Operator Splitting for Adaptive Radiation Therapy with Nonlinear Health Dynamics

A. Fu, L. Xing, S. Boyd

Manuscript, posted May 2021.

We present an optimization-based approach to radiation treatment planning over time. Our approach formulates treatment planning as an optimal control problem with nonlinear patient health dynamics derived from the standard linear-quadratic cell survival model. As the formulation is nonconvex, we propose a method for obtaining an approximate solution by solving a sequence of convex optimization problems. This method is fast, efficient, and robust to model error, adapting readily to changes in the patient's health between treatment sessions. Moreover, we that show it can be combined with the operator splitting method ADMM to produce an algorithm that is highly scalable and can handle large clinical cases. We introduce an open-source Python implementation of our algorithm, AdaRad, and demonstrate its performance on several examples.