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Facing Cancer Is Even Tougher If The Only Radiation Machine Is Broken

Facing Cancer Is Even Tougher If The Only Radiation Machine Is Broken

If you happen to be a cancer patient needing radiation in Senegal, getting past the shock of the diagnosis and onto treatment is a major hardship at the moment. The country’s only radiotherapy machine — indeed for a long while the only one in French-speaking West Africa — is broken. That’s the machine whose radiation […]

Does MRI plus mammography improve detection of new breast cancer after breast conservation therapy?

Does MRI plus mammography improve detection of new breast cancer after breast conservation therapy?

A new article published by JAMA Oncology compares outcomes for combined mammography and MRI or ultrasonography screenings for new breast cancers in women who have previously undergone breast conservation surgery and radiotherapy for breast cancer initially diagnosed at 50 or younger. Women who are treated with breast conservation surgery and radiotherapy remain at an increased […]

Brain tumors: Still devastating, but treatment has come a long way

Brain tumors: Still devastating, but treatment has come a long way

A brain tumor was the furthest thing from Kathy English’s mind that day in 2003 when she walked into a neurologist’s office. She’d had some uncontrolled sinus issues, so her doctors had ordered a variety of tests, including an MRI. When she arrived to get the MRI results, the neurologist said he had not yet […]

Personalized PRRT improves radiation delivery to neuroendocrine tumors

Personalized PRRT improves radiation delivery to neuroendocrine tumors

Neuroendocrine cancer is exceedingly difficult to manage and unlikely to be cured, but researchers intend to slow progression of these tumors and aid survival by personalizing patient dose of peptide-receptor radionuclide therapy (PRRT), according to research presented at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI). PRRT has become […]

New target found to attack an incurable brain tumor in children

New target found to attack an incurable brain tumor in children

A study published in Molecular Cancer Research reveals that a tumor suppressor gene p16 is turned off by a histone mutation (H3.3K27M), which is found in up to 70 percent of childhood brain tumors called diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG). This insight suggests that restoring p16 is a promising therapeutic strategy. The authors have demonstrated […]

A Single Radiation Treatment Sufficiently Relieves Spinal Cord Compression Symptoms

A Single Radiation Treatment Sufficiently Relieves Spinal Cord Compression Symptoms

ASCO Perspective “Spinal cord compression is a debilitating condition that many patients with advanced cancer experience. Until now, patients often had to spend multiple days traveling back and forth to undergo radiation treatments. This study means that without compromising care, we can help patients have more time to focus on the things they enjoy instead […]

Higher-Dose Radiotherapy Ups Survival in Pancreatic Cancer

Higher-Dose Radiotherapy Ups Survival in Pancreatic Cancer

Radiotherapy can increase survival in early pancreatic cancer — but the catch is that the dose needs to be high enough to have an effect. The results of a new study found that the higher the dose of chemoradiation, the higher the benefit. For example, patients who received the lowest dose of <45 Gy had […]

New Findings Show Stereotactic Radiation Reduces Treatment Time

New Findings Show Stereotactic Radiation Reduces Treatment Time

UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers recently discovered a new way to reduce breast cancer treatment time. They found that stereotactic partial breast radiation, a non-invasive form of radiation treatment, is just as safe and effective as traditional practices, and only takes days to complete. Currently, UT Southwestern’s Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center is the […]

‘Evidence is clear’: Moderate hypofractionation safe, effective for prostate cancer

‘Evidence is clear’: Moderate hypofractionation safe, effective for prostate cancer

Moderate hypofractionation is a safe and effective alternative to standard hypofractionation for prostate cancer and should be considered during treatment discussions, according to a commentary published in The International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology and Physics. “The evidence is clear, the value to patients is obvious and the potential cost savings are substantial,” Justin E. […]

Further Reductions in Radiotherapy to Young Children with Brain Tumors Results in Less Successful Outcomes

Further Reductions in Radiotherapy to Young Children with Brain Tumors Results in Less Successful Outcomes

A team of investigators has determined that young children participating in a clinical trial to assess the effectiveness of reduced radiotherapy did worse when there were deviations from the treatment protocol. Results of the study will be available online in advance of publication by Pediatric Blood & Cancer on April 4. “This study shows that […]

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