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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.
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.
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.
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.
ASTRO: Proton therapy outperforms IMRT for prostate cancer
October 29, 2012 -- Men undergoing proton beam therapy reported a higher quality of life immediately following treatment compared to men who received other forms of radiotherapy, according to research presented on Sunday at the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) meeting in Boston.
Superficial RT offers alternative to surgery for skin cancers
October 29, 2012 -- This year, more than 2.8 million basal cell carcinoma and an estimated 700,000 squamous cell carcinoma skin cancers will be diagnosed in the U.S. alone, according to an estimate from the Skin Cancer Foundation. Superficial radiation therapy (RT) is an emerging option for many of these patients.
Breast brachytherapy may cause more complications
October 25, 2012 -- Breast brachytherapy has become increasingly popular for older and elderly women with early-stage breast cancer, but they may wish to think twice before selecting this treatment, based on a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
10-year prostate cancer outcomes show rad therapy's benefit
October 19, 2012 -- Ten-year clinical outcomes for prostate cancer patients participating in a trial comparing postoperative radiotherapy with observation only show that patients who were irradiated had significantly improved biochemical progression-free survival and local control.
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