Navigation Links
Focused Radiation Protects Tumor Patients' Brain Function
Date:10/5/2009

Researchers recommend standard treatment with monitoring over whole-brain radiotherapy

MONDAY, Oct. 5 (HealthDay News) -- Brain tumor patients experience more learning and memory problems when whole-brain radiation therapy (WBRT) is added to standard stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), researchers have found.

SRS delivers narrowly focused beams of radiation to the tumor site.

The study included 58 patients with one to three newly diagnosed brain metastases who were randomly selected to receive SRS alone (30 patients) or SRS plus WBRT (28 patients). However, the trial was halted early because there was a 96 percent probability that patients in the SRS/WBRT group were significantly more likely to experience declines in memory and function after four months than those receiving SRS alone.

After four months, there were four deaths (13 percent) in the patients who received SRS alone and eight deaths (29 percent) in the SRS/WBRT group, the study authors reported. After one year, 73 percent of patients in the SRS/WBRT group were recurrence-free, compared with 27 percent of patients who received SRS alone.

Despite the better outcomes among patients in the SRS/WBRT group, the researchers advised against the use of WBRT because it causes a greater decline in brain function. When brain tumors recur, they can be managed effectively with surgery if they're spotted early through regular monitoring.

"Applicability of the findings is dependent on the willingness of patients and their physicians to adhere to a schedule of close monitoring, having consistent access to high-quality MRI, having access to a neurosurgical team willing and able to perform salvage resections when indicated, and applying strict physics quality-assurance procedures for SRS," wrote Dr. Eric L. Chang, of the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, and colleagues.

"This study provides level 1 evidence to support the use of SRS alone in the initial management of patients newly diagnosed with one to three brain metastases. We recommend that initial SRS alone combined with close clinical monitoring should be the preferred treatment strategy for such patients," they concluded.

The study appears online and in the November print issue of The Lancet Oncology.

More information

The U.S. National Cancer Institute has more about brain tumors.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: The Lancet Oncology, news release, Oct. 4, 2009


'/>"/>
Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. President Clinton Hosts Special Session on Northern Ireland; Announces New Commitments Focused on Harnessing Innovation for Development
2. Focused Learning Environment Guides Student Success
3. Founder of Curidium Launches Elixior, an Advisory Company Focused on the Development and Growth of Innovative Personalized Medicine Businesses
4. Health2 Resources Announces News Portal, E-News Brief Focused on Patient Centered Medical Home
5. Kaiser Permanente Debuts New Ads Focused on Technology and Innovation
6. FertilityTies, Social Network for the Fertility-Focused Unveils New Site Design, Unique Features to Help Patients Find Fertility Doctors & More
7. Focused Health Solutions Selects Cardiocom Telehealth Technology to Support Early Intervention
8. Health Integrated Hosts Industry Collaborative Focused on the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH)
9. Focused Health Solutions Partners With Emmi Solutions to Help Employers Achieve Greater Returns on Their Employee Health Care Investments
10. Expanding into New Markets with Customer-Focused Solutions, Orion Health Sees Strong Growth
11. Successful neurosurgery with transcranial MR-guided high-intensity focused ultrasound
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... 2016 , ... TopConsumerReviews.com recently awarded their highest five-star rating to Best Buy ... in the United States and Canada wear eyeglasses. Once considered to be a purely ... make a fashion statement. Even celebrities use glasses as a way of creating an ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... ... PawPaws brand pet supplements owned by Whole Health Supply is ... of felines. The formula is all-natural and is made from Chinese herbs that have ... Kidney Support Supplement Soft Chews are Astragalus Root Extract and Rehmannia Root Extract ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... Austin residents seeking Mohs surgery services, can ... Surgery and to Dr. Russell Peckham for medical and surgical dermatology. , Dr. Dorsey ... cancer. The selective fellowship in Mohs Micrographic Surgery completed by Dr. Dorsey was under ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... As a lifelong Southern Californian, Dr. Omkar ... M.D from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He trained in Internal ... complete his fellowship in hematology/oncology at the UCLA-Olive View-Cedars Sinai program where he had ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , ... June 24, 2016 , ... A recent ... most people are unfamiliar with. The article goes on to state that individuals are ... many of these less common operations such as calf and cheek reduction. The Los ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016 Research ... MEMS Devices Medical Market Analysis 2016 - Forecast to 2022" ... The report contains up to date financial data ... analysis. Assessment of major trends with potential impact on the ... analysis of market segmentation which comprises of sub markets, regional ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... -- , , , WHEN: , ... , , , LOCATION: , , , Online, with free ... EXPERT PANELISTS:  , , , Frost & Sullivan,s Global Vice President ... Industry Analyst, Divyaa Ravishankar and Unmesh Lal, Program Manager , ... is witnessing an exceptional era. Several new demand spaces, such as ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... N.J. , June 23, 2016  Guerbet announced ... Premier Inc.,s Supplier Horizon Award . ... year, Guerbet was recognized for its support of Premier ... creation through clinical excellence, and commitment to lower costs. ... to receive this recognition of our outstanding customer service ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: