Associate Professor Michael Back

Director of Radiation Oncology, Northern Sydney Cancer Centre, Royal North Shore Hospital
Medicine, Northern Clinical School

Telephone +61 2 9926 5010

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Book Chapters

  • Back, M. (2008). Cutaneous Malignant Meleanoma. In J J Lu, L W Brady (Eds.), Cutaneous Malignant Meleanoma, (pp. 513-528). Germany: Springer.

Journals

  • Gzell, C., Wheeler, H., Guo, L., Kastelan, M., Back, M. (2014). Employment following chemoradiotherapy in glioblastoma: a prospective case series. Journal of Cancer Survivorship, 8(1), 108-113. [More Information]
  • Acharya, U., Cox, J., Rinks, M., Gaur, P., Back, M. (2013). Ability of radiation therapists to assess radiation-induced skin toxicity. Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology, 57(3), 373-377. [More Information]
  • Johnston, M., Guo, L., Back, M., Guminski, A., Lee, A., Hanna, C., Veivers, D., Wignall, A., Eade, T. (2013). Intensity-modulated radiotherapy using simultaneous-integrated boost for definitive treatment of locally advanced mucosal head and neck cancer: Outcomes from a single-institution series. Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology, 57(3), 356-363. [More Information]
  • Thompson, A., Cone, R., Gao, H., Hammond, E., Fraser, D., Back, M. (2012). Is advanced age a barrier to effective cancer treatment? The experience of nonagenarians receiving radiation therapy. Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology, 8(3), 255-259. [More Information]
  • Wong, S., Kaur, A., Back, M., Lee, K., Baggarley, S., Lu, J. (2011). An ultrasonographic evaluation of skin thickness in breast cancer patients after postmastectomy radiation therapy. Radiation Oncology, 6(9), 9-1-9-9. [More Information]
  • Johnston, M., Clifford, S., Bromley, R., Back, M., Oliver, L., Eade, T. (2011). Volumetric-modulated Arc Therapy in Head and Neck Radiotherapy: A Planning Comparison using Simultaneous Integrated Boost for Nasopharynx and Oropharynx Carcinoma. Clinical Oncology, 23(8), 503-511. [More Information]
  • Bell, L., Oliver, L., Vial, P., Eade, T., Rinks, M., Hammond, E., Morgan, G., Back, M., Wiltshire, K. (2010). Implementation of an image-guided radiation therapy program: Lessons learnt and future challenges. Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology, 54(1), 82-89. [More Information]
  • Shi, J., Cox, J., Atyeo, J., Loh, Y., Choung, W., Back, M. (2009). Clinician and therapist perceptions on radiation therapist-led treatment reviews in radiation oncology practice. Radiotherapy and Oncology, 89(3), 361-367. [More Information]
  • Back, M., Oliver, L., Bromley, R., Eade, T. (2008). Multicentre quality assurance of intensity-modulated radiotherapy planning: beware the benchmarker. Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology, 52(2), 197. [More Information]
  • Leong, C., Chung, H., Lee, K., Shakespeare, T., Mukherjee, R., Wong, L., Lu, J., Tey, J., Lim, R., So, J., Back, M. (2008). Outcomes of adjuvant chemoradiotherapy after a radical gastrectomy and a D2 node dissection for gastric adenocarcinoma. CA-a Cancer Journal for Clinicians, 14(4), 269-275. [More Information]
  • Lim, S., Back, M., Quek, E., Iau, P., Putti, T., Wong, J. (2007). Clinical observations from a breast cancer registry in Asian women. World Journal of Surgery, 31(7), 1387-1392. [More Information]
  • Shakespeare, T., Tang, J., Shen, L., Lu, J., Mukherjee, R., Lee, K., Wynne, C., Back, M. (2007). Does the implementation of radiation oncology outpatient infection control measures adversely affect patient satisfaction with doctor-patient interaction? Singapore Medical Journal, 48(3), 246-251. [More Information]
  • Back, M., Ang, E., Ng, W., See, S., Lim, C., Chan, S., Yeo, T. (2007). Improved median survival for glioblastoma multiforme following introduction of adjuvant temozolomide chemotherapy. Annals of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore (AAMS), 36(5), 338-342. [More Information]
  • Back, M., Ang, E., Ng, W., See, S., Lim, C., Tay, L., Yeo, T. (2007). Improvements in quality of care resulting from a formal multidisciplinary tumour clinic in the management of high-grade glioma. Annals of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore (AAMS), 36(5), 347-351. [More Information]
  • Lee, K., Tsou, I., Wong, S., Yu, C., Ming, Z., Loh, Y., Shakespeare, T., Mukherjee, R., Back, M. (2007). Metastatic spinal cord compression as an oncology emergency: getting our act together. International Journal for Quality in Health Care, 19(6), 377-381. [More Information]
  • Back, M., Baggarley, S., Park, E., Wei, R. (2007). Optimising radiation therapy techniques for tumours of the central nervous system. Annals of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore (AAMS), 36(5), 332-337. [More Information]
  • Tey, J., Back, M., Shakespeare, T., Mukherjee, R., Lu, J., Lee, K., Wong, L., Leong, C., Zhu, M. (2007). The role of palliative radiation therapy in symptomatic locally advanced gastric cancer. International Journal of Radiation: Oncology - Biology - Physics, 67(2), 385-388. [More Information]
  • Leong, C., Shakespeare, T., Mukherjee, R., Back, M., Lee, K., Lu, J., Wynne, C., Lim, K., Tang, J., Zhang, X. (2006). Efficacy of an integrated continuing medical education (CME) and quality improvement (QI) program on radiation oncologist (RO) clinical practice. International Journal of Radiation: Oncology - Biology - Physics, 66(5), 1457-1460. [More Information]
  • Shakespeare, T., Back, M., Lu, J., Lee, K., Mukherjee, R. (2006). External audit of clinical practice and medical decision making in a new Asian oncology center: results and implications for both developing and developed nations. International Journal of Radiation: Oncology - Biology - Physics, 64(3), 941-947. [More Information]
  • Lee, K., Park, E., Back, M. (2006). Intensity-modulated radiation therapy: A breakthrough treatment for nasopharynx cancer. Medical Grapevine, 1, 18-19.
  • Shakespeare, T., Lim, K., Back, M., Mukherjee, R., Lu, J. (2006). Phase II study of the American Brachytherapy Society guidelines for the use of high-dose rate brachytherapy in the treatment of cervical carcinoma: Is 45-50.4 Gy radiochemotherapy plus 31.8 Gy in six fractions high-dose rate brachytherapy tolerable? International Journal Of Gynecological Cancer, 16(1), 277-282. [More Information]
  • Lu, J., Back, M. (2006). Therapy for small-cell lung cancer (SCLC):current status and advances. China Oncology, 16(8), 609-614.
  • Xu, M., See, S., Ng, W., Arul, E., Back, M., Yeo, T., Lim, C. (2005). Comparison of magnetic resonance spectroscopy and perfusion-weighted imaging in presurgical grading of oligodendroglial tumors. Neurosurgery, 56(5), 919-924. [More Information]
  • Hood, C., Kron, T., Hamilton, C., Callan, S., Howlett, S., Alvaro, F., Back, M. (2005). Correlation of 3D-planned and measured dosimetry of photon and electron craniospinal radiation in a pediatric anthropomorphic phantom. Radiotherapy and Oncology, 77(1), 111-116. [More Information]
  • Shakespeare, T., Mukherjee, R., Lu, J., Lee, K., Back, M. (2005). Evaluation of an audit with feedback continuing medical education program for radiation oncologists. Journal of Cancer Education, 20(4), 216-221. [More Information]
  • Back, M., Huak, C. (2005). Family centred decision making and non-disclosure of diagnosis in a South East Asian oncology practice. Psycho-Oncology: journal of the psychological, social and behavioral dimensions of cancer, 14(2), 1052-1059. [More Information]
  • Tang, J., Back, M., Shakespeare, T., Lu, J., Mukherjee, R., Wynne, C., Liang, S. (2005). Interpreting the improved outcome of patients with central nervous system metastases managed in clinical trials compared with standard hospital practice. Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology, 49(5), 390-395. [More Information]
  • Tang, J., Shakespeare, T., Zhang, X., Lu, J., Liang, S., Wynne, C., Mukherjee, R., Back, M. (2005). Patient satisfaction with doctor-patient interaction in a radiotherapy centre during the severe acute respiratory syndrome outbreak. Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology, 49(4), 304-311. [More Information]
  • Shakespeare, T., Mukherjee, R., Lu, J., Wynne, C., Kumar, M., Back, M. (2004). A comparison of RANZCR and Singapore-designed radiation oncology practice audit instruments: How does reproducibility affect future approaches to revalidation? Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology, 48(2), 195-203. [More Information]
  • Lim, K., Lu, J., Wynne, C., Back, M., Mukherjee, R., Razvi, K., Shakespeare, T. (2004). A study of complications arising from different methods of anesthesia used in high-dose-rate brachytherapy for cervical cancer. American Journal of Clinical Oncology, 27(5), 449-451. [More Information]
  • Lu, J., Shakespeare, T., Goh, B., Eu Tiong, C., Back, M., Mukherjee, R., Wynne, C., Tan, K. (2004). Adjuvant High-Dose Rate Brachytherapy after Chemoradiation for Treatment of Early T-Stage Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma. American Journal of Clinical Oncology, 27(2), 132-135. [More Information]
  • Shakespeare, T., Back, M., Lu, J., Wynne, C., Bloomfield, L. (2004). Design of an internationally accredited radiation oncology resident training program incorporating novel educational models. International Journal of Radiation: Oncology - Biology - Physics, 59(4), 1157-1162. [More Information]
  • Chung, H., Shakespeare, T., Wynne, C., Lu, J., Mukherjee, R., Back, M. (2004). Evaluation of a radiotherapy protocol based on INT0116 for completely resected gastric adenocarcinoma. International Journal of Radiation: Oncology - Biology - Physics, 59(5), 1446-1453. [More Information]
  • Back, M., Guerrieri, M., Wratten, C., Steigler, A. (2004). Impact of radiation therapy on acute toxicity in breast conservation therapy for early breast cancer. Clinical Oncology, 16(1), 12-16. [More Information]
  • Shakespeare, T., Lu, J., Back, M., Liang, S., Mukherjee, R., Wynne, C. (2003). Patient Preference for Radiotherapy Fractionation Schedule in the Palliation of Painful Bone Metastases. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 21(11), 2156-2162. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Short (nee Rybovic), M., Morgan, G., Back, M., Banati, R., Cox, J. (2009). Thyroid gland radiation dose and changes in thyroid function after breast cancer radiation therapy. Combined Scientific Meeting, Australia.

2014

  • Gzell, C., Wheeler, H., Guo, L., Kastelan, M., Back, M. (2014). Employment following chemoradiotherapy in glioblastoma: a prospective case series. Journal of Cancer Survivorship, 8(1), 108-113. [More Information]

2013

  • Acharya, U., Cox, J., Rinks, M., Gaur, P., Back, M. (2013). Ability of radiation therapists to assess radiation-induced skin toxicity. Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology, 57(3), 373-377. [More Information]
  • Johnston, M., Guo, L., Back, M., Guminski, A., Lee, A., Hanna, C., Veivers, D., Wignall, A., Eade, T. (2013). Intensity-modulated radiotherapy using simultaneous-integrated boost for definitive treatment of locally advanced mucosal head and neck cancer: Outcomes from a single-institution series. Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology, 57(3), 356-363. [More Information]

2012

  • Thompson, A., Cone, R., Gao, H., Hammond, E., Fraser, D., Back, M. (2012). Is advanced age a barrier to effective cancer treatment? The experience of nonagenarians receiving radiation therapy. Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology, 8(3), 255-259. [More Information]

2011

  • Wong, S., Kaur, A., Back, M., Lee, K., Baggarley, S., Lu, J. (2011). An ultrasonographic evaluation of skin thickness in breast cancer patients after postmastectomy radiation therapy. Radiation Oncology, 6(9), 9-1-9-9. [More Information]
  • Johnston, M., Clifford, S., Bromley, R., Back, M., Oliver, L., Eade, T. (2011). Volumetric-modulated Arc Therapy in Head and Neck Radiotherapy: A Planning Comparison using Simultaneous Integrated Boost for Nasopharynx and Oropharynx Carcinoma. Clinical Oncology, 23(8), 503-511. [More Information]

2010

  • Bell, L., Oliver, L., Vial, P., Eade, T., Rinks, M., Hammond, E., Morgan, G., Back, M., Wiltshire, K. (2010). Implementation of an image-guided radiation therapy program: Lessons learnt and future challenges. Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology, 54(1), 82-89. [More Information]

2009

  • Shi, J., Cox, J., Atyeo, J., Loh, Y., Choung, W., Back, M. (2009). Clinician and therapist perceptions on radiation therapist-led treatment reviews in radiation oncology practice. Radiotherapy and Oncology, 89(3), 361-367. [More Information]
  • Short (nee Rybovic), M., Morgan, G., Back, M., Banati, R., Cox, J. (2009). Thyroid gland radiation dose and changes in thyroid function after breast cancer radiation therapy. Combined Scientific Meeting, Australia.

2008

  • Back, M. (2008). Cutaneous Malignant Meleanoma. In J J Lu, L W Brady (Eds.), Cutaneous Malignant Meleanoma, (pp. 513-528). Germany: Springer.
  • Back, M., Oliver, L., Bromley, R., Eade, T. (2008). Multicentre quality assurance of intensity-modulated radiotherapy planning: beware the benchmarker. Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology, 52(2), 197. [More Information]
  • Leong, C., Chung, H., Lee, K., Shakespeare, T., Mukherjee, R., Wong, L., Lu, J., Tey, J., Lim, R., So, J., Back, M. (2008). Outcomes of adjuvant chemoradiotherapy after a radical gastrectomy and a D2 node dissection for gastric adenocarcinoma. CA-a Cancer Journal for Clinicians, 14(4), 269-275. [More Information]

2007

  • Lim, S., Back, M., Quek, E., Iau, P., Putti, T., Wong, J. (2007). Clinical observations from a breast cancer registry in Asian women. World Journal of Surgery, 31(7), 1387-1392. [More Information]
  • Shakespeare, T., Tang, J., Shen, L., Lu, J., Mukherjee, R., Lee, K., Wynne, C., Back, M. (2007). Does the implementation of radiation oncology outpatient infection control measures adversely affect patient satisfaction with doctor-patient interaction? Singapore Medical Journal, 48(3), 246-251. [More Information]
  • Back, M., Ang, E., Ng, W., See, S., Lim, C., Chan, S., Yeo, T. (2007). Improved median survival for glioblastoma multiforme following introduction of adjuvant temozolomide chemotherapy. Annals of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore (AAMS), 36(5), 338-342. [More Information]
  • Back, M., Ang, E., Ng, W., See, S., Lim, C., Tay, L., Yeo, T. (2007). Improvements in quality of care resulting from a formal multidisciplinary tumour clinic in the management of high-grade glioma. Annals of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore (AAMS), 36(5), 347-351. [More Information]
  • Lee, K., Tsou, I., Wong, S., Yu, C., Ming, Z., Loh, Y., Shakespeare, T., Mukherjee, R., Back, M. (2007). Metastatic spinal cord compression as an oncology emergency: getting our act together. International Journal for Quality in Health Care, 19(6), 377-381. [More Information]
  • Back, M., Baggarley, S., Park, E., Wei, R. (2007). Optimising radiation therapy techniques for tumours of the central nervous system. Annals of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore (AAMS), 36(5), 332-337. [More Information]
  • Tey, J., Back, M., Shakespeare, T., Mukherjee, R., Lu, J., Lee, K., Wong, L., Leong, C., Zhu, M. (2007). The role of palliative radiation therapy in symptomatic locally advanced gastric cancer. International Journal of Radiation: Oncology - Biology - Physics, 67(2), 385-388. [More Information]

2006

  • Leong, C., Shakespeare, T., Mukherjee, R., Back, M., Lee, K., Lu, J., Wynne, C., Lim, K., Tang, J., Zhang, X. (2006). Efficacy of an integrated continuing medical education (CME) and quality improvement (QI) program on radiation oncologist (RO) clinical practice. International Journal of Radiation: Oncology - Biology - Physics, 66(5), 1457-1460. [More Information]
  • Shakespeare, T., Back, M., Lu, J., Lee, K., Mukherjee, R. (2006). External audit of clinical practice and medical decision making in a new Asian oncology center: results and implications for both developing and developed nations. International Journal of Radiation: Oncology - Biology - Physics, 64(3), 941-947. [More Information]
  • Lee, K., Park, E., Back, M. (2006). Intensity-modulated radiation therapy: A breakthrough treatment for nasopharynx cancer. Medical Grapevine, 1, 18-19.
  • Shakespeare, T., Lim, K., Back, M., Mukherjee, R., Lu, J. (2006). Phase II study of the American Brachytherapy Society guidelines for the use of high-dose rate brachytherapy in the treatment of cervical carcinoma: Is 45-50.4 Gy radiochemotherapy plus 31.8 Gy in six fractions high-dose rate brachytherapy tolerable? International Journal Of Gynecological Cancer, 16(1), 277-282. [More Information]
  • Lu, J., Back, M. (2006). Therapy for small-cell lung cancer (SCLC):current status and advances. China Oncology, 16(8), 609-614.

2005

  • Xu, M., See, S., Ng, W., Arul, E., Back, M., Yeo, T., Lim, C. (2005). Comparison of magnetic resonance spectroscopy and perfusion-weighted imaging in presurgical grading of oligodendroglial tumors. Neurosurgery, 56(5), 919-924. [More Information]
  • Hood, C., Kron, T., Hamilton, C., Callan, S., Howlett, S., Alvaro, F., Back, M. (2005). Correlation of 3D-planned and measured dosimetry of photon and electron craniospinal radiation in a pediatric anthropomorphic phantom. Radiotherapy and Oncology, 77(1), 111-116. [More Information]
  • Shakespeare, T., Mukherjee, R., Lu, J., Lee, K., Back, M. (2005). Evaluation of an audit with feedback continuing medical education program for radiation oncologists. Journal of Cancer Education, 20(4), 216-221. [More Information]
  • Back, M., Huak, C. (2005). Family centred decision making and non-disclosure of diagnosis in a South East Asian oncology practice. Psycho-Oncology: journal of the psychological, social and behavioral dimensions of cancer, 14(2), 1052-1059. [More Information]
  • Tang, J., Back, M., Shakespeare, T., Lu, J., Mukherjee, R., Wynne, C., Liang, S. (2005). Interpreting the improved outcome of patients with central nervous system metastases managed in clinical trials compared with standard hospital practice. Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology, 49(5), 390-395. [More Information]
  • Tang, J., Shakespeare, T., Zhang, X., Lu, J., Liang, S., Wynne, C., Mukherjee, R., Back, M. (2005). Patient satisfaction with doctor-patient interaction in a radiotherapy centre during the severe acute respiratory syndrome outbreak. Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology, 49(4), 304-311. [More Information]

2004

  • Shakespeare, T., Mukherjee, R., Lu, J., Wynne, C., Kumar, M., Back, M. (2004). A comparison of RANZCR and Singapore-designed radiation oncology practice audit instruments: How does reproducibility affect future approaches to revalidation? Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology, 48(2), 195-203. [More Information]
  • Lim, K., Lu, J., Wynne, C., Back, M., Mukherjee, R., Razvi, K., Shakespeare, T. (2004). A study of complications arising from different methods of anesthesia used in high-dose-rate brachytherapy for cervical cancer. American Journal of Clinical Oncology, 27(5), 449-451. [More Information]
  • Lu, J., Shakespeare, T., Goh, B., Eu Tiong, C., Back, M., Mukherjee, R., Wynne, C., Tan, K. (2004). Adjuvant High-Dose Rate Brachytherapy after Chemoradiation for Treatment of Early T-Stage Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma. American Journal of Clinical Oncology, 27(2), 132-135. [More Information]
  • Shakespeare, T., Back, M., Lu, J., Wynne, C., Bloomfield, L. (2004). Design of an internationally accredited radiation oncology resident training program incorporating novel educational models. International Journal of Radiation: Oncology - Biology - Physics, 59(4), 1157-1162. [More Information]
  • Chung, H., Shakespeare, T., Wynne, C., Lu, J., Mukherjee, R., Back, M. (2004). Evaluation of a radiotherapy protocol based on INT0116 for completely resected gastric adenocarcinoma. International Journal of Radiation: Oncology - Biology - Physics, 59(5), 1446-1453. [More Information]
  • Back, M., Guerrieri, M., Wratten, C., Steigler, A. (2004). Impact of radiation therapy on acute toxicity in breast conservation therapy for early breast cancer. Clinical Oncology, 16(1), 12-16. [More Information]

2003

  • Shakespeare, T., Lu, J., Back, M., Liang, S., Mukherjee, R., Wynne, C. (2003). Patient Preference for Radiotherapy Fractionation Schedule in the Palliation of Painful Bone Metastases. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 21(11), 2156-2162. [More Information]

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