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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).
Brachytherapy improves overall survival for women with inoperable early stage endometrial cancer

Brachytherapy improves overall survival for women with inoperable early stage endometrial cancer

Women who have early stage endometrial cancer and are inoperable tend to live longer if they have been treated with brachytherapy with or without external beam radiation, according to new research to be presented at the 3rd ESTRO Forum in Barcelona, Spain, on Sunday. [More]
iCAD announces adoption of Xoft Axxent Electronic Brachytherapy System in Spain

iCAD announces adoption of Xoft Axxent Electronic Brachytherapy System in Spain

iCAD, Inc., an industry-leading provider of advanced image analysis, workflow solutions and radiation therapy for the early identification and treatment of cancer, today announced the first Xoft Axxent Electronic Brachytherapy (eBx) System in Spain is now available at the Hospital Miguel Servet for the treatment of early-stage breast cancer, non-melanoma skin cancer and gynecological cancers. [More]
Positive CHMP opinion recommends RELISTOR for treatment of opioid-induced constipation

Positive CHMP opinion recommends RELISTOR for treatment of opioid-induced constipation

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. and Progenics Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced that the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use of the European Medicines Agency has adopted a positive opinion recommending a new indication for RELISTOR (methylnaltrexone bromide) Subcutaneous Injection for the treatment of opioid-induced constipation (OIC) when response to laxative therapy has not been sufficient in adult patients, aged 18 years and older. [More]
Oncologists publish review of advanced clinical treatments for pancreatic cancer

Oncologists publish review of advanced clinical treatments for pancreatic cancer

The oncologists Manuel Hidalgo, Director of the Clinical Research Programme of the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre, and Ignacio Garrido-Laguna, member of the Experimental Therapeutics Program at Huntsman Cancer Institute of the University of Utah (USA), have recently published a review of state-of-the-art clinical treatments for pancreatic cancer -- including the most current therapies and innovative research -- in the prestigious scientific journal Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology. [More]
ViewRay to exhibit MRI-guided radiation therapy system at ESTRO Forum

ViewRay to exhibit MRI-guided radiation therapy system at ESTRO Forum

ViewRay, makers of the world's first and only MRI-guided radiation therapy system, announced today that the company will showcase its MRIdian System at the 3rd ESTRO Forum, the annual meeting of the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology, being held April 24-28, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. [More]
Study shows that Hodgkin lymphoma patients can remain disease-free with just chemotherapy alone

Study shows that Hodgkin lymphoma patients can remain disease-free with just chemotherapy alone

In a paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the scientists show that a positron-emission tomography (PET) scan immediately after treatment with chemotherapy can identify patients who have a very good outcome without additional radiotherapy. [More]
Targeting PD-1/PD-L1 signaling may open up new therapy options for lung cancer patients

Targeting PD-1/PD-L1 signaling may open up new therapy options for lung cancer patients

New findings about regulation of PD-L1, a protein that allows cancer to evade the immune system, has shown therapeutic promise for several cancers, including the most common form of lung cancer. [More]
May issue of Red Journal focuses on role of radiation therapy in current lymphoma treatment

May issue of Red Journal focuses on role of radiation therapy in current lymphoma treatment

The "Radiation and the Modern Management of Lymphoma" issue (May 1, 2015) of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology • Biology • Physics (Red Journal), the official scientific journal of the American Society for Radiation Oncology, is focused on the integral role of radiation therapy in current lymphoma treatment. [More]
New research links megalin protein with malignant melanomas

New research links megalin protein with malignant melanomas

Today it is not possible to predict spreading from malignant melanomas. Melanoma metastases are furthermore extremely difficult to eliminate as traditional treatment such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy is mostly ineffective. Only ten per cent of the patients survive once they reach an advanced stage with distant metastases. [More]
Scientists identify way to potentially predict progression in patients with early form of breast cancer

Scientists identify way to potentially predict progression in patients with early form of breast cancer

Scientists in Manchester have identified a way to potentially predict which patients with an early form of breast cancer will experience disease progression. [More]
UH Seidman Cancer Center uses SpaceOAR System to perform first-ever prostate cancer treatment

UH Seidman Cancer Center uses SpaceOAR System to perform first-ever prostate cancer treatment

The radiation oncology team at UH Seidman Cancer Center at UH Geauga Medical Center performed the first-ever prostate cancer treatment on April 3 using a newly approved device. The device, called SpaceOAR System, enhances the efficacy of radiation treatment by protecting organs surrounding the prostate. The device, a temporary injectable gel, received FDA clearance on April 1. [More]
University of York scientists use low temperature plasmas to treat prostate cancer

University of York scientists use low temperature plasmas to treat prostate cancer

Scientists at the University of York have discovered a potential new treatment for prostate cancer using low temperature plasmas (LTPs). [More]
Two case studies provide potential new avenue for treatment of kidney cancer

Two case studies provide potential new avenue for treatment of kidney cancer

UT Southwestern Medical Center Kidney Cancer Program investigators have published what is believed to be the first reported successful use of stereotactic body radiation therapy for an often deadly complication of kidney cancer. [More]

Proton Partners International to open three Proton Beam Therapy centres in UK

The UK is to get its first three Proton Beam Therapy centres, marking a significant breakthrough in the provision of cancer treatment. [More]

Pyrexar Medical procures hyperthermia assets of BSD Medical, begins operations

Pyrexar Medical begins operations today after completing the acquisition of hyperthermia assets held by Perseon, formerly BSD Medical. This acquisition includes substantially all hyperthermia assets, products, services and related intellectual property. [More]
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]
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