Radiation Therapy

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.

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

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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

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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

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

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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