Walter and Miller

Walter and Miller's Textbook of Radiotherapy: Radiation Physics, Therapy and Oncology

A comprehensive textbook of radiotherapy and related radiation physics and oncology for use by all those concerned with the uses of radiation and cytotoxic drugs in the treatment of patients with malignant disease. Walter & Miller's Textbook of Radiotherapy has become the core text for therapeutic radiography students and an important introductory text for trainee radiologists and clinical physicists. The book is divided into two parts: the first covers underlying principles of physics, and the second is a systematic review by tumour site concentrating on the role of radiotherapy in the treatment of malignant disease and setting its use in context with chemotherapy and surgery.

The 7th edition continues the tradition of bringing the physics and clinical application of radiation for therapy together at entry level and is completely revised to take into account the huge technological advances in radiotherapy treatment since publication of the previous edition.

Radiotherapy undergraduates, trainee Medical Technical Officers, trainee radiologists and practising radiographers.


Published: June 2012

Imprint: Churchill Livingstone

ISBN: 978-0-7020-4662-9


  • "This updated text reflects the significant changes to practice that have been witness since the last edition was published...A strength of Walter and Miller's textbook has always been that it logically orders the information it provides. readers will be pleased to see that this strategy has not been lost in this edition, with clear descriptions of anatomy, pathology, diagnosis, staging and treatment ...This seventh edition is likely to remain a 'must buy' for student radiographers...In these austere times where students will think carefully about the book purchases they make, Walter and Miller's Textbook of Radiotherapy is likely to fit this niche market and support the studies of the next generation of radiotherapy professionals."

    Radiotherapy, May 2012


    "The book is divided into two parts...The first section provides a reasonable introduction to the basic principles of radiation physics...The second section consists of general overviews of a number of tumor types with a radiotherapy slant...This is an updated edition of a well-known textbook which brings together some useful information for those new to the field of radiotherapy."

    RAD Magazine, Aug 2012 


  • Section 1

    1. Atoms, nuclei and radioactivity

    2. Radiation interactions with matter

    3. Radiation measurement and detection

    4. Radiation protection

    5. Imaging with X-ray, MRI and ultrasound

    6. Imaging with radionuclides

    7. Therapy with unsealed radionuclides

    8. Radiotherapy beam production

    9. Radiation treatment planning: immobilisation, localisation and verification techniques

    10. Principles and practice of radiation treatment planning

    11. Brachytherapy

    12. Networking, data and image handling and computing in radiotherapy

    13. Quality control in radiotherapy

    14. Quality management in radiotherapy

    Section 2

    15. Epidemiology of cancer, screening, etc

    16. Biological and pathological introduction

    17. Molecular, cellular and tissue effects of radiotherapy

    18. Principles and management of patients with cancer

    19. Chemotherapy and hormones

    20. Skin and lip cancer

    21. Nasopharyngeal carcinoma

    22. Head and neck cancer - general principles

    23. Thyroid cancer

    24. Gastro-intestinal cancer

    25. Tumours of the thorax

    26. Breast cancer

    27. Gynaecological cancer

    28. Kidney, bladder, prostate, testis, urethra, penis

    29. Lymphoma and disease of bone marrow

    30. Tumours of the central nervous system

    31. Eye and orbit

    32. Sarcomas

    33. Paediatric oncology

    34. Care of patients during radiotherapy

    35. Medical complications of malignant disease


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