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Immunotherapy could stop resistance to radiotherapy
Treating cancers with immunotherapy and radiotherapy at the same time could stop them from becoming resistant to treatment, according to a study published in Cancer Research. (Medical News Today)

Making diagnostic medical imaging safer
Medical imaging is at the forefront of diagnostics today, with imaging techniques like MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), CT (computerized tomography), scanning, and NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance)... (Medical News Today)

Irradiation plus transplantation shown to be effective for treating HIV/AIDS
Yerkes National Primate Research Center researchers are the first to show that an irradiation plus transplantation combination approach in nonhuman primates can be used to treat or even possibly cure... (Medical News Today)

AHA: 'clinicians should understand radiation risks of heart imaging tests'
A new AHA statement calls for health care providers to ensure they understand the risks and benefits of heart imaging tests with radiation and to discuss these with patients. (Medical News Today)

Thoracic radiation therapy can lead to modest acute changes in cardiac biomarkers and electrocardiogram findings
There were only modest acute changes in cardiac biomarkers and electrocardiograms and there were no clinically significant cardiac events in patients with high-dose radiation exposure to the heart... (Medical News Today)

HIV: radiation exposure before stem cell transplant 'may not have cured Berlin patient'
The 'Berlin patient' is the only human thought to have been cured of HIV. Now, a new study looks at the potential mechanisms behind this cure using monkeys. (Medical News Today)

Study yields new two-step strategy for weakening cancer
Research by Rice University scientists who are fighting a cyberwar against cancer finds that the immune system may be a clinician's most powerful ally.A cancer cell under attack by lymphocytes. (Medical News Today)

For recurrent head and neck cancers a combination of targeted radiation and drug therapy is less toxic
Patients with a recurrence of head and neck cancer who have previously received radiation treatment can be treated more quickly, safely and with fewer side effects with high doses of targeted... (Medical News Today)

For diagnosing kidney stones, CT scans are no more accurate than ultrasound
To diagnose painful kidney stones in hospital emergency rooms, CT scans are no better than less-often-used ultrasound exams, according to a clinical study conducted at 15 medical centers and... (Medical News Today)

Shorter treatment times and improved quality of life for prostate cancer patients who undergo hypofractionated RT
Prostate cancer patients who received hypofractionated (HPFX) radiation therapy (RT) reported that their quality of life, as well as bladder and bowel function were at similar levels before and after... (Medical News Today)

Sexual function preserved following vessel-sparing radiation therapy for prostate cancer
A comparison of five-year sexual function outcomes, as reported by patients treated with external beam radiotherapy (EBRT) versus combination EBRT plus brachytherapy, indicates that the utilization... (Medical News Today)

More accurate treatment, greater patient comfort provided by new radiosurgery technology
A new stereotactic radiosurgery system provides the same or a higher level of accuracy in targeting cancer tumors - but offers greater comfort to patients and the ability to treat multiple tumors at... (Medical News Today)

Some stage IV lung cancer patients achieve long-term survival after aggressive treatments
A large, international analysis of patients with stage IV non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) indicates that a patient's overall survival (OS) rate can be related to factors including the timing of... (Medical News Today)

Promising treatment for advanced pancreatic cancer: chemotherapy and stereotactic ablative radiation consecutively
For patients with locally advanced pancreatic cancer, the combination of chemotherapy and stereotactic ablative radiation (SABR) may be a promising treatment option, ultimately allowing them to... (Medical News Today)

Preserved mobility in malignant spinal cord compression
Mobility is equally preserved in cancer patients suffering from malignant spinal cord compression (MSCC) who receive a single dose of 10 Gy of radiation therapy (RT), compared to patients who receive... (Medical News Today)

Elderly women with low risk hormone receptor positive breast cancer benefit from endocrine therapy
Treatment with endocrine therapy and radiation therapy as part of breast conservation is the current standard of care for women with hormone-receptor positive (HR+) invasive breast cancer. (Medical News Today)

Elderly women with early breast cancer receiving less-aggressive radiation procedures
In a healthcare climate where the costs of treatment are increasingly weighed against potential benefit, a Yale study has found that radiation oncologists are using fewer or less-aggressive radiation... (Medical News Today)

Asymptomatic people at risk for stroke identified by imaging
Imaging can be a cost-effective way to identify people at risk for stroke who might benefit from aggressive intervention, according to a new modeling study published online in the journal Radiology. (Medical News Today)

Small cell lung cancer: chest radiotherapy 'prolongs survival, reduces recurrence'
Chest radiation therapy, in combination with standard treatment, may reduce recurrence and prolong survival in patients with small cell lung cancer, according to a phase 3 trial. (Medical News Today)

Patients with high-risk endometrial cancer benefit from radiation therapy with concurrent chemotherapy after surgery
Radiation therapy with concurrent paclitaxel chemotherapy following surgery is an effective treatment for patients with high-risk endometrial cancer, according to a study published in the... (Medical News Today)

Most patients can safely undergo contrast-enhanced CT scans
According to new research performed at the Mayo Clinic, iodine-based contrast material injected intravenously to enhance computed tomography (CT) images can be safely used in most patients. (Medical News Today)

Combined therapy improves survival for patients with liver cancer who are not suitable for surgery
The mature results from a trial conducted by the Asia-Pacific Hepatocellular Carcinoma Trials Group led by the National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS) and Singapore General Hospital (SGH) have shown... (Medical News Today)

More convenient once-weekly regimen for breast radiation
An experimental regimen of once-weekly breast irradiation following lumpectomy provides more convenience to patients at a lower cost, results in better completion rates of prescribed radiation... (Medical News Today)

MD Anderson cost analysis shows proton therapy less costly than IMRT for advanced head/neck cancers
According to research from The Proton Therapy Center at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, the episodic cost of care using intensity modulated proton therapy (IMPT) in advanced... (Medical News Today)

Research demonstrates potential method to better control lung cancer using radiotherapy
Manchester scientists are working out how to safely increase the radiotherapy dose given to lung cancer patients - potentially offering improved local control and survival. (Medical News Today)

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