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ASTRO sets course with initiatives for future success
October 31, 2012 -- BOSTON - American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) President Dr. Michael Steinberg on Tuesday outlined several key initiatives in science, health policy, and patient advocacy to help the field of radiation oncology combat what he called seven "megatrends" in healthcare over the next several decades.
ASTRO: Rad therapy helps older women with breast cancer survive
October 31, 2012 -- Older women with early-stage, low-risk breast cancer who were treated with radiation therapy after breast-conserving surgery showed higher survival rates than those who did not have radiation therapy, a California study found. Results were presented at the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) meeting.
ASTRO: APBI with EBRT may not be best for breast cosmesis
October 31, 2012 -- Breast cancer patients who undergo breast-conserving surgery and then get accelerated partial-breast irradiation (APBI) with 3D external-beam radiation therapy (EBRT) have worse cosmetic outcomes than those who receive whole-breast irradiation, concluded research presented at the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) meeting.
ASTRO: SBRT provides advances for NSCLC patients
October 31, 2012 -- Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) yielded higher overall survival rates and low toxicity for patients with inoperable, non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) compared to conventional radiation therapy, according to research presented on Monday at the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) meeting in Boston.
ASTRO: Prostate screening has edge for high-risk patients
October 31, 2012 -- Annual prostate-specific antigen screening yields a slightly greater quality-adjusted life expectancy among patients who have a high risk of developing metastatic disease compared to unscreened patients, according to research presented on Tuesday at the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) annual meeting.
U.K. panel seeks to end confusion on breast screening
October 30, 2012 -- Breast screening programs do extend lives and overall the benefits outweigh the harms, but overdiagnosis remains a serious cause for concern and requires more attention, an independent U.K. panel has found.
ASTRO: DCE-MRI predicts spine tumor recurrence
October 30, 2012 -- BOSTON - By measuring plasma volume in spine tumors with dynamic contrast-enhanced (DCE) MRI, physicians can better assess treatment response even when conventional MRI results show little regression after successful radiosurgery, according to a study presented on Monday at the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) meeting.
ASTRO: Studies affirm proton therapy's prostate cancer benefits
October 30, 2012 -- Proton therapy produces as much of a survival and therapeutic benefit as other types of treatment for prostate cancer, according to four studies scheduled to be presented at the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) annual meeting in Boston this week.
Using CAD 'on demand' may be more effective than prompts
October 30, 2012 -- Radiologists' ability to detect malignant breast masses is more accurate when computer-aided detection (CAD) marks are hidden until they are needed, rather than displayed while the radiologist reads a study, according to new research published online in Radiology.
ASTRO: No rise in heart problems after breast radiotherapy
October 29, 2012 -- Breast cancer patients who undergo radiation therapy do not have increased cardiac morbidity compared with patients undergoing radical mastectomy, indicating that routine radiation therapy is safe, according to a study presented at the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) meeting in Boston.
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