Radiology

Radiation and Your Patient 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.

Radiation and Your Patient 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.

Radiation and Your Patient 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.

Radiation and Your Patient 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.

Advisor Forum 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?

Advisor Forum Optimal dosing for TMZ: 1 hour prior to RT versus bedtime

Optimal dosing for TMZ: 1 hour prior to RT versus bedtime

Is there a difference in dosing (1 hour prior to radiotherapy vs bedtime) with temozolomide plus radiotherapy for glioblastoma multiforme?

Ask a Pharmacist Safety of combining imatinib and radiotherapy

Safety of combining imatinib and radiotherapy

Is combination therapy of imatinib (Gleevec) and radiotherapy safe?

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.

ONS Annual Congress 2014

Gabapentin benefits oropharyngeal cancer patients

ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA—Among oropharyngeal patients receiving radiotherapy, gabapentin improved pain management and reduced weight loss, which potentially prevents the need for placement of a gastrostomy tube, according to a study presented at the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) 39th Annual Congress.

ONS Annual Congress 2014

Minimizing radiation exposure in thyroid cancer care

ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA—Three principles can help nurses minimize radiation exposure levels when caring for patients receiving high-dose ablative therapy for thyroid cancer, according to research presented at the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) 39th Annual Congress.

Exercise beneficial for patients with head and neck cancers undergoing radiation therapy

Exercise beneficial for patients with head and neck cancers undergoing radiation therapy

Significant benefits of exercise regimen in reducing the effect of percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy placement on swallowing function for patients with head and neck cancer.

European researchers explore using patient-reported outcome tool to monitor radiotherapy side effects

Researchers have developed a tool to monitor the effects, including fatigue and inflammation, commonly associated with the radiotherapy used to treat lung cancer.

Radiation plus hormone therapy prolongs survival for older men with prostate cancer

The addition of radiation treatment to hormone therapy reduced more cancer deaths among older men locally advanced prostate cancer, compared to hormone therapy alone.

Aerobic exercise reduces fatigue in women undergoing radiotherapy for breast cancer

Aerobic exercise reduces fatigue in women undergoing radiotherapy for breast cancer

Findings in a quasi-experimental study of Taiwanese women with early-stage breast cancer showed the potential for exercise to reduce fatigue in women undergoing radiotherapy.

Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) plus chemotherapy improves survival among patients with stage 4 lung cancer

Combining stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) with a specific chemotherapy regimen more than doubled survival rates for certain patients with stage 4 lung cancer, according to recent research data.

Reprogramming stem cells may prevent cancer after radiation

Radiation makes a stem cell lose its stem-ness, making stem cells damaged by radiation differentiate into other cells that can no longer survive forever.

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.

Older patients with breast cancer still undergo radiation despite its limited benefit

Women over 70 years with early stage breast cancer are very likely to receive radiation therapy, despite evidence of that it might not be the best form of treatment.

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.

Radiotherapy does not increase secondary cancer risk in pelvic cancer patients

Radiotherapy does not increase secondary cancer risk in pelvic cancer patients

Compared to patients who were treated with surgery alone

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