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How Can I Know if I’m a Candidate for Radiation Therapy?

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By: Tampa Bay Radiation Oncology Radiation therapy is a form of cancer treatment that employs high doses of ionizing beams to shrink or destroy cancer cells and tumors. It’s proven to be effective in treating various types of cancers, and based on radiation therapy studies, about 60 percent of cancer cases necessitate the use of radiotherapy. Why only 60 percent? …

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Internal Mammary Lymph Node Radiation Safe Over the Long Term

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By: M. Alexander Otto, MMS, PA From: medscape.com A new report is reassuring regarding the long-term cardiopulmonary safety of internal mammary lymph node irradiation after breast cancer surgery. After a median follow-up 15.7 years among almost 4000 women, for half of patients who received postoperative internal mammary and medial supraclavicular (IM-MS) lymph node irradiation, the “absolute rates and differences” of …

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What to know about radiation therapy for breast cancer

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From: medicalnewstoday.com Various therapies and treatments are available to individuals with breast cancer, and radiation therapy is often a cornerstone of the treatment regimen. The American Cancer Society states that breast cancer is the second most common cancer in females, behind skin cancer. Many factors will determine the outlook for a person with breast cancer, including their age and overall …

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What Treatment Options Exist for Advanced Breast Cancer?

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From: healthline.com Having an advanced form of cancer can feel like you have little or no treatment options. But that’s not the case. Find out what options are available to you and start getting on the right type of treatment. Hormone therapy There are several hormone therapies to treat advanced hormone receptor-positive (estrogen receptor-positive or progesterone receptor-positive) breast cancers: Tamoxifen …

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TARGIT-IORT long-term data demonstrates equivalent outcomes to traditional 3- to 6-week radiotherapy, significantly reducing COVID-19 risk to patients amidst coming surge

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Source: TARGIT Collaborative Group From: globenewswire.com The TARGIT Collaborative Group announced today that according to recent studies, an increase in the COVID-19 positivity rate correlates to an increase in mortality from non-coronavirus-related diseases. This includes breast cancer, and researchers believe fear of contracting the virus compels patients to stay home instead of seeking treatment or completing their many week course of …

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High Dose Radiation Therapy: A Rapid, Convenient Outpatient Therapy Option for Breast Cancer Patients

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By: Tampa Bay Radiation Oncology Those diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer have a multitude of treatment options, each with their advantages and disadvantages. But for many, researching various therapies or just identifying where to start can be stressful. While treatments can vary significantly from patient to patient, the cancer specialists at Tampa Bay Radiation Oncology are available every step of …

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One-Off Blast of RT, Rather Than Weeks, for Early Breast Cancer

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By: Sharon Worcester From: medscape.com Long-term outcomes now being reported confirm earlier reports from the  same trial showing efficacy for the use of targeted intraoperative radiotherapy (TARGIT) in patients with early breast cancer. This novel approach, which delivers a one-off blast of radiation directed at the tumor bed and is given during lumpectomy, has similar efficacy and lowers non-breast cancer …

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Now breast, lung, bowel and prostate cancer can all be treated in a WEEK

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By: Sally Wardle From: dailymail.co.uk Bigger radiation doses in fewer sessions can be just as successful for treatment   Trials are showing it to be safe, without additional side effects, despite concerns Findings of a new UK study has proved breast cancer can be beaten in a week Karen Davis’ radiotherapy took five days and she has stayed free from cancer …

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What to Expect When You Have Radiation Treatment

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By: Tampa Bay Radiation Oncology Radiation is often a treatment option for cancer. While the procedure itself is usually painless, that doesn’t mean that you won’t feel anxious or overwhelmed—or even scared. Those feelings are perfectly understandable, and you should know that you’re not alone in feeling this way. Knowing what to expect from radiation treatment will help you feel more prepared …

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Study: Inflammation Caused by Radiation Can Drive Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

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Source: ChristianaCare While radiation is successfully used to treat breast cancer by killing cancer cells, inflammation caused as a side-effect of radiation can have a contrary effect by promoting the survival of triple-negative breast cancer cells, according to research published online in the International Journal of Radiation Biology by Jennifer Sims-Mourtada, Ph.D., director of Translational Breast Cancer Research at ChristianaCare’s …