Breast cancer patients can use antiperspirants during radiotherapy

Women undergoing daily radiation therapy for breast cancer are commonly told they should not use antiperspirant for fear that it could cause greater radiation damage to the skin, but a new study from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania shows that advice is not based on sound science. While they found … Continue reading Breast cancer patients can use antiperspirants during radiotherapy

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Anti-androgen therapy improves survival for men with cancer recurrence after prostatectomy

Men with prostate cancer who have prostate-specific antigen recurrence following radical prostatectomy have improved survival with radiotherapy and a long-term course of anti androgen therapy. It is well established that a rising serum prostate-specific antigen (PSA) level is an indication of cancer progression in men diagnosed with prostate cancer and treated with radical prostatectomy (RP). For these … Continue reading Anti-androgen therapy improves survival for men with cancer recurrence after prostatectomy

Cancer scan could remove the need for radiotherapy in some patients

A UK National Cancer Research Institute trial led from The University of Manchester and the Christie NHS Foundation Trust has suggested that in patients with early stage Hodgkin lymphoma the late effects of radiotherapy could be reduced by using a scan to determine those who actually need it. In a paper published in the New England … Continue reading Cancer scan could remove the need for radiotherapy in some patients

Many cancer survivors have unmet physical and mental needs related to their disease and its treatment

Even decades after being cured, many cancer survivors face physical and mental challenges resulting from their disease and its treatment. That's the conclusion of a new study published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society. The findings could help clinicians and other experts develop interventions that are tailored to the specific … Continue reading Many cancer survivors have unmet physical and mental needs related to their disease and its treatment

Scientists pinpoint bladder cancer patients who could benefit from ‘tumor-softening’ treatment

Scientists in Manchester have identified a protein that could help doctors decide which bladder cancer patients would benefit from a treatment that makes radiotherapy more effective. The team from The University of Manchester, funded by the Medical Research Council, found that patients whose bladder tumour had high levels of a protein, called 'HIF-1α', were more likely … Continue reading Scientists pinpoint bladder cancer patients who could benefit from ‘tumor-softening’ treatment

Survey sheds light on common clinical practice for incompletely resected lung cancer

A landmark survey of more than 700 specialists provides crucial real-world insight into the treatments most oncologists choose for lung cancer patients whose tumour has been incompletely resected, an expert from the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) says. Jean Yves Douillard, from the ICO Institut de Cancerologie de l'Ouest René Gauducheau, France, Chair of … Continue reading Survey sheds light on common clinical practice for incompletely resected lung cancer

Chemotherapy before radiotherapy for testicular cancer could reduce long-term side-effects

Giving men with testicular cancer a single dose of chemotherapy alongside radiotherapy could improve the effectiveness of treatment and reduce the risk of long-term side-effects, a new study reports. As many as 96% of men with testicular cancer now survive at least ten years from diagnosis, but more advanced forms need to be treated with … Continue reading Chemotherapy before radiotherapy for testicular cancer could reduce long-term side-effects