The limiting factor in cancer radiotherapy is that doses high enough to try to cure tumours also damage surrounding normal tissues.
Higher doses of radiotherapy for cancer treatment destroy more healthy tissue as well as more tumour cells. Gold nanoparticles sensitize tumours to radiation, making treatment more effective.
Radiotherapy tattoos help ensure a patient is properly placed beneath the machine.
Tattoos might be the norm, but Surface Guided RadioTherapy for breast cancer is both more accurate, and doesn’t require a permanent mark.
A proton beam therapy clinic in Poland.
Private proton centres are targeting patients who might not see the most benefit from expensive treatments.
Cancer treatment could be revolutionised by the discovery of the origin cells which divide first.
New research shows the risk of lung cancer slowly increases five to 10 years after a breast radiation treatment; a form of brachytherapy developed in Canada is the safest treatment to reduce this risk.
New research reveals the risks of lung cancer after breast cancer radiotherapy and identifies the best treatment to reduce these risks.
We only know if a cancer has been cured in hindsight.
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A cancer is in remission when it can no longer be detected. But we only say it’s cured when it hasn’t come back for a certain time – and that differs for different cancers.
Survival rates for childhood brain cancer have not improved for decades.
Leukaemia used to be a death sentence. Now, the survival rate for the most common form in children is 85%. We can apply similar strategies to how we approach childhood brain cancer.
Patients need to be at the centre of consultations about their treatment.
Men diagnosed with prostate cancer should be given all their options for treatment before they make a decision. In Australia today, this isn’t the rule, but the exception.
The curse of survival.
A twinge can be all it takes to convince patients they have a new tumour
Tumour evolution was first identified 40 years ago. We’re finally making good progress with it.
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.
One in ten cancer patients can expect to face fertility issues after their treatment.
One in ten cancer patients will face fertility issues after treatment, but less than 50% are given options to preserve fertility. And those who are offered options can face significant cost barriers.
Some cancer patients at St Vincent’s hospital were treated with off-protocol doses of a chemotherapy drug.
There is actually no existing evidence to show that a flat dose of 100mg of carboplatin provides inferior outcomes.
We’ve come a long way since the 1950s in our understanding of breast cancer and how to treat it.
New research that more isn’t better when it comes to chemotherapy mirrors the evolution of surgery approaches to breast cancer that, a few decades ago, were far more radical than now.
The Hadron Collider was built to find the Higgs Boson but it might also help us discover better ways to treat cancer.
The recent case of Neon Roberts and the legal dispute over his treatment for a brain tumour threw the spotlight on the potential risks of using radiotherapy to treat complex cancers in children. Radiotherapy…