Computed Tomotherapy (CT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Fusion on Radiation Treatment Planning for Patients With Cancer of the Cervix
Patients with more advanced stages of cervix cancer are treated by radiotherapy. Overall, more than 50% are cured. Approximately half of those patients not cured have current cancer in the irradiated volume. Higher doses of radiation would be expected to cure more patients. To give high doses of radiation safely, the investigators need to know very precisely where the cancer is and then they can use new technology available at the Cross Cancer Institute (tomotherapy) to target the cancer precisely, giving higher doses to the cancerous tissues and lower doses to the non-cancerous tissues.
This study of ten patients with cervical cancer will investigate the added value of MRI scanning on precise tumor definition to facilitate more accurate radiotherapy treatment planning. For this study, patients will be treated in the conventional way with conventional doses. The investigators hope that treatment for future patients will be planned with MRI data and that they will be treated to higher doses of tomotherapy.
|Study Design:||Observational Model: Case-Only
Time Perspective: Prospective
|Official Title:||To Assess the Feasibility and Impact of Computed Tomotherapy (CT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Fusion on Radiation Treatment Planning for Ten Patients With Cancer of the Cervix|
|Study Start Date:||November 2004|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||November 2005|