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Adherence to oral diabetes drugs may improve survival in diabetics with colorectal cancer
Among patients with both colorectal cancer and diabetes in Korea, those who had a high adherence to their oral diabetes medication had a significantly reduced risk of overall mortality compared with those with lower adherence. (2020-06-01)
Trastuzumab achieves slight reduction in recurrence for women with HER2-positive DCIS
The addition of the monoclonal antibody therapy Trastuzumab to radiotherapy did not reach the protocol objective of a 36% reduction in the ipsilateral breast tumor recurrence rate for women with HER2-positive ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) on the NRG Oncology clinical trial NSABP B-43. (2020-05-29)
Trastuzumab combined with trimodality treatment does not improve outcomes for patients
Results of the NRG Oncology clinical trial RTOG 1010 indicated that the addition of the monoclonal antibody trastuzumab to neoadjuvant trimodality treatment did not improve disease-free survival (DFS) outcomes for patient with HER2 overexpressing local and locally advanced esophageal adenocarcinoma. (2020-05-29)
Fine-tuning treatment for triple-negative breast cancer
Researchers at the University of Queensland may have found a way to improve treatment of triple-negative breast cancer. (2020-05-26)
ASTRO survey: Fewer patients despite enhanced safety measures at radiation oncology clinics
Despite facing challenges such as limited access to PPE during the COVID-19 outbreak, radiation oncology clinics quickly implemented safety enhancements that allowed them to continue caring for cancer patients, according to a new national survey from the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO). (2020-05-20)
A new tool to predict delays in post-surgical radiotherapy for head and neck cancer
Hollings Cancer Center researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina have developed and validated prediction calculators, known as nomograms, to help provide personalized estimates of delayed, non-guideline adherent head and neck cancer care. (2020-05-13)
More selective elimination of leukemia stem cells and blood stem cells
Hematopoietic stem cells from a healthy donor can help patients suffering from acute leukemia. (2020-05-08)
Shorter radiotherapy treatment for bowel cancer patients during COVID-19
An international panel of cancer experts has recommended a one-week course of radiotherapy and delaying surgery as the best way to treat patients with bowel cancer during the COVID-19 pandemic. (2020-04-06)
The pros and cons of radiotherapy: Will it work for you?
Women undergoing radiotherapy for many cancers are more likely than men to be cured, but the side effects are more brutal, according to one of Australia's most experienced radiation oncology medical physicists. (2020-03-29)
The Lancet: Prostate cancer study finds molecular imaging could transform management of patients with aggressive cancer
Results from a randomised controlled trial involving 300 prostate cancer patients find that a molecular imaging technique is more accurate than conventional medical imaging and recommends the scans be introduced into routine clinical practice. (2020-03-22)
Hippocampal avoidance during WBRT reduces risks on NRG Oncology trial
Results from the NRG Oncology clinical study NRG-CC001 concluded that lowering radiotherapy dose to hippocampal stem cells improves cognitive and patient-reported outcomes for patients with brain metastases. (2020-02-17)
A new way to monitor cancer radiation therapy doses
More than half of all cancer patients undergo radiation therapy and the dose is critical. (2020-02-15)
Breaking up amino acids with radiation
A new experimental and theoretical study published in EPJ D has shown how the ions formed when electrons collide with one amino acid, glutamine, differ according to the energy of the colliding electrons. (2020-02-05)
Researchers capture first images of oxygen in cancer tumors during radiation therapy
Oxygen in cancer tumors is a known major factor in the success of radiation therapy, but currently there are no good ways to monitor tumor oxygenation during this treatment. (2020-01-29)
Prolonged breath-holding could help radiotherapy treatment of cardiac arrhythmias
A technique that enables patients suffering from heart conditions to hold their breath safely for over five minutes could have potential as part of a new treatment for cardiac arrhythmias, say researchers at the University of Birmingham. (2020-01-20)
Penn shows giving entire course of radiation treatment in less than a second is feasible
Cancer patients may one day be able to get their entire course of radiation therapy in less than a second rather than coming in for treatment over the course of several weeks, and researchers in the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania have taken the first steps toward making it a reality. (2020-01-09)
New study suggests 21-gene recurrence score may help in radiation decision-making
A new study shows that a test physicians commonly used to guide chemotherapy treatment for post-breast cancer surgery patients may also help them decide whether radiation therapy may be of benefit. (2020-01-09)
Scientists capture for first time, light flashes from human eye during radiotherapy
People have long reported seeing flashes of light during brain radiotherapy. (2020-01-07)
Zebrafish 'avatars' can help decide who should receive radiotherapy treatment
To date, there is no method for clearly determining whether radiotherapy will be an effective treatment for individual cancer patients. (2019-12-17)
Radiation breaks connections in the brain
One of the potentially life-altering side effects that patients experience after cranial radiotherapy for brain cancer is cognitive impairment. (2019-12-16)
Giving common antibiotic before radiation may help body fight cancer
The antibiotic vancomycin alters the gut microbiome in a way that can help prime the immune system to more effectively attack tumor cells after radiation therapy. (2019-12-09)
One dose of radiotherapy as effective as five doses for cancer in the spine
A single dose of radiotherapy is as 'effective' as five doses for end-of-life cancer patients suffering with painful spinal canal compression, finds a large study conducted by UCL. (2019-12-03)
New advances in the treatment of advanced lung cancer
The University of Barcelona (UB) and Hospital Clínic de Barcelona collaborate with Boehringer Ingelheim Inc. to improve the efficiency of nintedanib, an antiangiogenic and antifibrotic drug, for the treatment of lung cancer. (2019-11-19)
Scientists can replace metal collimators with plastic analogs
Scientists of Tomsk Polytechnic University conducted studies of plastic collimators, which can replace their metal analogs used in radiation therapy. (2019-11-06)
Personalized and powerful: UK to lead next-generation radiotherapy research
The UK will be transformed into a global hub for radiotherapy research, pioneering the use of the latest techniques such as FLASH radiotherapy and artificial intelligence, with a new £56 million research network announced by Cancer Research UK today. (2019-11-03)
Black and elderly patients less likely to receive lung cancer treatments
Only about 6 in 10 lung cancer patients in the United States receive the minimal lung cancer treatments recommended by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network guidelines, according to new research published online in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society. (2019-11-01)
Report: Progress in global cancer fight is not only possible, but achievable
The Cancer Atlas, 3rd edition, a comprehensive global overview of cancer around the globe, concludes that progress in the fight against cancer is not only possible, but achievable. (2019-10-16)
Oxygen in hyperbaric chamber provides relief after radiotherapy
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) can relieve self-reported symptoms and side-effects of radiotherapy against cancer in the pelvic region, a study shows. (2019-10-16)
Taking RTKI drugs during radiotherapy may not aid survival, worsens side effects
Taking certain cancer-fighting drugs while undergoing radiation therapy may not increase survival for patients, but may, instead, increase side effects, according to a team of researchers. (2019-10-10)
Study: Innovative pancreatic cancer treatment may rev up immune system
A research team at the University of Rochester Wilmot Cancer Institute reports that combining a type of radiation therapy with immunotherapy not only cures pancreatic cancer in mice, but appears to reprogram the immune system to create an 'immune memory' in the same way that a vaccine keeps the flu away. (2019-10-08)
Men with prostate cancer can be spared radiotherapy after surgery
Men with prostate cancer can be spared radiotherapy after surgery, according to late breaking results of the RADICALS-RT trial presented at the ESMO Congress 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. (2019-09-27)
Men can be spared radiotherapy after surgery
Men with prostate cancer can be spared radiotherapy after surgery, according to late breaking results from a study led by The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust. (2019-09-27)
Targeted radiotherapy technique could cut treatment time from two months to two weeks
Advanced radiotherapy technology could safely deliver curative treatment for some prostate cancer patients in just one or two weeks, according to new research published today. (2019-09-17)
Pre-salvage RT PSA predictive of hormone therapy benefit with salvage RT for recurrent prostate cancer
Initial results of NRG Oncology Clinical Trial RTOG 9601 in men with biochemically recurrent prostate cancer receiving salvage radiotherapy (SRT) demonstrated improvement in OS from the addition of long-term hormone therapy to SRT. (2019-09-16)
No difference in pain response between SBRT and conventional RT for patients with spinal metastases
A Phase III, NRG Oncology clinical trial that compared radiosurgery (SRS) or stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) to the conventional radiotherapy (cEBRT) for patients with spinal metastases indicated that there was no statistically significant difference between the treatments for pain response, adverse events, FACT-G, BPI, and EQ-5D scores. (2019-09-16)
Cosmetic changes are equivalent after WBI vs PBI for women with early stage breast cancer
Results from the Quality of Life substudy of the NRG Oncology clinical trial NSABP B-39/RTOG 0413 indicate that women rated post-lumpectomy partial breast irradiation (PBI) as equivalent to whole breast irradiation (WBI) in terms of cosmetic outcomes and satisfaction from baseline to three years following radiotherapy treatment. (2019-09-16)
Bias against single people affects their cancer treatment
New research reveals the dangerous bias that's been buried in the fine print of academic and medical journals for more than 30 years. (2019-09-09)
Fragmenting ions and radiation sensitizers
The anti-cancer drug 5-fluorouracil (5FU) acts as a radiosensitizer: it is rapidly taken up into the DNA of cancer cells, making the cells more sensitive to radiotherapy. (2019-09-03)
Moffitt researchers develop model to personalize radiation treatment
Moffitt Cancer Center researchers hope to change this mindset for radiation treatment with the development of a genomically-based model that can optimize and personalize a radiation dose to match an individual patient's needs. (2019-08-22)
Cancer survivors likely to face increase in long-term risk of cardiovascular disease
Survivors from a wide range of cancers could experience increased risks of heart disease and blood circulation problems compared to those who have never had cancer, according to new estimates published in the Lancet. (2019-08-20)
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