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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).
Survey highlights need for increased public education on benefits of lung cancer screening in France

Survey highlights need for increased public education on benefits of lung cancer screening in France

A prospective nationwide survey on perceptions of lung cancer in the general population of France highlights a need for increased public education on the benefits of lung cancer screening, the good survival rates of early-stage disease and the improved outcomes with new therapeutic strategies, including targeted-therapies. [More]
Pre-clinical studies confirm TRXE-009 as new potential treatment for melanoma

Pre-clinical studies confirm TRXE-009 as new potential treatment for melanoma

Novogen Limited, Australian/US biotechnology company, today announces that it has confirmed that its lead candidate product, TRXE-009, originally developed for the treatment of brain cancers, has been shown in pre-clinical studies also to be highly active against melanoma. [More]
Study sheds light on clinical and biological characteristics of male breast cancer

Study sheds light on clinical and biological characteristics of male breast cancer

Results of the EORTC10085/TBCRC/BIG/NABCG International Male Breast Cancer Program conducted in both Europe and in the United States and presented at the 2014 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium found significant improvement in survival for men with breast cancer, but this improvement was not as good as that observed for women. [More]
Addition of S-1 to cisplatin plus radiotherapy ‘favourable’ in NSCLC

Addition of S-1 to cisplatin plus radiotherapy ‘favourable’ in NSCLC

Research suggests that treatment with cisplatin plus S-1 together with thoracic radiotherapy is relatively efficacious and tolerable in patients with locally advanced non-small-cell lung cancer. [More]
Using refractory metals in cancer treatments: an interview with Robert Desberg, H.C. Starck

Using refractory metals in cancer treatments: an interview with Robert Desberg, H.C. Starck

By developing and producing customized powder morphologies and high-precision mill products, and fabricated and machined components from the refractory metals tungsten, molybdenum, tantalum, and niobium, H.C. Starck makes a significant contribution to enabling cutting-edge developments in innovative high-tech industries. [More]
Use of HF-WBI for patients with early-stage breast cancer increases 17.4%, study finds

Use of HF-WBI for patients with early-stage breast cancer increases 17.4%, study finds

The use of hypofractionated whole-breast irradiation (HF-WBI) for patients with early-stage breast cancer increased 17.4 percent from 2004 to 2011, and patients are more likely to receive HF-WBI compared to conventionally fractionated whole-breast irradiation (CF-WBI) when they are treated at an academic center or live ≥50 miles away from a cancer center, according to a study published in the December 1, 2014 issue of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology • Biology • Physics (Red Journal), the official scientific journal of the American Society for Radiation Oncology. [More]
Having simultaneous chemotherapy and breast reconstruction after mastectomy may rise complications

Having simultaneous chemotherapy and breast reconstruction after mastectomy may rise complications

Immediate breast reconstruction following mastectomy is becoming more prevalent. However, in breast cancer patients undergoing simultaneous chemotherapy, thrombotic complications can arise that can delay or significantly modify reconstructive plans. Outcomes of cases illustrating potential complications are published in the current issue of Annals of Medicine and Surgery. [More]
Researchers identify new targets for future CLL therapies

Researchers identify new targets for future CLL therapies

Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is among the most frequent leukemias affecting adults in Western countries. It usually occurs in older patients, does not cause any symptoms for a long time and is often only discovered by accident. Despite treatment, relapses frequently occur. The immunologists Dr. Kristina Heinig and Dr. Uta Höpken (Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine, MDC, Berlin-Buch) and the hematologist Dr. Armin Rehm (MDC and Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin) have now discovered why this is so. [More]
New WHO guidance provides cervical cancer control and prevention approach

New WHO guidance provides cervical cancer control and prevention approach

New guidance from WHO aims to help countries better prevent and control cervical cancer. The disease is one of the world's deadliest - but most easily preventable - forms of cancer for women, responsible for more than 270 000 deaths annually, 85% of which occur in developing countries. [More]
Study finds striking gap in cancer survival between countries and regions

Study finds striking gap in cancer survival between countries and regions

The CONCORD-2 study, published in The Lancet, reports 5-year survival estimates for 25·7 million cancer patients diagnosed with one of 10 common cancers and 75 000 children diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia between 1995 and 2009, using individual patient data from 279 cancer registries in 67 countries. [More]
Researchers demonstrate efficacy of Bozepinib drug against cancerogenic stem cells

Researchers demonstrate efficacy of Bozepinib drug against cancerogenic stem cells

An Andalusian team of researchers led by the University of Granada has demonstrated the efficacy of a new drug against cancerogenic stem cells, which cause the onset and development of cancer, of relapse after chemotherapy and metastasis. This drug, called Bozepinib, has proved to be effective in tests with mice. [More]
LaVision BioTec report on Dr Friedl’s research and his imaging of cancer growth

LaVision BioTec report on Dr Friedl’s research and his imaging of cancer growth

LaVision BioTec, developers of advanced microscopy solutions for the life sciences, report on the research of Dr Peter Friedl and his imaging of cancer growth using intravital microscopy. [More]
New approach to fighting breast, thyroid cancers

New approach to fighting breast, thyroid cancers

A team of researchers from the University of Alberta has discovered a new approach to fighting breast and thyroid cancers by targeting an enzyme they say is the culprit for the "vicious cycle" of tumour growth, spread and resistance to treatment. [More]
Accelerated treatment regimen feasible for advanced NSCLC

Accelerated treatment regimen feasible for advanced NSCLC

A treatment strategy designed to minimise the effects of accelerated repopulation using hypofractionated radiotherapy with chemotherapy is feasible for patients with stage III non-small-cell lung cancer, according to UK researchers. [More]
Study finds significant disparities in lung cancer treatment based on race, insurance status

Study finds significant disparities in lung cancer treatment based on race, insurance status

African Americans, Hispanics, and those who receive care at a community hospital are all significantly less likely than other patients to receive treatment for early stage non-small cell lung cancer, according to a report in the Journal of Thoracic Oncology. [More]
Prostate cancer patients with hereditary BRCA mutations respond less well to conventional treatment

Prostate cancer patients with hereditary BRCA mutations respond less well to conventional treatment

Prostate cancer patients carrying inherited mutations in the BRCA genes respond less well to conventional treatment, including surgery and/or radiotherapy - and they also have a lower survival rate than those who are non-carriers of these genetic mutations. Data from the study, which has been published in the journal European Urology, points to the need for new clinical trials aimed at targeting these mutations in order to tailor treatment for these patients. [More]

Lobectomy outweighs sublobar resection for elderly early-stage NSCLC patients

Lobectomy may the best option for elderly patients with early-stage non-small-cell lung cancer who are able to undergo surgery, say researchers from the US. [More]

Postoperative radiation benefits N2 resected NSCLC patients

Patients with resected, margin-negative non-small-cell lung cancer with mediastinal node metastases derive significant benefit from postoperative radiotherapy, US researchers report. [More]
Novel medical-imaging technology helps make earlier treatment decisions for bowel cancer patients

Novel medical-imaging technology helps make earlier treatment decisions for bowel cancer patients

Technology developed at the University of Sussex helps hospitals make earlier and more accurate treatment decisions and survival assessments for patients with bowel cancer. [More]
Researchers develop genetic test to predict prostate cancer recurrence

Researchers develop genetic test to predict prostate cancer recurrence

Prostate cancer researchers have developed a genetic test to identify which men are at highest risk for their prostate cancer to come back after localized treatment with surgery or radiotherapy. [More]