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Groundbreaking cancer studies to be unveiled at ASTRO annual meeting
Date:9/15/2008

The following are highlights of new cancer research being presented at the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology's (ASTRO) 50th Annual Meeting on September 21-25, 2008, in Boston.

For full copies of the studies and press releases, contact Beth Bukata at bethb@astro.org or Nicole Napoli at nicolen@astro.org. Studies are embargoed until the time of presentation or unless otherwise stated.

Three Week Radiation Therapy as Effective as Five Weeks for Early-stage Breast Cancer
Early-stage breast cancer patients who receive a more intensive course of radiation to their whole breast over three weeks is as effective as the standard, less intensive five-week whole breast radiation and offers patients more convenience at a lower cost, thereby providing a better quality of life, according to a randomized, long-term study presented at the plenary session on September 22, 2008

One Week Radiation Effective Breast Cancer Treatment
Accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI) using a type of radiation seed implants called balloon brachytherapy, a newer type of radiation treatment that offers more convenience to early-stage breast cancer patients by shortening radiation therapy from the standard six to seven weeks of treatment to only one week, is as effective in keeping breast cancer from coming back as the standard external beam radiation treatment, according to a study presented at the plenary September 22, 2008

Proton Therapy Lowers Chance of Later Cancers Compared To Standard Radiation Treatment
Patients who are treated with proton therapy (a specialized type of external beam radiation therapy using protons rather than X-rays to treat cancer) decreases the risk of patients developing a secondary cancer by two-fold, compared to being treated with standard photon radiation treatment, according to a first-of-its-
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Contact: Nicole Napoli
nicolen@astro.org
703-839-7336
American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
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