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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).
ASTRO report: Peer review is challenging but necessary March 27, 2013 -- Peer review is one of the most effective means for ensuring that radiation therapy decisions are tailored to specific patients, especially with respect to potentially controversial protocols. A new report in Practical Radiation Oncology defines peer review and discusses how it can be used in routine clinical practice.
IMRT produces excellent results for endometrial cancer March 26, 2013 -- The use of intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) for gynecologic cancers is increasing, but outcomes data are still lacking. An article published in the March issue of Gynecologic Oncology about the outcomes of high-risk endometrial cancer patients adds to the literature and brings positive news.
NEJM: RT boosts heart disease risk in breast cancer patients March 14, 2013 -- Radiation therapy (RT) has played a key role in reducing breast cancer mortality rates, but even at low doses it can increase a woman's risk of heart disease, according to new research published on March 14 in the New England Journal of Medicine.
CMS reconsiders oncology PET tracer coverage limitations March 8, 2013 -- As it had proposed in December, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has removed a national noncoverage determination for radiopharmaceuticals with oncology PET imaging. However, CMS was not swayed by lobbying efforts to also include cardiac and neurological applications in the decision.