ASH 2011 Conference Coverage

Proton therapy safer than older radiotherapies for esophageal cancer

Patients with esophageal cancer treated with proton therapy experienced significantly fewer adverse events.

Being overweight during teenage years may increase risk of bowel cancer

Obesity during one's teenage years could greatly increase that chances of developing bowel cancer by middle age.

Efficacy of Cathflo at suggested volume

Given reservoir volume and catheter length, 2.2 mL of Cathflo does not seem to be enough volume to reach the tip, thus the sheath/clot. Are there any reports of using larger volumes?

Pediatric patients treated with proton therapy on the rise

There has been a 36% increase in the number of pediatric patients who are being treated with proton therapy for cancer.

Complementary, alternative medicine integration into clinical cancer care needs to be individualized

A study to determine what drives the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) among cancer patients.

Post-treatment surveillance linked to improved survival in head and neck squamous cell cancer (HNSCC)

Adherence to posttreatment surveillance, income level, and follow-up care proximity had effects on survival in patients with head and neck squamous cell cancer (HNSCC), according to a recent report.

Dense breasts do not always correlate to high risk of interval cancer

Five-year risk plus breast density can best identify women at high risk for interval cancer.

Moderate exercise may make cancer treatments more effective

Moderate exercise on a regular basis enhances tumor oxygenation, which may in turn improve treatment efficacy for cancer patients.

Combined radiation and hormone therapy improves survival in node-positive prostate cancer

Men with prostate cancer that has spread to nearby lymph nodes may find the addition of radiation therapy to treatments that block the effects of testosterone beneficial.

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