2015 ASTRO Annual Meeting

gastroesophageal cancer
colorectal cancer

Leonard Gunderson, MD, on the Presidential Symposium Lecture on Upper and Lower GI Cancers

Leonard Gunderson, MD, of the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, discusses PET/CT imaging in upper and lower gastrointestinal cancers, which can be of value as a baseline study prior to treatment, in de...

pancreatic cancer
hepatobiliary cancer

Joel E. Tepper, MD, on Radiotherapy in Liver and Pancreatic Cancers

Joel E. Tepper, MD, of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, discusses the ways in which SBRT has changed radiotherapy, as demonstrated in key studies presented at this year's meeting o...

lung cancer

Stephen G. Chun, MD, on NSCLC: Results From NRG Oncology/RTOG 0617

Stephen G. Chun, MD, of MD Anderson Cancer Center, discusses the comparison of 3D conformal and IMRT outcomes for locally advanced non-small cell lung cancer (Abstract 2).

breast cancer

Reshma Jagsi, MD, DPhil, on the Initial Results of the TBCRC 024 Study on Breast Cancer

Reshma Jagsi, MD, DPhil, of the University of Michigan Health System, discusses this multicenter phase 1 study of veliparib given concurrently with chest wall and nodal radiation therapy in patients w...

lung cancer
pain management

Brian D. Kavanagh, MD, on Improving Value and Elevating the Patient Care Experience

Brian D. Kavanagh, MD, of the University of Colorado School of Medicine, summarizes three papers: outcomes for locally advanced non–small cell lung cancer, 3D CRT vs image-guided intensity-modulated r...

head and neck cancer
prostate cancer

Bruce Minsky, MD, on Clinical Trial Results: The ASCENDE-RT Trial and a Multicenter Study on Prostate Cancer

Bruce Minsky, MD, of MD Anderson Cancer Center, discusses two important papers: results from a prospective trial on quality-of-life outcomes for low-risk HPV-associated oropharyngeal squamous cell car...

issues in oncology

Bruce Minksy, MD's, Expert Perspective: Radiotherapy in 2015

ASTRO President Bruce Minsky, MD, of MD Anderson Cancer Center, talks about the goals and highlights of this year’s ASTRO Annual Meeting.

prostate cancer

Anthony Zietman, MD, on Accelerating Treatment: RTOG 0415 Study on Prostate Cancer

Anthony Zietman, MD, of Massachusetts General Hospital, discusses the practice-changing results from a study comparing fractionation schedules in patients with low-risk prostate cancer (Abstract LBA6)...

prostate cancer

Anthony Zietman, MD, on Hormonal Therapy and Salvage Radiation: Results of RTOG 9601

Anthony Zietman, MD, of Massachusetts General Hospital, discusses his perspective on the study of bicalutamide during and after radiotherapy in patients following radical prostatectomy and a biochemic...

cns cancers
gastroesophageal cancer

Anita Mahajan, MD, on Radiotherapy Advances in the CNS and Aerodigestive Tract

Anita Mahajan, MD, of MD Anderson Cancer Center, summarizes results from three clinical trials on radiation therapy for ependymoma, locally advanced thoracic esophageal squamous cell carcinoma, and me...

lung cancer

Roy Decker, MD, PhD, on Chemoradiation in Elderly Patients With Limited-Stage SCLC

Roy Decker, MD, PhD, of Yale University School of Medicine, discusses a National Cancer Database analysis that showed elderly patients with limited-stage small cell lung cancer can benefit from adding...

breast cancer

Robert Kuske, MD, on PROMIS Registry Results

Robert Kuske, MD, of Arizona Breast Cancer Specialists, discusses the evaluation of more than 1,300 patients with accelerated partial-breast irradiation via multicatheter interstitial brachytherapy, f...

skin cancer
head and neck cancer
breast cancer

Catherine C. Park, MD, on Novel Clinical Paradigms

Catherine C. Park, MD, of the University of California, San Francisco, summarizes results from three clinical trials of radiation therapy for various cancers: metastatic melanoma, oropharyngeal squamo...

prostate cancer

Howard M. Sandler, MD, on Prostate Cancer: Results of NRG Oncology/RTOG 9601

Howard M. Sandler, MD, of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, discusses how adding 24 months of daily antiandrogen therapy during and after radiotherapy was shown to significantly improve long-term overall s...

gynecologic cancers

Supriya Chopra, MD, on Reducing Late Bowel Toxicity in Cervical Cancer

Supriya Chopra, MD, of Tata Memorial Hospital, discusses results of the PARCER study, which compared conventional 3D conformal radiotherapy to image-guided intensity-modulated radiotherapy in reducing...

prostate cancer

James B. Yu, MD, on RTOG 0415: Fractionation Schedules in Patients With Low-Risk Prostate Cancer

James B. Yu, MD, of Yale School of Medicine, summarizes the plenary lecture on results from the NRG Oncology/phase III study comparing two fractionation schedules for low-risk prostate cancer (Abstrac...

prostate cancer

Howard M. Sandler, MD, on Prostate Cancer: Results From RTOG 0415

Howard M. Sandler, MD, of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, discusses this phase III noninferiority study comparing two fractionation schedules in patients with low-risk prostate cancer (Abstract LBA6).

head and neck cancer
symptom management

Bridgett Harr, CNP, on Reducing ER Visits and Admissions in High-Risk Head and Neck Cancer Patients

Bridgett Harr, CNP, of Cleveland Clinic, discusses the advanced practice nurse follow-up clinic, which focuses on symptom management in the first 90 days postchemoradiation (Abstract 3169).

breast cancer

Vratislav Strnad, MD, PhD, on Multicatheter Brachytherapy After Breast-Conserving Surgery

Vratislav Strnad, MD, PhD, of the University Hospital in Erlangen, discusses results from a European study comparing accelerated partial-breast irradiation using brachytherapy, to the standard treatme...

breast cancer

Jay Harris, MD, on Making Sense of Conflicting Data on Breast Irradiation

Jay Harris, MD, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, discusses the difficulty reconciling recent important trials on radiotherapy for breast cancer: The Z11 trial suggeste...

Pain Management

Dexamethasone to Preempt Radiation-Induced Pain

Bone is a common site of metastasis for prostate, breast, and lung cancers, and palliative radiotherapy is often used to treat these metastases. Although it is an effective therapy, severe pain flare ...

cns cancers

Cooperative Group Study Finds Radiation May Benefit Patients With Atypical Meningiomas

Management of the vast majority of meningiomas is straightforward, but treatment of atypical meningiomas has been controversial. Should radiation be part of therapy or not has been the question. The f...

lung cancer

Intensity-Modulated Radiotherapy Gains Ground for Treatment of Stage III Non–Small Cell Lung Cancer

Intensity-modulated radiation therapy appears to be preferable to three-dimensional (3D) conformal radiation therapy as part of treatment for patients with locally advanced (stage III) non–small cell ...

gastroesophageal cancer

Evidence Mounts for Less-Intense Chemoradiation Therapy for Low-Risk Oropharyngeal Cancer

A new study shows that deintensification of chemoradiation therapy translates to excellent pathologic complete response rates in low-risk human papillomavirus (HPV)-associated oropharyngeal cancer.1 P...

CNS Cancers

Study Lowers the Age Bar for Radiation in Children With Ependymoma

The good news is that children as young as 1 year old with the aggressive brain tumor ependymoma can be treated safely and effectively with immediate postoperative radiation therapy, according to the ...

Prostate Cancer

Hypofractionated Radiotherapy Makes Inroads as Primary Treatment of Prostate Cancer

Several studies presented at the 2015 ASTRO Annual Meeting explored the use of hypofractionation (delivering higher doses of radiation in fewer fractions) in the treatment of patients with prostate ca...

Prostate Cancer

Genomic Test Identifies Patients With Prostate Cancer in Need of Intensified Salvage Therapy

Prostate cancer has been slow to catch up with breast cancer in terms of using biomarkers, but a new study represents progress in this regard. A genomic classifier called Decipher® provides important ...

symptom management
palliative care
pain management

Samuel Chao, MD, on Improving the Consistency of Radiation Oncology Processes

Samuel Chao, MD, of Cleveland Clinic, discusses the QMAP program and data-driven management, which offer ways to improve consistency and drive quality in radiation oncology departments (Abstract 39).

palliative care
pain management
symptom management

Alysa M. Fairchild, MD, on Preventing Radiation-Induced Pain Flare

Alysa M. Fairchild, MD, of the Cross Cancer Institute and the University of Alberta, discusses her study on the use of dexamethasone to reduce pain flare in patients receiving palliative radiotherapy ...

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