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Radiotherapy

Researchers Identify Ways to Predict and Avoid Radiotherapy Side Effects

Latest results from a project to discover what makes a cancer patient more likely to suffer adverse side-effects after radiotherapy have shown that a combination of biological markers and certain genetic changes can predict radiation sensitivity. In addition; the international team of researchers in the REQUITE project found further evidence to support an earlier finding…

Radiotherapy

Guideline on Adjuvant and Salvage Radiotherapy After Prostatectomy

he American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) and the American Urological Association (AUA) today announced updates to their joint clinical guideline on adjuvant and salvage radiotherapy after prostatectomy in patients with and without evidence of prostate cancer recurrence to include new published research related to adjuvant radiotherapy. Society for Radiation Oncology The Adjuvant and Salvage…

Radiotherapy

High Dose of Radiation Targeted Directly to Tumor is Safe

A single high dose of radiation that can be delivered directly to the tumor within a few minutes is a safe and effective technique for treating men with low risk prostate cancer, according to a study presented at the ESTRO 38 conference. Radiotherapy traditionally involves a series of lower dose treatments that take place over…

Radiotherapy

Radiotherapy Beneficial for Advanced Hodgkin's Lymphoma Patients

Patients with advanced Hodgkin’s lymphoma who have large tumors at the time of diagnosis; may benefit from radiotherapy after chemotherapy even when all traces of the cancer appear to have gone; according to late breaking results presented at the ESTRO 38 conference today (Monday). Approximately 65-70% of patients with advanced stage Hodgkin’s lymphoma; can be…

Radiation therapy

The Future Hope Of “Flash” Radiation Cancer Therapy

The goal of cancer therapy is to destroy the cancer cells while minimizing side effects and damage to the rest of the body. Common types of treatment include surgery, chemotherapy, targeted therapy and radiation therapy. Often combined with surgery or drugs, radiation therapy uses high-energy X-rays to harm the DNA and other critical processes of the rapidly-dividing cancer cells.…

Proton Therapy

Accuracy, Safety And Tolerability Of Proton Therapy

Today (Tuesday, 23 April) marks the beginning of a new era in treatment planning at the University Proton Therapy Dresden of the University Hospital in Dresden (Germany): For the worldwide first time, a new approach increases the accuracy, safety and probably also the tolerability of proton therapy. The range prediction procedure was develop and extensively…

Radio therapy

Researchers Are Testing Ultrasound to Treat Neuropathic Pain

Steroid injections, nerve stimulators and spinal fusions were no match for the chronic pain in Tammy Durfee’s left side never mind the “searing-hot poker” sensation that would jab her leg without warning. After a decade searching for relief, a four-hour procedure in Baltimore put her pain to rest. Durfee, of Higginsville, Mo., was the first…

Radiotherapy

Clinical Innovations Focus on Personalized therapy

At the end of April medical physicists and radiation oncologists will be converging in Milan, Italy, for ESTRO 38, the annual congress of the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology. Because Delegates will have the opportunity to share knowledge and advances in the field, with a particular focus this year on a multidisciplinary approach to patient…

Radiotherapy

The Immune System to Develop Radiotherapy Resistance

More than a decade ago, radiation oncologists noticed a nifty phenomenon: Sometimes radiation used locally against a tumor could excite the immune system to attack cancer systemically throughout the body. It was as if the use of radiation had somehow awoken the immune system to the presence of cancer. Since then, a massive effort has…

Radiotherapy

Mouth Sore Pain Caused by Radiation Therapy

“Magic mouthwash,” an oral rinse containing diphenhydramine, lidocaine and antacids, significantly reduced pain from oral mucositis, mouth sores, in patients receiving radiation therapy for cancers of the head and neck when compared to plaecbo. These were the findings of a multi-institution; randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, phase III clinical trial, led by Robert Miller, M.D., an emeritus…

Radiation therapy

Treated Cancer Patients with Radiation Therapy

A new study finds wide state-by-state variations in Medicaid reimbursements to physicians who treat cancer patients with radiation therapies. These differences could compound existing disparities in access to health care in rural communities, which tend to have higher Medicaid coverage rates than metropolitan areas. The study is available for free access through April 24 in the International Journal of Radiation…

Radio therapy

Biophotonic Therapy Eliminates Bacteria and Viruses

A new technique for the decontamination of organs before transplantation using ultraviolet and red light irradiation has been developed by Brazilian and Canadian researchers and is described in an article titled “Inactivating hepatitis C virus in donor lungs using light therapies during normothermic ex vivo lung perfusion,” published in the journal Nature Communications. Therapies during normothermic…