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November 13, 2019

Praise for work of NHS Grampian’s radiographers

The president of the Society of Radiographers has praised the work of NHS Grampian. Some procedures carried out at the facility are a first for a Scottish radiotherapy centre. Gill Hodges said she was “amazed and delighted at the amount of advanced practice going on” at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary following a visit.

November 13, 2019

Neoadjuvant Short-Course Radiation Therapy for Rectal Cancer: Trends and Controversies

For patients with locally advanced rectal cancer, neoadjuvant hypofractionated short-course radiation remains an underutilized regimen in the USA. Short-course radiation, either with immediate or with delayed surgery, represents an appealing treatment alternative to long-course chemoradiation for patients with locally advanced rectal cancer. We review the current clinical literature highlighting the relative merits of short-course radiation, along with modern neoadjuvant strategies that incorporate its use.

November 13, 2019

Comparison of the outcomes of stereotactic body radiotherapy versus surgical treatment for elderly (≥70) patients with early-stage non-small cell lung cancer

The optimal treatment for elderly patients with early-stage non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) remains inconclusive. Previous studies have shown that stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) provides encouraging local control though higher incidence of toxicity in elderly than younger populations. This retrospective study compared the outcomes of SBRT and surgical treatment in 205 patients aged ≥70 years with clinical stage I-II NSCLC. The outcomes of surgery and SBRT were similar.

November 13, 2019

Patient's quality of life after surgery and radiotherapy for extremity soft tissue sarcoma - a retrospective single-center study over ten years

The purpose of this study was to retrospectively analyze major complication rates and different aspects of health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in extremity soft tissue sarcoma (STS) patients treated with or without radio (chemo) therapy and surgery. 182 patients were identified. This study might assist in further improving the understanding of QoL in STS patients and may animate for prospective studies examining the oncological therapies impact on HRQoL.

November 12, 2019

Sheffield Hallam student collects radiography industry award

A radiography student from Sheffield Hallam University has been named Student Therapeutic Radiographer of the Year by the Society and College of Radiographers. Sarah Bradder was presented with her award at a ceremony this week, held at the Dorchester Library Room, The Royal College of Physicians, in London.

November 12, 2019

Comment: Well done to all for cancer centre

Congratulations to everyone who has helped to turn the dream of a new cancer centre into a reality. The Collingwood centre at Colchester Hospital opens on Monday and it is testament to all those who contributed in whatever way. Some donated money, some raised money and others told their moving and sometimes painful stories to raise awareness of the need for better facilities.

November 12, 2019

Mum who went to GP with 'blocked nose' to lose sight and teeth in cancer fight

A mum will bravely undergo radiotherapy to treat her cancer even though she risks losing her upper teeth and sight in one eye. Kerry Borlase was diagnosed with stage 2/3 squamous cell carcinoma, a type of skin cancer, after months of doctors initially believing she just had a "blocked nose". As part of her radiotherapy treatment, Kerry will have to make the 90-mile round trip to Plymouth’s Derriford Hospital five days a week for six weeks.

November 12, 2019

Patterns of Radiotherapy Utilization for Lung Cancer Patients with Brain Metastases: A Population-based Analysis

This study investigated how frequently radiotherapy for brain metastases is given near the end-of-life in a population-based cohort. In total, 740 lung cancer patients with brain metastasis were identified, with a total of 826 courses of brain radiation administered. The 90-day mortality rate was 40% (n= 330). Several factors associated with shortened survival were identified. Using these factors and already established prognostic tools, WBRT utilization should be decreased in the future, improving individualized treatment for patients with brain metastases from lung cancer.

November 11, 2019

Will plans for radiotherapy unit at Stevenage's Lister Hospital ever reach fruition?

Nine years since the launch of a campaign to provide cancer patients with radiotherapy treatment at Stevenage's Lister Hospital and it still seems little more than a pipe dream. While both serving MPs for Stevenage and North East Herts respectively, Stephen McPartland and Sir Oliver Heald launched the campaign for a satellite radiotherapy unit on the Stevenage hospital site because cancer patients in Herts and Beds must make a 70-mile round trip to the Mount Vernon Cancer Centre in Middlesex for routine radiotherapy.

November 11, 2019

NCRI 2019: What patients want and new territory in cancer research – looking back over a packed three days

The National Cancer Research (NCRI) Cancer Conference took place in Glasgow between 3rd - 5th November. This is an important highlight in the cancer research calendar – bringing together world-leading researchers and clinicians, and patients and patient advocates, to discuss key issues and new territory in cancer research. In this blog, we look back over the event and pick out some highlights.

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