Focused Issue on The Role of Radiation Therapy in Palliative Oncology

Posted On 2019-06-20 16:00:25



This focused issue on “The Role of Radiation Therapy in Palliative Oncology” is edited by Dr. Tracy Balboni, from Department of Radiation Oncology, Harvard Medical School; Supportive and Palliative Radiation Oncology Service, Dana-Farber Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center, Boston, MA, USA; Dr. Yolanda D Tseng, from Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Washington, WA, USA; and Dr. Simon S. Lo, from Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA, USA.

Dr. Tracy Balboni holds degrees from Stanford University, Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health.  She currently serves as an Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology at Harvard Medical School, and acts as Director of the Supportive and Palliative Radiation Oncology Service at the Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center – a service dedicated to the palliative oncology care needs of advanced cancer patients. Dr. Balboni’s primary research interests are located at the intersection of oncology, palliative care, and the role of psychosocial-spiritual factors in the experience of life-threatening illness.

Dr. Yolanda D Tseng is a radiation oncologist and assistant professor at the University of Washington and an affiliate investigator at the Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center. Her clinical practice focuses on patients with hematologic malignancies and central nervous system tumors, in addition to the advanced cancer patients requiring palliative radiotherapy. As a clinical researcher in lymphoma and palliative radiotherapy, her primary focus is on questions that inform therapeutic decisions in daily clinical practice.

Dr. Simon S. Lo is Professor and Vice Chair for Strategic Planning of Radiation Oncology, Professor of Neurological Surgery and Director of Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy at University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle, WA. Dr. Lo is currently the chair of the American College of Radiology-American Radium Society Appropriateness Use Committee in Bone Metastasis and the radiation oncology track co-chair for RSNA refresher course, and is an expert in brain and spinal tumors, stereotactic radiosurgery and stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT). He is also the President Elect for CARROS of American College of Radiology (ACR).

Focused issue outline:

  1. Preface to This Focused Issue
    Tracy Balboni, Department of Radiation Oncology, Harvard Medical School; Radiation Oncology, Dana-Farber Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center, Boston, MC, USA
    Yolanda D Tseng, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Washington, WA USA, USA
    Simon S. Lo, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA, USA
  2. Immunotherapy and Radiotherapy for Metastatic Cancers
    Jonathan Schoenfeld, Department of Radiation Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA
  3. STAT RT: A Prospective Phase II Clinical Trial of Scan-Plan-QA-Treat SBRT
    Paul Read, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA
  4. Radiation Oncology Resident Education in Palliative Care
    Randy Wei, Memorial Radiation Oncology Medical Group, Long Beach, California, USA
  5. Defining the Radiation Oncologist's Role in Palliative Care and Radiotherapy
    Tai Chung Lam, Department of Clinical Oncology Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
  6. Palliative Radiation Oncology Programs: Design, Build, Succeed!
    Candice Johnstone, Department of Radiation Oncology, Medical College of Wisconsin, Wauwatosa, WI, USA
  7. Global Palliative Radiotherapy: A Framework to Improve Access in Resource-constrained Settings
    Shekinah Elmore, Harvard Radiation Oncology Program, Boston, MA, USA
    Danielle Rodin, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  8. Communication Skill Frameworks: Applications in Radiation Oncology
    Kavita Dharmarajan, Departments of Radiation Oncology and Palliative Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY, USA
  9. Palliative Radiotherapy: History, Recent Advances, and Future Directions
    Stephen Lutz, Eastern Woods Radiation Oncology, Blanchard Valley Health Organization, Findlay, OH, USA
  10. Palliative Radiation Oncology in Pediatric Patients
    Ralph Ermoian, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA
    Stephanie Terezakis, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA
  11. Ethical Issues in Patients Referred for Palliative Radiation Therapy
    Divya Yerramilli, Department of Radiation Oncology, Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center Boston, MA, USA
  12. Translational and Basic Science Opportunities in Palliative Care and Radiation Oncology*and/or Systemic Therapy and Palliative RT: To Combine or not to Combine?
    Mai Anh Huynh, Harvard Radiation Oncology Program, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA, USA
    Alex Spektor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center, Boston, MA, USA
  13. Advanced Radiotherapy for Metastatic Disease – a Major Stride or a Futile Effort?
    Joshua Jones, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, USA
    Simon Lo, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA, USA