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Scientists are combining drugs and radiotherapy, hunting for better results

Scientists are combining drugs and radiotherapy, hunting for better results

Radiotherapy has been around for decades, and is often extremely effective. But researchers are still discovering new ways to use it. This includes testing new drugs alongside radiotherapy. “The aim is to increase the chance of a cure by making the radiotherapy more effective at killing cancer cells,” says Professor Anthony Chalmers, a Cancer Research UK-funded […]

Prostate Cancer: Hypofractionated Radiotherapy’s Role in Post-operative Settings

Prostate Cancer: Hypofractionated Radiotherapy’s Role in Post-operative Settings

Hypofractionated external beam radiotherapy (EBRT) delivers the total prescribed therapeutic radiation dose in fewer, larger-dose fractions than standard radiotherapy dose schedules, accelerating treatment time. “The key advantages of moderate hypofractionation, owing to its shorter treatment courses, are lower cost and greater convenience for patients,” said Scott Morgan, MD, assistant professor of radiation oncology at the University […]

Unravelling the mystery of radiotherapy

Unravelling the mystery of radiotherapy

Cancer treatment and care has made enormous progress over recent years, with a significant improvement in survival rates and quality of life after cancer. Much of this is down to the evolution of radiation therapy. Around four in ten of all NHS cancer patients are treated with radiotherapy and last year Simon Stevens, chief executive […]

Has the Safety and Efficacy of Radiotherapy Improved?

Has the Safety and Efficacy of Radiotherapy Improved?

A recent review evaluated advances which surround the use of radiotherapy to treat cancer patients and the impact they have on patient safety. The History of Radiotherapy With over an estimated 14.7 million people in the US living with cancer (2014 statistics), at least half of these patients will receive radiotherapy. Improvements in diagnosis, supportive […]

The nurse hired to combat cancer myths online

The nurse hired to combat cancer myths online

A cancer charity has appointed a digital nurse to combat “fake news” online, which they say leaves patients “scared and at risk of bogus cures”. Macmillan Cancer Support found two-fifths of people with cancer looked up information about their diagnosis on the internet. One in eight of those went online because they didn’t fully understand […]

Zika Virus Could Actually Be Turned Into a Weapon Against Brain Cancer

Zika Virus Could Actually Be Turned Into a Weapon Against Brain Cancer

News on the emergence of the mosquito-borne Zika virus in recent years has been full of heart-breaking images of infants born with a confronting neurological disorder caused by the pathogen’s effects on certain stem cells. Now researchers are proposing a daring use for the virus’s talent for destroying these kinds of brain tissues; to turn […]

Cancer: Novel cell death technique may be better than chemo

Cancer: Novel cell death technique may be better than chemo

Chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and immunotherapy are typically used to treat cancer, but they do not work for all patients with the disease. In a new study, scientists have discovered a cancer-killing technique that might be more effective than conventional cancer therapies. Researchers reveal how a process called caspase-independent cell death (CICD) frequently led to the complete […]

Blocking the back-door that cancer cells use to escape death by radiotherapy

Blocking the back-door that cancer cells use to escape death by radiotherapy

(Edmonton) A natural healing mechanism of the body may be reducing the efficiency of radiotherapy in breast cancer patients, according to a new study. Research led by scientists at the University of Alberta found that irradiation of breast fat (also known as adipose tissue) produces an inflammatory response that in normal circumstances promotes healing, but […]

3 Innovative Tools Can Ease Pain for Cancer Patients

3 Innovative Tools Can Ease Pain for Cancer Patients

The 60-year-old was in excruciating pain as his lung cancer invaded his bones and brain. Escalating doses of opioids no longer kept pain at bay. The side effects were disabling. Enter a pain management specialist. He teamed up with the man’s oncologist and palliative care specialist. A small pump was implanted near the man’s spinal cord. It sent […]

New discovery could lead to better results for patients undergoing radiation

New discovery could lead to better results for patients undergoing radiation

More than half of cancer patients undergo radiotherapy, in which high doses of radiation are aimed at diseased tissue to kill cancer cells. But due to a phenomenon known as radiation-induced bystander effect (RIBE), in which irradiated cells leak chemical signals that can travel some distance to damage unexposed healthy cells, many suffer side-effects such […]

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