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ASTRO guidelines for endometrial cancer endorsed by ASCO

ASTRO guidelines for endometrial cancer endorsed by ASCO

Qualifications to guidelines include stronger statements in favor of chemotherapy in some cases.

ASTRO: Prostate cancer recovery faster with less androgen deprivation therapy

ASTRO: Prostate cancer recovery faster with less androgen deprivation therapy

Shorter time to testosterone recovery with 18 versus 36 months androgen deprivation therapy.

Guideline issued for postoperative radiation therapy for endometrial cancer

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The use of adjuvant radiation therapy in the treatment of endometrial cancer is detailed in a new guideline issued by the American Society of Radiation Oncology (ASTRO).

Optimizing quality and safety of high dose-rate brachytherapy

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Specific guidance for delivering high dose-rate brachytherapy to improve quality and safety is offered in a new white paper from the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO).

ASTRO: Simple screening IDs depression in Cancer Patients

ASTRO: Simple screening IDs depression in Cancer Patients

Two-item Patient Health Questionnaire can detect major depression in patients receiving radiotherapy.

Drug may reduce cognitive decline following radiation for brain metastases

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Memantine, which is already approved to help improve cognition in some patients with dementia, may limit declines in memory and cognitive function in patients who are undergoing WBRT to treat cancer that has spread to the brain.

Proton therapy preserves quality of life for men with prostate cancer

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Proton therapy preserves quality of life, meaning specifically urinary and bowel function, in men treated with this targeted radiation modality for prostate cancer. This research obtained information directly from the men who underwent the therapy, rather than from their treatment providers.

Reporting errors improves perceptions of safety and may reduce incidents

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This year-long study focused on the workflow of a Radiation Oncology department and found a strong correlation between implementing a Conditions Reporting System and increasingly positive responses to staff surveys that focused on the culture of safety within the department.

Higher risk of uterine cancer recurrence when radiation therapy after hysterectomy is delayed

The risk of uterine cancer recurrence may be increased by waiting too long after a hysterectomy to begin radiation therapy. For patients with uterine cancer who are not receiving chemotherapy, tumors were found to be more likely to return if radiation therapy was delayed 9 weeks or longer following surgery.

Deviations from radiation protocols increase the risk of treatment failure and death

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When measures are implemented to ensure that radiation protocols are followed, deviations decrease and overall survival improves in patients with cancer.

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