treatment plan will be designed based on this 3D patient model to deliver the prescription dose to targets while sparing OAR; last this treatment plan will be delivered to the patient with proper patient setup and imaging guidance to ensure the delivery accuracy, which sometimes requires adaptive planning and treatment to patient anatomy changes. This talk will introduce medical physics and some of our active research topics.
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