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New research points to potential for single breast cancer radiotherapy shot

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By: Jack Power, Mark Hilliard From: irishtimes.com New research which suggests a single shot of radiotherapy may be as effective as current treatment for certain types of breast cancers, has been described as promising by the Irish Cancer Society. The University College London (UCL) study, published on Friday, suggests a new treatment may avoid the need for a long course …

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Second cancer in survivors a complex, multifaceted concern

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By: Jennifer Byrne From: healio.com Although many cancer survivors go on to live healthy, cancer-free lives, the prospect of facing cancer again is an ongoing concern. Much of the discussion around this possibility relates to recurrence of the original cancer, but cancer survivors also appear to be at increased risk for developing a second, entirely different type of malignancy. This …

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Study Demonstrates Long-Term Safety of Radiotherapy in Fewer Doses for Early Breast Cancer

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By: Aislinn Antrim, Assistant Editor From: pharmacytimes.com In a 10-year study conducted by the Institute of Cancer Research, researchers have found that a lower total dose of radiotherapy delivered in fewer large doses is as safe as other treatment courses for breast cancer, which typically deliver multiple small doses. Earlier results of the FAST trial, which was launched in 2004, …

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IntraOp and OSU Announce Collaboration in FLASH

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Source: IntraOp Medical Corporation From: PR Newswire New Technology and Research has potential to transform the fundamentals of radiation oncology unlocking new opportunities for cancer patients. IntraOp Medical Corporation announced today the delivery of its pre-clinical high dose rate electron beam linear accelerator to The Ohio State University Comprehensive James Cancer Center  – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard …

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Cancer: Scientists reveal how to boost radiotherapy

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By: Catharine Paddock PhD From: medicalnewstoday.com Scientists have recently identified a molecular pathway that links the movement of energy-producing centers, or mitochondria, in cancer cells to resistance to radiotherapy. This, they say, could lead to improved cancer treatments. Although previous studies had already revealed that the pathway — called Arf6-AMP1-PRKD2 — plays a key role in cancer invasiveness, its relation to treatment resistance …

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CU Boulder discovery could lead to fewer side-effects, better results for cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy

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More than half of cancer patients undergo radiotherapy, in which high doses of radiation are aimed at diseased tissue to kill cancer cells. But due to a phenomenon known as radiation-induced bystander effect (RIBE), in which irradiated cells leak chemical signals that can travel some distance to damage unexposed healthy cells, many suffer side-effects such as hair loss, fatigue and …

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The breast cancer treatment that could change everything

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Veteran oncologist Dr. Juanita Crook sees the devastating effects of cancer every single day. Now she’s forging ahead on an innovative path toward a new treatment with massive promise. Did you know that 62 percent of breast-cancer patients will need radiation this year? It’s typically a gruelling three- to six-week process, with daily treatments, five days a week. Not only …

Breast cancer: One-shot therapy gets NHS nod

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By James Gallagher From: bbc.com A pioneering breast cancer treatment that replaces weeks of radiotherapy with a single, targeted shot is set to be offered on the NHS. The dose of radiation is delivered from inside the breast, once a tumour has been removed in surgery. It would benefit up to 36,000 people and should also save the NHS money. …

Letter from the Metastatic Breast Cancer Network

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By: Shirley Mertz, President For those of us who live with metastatic breast cancer, research does not move fast enough.  While patients focus on wanting more new, systemic therapies to stabilize our disease, we may not realize that some researchers and clinicians are looking at attacking metastatic disease using different approaches. One such approach was discussed at MBCN’s 2012 Metastatic …

Shorter Radiation Course Appears Effective for Early Breast Cancer

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From: Drugs.com In women with early breast cancer, three weeks of high-dose radiation is as effective as the current standard — five weeks of lower-dose treatment, British researchers say. A short course of radiation given in larger doses — an approach called hypofractionated radiation — is safe and effective and causes less damage to healthy surrounding tissue, according to the …