When pilots learn to fly a plane, they train on a flight simulator that artificially re-creates the aircraft environment – enabling them to hone their skills and practise expected and, importantly, unexpected flight scenarios with zero risk. So why not employ the same approach for radiotherapy? That’s the underlying premise of VERT (virtual environment for radiation therapy training) – a training simulator developed by UK company Vertual.
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A novel technique called radiation segmentectomy, that delivers high doses of radiation to tumours while sparing the surrounding healthy tissue, shows promise as a curative treatment option for patients with early-stage liver cancer, according to a recent study.
European Pharmaceutical Review
A new study showing significantly improved survival rates for patients with stage IV Wilms tumours with lung metastases was recently published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. The outcomes of the study, “Treatment of Stage IV Favorable Histology Wilms Tumor With Lung Metastases: A Report From the Children’s Oncology Group AREN0533 Study”, will be a game-changer in treating Wilms tumour and reduce the need for radiotherapy – and the long-term risks associated with it – in nearly half of patients whose cancer has spread to the lung.
The role of proton beam therapy as monotherapy for localised prostate cancer remains unclear. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy and adverse events of proton beam therapy alone for these patients.
Albert Thompson, the Windrush victim who was denied NHS cancer care, has finally been given a date for the radiotherapy treatment he was due to begin last November, before hospital staff questioned his immigration status. Thompson, 63, said he was “very excited” to hear that a 33-day radiotherapy programme was scheduled to start on 1 May, but was surprised by the sudden rush to resolve the situation after six months of extreme anxiety.
A novel risk stratification and treatment approach led to enhanced clinical outcomes overall, as well as the successful omission of radiotherapy for some patients with stage IV favourable histology Wilms tumour and pulmonary metastases, according to findings from the COG AREN0533 published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
A novel technique that delivers high doses of radiation to tumours while sparing the surrounding normal tissue shows promise as a curative treatment option for patients with early-stage liver cancer, a
Work led by Corinne Johnson, a medical physics PhD candidate at the Manchester Cancer Research Centre, found that for patients undergoing radiotherapy to treat lung or oesophageal cancer, even the smallest of movements can make a sizeable difference.
Accelerated partial breast irradiation with multi-catheter brachytherapy does not affect long-term quality of life (QoL) compared with whole-breast irradiation among patients with breast cancer who undergo breast-conserving surgery, according to a study published in The Lancet Oncology.
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Prostate cancer can be successfully treated by short courses of radiotherapy lasting just two and a half weeks, a big reduction from the current treatment time of eight weeks. Researchers found that higher doses of “ultra-hypofractionated” radiotherapy every other day for two and a half weeks worked as well as the standard eight-week treatment.