The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) recently released seven updated practice parameters for medical providers who use radiation therapy to treat patients with cancer. The updated practice parameters synthesize the clinical best practices that describe recommended procedures and considerations for the safe delivery of radiation in specific areas of clinical practice. The joint Practice Parameters and Technical Standards are available for download at astro.org/Patient-Care-and-Research/Clinical-Practice-Statements/Consensus-Documents.
Three practice parameters were developed jointly by ACR and ASTRO:
Four additional practice parameters, which focus on the medical use of specific radioactive sources, were developed in collaboration with the American College of Nuclear Medicine (ACNM), the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI), the American Brachytherapy Society (ABS), the Society for Pediatric Radiology (SPR), and the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR):
ACR and ASTRO previously issued joint practice parameters for proton-beam radiation therapy and radiation oncology in 2018 and for total-body irradiation in 2017.