Undergraduate Summer Student Job Details

Gamma Knife Radiosurgery: Clinical outcomes of brain metastases
Samir Patel
Cross Cancer Institute, 11560 University Ave, Edmonton, AB
Background: Radiosurgery is the delivery of high-dose, highly-conformal ablative radiation therapy to well-defined targets. In the past two decades, radiosurgery has become an important treatment for brain metastases, replacing whole brain radiation therapy in selected cases due to lower risk of neurocognitive events, rapid delivery, and patient convenience.

Objectives: To document tumor control rates, acute- and late-term adverse events after treatment, and correlate patient, disease and treatment characteristics with clinical outcomes treated with radiosurgery at AHS.

Methods: Radiation therapy databases will be queried for patients treated with radiosurgery. Electronic medical records will be reviewed to collect data regarding patient characteristics, imaging characteristics, treatment characteristics (including dose, fractionation, conformity and selectivity), and outcomes (including local control, survival, adverse events, and quality-of-life).

Project length is negotiable. Expectation of 1-2 publications +/- national/international scientific meeting presentations.

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