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A new lead on a 50-year-old radiation damage mystery
For half a century, researchers have seen loops of displaced atoms appearing inside nuclear reactor steel after exposure to radiation, but no one could work out how. (2018-11-16)
Surgery & combination therapy optimizes results in aggressive prostate cancer management
Results published today in JAMA Oncology suggest post-operative radiation and hormone therapy, before cancer recurrence, as a new prostate cancer treatment option for men with a Gleason Score of 9 or 10. (2018-11-15)
Research on imaging in radiation oncology featured in Red Journal special issue
A new special edition of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology* Biology* Physics (Red Journal) focuses on the roles of imaging in radiation oncology. (2018-11-14)
Cognitive decline -- radiation -- brain tumor prevented by temporarily shutting down immune response
In a new study published Nov. 13 in the journal eLife, UC San Francisco scientists report the first animal model of glioma -- the most aggressive and most common form of brain cancer in the US -- that can also be used to study the long-term effects of radiation therapy in tumor-bearing brains. (2018-11-13)
Drug designed to boost radiotherapy for hard-to-treat cancers taken safely by patients
A new drug designed to make radiotherapy more effective in treating cancer has been given to patients while they are receiving radiation and shown to be safe, according to research presented at the 30th EORTC-NCI-AACR Symposium on Molecular Targets and Cancer Therapeutics in Dublin, Ireland. (2018-11-13)
Radiation therapy advances extend, improve lives of patients with anal cancer, studies find
Two recent studies find advances in radiation therapy are helping to prolong or improve the lives of people with anal cancer, including those whose cancer has advanced to stage IV. (2018-11-08)
Proton therapy for pediatric brain tumors has favorable cognitive outcomes
Proton therapy treatment for pediatric brain tumor patients is associated with better neurocognitive outcomes compared to x-ray radiation therapy according to a study by Northwestern Medicine. (2018-11-05)
Patients with low risk thyroid cancer can receive lower doses of radiation treatment
Thyroid cancer patients whose disease is at low risk of returning can be treated safely with a smaller amount of radiation following surgery, according to results from the world's longest running trial to investigate this -- the HiLo trial. (2018-11-04)
Radiation therapy cuts low risk of recurrence by nearly 3/4 for patients with 'good risk'
A subset of patients with low-risk breast cancer is highly unlikely to see cancer return following breast conservation surgery but can lower that risk even further with radiation therapy, finds a new long-term clinical trial report. (2018-10-29)
Aggressive treatment for some stage IV lung cancer pts can dramatically improve OS
Adding radiation therapy or surgery to systemic therapy for stage IV lung cancer patients whose cancer has spread to a limited number of sites can extend overall survival time significantly, according to new results from a multicenter, randomized, controlled phase II study. (2018-10-29)
Long-term side effects similarly low for weekly, conventional breast radiation, trial finds
In a 10-year study of women who received radiation therapy to treat early-stage breast cancer, those receiving fewer, larger individual doses experienced similarly low rates of late-onset side effects as those undergoing conventional radiation therapy. (2018-10-29)
Invention by NUS chemists opens the door to safer and less expensive X-ray imaging
Professor Liu Xiaogang from the National University of Singapore led a team to develop novel lead halide perovskite nanocrystals that are highly sensitive to X-ray irradiation. (2018-10-25)
The ghost of Cassiopeia
About 550 light-years away in the constellation of Cassiopeia lies IC 63, a stunning and slightly eerie nebula. (2018-10-25)
HPV blood test shows promise for tracking head and neck cancer after treatment
Researchers will present preliminary findings at the 60th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology in San Antonio on Tuesday, Oct. (2018-10-23)
Biomarker blood test confirms remission in patients with HPV+ oral cancer
A highly sensitive blood test that detects minute traces of cancer-specific DNA has been shown to accurately determine whether patients with HPV-related oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (OPSCC) are free from cancer following radiation therapy. (2018-10-23)
New radiation treatment for brain cancer offers better preservation of cognitive function
When it comes to radiation therapy to treat brain cancer, hippocampal-avoidance whole-brain radiotherapy in conjunction with the drug memantine better preserved patients' cognitive function and demonstrated similar cancer control outcomes, compared to traditional whole-brain radiotherapy with memantine. (2018-10-23)
SBRT considered safe treatment option for patients with multiple (2-4) metastases
The NRG Oncology clinical trial BR001 tested the hypothesis that stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) could be used safely in oligometastatic patients with multiple metastases. (2018-10-23)
Avoiding the hippocampus during whole-brain radiotherapy prevents cognitive side effects
Whole-brain radiotherapy can be delivered more safely to patients with brain metastases by avoiding the hippocampus according to a randomized phase III NRG Oncology trial presented at the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) Annual Meeting (2018-10-23)
Radiation therapy outcomes better for African-American than Caucasian prostate cancer patients
While popular beliefs and population data suggest that African-American men are at higher risk of dying from prostate cancer than Caucasian men, a new analysis of genetic data from a large prospective registry and clinical data from several randomized trials indicates that African-American patients may have comparatively higher cure rates when treated with radiation therapy. (2018-10-22)
Men with low-/intermediate-risk prostate cancer benefit from fewer, higher-dose radiation treatments
Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) is a safe and effective treatment for men with low- and intermediate-risk prostate cancer, according to a long-term, multi-institutional study. (2018-10-22)
High-dose, high-precision radiation therapy safe, effective for solitary kidney cancer patients with only one kidney
Treatment of renal cell carcinoma with stereotactic radiation therapy is as safe and effective for patients with one kidney as it is for those who have two, according to an analysis of the largest-ever, international dataset of solitary kidney patients to receive this emerging treatment. (2018-10-22)
Radiation/cisplatin combination established as standard of care for HPV+ oral cancer
Combinations of radiation and chemotherapy drugs have been shown to cure HPV-related head and neck cancer with a high success rate. (2018-10-22)
Interaction of pretreatment immune inflammatory state of patient outcomes following RT
Data from a validation study of NRG-RTOG 0521 suggests that, while there is no association between an elevated level of C-reactive protein (CRP) and disease-free survival (DFS); higher levels of pretreatment interleukin 10 (IL-10) were linked to lower rates of DFS. (2018-10-21)
Radiation therapy cuts low risk of recurrence in half for patients with good risk breast cancer
A subset of patients with low-risk breast cancer is highly unlikely to see cancer return following breast conservation surgery but can lower that risk even further with radiation therapy, finds a new long-term clinical trial report. (2018-10-21)
Cancer patients can now use skin creams during radiation therapy
Contrary to the advice most cancer patients receive when they go through radiation treatment, topical skin treatments, unless applied very heavily, do not increase the radiation dose to the skin and can be used in moderation before daily radiation treatments. (2018-10-18)
High-dose radiation therapy improves survival in patients once thought incurable
In the first randomized, phase II clinical trial of its kind, researchers have shown that an aggressive form of high-precision radiation therapy can greatly increase how long oligometastatic patients live and doubles how long they live without cancer. (2018-10-17)
A 150-year-old drug might improve radiation therapy for cancer
A drug first identified 150 years ago and used as a smooth-muscle relaxant might make tumors more sensitive to radiation therapy. (2018-10-17)
Siberian physicists suggested a new approach to creating effective diffraction grating
A team from the L.V. Kirensky Institute of Physics of the Siberian Branch of RAS and Siberian Federal University (SFU) suggested a new approach to developing a dynamically controlled diffraction grating in atomic media that eliminates all existing limitations in this area. (2018-10-16)
RUDN chemist tested a new nanocatalyst for obtaining hydrogen
A chemist from RUDN was the first to use catalysts with ruthenium nanoparticles to obtain hydrogen under the influence of visible light and UV radiation. (2018-10-16)
New ASTRO/ASCO/AUA guideline for prostate cancer supports shortened radiation therapy
Three prominent medical societies today issued a new clinical guideline for physicians treating men with early-stage prostate cancer using external beam radiation therapy (EBRT). (2018-10-11)
Typical mutations in children of radar soldiers
The offspring of radar soldiers exposed to high doses of radiation during their service experience more genetic alterations than families without radiation exposure. (2018-10-05)
Russian scientists develop high-precision laser for satellite navigation
Scientists from ITMO University developed a laser for precise measurement of the distance between the Moon and Earth. (2018-10-03)
Special issue of Health Physics highlights women in radiation protection
A special November issue of Health Physics journal presents 13 original research papers, reviews, and commentaries related to women's contributions to and experiences in radiation protection and safety. Health Physics, the official journal of the Health Physics Society (HPS) is published in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters Kluwer.  (2018-10-01)
Clinical trials, radiation oncology research to be featured at ASTRO's Annual Meeting
The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) announced today the 10 top-rated studies that will be highlighted in the press program for the 2018 ASTRO Annual Meeting. (2018-09-28)
A protein prevents plants from premature flowering
The induction of flowering is of major importance from an ecological and agronomic point of view. (2018-09-27)
New way to control meandering electrons and generate extreme-ultraviolet emissions
A team at IBS the Center for Relativistic Laser Science has found a completely new way to generate extreme-ultraviolet emissions, that is light having a wavelength of 10 to 120 nanometers. (2018-09-26)
Combo therapy of prostatectomy plus radiotherapy may improve survival in prostate cancer
A comparison of two of the most common combination therapies for locally advanced prostate cancer show the more aggressive option is linked with a higher rate of survival. (2018-09-25)
How Earth sheds heat into space
New insights into the role of water vapor may help researchers predict how the planet will respond to warming. (2018-09-24)
Thermal ablation effectively treats early-stage lung cancer
Thermal ablation is a safe, effective treatment for early-stage lung cancer, according to a new study. (2018-09-18)
Ontario women to get PET scans to help plan treatment in locally advanced cervix cancer
An Ontario clinical study that shows adding PET imaging to conventional CT imaging to stage locally advanced cervix cancer can change treatment means newly diagnosed women in this province may also receive PET imaging. (2018-09-14)
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