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New study finds that proton therapy has fewer side effects in esophageal cancer patients
Significant differences from current radiation therapiesNew research by scientists at the University of Maryland School of Medicine has found that esophageal cancer patients treated with proton... (Medical News Today)

New survey shows 36-percent increase in pediatric patients treated with proton therapy
Most pediatric proton patients are younger than 10, with brain and spinal cord tumorsResults from a new nationwide survey indicate a steady increase in the number of pediatric patients who are... (Medical News Today)

New research leads to FDA approval of first drug to treat radiation sickness
As a result of research performed by scientists at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM), the U.S. (Medical News Today)

Scripps reports results at first all pencil-beam proton center in US
Technology enables unusually broad range of tumor sites to be treatedCarl Rossi, M.D. (Medical News Today)

Smoking a significant predictor of lung cancer recurrence in survivors
In 2015, an estimated 158,040 Americans are expected to die from lung cancer, making it the leading cause of cancer death in this country. (Medical News Today)

Organic nanoparticles, more lethal to tumors
Carbon-based nanoparticles could be used to sensitize cancerous tumors to proton radiotherapy and induce more focused destruction of cancer cells, a new study showsRadiotherapy used in cancer... (Medical News Today)

New blood test quickly reveals severity of radiation injury
Test predicts within 24 hours whether radiation exposure will be fatal Will aid first responders in providing immediate care to those most in needA novel blood test could greatly improve... (Medical News Today)

Stereotactic Ablative Radiotherapy achieves better overall survival than surgery for early lung cancer
First randomized clinical trial comparing the two therapies suggests that the non-invasive SABR treatment should be considered an alternative to surgery, especially for elderly patients and those... (Medical News Today)

Dying cells can protect their stem cells from destruction
An SOS signal from dying daughter cells allows their mother stem cells to protect themselves from radiation and chemotherapy damageCells dying as the result of radiation exposure or chemotherapy... (Medical News Today)

Combined radiation and hormonal therapy improves survival in node-positive prostate cancer
Study of large national database reveals that combination therapy reduced death risk by 50 percent, compared with hormone therapy aloneA new study finds that men with prostate cancer that has... (Medical News Today)

UK's first proton beam therapy centres will 'transform' cancer care treating more than 2000 patients per year
The first proton beam therapy centres to be built in the UK will herald a new era of cancer care provision. (Medical News Today)

ASTRO issues guideline on definitive and adjuvant RT for locally advanced non-small cell lung cancer
The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) is issuing a new guideline, "Definitive and adjuvant radiotherapy in locally advanced non-small cell lung cancer: An American Society for Radiation... (Medical News Today)

New method detects more breast cancer in screening
Tomosynthesis detects 40% more breast cancers than traditional mammography does, according to a major screening study from Lund University, Sweden. (Medical News Today)

Recurrence of prostate cancer detected earlier with innovative PSMA-ligand PET/CT
A recent study reported in The Journal of Nuclear Medicine compared use of the novel Ga-68-PSMA-ligand PET/CT with other imaging methods and found that it had substantially higher detection rates of... (Medical News Today)

Long-term galactic cosmic ray exposure leads to dementia-like cognitive impairments
Findings of UCI study have implications for astronauts on extended spaceflightsWhat happens to an astronaut's brain during a mission to Mars? Nothing good. (Medical News Today)

UNC researchers create DNA repair map of the entire human genome
The new experimental assay can help scientists find the precise locations of repair of DNA damage caused by UV radiation and common chemotherapies. (Medical News Today)

Compact synchrotron makes tumors visible
Novel X-ray technology improves contrast in soft tissueX-ray images of a mouse show: normal X-ray image, phase contrast and darkfield image (fltr). (Medical News Today)

A new cellular response to radiation exposure: Must we reconsider the risks of low doses?
Researchers at the Helmholtz Zentrum Munchen now report the discovery of a very unexpected role for one such lncRNA, which they call PARTICLE, in regulating the response of cells to ionizing... (Medical News Today)

New proton therapy technique brings hope of more effective treatment for tumours without causing collateral damage
Researchers have succeeded in making a model of breathing movement that allows for the precise measurement of narrow beams to a dummy tumour in the lung by simulating the motion and physical... (Medical News Today)

High radiotherapy dose improves prospects for children with brain cancer
Two studies presented 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... (Medical News Today)

Brachytherapy improves survival for 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... (Medical News Today)

Form of permanent radiotherapy may prolong prostate cancer survival, study finds
Compared with dose-escalated external beam radiotherapy, low-dose-rate prostate brachytherapy may prolong survival for patients with prostate cancer, a new study finds. (Medical News Today)

Combined brachytherapy techniques should be "benchmark" for cervical cancer treatment
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... (Medical News Today)

Cancer scan could remove need for radiotherapy for cured patients
A UK National Cancer Research Institute trial led from The University of Manchester and the Christie NHS Foundation Trust has suggested that in patients with early stage Hodgkin lymphoma the late... (Medical News Today)

Breast screening may also predict heart risk, say radiologists
A new study shows that calcification in arteries in breast tissue correlates closely with coronary artery calcium - a known risk factor for cardiovascular disease. (Medical News Today)

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