Failure of a 3D conformal boost to improve radiotherapy for nasopharyngeal carcinoma
Combined Modality Therapy
The lack of a major benefit with the 3D boost may be related to the fact that CT planning was only used for a fraction of the total dose. We are now using intensity modulated radiation therapy to deliver the entire course of radiation. Intensity modulated radiation therapy achieves better conformal distributions than conventional 3D planning, allowing dose escalation and increased normal tissue sparing.