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Targeted breast radiotherapy offers treatment option
November 11, 2013 -- Targeted radiotherapy delivered to women undergoing surgery for early breast cancer could offer a feasible alternative to current procedures, which require daily radiotherapy sessions for weeks after surgery, according to two new studies published in Lancet and Lancet Oncology.
New taxonomy could improve rad therapy incident reporting
November 5, 2013 -- Everyone agrees that improvements are needed in reporting incidents during radiation therapy treatments that can affect patients. But such reporting is tricky, especially if radiation oncology facilities aren't even using the same language to describe incidents.
NEJM: Urologist self-referral equals IMRT overuse
October 24, 2013 -- Allowing urologists to self-refer patients for intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) treatments contributes to overuse of this expensive therapy, according to new research published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
PET/MRI shows growing edge over PET/CT in oncology
September 17, 2013 -- FDG-PET/MRI more accurately evaluated and more often changed the management of patients with various forms of cancer in a comparison with PET/CT, according to preliminary research published online September 5 in Radiology.
2013 cancer report offers new hope -- and more cases
September 17, 2013 -- Researchers have made substantial progress against cancer in the past year, but demographics and lifestyle issues continue to complicate the battle against the disease, according to the 2013 American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Cancer Progress Report.
ASCO BCS: Most women don't know their breast cancer risk
September 5, 2013 -- Most women either under- or overestimate their lifetime risk for developing breast cancer, according to a study to be presented on September 7 at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2013 Breast Cancer Symposium (BCS) in San Francisco.
AAPM: MRI shows early brain tumor response to treatment
August 5, 2013 -- By using dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI and diffusion-weighted MRI, physicians can determine if a brain tumor is responding to treatment as soon as two weeks into radiation therapy, according to a study presented on Sunday at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) annual meeting in Indianapolis.
Report: Radiation therapy market regains stability
July 17, 2013 -- Radiation therapy providers in the U.S. are again buying new equipment and upgrades after surviving the effects of the Great Recession, which caused utilization to fall 22% from 2007 through 2008, according to a new report from market research firm IMV Medical Information Division.
2014 MPFS, HOPPS proposals are a mixed bag
July 10, 2013 -- Proposed new Medicare payment rates for 2014 were released on July 8 by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and they're a mixed bag for providers of imaging services. The agency has continued to cut reimbursement for most imaging procedures, but at a lower rate than in the past.
JAMA: Use of advanced radiation therapy grows
June 28, 2013 -- The use of advanced radiation therapy technologies grew rapidly between 2004 and 2009 for treating men with prostate cancer, particularly among those who might not be at risk of dying from the disease, according to an article published in the June 26 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Novel research at SNMMI shows molecular imaging's breadth
June 12, 2013 -- VANCOUVER - Radiopharmaceuticals unlocking secrets of the brain, the potential of PET and MRI in breast imaging, and determining the appropriate radiation dose for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma patients are the focus of influential papers at this week's Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) meeting.
Patient access to radiation therapy still a major concern in Africa
April 30, 2013 -- There is an acute shortage of radiotherapy equipment of any type in Africa, and the scarcity of resources is becoming even more severe and pronounced with the increase in cancer incidence in the continent, according to an International Atomic Energy Agency report published in Lancet Oncology.
SAVI breast brachytherapy produces good 4-year outcomes
April 26, 2013 -- Patients who received breast brachytherapy delivered with a strut-based applicator had low recurrence rates and minimal toxicities four years after treatment, according to a presentation at last week's American Brachytherapy Society meeting.
RF ablation for elderly NSCLC patients offers cost benefits
April 5, 2013 -- Radiofrequency (RF) ablation is a practical treatment for elderly patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) who are poor candidates for surgery, according to a study published in the April issue of the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology.
Massive Gamma Knife payment cut starts April 1
April 1, 2013 -- It may seem like an April Fools' Day joke, but it's a painful reality for users of the Gamma Knife radiation therapy system from Elekta. Starting April 1, they will be paid 58% less for procedures performed with the system.
AACR predicts 31% more cancer survivors in U.S. by 2022
March 27, 2013 -- The number of cancer survivors in the U.S. is projected to rise from 13.7 million as of January 2012 to 18 million by 2022. This 31% increase will represent a significant challenge to the healthcare system, according to a report released on Wednesday by the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR).
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