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IMRT cuts GI side effects from prostate cancer in half vs. 3D-CRT
Intensity modulated radiation therapy, a newer, more precise form of radiation therapy, causes fewer gastrointestinal side effects when combined with hormone therapy than using three-dimensional radiation therapy. View News Article (2011-06-02)

Radiation plus chemotherapy provides long-term positive results for head and neck cancer patients
A select subgroup of advanced head and neck cancer patients treated with radiation therapy plus the chemotherapy drug cisplatin had more positive outcomes than patients treated with radiation therapy alone and continued to show positive results 10 years post-treatment. View News Article (2012-01-26)

Proton therapy lowers chance of later cancers
Patients who are treated with proton therapy (a specialized type of external beam radiation therapy using protons rather than X-rays to treat cancer) decreases the risk of patients developing a secondary cancer by two-fold, compared to being treated with standard photon radiation treatment. View News Article (2008-09-22)

Optimal adjuvant radiation therapy associated with improved survival, meta-analysis shows
A new analysis of adjuvant radiation therapy in women with breast cancer following mastectomy is associated with better survival as measured at 10 years when appropriate doses and fields of radiation are used. View News Article (2006-01-04)

Rare pancreatic cancer patients may live longer when treated with radiation therapy
Radiation therapy is effective in achieving local control and palliation in patients with pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (PNTs), despite such tumors being commonly considered resistant to radiation therapy. View News Article (2009-11-23)

Higher radiation dose does not help lung cancer patients live longer
A higher dose of radiation (74 Gy) does not improve overall survival for non-small cell lung cancer that has spread to the lymph nodes, compared to the standard radiation dose (60 Gy), according to an interim analysis of a late-breaking randomized study presented at the plenary session, October 3, 2011, at the 53rdAnnual Meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO). View News Article (2011-10-04)

New merciful treatment method for children with brain tumors
Children who undergo brain radiation therapy run a significant risk of suffering from permanent neurocognitive adverse effects. View News Article (2012-10-16)

Radiation therapy to treat uterine cancer linked with increased risk of bladder cancer later in life
Radiation therapy used to treat uterine cancer may increase a patient's risk of developing bladder cancer. That is the conclusion of a recent study published in BJU International.  View News Article (2013-12-18)

New radiation technique can greatly reduce painful skin burns in women with breast cancer
Breast cancer patients who undergo a new radiation technique called intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) after surgery are three times less likely to have severe skin reactions from the treatment compared to standard radiation therapy. View News Article (2006-11-07)

Combination therapy shows improvement for breast cancer patients
Giving radiation therapy and chemotherapy at the same time after a lumpectomy helps keep breast cancer from returning locally. View News Article (2006-12-01)

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