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Chemoradiotherapy is a treatment that combines chemotherapy with radiation therapy. Also called chemoradiation.
Specific blood test could indicate neoadjuvant treatment regimens for ESCC patients

Specific blood test could indicate neoadjuvant treatment regimens for ESCC patients

A blood test may be beneficial in indicating neoadjuvant treatment regimens for patients with esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC), according to research presented today at the American Society for Radiation Oncology's 56th Annual Meeting. [More]
RT alone effective in decreasing dysphagia in patients with advanced esophageal cancer

RT alone effective in decreasing dysphagia in patients with advanced esophageal cancer

Radiation therapy (RT) alone is as effective in decreasing swallowing complications experienced by advanced esophageal cancer patients as RT combined with chemotherapy, thus allowing patients to forgo chemotherapy, according to research presented today at the American Society for Radiation Oncology's 56th Annual Meeting. [More]
Combined risk score enhances radiation pneumonitis prediction

Combined risk score enhances radiation pneumonitis prediction

Combining dose-volume histogram parameters with age and baseline pulmonary fibrosis score creates a novel predictive risk score that improves prediction of radiation pneumonitis in patients receiving concurrent chemoradiotherapy for non-small-cell lung cancer, research shows. [More]
SUVmax predicts outcome in advanced NSCLC

SUVmax predicts outcome in advanced NSCLC

Parameters measured by positron emission tomography with integrated computed tomography at diagnosis can be used to predict outcome following concurrent chemoradiotherapy for stage III non-small-cell lung cancer, research shows. [More]
RTOG 9003: Hyperfractionated RT improves overall survival in patients with head and neck cancer

RTOG 9003: Hyperfractionated RT improves overall survival in patients with head and neck cancer

Patients with locally advanced squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck treated with hyperfractionated radiation therapy (HFX) experienced improved local-regional control and, with patients censored at five years, improved overall survival with no increase in late toxicity, according to a study published in the May 1, 2014 edition of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology ● Biology ● Physics (Red Journal), the official scientific journal of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO). [More]
Merck KGaA initiates Phase 3 START2 study of MUC1 antigen-specific cancer immunotherapy tecemotide

Merck KGaA initiates Phase 3 START2 study of MUC1 antigen-specific cancer immunotherapy tecemotide

Oncothyreon Inc. today announced that Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, has initiated the international Phase 3 START2 study, which is designed to assess the efficacy and safety of the investigational MUC1 antigen-specific cancer immunotherapy tecemotide (also known as L-BLP25) in patients with unresectable, locally advanced Stage III non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). [More]
Long-term survivors after esophagectomy with gastric pull-up can enjoy good quality of life

Long-term survivors after esophagectomy with gastric pull-up can enjoy good quality of life

Long-term survivors after esophagectomy with gastric pull-up can enjoy a satisfying meal and good quality of life according to a new study from a team of researchers at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles. [More]
Study: Recurrence of SCCOP may differ in HPV-positive and HPV-negative patients

Study: Recurrence of SCCOP may differ in HPV-positive and HPV-negative patients

Patients with HPV-positive squamous cell carcinoma of the oropharynx (SCCOP) had a longer time to development of distant metastasis (DM) after initial treatment, and had more metastatic sites in more atypical locations compared to HPV-negative patients, according to research presented today at the 2014 Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Cancer Symposium. [More]
HPV-positive patients with OPSCC show higher overall survival rate than HPV-negative patients

HPV-positive patients with OPSCC show higher overall survival rate than HPV-negative patients

A retrospective analysis of oropharyngeal patients with recurrence of disease after primary therapy in the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) studies 0129 or 0522 found that HPV-positive patients had a higher overall survival (OS) rate than HPV-negative patients (at two years post-treatment, 54.6 percent vs. 27.6 percent, respectively), according to research presented today at the 2014 Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Cancer Symposium. [More]
Immunotherapy maintenance shows promise in NSCLC

Immunotherapy maintenance shows promise in NSCLC

Results from a phase III trial have shown that tecemotide is no more effective than placebo as maintenance therapy in patients with non-small-cell lung cancer. [More]
FDG-PET parameter predicts locally advanced lung cancer survival

FDG-PET parameter predicts locally advanced lung cancer survival

High post-treatment concentrations of a radioactive imaging marker are predictive of worse overall survival from inoperable, locally advanced non-small-cell lung cancer, prospective study findings suggest. [More]
Palliative chemoradiation boosts survival, QoL in poor-prognosis NSCLC

Palliative chemoradiation boosts survival, QoL in poor-prognosis NSCLC

C hemoradiation is superior to chemotherapy alone with respect to both survival and quality of life in patients with inoperable non-small-cell lung cancer, a phase III trial has found. [More]

Cisplatin plus radiotherapy and HDRB proves beneficial in stage IIIB cervical cancer

Adding the chemotherapy drug cisplatin to a treatment plan of radiation therapy (RT) and high-dose-rate brachytherapy (HDRB) for stage IIIB cervical cancer is beneficial, according to research presented today at the American Society for Radiation Oncology's (ASTRO's) 55th Annual Meeting. [More]
‘Liver first’ approach first choice for metastatic rectal cancer

‘Liver first’ approach first choice for metastatic rectal cancer

Using the “liver first” approach to treat locally advanced rectal cancer and synchronous liver metastases allows nearly three-quarters of patients to receive optimal neoadjuvant therapy and resection for both their primary tumor and metastases, researchers report. [More]
Combination RT offers hope to late-stage esophageal cancer patients

Combination RT offers hope to late-stage esophageal cancer patients

Just over half of patients with advanced-stage esophageal cancer who are unsuitable for standard curative treatment survive for a year after receiving a combination of external beam radiotherapy and high-dose rate brachytherapy, report researchers. [More]
Oxaliplatin and bevacizumab disappoint for rectal cancer

Oxaliplatin and bevacizumab disappoint for rectal cancer

The addition of bevacizumab and oxaliplatin to standard neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy does not enhance clinical response rates in rectal cancer, show phase II study results. [More]
EMD Serono's L-BLP25 Phase III NSCLC trial does not meet primary endpoint

EMD Serono's L-BLP25 Phase III NSCLC trial does not meet primary endpoint

EMD Serono, a subsidiary of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, announced today that the Phase III STARTa trial of its investigational product L-BLP25 (formerly referred to as Stimuvax) in patients with unresectable, locally advanced stage IIIA or IIIB non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) did not meet its primary endpoint to demonstrate a statistically significant improvement in overall survival (OS). [More]

African–American rectal cancer patients wait the longest for treatment

African–American rectal cancer patients wait longer for treatment and are less likely to receive adjuvant chemotherapy than their non-African–American counterparts, results show. [More]

Old age no barrier to rectal resection

Advanced age alone should not rule out curative resection for rectal cancer, say the authors of a systematic review. [More]

Watch-and-wait approach feasible following adjuvant therapy for rectal cancer

Patients with rectal cancer managed conservatively following a complete response to chemoradiotherapy achieve similar rates of disease control as those who undergo rectal resection, research shows. [More]