Posts Tagged: QoL

Microbeams reduce skin injury

Radiation burn is a common, often painful side effect of radiotherapy. Pre-clinical research has shown that X-ray microbeam radiation delivery can reduce normal tissue damage. The combination of a very small beam spot and the ability to perform targeted irradiation makes it possible to selectively irradiate defined targets. MedicalPhysicsWeb

Cancer care ‘rated more highly’ if patients can share decisions

Decision-making controlled by doctors leads to poorer ratings from cancer patients on the quality of their care and physician communication, a survey reveals. It shows that reaching decisions in a shared way with patients is important even for those patients who prefer their doctors to take the control. Medical News Today

Goodbye hip replacements… hello grow-your-own bones

A pioneering stem cell treatment could avoid thousands of hip replacements – by helping patients ‘regrow’ damaged bone. A leading specialist says it has the potential to be ‘life-changing’ for those with bone disease avascular necrosis (AVN). AVN can be a side effect of treatments such as radiotherapy. Daily Mail

New fluorescent cancer ‘tattoos’ given to patients in radiotherapy are invisible in daylight

Permanent ink markings on the skin are a vital part of cancer treatment, but often a lasting reminder for patients of their illness long after they recover. The tattoos, given as part of radiotherapy, are vital to ensure that the powerful tumour destroying rays are directed at exactly the same spot each session, which can… Read more »