Specialized Radiation "Paints" a Safer Picture for Anal Cancer

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…

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Clinical Trial Open: Tomotherapy for Limited Cancer Mets

Cancer patients with only a few tumors that have spread to other parts of their bodies (metastases) will be part of a clinical trial to test precisely focused, high-dose radiation treatment called helical tomotherapy. Researchers at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center want to…

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Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy for Liver Mets Safe

An early clinical trial of focused radiation therapy for liver metastases appeared to be safe without causing liver disease. Stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) delivers high doses of radiation to a carefully targeted area of the body.  Its goal is to destroy cancer cells while leaving…

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Whole Brain Radiation of Brain Mets Leads to Memory Problems

Patients whose cancers have spread to the brain experience more learning and memory problems when radiation to their whole brain follows more targeted radiotherapy. Study results presented at the 2008 American Society for Radiation Therapy and Oncology annual meeting in Boston found that whole brain…

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