Radiation Therapy

Breast Conservation Improves Survival vs Mastectomy in Breast Cancer

Breast Conservation Improves Survival vs Mastectomy in Breast Cancer

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Results of a recent study demonstrated overall survival was better among women who underwent breast-conserving surgery vs mastectomy. Furthermore, best overall survival was achieved with adjuvant radiotherapy in the former group and systemic therapy in the latter group.

Optimal Treatment Regimens for Oldest Patients Is an Emerging Challenge for Radiation Oncology

Optimal Treatment Regimens for Oldest Patients Is an Emerging Challenge for Radiation Oncology

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A look at the significant influence of age-adjusted prognoses and treatment priorities for radiation therapy in the oldest patients with cancer.

Most Skull Radiation Patients Show No Cognitive Impairment

Most Skull Radiation Patients Show No Cognitive Impairment

The researchers found that the majority of patients had no frank detectable cognitive impairment after undergoing skull base irradiation.

Preventing Body-Trauma Triggers During Radiation Therapy for Cancer

Preventing Body-Trauma Triggers During Radiation Therapy for Cancer

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Some patients undergoing radiation therapy may experience traumatic symptoms if they had a prior experience that triggered their "fight, flight, or freeze" response. Somatic experiencing may help these patients manage their symptoms during their radiation treatments.

Adjuvant Partial Breast Radiotherapy Noninferior in Preventing Relapse in Local Breast Cancer

Adjuvant Partial Breast Radiotherapy Noninferior in Preventing Relapse in Local Breast Cancer

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Partial-breast and reduced-dose radiotherapy was found to be noninferior in preventing local relapse compared with whole-breast radiation therapy in patients with early stage breast cancer with a lower-than-average risk of relapse.

Deodorant, Antiperspirant Use During Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer Not Detrimental

Deodorant, Antiperspirant Use During Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer Not Detrimental

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Use of antiperspirant or deodorant does not adversely affect potential for dermal toxicity or surface concentrations of aluminum in the axilla in women undergoing radiation therapy for breast cancer.

Oropharyngeal Mucositis Pain Effectively Relieved With Indomethacin Oral Spray

Oropharyngeal Mucositis Pain Effectively Relieved With Indomethacin Oral Spray

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Indomethacin oral spray (IM-OS) is proven to be a safe and effective treatment for oropharyngeal mucositis pain in patients with cancer.

Novel 3D Marker Reduces Radiation, Improves Cosmesis in Breast Conserving Surgery

Novel 3D Marker Reduces Radiation, Improves Cosmesis in Breast Conserving Surgery

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Two recent studies examined the benefits of using a 3D bioabsorbable marker to indicate the tumor bed in women with breast cancer who underwent breast conserving surgery (BCS).

Wait Times From Cancer Diagnosis to First Treatment Longer, Negative Impact on Survival

Wait Times From Cancer Diagnosis to First Treatment Longer, Negative Impact on Survival

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Data from the National Cancer Database are indicating that wait times from cancer diagnosis to initial treatment were substantially longer over a 5-year period.

Pembrolizumab Use With CRT Safe in Locally Advanced HNSCC

Pembrolizumab Use With CRT Safe in Locally Advanced HNSCC

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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

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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

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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