New developments in arc radiation therapy: a review

Cancer Treat Rev. 2010 Aug;36(5):393-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ctrv.2010.01.004. Epub 2010 Feb 23.


Arc therapies have gained widespread clinical interest in radiation oncology over the past decade. Arc therapies have several potential advantages over standard techniques such as intensity-modulated radiation therapy, with implications for patients, administrators, and oncologists. This review focuses on the rationale for arc therapy, descriptions of the modern arc techniques that are currently clinically available, and highlights some distinguishing features of arc therapies, such as dose distributions, treatment times, and imaging capabilities. Arc therapies are exciting examples of progress in radiotherapy through technological innovation, aimed at ultimately improving the therapeutic ratio for patients receiving radiation.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Dose-Response Relationship, Radiation
  • Humans
  • Neoplasms / radiotherapy*
  • Radiotherapy, Intensity-Modulated / methods*
  • Treatment Outcome