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Women with advanced cervical cancer need varied therapy, study shows
Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that women with advanced cervical cancer have different odds of survival depending on how far the cancer has spread as determined by an imaging technique called positron emission tomography (PET). (2002-10-08)

Radiation rids arteries of re-narrowing for up to five years
People who received radiation in their arteries during angioplasty had a reduced risk of artery renarrowing for up to five years compared to those who got only angioplasty, according to a report in today's Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. (2002-05-13)

High-dose radiation treatment effective at fighting some cancers in children
Directing high-level doses of radiation at malignant tumors during surgery shows promise in treating certain childhood cancers. Eleven of 13 children in an Ohio State University study remained cancer-free an average of four years after treatment with a technique called intraoperative high-dose-rate brachytherapy (IO-HDRBT). Ten of the surviving children were treated during advanced stages of their diseases. (2001-12-12)

Prostate cancer treatment comparison: seed implantation shows more side effects than external radiation
Treating prostate cancer with implanted radioactive (2001-11-06)

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)

Computerized tool helps predict outcome of treatment for early stage prostate cancer
Researchers at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center have pioneered the use of computerized devices to help patients and their physicians decide among the major treatment choices for early stage prostate cancer. Such tools, called nomograms, have been developed to predict outcomes for surgery and radiation therapy, and now, brachytherapy (radioactive seed implantations) for early stage prostate cancer. (2001-09-11)

Scientists find similar survival rates for eye cancer therapies
Researchers have found that the survival rates for two alternative treatments for primary eye cancer--radiation therapy and removal of the eye--are about the same. As a consequence of this research, the capability of doctors nationwide to provide more accurate diagnoses and state-of-the-art treatments for eye cancer has been greatly expanded. Mortality data are compared in the July 2001 issue of Archives of Ophthalmology. (2001-07-12)

Results of quality of life study of patients with clinically localized prostate cancer reported
Results of a prospective health-related quality of life (HRQOL) study on prostate cancer patients were presented at the American Urological Association meeting by M. Craig Hall, M.D., associate professor of urology and director of urologic oncology at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. The meeting is in Anaheim, California, June 2-7. (2001-06-01)

New clinical program development fund awards $17.6 million in grants for Yale-New Haven Medical Center
New research at Yale in cancer, brain disorders, cardiovascular disease, developmental disorders and organ transplantation will be advanced with $17.6 million in grants from the New Clinical Program Development Fund (the Fund). (2001-05-09)

Brachytherapy and early prostate cancer
The Genitourinary Cancer Disease Site Group of the Cancer Care Ontario Practice Guidelines Initiative has conducted a systematic overview of the literature to assess the role of brachytherapy in early prostate cancer. (2001-04-02)

The mathematics of cancer treatment: Advanced programming techniques offer new weapon against prostate cancer
A merger of advanced mathematical techniques with cutting- edge computer technology may give doctors a powerful new weapon in the battle against prostate cancer. Researchers have developed a computerized expert system that would help radiation oncologists optimize placement of radioactive (2001-02-19)

Radiation may prevent re-clogging of leg arteries
Radiation therapy significantly reduced the re-clogging of blocked leg arteries, researchers report in one of the best-designed studies on the topic to date in today's Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. (2000-11-26)

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)

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)

New advance in radiation therapy may improve cancer treatment
At an international conference in Chicago, medical physicists will describe an innovative new technique known as (2000-07-18)

Quality of life returns to normal in year following brachytherapy
In the first study of its type, Wake Forest University investigators reported today (May 3) that the quality of life for prostate cancer patients returns to normal within one year after implantation ofpermanent-source brachytherapy, and symptoms essentially disappear. (2000-05-03)

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)

Radiation may provide a new ray of hope for an old problem
Radiation has long been used as a method for killing cancer cells. Now researchers say radiation looks promising as a way to kill the overgrowth of tissue cells that can lead to a reblockage of a heart artery, according to a report in today's issue of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. (2000-01-30)

Exploiting evolution to treat prostate cancer
Scientists are exploring the use of genetic algorithms to treat prostate cancer by improving how radiation is delivered. The PIPER program relies on the principles of evolution to develop treatment plans for brachytherapy procedures, where doctors try to wipe out cancer cells while sparing key organs like the bladder and the urethra. (1999-12-21)

Wake Forest first to apply innovative brain cancer treatment
Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center recently became the first medical center to use an innovative treatment system for brain cancer known as the GliaSiteā„¢ Radiation Therapy System (RTS). (1999-07-23)

Radioactive Beads Latest Weapon In Fighting Cancer In Dogs, Cats
When surgery can't be performed or isn't enough to remove cancerous tumors, veterinarians at Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine are using a new, implantable radiation treatment option. Brachytherapy is for dogs or cats that have certain tumors that aren't likely to spread to other parts of their body. (1999-02-05)

Ultrasound Imaging Advance Improves Prostate Cancer Treatment
Assessing whether prostate cancer patients are eligible for radioactive seed implantation therapy, a preferred new treatment, can now be made in minutes rather than days, and at a fraction of the usual cost, using a new ultrasound imaging technology developed by researchers at the University of Washington and Seattle Prostate Institute. (1998-08-04)

A Hint Why Hormone Therapy For Prostate Cancer Ultimately Fails
The drugs commonly given to help men beat prostate cancer may actually help the cancer grow under some conditions, a University of Rochester Cancer Center team shows in a study published in the June 23 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (1998-06-22)

Seed Implants Effectively Treat Prostate Cancer
Radioactive seed implants are a safe, effective way to treat prostate cancer with few side effects, a Michigan study reports. (1997-10-03)

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