Researchers have developed a way to more fully analyze cancer-free lymph nodes to identify breast cancer patients at high risk of metastases.
Radiation therapy has long proved an effective treatment for shrinking or curing cancer, preventing cancer recurrence and reducing symptoms of metastatic cancer, but now, evidence shows that radiation may also reduce the incidence of ventricular tachycardia, a life-threatening heart arrhythmia.
Proton therapy is a highly targeted form of radiation therapy that uses protons instead of photons to target the tumor site. The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) recently updated their guidelines to include proton therapy as an appropriate treatment option for oral, head and neck cancers – in particular, those near the obit of the eye and the base of the skull.
Although we get a break from heat and humidity over the winter months, the sun's UV rays are still strong. A new study, revealing that sun exposure may activate genetic mutations that cause dangerous melanoma to grow, reminds us that we should be protecting our skin year round.
New studies show that the use of chemoradiation to treat non-small cell lung cancer boosts survival rates, compared to patients who received chemotherapy alone.
In the past, the U.S. Preventive Task Force has recommended against routine PSA screenings for prostate cancer. Last week, a new analysis of multiple randomized trials concluded that PSA screening does improve prostate cancer survival rates.
A newly approved cancer-fighting gene therapy offers hope to children and young adults suffering froma cute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL).
Recently, there were reports in the news media that longtime Arizona Senator, John McCain, had been diagnosed with a brain tumor. There are many types of brain tumors ranging from benign to malignant (cancerous), each with their own prognosis and treatment recommendations. Thanks to advances in cancer treatment therapies, we are now better able to treat all types of brain tumors.
In the past, studies have shown that adjuvant chemotherapy may significantly improve survival for patients with colon cancer. Unfortunately, this often leads to many significant side effects for the patient. A recent study showed that for patients with a lower risk of recurrence, a shorter period of chemotherapy can offer one third of the side effects, with the same anti-cancer advantages.
Proton therapy's precision allows it to destroy tumor cells while also minimizing side effects and allowing patients to maintain their quality of life. This is especially important in the treatment of breast cancers, as there are so many critical structures nearby including the heart, chest wall and lungs.