Radiation Therapy News and Research

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Radiation therapy (also called radiotherapy, x-ray therapy, or irradiation) is the use of a certain type of energy (called ionizing radiation) to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors. Radiation therapy injures or destroys cells in the area being treated (the “target tissue”) by damaging their genetic material, making it impossible for these cells to continue to grow and divide. Although radiation damages both cancer cells and normal cells, most normal cells can recover from the effects of radiation and function properly. The goal of radiation therapy is to damage as many cancer cells as possible, while limiting harm to nearby healthy tissue.
Scientists identify RIOK1 enzyme as new target for cancer therapy

Scientists identify RIOK1 enzyme as new target for cancer therapy

Recurrence of HPV-negative HNSCC after radiation therapy linked to high tumor levels of PD-L1 protein

Recurrence of HPV-negative HNSCC after radiation therapy linked to high tumor levels of PD-L1 protein

Stereotactic radiation provides effective, noninvasive treatment option for kidney cancer patients

Stereotactic radiation provides effective, noninvasive treatment option for kidney cancer patients

Study finds shorter course of radiation therapy given after mastectomy to be safe and effective

Study finds shorter course of radiation therapy given after mastectomy to be safe and effective

Study reveals promising results for primary liver cancer patients treated with SIR-Spheres Y-90 resin microspheres

Study reveals promising results for primary liver cancer patients treated with SIR-Spheres Y-90 resin microspheres

NCCN Radiation Therapy Compendium adds nine new clinical practice guidelines in oncology

NCCN Radiation Therapy Compendium adds nine new clinical practice guidelines in oncology

Combined treatment regimen shows early promise in eliminating metastatic prostate cancer

Combined treatment regimen shows early promise in eliminating metastatic prostate cancer

ASTRO issues new clinical guideline for management of oropharyngeal cancer with radiation therapy

ASTRO issues new clinical guideline for management of oropharyngeal cancer with radiation therapy

Clinical study examines impact of yoga on side-effects caused by prostate cancer treatment

Clinical study examines impact of yoga on side-effects caused by prostate cancer treatment

Protocol violations in reduced radiotherapy lead to worse outcomes in children with brain tumors

Protocol violations in reduced radiotherapy lead to worse outcomes in children with brain tumors

Genetic screening and counseling likely to benefit childhood cancer survivors, study suggests

Genetic screening and counseling likely to benefit childhood cancer survivors, study suggests

Researchers identify biomarker for likely aggressive, early-stage breast cancers

Researchers identify biomarker for likely aggressive, early-stage breast cancers

Combination of TTFields with standard therapies may improve survival in pancreatic cancer patients

Combination of TTFields with standard therapies may improve survival in pancreatic cancer patients

Researchers find antibody to be effective against radiation-induced fibrosis

Researchers find antibody to be effective against radiation-induced fibrosis

Virtual environment education decreases anxiety before prostate cancer treatment

Virtual environment education decreases anxiety before prostate cancer treatment

Reirradiation using proton therapy offers new hope for patients with recurrent lung cancer

Reirradiation using proton therapy offers new hope for patients with recurrent lung cancer

Research shows SBRT as viable curative option for older lung cancer patients

Research shows SBRT as viable curative option for older lung cancer patients

Study reveals prevalence of racial disparities in treatment, outcomes of early stage NSCLC patients

Study reveals prevalence of racial disparities in treatment, outcomes of early stage NSCLC patients

Genetic mutations underlying treatment resistance in NSCLC more dynamic than previously thought

Genetic mutations underlying treatment resistance in NSCLC more dynamic than previously thought

Combination approach holds potential for treating lung cancer patients

Combination approach holds potential for treating lung cancer patients