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Open Access Commentary

Ten years of progress in radiation oncology

Dirk Vordermark

Author Affiliations

Department of Radiation Oncology, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Halle (Saale), Germany

BMC Cancer 2011, 11:503  doi:10.1186/1471-2407-11-503

Published: 30 November 2011


Over the last decade, BMC Cancer has continuously published important research from the field of radiation oncology. Major developments in this field include the introduction of new imaging modalities into radiotherapy planning, the availability of hardware and software for more precise delivery of radiation dose, the individualization of radiotherapy concepts, for example, based on microarray data, and the combination of radiotherapy with molecular targeting approaches to overcome the radioresistance of tumor cells.