CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · Neurology International Open 2018; 2(02): E97-E107
DOI: 10.1055/s-0043-119528
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Modern Techniques of Radiation Therapy in the Treatment of Brain Tumors and Tumors of the Skull Base

Christian Diehl
Department of Radiation Oncology and Radiation Therapy, Technical University of Munich (TUM), München, Germany
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Stephanie E. Combs
Department of Radiation Oncology and Radiation Therapy, Technical University of Munich (TUM), München, Germany
Institute of Innovative Radiotherapy (iRT), Department of Radiation Sciences (DRS), Helmholtz Zentrum München, Oberschleißheim, Germany
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Publication Date:
04 April 2018 (online)

Abstract

Today the choice of radiation oncology technique and treatment concept is highly individualized. Modern techniques enable the use of high local doses with significant sparing of normal tissue. This has significantly improved the therapeutic window. Molecular markers guide therapy decisions within the interdisciplinary context, for primary as well as secondary brain tumors. Skull base tumors benefit from highly precise radiation techniques; often, radiation therapy can be seen as a treatment alternative to surgery in this region.