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.

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.

Photodynamic therapy for pancreatic cancer made simpler and cheaper

Present barriers for the usual dosimetry accompanying photodynamic therapy (PDT) for late-stage pancreatic cancer can be overcome via clinical technologies.

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

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

Combination erythropoietin and radiation therapy did not improve control for anemic patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma.

Patients expect more information regarding radiation-related tests

Patients expect more information regarding radiation-related tests

A gap exists between patient expectations and current practices for provision of information about radiation use.

Combination therapy found best for low-grade brain tumors

New evidence indicates that combining chemotherapy with radiation therapy may be the best option for people with a low-grade form of brain cancer.

Patients with cancer desire more communication about medical imaging risks, benefits

Patients with cancer desire more communication about medical imaging risks, benefits

Patients with cancer desire more information from health care professionals about medical imaging tests that use radiation.

Radiation plus immunotherapy revs up immune system to better attack melanoma

Treating metastatic melanoma with a combination of radiotherapy and two immunotherapies that target the CTLA4 and PD-1 pathways could produce an optimal response in more patients.

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