Shorter courses of prostate cancer radiotherapy are safe and effective, and they could save patients’ time and reduce hospital waiting lists

Barcelona, Spain: Radiotherapy given in high doses over a shorter period of time is safe and effective for prostate cancer patients, according to research presented at the ESTRO 37 conference. The treatment, called ultrahypofractionated radiotherapy, involves hospital treatment every other … Continue reading

Published Monday, April 23rd, 2018 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cancer

Targeted radiotherapy for breast cancer offers good quality of life and fewer side effects

Barcelona, Spain: Quality of life for women treated with a more targeted radiotherapy treatment – called accelerated partial breast irradiation – is at least as good as quality of life for women treated with standard radiotherapy, according to research presented … Continue reading

Published Sunday, April 22nd, 2018 at 12:30 pm
Posted in Cancer

Correcting tiny differences in patient’s position for radiotherapy could increase survival chances

Barcelona, Spain: Very small differences in the way a patient lies during radiotherapy treatment for lung or oesophageal cancer can have an impact on how likely they are to survive, according to research presented at the ESTRO 37 conference. These … Continue reading

Published Sunday, April 22nd, 2018 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cancer

Brachytherapy for cervical cancer patients does not increase the risk of ureteral stricture

Barcelona, Spain: A rare but potentially serious complication following radiation treatment for cervical cancer is a narrowing of the tube (the ureter) that takes urine from the kidneys to the bladder, which can lead to kidney damage and sometimes life-threatening … Continue reading

Published Saturday, April 21st, 2018 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cancer

Elderly non-small cell lung cancer patients are less likely to benefit from treatment with simultaneous radio- and chemotherapy

Barcelona, Spain: An analysis of elderly patients treated in a phase II trial of radiotherapy combined with chemotherapy in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) has shown that they were less likely to benefit than younger patients if the two treatments … Continue reading

Published Friday, April 20th, 2018 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cancer

Handgrip strength test is a good indicator of survival in non-small cell lung cancer patients

Barcelona, Spain: A simple test of handgrip strength is a good indicator of short- and long-term survival in patients with early, stage I non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), according to new findings  presented at the European Society for Radiotherapy and … Continue reading

Published Friday, April 20th, 2018 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cancer

Fewer breast cancer patients need radical surgery if they are pre-treated with targeted drugs

Barcelona, Spain: Extensive surgery involving mastectomy and removal of several lymph nodes can be safely avoided for more women with some types of breast cancer, if they receive targeted drugs before surgery, according to research presented at the 11th European … Continue reading

Published Friday, March 23rd, 2018 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cancer

Many women with early breast cancer have a very low risk of a locoregional recurrence five years after surgery: latest results from MINDACT trial

Barcelona, Spain: Women with small, low grade, well-defined breast tumours and a genetic profile that shows they are at low risk of the cancer metastasising have only a 1.4% risk of the cancer returning to the site of the original … Continue reading

Published Friday, March 23rd, 2018 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cancer

Chair of the European Breast Cancer Conference calls for men to be included in trials to find better treatments for breast cancer

Barcelona, Spain: Professor Robert Mansel, Chair of the 11th European Breast Cancer Conference (EBCC-11) and Emeritus Professor of Surgery at Cardiff University School of Medicine, UK, has called for men to be included in trials to improve treatments for breast … Continue reading

Published Friday, March 23rd, 2018 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cancer

Women report fewer adverse side effects from partial or reduced breast radiotherapy: new results from IMPORT LOW trial

Barcelona, Spain: The average number of moderate or marked side-effects reported by breast cancer patients is lower if they are treated with radiotherapy to part of the breast or a reduced dose to the whole breast, rather than with standard … Continue reading

Published Friday, March 23rd, 2018 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cancer
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