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New study finds interruption of radiation therapy risks cancer recurrence
Missing 2 appointments of radiotherapy may impair tumor control, particularly for head and neck cancers. (Medical News Today)

'No evidence that CT scans, X-rays cause cancer'
Researchers say there is no proof low-dose radiation from medical imaging causes cancer and urge we throw out the old, unproven theoretical model that makes people think otherwise. (Medical News Today)

New heart scanning technique to reduce radiation risk for patients
A new technique promises to reduce the radiation risk for patients and staff, a study recently published in the Journal of Nuclear Cardiology shows1. (Medical News Today)

Proton therapy for cancer 'just as effective and safer' than standard radiotherapy
A trial finds a type of radiotherapy that uses protons instead of photons or X-rays is as effective at treating medulloblastoma in children and causes fewer long-term side effects. (Medical News Today)

Proton beam therapy offers potential to treat childhood brain cancer with fewer severe side effects than conventional radiotherapy
Proton beam therapy - a more precise form of radiotherapy - to treat the childhood brain cancer medulloblastoma appears to be as safe as conventional radiotherapy with similar survival rates... (Medical News Today)

New treatment against cancer, combining radiotherapy and stem cell based therapy, developed
An international team of researchers lead by the University of Granada (UGR) has proven that mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) may be used as enhancer agents of local and systemic effects of... (Medical News Today)

Recommendation to omit radiation therapy after lumpectomy is not frequently implemented
New National Cancer Data Base study finds that most elderly breast cancer patients who could skip radiation still get it.Nearly two thirds of U.S. (Medical News Today)

Nivolumab combined with radiation therapy may be new treatment option for patients with melanoma brain metastases, say Moffitt Cancer Center
President Jimmy Carter's battle with metastatic melanoma to the brain has placed increased attention on management of this disease. (Medical News Today)

Societies release recommendations for diagnosing chest pain in the emergency department
New document outlines appropriate use of diagnostic imaging.New recommendations from the American College of Cardiology and American College of Radiology have established appropriate use of... (Medical News Today)

'Radiolabeling' lets scientists track the breakdown of drugs
A new method for labeling molecules with radioactive elements could let chemists more easily track how drugs under development are metabolized in the body. (Medical News Today)

Making a safe procedure even safer - Simple refinements could reduce radiation risk from digital screening mammography
In a comprehensive modeling study, researchers from UC Davis and other institutions have found that breast cancer screening with digital mammography poses only a small risk of radiation-induced... (Medical News Today)

Mayo study: Radiation an important addition to treatment for pancreatic cancer surgery candidates
Radiation therapy was associated with a lower risk of cancer recurrence in pancreatic cancer surgery patients, making it, like chemotherapy, an important addition to treatment, Mayo Clinic research... (Medical News Today)

New paste prevents scarring caused by radiation therapy for cancer
An antiscarring paste when applied to the skin of mice halts fibrosis caused by the radiation used in cancer therapy. (Medical News Today)

Three hits to fight lung cancer
In experimental models of lung cancer, researchers show that a combo of 2 drugs plus radiation could make a subset of treatment-resistant lung cancers susceptible to therapy. (Medical News Today)

Promising cancer therapy advanced by chemical explanation
Radiation therapy: A chilling word that creates images of burn-injuries where the cancer killing ray went through the skin. (Medical News Today)

Prostate cancer cells succumb to 'suicide gene therapy'
A phase 2 trial of a gene therapy that makes the immune system attack tumor cells in prostate cancer patients shows improvement in 5-year survival over historical controls. (Medical News Today)

Analysis shows survival rates for patients with localised prostate cancer better with surgery compared to radiotherapy
A rigorous evaluation of survival rates has shown that cancer patients with localised prostate cancer - the most common form of prostate cancer - have a better chance of survival if treated by... (Medical News Today)

DCIS patients receiving anastrozole reported symptoms different from those receiving tamoxifen
Both groups reported similar quality of life. Analysis of patient-reported outcomes (PRO), a secondary endpoint of the phase III, NSABP B-35 clinical trial, in which anastrazole and tamoxifen were... (Medical News Today)

Breast cancer clinical trial of laser ablation treatment shows promising results for patients
A laser treatment called Novilase® Breast Therapy shows promise as a way to successfully treat small breast cancers, according to research that was led by principal investigator Barbara... (Medical News Today)

Breast-conserving therapy yielded better outcomes than mastectomy for early-stage patients
Among patients with early-stage breast cancer, those who received breast- conserving surgery plus radiation therapy had improved overall survival after 10 years compared with those who received... (Medical News Today)

Women with luminal A subtype of breast cancer did not benefit from adjuvant chemotherapy
Patients with other subtypes had benefit.Premenopausal women whose invasive breast cancers were of the luminal A subtype had comparable 10-year disease-free survival rates regardless of whether or... (Medical News Today)

SABCS15: 'Weeding the garden' with radiation while continuing breast cancer therapy
An ongoing phase IIR/III clinical trial presented at the 2015 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium seeks to answer an important question in the treatment of early metastatic breast cancer: Should... (Medical News Today)

Researchers reveal the nature of atherosclerosis from plaque initiation to thrombosis
For the first time, researchers can provide early detection of plaques that have a high likelihood of clotting and/or rupture. (Medical News Today)

Clinical trials for novel leukemia and lymphoma treatments could improve outcomes for patients
Clinical trials that lay the groundwork for novel leukemia and lymphoma treatments will be among the highlights of the annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology (ASH) getting under way... (Medical News Today)

Patient mood can impact medical procedure results
Feeling high levels of distress, fear and hostility prior to undergoing an angioplasty or other interventional radiology procedure may lead to a poor outcome, according to new research presented... (Medical News Today)

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