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Chemo and Radiation’s Effect on Your Eyes

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By: Jane Ashley From: whatnext.com When we think of chemotherapy side effects, we think about nausea, fatigue and low blood counts. But did you know that some chemotherapy drugs and other cancer treatments may affect your eyes? From tearing to dry eyes to sensitivity to light, be sure to tell your oncologist about any changes to your eyes. How Can …

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New GammaPod advances breast cancer care

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Source: UT Southwestern Medical Center From: newswise.com UT Southwestern Medical Center now offers more precise radiation treatments for breast cancer with a new, cutting-edge device that is only the second of its kind in the world. Watch video: Advancing breast cancer care The GammaPod delivers higher doses of radiation to a narrowly targeted area, meaning breast cancer patients will have fewer …

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What Is Proton Therapy for Breast Cancer?

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From: healthline.com Overview Proton therapy is a type of external beam radiation therapy used to treat cancer. It uses energy from positively charged particles called protons. Proton therapy is more precise than standard radiation therapy. It can deliver radiation to the tumor while sparing more of the surrounding healthy tissue. Proton therapy is not a new technology. Some U.S. hospitals …

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Can Aligning Radiotherapy for Breast V\Cancer with Circadian Rhythms Minimize Side Effects?

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By: Sarah Rosenthal From: medshadow.org Radiation, or radiotherapy, for breast cancer patients is one of the most common forms of treatment, and comes with some uncomfortable and harmful side effects. A recent study from the University of Leicester in England has demonstrated that side effects can be minimized by changing the time of day that the treatment is provided. Researchers …

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The future of fighting cancer: Zapping tumors in less than a second

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Source: DOE/SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory From: sciencedaily.com New accelerator-based technology being developed by the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University aims to reduce the side effects of cancer radiation therapy by shrinking its duration from minutes to under a second. Built into future compact medical devices, technology developed for high-energy physics could also help make radiation …

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American Society for Radiation Oncology updates insurance coverage recommendations for proton therapy

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From: PR Newswire Proton beam therapy model policy recommends expanded access to advanced radiation therapy treatment for cancer patients The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) has issued an update to its recommendations for medical insurance coverage regarding the use of proton beam therapy to treat cancer. The updated Proton Beam Therapy Model Policy provides guidance to payers on clinical …

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New therapy reduces treatment time for breast cancer patients

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Source: Ivanhoe News Service From: abc7chicago.com The American Cancer Society estimates more than a quarter million people will be diagnosed with breast cancer in the U.S. this year. Many of them will get weeks of radiation after surgery. A new option that eliminates that extra treatment time for early stage patients. Judy Collins was 80 when she learned she had …

Are some breast cancer patients getting too much radiation?

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By: Kathleen Doheny From: cbsnews.com More than half of older American women with early breast cancer may get more radiation therapy than needed, which significantly boosts medical costs, a new study indicates. Analyzing 2011 data on breast cancer patients, researchers estimated $164 million could have been saved by ordering a shorter radiation course. “Women who were eligible for shorter radiation …

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No Benefit From Routine Thyroid Cancer Screening?

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By: Robert Preidt From: webmd.com Doctors should not screen for thyroid cancer in patients who have no symptoms of the disease, according to a U.S. Preventive Services Task Force draft recommendation. It reaffirms a recommendation issued 20 years ago. Thyroid cancer is rare in the United States. In 2016, an estimated 64,300 new cases will be diagnosed, representing 3.8 percent …

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Surgical Procedure Improves Survival Rates for Men with Prostate Cancer if Radiation Treatments Fail

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Approximately 14 percent of men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in their lifetimes, according to the National Institutes of Health. Radiation therapy traditionally has been a primary treatment for the cancer, but one-fourth of men have a recurrence of prostate cancer within five years after the therapy. Now, a University of Missouri School of Medicine researcher …