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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 […]

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 […]

Encouraging results for patients with aggressive brain cancer

Encouraging results for patients with aggressive brain cancer

Montreal – Being diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor is devastating news for patients and their loved ones. Whereas some types of tumor respond well to treatment, others such as glioblastomas – the most common and aggressive brain tumors – are known to recur and progress within short times from the diagnosis. Patients diagnosed with […]

Radiation therapy continues to be gold standard to palliate painful bone metastases

Radiation therapy continues to be gold standard to palliate painful bone metastases

The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) recently published an updated clinical guideline that underscores the safety and effectiveness of palliative radiation therapy (RT) for treating painful bone metastases. Based on recent clinical trial data, the guideline recommends optimal RT dosing schedules for pain relief, including options for re-treatment. The guideline, “Palliative radiation therapy for […]

Targeted Radiosurgery Better Than Whole-brain Radiation for Treating Brain Tumors

Targeted Radiosurgery Better Than Whole-brain Radiation for Treating Brain Tumors

Tumors that originate in other organs of the body and spread to the brain are known as metastatic brain tumors. According to the American Brain Tumor Association, this type of tumor is the most common in adults, affecting as many as 300,000 people each year. University of Missouri School of Medicine researchers compared two common […]

Yale scientists identify key defect in brain tumor cells

Yale scientists identify key defect in brain tumor cells

In a new study, Yale Cancer Center researchers identified a novel genetic defect that prevents brain tumor cells from repairing damaged DNA. They found that the defect is highly sensitive to an existing FDA-approved drug used to treat ovarian cancer — a discovery that challenges current practice for treatment of brain tumors and other cancers […]

Penn Experts Call for Expansion of Molecular Imaging in Precision Cancer Care

Penn Experts Call for Expansion of Molecular Imaging in Precision Cancer Care

The Noninvasive Approach Needs More Research but Carries Added Benefits to Biopsies, They Say Newswise — PHILADELPHIA – New molecular imaging technologies can make it easier to diagnose, monitor, and treat cancers while potentially saving patients from undergoing therapies that are likely to be ineffective and playing a role in minimizing side effects, according to […]

Antibody drug conjugates may help personalize radiotherapy for patients with cancer

Antibody drug conjugates may help personalize radiotherapy for patients with cancer

Biomarker-driven study shows promise in sensitizing HER2 positive tumors to radiation and chemotherapy Many types of cancer become drug resistant, making them difficult to treat. Researchers with University of California San Diego School of Medicine and Moores Cancer Center have identified a strategy to selectively sensitize certain cancer cells to radiation therapy that may improve […]

Radiotherapy halves deaths from prostate cancer 15 years after diagnosis

Radiotherapy halves deaths from prostate cancer 15 years after diagnosis

A longitudinal Nordic study, comparing the results of hormone (antiandrogen) therapy with or without the addition of local radiotherapy, shows that a combination of treatments halves the risk of death from prostate cancer 15 years after diagnosis. This according to a follow-up study recently published in the journal European Urology. “Before the turn of the […]

Study finds 7% malfunction rate in CIEDs attributable to radiotherapy

Study finds 7% malfunction rate in CIEDs attributable to radiotherapy

A retrospective analysis found 7 percent of patients with cardiovascular implantable electronic devices (CIEDs) had a malfunction attributed to radiotherapy. All of the cases occurred during neuron-producing radiotherapy, prompting lead researcher Jonathan D. Grant, MD, to recommend the use of non-neutron-producing radiotherapy when clinically feasible. Grant and his colleagues at the University of Texas MD […]

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