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Apr 25, 2019, 13:21 ET Prior authorization obstacles unnecessarily delay patient access to cancer treatments, physician survey finds

Restrictive prior authorization practices cause unnecessary delays and interference in care decisions for cancer patients, according to a new survey...


Mar 12, 2019, 12:50 ET New lung cancer studies feature latest treatment advances

New research released today provides guidance for physicians who treat patients with lung cancer. Three authors presented their findings in an online ...


Jan 31, 2019, 09:04 ET High-dose radiation therapy improves long-term survival in patients with stage-IV cancers, trial finds

The first report from a phase II, multi-center clinical trial indicates that a newer, more aggressive form of radiation therapy — stereotactic...


Nov 14, 2018, 14:49 ET Research on imaging in radiation oncology featured in Red Journal special issue

A new special edition of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology•Biology•Physics (Red Journal) focuses on the roles of imaging in radiation...


Nov 08, 2018, 17:30 ET Response to HHS Secretary Azar's comments on a radiation oncology alternative payment model

Following comments today from Alex Azar, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, on an alternative payment model for radiation oncology, the...


Nov 08, 2018, 08:41 ET Advances in radiation therapy extend and improve lives of patients with anal cancer, studies find

Two recent studies find advances in radiation therapy are helping to prolong or improve the lives of people with anal cancer, including those whose...


Nov 01, 2018, 13:15 ET Radiation/cisplatin combination established as standard of care for HPV-related head and neck cancer

Combinations of radiation and chemotherapy drugs have been shown to cure HPV-related head and neck cancer with a high success rate. A new phase III...


Nov 01, 2018, 10:15 ET Biomarker blood test accurately confirms remission in patients with HPV-associated oral cancer

A highly sensitive blood test that detects minute traces of cancer-specific DNA has been shown to accurately determine whether patients with...


Nov 01, 2018, 07:15 ET Combined therapy including pelvic lymph node radiation provides significant benefit for prostate cancer patients

The first report of a large international clinical trial shows that, for men who show signs of prostate cancer after surgical removal of their...


Oct 31, 2018, 13:15 ET High-dose, high-precision radiation therapy safe and effective for kidney cancer patients with only one kidney

Treatment of renal cell carcinoma with stereotactic radiation therapy is as safe and effective for patients with one kidney as it is for those who...


Oct 31, 2018, 10:15 ET Men with low- and intermediate-risk prostate cancer can safely benefit from fewer, higher-dose radiation treatments

Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) is a safe and effective treatment for men with low- and intermediate-risk prostate cancer, according to a...


Oct 31, 2018, 07:15 ET Radiation therapy outcomes better for African-American prostate cancer patients than Caucasian patients

While popular beliefs and population data suggest that African-American men are at higher risk of dying from prostate cancer than Caucasian men, a...


Oct 30, 2018, 13:15 ET Long-term side effects similarly low for once-weekly and conventional breast radiation therapies, trial finds

In a 10-year study of women who received radiation therapy to treat early-stage breast cancer, those receiving fewer, larger individual doses...


Oct 30, 2018, 10:15 ET Aggressive treatment for some stage IV lung cancer patients can dramatically improve overall survival

Adding radiation therapy or surgery to systemic therapy for stage IV lung cancer patients whose cancer has spread to a limited number of sites can...


Oct 30, 2018, 07:15 ET Radiation therapy cuts low risk of recurrence by nearly three-fourths for patients with "good risk" breast cancer

A subset of patients with low-risk breast cancer is highly unlikely to see cancer return following breast conservation surgery but can lower that...


Oct 17, 2018, 20:14 ET High-dose radiation therapy substantially improves survival in patients once thought to be incurable

In the first randomized, phase II clinical trial of its kind, researchers have shown that an aggressive form of high-precision radiation therapy can...


Oct 01, 2018, 10:47 ET Clinical trial results and radiation oncology research to be featured at ASTRO's Annual Meeting in San Antonio

The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) announced today the 10 top-rated studies that will be highlighted in the press program for the...


Jun 25, 2018, 08:57 ET Radiation oncologists urge Congress to protect patient access to cancer care

Radiation oncologists from across the United States will visit Capitol Hill tomorrow to urge Congress to support policies that safeguard cancer...


Apr 04, 2018, 08:30 ET Updated ASTRO guideline for palliative lung radiation now recommends concurrent chemotherapy for some stage III patients

The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) today issued an update to its clinical guideline for the use of palliative-intent radiation...


Feb 13, 2018, 01:23 ET Lower-dose radiation therapy effective and safe for HPV-related head and neck cancer after induction chemotherapy, trial finds

Results of the phase II OPTIMA clinical trial indicate that patients with head and neck cancers associated with the human papillomavirus (HPV),...


Feb 13, 2018, 01:16 ET Cabozantinib shows significant activity in the first line for differentiated thyroid cancer

Results of a new phase II clinical trial indicate that cabozantinib offers an active therapy option for patients with differentiated thyroid cancer...


Feb 13, 2018, 01:10 ET Nivolumab immunotherapy safe and feasible during chemoradiation for advanced head and neck cancer

Analysis of a clinical trial, RTOG Foundation 3504, finds that nivolumab immunotherapy can be administered safely in conjunction with radiation...


Feb 13, 2018, 01:00 ET Phase II trial demonstrates activity of durvalumab in patients with recurrent or metastatic head and neck cancer

Analysis of the phase II CONDOR trial indicates that the immune checkpoint inhibitor durvalumab is tolerable among heavily pre-treated patients with...


Feb 09, 2018, 08:14 ET ASTRO applauds congressional leaders for extending the radiation oncology payment freeze

The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) today applauded congressional leaders for today's passage of bipartisan legislation to freeze...


Jan 30, 2018, 08:30 ET Advances in head and neck cancer research featured in upcoming symposium, news briefing

Co-sponsors of the 2018 Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Cancers Symposium announced today that four abstracts will be highlighted in the meeting's...