Radiotherapy treats cancer by directing beams of high energy x-rays at the tumour.
Getting the right amount of radiation is a fine balance between therapy and harm. A common way to improve the benefit-to-cure ratio is to fire multiple beams at the tumour from different directions.
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Many people with cancer feel ashamed and judged by others’ reactions.
People with cancer are exposed to many, often misrepresented, ideas about cancer. These can induce stress and even shame for the sufferer who might feel they've done something wrong.
An Australian study of 204,953 people also confirmed the two in three death rate from smoking.
Will a low-nicotine cigarette work for people who love to smoke?
Requiring low-nicotine cigarettes sounds good, but it's not the answer. Policy makers instead should speed up the support of safer, satisfying forms of nicotine and tobacco.
Cancer patient Cao Dongxian poses with CT scan images of his intestine at a hotel room where he stays, near the Peking Union Hospital.
Developing brand new treatments and cures isn't the only way to achieve a major reduction in cancer deaths worldwide.
Age-standardised cancer death rates have been falling in Australia.
Currently, seven cancer types are listed in the top 20 causes of death in Australia. These are cancers of the lung, blood and lymph, bowel, prostate, breast, pancreas, skin and some childhood cancers.
This body map brings together evidence on proven cancer causes. Using credible, scientific sources it answers questions about whether alcohol, red meat or sun exposure increase your cancer risk.
Moderate intakes of red meat and alcohol can prevent a cancer diagnosis.
Nearly 40,000 cancers diagnosed in Australia can be prevented if people avoid known risk factors for the disease, according to research published today.
Overall cancer deaths continue to fall, but some cancers are being left behind.
woman with cancer, from shutterstock.com
The rate of Australians dying from cancer is on a steady, downhill trajectory, thanks to powerful advances made in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the disease.
BedZED in Hackbridge, London.
The primary goal of home energy efficiency initiatives might be to reduce total energy consumption, but these projects could have a negative impact on public health if we do not take care. Global climate…
Breast cancer rates are rising, but so are survival rates.
More and more people are beating cancer – over the past 20 years the proportion of people surviving the disease for more than ten years has increased by a third, from 34% to 45%. But as the population…
The Beatles’ George Harrison died of lung cancer in 2001.
Lung cancer kills more people each year than any other cancer because it’s common and because the majority of patients only start to show symptoms after the disease is already advanced. Despite this there…
Densely populated areas and busy traffic increase risk.
Breathing in air pollution at a lower rate that prescribed EU limits for prolonged periods of time increases your risk of…
The effects of coal mining go beyond its well publicised environmental impacts, as revealed by the discovery of more immediate…
A new study has found that lung cancer patients with a history of smoking have ten times the genetic mutations in their tumors…
Addiction and cognitive dissonance: many smokers keep puffing even after a diagnosis of lung cancer. Flickr/drinksmachine.
About one in seven people diagnosed with lung cancer report that they keep smoking, as do one in 11 colorectal cancer patients…
More than seven thousand Australians die each year of lung cancer but not all are smokers.
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Each year 40,000 Australians die from cancer-related illness – the number one cause being lung cancer. Surprised? You’re not alone. According to a recent Galaxy poll which asked asked Australians which…
Scientists have discovered new ways to regulate hormones that stimulate cancer growth. Now those insights could be used to control other hormones, such as oxytocin, the natural ‘love drug’ released after orgasm.
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Scientists have discovered a new way of controlling a hormone that stimulates cancer growth and, along the way, gained new…