Radiation biology is a primary concept underlying the practice of radiation oncology, and understanding the principles of radiation biology is essential for radiation oncologists to understand the effects of radiation therapy on the body. All radiation oncology residents are required to take a qualifying board exam on radiation biology. The study guide from the American Board of Radiology Qualifying Examination in Radiation and Cancer Biology is a comprehensive question and answer guide that provides guidance on the content that is tested on the exam. On this page, we have included high-yield radiation biology review lectures and two full radiation biology courses for radiation oncology residents to use in their studying on this topic.
The following lecture series from 2006 was provided courtesy of William McBride, PhD, DSc. The lectures cover core topics in radiobiology that are fundamental to radiotherapeutic management of cancer.