Radiation and Your Patient

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.

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