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Defining organs in danger is a vital activity for radiation oncologists while aiming to optimize the advantage of radiation remedy, with supply of the utmost dose to the tumor quantity whereas sparing fit tissues. This ebook will turn out a useful advisor to the delineation of organs prone to toxicity in sufferers present process radiotherapy. the 1st and moment sections deal with the anatomy of organs in danger, talk about the pathophysiology of radiation-induced harm, and current dose constraints and techniques for goal quantity delineation. The 3rd part is dedicated to the radiological anatomy of organs in danger as obvious on regular radiotherapy making plans CT scans, as a way to aiding the radiation oncologist to acknowledge and delineate those organs for every anatomical zone – head and neck, mediastinum, stomach, and pelvis. The publication is meant either for younger radiation oncologists nonetheless in education and for his or her senior colleagues wishing to lessen intra-institutional diversifications in perform and thereby to standardize the definition of scientific goal volumes. ​

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Changes in tubular epithelium are evident 15–20 days from the beginning of radiation therapy. In the subacute period (from 6 to 12 months after radiotherapy), the following phenomena are to be observed from an anatomical and pathological perspective: intimal necrosis, fibrous subendothelial thickening, tubular atrophy, collagen replacement, and glomerular sclerosis. Late damage occurs from 1 to 5 years, and it is represented by phenomena associated with a reduction of the parenchymal component, resulting in atrophy and sclerosis of the organ.

The musles of the urogenital triangle are innervated by pudendal nerve branches; contraction of the striate sphincter muscle of the urethra determines the forced closing of the urethra itself, whereas that of the deep transverse perineal muscle determines the pelvic-floor resistance, creating tension in the tendinous center [29]. Pelvic-floor muscles are therefore involved in normal fecal and urination continence as well as in sexual functions. It was observed – for example, following external beam radiotherapy on the prostate – that such muscles are not equally exposed to radiation doses.

Standard or hypofractionation dose-escalation schemes may increase the risk of late esophageal toxicity in long-term survivors [19, 20]. 4–1 % of patients [21, 22]. Dysphagia and odynophagia, linked to the onset of mucositis, are the most common symptoms of esophageal radiation damage. Symptomatology severity is usually slight and shortlived, even though in some patients it may last weeks or months after the end of radiotherapy with consequent difficulty in feeding. Sometimes, reflex pain in the chest may occur [23].

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