Serious side effects were reduced when research radiologists used a special technique to target the most radiation on anal cancer tumors, while sparing nearby normal tissue.
Reported at the recent 2011 Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium in San Francisco, intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) did not reduce overall side effects during chemotherapy and radiation treatment, but it did cut down on the most serious bladder, bowel, and skin problems.
At the same time, IMRT was a good as traditional external beam radiation in preventing local recurrences and the need for colostomies. Survival after two years was also similar to a previous study that did not use the technique. Read the rest of this entry »