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December 01, 2020

Two thousand pancreatic cancer patients die in lockdown

December 01, 2020

Study of psychological state of cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy during novel coronavirus outbreak and effects of nursing intervention

To investigate psychological state of hospitalized cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy and evaluate effects of customized psychological intervention on patients' psychological state during novel Coronavirus (COVID‐19) outbreak. Fifty‐eight hospitalized head and neck cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy were included and received online and offline psychological intervention. Customized psychological intervention helped to improve overall psychological state of hospitalized cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy during COVID‐19 outbreak and showed encouraging effects on reduction severity of depression and anxiety.

December 01, 2020

European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO) and ESTRO Cancer Foundation (ECF) Launch New Research Initiative to Identify and Address Barriers to Accessing Radiotherapy

The European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO) and the ESTRO Cancer Foundation (ECF) announce the launch of a new research initiative to explore challenges to the uptake of radiotherapy for lung cancer patients in Europe. Supported by a grant from AstraZeneca, this project will use qualitative and quantitative research to characterize the radiotherapy access landscape in Europe and develop policy recommendations to improve patient outcomes by closing gaps in access to high-quality radiotherapy.

December 01, 2020

Evaluating the effect of breast screening on mortality in England

Women who undergo screening for breast cancer at least once reduce their risk of breast cancer mortality by over a third, according to an article published in the British Journal of Cancer. Women aged 47-89 years who died of primary breast cancer in 2010 or 2011 were selected as cases (n=8288). Just over 15,200 control participants were matched by date of birth and screening area. The latest data show a 37 per cent reduction in breast cancer mortality for women screened at least once, corresponding to approximately nine breast cancer deaths prevented between ages 55 and 79 for every 1000 women attending screening at ages 50-69 years.
Summary: Univadis

December 01, 2020

Three discipline collaborative radiation therapy (3DCRT) special debate: Peer review in radiation oncology is more effective today than 20 years ago

Radiation Oncology is a highly multidisciplinary medical specialty, drawing significantly from three scientific disciplines — medicine, physics, and biology. As a result, discussion of controversies or changes in practice within radiation oncology must involve input from all three disciplines. This article is part of a series of special debates entitled “Three Discipline Collaborative Radiation Therapy (3DCRT)” in which each debate team includes a radiation oncologist, medical physicist, and radiobiologist. We hope that this format will not only be engaging for the readership but will also foster further collaboration in the science and clinical practice of radiation oncology.

November 30, 2020

MP accuses Chancellor Rishi Sunak of investment neglection

November 30, 2020

COVID-19 kindling burnout rates from a ‘smoldering ember into a blazing fire,’ radiologists warn

Radiology is already suffering from rising burnout rates and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has only magnified the problem. Imaging experts warned that swift action is needed before the situation becomes unsustainable. Physicians from four top institutions—Johns Hopkins, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, MBB Radiology/RadPartners and MD Anderson Cancer Center—made their plea on Tuesday, with a letter published in Clinical Imaging. Imaging providers have been feeling the heat, they argued, plagued by a perceived loss of autonomy, productivity monitoring, growing workloads, and work-life balance headaches. And the pandemic has thrown gasoline on it all.
Summary: Health imaging News

November 30, 2020

Upper Gastrointestinal Cancer Management in the COVID-19 Era: Risk of Infection, Adapted Role of Endoscopy, and Potential Treatment Algorithm Alterations

The safety of upper gastrointestinal cancer patients in the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak is extremely important and most surgeons need to establish a contingency management. We have to continue providing treatment to oncologic patients in the face of COVID-19 uncertainty, with higher caution and responsibility in order to develop a safer and more effective personalized treatment plan.

November 30, 2020

ESTRO 2020 enables digital dialogue on radiation oncology

The annual meeting of the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO), originally due to take place in April in Vienna, was one of the early casualties of the Covid-19 pandemic. The main  congress will now take place online from 28 November to 1 December, with attendees able to access the scientific programme via a digital platform. The theme for this year’s event is “Translating research and partnership into optimal health”.
Conference Preview and Highlights: Physics World

November 30, 2020

Family gets behind Rosemere walk to help charity's depleted funds

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