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19 October 2017
Introducing the Cancer Research UK Advanced Radiotherapy Technologies Network
A key aim of ART-NET is to generate and disseminate national treatment protocols as a means of improving and harmonising practice. This will ultimately result in properly selected patients gaining access to and benefiting from these technologies. Such protocols will also facilitate the subsequent development of collaborative clinical trials in the UK aiming to generate a robust evidence base on which practice change can be based.
01 October 2017
Radiotherapy for cancer: Feared, misunderstood
“Radiation” is not a word obviously associated with healing and medicine but instead often raises specters of nuclear weapons, power plant disasters, and human injury, according to experts who spoke with Medscape Medical News here at the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) 2017 Annual Meeting.
19 September 2017
‘Kinder treatments in pipeline’ for child brain cancer
Researchers have found there are seven types of the most common malignant child brain cancer – paving the way for more precise, “kinder” treatments.
12 September 2017
We have a dearth of oncologists – how will we plug the gap?
A shocking set of figures has been released by the Royal College of Radiologists, revealing that the UK’s clinical oncology consultant workforce remains under serious strain. The report is based on data from every UK cancer hospital. It shows that the need for non-surgical cancer treatment is growing apace, but staffing levels are not keeping up with the demand.
10 September 2017
Partial-breast radiotherapy after breast conservation surgery for patients with early breast cancer (UK IMPORT LOW trial): 5-year results from a multi-centre, randomised, controlled, phase 3, non-inferiority trial
This study showed non-inferiority of partial-breast and reduced-dose radiotherapy compared with the standard whole-breast radiotherapy in terms of local relapse in a cohort of patients with early breast cancer, and equivalent or fewer late normal-tissue adverse effects were seen. This simple radiotherapy technique is implementable in radiotherapy centres worldwide.
5 September 2017
Combining radiotherapy with immunotherapy: the past, the present and the future
The advent of immunotherapy is currently revolutionising the field of oncology, where different drugs are used to stimulate different steps in a failing cancer immune response chain. This review gives a basic overview of the immune response against cancer, as well as the historical and current evidence on the interaction of radiotherapy with the immune system and the different forms of immunotherapy.
30 August 2017
Biodegradable spacer insertion to reduce rectal toxicity during radiotherapy for prostate cancer
Evidence-based recommendations on biodegradable spacer insertion to reduce rectal toxicity during radiotherapy for prostate cancer in adults. This involves using a liquid gel or a balloon to increase the distance between the prostate and the rectum to reduce the amount of radiation reaching the rectum.
02 August 2017
Breast cancer patients could be spared debilitating side effects with targeted treatment, study shows
Breast cancer patients could be spared debilitating side effects by only targeting the tumour site with radiation, a major study has found. Currently most women are given full breast radiotherapy after diagnosis, in the belief that it will stop the disease spreading beyond the original area. But it can leave them with hair loss, aches, soreness and fatigue. However a new study, which followed more than 2,000 women for five years found that simply targeting the tumour site was just as effective, with the cancer coming back for only one per cent of women.
18 July 2017
Teresa Howe, Radiographer at University Hospital Bristol NHS shares her NHS story this week on Twitter
The NHS recently launched a new Twitter initiative to shine a light on the patient and staff stories behind the organisation. Each week a new person, either staff or patient, curates @NHS and shares their NHS story.
9 July 2017
Charity team run’s for radiotherapy
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