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Radiation Oncology

Radiation Oncology

It is important for all of us now and then to take a step back and recapture the wonder that we all felt at the onset of our careers, when treatments we now consider simple and routine held an aura of miracle. For me, a little bit of that wonder returns every time I treat a patient with a bony metastasis—in particular, from prostate cancer.

Patients treated with a newer, faster, and less expensive type of radiotherapy also have higher rates of urinary complications, according to a new study.

Management recommendations for breast cancer local-regional recurrence (LRR), including patient scenarios, are reviewed, and represent evidence-based data and expert opinion of the American College of Radiology Appropriateness Criteria Expert Panel on LRR.

Adding a treatment course of local radiotherapy to hormonal treatment in men with locally advanced or high-risk prostate cancer more than halved the 10-year and 15-year prostate-cancer–specific mortality.

Patients with early-stage breast cancer who received radiation therapy had a higher risk of heart disease, due to the exposure of their heart tissue to the treatment, according to a 48-patient study by Columbia University.

A palliative single-fraction radiation therapy is as good as multiple-fraction radiation therapy for pain relief from bone metastases. The single-fraction regimen is also less expensive.

Ten-year follow up two large randomized trials in the UK show that less frequent but higher dose radiotherapy regimen are as safe and effective as the standard regimen of more frequent lower doses for women with early breast cancer post-surgery.

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