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Improved Outcomes in Lung Cancer With Hyperfractionated Chemoradiation Therapy

Improved Outcomes in Lung Cancer With Hyperfractionated Chemoradiation Therapy

Twice daily radiation therapy with chemotherapy may improve survival times in patients with some advanced head and neck cancers, a new study confirms.

Pembrolizumab Use With CRT Safe in Locally Advanced HNSCC

Pembrolizumab Use With CRT Safe in Locally Advanced HNSCC

Small study also showed that pembrolizumab does not significant impair radiation or chemotherapy dosing.

Treatment for Breast Cancer in Men Differs From Treatment for Women

Treatment for Breast Cancer in Men Differs From Treatment for Women

Male breast cancer patients are less likely than their female counterparts to receive adjuvant hormone therapy and postlumpectomy radiation.

Videos, Movies Eliminates Need for Anesthesia During Pediatric Radiation Therapy

Videos, Movies Eliminates Need for Anesthesia During Pediatric Radiation Therapy

Pediatric patients are better able to tolerate radiation therapy without anesthesia when video movies are projected on the inside of the machine during treatment.

ESW Technique Improves Nanoparticle Drug Delivery to Solid Tumors with Restricted Blood Flow

ESW Technique Improves Nanoparticle Drug Delivery to Solid Tumors with Restricted Blood Flow

Combining extracorporeal shock wave (ESW) technique with nanoparticle delivery improves treatment of difficult-to-treat solid tumors, such as anaplastic thyroid cancer.

Journaling Improves Adherence to Skin Self-Care During Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer

Journaling Improves Adherence to Skin Self-Care During Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer

Weekly journaling with oncology nurse review ensures adherence to skin self-care in women undergoing radiation therapy for breast cancer.

Education and Coaching Are Necessary to Treat Oropharyngeal Cancers After Chemoradiotherapy

Education and Coaching Are Necessary to Treat Oropharyngeal Cancers After Chemoradiotherapy

A literature review noted improvements in quality of life after patients were coached and educated following radiotherapy for HPV-associated oropharyngeal cancers.

Radiation Protocol Deviations Linked to Worse Outcomes in Pediatric Brain Malignancy

Radiation Protocol Deviations Linked to Worse Outcomes in Pediatric Brain Malignancy

Deviation from radiation treatment protocol in young children being treated for brain neoplasms was associated with decreased overall survival.

ASCO, Cancer Care Ontario Update Recommendations on Brachytherapy in Prostate Cancer

ASCO, Cancer Care Ontario Update Recommendations on Brachytherapy in Prostate Cancer

ASCO and Cancer Care Ontario issued a joint update to guidelines for brachytherapy for prostate cancer that take into account new evidence.

Benefits of Radiation Therapy Undone by Smoking in Some Breast Cancer Patients

Benefits of Radiation Therapy Undone by Smoking in Some Breast Cancer Patients

Absolute risks from radiation therapy for women with breast cancer who continue to smoke could exceed the absolute benefit of the therapy.

High-Dose Vitamin C Infusions Increase Cancer Cell Sensitivity to Chemotherapy, Radiation

High-Dose Vitamin C Infusions Increase Cancer Cell Sensitivity to Chemotherapy, Radiation

Regular infusions of high doses of vitamin C safely increased cancer cell sensitivity to treatment in patients with brain and lung cancers.

VERT Program Eases Patient Anxiety, Improves Understanding of Treatment for Prostate Cancer

VERT Program Eases Patient Anxiety, Improves Understanding of Treatment for Prostate Cancer

Virtual Environment Radiotherapy (VERT) program eases anxiety and improves understanding of radiation therapy for patients with prostate cancer.

Updated ASTRO Guideline Bolsters Safety, Efficacy of Palliative RT for Bone Metastases

Updated ASTRO Guideline Bolsters Safety, Efficacy of Palliative RT for Bone Metastases

Palliative radiotherapy for bone metastases is safe, effective — but controversy persists for single-fraction treatment.

Little Difference in QoL Between Various Treatments, Active Surveillance in Prostate Cancer

Little Difference in QoL Between Various Treatments, Active Surveillance in Prostate Cancer

QoL after radical prostatectomy, EBRT, or brachytherapy vs active surveillance for prostate cancer are similar.

Hypofractionated RT, Conventional RT Comparable in Intermediate-Risk Prostate Cancer

Hypofractionated RT, Conventional RT Comparable in Intermediate-Risk Prostate Cancer

Hypofractionated regimen of precision radiotherapy was not inferior to conventional RT in patients with intermediate-risk prostate cancer.

Temozolomide With Radiotherapy for Glioblastoma Provides Some Survival Benefit in Elderly

Temozolomide With Radiotherapy for Glioblastoma Provides Some Survival Benefit in Elderly

The addition of temozolomide to short-course radiotherapy in elderly patients with glioblastoma was associated with some survival benefit compared with radiotherapy alone.

Evidenced-Based Radiation Treatment Tied to Cost Savings in Early Stage Breast Cancer

Evidenced-Based Radiation Treatment Tied to Cost Savings in Early Stage Breast Cancer

Health care costs lower for early-stage breast cancer when adjuvant radiation therapy follows evidence-based guidelines.

Chemotherapy or VBT Improve Survival in Uterine Papillary Serous Carcinoma

Chemotherapy or VBT Improve Survival in Uterine Papillary Serous Carcinoma

Use of chemotherapy or vaginal brachytherapy (VBT) may improve survival among patients with early-stage uterine papillary serous carcinoma.

Moderate Hypofractionation Effective, Cost-Efficient, and Tolerable in Prostate Cancer

Moderate Hypofractionation Effective, Cost-Efficient, and Tolerable in Prostate Cancer

Shorter course of higher dose radiation therapy provide effective treatment, costs less, and is easier on patients than current standard radiation therapy course.

Risk of Lung Cancer Increases After Radiation for Breast Cancer

Risk of Lung Cancer Increases After Radiation for Breast Cancer

Treatment with radiation therapy for invasive breast cancer may place East Asian women at a greater risk of developing second primary lung cancer (SPLC).

Elderly with NSCLC Can Tolerate Aggressive Radiation Therapy Treatments

Elderly with NSCLC Can Tolerate Aggressive Radiation Therapy Treatments

Elderly with NSCLC have lower incidence of esophagitis, can tolerate aggressive radiation therapy.

GARD: A Move Toward Precision Radiation Therapy

GARD: A Move Toward Precision Radiation Therapy

A new tool may enable oncologists to deliver radiation therapy targeted to a tumor's biology and radiosensitivity, similar to how anticancer agents target specific tumor mutation-affected gene pathways.

Shared Decision Making Will Require New Tools, Paradigms in Radiation Oncology

Shared Decision Making Will Require New Tools, Paradigms in Radiation Oncology

A recent paper on the future of radiation oncology reports on the trend toward a greater role for shared decision making and patient-reported outcomes, such as the interrelated benchmarks of patient satisfaction, engagement, and treatment-plan adherence.

Gero-Oncology: Preparing for the Coming Wave of Elderly Cancer Patients

Gero-Oncology: Preparing for the Coming Wave of Elderly Cancer Patients

A growing proportion of cancer patients are elderly—creating a demographic shift with important implications for cancer care, including radiotherapy. Integrating geriatric care into oncology nursing has never been more important.

E-HF Radiation Therapy Side Effects Comparable to CF Radiation Therapy in Prostate Cancer

E-HF Radiation Therapy Side Effects Comparable to CF Radiation Therapy in Prostate Cancer

Side effects experienced with extremely hypofractionated treatment for intermediate-risk prostate cancer were comparable to those of conventional radiation therapy at 2 years after treatment.

Disease-Specific Mortality Comparable Among Treatment Options for Prostate Cancer

Disease-specific mortality rates for men with prostate cancer are comparable for 3 treatment options: active surveillance, radical prostatectomy, and external-beam radiotherapy.

Technique Provides Accurate Radiation Dosimetry in Cancer

Technique Provides Accurate Radiation Dosimetry in Cancer

Novel technique uses injected microbubbles for dosimetry in radiation therapy in patients with cancer.

Experienced Radiologists Can Detect Breast Cancer at First Glance

Experienced Radiologists Can Detect Breast Cancer at First Glance

Skilled radiologists see abnormalities immediately, and researchers want to learn how they do it.

PMPS: A Common Late Effect of Surgery and Radiation for Breast Cancer

PMPS: A Common Late Effect of Surgery and Radiation for Breast Cancer

Postmastectomy pain syndrome (PMPS) is a debilitating late effect of surgery and radiation therapy for breast cancer.

Chemoradiation Combination Could Preserve Larynx in Patients With Laryngeal and Hypolaryngeal Cancer

Chemoradiation Combination Could Preserve Larynx in Patients With Laryngeal and Hypolaryngeal Cancer

Researchers assessed the rates of laryngeal preservation and laryngectomy-free survival in patients with laryngeal or hypopharyngeal cancer who received the monoclonal antibody cetuximab and radiation therapy or radiation therapy alone.

Salvage Radiotherapy at Lower PSA Levels May be Beneficial

Salvage Radiotherapy at Lower PSA Levels May be Beneficial

As salvage radiotherapy (SRT) outcomes may be affected by factors associated with prostatectomy findings, they may be positively affected when used at lower prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels.

Helical APBI Delivers Targeted Dose of Adjuvant Radiation Treatment for Breast Cancer

Helical APBI Delivers Targeted Dose of Adjuvant Radiation Treatment for Breast Cancer

Preliminary results of a prospective, phase II trial show that once-daily accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI) effectively prevented recurrence of cancer in the treated breast at a median 34 months after treatment.

Sleep Disorders in Cancer Radiation Therapy: Little Understood, Often Undetected — and Important

Sleep Disorders in Cancer Radiation Therapy: Little Understood, Often Undetected — and Important

Sleep patterns and habits should be a part of oncology nurses' routine patient assessment, as sleep disorders can be a significant challenge for cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy.

Focal Laser Ablation Feasible and Safe for Treatment of Prostate Cancer

Focal Laser Ablation Feasible and Safe for Treatment of Prostate Cancer

Laser heat may soon be an option to treat prostate cancer. Focal laser ablation has been found both feasible and safe in men with intermediate risk prostate cancer.

Study Supports Increased Role for Surgery in Multimodality Therapy for Early Stage SCLC

Study Supports Increased Role for Surgery in Multimodality Therapy for Early Stage SCLC

Surgery for early stage small cell lung cancer (SCLC) is rarely used. However, results from a population-based database has shown surgery with adjuvant chemotherapy with or without radiation for node-negative SCLC was associated with better survival compared with concurrent chemoradiation, according to a presentation at the 2016 ASCO Annual Meeting.

Combination of Radiation and Immunotherapy Shows Promise in Melanoma

Combination of Radiation and Immunotherapy Shows Promise in Melanoma

Combining radiation treatments with a new generation of immunotherapies is showing promise in the treatment of melanoma, according to a recent review.

Radiation Therapy Better Than Chemotherapy for Stage IIA Testicular Cancer

Patients with stage IIA testicular cancer gain a survival advantage from treatment with radiation therapy compared with chemotherapy.

Increased Risk of Noncancer Deaths Associated with Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy for Lung Cancer

High doses of SBRT, particularly to the left atrium of the heart and the superior vena cava, are associated with a small but increased risk of death from noncancer causes in patients with early stage NSCLC.

Immunotherapy-radiation Combination Destroys Tumors Both Within and Outside the Radiation Field

Immunotherapy-radiation Combination Destroys Tumors Both Within and Outside the Radiation Field

Adding an immune system-strengthening compound to radiation therapy can extend the immune response that the radiation therapy induces, so that both irradiated tumor sites and tumors outside the radiation field are affected.

Delaying Radiation Therapy for Women With Early Stage Breast Cancer Increased Risk of Recurrence

Delaying Radiation Therapy for Women With Early Stage Breast Cancer Increased Risk of Recurrence

Delayed radiation therapy (RT) after surgery significantly increased the risk of recurrent disease in women treated for very early breast cancer.

Survival Is Better With SRS Than With WBRT for NSCLC or Breast Cancer Metastases to the Brain

Longer survival was achieved with stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) alone than with whole-brain radiation therapy (WBRT) in patients with fewer than 4 brain metastases from NSCLC or breast cancer.

Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy Combination Prolongs Survival in Low-grade Glial Brain Cancer

The addition of chemotherapy to radiation therapy prolonged survival in adults with grade 2 glial brain tumors.

Higher Radiation Doses May Not Improve Survival in Localized Prostate Cancer

New technology has enabled doctors to administer higher doses of radiation to prostate cancer tumors with fewer side effects; however, escalating the dose of radiation may not help patients with localized prostate cancer in the long term.

Managing Radiotherapy-Induced Breakthrough Cancer Pain

Managing Radiotherapy-Induced Breakthrough Cancer Pain

Nasal spray effectively relieves intense breakthrough pain associated with radiotherapy planning and treatment.

Mapping Tumor Position During Lung Function Improves Radiation Therapy for Lung Cancer

Mapping Tumor Position During Lung Function Improves Radiation Therapy for Lung Cancer

A new clinical trial aims to apply advanced image analysis techniques to 4D CT scans. Already a standard step in targeting lung cancer radiotherapy, the trial seeks to use the scans map areas of lung function without additional testing.

Concomitant Letrozole With Adjuvant Breast Radiotherapy Safe

With long-term follow-up, letrozole can be safely administered concomitantly with adjuvant breast radiotherapy in postmenopausal patients with stage 1 to 2 breast cancer.

Innovative Radiotherapy Controls Late Effects in Hodgkin Lymphoma in Pediatric and AYA Patients

Innovative Radiotherapy Controls Late Effects in Hodgkin Lymphoma in Pediatric and AYA Patients

Radiotherapy is the most effective single modality for local control of Hodgkin lymphoma. Involved site radiotherapy is a recent innovation intended to reduce the risk of late effects—an urgent goal, particularly for adolescent and young adult patients.

Using the Immune System to Improve the Efficacy of Radiation Therapy

Using the Immune System to Improve the Efficacy of Radiation Therapy

A healthy immune system may be the key to effective radiation therapy for cancer patients.

Breast Cancer Screening Improves Among Low-income Women in Medicaid Expansion States

Low-income women in Medicaid expansion states in the United States are more likely to undergo breast cancer screening than those in nonexpansion states, according to a study presented at RSNA 2015.

American College of Radiology (ACR) Releases Updated Appropriateness Criteria, Including 3 New Criteria

American College of Radiology updated its Appropriateness Criteria for 19 topics, including 3 new criteria. These guidelines assist clinicians in the most efficacious use of radiology.

Oral Mucositis: The Bane of Head and Neck Radiotherapy

Oral Mucositis: The Bane of Head and Neck Radiotherapy

Guidelines and novel approaches are helping clinicians to more effectively manage this debilitating side effect of radiation treatment for cancer.

Effects of glioblastoma treatments on healthy brain tissue continues after treatment is completed

The first study to examine the effects of combined radiation and chemotherapy on the healthy brain tissue of glioblastoma patients has revealed specific structural brain changes.

Variation in Medicare reimbursement for radiation therapy not attributed to patient or cancer characteristics

Variation in Medicare reimbursement for radiation therapy not attributed to patient or cancer characteristics

Differences in radiation therapy costs for Medicare patients often have little to do with patient specifics, researchers found.

Genetic test is first to predict sensitivity of colon cancer metastases to radiation therapy

The first test that analyzes the sensitivity of tumors to radiation therapy has been developed.

Hypofractionated breast irradiation linked to lower toxicity

Hypofractionated breast irradiation linked to lower toxicity

Two studies show benefits for hypofractionated versus conventionally fractionated whole-breast irradiation.

Radiotherapy and female sexual health

Radiotherapy and female sexual health

It is important that patients are advised early about the effect radiotherapy toxicity can have on their sexual anatomy and overall sexual health.

Treatment for radiation-induced xerostomia

Treatment for radiation-induced xerostomia

For patients with radiation-induced xerostomia, ALTENS may reduce symptom burden with less side effects than current standard treatment.

Survivorship care plans: The shift back to primary care

Survivorship care plans: The shift back to primary care

New templates from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) will augment successful cancer survivorship care planning. But a stronger effort toward implementation is still needed.

Patients older than 60 years on hormone therapy for luminal A breast cancer may not need radiation

Women with luminal A subtype breast cancer, especially those older than 60 years, may not need radiation treatment if they are already taking hormone therapy.

Palliative radiotherapy: An evolving centerpiece of supportive care

Palliative radiotherapy: An evolving centerpiece of supportive care

A new role for conformal radiotherapy is evolving. Targeted treatment can offer effective palliative management of pain and other side effects of cancer.

Erythropoietin plus radiation does not improve local-regional control in anemic patients with head and neck cancer

The addition of erythropoietin did not improve local-regional control for anemic patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) who receive radiation therapy.

Stereotactic body radiation pioneered for deadly kidney cancer complication

Stereotactic body radiation pioneered for deadly kidney cancer complication

Two case studies have described what is believed to be the first reported successful use of stereotactic body radiation therapy for an oft-deadly kidney cancer complication.

3D printing offers innovative method for delivering medication

3D printing offers innovative method for delivering medication

The use of 3D printing to construct devices of varied sizes and shapes could become a powerful tool in customizing interventional radiology treatments to individual patient needs.

Identifying biomarkers for radiation pneumonitis

Identifying biomarkers for radiation pneumonitis

Interstitial lung disease appears to be a risk factor for radiation pneumonitis, a potentially life-threatening adverse effect of radiotherapy to the chest and thorax.

Therapy dogs benefit adult patients with cancer receiving chemo, radiation

Therapy dogs benefit adult patients with cancer receiving chemo, radiation

Therapy dogs improve the emotional well-being of some patients with cancer who are undergoing concomitant chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

Using genomic correlates of radiotoxicity to predict patient outcomes

Using genomic correlates of radiotoxicity to predict patient outcomes

Radiogenomics is maturing into a predictor of patients' likelihood of experiencing radiotoxicities and late radiation effects.

Experience counts with radiation for head and neck cancer

The effectiveness of radiation therapy used to treat head and neck cancer could depend in part on clinician experience, according to a new study.

New imaging system may cut radiation exposure for liver cancer patients

An interventional x-ray guidance device approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2013 may have the potential to reduce the radiation exposure of patients undergoing intra-arterial therapy for liver cancer.

Technology improves detection and treatment of lung cancer

Researchers have developed a technology that improves the detection of tumors during radiation therapy for early stage lung cancer. It uses standard radiography machines and improves their images through a software approach.

Monitoring psychosocial function in radiotherapy

Monitoring psychosocial function in radiotherapy

Psychosocial decline occurs in an estimated one-third of patients undergoing radiotherapy for cancer. These declines may sometimes be ameliorated by vigilant recognition of the need to refer patients for psychosocial support interventions.

Fluorescent tattoos may improve self-esteem in patients receiving radiotherapy for breast cancer

Fluorescent tattoos may improve self-esteem in patients receiving radiotherapy for breast cancer

Invisible tattoos preferable option to mark where a patient with breast cancer should receive radiotherapy during sessions.

For patients with schizophrenia and breast cancer, adjuvant radiation therapy may not be preferable

For patients with schizophrenia and breast cancer, adjuvant radiation therapy may not be preferable

For patients with schizophrenia and breast cancer, initial radical surgery without adjuvant radiation therapy may be preferred.

Chest radiation may be useful for combating advanced lung cancers

Chest radiation may be useful for combating advanced lung cancers

The addition of chest radiation reduces recurrence rate and, improves survival when added to chemo in extensive stage small-cell lung cancer.

For patients with small cell lung cancer, chest radiotherapy increases survival, decreases recurrence

For patients with small cell lung cancer, chest radiotherapy increases survival, decreases recurrence

Advanced small cell lung cancer patients experienced prolonged survivalafter being treated prophylactic cranial radiotherapy.

High-dose rate brachytherapy: From adjuvant therapy to an alternative for prostate cancer

High-dose rate brachytherapy: From adjuvant therapy to an alternative for prostate cancer

High-dose-rate (HDR) brachytherapy is typically used as a dose-escalating boost for external beam radiotherapy for prostate cancer; however, some researchers believe it might be close to graduating to a viable monotherapy.

For patients with lung cancer, new method may safely increase radiotherapy dose

For patients with lung cancer, new method may safely increase radiotherapy dose

Researchers have designed a method that increase the radiotherapy dose administered to patients with lung cancer.

Rethinking Breast Cancer Screening: Ultra FAST Breast MRI [EDITORIALS]

Rethinking Breast Cancer Screening: Ultra FAST Breast MRI [EDITORIALS]

Breast cancer screening is once again controversial. In this editorial, the author discusses new research demonstrating the effectiveness of an MRI imaging technique called first postcontrast subtracted T1-weighted image (FAST).

A review of radiotherapy-induced hypopituitarism

A review of radiotherapy-induced hypopituitarism

Some patients undergoing radiotherapy for cancers of the head, neck, and brain are at risk for endocrinopathies. This article reviews the risks, detection, and management of radiotherapy-induced hypopituitarism.

Experimental radiotherapy technique kills cancer cells while sparing healthy tissue

Experimental radiotherapy technique kills cancer cells while sparing healthy tissue

A new radiation technique appears to target tumor cells, leaving healthy cells unharmed, according to a new study in mice. The technique, known as FLASH, was developed by researchers at the Institute Curie in Paris, France.

A career change to radiation oncology nursing

A career change to radiation oncology nursing

What is the best approach to learning more about the field of Radiation Oncology?

Advanced heart imaging raises lifetime cancer risk of children

Children who undergo repeated complex imaging tests that deliver higher doses of radiation may have a slightly increased lifetime risk of cancer, according to new research.

Hyperfractionated radiotherapy improves overall survival in patients with head and neck cancer

Hyperfractionated radiotherapy improves overall survival in patients with head and neck cancer

A multi-institutional, randomized phase III trial of fractionation in locally advanced head and neck cancer demonstrated improved local-regional control and improved overall survival with no increase in late toxicity with hyperfractionated radiation therapy.

Proton therapy may be effective, less toxic treatment option for patients with head and neck cancer

Proton therapy may be effective, less toxic treatment option for patients with head and neck cancer

In a small study, researchers from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center found that 93 percent of head and neck cancer patients treated with multi-field optimization intensity modulated proton therapy were cancer-free 28 months after treatment. Side effects typical of standard radiation were also reduced in some cases.

Success with lung cancer treated by novel repeat radiation approach

An old idea of retreating lung tumors with radiation is new again, especially with the technological advances seen in radiation oncology over the last decade.

Radiation therapy for cervical cancer increases risk for colorectal cancer

Young women treated with radiation for cervical cancer should begin colorectal cancer screening earlier than traditionally recommended, according to new research.

Guideline issued for postoperative radiation therapy for endometrial cancer

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).

Preventing radiotherapy-associated sexual dysfunction in prostate cancer

Preventing radiotherapy-associated sexual dysfunction in prostate cancer

Sexual dysfunction is a common and distressing side effect of prostate cancer treatment. Two new reports from randomized clinical trials offer mixed results for adjuvant pharmacotherapy intended to prevent erectile dysfunction in men undergoing radiotherapy for prostate cancer.

Shared decision-making improves patient satisfaction during radiation therapy

Shared decision-making improves patient satisfaction during radiation therapy

Playing an active role in their radiation treatment decisions leaves patients with cancer feeling more satisfied with their care, and may even relieve psychologic distress around the experience, researchers reported.

Radiation Therapy for Cancer (Fact Sheet)

Radiation Therapy for Cancer (Fact Sheet)

This fact sheet examines radiation therapy, including forms of administration and potential side effects of treatment.

Post-mastectomy radiation beneficial after mastectomy

Post-mastectomy radiation beneficial after mastectomy

Reductions seen in locoregional recurrence, overall recurrence, and breast cancer mortality when radiotherapy is employed after mastectomy and axillary dissection.

Diagnosis of radiation recall hampered by delayed occurrence

Diagnosis of radiation recall hampered by delayed occurrence

Although uncommon, this side effect of radiation with adjuvant drug therapy is unpredictable, sometimes delayed, and can occur with administration of antibiotics and other drugs as well as chemotherapy.

Positive long-term outcomes after adjuvant accelerated partial breast irradiation

Long-term outcomes of breast cancer patients receiving adjuvant accelerated partial breast irradiation after breast-conserving surgery show excellent tumor control with minimal late toxicity.

Too soon to say if soy is a promising ­adjuvant for radiotherapy

Too soon to say if soy is a promising ­adjuvant for radiotherapy

Soy and soy isoflavones are alleviating skin and lung toxicities from thoracic radiotherapy in preclinical study models; however, researchers stress the need for further studies.

Advanced radiation therapy better for head and neck cancer

Patients with head and neck cancer who are treated with an advanced form of radiation therapy may experience fewer side effects and be less likely to die from their disease than patients who receive standard radiation therapy.

Respiratory motion management: Essential to radiotherapy

Respiratory motion management: Essential to radiotherapy

Respiratory motion management reduces radiation exposure to nontarget tissues in patients undergoing treatment of cancers in the chest and abdomen.

Reduced reimbursement for imaging may negatively impact patient outcomes

Drastic reimbursement cuts for image-guided breast biopsies, and other medical imaging techniques in the 2014 Medicare Fee Schedule Final Rule, may further reduce women's access to mammography and other breast cancer services.

Predicting nasopharyngeal carcinoma patient response to radiation therapy

Serum levels of the interleukin-6 family cytokine leukemia inhibitory factor (LIF) are higher in patients who did not respond to radiation therapy, according to new research.

Moist desquamation in large-chested women

Moist desquamation in large-chested women

Many larger-chested women develop moist desquamation under their breasts and are treated with Domeboro solution and air exposure. Are there any better methods for treating this condition?

RT for bone metastases in terminal cancer: More is not necessarily better

Despite long-running evidence demonstrating that a single session of radiotherapy provides just as much pain relief to patients with terminal cancer as multiple treatments, the method has yet to be adopted into routine practice.

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