A Multidisciplinary Consensus Recommendation on a Synoptic Radiation Treatment Summary: A Commission on Cancer Workgroup Report

John P. Christodouleas, Nathan Anderson, Peter Gabriel, Rick Greene, Carol Hahn, Susanne Kessler, Charles S. Mayo, Todd McNutt, Lawrence N. Shulman, Benjamin D. Smith, Jeff West, Ted Williamson

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Purpose: The radiation treatment summary provides a clinical and technical overview of a patient's full course of radiation therapy. Despite its importance to multiple stakeholders, there is no widely followed radiation treatment summary template. Methods and Materials: The Commission on Cancer convened a multistakeholder workgroup to develop a synoptic radiation treatment summary template. The workgroup included individuals with expertise in radiation, medical and surgical oncology, medical physics, oncology informatics, cancer registry, electronic medical record systems, treatment planning systems, and registry information systems. The workgroup iterated a template until consensus was achieved. Results: The consensus radiation treatment summary template is divided into 3 sections that allows for a mix of structured and free text. The first section, “Radiation Course Summary,” is meant to provide information that is of broad interest and in a manner that is potentially accessible to patients, their families, and nononcology-trained care team members. The second section, “Anatomic Target Summary,” provides information that is potentially useful to oncology-trained care team members who will be primarily interested in which anatomies were irradiated, by what modality, and to what cumulative dose. The third section, “Delivered Prescriptions,” summarizes technical information that is primarily of interest and accessible to radiation oncology-trained clinicians, registrars, and researchers. Conclusions: We have proposed a consensus template with 3 sections to meet the needs of a diverse set of consumers. We recommend that providers, professional societies, and accreditation bodies with interest in the radiation treatment summary continue collaborative efforts to test, iterate, and drive adoption of a synoptic template.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)389-401
Number of pages13
JournalPractical Radiation Oncology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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