Ms. Sherry Connors is currently appointed as Clinical Professor in the Division of Medical Physics in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry.
ResearchBreast RT Treatment Techniques
There has been a resurgence of interest in the irradiation of internal mammary lymph nodes for the treatment of breast cancer. Irradiation of the internal mammary nodes in conjunction with chemotherapy treatment has been shown to increase survival for pre-menopausal breast cancer patients. The treatment of the breast, supraclavicular, axillary and intra-mammary
nodes is a highly complex and challenging treatment planning problem. Traditional techniques utilizing 4, 5 & 6 radiation portals may unnecessarily irradiate critical structures such as lung and heart. Our center
has treated many patients using the wide tangent mono-isocentric
breast technique, the focus of a National Cancer Institute of Canada (NCIC) protocol, MA 20.Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy for Breast
Intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) uses computer optimization to determine the fluence profile of each beam such that the combination of all beams will provide a dose distribution that meets predefined sets of conditions. The breast is an ideal site for the use of IMRT as it may significantly lessen the irradiation of heart and lung and deposit the radiation dose more specifically to the target volume.Orthovoltage Dosimetry
Acceptance testing and complete commissioning of any treatment machine is
a major responsibility for medical physicists. An extended analysis of beam parameters for the orthovoltage machine Pantax
300DXT revealed manufacturing defects for this machine. Given that many units are clinically implemented using published data, a systematic commissioning procedure is recommended for all treatment machines of this type using appropriate dosimeters. Collation of precise treatment data is critical for the treatment of a variety of sites in ordinary clinical practice.
Member Canadian College Physicists in Medicine
- College Of Physicists In Medicine
Master of Science
- McGill University
Bachelor of Science
- University Of Western Ontario