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Radiation exposure linked to aggressive thyroid cancers

For the first time, researchers have found that exposure to radioactive iodine is associated with more aggressive forms of thyroid cancer, according to a careful study of over a thousand individuals.

Proton therapy less costly than some alternative radiotherapy techniques

Partial breast irradiation (APBI) with proton therapy, as opposed to whole breast irradiation (WBI), may prove more affordable and have a more beneficial length of treatment for patients with early stage breast cancer.

Postoperative radiation therapy improves overall survival in resected NSCLC

Patients with non-small lung cancer (NSCLC) that received postoperative radiation therapy (PORT) lived an average of 4 months longer, when compared with patients who had the same disease progression and treatment criteria.

Most internet sites on prostate cancer disagree with expert panel's recommendations

Less than 20 percent of top-ranked health sites advise against screening for prostate cancer, a recommendation made by the USPSTF.

Circulating tumor cells can reveal cancer sooner than imaging tests

Circulating tumor cells can be detected well before the cancer becomes detectable on computed tomography (CT), according to new research, opening the possibility of early eradication of the primary cancer site.

Stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) effective for inoperable early stage lung cancer

Excellent long-term, local control for medically inoperable, early stage lung cancer patients is possible, according to a review of data from an institutional patient registry on stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT).

Diet, inflammation, and cancer linked through certain lipids

A category of lipids known as sphingolipids may be an important link in the relationship between diet, inflammation, and cancer.

Combination treatment for metastatic melanoma results in longer overall survival

Treatment with a combination of the drugs sargramostim plus ipilimumab, rather than ipilimumab alone, yielded longer overall survival and lower toxicity for patients with metastatic melanoma.

Cellular evidence for mind-body connection in breast cancer survivors

Researchers have demonstrated that employing mindfulness meditation or being a member of a support group has a positive physical impact at the cellular level in breast cancer survivors.

Tool developed to identify patients with limited cancer health literacy

A first-of-its-kind tool has been developed that can accurately measure cancer health literacy (CHL) and quickly identify patients with limited CHL.

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