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Profile of European proton and carbon ion therapy centers assessed by the EORTC facility questionnaire
ETH Domain, Paul Scherrer Inst, Ctr Proton Therapy, CH-5232 Villigen, Switzerland.;EORTC, RTQA Strateg Comm, Brussels, Belgium..
EORTC HQ, Brussels, Belgium..
ETH Domain, Paul Scherrer Inst, Ctr Proton Therapy, CH-5232 Villigen, Switzerland..
Clatterbridge Canc Ctr, Eye Proton therapy Ctr, Bebington, England..
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2017 (English)In: Radiotherapy and Oncology, ISSN 0167-8140, E-ISSN 1879-0887, Vol. 124, no 2, p. 185-189Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: We performed a survey using the modified EORTC Facility questionnaire (pFQ) to evaluate the human, technical and organizational resources of particle centers in Europe.

Material and methods: The modified pFQ consisted of 235 questions distributed in 11 sections accessible on line on an EORTC server. Fifteen centers from 8 countries completed the pFQ between May 2015 and December 2015.

Results: The average number of patients treated per year and per particle center was 221 (range, 40-557). The majority (66.7%) of centers had pencil beam or raster scanning capability. Four (27%) centers were dedicated to eye treatment only. An increase in the patients-health professional FTE ratio was observed for eye tumor only centers when compared to other centers. All centers treated routinely chordomas/-chondrosarcomas, brain tumors and sarcomas but rarely breast cancer. The majority of centers treated pediatric cases with particles. Only a minority of the queried institutions treated non-static targets.

Conclusions: As the number of particle centers coming online will increase, the experience with this treatment modality will rise in Europe. Children can currently be treated in these facilities in a majority of cases. The majority of these centers provide state of the art particle beam therapy.

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2017. Vol. 124, no 2, p. 185-189
Keywords [en]
Proton therapy, Carbon ion therapy, Survey, Pencil beam scanning, Eye tumors, EORTC
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Cancer and Oncology Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Medical Imaging
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-335753DOI: 10.1016/j.radonc.2017.07.012ISI: 000411305300001PubMedID: 28764925OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-335753DiVA, id: diva2:1163861
Available from: 2017-12-08 Created: 2017-12-08 Last updated: 2017-12-08Bibliographically approved

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