Several recent studies have pointed to the benefits of combining hyperthermia with radiation for pain relief and tumor control in cancer patients. In a conversation with Consult QD, Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center radiation oncologist Jennifer Yu, MD, PhD, the founder and Director of the Center for Hyperthermia, shares her clinical experience with hyperthermia.
Combining hyperthermia with radiation therapy produces effective local control of recurrent breast cancer, with manageable side effects, even in patients with extensive disease whose previous therapies had failed, a Cleveland Clinic study has found.
Cleveland Clinic researchers have trained an advanced computer network to find subtle radiation sensitivity features in the CT scans of individual lung cancer patients that can predict the likelihood of successful radiotherapy outcomes. The network can generate a personalized radiation dose plan that reduces the probability of treatment failure to less than 5%.
Two recent studies demonstrate the safety of sparing the submandibular and other salivary glands when performing radiation therapy on patients with head and neck cancers.
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Stereotactic radiosurgery, used most often for adult brain tumors, also has promising benefits for pediatric tumors. Dr. Erin Murphy shares results of her study in pilocytic astrocytoma.
With a primary focus on radiation therapy, Cleveland Clinic Florida’s 4th annual Oncology Nursing Symposium is designed with the oncology caregiver in mind – from nurses and social workers to dietitians and more.
A recent meta-analysis prompts Cleveland Clinic experts and others to recommend against radiation therapy in cases of CPC associated with Li-Fraumeni syndrome, in light of an apparent survival disadvantage.
The increasing role percutaneous interventions play in congenital heart disease presents new challenges, including the need to limit radiation exposure and the need to tailor devices to small bodies.
Last year, Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Radiation Oncology enrolled over 100 patients in Radiation Therapy Oncology Group clinical trials, topping recruitment numbers of all members of the research cooperative.