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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).
MTI Expo 2015 to focus on engineering requirements in the medical technology sector

MTI Expo 2015 to focus on engineering requirements in the medical technology sector

April 29-30, Ricoh Stadium, Coventry sees the next edition of the Med-Tech Innovation exhibition take place – engineering is the thread that runs through the whole show. [More]
Personalized gene therapy to fight against cancer

Personalized gene therapy to fight against cancer

The fight to treat cancer and eradicate tumors will likely benefit from a new set of treatments if early development phases continue to show promise, according to Kalorama Information. The healthcare market research publisher stated that gene therapies that are able to deliver genetic material to a specific cell population or tumor that will result in the destruction of the tumor. [More]
Researchers and medical bodies explore ways to secure funds for womb cancer research

Researchers and medical bodies explore ways to secure funds for womb cancer research

A national group of researchers, medical bodies and charities, led by The University of Manchester is looking for help in setting the top priorities for fighting womb cancer, with a survey launched today (23 March 2015). [More]
Targeted drug doubles progression free survival in Hodgkin lymphoma

Targeted drug doubles progression free survival in Hodgkin lymphoma

A phase 3 trial of brentuximab vedotin (BV), the first new drug for Hodgkin lymphoma in over 30 years, shows that adults with hard-to-treat Hodgkin lymphoma given BV immediately after stem cell transplant survived without the disease progressing for twice as long as those given placebo (43 months vs 24 months). [More]
EMAS position statement on ten-point guide to integral management of menopausal health published

EMAS position statement on ten-point guide to integral management of menopausal health published

Elsevier journal Maturitas, today announced the publication of a position statement by the European Menopause and Andropause Society covering the ten- point guide to the integral management of menopausal health. [More]
ERC project aims to identify new treatments for prostate cancer

ERC project aims to identify new treatments for prostate cancer

The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded a Consolidator Grant to ICREA researcher Xavier Salvatella, head of the Molecular Biophysics Lab at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona). [More]
Varian Medical Systems plans to expand operations in Fulton County, Georgia

Varian Medical Systems plans to expand operations in Fulton County, Georgia

Varian Medical Systems, the world's leading manufacturer of medical devices and software for treating cancer as well as a premier supplier of X-ray imaging components, today announced that it will expand its operations in Fulton County, Georgia. Company officials anticipate that this expansion will enable it to better serve its East Coast customers and accommodate anticipated growth that will create up to 100 new high-paying technical jobs over the next five years. [More]
CPRIT awards research and recruitment grants to improve cancer research

CPRIT awards research and recruitment grants to improve cancer research

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) has awarded UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers more than $7.5 million in research grants to improve diagnostic and therapeutic services and research relating to cancers of the brain, breast, throat, and bone, as well as to improve scientific understanding of cancer biology. [More]
Oraya's IRay Radiotherapy system gets CE Mark to treat choroidal metastases

Oraya's IRay Radiotherapy system gets CE Mark to treat choroidal metastases

Oraya Therapeutics announced today that the Oraya IRay® Radiotherapy system has received a CE Mark extension for the treatment of choroidal metastases, a cancer in the eye, originating most commonly from primary sites in the breast or lung. [More]
SARAH study completes patient enrolment to evaluate treatment for primary liver cancer

SARAH study completes patient enrolment to evaluate treatment for primary liver cancer

SARAH, a large French study of patients with advanced, inoperable primary liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma, or HCC) has completed patient enrolment, exceeding its 400-patient target, according to its principal investigator, Professor Valérie Vilgrain MD, PhD, Department of Radiology, Beaujon Hospital, Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Paris (AP-HP) and Université Paris Diderot, Sorbonne Paris Cité, France. [More]
Varian reports progress towards making advanced treatments available for cancer patients in Africa

Varian reports progress towards making advanced treatments available for cancer patients in Africa

Varian Medical Systems, world leader in radiation therapy, is today reporting progress towards its goal of making advanced treatments systems more available for cancer patients across Africa. The company is presenting to government and healthcare leaders at the 2nd Africa Healthcare Summit. [More]
Researchers find that new targeted drugs can attack weak spots in cancer cells

Researchers find that new targeted drugs can attack weak spots in cancer cells

Scientists have identified weak spots in cancer cells that could be targeted and attacked by new precision drugs. [More]
Adult survivors of childhood cancer at risk for pituitary hormone deficiencies

Adult survivors of childhood cancer at risk for pituitary hormone deficiencies

Decades after undergoing cranial irradiation for childhood cancer, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital investigators found that adult survivors of pediatric cancer remain at risk for pituitary hormone deficiencies that may diminish their health and quality of life. [More]
Biomedical use of gold nanotubes demonstrated in mouse model of human cancer

Biomedical use of gold nanotubes demonstrated in mouse model of human cancer

Scientists have shown that gold nanotubes have many applications in fighting cancer: internal nanoprobes for high-resolution imaging; drug delivery vehicles; and agents for destroying cancer cells. [More]
UT Southwestern gets NCI grant to establish Heavy Ion Radiation Therapy Research Center in US

UT Southwestern gets NCI grant to establish Heavy Ion Radiation Therapy Research Center in US

UT Southwestern Medical Center is leading a Texas consortium of researchers to establish the country's first National Center for Heavy Ion Radiation Therapy that could provide clinical care and research using heavy particles for innovative new cancer treatments. [More]
UT Southwestern leads researchers to establish National Center for Heavy Ion Radiation Therapy

UT Southwestern leads researchers to establish National Center for Heavy Ion Radiation Therapy

UT Southwestern Medical Center is leading a Texas consortium of researchers to establish the country's first National Center for Heavy Ion Radiation Therapy that could provide clinical care and research using heavy particles for innovative new cancer treatments. [More]
Research findings could lead to new standard of care for soft tissue sarcomas

Research findings could lead to new standard of care for soft tissue sarcomas

Using advanced imaging technology to more precisely target radiation beams to treat soft tissue cancers (sarcomas) in the extremities significantly reduces long term side effects without effecting survival rates, according to research results published online today in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. [More]
GenomeDx announces publication of positive validation study for Decipher Prostate Cancer Classifier

GenomeDx announces publication of positive validation study for Decipher Prostate Cancer Classifier

GenomeDx Biosciences today announced the publication of a positive validation study for the Decipher® Prostate Cancer Classifier, a genomic test for prostate cancer. The study, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, showed that patients with low genomic risk (as determined by Decipher) may be optimally managed with observation after radical prostatectomy (prostate surgery), while those with high genomic risk (as determined by Decipher) may be better managed earlier with adjuvant radiotherapy. [More]
Radiation therapy more effective at preventing recurrence of ductal carcinoma in situ

Radiation therapy more effective at preventing recurrence of ductal carcinoma in situ

In a surprising finding, a collaborative national clinical trials group (RTOG) including Dartmouth-Hitchcock's Alan Hartford, MD, PhD, discovered that radiation therapy in addition to chemotherapy was even more effective at preventing recurrence of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) than previously thought. [More]
Only 65% of breast cancer patients who undergo mastectomy receive postmastectomy radiation therapy

Only 65% of breast cancer patients who undergo mastectomy receive postmastectomy radiation therapy

Breast cancer patients who undergo a mastectomy should receive subsequent radiation treatment if their cancer has spread to four or more nearby lymph nodes, however, according to a new study, only 65 percent of these women are getting the recommended postmastectomy radiation therapy (PMRT). [More]
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