New options for breast cancer radiation

BY KATHY LATOUR
PUBLISHED: FEBRUARY 24, 2010
A great resource for those who want to keep up with the latest in cancer findings is to sign up for the National Cancer Institute Bulletin.

The current issue leads with a story about radiation treatment for women with breast cancer. The study, which appeared in Lancet Oncology, reported on data from more than 2,000 women who were randomly assigned to receive the international standard regimen of adjuvant radiation or one of two hypofractionated regimens, either less radiation over the same five-week period as standard, or more radiation over a three-week period.

Women who received lower doses of radiation had better skin appearance after five years than either of the two groups who got the higher doses. And patients who received hypofractionated radiation reported a similar quality of life to those who had received the standard regimen.

Other stories in the bulletin look at new findings for advanced kidney cancer, personalizing biomarkers for cancer, chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy, and the issues around preventing childhood cancer by reducing childhood obesity. Every issue has the latest findings from major scientific journals, in-depth articles, special reports, clinical trial information, legislative updates, and federal agency news.

Talk about this article with other patients, caregivers, and advocates in the General Discussions CURE discussion group.
x-button
Special Feature
Share Your Art
Related Articles
BRCA Mutations May Cause Drug Resistance in Breast and Ovarian Cancer
There is a relationship between the genetics of BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations and the risk of a patient with breast or ovarian cancer being resistant to platinum-based chemotherapy, according to recent research conducted at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The study’s senior author Katherine Nathanson, M.D., spoke with CURE about these findings.
Sarah Sciortino on Fertility and Sexuality in Younger Patients with Ovarian Cancer
Sarah Sciortino, MSW, LSW, Oncology Psychosocial Support Services Program Coordinator at University of Chicago Hospital, discusses the unique concerns that younger patients with ovarian cancer can face.
Caring With Confidence: Study Examines Caregiver Mastery and Patient Survival in GBM
A recent study found that the level of family caregiver mastery may have an effect on the survival of patients with glioblastoma.
Related Videos
Examining Quality of Life Issues for Patients With MPNs
Sandra Allen-Bard, MSN, ANCC, AOCNP, of Weill Cornell Medical Center, discusses the impact myeloproliferative neoplasms can have on patients' quality of life.
Elliott Winton on the Changing Landscape of MPN Treatment
Elliott Winton, M.D., researcher, physician and 2016 MPN Hero, discusses some of the drastic changes that happened over the past decade or so in the world of MPNs. 
Siddhartha Mukherjee on Increasing MPN Awareness
Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D., Ph.D, an oncologist, researcher and Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer, discusses the increasing awareness about myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs).
x
//For side ad protocol