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Newer radiation technique has fewer side effects than traditional techniques for recurrent head and neck cancer
When a patient's cancer comes back, he or she is often left with limited treatment options and higher odds of debilitating side effects. (Medical News Today)

Neutrophils are key to harnessing anti-tumor immune response from radiation therapy, study finds
Combining targeted radiation therapy with a neutrophil stimulant enhances anti-tumor immunity, according to new research into cancer immunology at UT Southwestern Medical Center. (Medical News Today)

Whole brain radiotherapy offers little benefit to people whose lung cancer has spread to the brain, despite its widespread use
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. (Medical News Today)

Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Have the long-term effects been exaggerated?
Atomic bombs dropped on Japan killed around 200,000 people in 1945. A new analysis investigates the 60-year health impact on survivors and their offspring. (Medical News Today)

Boron carrier for targeted tumour therapy
Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology have developed a boron carrier for use in targeted radiation treatment for cancerous tumours. (Medical News Today)

Radical treatment and examination combined can halve mortality from 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... (Medical News Today)

UCLA researchers report high-dose radiation therapy as effective as surgery for aggressive prostate cancer
The research provides convincing evidence that radiation-based treatments and surgery are equally effective for aggressive prostate cancer. (Medical News Today)

Apollo astronauts more prone to cardiovascular problems
Apollo astronauts who flew in deep space are more likely to die of cardiovascular problems, possibly because of radiation exposure. (Medical News Today)

Combining ipilimumab with local treatments improved survival for patients with melanoma
Among patients with melanoma, those who received both ipilimumab (Yervoy) and local peripheral treatments such as radiotherapy or electrochemotherapy had significantly prolonged overall survival... (Medical News Today)

Markers that cause toxic radiotherapy side-effects in prostate cancer identified
A new study involving researchers from The University of Manchester looked at the genetic information of more than 1,500 prostate cancer patients and identified two variants linked to increased... (Medical News Today)

Radiologists do not face elevated risk of radiation-related mortality
Radiologists who graduated from medical school after 1940 do not face an increased risk of dying from radiation-related causes like cancer, according to a new study appearing online in the journal... (Medical News Today)

"Dense breasts" diagnosis varies widely among radiologists
The likelihood of a woman being told she has dense breasts varies substantially according to which radiologist interprets her mammogram. (Medical News Today)

Internal radiation therapy: Better response in metastatic colorectal cancer patients
New analysis shows patients with metastatic colorectal cancer treated with radiation therapy show better response than those receiving chemotherapy alone. (Medical News Today)

Imaging technique could help focus breast cancer treatment
Cancer Research UK scientists have used imaging techniques as a new way to identify patients who could benefit from certain breast cancer treatments, according to a study published in Oncotarget. (Medical News Today)

CT follow-up sufficient for some lung nodules
Annual low-dose computed-tomography (CT) screening can eliminate the need for biopsy or surgery in nonsolid lung nodules, according to a new study published online in the journal Radiology. (Medical News Today)

Methylene blue shows promise for improving short-term memory
A single oral dose of methylene blue results in an increased MRI-based response in brain areas that control short-term memory and attention, according to a new study published online in the journal... (Medical News Today)

Healthcare providers do not fully understand cancer risk from CT scans
Knowledge of radiation dose and associated risks varies among referring physicians, radiologists, and technicians, according to a new study in the Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences. (Medical News Today)

New radiotherapy regime for prostate cancer could save NHS tens of millions per year
A shorter course of prostate cancer radiotherapy, involving fewer hospital visits and higher individual doses of radiotherapy, is as effective as the current standard treatment for both survival... (Medical News Today)

Ovarian cancer: New imaging technique helps surgeons remove more of tumor
Near infrared fluorescence imaging helped surgeons remove 29 percent more malignant ovarian tumor tissue that would otherwise not have been detected. (Medical News Today)

Shorter radiation course recommended for early-stage breast cancer patients
Early-stage breast cancer patients receiving a shorter course of whole breast radiation with higher radiation doses per fraction reported equivalent cosmetic, functional and pain outcomes over time... (Medical News Today)

Narrow wavelength of UV light safely kills drug-resistant bacteria
Scientists from the Center for Radiological Research at Columbia University Medical Center have shown that a narrow wavelength of ultraviolet (UV) light safely killed drug-resistant MRSA bacteria... (Medical News Today)

New approach to MRI links saturated fats to breast cancer in postmenopausal women
The presence of high saturated fatty acids in breast tissue may be a useful indicator of cancer in postmenopausal women, according to a new study by researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center... (Medical News Today)

Research reveals prostate cancer radiation treatment can be shortened by 50% with no loss of effectiveness
A shorter 4-week radiation regimen is non-inferior to the standard 8-week regimen when it comes to prostate cancer treatment, an Ontario-led study has found. (Medical News Today)

Giving chemotherapy after radiotherapy improves survival for patients with rare brain tumour
Giving chemotherapy after radiotherapy delays further growth of a rare type of brain tumour, increasing the number of patients alive at five years from 44 per cent to 56 per cent. (Medical News Today)

Twice a day radiotherapy halves treatment time and is equally good at treating small cell lung cancer
Having radiotherapy once a day for six and a half weeks or twice a day for three weeks - when combined with chemotherapy - is equally good at treating small cell lung cancer that hasn't spread. (Medical News Today)

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