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Improved patient-reported salivary function following reduced RT dose to bilateral IB lymph nodes

For head and neck cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy, a reduction in the amount of radiation treatment volume to the submandibular (level IB) lymph nodes resulted in better patient-reported salivary function, according to research presented at the 2014 Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Cancer Symposium. The study results also found significant reductions in radiation dose to [...]

Molecular imaging tracer aids in creation of treatment plans for brain metastases

Imaging with the molecular imaging tracer 18F-FDOPA can help distinguish radiation-induced lesions from new tumor growth in patients who have been treated with radiation for brain metastases, according to new research published in The Journal of Nuclear Medicine. Using this amino acid tracer, researchers found that physicians could accurately differentiate the two types of lesions [...]

Nasopharyngeal carcinoma patient response to radiation therapy predicted

Nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) affects cells lining the nasopharynx. The majority of NPC cases can be cured by radiation therapy, however ~20% are resistant to radiation treatment. In this issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation, Yu-Sun Chang and colleagues at Chang Gung University sought to find a way to predict which individual cases of NPC [...]

Cancer Pain Eased By Therapy That Heats And Destroys Bone Tumors

Patients with cancer that has spread to their bones are often treated with radiation therapy to reduce pain. But if that treatment doesn’t work, or can’t be used again, a second, effective option now exists. Results of a clinical trial on the new therapy, presented by a researcher at Jefferson’s Kimmel Cancer Center, was presented [...]

Colorado State University Veterinarians Describe Pet Cancer And Leading-Edge Treatments

To mark Pet Cancer Awareness Month in May, veterinarians at Colorado State University described early warning signs and cutting-edge treatments to help pet owners act quickly in thwarting the leading cause of death in dogs and cats. As many as 50 percent of pets die of cancer, according to experts at CSU’s Flint Animal Cancer [...]