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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)

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)

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)

New radiation treatment for large tumors
A type of radiation treatment developed at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center - and used only at UK - has been found to reduce the size of large, very advanced tumors. (1999-09-30)

Radiation therapy to treat uterine cancer linked with increased risk of bladder cancer later in life
Radiation therapy used to treat uterine cancer may increase a patient's risk of developing bladder cancer. That is the conclusion of a recent study published in BJU International. The findings indicate the importance of monitoring patients for potential signs of bladder cancer to ensure early diagnosis and treatment. (2013-12-17)

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)

Study shows combining gene therapy and radiation holds promise
A novel approach that combines gene therapy and radiation therapy for treating prostate cancer has shown promising results for its safety and effectiveness, according to Henry Ford Hospital researchers. The study, published in this month's edition of Cancer Research, shows that patients experienced no significant side effects when treated with gene therapy and radiation therapy. It also showed that the treatment lowered patients' prostate-specific antigen (PSA) and eliminated the cancer in many of them. (2003-11-24)

Inhibition of NF-kappa B, a key inflammatory protein, reduced radiation toxicity in zebrafish
Directly inhibiting the activity of a key protein mediator of inflammation reduced radiation toxicity in zebrafish embryos, and may ultimately be of help to patients receiving radiation therapy, according to researchers from the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson. (2009-09-01)

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)

3-D radiation treatment planning reduces feeding-tube use
Although current surgical techniques and multi-modality treatment regimens allow organ preservation for a growing number of patients with head and neck cancers, remaining dependent on a feeding tube after treatment is a major problem for these patients. An analysis by Fox Chase Cancer Center researchers sought to identify which treatment-related factors are more likely to avoid feeding-tube dependency. (2006-11-05)

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)

Precision radiation therapy yields rare success for liver tumors
Shaped-beam radiation therapy is a promising treatment for life-threatening metastatic liver tumors, according to researchers who report an 88 percent success rate for controlling the lesions. This is the first evidence that doctors can treat these tumors with radiation, and the results doubled the average length of survival. (2005-10-19)

Rapidly rising PSA before treatment is key indicator of cancer spread
Results of a new Fox Chase Cancer Center study show that men with a rapidly rising PSA level before treatment have a high probability of metastatic disease and should receive hormone therapy in addition to radiation. (2006-11-08)

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)

ASTRO patient website earns Web Health Award
The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) has received a 2010 Web Health Award for its patient-geared website, www.rtanswers.org. (2010-12-15)

New merciful treatment method for children with brain tumors
Children who undergo brain radiation therapy run a significant risk of suffering from permanent neurocognitive adverse effects. These adverse effects are due to the fact that the radiation often encounters healthy tissue. This reduces the formation of new cells, particularly in the hippocampus -- the part of the brain involved in memory and learning. (2012-10-15)

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)

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)

Radiation costs vary among Medicare patients with cancer
Cost of radiation therapy among Medicare patients varied most widely because of factors unrelated to a patient or that person's cancer, report University of California, San Diego School of Medicine researchers in the Journal of Oncology Practice. (2015-08-11)

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)

Proton therapy lowers chance of later cancers
Patients who are treated with proton therapy (a specialized type of external beam radiation therapy using protons rather than X-rays to treat cancer) decreases the risk of patients developing a secondary cancer by two-fold, compared to being treated with standard photon radiation treatment, according to a first-of-its-kind study presented Sept. 22, 2008, at the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology's 50th Annual Meeting in Boston. (2008-09-22)

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)

Proton therapy may reduce serious side effect of lung cancer treatment
Patients with locally advanced lung cancer who receive chemotherapy and proton therapy, a specialized form a radiation therapy only available in a few centers in the United States, have fewer instances of a serious side effect called bone marrow toxicity than patients who receive chemotherapy and another type of radiation therapy called intensity modulated radiation therapy, according to a study presented at the 2008 Chicago Multidisciplinary Symposium in Thoracic Oncology, sponsored by ASTRO, ASCO, IASLC and the University of Chicago. (2008-11-13)

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)

Sweeping prostate cancer review upends widely held belief on radiation after surgery
Two new studies have upended the widely held view that it's best to delay radiation treatment as long as possible after the removal of the prostate in order to prevent unwanted side effects. (2015-03-23)

Additional hormone therapy use after radiation for some prostate cancers extends survival
The largest study examining the benefits of long-term use of hormone therapy after radiation treatment for prostate cancer shows men with aggressive locally advanced disease live longer if hormones are used for an additional 24 months. Research also showed other significant benefits for those with less aggressive cancers who receive hormones. (2006-11-06)

New insight into how tumors resist radiation
Scientists have uncovered new evidence about a critical cellular pathway that makes tumor blood vessels resistant to radiation therapy. The investigators demonstrated that administration of low doses of a HIF-1 inhibitor in tumor-bearing mice dramatically enhanced the effectiveness of radiation therapy by destroying tumor blood vessels without having an impact on normal vessels.The research may have significant clinical applications, as a better understanding of this mechanism may open new avenues for enhancing the effectiveness of radiation therapy. (2004-05-17)

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)

Disparities persist in outcomes for African-American women with advanced breast cancer
African-American women have poorer survival rates than their white and Hispanic counterparts regardless of whether they receive radiation therapy following lumpectomy or mastectomy, UC Davis researchers have found. (2010-04-06)

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)

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)

Prostate cancer less likely to spread when treated with higher dose of radiation
New research suggests that men with prostate cancer who choose radiation therapy should seek treatment centers that will offer high-dose radiation. A new study from Fox Chase Cancer Center finds that higher doses of radiation greatly reduces the risk that the cancer will spread later -- even eight to 10 years after treatment. (2006-11-06)

ASTRO president speaks on prostate cancer at MEDCAC meeting
ASTRO President Anthony Zietman, M.D., spoke before the Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee meeting today on radiation therapy for treatment of localized prostate cancer. MEDCAC provides advice and recommendations to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for what is covered by Medicare and Medicaid, based on scientific evidence. Today's meeting focused on the risks, benefits and outcomes of radiation therapy treatments for localized prostate cancer as compared with watchful waiting. (2010-04-21)

Breakthrough in radiotherapy promises targeted cancer treatment
A new development in radiotherapy will enable a far more precise and accurate treatment for cancerous tumors by using real-time images to guide the radiation beam. (2009-05-19)

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)

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)

Early results favorable for 5-day radiation treatment of early stage prostate cancer
Preliminary results show that a shortened course of radiation therapy for prostate cancer called stereotactic body radiation therapy provides good PSA response for early stage prostate cancer and has the same side effects as other treatments, according to a March 15 study in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics, the official journal of ASTRO. Study authors caution that further follow-up will be necessary to establish that SBRT is as effective in the long term as other proven treatments. (2009-03-16)

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)

Advanced radiation therapy for head and neck cancer may be better than traditional radiation at preventing side effects and cancer recurrence
Patients with head and neck cancer who are treated with an advanced form of radiation therapy may experience fewer side effects and be less likely to die from their disease than patients who receive standard radiation therapy. That is the finding of an analysis published early online in Cancer, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society. The study establishes so-called intensity-modulated radiation therapy as both a safe and beneficial treatment for patients with head and neck cancer. (2014-01-13)

ASTRO patient education program recognized by AAA Awards
The American Society for Radiation Oncology has been named to the 2010 Associations Advance America Honor Roll for outstanding work on its public awareness campaign to help cancer patients and their families understand their treatment options. (2010-06-09)

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