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Radiation therapy for prostate cancer may carry certain risks

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By: HealthDay News From: upi.com Radiation treatment for prostate cancer may put men at a slight increased risk for other cancers, a new review suggests. The analysis of 21 studies revealed that prostate cancer patients who had radiation therapy had a slightly increased risk of bladder, colon and rectal cancers, compared to those who did not receive radiation or had …

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Surgeon’s Research Is Helping to Improve Breast Cancer Treatment

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Research presented at a national conference by well-known breast cancer expert Cary Kaufman, M.D. documents pioneering work with a small three-dimensional marker that improves the treatment of breast cancer. Dr. Kaufman is the first surgeon in the Pacific Northwest to use the BioZorb™marker. He presented findings on his experience at the 2015 Breast Cancer Symposium, held last month in San …

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DC-Area Surgeon Helps Pioneer Innovative Approach to Treating Breast Cancer

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Among First to Adopt New Device That Can Improve Radiation Treatment and Cosmetic Outcome after Surgery ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A local surgeon is among the first in Virginia and metropolitan D.C. to adopt an innovative new device that improves the treatment of breast cancer, by more precisely targeting radiation treatment and providing for better follow-up exams. Dr. David Weintritt of the …

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Shorter course of high-dose radiation therapy ‘better for breast cancer patients’

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From:  Gregory Dennis Healthcare Writer & Consultant For women with early-stage breast cancer, a shorter course of radiation therapy at higher doses may be less toxic and lead to better life quality than a longer course at lower doses. This is according to two new studies published in JAMA Oncology. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in …

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Radiation Costs Vary Among Medicare Patients with Cancer

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From: UCSD Health Science News Cost of radiation therapy among Medicare patients varied most widely because of factors unrelated to a patient or that person’s cancer, report University of California, San Diego School of Medicine researchers in the Journal of Oncology Practice. Year of diagnosis, location of treatment, clinic type and individual radiation provider accounted for 44 to 61 percent …

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Latest RTOG 0537 data indicate that acupuncture-like electrical nerve stimulation may provide comparable relief for radiation-induced dry mouth

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Fairfax, Va., May 28, 2015—Phase III results of Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) 0537 indicate that acupuncture-like, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (ALTENS) may be equally effective as pilocarpine, the current prescription medication in a pill, to treat radiation-induced xerostomia (dry mouth), according to a study published in the June 1, 2015 issue of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology • …

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Local Surgeon Leads Research on New Breast Cancer Treatment

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Surgical Marker Makes Cancer Radiation Treatment More Precise and Improves Cosmetic Results Local breast surgeon Cary Kaufman, M.D. recently presented at two prestigious medical conferences, on a groundbreaking innovation that improves the treatment of breast cancer. Kaufman’s research shows how a three-dimensional surgical marker called BioZorbTM, which is inserted into the breast at the time of tumor removal, provides better …

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Cardiac-Sparing Radiation for Breast Cancer

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From: clevelandclinic.org Latest radiation therapies for treating breast cancer may minimize exposure to the heart One in 8 women will develop breast cancer—it is the most common solid tumor diagnosis in women. The good news is, many more patients today are “survivors” because of advanced chemotherapy and radiation therapy techniques.But these therapies may come with some small risk of developing heart …

Cancer Center at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center Uses the Geneva Healthcare Suite to Manage Risk for Patients with Cardiac Devices

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Douglas & Nancy Barnhart Cancer Center at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center uses the Geneva Healthcare Suite to Manage Risk for Patients with Cardiac Devices The Geneva Healthcare Suite has been proven effective by clinicians at the Douglas & Nancy Barnhart Cancer Center at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center in managing risk for patients with cardiac devices undergoing radiation therapy. …

Safer ways to fight cancer

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By: John Bonifield From: wwlp.com When 14-year-old Nick Wilkins’ leukemia resisted chemotherapy, radiation and a bone marrow transplant, his doctors turned to the real pros: Nick’s own immune cells. Using an experimental treatment, the doctors taught Nick’s immune system to attack his cancer in much the same way he’d fight off the common cold. Two months later, Nick went into …