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2012 ASTRO Annual Meeting

Stereotactic Radiosurgery May Offer Therapeutic Option for Patients with Primary Renal Cancer, Early Study Indicates

Stereotactic radiosurgery may hold potential as a therapeutic option for patients with localized primary renal cancer who are considered poor surgical candidates and who do not have a prior history of...

solid tumors
prostate cancer

Early Quality of Life Better with Proton-beam Therapy, but Late Effects Similar to Other Treatment Modalities for Prostate Cancer

Differing patterns of patient-reported quality of life for three-dimensional (3D) conformal radiotherapy, intensity-modulated radiation therapy, and proton-beam therapy were reported in a nonrandomize...

solid tumors
prostate cancer

Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy Produces Impressive Results in Organ-confined Prostate Cancer

Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) delivered via the CyberKnife can achieve excellent outcomes with minimal toxicity in patients with prostate cancer. Importantly, this technique delivers ther...

solid tumors
prostate cancer

Sildenafil Improves Overall Sexual Function in Men with Prostate Cancer Treated with Radiation

For the first time, a randomized controlled trial reported improved sexual function with 6 months of prophylactic sildenafil citrate before, during, and after radiation therapy in patients with prosta...

solid tumors
prostate cancer

Androgen-deprivation Therapy plus Radiation Proven as Standard of Care for High-risk Prostate Cancer

A combined-modality approach of androgen-deprivation therapy plus radiation therapy achieves a substantial survival benefit over androgen-deprivation therapy alone in patients with locally advanced pr...

head and neck cancer

Oral Rinse Doxepin Relieves Painful Mucositis in Head and Neck Cancer

Doxepin oral rinse significantly improved oral mucositis in patients treated with radiation therapy for head and neck cancer according to results of a phase III trial presented at the 54th Annual Meet...

breast cancer

Plenary Session Included Findings on Partial- vs Whole-breast Techniques and Patient Beliefs about Radiotherapy

When the dates were picked for the 54th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), no one could have anticipated that the meeting would coincide with Hurricane Sandy’s deva...

breast cancer

Radiation Therapy Extends Survival in Elderly Women with Early Breast Cancer 

Chronologic age alone should not preclude use of radiation in elderly women with early breast cancer, suggest two studies presented at the 54th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Radiation Onc...

cns cancers
supportive care

Memantine Provides Modest Improvement in Cognition after Cranial Irradiation

Memantine, a drug used to treat Alzheimer’s disease, slowed cognitive decline in patients with brain cancer treated with whole-brain radiation therapy in a phase III trial reported at the 54th Annual ...

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