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Radiation therapy (in North America), or radiotherapy (in the UK and Australia) also called radiation oncology, and sometimes abbreviated to XRT, is the medical use of ionizing radiation as part of cancer treatment to control malignant cells (not to be confused with radiology, the use of radiation in medical imaging and diagnosis).
Data reveals sustained local control for early stage lung cancer patients who receive SBRT

Data reveals sustained local control for early stage lung cancer patients who receive SBRT

Analysis of data from an institutional patient registry on stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) indicates excellent long-term, local control, 79 percent of tumors, for medically inoperable, early stage lung cancer patients treated with SBRT from 2003 to 2012, according to research presented today at the 2014 Chicago Multidisciplinary Symposium in Thoracic Oncology. [More]
PORT can improve survival for non-small cell lung cancer patients

PORT can improve survival for non-small cell lung cancer patients

Patients who received post-operative radiation therapy (PORT), radiation therapy after surgery, lived an average of four months longer when compared to the patients who had the same disease site, tumor histology and treatment criteria and who did not receive PORT, according to research presented today at the 2014 Chicago Multidisciplinary Symposium in Thoracic Oncology. [More]
Intrathoracic radiotherapy shows potential in extensive-stage SCLC

Intrathoracic radiotherapy shows potential in extensive-stage SCLC

A phase III randomised controlled trial shows that intrathoracic radiotherapy after chemotherapy significantly reduces the chances of disease progression in patients with extensive-stage small-cell lung cancer. [More]
Concord Medical gets approval to establish Datong Meizhong Jiahe Cancer Center

Concord Medical gets approval to establish Datong Meizhong Jiahe Cancer Center

Concord Medical Services Holdings Limited, an operator of specialty cancer hospitals and the largest network of radiotherapy and diagnostic imaging centers in China, today announced that the Company has received relevant government approvals to establish a free-standing radiotherapy cancer center, Datong Meizhong Jiahe Cancer Center ("Datong Center") in Datong City, Shanxi Province. [More]
New study reviews modern treatment modalities for early-stage lung cancer

New study reviews modern treatment modalities for early-stage lung cancer

Removal of the entire lobe of lung may offer patients with early-stage lung cancer better overall survival when compared with a partial resection, and stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR) may offer the same survival benefit as a lobectomy for some patients, according to a study from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. [More]
I.V. lidocaine can protect mastectomy patients against chronic pain

I.V. lidocaine can protect mastectomy patients against chronic pain

More than two-thirds of women who have had mastectomies struggle with persistent pain, but it doesn't have to be that way. [More]
Champalimaud Foundation to establish cancer institute in Rajasthan, India

Champalimaud Foundation to establish cancer institute in Rajasthan, India

The Lisbon based Champalimaud Foundation has entered into a partnership with the Government of Rajasthan, India, to establish a state-of-the–art cancer institute with world-class facilities. [More]
Cancer Network presents exclusive coverage of ESMO 2014 Congress

Cancer Network presents exclusive coverage of ESMO 2014 Congress

UBM Medica US announces that Cancer Network, a leading online community for oncologists and others who treat cancer and the online home of the journal ONCOLOGY, presents exclusive coverage of the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) 2014 Congress, held September 26–30 in Madrid, Spain. [More]
Medac Pharma launches Rasuvo (methotrexate) injection for patients with RA, pJIA and psoriasis

Medac Pharma launches Rasuvo (methotrexate) injection for patients with RA, pJIA and psoriasis

Medac Pharma, Inc., a privately held pharmaceutical company, has announced the launch of its lead product Rasuvo (methotrexate) injection for patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), poly-articular-course juvenile idiopathic arthritis (pJIA) and psoriasis in the U.S. [More]
PD-L1 protein could be a potential immunotherapy target for malignant pleural mesothelioma

PD-L1 protein could be a potential immunotherapy target for malignant pleural mesothelioma

Treating patients with high-dose radiotherapy after chemotherapy and surgery for malignant pleural mesothelioma does not achieve improvements in local relapse and overall survival, according to data from a prospective randomized phase II trial presented at ESMO 2014 Congress in Madrid. [More]
CFDA clears Elekta's Versa HD radiation therapy system

CFDA clears Elekta's Versa HD radiation therapy system

Following US and European approvals of Elekta's Versa HD™ linear accelerator, the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) has cleared the radiation therapy system for sale and marketing in the country. [More]

Cediranib combined with chemotherapy improves survival in recurrent cervical cancer

For patients with cervical cancer that has recurred after treatment or has spread elsewhere in the body, adding the experimental drug cediranib to standard chemotherapy improves tumour shrinkage and adds a modest improvement in progression-free survival, researchers report at the ESMO 2014 Congress in Madrid. [More]
FDA grants multiple Orphan Drug Designations for CytRx's aldoxorubicin

FDA grants multiple Orphan Drug Designations for CytRx's aldoxorubicin

CytRx Corporation, a biopharmaceutical research and development company specializing in oncology, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted multiple Orphan Drug Designations for the Company's lead drug candidate, aldoxorubicin, in three indications: glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), small cell lung cancer and ovarian cancer. [More]
Chemotherapy, radiotherapy have no negative effect on unborn babies

Chemotherapy, radiotherapy have no negative effect on unborn babies

Children who are exposed to chemotherapy or radiotherapy while in the womb suffer no negative impacts on mental or cardiac development, international studies presented at the ESMO 2014 Congress in Madrid have shown. [More]

Access to potentially life-extending cancer drugs varies worldwide

Access to potentially life-extending cancer drugs varies significantly in different regions of the world, two new studies show at the ESMO 2014 Congress in Madrid, Spain. [More]
Colorado cancer researchers launch feasibility study to build nation's first carbon-ion radiotherapy facility

Colorado cancer researchers launch feasibility study to build nation's first carbon-ion radiotherapy facility

Colorado cancer researchers and medical doctors on Wednesday announced they are launching a $200,000 feasibility study as a key step to building the nation's first carbon-ion radiotherapy research and treatment facility in Aurora, where they and colleagues hope to investigate and provide to patients leading-edge radiation therapy that is effective against the deadliest cancers and now is available only in Europe and Japan. [More]
Rice University research yields new two-step strategy for weakening cancer

Rice University research yields new two-step strategy for weakening cancer

Research by Rice University scientists who are fighting a cyberwar against cancer finds that the immune system may be a clinician's most powerful ally. [More]
Promising new approach for combating colorectal cancer

Promising new approach for combating colorectal cancer

Scientists at the University of York are working on a promising new approach for tackling colorectal cancer, the second most common cause of cancer-related death. [More]
S-1 plus radiotherapy shows promise in elderly NSCLC patients

S-1 plus radiotherapy shows promise in elderly NSCLC patients

Concurrent administration of S-1 chemotherapy and radiotherapy has a favourable impact on survival in elderly patients with locally advanced non-small-cell lung cancer, a phase II trial has found. [More]
Current smokers at increased risk of developing SPLC

Current smokers at increased risk of developing SPLC

Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) survivors who never smoked or who are former smokers at the time of diagnosis have a lower risk of developing secondary primary lung cancers (SPLC) compared to those who are current smokers, suggesting that increased tobacco exposure is associated with a higher risk of SPLC, according to research presented today at the American Society for Radiation Oncology's 56th Annual Meeting. [More]