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Monthly Archives: April 2015

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease increases the risk of sudden cardiac death

People suffering from the common lung disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), have an increased risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD), according to new research published online on Wednesday in the European Heart Journal [1]. When compared with people of … Continue reading

Published Wednesday, April 29th, 2015 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cardiology

New proton therapy technique brings hope of more effective treatment for tumours without causing collateral damage

Barcelona, Spain: Radiotherapy using protons can deliver more accurate treatment to a tumour while reducing the dose to surrounding tissue. However, in mobile organs such as the lung, precise targeting of the dose is difficult. Now researchers have succeeded in … Continue reading

Published Monday, April 27th, 2015 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cancer

Prostate cancer patients who receive permanent radiotherapy implants twice as likely to be free of cancer after five years

Barcelona, Spain: Results from a randomised controlled trial to compare the use of permanent radioactive implants (brachytherapy) with dose-escalated external beam radiotherapy in patients with prostate cancer show that the men who received brachytherapy were twice as likely to be … Continue reading

Published Monday, April 27th, 2015 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cancer

High radiotherapy dose improves prospects for children with brain cancer

Barcelona, Spain: Two studies presented on Sunday at the 3rd ESTRO Forum in Barcelona, Spain, show that increasing the dose of radiotherapy given to children with an intracranial ependymoma, a form of cancer of the central nervous system, can significantly … Continue reading

Published Sunday, April 26th, 2015 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cancer

Brachytherapy improves survival for inoperable early stage endometrial cancer

Barcelona, Spain: 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 presented at the 3rd ESTRO Forum in … Continue reading

Published Sunday, April 26th, 2015 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cancer

Combined brachytherapy techniques should be “benchmark” for cervical cancer treatment

Barcelona, Spain: The first large international study to investigate the late side-effects of a combination of two forms of brachytherapy to treat cervical cancer has shown that the technique successfully delivers higher radiation doses to the tumour without an increase … Continue reading

Published Saturday, April 25th, 2015 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cancer
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