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Breast Cancer Radiation Not as Bad as Many Fear

Posted 26 Feb 2018 by

MONDAY, Feb. 26, 2018 – Many breast cancer patients say they've heard scary stories about radiation therapy, but their actual experience is usually better, new research finds. The study of more than 300 women who underwent breast radiation found that almost half had heard "frightening" stories going into treatment. But only 2 percent ultimately agreed that the stories were true. And over 80 ...

Breast Cancer Radiation 'Less Scary' Than Thought

Posted 25 Sep 2017 by

MONDAY, Sept. 25, 2017 – Radiation therapy for breast cancer is actually "less scary" than anticipated, nine out of 10 patients say after treatment. A survey of 300-plus breast cancer patients also found that more than 80 percent said the side effects of radiation were better than expected. "The word radiation itself sounds frightening and is associated with many negative news stories," said ...

9 of 10 Docs Unprepared to Prescribe Marijuana

Posted 19 Sep 2017 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 19, 2017 – Although it's becoming more commonplace, medical marijuana is rarely discussed in U.S. medical schools, a new study shows. "Medical education needs to catch up to marijuana legislation," said senior author Dr. Laura Jean Bierut, a professor of psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. "Physicians in training need to know the benefits and ...

A Movie Instead of Anesthesia for Kids' Radiation Therapy

Posted 9 May 2017 by

TUESDAY, May 9, 2017 – For children with cancer, watching movies during radiation therapy might eliminate their need for general anesthesia, a new study suggests. Kid-friendly movies such as "SpongeBob SquarePants" and "Cars" helped reduce the risks, trauma and costs of treatment for kids evaluated in the small European study. Cancer is rare in children, but those who develop tumors in their ...

Health Tip: Eat Healthy After Radiation Therapy

Posted 7 Apr 2017 by

-- A potential side effect of radiation therapy is loss of appetite. But experts say it's important to continue to eat nutritious meals during treatment. The Cleveland Clinic suggests: Doing light exercise to help boost your appetite. Eating frequent and small meals, including foods that are easy to prepare and high in calories and protein. Avoiding drinks that aren't very nutritious. Making ...

Is Radiation Therapy Overused in Breast Cancer Care?

Posted 14 Mar 2017 by

TUESDAY, March 14, 2017 – 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 courses ...

Germs, Mold Found in Some Medical Pot

Posted 15 Feb 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 15, 2017 – Medical marijuana carries infectious bacteria and fungi that can pose a life-threatening risk to cancer patients who use pot to help with side effects of chemotherapy, a new study suggests. The study was initially prompted by the death of a man using medical marijuana to combat the side effects of cancer treatment. His death was believed to be caused by a fungus from ...

High-Dose Radiation May Be No Better for Low-Risk Prostate Cancer

Posted 6 Apr 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, April 6, 2016 – Higher doses of radiation may not benefit low-risk prostate cancer patients, a new review suggests. "In the field of radiation oncology, we often assume that the highest dose that the body can tolerate will be most effective at killing cancer," said senior study author Dr. Robert Den, a researcher at Thomas Jefferson University's cancer center in Philadelphia. "Our ...

Shorter, Intensive Radiation Works for Prostate Cancer: Study

Posted 4 Apr 2016 by

MONDAY, April 4, 2016 – A slightly higher dose of radiation therapy for early stage prostate cancer may reduce treatment time without compromising effectiveness, researchers report. The study included about 1,100 men with early-stage prostate cancer that had not spread beyond the gland. Half received the traditional radiation therapy program of 41 treatments over eight weeks, while the others ...

With Early Breast Cancer, Targeted Radiation Shows Promise

Posted 9 Mar 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, March 9, 2016 – For women with early stage breast cancer, targeted doses of radiation therapy may be as effective as standard radiation treatment of the entire breast, a new British study suggests. The research only tracked women for five years, so it isn't definitive. Still, "this contributes to a growing body of evidence that a large proportion of women over 50 years old with small ...

Radiation Therapy for Prostate Cancer May Carry Certain Risks

Posted 3 Mar 2016 by

THURSDAY, March 3, 2016 – 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 surgery. However, the rates of these ...

Cancer Patients Who Miss Radiation Treatments at High Risk for Relapse

Posted 15 Feb 2016 by

MONDAY, Feb. 15, 2016 – Cancer patients who miss two or more radiation treatment sessions are at increased risk for a return of their cancer, a new study finds. The study included more than 1,200 patients who had radiation therapy for head and neck, breast, lung, cervical, uterine or rectal cancer between 2007 and 2012. Of those patients, 22 percent missed two or more scheduled radiation ...

'Suicide Gene Therapy' Plus Radiation Fights Prostate Cancer: Study

Posted 14 Dec 2015 by

MONDAY, Dec. 14, 2015 – A combination of "suicide gene therapy" and radiation is highly effective in treating prostate cancer, researchers say. In this type of gene therapy, a patient's cancer cells are genetically modified so that they prompt the person's immune system to attack the cells, the Houston Methodist Hospital researchers explained. "We have created a vaccine with the patient's own ...

Lumpectomy Plus Radiation May Beat Mastectomy for Early Breast Cancer

Posted 10 Dec 2015 by

THURSDAY, Dec. 10, 2015 – Women with early stage breast cancer may survive longer if they opt for the less-extensive surgery called lumpectomy, followed by radiation, rather than a mastectomy, a new study suggests. "I think these results offer women important information to discuss with their doctors when making a treatment decision for early stage breast cancer," said lead researcher Sabine ...

They Overcame Childhood Cancer, But Now Obesity?

Posted 11 May 2015 by

MONDAY, May 11, 2015 – Certain treatments may increase a childhood cancer survivor's risk of obesity later in life, a new study says. "The ability to identify patients at increased risk may guide selection of therapeutic protocols that will maximize treatment outcomes while simultaneously minimizing the risk of long-term complications among children diagnosed with cancer," said study co-leader ...

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