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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).
ASTRO awards $675,000 to seven physician-researchers to advance radiation oncology research

ASTRO awards $675,000 to seven physician-researchers to advance radiation oncology research

The American Society for Radiation Oncology has selected seven leading physician-researchers to receive a total of $675,000 in awards and grants to advance radiation oncology research. Together, the seven funding grants, including ASTRO Junior Faculty Career Research Training Award, the ASTRO Residents/Fellows in Radiation Oncology Research Seed Award and the ASTRO/Radiation Oncology Institute Comparative Effectiveness Research Award, will support studies in radiation and cancer biology, radiation physics, translational research, outcomes/health services research and comparative effectiveness research within radiation oncology. [More]
Irreversible electroporation may prolong survival rates of patients with locally advanced pancreatic cancer

Irreversible electroporation may prolong survival rates of patients with locally advanced pancreatic cancer

Use of irreversible electroporation (IRE) doubles the survival time for patients with locally advanced pancreatic cancer say researchers at the University of Louisville in a paper in the September edition of the Annals of Surgery. [More]
Low rate of mortality from breast cancer after DCIS diagnosis

Low rate of mortality from breast cancer after DCIS diagnosis

Research published this week estimates that the risk of dying from early stage breast cancer within 20 years of diagnosis is very low (3.3%). [More]
Women diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ more likely to die from breast cancer

Women diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ more likely to die from breast cancer

Women diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) are twice as likely to die from breast cancer compared to the general U.S. population, according to a new study led by Dr. Steven Narod. [More]
UWE Bristol signs up for latest version of simulated Eclipse Radiotherapy Treatment Planning System

UWE Bristol signs up for latest version of simulated Eclipse Radiotherapy Treatment Planning System

The University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) is the first Higher Education Institution (HEI) in the UK to sign up for the very latest version of a powerful simulated Radiotherapy Treatment Planning System (RTPS), which has been futureproofed. [More]
New UBC research reveals alternative route to rein in glioma cancer cells

New UBC research reveals alternative route to rein in glioma cancer cells

New UBC research into brain cancer suggests treatments should target the cells around a tumor to stop it from spreading. [More]
Concord Medical closes acquisition of additional ownership interest in MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center

Concord Medical closes acquisition of additional ownership interest in MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center

Concord Medical Services Holdings Limited, a leading specialty hospital management solution provider and operator of the largest network of radiotherapy and diagnostic imaging centers in China, today announced that it has closed the acquisition of additional ownership interest of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Proton Therapy Center ("MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center"). [More]
Cost of radiation therapy varies widely among Medicare patients with cancer

Cost of radiation therapy varies widely among Medicare patients with cancer

Cost of radiation therapy among Medicare patients varied most widely because of factors unrelated to a patient or that person's cancer, report University of California, San Diego School of Medicine researchers in the Journal of Oncology Practice. [More]
SCCA Proton Therapy Center makes advanced radiation therapy accessible to patients with ocular melanoma

SCCA Proton Therapy Center makes advanced radiation therapy accessible to patients with ocular melanoma

For most the ability to see is often taken for granted. But for the thousands diagnosed with ocular melanoma, the fear of losing their eyesight or even worse, their lives, is an all too real possibility. Ocular melanoma is seen as a rare form of cancer, with approximately two thousand new diagnoses per year. [More]
Structural brain changes found in chemoradiation-treated glioblastoma patients

Structural brain changes found in chemoradiation-treated glioblastoma patients

US researchers find evidence of marked and progressive brain atrophy during standard chemoradiation therapy in patients with glioblastoma. [More]
MD Anderson scientists reveal role of metabolic enzyme fumarase in DNA repair

MD Anderson scientists reveal role of metabolic enzyme fumarase in DNA repair

DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) are the worst possible form of genetic malfunction that can cause cancer and resistance to therapy. New information published this week reveals more about why this occurs and how these breaks can be repaired. [More]
Novartis announces FDA approval of Odomzo (sonidegib) 200 mg capsules for treatment of laBCC patients

Novartis announces FDA approval of Odomzo (sonidegib) 200 mg capsules for treatment of laBCC patients

Novartis today announced the US Food and Drug Administration has approved Odomzo (sonidegib, formerly LDE225) 200 mg capsules for the treatment of adult patients with locally advanced basal cell carcinoma (laBCC) that has recurred following surgery or radiation therapy, or those who are not candidates for surgery or radiation therapy. [More]
York scientists identify how some micro-RNAs can make prostate cancers resistant to radiotherapy

York scientists identify how some micro-RNAs can make prostate cancers resistant to radiotherapy

Scientists at the University of York believe they have identified how some tiny regulatory molecules in cells can make prostate cancers resistant to radiotherapy. [More]
Additional radiation to surrounding lymph nodes provides added benefit to breast cancer patients

Additional radiation to surrounding lymph nodes provides added benefit to breast cancer patients

A study has found no increase in overall survival but a reduction in breast cancer recurrence when additional radiation is given to the lymph nodes as well as the standard treatment of whole-breast irradiation after breast-conserving surgery. [More]
New treatment improves outcome for early FDG-PET-positive patients with stages I/II Hodgkin lymphoma

New treatment improves outcome for early FDG-PET-positive patients with stages I/II Hodgkin lymphoma

Final results of the randomized intergroup EORTC, LYSA (Lymphoma Study Association), FIL (Fondazione Italiana Linfomi) H10 trial presented at the 13th International Conference on Malignant Lymphoma in Lugano, Switzerland, on 19 June 2015 show that early FDG-PET ( 2-deoxy-2[F-18]fluoro-D-glucose positron emission tomography) adapted treatment improves the outcome of early FDG-PET-positive patients with stages I/II Hodgkin lymphoma. [More]
Apogenix signs licensing agreement with CANbridge to commercialize APG101 in China, Macao and Hong Kong

Apogenix signs licensing agreement with CANbridge to commercialize APG101 in China, Macao and Hong Kong

Apogenix, a next generation immuno-oncology company, announced today that it has entered into an exclusive licensing agreement with CANbridge Life Sciences, a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing Western drug candidates in China and North Asia, for the development and commercialization of lead immuno-oncology drug candidate APG101 in China, Macao, and Hong Kong. [More]
Clinical data on TomoTherapy System presented at AAPM 2015

Clinical data on TomoTherapy System presented at AAPM 2015

Accuray Incorporated announced today that studies on the clinical use of the TomoTherapy System continue to demonstrate its mainstream use and the benefits of its gold-standard treatment planning and delivery capabilities. More than 30 studies were presented during poster or oral sessions at the 57th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine held in Anaheim, California July 12 – July 16, 2015. [More]
Three European medical centers planning upgrades to Elekta's stereotactic radiosurgery system for the brain

Three European medical centers planning upgrades to Elekta's stereotactic radiosurgery system for the brain

Three foremost medical centers in the United Kingdom and Germany have ordered and are now planning upgrades to Elekta's latest generation stereotactic radiosurgery system for the brain, Leksell Gamma Knife Icon, to provide the most advanced brain radiosurgery treatments for their patients. [More]
KF-SYSCC creates paperless, filmless clinical process in radiation oncology to enhance patient safety

KF-SYSCC creates paperless, filmless clinical process in radiation oncology to enhance patient safety

The Koo Foundation Sun Yat-Sen Cancer Center has established an entirely paperless and filmless clinical process in radiation oncology, designed to enhance patient safety as well as operational efficiency. Using the ARIA oncology information system from Varian Medical Systems, the clinical team has automated essential tasks, built in safety-checks, and centralized patient information for easier access by staff members. [More]
Children with Wilms tumour can now be given less intensive chemotherapy

Children with Wilms tumour can now be given less intensive chemotherapy

CHILDREN with a rare type of cancer called Wilms' tumour who are at low risk of relapsing can now be given less intensive treatment, avoiding a type of chemotherapy that can cause irreversible heart problems in later life. [More]
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