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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).
Researchers identify, validate three distinct molecular subtypes of prostate cancer

Researchers identify, validate three distinct molecular subtypes of prostate cancer

In the largest study of its kind to date, researchers have identified and validated three distinct molecular subtypes of prostate cancer that correlate with distant metastasis-free survival and can assist in future research to determine how patients will respond to treatment, according to research presented today at the 58th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology. [More]
Concord Medical's first proton therapy center to be installed at Beijing Proton Medical Center

Concord Medical's first proton therapy center to be installed at Beijing Proton Medical 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, is pleased to announce that its subsidiary, Medstar Leasing Co., Ltd, has signed a contract with IBA for the purchase, installation and maintenance of a proton therapy system, which will be installed at Beijing Proton Medical Center. [More]
Qfix launches new Symphony Patient Transport System to safely increase workflow efficiencies

Qfix launches new Symphony Patient Transport System to safely increase workflow efficiencies

Today, Qfix, a world leader in radiotherapy patient positioning devices, announced it is launching the new Symphony Patient Transport System that maximizes workflow efficiencies and throughput by seamlessly aiding in the setup, positioning and transfer of a patient for procedures involving imaging, external beam radiation therapy, brachytherapy and other procedures requiring the transfer of a patient. [More]
Scientists discover potential way of stopping most aggressive brain tumour

Scientists discover potential way of stopping most aggressive brain tumour

Researchers from the University of Southampton have discovered a potential way of stopping one of the most aggressive types of brain tumour from spreading, which could lead the way to better patient survival. [More]
Leading cancer organizations publish new guidelines on postmastectomy radiotherapy

Leading cancer organizations publish new guidelines on postmastectomy radiotherapy

Three leading national cancer organizations today issued a joint clinical practice guideline update for physicians treating women with breast cancer who have undergone a mastectomy. [More]
The Christie increases efficiency of radiotherapy procedures with advanced automation software

The Christie increases efficiency of radiotherapy procedures with advanced automation software

The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, one of the largest cancer treatment centres in Europe, has increased efficiency in its Medical Physics and Engineering Department following the implementation of Mobius3D software from Oncology Systems Limited. [More]
UNSW set to become home to world’s first pre-production prototype of high resolution microscope

UNSW set to become home to world’s first pre-production prototype of high resolution microscope

Cancer researchers in NSW will now have access to a range of cutting edge technology, including a world-first super-resolution microscope at UNSW, thanks a $4 million investment by the Cancer Institute NSW. [More]
Using the immune system to fight cancer: an interview with Dr Charles Akle

Using the immune system to fight cancer: an interview with Dr Charles Akle

We all produce as many as 100,000 different types of cancer cells every day, which are recognized and eliminated by our extraordinarily efficient immune system. However, if something goes wrong with the immune system, and it no longer gets rid of these cells, then that’s when cancerous cells grow and become a problem. [More]
Whole brain radiotherapy offers no quality-of-life benefit in lung cancer patients with brain metastases

Whole brain radiotherapy offers no quality-of-life benefit in lung cancer patients with brain metastases

People with the most common type of lung cancer whose disease has spread to the brain could be spared potentially harmful whole brain radiotherapy, according to new research published in The Lancet. [More]
NICE MIB offers SD-IORT using Xoft Axxent electronic brachytherapy system for early stage breast cancer patients

NICE MIB offers SD-IORT using Xoft Axxent electronic brachytherapy system for early stage breast cancer patients

NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) has announced a new Medtech Innovation Briefing (MIB) stating that NHS doctors and commissioners may consider Single Dose Intraoperative Radiotherapy (SD-IORT) using the Xoft Axxent electronic brachytherapy system with ORL managed service as a treatment option for early stage breast cancer patients. [More]
Study collects data on 30-day mortality for breast, lung cancer patients after SACT to improve patient care

Study collects data on 30-day mortality for breast, lung cancer patients after SACT to improve patient care

For the first time, national data on 30-day mortality for patients with breast and lung cancer treated with chemotherapy have been collected and analysed in order to help clinical teams review and improve patient care, and identify groups of patients who may have additional needs. [More]
Research findings could lead to new biomarker for early stages of tumor development

Research findings could lead to new biomarker for early stages of tumor development

To treat or not to treat? That is the question researchers at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory hope to answer with a new advance that could help doctors and their cancer patients decide if a particular therapy would be worth pursuing. [More]
KU Leuven researchers use microbubbles to evaluate effectiveness of cancer radiation treatment

KU Leuven researchers use microbubbles to evaluate effectiveness of cancer radiation treatment

An interdisciplinary team of researchers at KU Leuven (University of Leuven), Belgium, have developed a new way to evaluate whether a cancer radiation treatment is effective. [More]
Genetic test may be able to predict need for chemotherapy in early-stage breast cancer

Genetic test may be able to predict need for chemotherapy in early-stage breast cancer

Patients with early stage breast cancer who have a low genetic risk of disease recurrence may not need to have chemotherapy, report researchers. [More]
Colorectal tumors present epigenetic heterogeneity, study finds

Colorectal tumors present epigenetic heterogeneity, study finds

A new study led by Dr. Manel Esteller, Director of the Epigenetics and Cancer Biology Program of Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute, ICREA researcher and Professor of Genetics at University of Barcelona discovers that colorectal tumors present epigenetic heterogeneity that relates to the clinical course of the disease. [More]
Researchers develop new nanorobotic agents to deliver drugs by targeting cancerous tumours

Researchers develop new nanorobotic agents to deliver drugs by targeting cancerous tumours

Researchers from Polytechnique Montréal, Université de Montréal and McGill University have just achieved a spectacular breakthrough in cancer research. [More]
Study shows leptomeningeal metastases more prevalent in NSCLC patients with EGFR mutations

Study shows leptomeningeal metastases more prevalent in NSCLC patients with EGFR mutations

Leptomeningeal metastases (LM), a devastating complication and predictor of poor survival in lung cancer patients, was found to be more prevalent in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients with epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutations. [More]
Economic crisis linked to cancer mortality increase? An interview with Dr Mahiben Maruthappu

Economic crisis linked to cancer mortality increase? An interview with Dr Mahiben Maruthappu

We found that the recent global economic crisis may have been associated with 260,000 additional cancer deaths in the OECD, between 2008 and 2010 alone. [More]
Combination of examination and radical local therapy can improve survival of men with prostate cancer

Combination of examination and radical local therapy can improve survival of men with prostate cancer

Men with very high-risk prostate cancer, who are treated at hospitals with a high proportion of administered radical local treatment (radiotherapy or prostatectomy), only have half of the mortality risk of men who are treated at hospitals with the lowest proportion. [More]
Studies show insurance status may impact patients' health outcomes following cancer diagnosis

Studies show insurance status may impact patients' health outcomes following cancer diagnosis

Two new studies indicate that health insurance status may impact patients' health outcomes following a diagnosis of cancer. [More]
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