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For Pituitary Tumors, Gamma Knife™ Radiosurgery Offers Better Tumor Control

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For many patients with pituitary tumors, initial surgical intervention is followed quickly by Gamma Knife™ radiosurgery. The benefits of using this radiosurgical intervention are many, and can offer better tumor control and a more positive long-term prognosis compared to surgery alone. Worldwide, up to 20% of all brain tumors (braintumor.org/brain-tumor-information/understanding-brain-tumors/)—those confined within the skull—are identified as pituitary adenomas.(1) Each year, almost …

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New Spanish-language videos and brochures provide cancer patients with overview of radiation therapy

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From: PR Newswire Cancer patients who speak Spanish have new tools to help them understand treatment options for their disease. The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) today released a series of Spanish-language patient videos on radiation therapy for cancer, including breast, prostate, lung, brain and other common cancer types. The videos complement a set of Spanish-language brochures on radiation …

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Doctors are collecting samples from DEAD cancer patients in a bid to cure disease

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By: Olivia Lerche From: express.co.uk Cancer Research UK said a £4 million investment will help scientists look at blood and tissue samples from up to 500 patients who have died from cancer.Doctors will also invite terminally ill patients – most of whom are taking part in clinical trials – to discuss with their families the issue of donating samples before …

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Can the Polio Virus Cure Cancer?

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By: Nick Tate From: newsmax.com An experimental program at Duke University is using a surprising new weapon in the war on cancer — infusions of the polio virus that have successfully been used to treat patients with inoperable brain tumors. While the doctors and researchers spearheading the effort are reluctant to use the words “cancer cure” to describe the work, …

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Campbell County cancer patient finds success with investigative drug

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By: Tim Saunders From: wdbj7.com The Norman household is filled with four energetic children and an endless amount of hope. The enthusiasm has helped Dawn Norman survive, as her eight-year-old son Nathan has fought a long and aggressive battle with pediatric cancer. “We didn’t know last year whether Nathan would still be here with us,” said Norman, whose son has …

COLLABORATION YIELDS NEW METHODS TO TREAT TUMORS WITH ANTENNAS

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A conversation with a University of Wisconsin-Madison neurosurgeon prompted two engineering researchers to challenge a commonly held idea about tumor ablation, and as a result, they’re now working to commercialize a new technology that could yield less invasive radiation therapies for cancer patients. Current microwave ablation systems essentially “cook” cancerous tumors. Surgeons insert an antenna into tissue to deliver electromagnetic …