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Toxicity and health-related quality-of-life assessment in prostate radiotherapy
Department of Radiation Oncology, London Regional Cancer Program, London, Ontario, Canada
Aug  2007 (Vol.  14, Issue  4, Pages( 3608 - 3615)
PMID: 17784980


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  • The use of radiation therapy in the radical treatment of prostate cancer can lead to potential acute and long-term toxicity and health-related quality-of-life (HRQoL) changes. Ongoing investigation into dose-escalation, dose-per-fraction escalation, new radiation treatment technology/paradigms, and novel systemic therapy may have either positive and/or negative effects on normal tissue toxicity/HRQoL. Herein, common toxicity scales and HRQoL instruments that attempt to describe the deleterious effects of prostate radiation therapy are reviewed.