Print Issue: November 01, 2011

SBRT Offers More Durable Pain Relief in Advanced RCC Patients

MIAMI BEACH, Fla.—Conventional radiotherapy (CRT) and stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) provide relief of pain related to spine metastases in patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC), but CRT provides more rapid relief and SBRT has a more durable effect, according to new data presented at the American Society for Radiation Oncology annual meeting.

Jeff Michalski, MD

Fewer Adverse Effects with IMRT than 3D-CRT

MIAMI BEACH, Fla.—Men with localized prostate cancer (PCa) treated with intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) have 26% fewer late bowel and rectal adverse effects compared with those who undergo three-dimensional conformal radiation therapy (3D-CRT), according to study findings presented at the 53rd annual meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology.

Beta-Carotene Safe During Radiotherapy for Prostate Cancer

MIAMI BEACH, Fla.—Despite past safety concerns, prostate cancer (PCa) patients who use the antioxidant supplement beta-carotene during radiation therapy do not appear to have an increased risk of dying from the disease 10 years after treatment, according to a study presented at the 53rd Annual Meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology.

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