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Common side effect of radiation treatment for prostate cancer

Factoring in anatomy and the radiation therapy dose can help doctors predict a prostate cancer patient’s risk of suffering from rectal bleeding as a side effect of therapy, and tailor treatment to prevent the problem, suggests a large study being presented at the 57th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM). [...]

Breast cancer patients 60+ with luminal A subtype may not need radiation if on hormone therapy

Women with luminal A subtype breast cancer – and particularly those older than 60 – may not need radiation treatment if they are already taking hormone therapy, shows clinical research led by radiation oncologists at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre published online in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. The findings potentially advance delivery of personalized [...]

Experts say body position in breast cancer radiation treatment matters

A new treatment board which allows patients to lie on their stomach in the prone position during radiation treatment is proving more effective for breast cancer patients at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute. Dr. Julia White of Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer [...]

Adding chemotherapy to radiation treatment not effective in treating vulvar cancer, UPMC study shows

The addition of chemotherapy to post-surgical radiation treatment is not effective in treating vulvar cancer, according to Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC research presented this week in San Francisco at the 56th annual meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO). Vulvar cancer is extremely rare, accounting for just 4 percent of gynecologic cancers and [...]

Progression-free survival and overall survival in adults with low-grade brain cancer improved by chemotherapy following radiation treatment

A chemotherapy regimen consisting of procarbazine, CCNU, and vincristine (PCV) administered following radiation therapy improved progression-free survival and overall survival in adults with low-grade gliomas, a form of brain cancer, when compared to radiation therapy alone. The findings were part of the results of a Phase III clinical trial presented at the 2014 American Society [...]