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UCLA study finds prostate cancer treatments impact on quality of life
A rigorous, long-term study of quality of life in patients who underwent one of the three most common treatments for prostate cancer found that each affected men's lives in different ways. The findings provide invaluable information for men with prostate cancer who are facing vital treatment decisions. (2007-04-23)

Radiation seeds effectively cure prostate cancer in young men
Radiation seed implants are just as effective at curing prostate cancer in younger men (aged 60 and younger) as they are in older men, according to a study presented at a scientific session on Oct. 31, 2007, at the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology's 49th Annual Meeting in Los Angeles. (2007-10-29)

Older breast cancer patients see more complications with brachytherapy
The breast cancer treatment brachytherapy -- heralded for its low complication rates -- actually results in more complications than whole-breast radiation one year after treatment, Yale School of Medicine researchers report in the October issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology. (2012-10-22)

New 'Smart Rounds' improves safety of radiation therapy
A North Shore-LIJ researcher will present program outcomes at ASTRO's 55th Annual Meeting. (2013-09-25)

Mayo Clinic researchers identify testing for patients for prostate treatments
Mayo Clinic researchers report in the current Mayo Clinic Proceedings that certain physical conditions in a patient, such as a low urinary flow or urinary pain, might help physicians assess a patient's vulnerability to complications of internal radiation treatment for prostate cancer. (2004-03-09)

Long-term study shows low oxygen levels in prostate tumors can predict recurrence
Fox Chase Cancer Center researchers have discovered that low-oxygen regions in prostate tumors can be used to predict a rise in prostate-specific antigen levels, a marker of tumor recurrence in prostate cancer. (2009-05-15)

Antibodies against sugars, internal radiation: Powerful package against cervical cancer
The sugar coating on cancer cells helps them thrive, and a new study indicates patients with cervical cancer who make antibodies to those sugars appear to do better when they also receive internal radiation therapy. (2020-06-16)

Radiation seed implant decreases risk of death over watchful waiting
Prostate cancer patients cut their risk of dying of the disease in half when they receive radiation seed implants to treat their cancer, compared to those who don't receive active treatment, within six months from being diagnosed with localized prostate cancer, according to a study presented Oct. 31, 2007, at the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology's 49th Annual Meeting in Los Angeles. (2007-10-31)

UCLA, RAND researchers help men with prostate cancer
Researchers from UCLA's Jonsson Cancer Center and RAND Health have developed a method to measure quality of care for patients with early -stage prostate cancer, providing for the first time a tool that can be used to help men decide where to go for the best medical care. (2003-05-15)

Mount Sinai researchers present findings on treatments for prostate and breast cancer
Researchers from the Department of Radiation Oncology and the Milton and Caroll Petrie Department of Urology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine are presenting findings from five studies of prostate and breast cancer treatments at the 46th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ASTRO), October 3-7, 2004, in Atlanta, Georgia. (2004-10-04)

Beta radiation treatment can prevent repeat blockages in vessels after angioplasty, new study shows
Delivering beta radiation following angioplasty may prevent new blockages from forming in the stents placed in heart vessels, according to results of a multi-center study headed by researchers at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. Study results were presented at the 42nd annual meeting of the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ASTRO) in Boston on October 24. (2000-10-23)

The John Theurer Cancer Center recognizes medical physics team for safety track record
The John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center announced today that the Division of Radiation Oncology has recognized Joseph Hanley, Ph.D., director, medical physics, the John Theurer Cancer Center and his team for outstanding excellence in patient safety. The team was presented with an award for their exceptional work developing and maintaining Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy quality assurance. (2010-06-07)

November's Ophthalmology journal
Studies for November's issue of Ophthalmology, the clinical journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, are now available. (2003-10-22)

New one week radiation treatment for breast cancer patients offers promising results
A new method of radiation -- accelerated partial breast irradiation using balloon brachytherapy -- makes it more convenient for breast cancer patients to receive radiation therapy after surgery and appears to be safe, offer good cosmetic results, and keep cancer from coming back, according to four-year results of an ongoing study presented October 17, 2005, at the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology's 47th Annual Meeting in Denver. (2005-10-17)

Poor QOL doesn't predict low survival in high-risk lung cancer patients undergoing surgery
High-risk operable lung cancer patients have poorer quality of life scores than the normal US population. However surgery can still be undertaken safely: Low global quality of life scores were not associated with lower survival, recurrence-free rate, or for higher risk for adverse events following sublobar resection, a major surgical procedure. (2014-04-29)

Radiation device allows for targeted breast radiation to control cancer
A new study of breast cancer patients at the Moores UCSD Cancer Center and the Arizona Oncology Services shows that after almost two years, the radiation given with the Strut-Adjusted Volume Implant (SAVI) controls the rate of cancer and may reduce the complications seen with alternate types of brachytherapy. (2010-07-12)

New Web site helps doctors and prostate cancer patients make better treatment choices
Doctors have created a free online computer tool, the CaP Calculator, that provides cancer specialists access to the latest prostate cancer research and helps them better individualize each patient's treatment options, according to a study presented in a scientific session on Sep. 23, 2008, at the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology's 50th Annual Meeting in Boston. (2008-09-23)

Drug-eluting and absorbable stents push interventional frontiers
Medicated stents that prevent arterial renarrowing are offering hope to patients with certain types of cardiovascular disease, while a novel stent that slowly dissolves into the artery wall is proving to be a safe alternative to conventional devices, according to research presented today at the American College of Cardiology's inaugural Innovation in Intervention: i2 Summit 2006 in Atlanta, Ga. A separate study tests the best approach to prevent blood clots in patients with acute coronary syndromes. (2006-03-13)

Hormone therapy for prostate cancer patients with heart conditions linked to increased death risk
Men with coronary artery disease-induced congestive heart failure or heart attack who receive hormone therapy before or along with radiation therapy for treatment of prostate cancer have an associated increased risk of death, according to a study in the Aug. 26 issue of JAMA. (2009-08-25)

APBI associated with more mastectomies, toxicities, complications, compared to traditional radiation
Accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI) brachytherapy, the localized form of radiation therapy growing increasingly popular as a treatment choice for women with early-stage breast cancer, is associated with higher rate of later mastectomy, increased radiation-related toxicities and post-operative complications, compared to traditional whole breast irradiation (WBI), according to researchers from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. (2012-05-01)

Breast cancer treatment offers better outcome to women with implants
Women with early stage breast cancer who have undergone breast augmentation may be treated successfully with a partial-breast radiation treatment called brachytherapy, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America. (2008-12-01)

Advantages and motivations uncertain behind use of brachytherapy for breast cancer radiotherapy
Accelerated partial breast irradiation using brachytherapy for the treatment of breast cancer has been rapidly increasing over the last several years in the US as an alternative to standard whole-breast irradiation, according to a study published Dec. 16 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. (2011-12-16)

Beta radiation treatment can prevent repeat blockages in blood vessels after angioplasty, according to a new study
A new study shows that the use of beta radiation may prevent repeat blockages in heart vessels following angioplasty. The University of Maryland Medical Center was part of a multi- center study to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of using beta radiation to treat and prevent new blockages inside of stents. The study found that beta radiation reduced the frequency of repeat blockages by as much as 66 percent in the patients treated. (2000-04-04)

Largest PSA bounce study eases worry of prostate cancer returning
Prostate cancer patients who have a temporary rise in their prostate specific antigen (PSA) levels after radiation therapy -- called a PSA bounce -- are not at an increased risk of their cancer coming back any more than those who don't have a temporary rise, according to the largest study of its kind presented November 8, 2006, at the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology's 48th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. (2006-11-08)

Expert nurse paves the way with in-demand treatment option; Century-old brachytherapy rejuvenated
As science and technology has advanced through the years, so has the practice of brachytherapy. This century-old form of radiation brings the radioactive source closer to the tumor, sparing surrounding organs and decreasing side effects. High-dose rate brachytherapy offers patients a shorter treatment time, more comfort, and is most often performed on an outpatient basis. Cynthia Briola, BS, RN, OCN, radiation oncology staff nurse at Fox Chase Cancer Center, paves the way with this in-demand treatment option. (2004-04-27)

Theodorescu receives prestigious Barringer Medal
CU Cancer Center Director, Dan Theodorescu, M.D., Ph.D., earns the Barringer Medal from the American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons. (2015-04-24)

Cisplatin combined with high-dose brachytherapy for advanced cervical cancer may be more beneficial
Adding the chemotherapy drug cisplatin to a treatment plan of radiation therapy and high-dose-rate brachytherapy for stage IIIB cervical cancer is beneficial, according to research presented today at the American Society for Radiation Oncology's 55th Annual Meeting. The study also indicated that the combined treatments produced acceptable levels of toxicity. (2013-09-22)

Drop in testosterone tied to prostate cancer recurrence
Men whose testosterone drops following radiation therapy for prostate cancer are more likely to experience a change in PSA levels that signals their cancer has returned, according to new research from Fox Chase Cancer Center. The findings will be presented on Oct. 29 at the American Society for Radiation Oncology's 54th Annual Meeting. (2012-10-28)

Obese prostate cancer patients may benefit more from brachytherapy
Brachytherapy, also called seed implants, may be a more beneficial treatment than surgery or external beam radiation therapy for overweight or obese prostate cancer patients, according to a study published in the August issue of the International Journal of Radiation, Oncology, Biology, Physics, the official journal of the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology. (2008-08-19)

September 2004 Ophthalmology journal
Studies from the September 2004 issue of Ophthalmology, the clinical journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, are now available. (2004-09-01)

Using additional biopsy-scoring data may help determine prostate cancer prognosis
Men with certain scores and patterns based on prostate cancer biopsy were found to be at higher risk of PSA-failure, suggesting that this measurement could help predict the risk of prostate cancer recurrence, according to preliminary research published in the Oct. 3 issue of JAMA. (2007-10-02)

Prostate brachytherapy causes fewer side effects than surgery
Men with prostate cancer have a slightly better long-term side effects profile with radiation seed implants than they do with surgery, according to a study released today in the International Journal for Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics, the official journal of Astro. (2007-02-28)

New prostate cancer treatment wins operations research award for Sloan-Kettering
The unique application of operations research to the treatment of prostate cancer allowed Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center to better Fortune 500 companies last night and win an international competition for best project by an organization. (2007-05-01)

Isotron licenses ORNL cancer treatment technology
Patients with cancers previously next to untreatable may have new hope because of a license agreement between Isotron of Norcross, Ga., and UT-Battelle, which manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory. (2004-11-24)

Novel radiation therapy safely treats prostate cancer and lowers the risk of recurrence
A recent Phase I/II clinical trial has shown that a new combination of radiation therapies developed at Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center escalates radiation doses to safely and effectively treat prostate cancer and lower the risk of recurrence with minimal radiation exposure to nearby healthy tissue and organs. (2012-06-26)

Low dose internal radiotherapy prevents artery narrowing
Low dose internal beta radiation can prevent artery re- narrowing after balloon angioplasty in patients with blocked coronary arteries, say results from a 50-centre US and European randomised trial. This is the first randomised trial to investigate the effect of beta radiation on artery narrowing. (2000-09-18)

1-week radiation effective breast cancer treatment
Accelerated partial breast irradiation using a type of radiation seed implants called balloon brachytherapy is as effective in keeping breast cancer from coming back as the standard external beam radiation treatment, according to a study presented Sept. 22, 2008, at the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology's 50th Annual Meeting in Boston. (2008-09-22)

Patients need to know that nuclear medicine procedures can trigger radiation alarms
Twenty million nuclear medicine procedures that detect and evaluate heart disease, brain disorders and cancer -- and that use radiopharmaceuticals to treat overactive thyroids and some cancers -- are performed each year. While health care providers in many facilities do provide patients with adequate information about nuclear medicine procedures, there's room for improvement, says a study supported by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality that appears in the December Journal of Nuclear Medicine. (2007-12-06)

Irradiated balloons may help prevent plaque re-growth in blocked arteries
Cardiologists at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles are participating in a randomized clinical trial studying the use of irradiated balloons to help prevent blocked arteries from developing recurring blockages. The procedure, known as intracoronary brachytherapy, was approved by the FDA in July and is designed to prevent re-growth of scar tissue after an arterial blockage has been removed with the use of angioplasty and stent. (2001-09-25)

3-D image guided brachytherapy helps avoid hysterectomies for cervical cancer patients
Delivering radiotherapy directly to cancer of the cervix using 3-D imaging techniques is effective at controlling the return and spread of the disease and, in most cases, avoids the need for hysterectomies. Results of this technique are for superior to those from previous eras using different treatments, and it has fewer side effects, researchers will tell the World Congress of Brachytherapy on Thursday. (2012-05-10)

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