DNA defect predicts RT outcome for endometrial cancer
January 6, 2010 -- Radiation therapy (RT) may not be an effective treatment for women diagnosed with endometrioid endometrial cancer whose tumors have a DNA deficiency, according to preliminary research from the Canary Institute for Cancer Research in Las Palmas, Spain.
Prostate cancer patients regain potency after EBRT
January 6, 2010 -- If a group of about 100 men predominantly in their 60s and 70s is typical, prostate cancer patients who receive external-beam radiation therapy (EBRT) face a decline in sexual function for only a two-year period following treatment.
Ultrasound elastography characterizes fibrosis severity
January 6, 2010 -- A Spanish research team has found that ultrasound elastography can reliably differentiate between rapid or slow fibrosis in liver transplant patients, paving the way for earlier identification of patients at risk of hepatitis C recurrence.
CMS to deny claims submitted by unregistered PECOS physicians
January 6, 2010 -- The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended the time frame in which physicians can enroll in its Provider Enrollment, Chain, and Ownership System (PECOS), which may negatively affect radiologists, according to the American College of Radiology.
MRI helps find hidden breast cancer, even after US and mammo
January 5, 2010 -- MRI helps find hidden cancers even after ultrasound and mammography exams have been performed, according to a study presented at the RSNA meeting last month. What's more, MRI might be useful beyond the high-risk patients for whom it's currently recommended.
PET plays key role in Parkinson's research
January 5, 2010 -- A four-year study to measure the effectiveness of dopamine cell transplantation in Parkinson's disease patients indicates it produces significant improvements in motor skills and brain function, according to the January issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.
ACRIN study finds RF ablation effective for reducing pain
January 5, 2010 -- An American College of Radiology Imaging Network (ACRIN) study has determined that image-guided radiofrequency (RF) ablation is safe and effective for lowering the level of pain experienced by cancer patients with bone metastases.
Study assesses voice quality after glottic cancer
January 5, 2010 -- Voice quality is seldom the same after patients receive radiation therapy for early-stage glottic cancer. However, patients who smoke run the risk of having poorer voice quality following treatment compared to nonsmokers, according to results of a study conducted by Slovenian otorhinolaryngologists and radiation oncologists.
IOM pushes stricter regulations for resident hours
January 5, 2010 -- Resident physicians' duty hours should be more strictly regulated to avoid resident fatigue and to ensure patient safety, according to a new report published by the U.S. Institute of Medicine (IOM).
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