Chemoradiation may increase survival for a subset of elderly head and neck cancer patients

The addition of chemotherapy (CT) to radiation therapy (RT) improves survival rates among a subset of elderly head and neck cancer patients, specifically those ages 71 to 79 with low comorbidity scores and advanced disease stage, according to University of Colorado Cancer Center research presented at the 2016 Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Cancer Symposium. While … Continue reading Chemoradiation may increase survival for a subset of elderly head and neck cancer patients

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Late-stage lung cancer is often over-treated with radiation

Almost half of patients with advanced lung cancer receive more than the recommended number of radiation treatments to reduce their pain, according to a new study published in the┬áJournal of the National Cancer Institute. Radiation therapy that is palliative, or not intended to cure, can reduce the pain from lung tumors and improve quality of … Continue reading Late-stage lung cancer is often over-treated with radiation

Increased radiation offers no survival benefit for patients with low-risk prostate cancer

Increased radiation dose was only associated with higher survival rates in men with more aggressive cancers Increased radiation dose is associated with higher survival rates in men with medium- and high-risk prostate cancer, but not men with low-risk prostate cancer, according to a new study from Penn Medicine published this week in┬áJAMA Oncology. Already-high survival … Continue reading Increased radiation offers no survival benefit for patients with low-risk prostate cancer

Getting chemo first may help in rectal cancer

First things first. If cancer patients are having trouble tolerating chemotherapy after chemoradiation and surgery, then try administering it beforehand. Reordering the regimen that way enabled all but six of 39 patients to undergo a full course of standard treatment for rectal cancer, according to research to be presented at the American Society for Clinical … Continue reading Getting chemo first may help in rectal cancer