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J Korean Soc Ther Radiol Oncol > Volume 18(3); 2000 > Article
The Journal of the Korean Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology 2000;18(3): 167-176.
Advances in Radiation Oncology in New Millennium in Korea
Seung Jae Huh, Chan Il Park
1Department of Radiation Oncology, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
2Department of Therapeutic Radiology, Seoul National University, College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
The objective of recent radiation therapy is to improve the quality of treatment and the after- treatment quality of life. In Korea, sharing the same objective, significant advancement was made due to the gradual increase of patient number and rapid increase of treatment facilities. The advancement includes generalization of three-dimensional conformal radiotherapy (3D-CRT), application of linac-based stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), and furthermore, the introduction of intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT). Authors in this paper prospectively review the followings: the advancement of radiation oncology in Korea, the recent status of four-dimensional radiation therapy, IMRT, the concept of the treatment with biological conformity, the trend of combined chemoradiotherapy, the importance of internet and radiation oncology information management system as influenced by the revolution of information technology, and finally the global trend of telemedicine in radiation oncology. Additionally, we suggest the methods to improve radiotherapy treatment, which include improvement of quality assurance (QA) measures by developing Koreanized QA protocol and system, regional study about clinical protocol development for phase three clinical trial, suggestion of unified treatment protocol and guideline by academic or research societies, domestic generation of treatment equipment's or system, establishment of nationwide data base of radiation-oncology -related information,and finally patterns-of-care study about major cancers.
Key Words: Radiotherapy in Korea, Radiation oncology in new Millennium, New radiotherapy technique
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