Radiation and Your Patient

Radiation-Induced Esophagitis: A Common, Debilitating Clinical Challenge in Thoracic Radiotherapy

Radiation-Induced Esophagitis: A Common, Debilitating Clinical Challenge in Thoracic Radiotherapy

A review of current options and ongoing trials for managing ARIE, a common esophageal adverse effect caused by radiotherapy to the thoracic region for lung, breast, or head and neck cancers, or lymphoma.

Walking Program Improved Physical Function, But Not Fatigue, After RT for Breast Cancer

Walking Program Improved Physical Function, But Not Fatigue, After RT for Breast Cancer

In a multicenter phase 2 study, the Walk With Ease program was evaluated for its effectiveness in reducing radiotherapy-associated fatigue vs usual care in older patients with breast cancer. Results were presented at 2018 ASCO Annual Meeting.

Multimodal Follow-up Improved Postradiotherapy Sexual Health in Lower GI, Gynecologic Cancers

Multimodal Follow-up Improved Postradiotherapy Sexual Health in Lower GI, Gynecologic Cancers

Researchers sought to determine the effectiveness of a multimodal continuity of care program for women receiving radiation therapy for gynecologic or lower GI cancers. Their findings were presented at the 2018 ONS Annual Congress.

Reflexology, Aromatherapy May Reduce Pain, Anxiety of Brachytherapy for Cervical Cancer

Reflexology, Aromatherapy May Reduce Pain, Anxiety of Brachytherapy for Cervical Cancer

A study presented at the 2018 ONS Annual Congress explored whether aromatherapy and reflexology can ease anxiety and pain for patients undergoing brachytherapy for cervical cancer.

Low Level Laser Therapy May Prevent Oral Mucositis During HSCT Conditioning

Low Level Laser Therapy May Prevent Oral Mucositis During HSCT Conditioning

Researchers assessed the effectiveness of low level laser therapy in preventing or minimizing oral mucositis in patients with hematologic cancers preparing to undergo HSCT. Results were presented at the 2018 ONS Annual Congress.

Posttreatment Visual Function, Ocular Symptoms Impact QOL in Head and Neck Cancer

Posttreatment Visual Function, Ocular Symptoms Impact QOL in Head and Neck Cancer

A link between visual function, ocular symptoms, and quality of life was found in cross-sectional study of patients who underwent radiotherapy for head and neck cancers, according to a presentation at the 2018 ONS Annual Congress.

Evolving Role of Radiation Therapy in the Treatment of Mesothelioma

Evolving Role of Radiation Therapy in the Treatment of Mesothelioma

Research into the potential of radiation therapy in the management of mesothelioma may improve the prognosis, and possibly extend progression-free survival, for patients with this incurable cancer.

Does Better Breast Imaging Lead to Improved Outcomes or Increased Overdiagnosis?

Does Better Breast Imaging Lead to Improved Outcomes or Increased Overdiagnosis?

Advances in breast imaging such as DBT offer better, clearer images of breast tissue that can identify even low-grade DCIS tumors. But will more sensitive imaging lead to improved outcomes or increased overtreatment?

Advances in Prevention, Treatment of RT-Associated Radiodermatitis Hold Promise

Advances in Prevention, Treatment of RT-Associated Radiodermatitis Hold Promise

This review of radiodermatitis, a common adverse effect of radiation therapy, discusses preventive and treatment options available that reduce and/or minimize symptoms of the condition.

Cost vs Benefits: The Controversy Over Proton Beam Radiotherapy

Cost vs Benefits: The Controversy Over Proton Beam Radiotherapy

At $225 million per system, the precision of proton beam radiotherapy is not necessarily overshadowing its high costs. Yet ongoing studies seek to determine how this technology fits into current treatment regimens for prostate, breast, and other cancers.

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