Items Tagged ‘radiation’

June 2nd, 2017

Radiation Therapy can Enhance Effectiveness of Immunotherapy in People With Advanced Lung Cancer

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UCLA RESEARCH ALERT FINDINGS A new study by UCLA scientists has found that the breakthrough immunotherapy drug Keytruda (pembrolizumb)  can be more effective in improving survival in people with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) if they have previously received radiation therapy, compared to those without a history of radiation treatment. The findings are important as […]

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Tags: immunotherapy, Keyturda, Lung Cancer, Lung Cancer - Non-Small Cell, NCSLC, News, PD-1, pembrolizumb, radiation


February 22nd, 2017

Targeted radiotherapy for head and neck cancer could reduce the risk of dry mouth

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A troublesome side effect of radiation therapy treatment of cancers involving the head and neck is dry mouth.  This occurs as a consequence of radiation damage to the salivary glands.  According to a new study, changing the intensity of radiotherapy to protect the salivary glands could help treat a rare type of head and neck […]

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Tags: Head and Neck Cancer, News, radiation


February 17th, 2017

Proton beam therapy may improve outcomes for pancreatic cancer

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Currently a standard treatment for several gastrointestinal cancers (GI) combines the use of chemotherapy and radiation followed by surgical resection. Radiation may be part of the treatment strategy for select cancers of the esophagus, anus, rectum, pancreatic, or small intestine. This treatment approach is often associated with improved outcomes but the radiation may also cause […]

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Tags: News, Pancreatic Cancer, radiation


October 3rd, 2016

Different Treatment Options Appear Equally Effective in Early Prostate Cancer

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Among men with early prostate cancer that is detected through prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing, treatment with either surgery, radiation therapy, or monitoring until progression all appear to provide approximately the same survival rates at 10 years. Spread of cancer, however, was higher among those whose cancer was monitored until progression. These results were recently published […]

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Tags: active monitoring, early, Early Stage I-II (A-B) Prostate Cancer, News, Prostate Cancer, prostatectomy, PSA, radiation, regimen, surgery


June 9th, 2016

Compliance with Radiation Schedules Improves Survival in Head and Neck Cancer

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Patients with head and neck cancer who comply with their scheduled radiation treatments have significantly improved outcomes compared to those who miss 2 or more of their appointments within the prescribed time period. These results were recently published in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics. Head and neck cancer refers to several different […]

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Tags: appointments, General Head and Neck Cancer, Head and Neck Cancer, HNC, News, radiation, schedule


March 9th, 2016

Shorter Radiation Schedule Effective in Low-Risk Prostate Cancer

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Men with low-grade prostate cancer have the same long-term outcomes when they are treated with a shorter radiation schedule, compared to those treated with a longer, conventional radiation schedule. These results were recently presented at the 2016 annual Genitourinary Cancers Symposium. Low-grade prostate cancer refers to cancer that has not spread to distant sites in […]

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Tags: clinical trial, hypofractionated, Prostate Cancer, radiation


November 30th, 2015

Radiation After Lumpectomy Improves Outcomes Among Elderly with Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

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The addition of radiation therapy following a lumpectomy appears to significantly improve outcomes among elderly women with triple-negative breast cancer. These results were recently presented at the 2015 Breast Cancer Conference in San Francisco, CA. Approximately 10-20% of breast cancers are referred to as triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC). These types of cancers are both hormone-negative, […]

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Tags: Breast Cancer, lumpectomy, News, radiation, Stage I Node Negative Breast Cancer, THBC, Triple Negative Breast Cancer


November 4th, 2015

Combined Hormone and Radiation Therapy Superior to Radiation Alone for Prostate Cancer Recurring After Prostatectomy

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The addition of two years of anti-androgen therapy (AAT) to radiation therapy reduces the risk of death caused by prostate cancer among men treated for a recurrence following a prostatectomy. Treatment for early prostate cancer often includes the surgical removal of the prostate (prostatectomy). Unfortunately, some patients will experience a cancer recurrence following surgery. Treatment […]

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Tags: anti-androgen therapy, ATT, clinical trial, News, Prostate Cancer, prostatectomy, radiation, recurrence, Refactory/Recurrent Prostate Cancer


October 1st, 2015

Radiation Essential to Controlling Long-Term Recurrence in Women With Early Form of Breast Cancer

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Doctors have reported that rates of breast cancer recurrences continue to increase, even after 12 years, among patients with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) who do not receive radiation therapy as part of their treatment regimen. These results were recently published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. DCIS is considered to be the earliest type […]

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Tags: Breast Cancer, Carcinoma In Situ Breast cancer, DCIS, News, radiation, recurrence, Recurrent Breast Cancer, study


September 1st, 2015

Women with Early Breast Cancer Have Fewer Side Effects with Shorter Courses of Radiation

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Women with early breast cancer have fewer side effects when they’re treated with shorter courses of radiation at higher doses than with conventional radiation to the whole breast. These findings were reported in JAMA Oncology.[1] Treatment with shorter course of radiation at higher doses is known as hypofractionated radiation therapy. This approach allows for less […]

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Tags: Breast Cancer, Carcinoma In Situ Breast cancer, conventional radiation, DCIS, hypofractionated radiation therapy, News, radiation, Stage I, Stage I Node Negative Breast Cancer, Stage II, Stages II-III Breast Cancer


June 24th, 2015

“Boosted” Radiation Dose May Make Some Pancreatic Cancers Resectable

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Because of its location, cancers on the pancreas may invade and wrap around nearby veins and arteries in the abdomen. When these vessels become involved, surgery to remove the cancer, which is typically the standard treatment, becomes significantly more difficult and sometimes impossible. Researchers at Fox Chase Cancer Center have identified a way to safely […]

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Tags: neoadjuvant therapy, News, non-metastatic, Pancreatic Cancer, radiation, Stages I-III Pancreatic Cancer


January 21st, 2015

Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy Improves Survival in Stage IV Non Small Cell Lung Cancer and Represents New Treatment Option

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The results of a recent clinical trial published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology in patients with stage IV non small cell lung caner (NSCLC) suggest that combining stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) with Tarceva (erlotinib) chemotherapy significantly improve survival. Lung cancer remains the leading cause of cancer death in the United States and abroad, […]

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Tags: erlotinib, General Lung Cancer, Lung Cancer, Lung Cancer - Non-Small Cell, News, non-small cell lung cancer, nsclc, radiation, Recurrent Lung Cancer - Non-Small Cell, sbrt, Stages IIIB-IV Lung Cancer - Non-Small Cell, stereotactic body radiation


November 4th, 2014

Chest Radiation Improves Survival in Extended-Stage Small Cell Lung Cancer

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The results of a recently reported clinical study at the 56th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) in San Francisco demonstrate that thoracic radiation improves survival and reduces cancer recurrence when added to prophylactic cranial irradiation in patients with extended-stage small cell lung cancer.(1) Small-cell lung cancer (SCLC) is a fast-growing […]

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Tags: cranial irradiation, extended, Extensive Lung Cancer - Small Cell, Lung Cancer - Small Cell, News, radiation, sclc, small cell lung cancer, thoracic radiation


October 30th, 2014

Radiation Therapy Improves 10-Year Survival for Patients With Early Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

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According to a large observational study based on the National Cancer Database (NCDB), adding consolidation radiation therapy to chemotherapy significantly improves 10-year survival in patients with stage I and II Hodgkin’s lymphoma (HL).  The findings were presented at the American Society for Radiation Oncology’s 56th Annual Meeting in San Francisco. (1) Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a […]

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Tags: Early Stage Hodgkin's Lymphoma, HD, HL, hodgkin's disease, Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Lymphoma, News, radiation