Wednesday, March 3, 2010
QUANTEC Published - Replacing the 1991 Emami Paper
This week, as a supplement to the Red Journal, the results of the QUANTEC (Quantitative Analysis of Normal Tissue Effects in the Clinic) initiative are published. The second article in the supplement has a table that is sure to become the radiation oncology resident's best friend - a concise summation of the normal tissue constraints for sensitive normal tissues within the body. The remainder of the articles are concise discussions of specific organ systems and the response to radiation. As an update to the LENT-SOMA effort of the the mid to late 90s, these articles are an excellent reference, and truly, this effort should replace (with all due respect) the famed "Emami Paper" of 1991, which has guided normal tissue tolerance discussions for so long.