Radiation treatment of endocrine tumors

Sunil Krishnan, Deepa Suresh, Robert L. Foote

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Radiation therapy (RT) is an integral component of the multidisciplinary management of a variety of endocrine neoplasia. Typical indications include unresectable or recurrent, benign or malignant tumors of the pituitary, thyroid and parathyroid glands. Typical doses administered over 5-7 weeks for benign tumors and malignant tumors are 45-50 Gy and 60-70 Gy, respectively. RT techniques employed in these treatments include 3D conformal, intensity modulated, stereotactic, and proton radiotherapy. RT is also beneficial in palliating bone metastases and preventing recurrence after complete resection of high-risk thyroid or parathyroid cancers, with adjacent organ invasion, nodal metastases and/or positive resection margins.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEndocrine Pathology
Subtitle of host publicationDifferential Diagnosis and Molecular Advances
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9781441910684
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010



  • Conformal
  • Intensity modulated
  • Keywords
  • Parathyroid
  • Pituitary
  • Proton beam therapy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Stereotactic
  • Thyroid

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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Krishnan, S., Suresh, D., & Foote, R. L. (2010). Radiation treatment of endocrine tumors. In Endocrine Pathology: Differential Diagnosis and Molecular Advances (pp. 567-579). Springer New York. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-1069-1_29