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Advances in personalized radiotherapy

Guest Editors:
Venkata SK. Manem: University of Quebec at Trois-Rivières, Canada
Farzad Taghizadeh-Hesary: Iran University of Medical Sciences, Iran

BMC Cancer has published this Collection on advances in personalized radiotherapy. We welcomed studies that aimed to improve clinical outcomes following radiotherapy by the personalization of treatment as well as a further understanding of radiosensitivity and the development of biomarkers.

Meet the Guest Editors

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Venkata SK. Manem: University of Quebec at Trois-Rivières, Canada

Dr. Venkata Manem is a Principal Investigator at the Centre de Recherche du CHU de Québec - Université Laval and an Assistant Professor (under grant) in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at the Université du Québec à Trois Rivières. He is an FRQS Junior 1 scholar in Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Digital Health. Trained as an Applied Mathematician, he obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo and subsequently completed his postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School & Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston) and at the Princess Margaret Cancer Center (Toronto). He later worked as a Bioinformatics researcher at the Quebec Heart & Lung Institute Research Center (Quebec). Dr. Manem’s research expertise is to employ AI and statistical tools with the aim to develop data-driven diagnostic and predictive biomarkers by integrating multimodal datasets from various sources. He has extensive experience in translational research and has worked on several computational biology projects to develop a novel class of multimodal biomarkers for improving the clinical management of cancer.  

Farzad Taghizadeh-Hesary: Iran University of Medical Sciences, Iran

Farzad Taghizadeh-Hesary, M.D., is an Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology at the Iran University of Medical Sciences (IUMS). His familiarity with the research methodologies has enabled him to conduct various research types, such as meta-analysis, systematic review, clinical trial, and prospective and retrospective studies. His areas of expertise are radiation oncology, radiation biology, medical oncology, and cancer biology. Now, he serves as an Editorial Board member for BMC Cancer, PLOS ONE, Medicine, BMC Research Notes, Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention, Human Gene, Journal of Medical Case Reports, and the Guest Editor of Human Gene.

About the collection

BMC Cancer has published this Collection on advances in personalized radiotherapy. We welcomed studies that aimed to improve clinical outcomes following radiotherapy by the personalization of treatment as well as a further understanding of radiosensitivity and the development of biomarkers.

Radiotherapy (RT) is a mainstay of cancer treatment. The tumor response to the RT is heterogeneous, from a complete response to even disease progression during radiation. This issue urges understanding factors mediating different RT responses in different individuals. This approach has evolved into a discipline in Oncology called Personalized Radiotherapy. This discipline aims to modulate the RT intensity, schedule, and concomitant treatments to improve the therapeutic index. In recent years, technological advances and the increased use of combined-modality RT, such as chemoradiotherapy and immunoradiotherapy, have improved clinical outcomes. Improvements in imaging technologies have led to the field of radiomics and the use of its potential to improve theranostic objectives. Alongside radiomics, genomics, proteomics, and metabolomics are also all accelerating the discovery of predictive biomarkers of radiosensitivity and treatment efficacy as well as adverse events and toxicity. The increased integration of biomarkers from various high-dimensional data modalities and combination of RT with other systemic treatments such as immunotherapy and targeted therapeutics, as well as a better understanding of tumor heterogeneity and the effect of the tumor microenvironment, offers the true promise of personalized radiotherapy.

In recognition of the multidisciplinary research needs to improve personalized radiotherapy further, BMC Cancer has published a collection on this subject. Topics of interest included, but were not limited to, the following:

  • Development of radiosensitizing agents
  • Use of machine learning to develop/modify treatment plans
  • Genomic signatures of radiation sensitivity
  • Radiomics biomarkers
  • Biology and effect of tumor microenvironment on radiation sensitivity
  • Use of radiotracers and PET-CT imaging to identify an area of active tumor growth and metabolism
  • Individualization of radiation and systemic treatment sequencing
  • Improvement of imaging changes in tumor and anatomy changes
  • Radiotherapy as adjuvants for personalized immunotherapy and targeted therapeutics
  • Use of hypoxia-targeted interventions to improve treatment outcomes
  • Targeted anti-mitochondrial treatments to improve therapeutic index

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  1. Radiotherapy is a mainstay of cancer treatment. The clinical response to radiotherapy is heterogeneous, from a complete response to early progression. Recent studies have explored the importance of patient cha...

    Authors: Venkata SK. Manem and Farzad Taghizadeh-Hesary
    Citation: BMC Cancer 2024 24:556
  2. For patients with early-stage cervical cancer without high-risk factors, there is no consensus regarding the optimal postoperative treatment regimen and whether postoperative concurrent radiochemotherapy (CCRT...

    Authors: Yuncan Zhou, Weiping Wang, Jia Tang, Ke Hu and Fuquan Zhang
    Citation: BMC Cancer 2024 24:548
  3. While surgical resection remains the primary treatment approach for symptomatic or growing meningiomas, radiotherapy represents an auspicious alternative in patients with meningiomas not safely amenable to sur...

    Authors: Maximilian Y. Deng, Amanda Salviano da Silva, Pauline Carlotta Göller, Laila König, Henning Schäfer, Cecile Maire, Adriane Lentz-Hommertgen, Thomas Held, Sebastian Regnery, Tanja Eichkorn, Florian Stritzke, Lukas Bauer, Daniel Schnell, Klaus Herfarth, Andreas von Deimling, Sandro Krieg…
    Citation: BMC Cancer 2024 24:449
  4. Soft tissue sarcomas (STS), have significant inter- and intra-tumoral heterogeneity, with poor response to standard neoadjuvant radiotherapy (RT). Achieving a favorable pathologic response (FPR ≥ 95%) from RT ...

    Authors: Arash O. Naghavi, J. M. Bryant, Youngchul Kim, Joseph Weygand, Gage Redler, Austin J. Sim, Justin Miller, Kaitlyn Coucoules, Lauren Taylor Michael, Warren E. Gloria, George Yang, Stephen A. Rosenberg, Kamran Ahmed, Marilyn M. Bui, Evita B. Henderson-Jackson, Andrew Lee…
    Citation: BMC Cancer 2024 24:437
  5. Prophylactic cranial irradiation (PCI) is part of standard care in limited-stage small cell lung cancer (SCLC) at present. As evidence from retrospective studies increases, the benefits of PCI for limited-stag...

    Authors: Mengyuan Chen, Runhua Li, Yue Kong, Lei Shi, Jing Wang, Yuezhen Wang, Yujin Xu, Yongling Ji and Xiao Hu
    Citation: BMC Cancer 2024 24:429
  6. Radiotherapy (RT) is an effective and available local treatment for patients with refractory or relapsed (R/R) aggressive B-cell lymphomas. However, the value of hypofractionated RT in this setting has not bee...

    Authors: Cheng Huang, Tian-Lan Tang, Yan-Yan Qiu, Yu-Ping Lin, Si-Lin Chen, Rui-Zhi Zhao, Gui-Qing Shi, Si-Qin Liao, Jin-Hua Chen, Hai-Ying Fu, Jian-Zhi Liu, Ben-Hua Xu, Ting-Bo Liu and Yong Yang
    Citation: BMC Cancer 2024 24:72
  7. Although substantial efforts have been made to build molecular biomarkers to predict radiation sensitivity, the ability to accurately stratify the patients is still limited. In this study, we aim to leverage l...

    Authors: Alona Kolnohuz, Leyla Ebrahimpour, Sevinj Yolchuyeva and Venkata S. K. Manem
    Citation: BMC Cancer 2024 24:2
  8. Extracellular vesicles (EVs) hold promise for improving our understanding of radiotherapy response in glioblastoma due to their role in intercellular communication within the tumour microenvironment (TME). How...

    Authors: Stephen David Robinson, Mark Samuels, William Jones, Duncan Gilbert, Giles Critchley and Georgios Giamas
    Citation: BMC Cancer 2023 23:939

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The Guest Editors have no competing interests with the submissions which they handle through the peer review process. The peer review of any submissions for which the Guest Editors have competing interests is handled by another Editorial Board Member who has no competing interests.