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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)

Brachytherapy was associated with twofold increased risk for mastectomy, complications
Compared with women treated with whole-breast irradiation, women treated with brachytherapy experienced a twofold increased risk for losing their breasts, according to findings presented at the 2011 CTRC-AACR San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. (2011-12-06)

Brachytherapy reduced death rates in high-risk prostate cancer patients, study finds
A population-based analysis looking at almost 13,000 cases revealed that men who received brachytherapy alone or in combination with external beam radiation therapy had significantly reduced mortality rates. (2012-01-25)

Prostate cancer patients disease free after 5 years likely to be disease free after 10 years
Prostate cancer patients who receive brachytherapy and remain free of disease for five years or greater are unlikely to have a recurrence at 10 years, according to a study in the July 1 issue of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics, the official journal of the American Society for Radiation Oncology. (2009-07-02)

Brachytherapy improves survival for inoperable early stage endometrial cancer
Women who have early stage endometrial cancer and are inoperable tend to live longer if they have been treated with brachytherapy with or without external beam radiation, according to new research to be presented at the 3rd ESTRO Forum in Barcelona, Spain. (2015-04-25)

Brachytherapy, the official journal of ABS, expands to 6 issues in 2011
Elsevier, a world leader in health care and medical publishing and online solutions, today announced the significant expansion of scientific content to be published in Brachytherapy, the official journal of the American Brachytherapy Society. (2011-04-12)

Optimizing brachytherapy dose on the same day as the implant can control prostate cancer
Ensuring the optimum radiation dose on the same day as the brachytherapy implant in prostate cancer treatment manages to control the illness in about 95 percent of the cases. This is the result of research undertaken at the University Hospital of Navarre. (2010-06-23)

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)

A gold-standard cancer treatment is in decline, and money may be why
Offering brachytherapy for locally advanced cervical cancer ends up costing hospitals money, potentially explaining its declining use even though it's considered the most effective treatment. (2017-12-12)

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 ten studies of prostate and breast cancer treatments at the 47th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ASTRO), October 16-20, 2005, in Denver, Colorado. (2005-10-18)

Less than half of cervical cancer patients receive standard-of-care treatment
University of Colorado Cancer Center study shows that only 44 percent of patients in a large, national sample received all three components of standard-of-care treatment for cervical cancer, most often lacking brachytherapy. (2016-10-31)

Internal radiotherapy better than external for quality of life in endometrial cancer patients
Quality of life after treatment for endometrial cancer can be significantly improved by the use of vaginal brachytherapy. (2007-09-24)

Combined brachytherapy techniques should be 'benchmark' for cervical cancer treatment
The first large international study to investigate the late side-effects of a combination of two forms of brachytherapy to treat cervical cancer has shown that the technique successfully delivers higher radiation doses to the tumor without an increase in treatment-related problems afterwards. The presentation at the 3rd Forum of the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO) in Barcelona suggests that the technique should be the 'benchmark' for treatment of the disease. (2015-04-24)

ASCO and Cancer Care Ontario update guideline on radiation therapy for prostate cancer
The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and Cancer Care Ontario today issued a joint clinical practice guideline update on brachytherapy (internal radiation) for patients with prostate cancer. The update provides evidence-based recommendations for different patient risk groups, and specifies the most effective forms of brachytherapy. (2017-03-28)

High dosage brachytherapy obtains excellent results in head and neck tumors
High-dosage perioperative brachytherapy (applied within the surgical process) obtains excellent results in the treatment of head and neck tumors, at the same time as reducing the period of radiation. These are the conclusions of research undertaken jointly by three Departments at the University of Navarra Hospital. (2009-03-27)

Task force develops new radiation guidelines for brachytherapy
Radiation dose delivered to the prostate and nearby organs in every brachytherapy procedure should be carefully analyzed using post-implant CT or MRI and uniformly documented in every patient, according to a new guideline co-authored by Yan Yu, Ph.D., director of medical physics in the department of radiation oncology at Thomas Jefferson University. (2009-11-02)

Media can register now for ESTRO 36 - Europe's largest congress on radiation oncology
Journalists can register now for ESTRO 36 - Europe's largest congress on radiation oncology, organised by the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO). (2017-03-01)

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)

Partial breast radiation procedure may benefit cancer patients
Some women with breast cancer who prefer breast conserving surgery consisting of lumpectomy and radiation may choose a procedure that delivers radiation to the malignant tumor and not to the entire breast, according to research of a breast surgeon from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. The findings are published in the June issue of the Archives of Surgery. (2004-06-21)

Hormone therapy before radiation seed implants for prostate cancer
Men over 70 years of age with early-stage prostate cancer have 20 percent higher mortality if they are treated first with hormone therapy before being treated with radiation seed implants, compared to men who are treated with brachytherapy alone, according to the largest cohort study of its kind presented Sept. 23, 2008, at the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology's 50th Annual Meeting in Boston. (2008-09-23)

Combining radiation modalities increases
High-risk prostate cancer patients who undergo a combination of hormonal therapy, radioactive seed implant (also called brachytherapy) and external beam radiation therapy are shown to have an increased chance of cancer cure, according to a new study by researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine published in the August 1, 2004, issue of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology*Biology*Physics. (2004-07-29)

Radiation heart dose from MammoSite compared to IMRT for left-sided breast cancers
When compared to IMRT, MammoSite brachytherapy does not always deliver lower doses of radiation to the heart during treatment of left-sided breast cancers. (2006-11-08)

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)

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)

Patients report fewer moderate and serious side effects with IMRT than with brachytherapy
In one of the first studies to compare side effects of IMRT and permanent prostate brachytherapy (I-125) for treatment of low-risk prostate cancer, researchers say patients had fewer moderate and serious side effects when treated with IMRT. (2006-11-07)

Addition of EBT to brachytherapy does not produce superior PFS results
NRG Oncology researchers reported that adding external radiation therapy to standard brachytherapy did not improve progression-free survival for men with intermediate-risk prostate cancer. (2016-10-03)

Study finds brachytherapy offers lower rate of breast preservation compared to standard radiation for older women with breast cancer
When comparing treatments designed to enable long-term breast preservation for older women with invasive breast cancer, researchers found those treated with brachytherapy were at higher risk for a later mastectomy, compared to women treated with standard radiation therapy. The research was led by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. (2014-01-30)

Breast-saving technique also decreases treatment time
Breast brachytherapy is a breast-conserving technique that also decreases a woman's treatment time from six or seven weeks to just four or five days. Clinical studies show that breast conservation therapy offers the same cure rate as mastectomy for eligible patients. Recent brachytherapy research outcomes show a low 3 to 4 percent disease recurrence rate in the breast. (2004-07-22)

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)

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

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)

Brachytherapy for cervical cancer does not increase the risk of ureteral stricture
New research presented at the ESTRO 37 conference from two large international trials, shows that intracavitary and interstitial brachytherapy is safe and does not increase the risk of ureteral stricture in cervical cancer patients. Until now, there have been concerns that brachytherapy might increase the risk of this serious, sometimes life-threatening complication, although the treatment itself is associated with better survival. (2018-04-20)

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)

PROs indicate brachytherapy alone is the superior treatment
Patient-Reported Outcomes (PROs) from the NRG Oncology trial RTOG 0232 comparing a combined treatment of external beam therapy and brachytherapy (EBT+B) to transperineal interstitial permanent brachytherapy (B) alone indicate a significantly different clinician and patient-reported late toxicity profile between arms despite similarities in progression-free survival results. This abstract was presented at the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) annual meeting and was awarded as a Best of ASTRO presentation for 2018. (2018-10-21)

Brachytherapy to treat cervical cancer declines in US, treatment associated with higher survival
A study by researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital found that brachytherapy treatment was associated with better cause-specific survival and overall survival in women with cervical cancer. The population-based analysis also revealed geographic disparities and decline in brachytherapy treatment in the United States. (2013-09-11)

ASTRO supports US Nuclear Regulatory Commission final rule
The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) applauds the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission for yesterday's announcement of a final rule that updates the definition of medical events for permanent implant brachytherapy and protects patients' access to this treatment. (2017-08-18)

Brachytherapy proves effective in treating skin cancer
The use of high-dose-rate brachytherapy to treat elderly patients with common skin cancers offers excellent cure rates and cosmetic outcomes, according to a new study. (2019-12-04)

Breast cancer treatment procedure gives women more options
A new minimally invasive approach to partial breast irradiation provides another treatment option for women with breast cancer. The researchers presented their findings today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America. (2006-11-29)

EBRT reduces risk of subsequent mastectomy in patients with invasive breast cancer
Standard external beam radiation therapy (EBRT) provided a higher breast preservation rate than brachytherapy in women age 66 and older with invasive breast cancer, according to a study published in the Feb. 1, 2014, print edition of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology*Biology*Physics, the official scientific journal of the American Society for Radiation Oncology. (2014-01-29)

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)

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