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William Small, Jr., M.D., editor of new edition of classic radiation oncology textbook
William Small, Jr., M.D., chair of Loyola Medicine's radiation oncology department, is editor of a revised third edition of a classic reference in radiation oncology. (2017-03-14)

Book examines difficult cases in radiation oncology
William Small, Jr., MD, of Loyola University Medical Center is co-editor of a new book that provides an evidence-based guide to difficult cases in radiation oncology. (2013-08-15)

Jefferson physician named an 'Educator of the Year' by the Assocociation of Residents in Radiation Oncology
Voichita Bar-Ad, M.D., an associate professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Thomas Jefferson University, is one of the select few to be named an (2011-10-26)

Radiation Therapy Effective In Treating Advanced Stages Of Melanoma
Radiation therapy prevents local relapses of melanoma (skin cancer) and also improves the quality of life of patients whose disease has spread, a new study in Germany has found. (1997-10-03)

New textbook on breast cancer biology is first of its kind
Loyola University Health System radiation oncologist William Small, Jr., M.D., is co-editor of the first textbook of its kind devoted to describing the biological complexities of breast cancer in a way that is relevant to radiation oncologists. (2015-06-23)

Combining radiation and surgery significantly improves survival for head and neck cancer patients
Adding radiation therapy to surgery significantly improves overall survival in patients diagnosed with node-positive head and neck cancer when compared to treating with surgery alone, according to a study in the June issue of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics, the official journal of the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology. (2008-06-09)

Radiation Therapy Helps Children Survive Cancer
An international study reports that children with some difficult to treat tumors can benefit from radiation therapy. (1997-10-03)

William Small, Jr., M.D., named Loyola Senior Scientist of the Year
William Small, Jr., M.D., F.A.C.R.O., F.A.C.R., F.A.S.T.R.O., chair of the department of radiation oncology, has been named Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine's Senior Scientist of the Year. (2016-11-28)

Rare pancreatic cancer patients may live longer when treated with radiation therapy
Radiation therapy is effective in achieving local control and palliation in patients with pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors, despite such tumors being commonly considered resistant to radiation therapy, according to a largest of its kind study in the Nov. 15 issue of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics, the official journal of the American Society for Radiation Oncology. (2009-11-20)

Deficiencies common in radiation therapy trial reports for Hodgkin's, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
Reporting of radiation therapy details in randomized controlled trials for Hodgkin's and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is deficient due to a lack of reporting of key radiation therapy descriptors and quality assurance processes designed to ensure the accuracy and reproducibility of treatment regimens, according to a Feb. 1 study in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology*Biology*Physics, the official journal of the American Society for Radiation Oncology. (2009-02-04)

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)

Study finds medical students receive little formal instruction in radiation oncology
Medical school students receive little formal instruction in radiation oncology, a Loyola study has found. Researchers who surveyed radiation oncology departments at academic medical centers found that only 41 percent of departments reported that at least one faculty member taught a topic related to radiation oncology. In only 25 percent of departments, a faculty member taught topics focused specifically on radiation oncology. (2018-03-22)

Prostatic irradiation doesn't lead to any appreciable increase in rectal cancer risk
Men who receive radiation therapy for prostate cancer are not at any appreciable increased risk of developing rectal cancer compared to those not given radiation therapy, according to a new study published in the July 1, 2006, issue of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology*Biology*Physics, the official journal of ASTRO, the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology. (2006-07-01)

Radiation plus hormonal therapy more effective than radiation alone for certain prostate cancer patients
A combination of radiation and hormonal therapy is more effective than radiation alone for certain prostate cancer patients with more aggressive disease, a Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) study has found. The study was presented at the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology Annual Meeting in Boston, Mass. on October 25 at 9:10 a.m. (2000-10-24)

Treating rare breast cancer with radiation therapy may lower recurrence rate
Patients with a rare type of breast cancer may benefit from receiving radiation therapy in addition to surgery to prevent recurrence, according to a study in the July issue of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology*Biology*Physics, the official journal of the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology. (2008-07-11)

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)

5 awarded ASTRO research grants
The American Society for Radiation Oncology has selected five physicians as recipients of two grants funded by the Radiation Oncology Institute -- the Junior Faculty Career Research Training Award and the Residents/Fellows in Radiation Oncology Research Seed Grant Award. Winners were selected by ASTRO's Research Evaluation Committee. (2010-07-14)

Many cancer patients receive insufficient pain management therapy
Pain is one of the most common symptoms of cancer patients, yet many of them do not receive adequate therapy for the pain caused by their disease or treatments, according to a study in the Sept. 1 issue of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics, the official journal of the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology. (2008-09-09)

5 awarded ASTRO research grants
The American Society for Radiation Oncology has awarded five physicians with one of two grants -- the Junior Faculty Career Research Training Award and the Residents/Fellows in Radiation Oncology Research Seed Grant Award. Winners were selected by ASTRO's Research Evaluation Committee. (2011-07-20)

Some prostate cancer patients may be undertreated; new study shows increased radiation doses mean better outcome
Most prostate cancer patients will have a higher cure rate if they are treated with higher doses of radiation, a new study shows. The study, published in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology and Physics, was conducted at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, PA. (2000-02-29)

Antioxidant beta-carotene use safe during radiation treatment for prostate cancer
Despite past safety concerns, the antioxidant supplement beta-carotene, is safe to use during radiation therapy treatments for prostate cancer and does not increase the risk of prostate cancer death or metastases, according to a study in the May issue of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology•Biology•Physics, the official scientific journal of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO). (2012-05-31)

Invasive methods unnecessary for prostate cancer radiation therapy treatment planning
Modern 3-D computed tomography is an effective method for locating the prostatic apex for radiation therapy treatment planning in prostate cancer patients because it eliminates the need for an invasive procedure and the related side effects, according to a study in the May 1 issue of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology-Biology-Physics. (2008-05-20)

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)

ASTRO announces 2008 gold medalists
The American Society for Therapeutic Radiology has selected the recipients of the 2008 Gold Medal, the highest honor that ASTRO bestows. Christopher Rose, M.D., FASTRO, and Joel Tepper, M.D., FASTRO, will be presented with their awards during ASTRO's 50th Annual Meeting in Boston during the Gold Medal Ceremony held on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 10:00 a.m. (2008-05-29)

Combining hormones with external, internal radiation helps high risk prostate cancer patients
Prostate cancer patients with high risk cancers who are treated with both internal and external radiation and hormone treatment have a better chance of beating the disease than patients treated with radiation alone, according to a new study published in the January 1, 2005, issue of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology*Biology*Physics, the official journal of ASTRO, the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology. (2004-12-29)

Allegheny General nurse to receive 2011 ASTRO Nurse Excellence Award
The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) has selected Linda Meyer, RN, MSN, OCN, of West Penn Allegheny Health System in Pittsburgh, as the recipient of the 2011 ASTRO Nurse Excellence Award. This award is given annually to a registered nurse who goes above and beyond the normal standards of nursing practice. (2011-09-27)

ASTRO awards 5 research grants
The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) has awarded five physicians with research grants to promote the continued advancement of radiation therapy -- the Junior Faculty Career Research Training Award and the Residents/Fellows in Radiation Oncology Research Seed Grant Award. Recipients were selected by ASTRO's Research Evaluation Committee. (2012-07-27)

Amifostine makes radiation more effective, eases side effects
Doctors in Brazil have concluded that the drug amifostine eases many of the most common side effects associated with patients receiving radiation therapy to treat their cancer while simultaneously making the cancer more susceptible to radiation. The study was published in the March 1, 2006, issue of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology*Biology*Physics, the official journal of ASTRO, the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology. (2006-03-01)

ASTRO awards 16 Advocacy Day travel grants
The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) has awarded 16 residents in radiation oncology and radiation oncology nurses travel grants to attend the Society's eighth annual Advocacy Day taking place March 27-29, 2011, in Washington. (2011-03-24)

IMRT cuts GI side effects from prostate cancer in half vs. 3D-CRT
Intensity modulated radiation therapy, a newer, more precise form of radiation therapy, causes fewer gastrointestinal side effects when combined with hormone therapy than using three-dimensional radiation therapy, according to a study published in the June issue of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics, the official scientific journal of the American Society for Radiation Oncology. (2011-06-01)

New grant program helps create radiation therapy programs
The American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology and the American Society of Radiologic Technologists' Education and Research Foundation will award four one-time program development grants to colleges, universities or medical institutions in the United States interested in opening radiation therapy programs. Each radiation therapy development program grant is $12,500, for a total of $50,000. (2005-10-12)

First-of-its kind reference on pelvic malignancies published
Loyola University Medical Center radiation oncologist William Small, Jr., M.D., is co-editor of 'Radiation Therapy for Pelvic Malignancy and its Consequences,' the first-of-its kind stand-alone reference on the subject. (2015-06-23)

Modern radiation therapy ups lung cancer survival
Modern three-dimensional radiation therapy has been proven to be more successful at curing lung cancer than older two-dimensional radiation therapy for some patients with early stage lung cancer, according to a new study in the Sept. 1, 2006, edition of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics, the official journal of the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology. (2006-08-31)

Skin reactions during radiation therapy preventable
Severe skin reactions during radiation therapy could be prevented by applying a thin transparent silicone dressing to the skin from the first day of treatment, a clinical trial shows. (2014-02-11)

IMRT reduces risk of side effects in breast cancer patients
Breast cancer patients treated with intensity modulated radiation therapy instead of standard whole breast irradiation have a lower incidence of acute or chronic toxicities, according to a study in Practical Radiation Oncology, the official clinical practice journal of the American Society for Radiation Oncology. (2012-03-28)

Combining PET and CT scans leads to more accurate radiation therapy for lung cancer patients
Using Positron Emission Tomography in addition to Computed Tomography can reduce the amount of radiation exposure to normal tissue in some lung cancer patients, according to a new study published in the March 1, 2005, issue of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology*Biology*Physics, the official journal of ASTRO, the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology. (2005-03-08)

PSA value at 2 years post-treatment can predict long-term survival in prostate cancer patients
Prostate cancer patients who have a prostate-specific antigen value of less than or equal to 1.5 at two years after external beam radiation therapy are less likely to have a cancer recurrence and cancer-related death, according to a study in the Dec. 1 issue of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics, the official journal of the American Society for Radiation Oncology. (2009-12-02)

Prominent Cedars-Sinai medical physicist receives highest honor from distinguished association
Benedick Fraass, Ph.D., FAAPM, FASTRO, FACR, vice chair for Research and professor and director of Medical Physics at Cedars-Sinai, has received the highest honor from the American Association of Physicists in Medicine -- the William D. Coolidge Award -- for his distinguished career achievements in medical physics, including his pioneering work in radiation oncology. (2013-07-31)

Family history of prostate cancer does not affect some treatment outcomes
In a first of its kind study, a first-degree family history of prostate cancer has no impact on the treatment outcomes of prostate cancer patients treated with brachytherapy, also called seed implants, and patients with this type of family history have clinical and pathologic characteristics similar to men with no family history at all, according to a Jan. 1 study in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics, the official journal of the American Society for Radiation Oncology. (2009-01-02)

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)

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