Radiology

Radiation and Your Patient Identifying biomarkers for radiation pneumonitis

Identifying biomarkers for radiation pneumonitis

Interstitial lung disease appears to be a risk factor for radiation pneumonitis, a potentially life-threatening adverse effect of radiotherapy to the chest and thorax.

Publishers Alliance Minimizing second cancer risk following radiotherapy: current perspectives

Minimizing second cancer risk following radiotherapy: current perspectives

[Cancer Management and Research] Secondary cancer risk following radiotherapy is an increasingly important topic in clinical oncology with impact on treatment decision making and on patient management.

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.

Proton radiotherapy delivers more accurate cancer treatment with less collateral damage

Accurate administration of proton radiotherapy in mobile organs, such as the lung, can be difficult, but researchers have developed a model that will allow for better beam targeting.

Combined brachytherapy techniques should be benchmark for cervical cancer treatment

An investigation on the late side effects of a combination of two forms of brachytherapy to treat cervical cancer has revealed that the technique delivers higher radiation doses to the tumor without additional treatment-related complications afterwards.

Brachytherapy improves survival for inoperable early stage endometrial cancer

Brachytherapy, with or without external beam radiation, can improve survival in women with inoperable, early stage endometrial cancer.

Permanent radiotherapy implants reduce risk of prostate cancer recurrence after 5 years

The use of permanent radioactive implants (brachytherapy) with dose-escalated external beam radiotherapy in patients with prostate cancer doubled the chances of those individuals to be cancer-free 5 years later.

High radiotherapy dose improves prospects for children with brain cancer

Increasing the dose of radiotherapy given to children with an intracranial ependymoma can significantly improve their survival.

Use of postsurgical radiotherapy for prostate cancer declining despite evidence of benefit

Postsurgical radiation therapy for prostate cancer at risk of recurrence is declining in the United States, despite evidence that it can be helpful.

Erythropoietin plus radiation does not improve local-regional control in anemic patients with head and neck cancer

The addition of erythropoietin did not improve local-regional control for anemic patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) who receive radiation therapy.

Stereotactic body radiation pioneered for deadly kidney cancer complication

Two case studies have described what is believed to be the first reported successful use of stereotactic body radiation therapy for an oft-deadly kidney cancer complication.

Multidimensional Approach Promotes Adherence, Decreases Severity of Radiation Dermatitis

Multidimensional Approach Promotes Adherence, Decreases Severity of Radiation Dermatitis

Three weeks after a multidimensional intervention, 90% of patients with head and neck cancer undergoing radiation reported full adherence.

Sweeping prostate cancer review upends widely held belief on radiation after surgery

Two studies do not show protective effect of delayed radiation compared to earlier radiation for prostate cancer.

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