Radiation and Your Patient

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.

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.

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.

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.

Nomograms: Predictive tool for prostate cancer management

Nomograms: Predictive tool for prostate cancer management

These tools can help clinicians determine which treatments are ideal and explain to patients what their best options are and why.

Using palliative radiotherapy to relieve bone metastasis pain

Using palliative radiotherapy to relieve bone metastasis pain

Management of bone metastasis is an increasingly common challenge. Palliative radiotherapy is proving to effectively relieve pain and improve quality of life for patients.

Can radiation therapy help resolve the liver cancer 'paradox'?

Can radiation therapy help resolve the liver cancer 'paradox'?

Few patients with HCC are candidates for curative treatment at diagnosis. However, a new study demonstrated that stereotactic body radiotherapy...

Radiotherapy side effects: Understanding pelvic radiation disease

Radiotherapy side effects: Understanding pelvic radiation disease

The key to managing this late effect is patient education because it can manifest long after patients complete radiotherapy.

Assessing and treating 
radiotherapy-associated 
diarrhea

Assessing and treating 
radiotherapy-associated 
diarrhea

A common side effect of cancer treatment, including radiotherapy, is diarrhea. Treatment is based on its cause and severity.

ASTRO vs CMS: The battle 
for radiation 
oncology 
services

ASTRO vs CMS: The battle 
for radiation 
oncology 
services

Proposed reductions in radiotherapy prompted a joint reaction from ASTRO and other cancer care organizations.

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