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Lymph node ratio predicts RT benefit for oral cancer
January 3, 2013 -- Radiation therapy (RT) can benefit some patients with oral cavity squamous cell carcinoma, but they can suffer acute as well as long-term toxicities. The use of lymph node ratios may help identify which patients will benefit the most, according to an article published online in Radiotherapy and Oncology.
Rad therapy doesn't help survival for stage I endometrial cancer
December 31, 2012 -- A Cochrane update evaluating radiation therapy for stage I endometrial cancer patients has again concluded that the treatment doesn't affect survival outcomes. But its findings, published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, sparked some controversy.
MRI helpful but not perfect for evaluating pancreatic cancer
December 27, 2012 -- Understanding how contrast-enhanced MRI underestimates tumor size compared to pathologic specimens may allow more precise assessment of tumor volume prior to radiation therapy for pancreatic cancer, according to researchers from Emory University.
FDG-PET/CT shines in assessing distant cancers
December 21, 2012 -- Whole-body FDG-PET/CT offers "excellent diagnostic performance" in the assessment of distant malignancies in patients with head and neck, breast, and lung cancers, according to a new study in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.
Report: U.S. therapeutic radiopharma market set for growth
December 20, 2012 -- Fueled by new radiopharmaceuticals to treat various forms of cancer, U.S. sales of therapeutic radiopharmaceuticals over the next several years could reach $5.8 billion by 2020, according to a new market research report from Bio-Tech Systems.
Chartrounds offers expert advice to radiation oncologists
December 19, 2012 -- Where can radiation oncologists working in community hospitals get advice or feedback about a treatment plan for a patient? If they have an Internet connection, they can join Chartrounds, a virtual networking site that links radiation therapy luminaries with any practicing radiation oncologist in the world.
Is proton therapy worth the cost for prostate cancer?
December 17, 2012 -- Is the use of proton therapy for localized prostate cancer worth the cost? A national study of 30,000 men suggests it might not be. Findings were published online December 14 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
Adding a radiologist improves rad therapy treatment planning
November 28, 2012 -- CHICAGO - Having a consultant diagnostic radiologist as a member of a radiation oncology treatment planning team can help improve the accuracy and appropriateness of radiotherapy for cancer patients, according to study results presented on Tuesday at the RSNA annual meeting.
Low-dose mammo, wireless US probe, 3T MRI pace Siemens at RSNA
November 28, 2012 -- CHICAGO - A new digital mammography system with lower radiation dose, a wireless ultrasound probe, a 3-tesla MRI scanner designed for high-performance clinical and research work, and a new line of angiography systems are among the highlights in the RSNA 2012 booth of Siemens Healthcare.
Study shows PET/CT lights up 'chemo brain' regions
November 28, 2012 -- CHICAGO - Researchers utilizing F-18 FDG PET/CT imaging have found that women who express "chemo brain" symptomology appear to have sharply reduced glucose metabolism in critical areas of the brain. Results from the study were presented on Tuesday at the RSNA meeting.
Australians tackle challenge of designing low-cost RT system
November 25, 2012 -- CHICAGO - An Australian research team has designed a compact radiotherapy (RT) system intended to lower the costs of building and operating a radiotherapy center. The goal is to reduce a known global shortage of radiotherapy, especially in countries with challenged economies.
Polymers could ease brachytherapy seed delivery
November 16, 2012 -- Surgical implantation and removal of radioactive seeds is required for brachytherapy cancer treatment. Use of polymers may eliminate the need for this invasive procedure when treating solid tumors, according to data published in the November 15 issue of Cancer Research.
Antidepressant rinse reduces pain for cancer patients after RT
November 7, 2012 -- When used as a rinse, doxepin, a tricyclic antidepressant, reduces oral mucositis pain in patients who receive radiation therapy (RT) for head and neck cancer, according to research from the Mayo Clinic presented at the recent American Society for Radiation Oncology annual meeting.
Radiation concerns broaden beyond CT in ECRI 2013 hazards list
November 6, 2012 -- Medical imaging radiation once again made the list of the ECRI Institute's top 10 rankings of technology hazards for 2013. But this year, the nonprofit group expanded the category from just CT to include a broader range of imaging-related radiation hazards.
Drug aids sexual function of prostate cancer patients after RT
November 6, 2012 -- Sildenafil citrate improves overall sexual function of prostate cancer patients who received radiation therapy (RT), according to trial results presented by researchers from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center at the American Society for Radiation Oncology annual meeting.
ASTRO: SBRT for prostate cancer sustains cancer-free survival
November 1, 2012 -- Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) yields excellent cancer-free survival rates for intermediate-risk, organ-confined prostate cancer patients and results in few long-term rectal side effects, according to research presented at the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) annual meeting.
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.

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