Contemporary Radiation Therapy in Combined Modality Therapy for Hodgkin Lymphoma

The advent of effective combination chemotherapy markedly changed the management of Hodgkin lymphoma, establishing combined modality therapy as the standard of care for most patients with this disease. In response, significant interest has been shown in refining the delivery of radiation in the combined modality setting such that toxicity is minimized while still preserving disease control. An understanding of the way in which radiation treatment fields, prescription dose, and advanced technology have evolved to accomplish these goals is critical. Moreover, fluency in the clinical literature exploring contemporary questions, such as the omission of radiation and response-based treatment, is equally important. Knowledge of these topics will yield both an appreciation of the value of radiation in the combined modality setting and the ability to better customize treatment regimens to individual patients.

Target Audience

This activity has been designated to meet the educational needs of physicians and nurses involved in the management of patients with cancer.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the role of advanced radiation planning techniques in the treatment of patients with HL
  • Summarize the potential toxicities associated with the use of conventional RT
  • Discuss the data from clinical trials that have evaluated the feasibility of omission of RT based on mid-treatment PET imaging
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Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 Participation
  • 1.00 Nurse
  • 1.00 Physician
Course opens: 
05/13/2015
Course expires: 
05/13/2016
Cost:
$0.00

Amol K. Narang, MD
Department of Radiation Oncology & Molecular Radiation Sciences
The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins
Johns Hopkins Hospital
Baltimore, Maryland

Stephanie A. Terezakis, MD
Department of Radiation Oncology & Molecular Radiation Sciences
The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins
Johns Hopkins Hospital
Baltimore, Maryland

Available Credit

  • 1.00 Participation
  • 1.00 Nurse
  • 1.00 Physician

Accreditation Period

Course opens: 
05/13/2015
Course expires: 
05/13/2016

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Cost:
$0.00
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