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Date:9/15/2008

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Severe Stress More Common Among Long-term Cancer Survivors
Long-term survivors of adult cancers are almost twice as likely to report psychological distress severe enough to cause moderate to serious problems functioning in social, work or school situations, compared to the general population, according to a large, national study presented September 24, 2008, (embargo lifts Tuesday, September 23, 2008, at 8 a.m.)

Radiation Before Surgery Reduces Quality of Life and the Risk of Recurrence for Rectal Cancer Patients
The use of a short one-week course of radiation before surgery for rectal cancer leads to a reduced risk of recurrence but with some impairment in quality of life for sexual and bowel function, according to an international study presented at the plenary session on September 22, 2008

Cancer Patients Experience Increased Risk of Learning and Memory Problems When Whole Brain Radiation Added to Radiosurgery
Cancer patients with tumors that have spread to the brain (brain metastases) who undergo stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) and whole brain radiation have more than double the risk of developing learning and memory problems, compared to those who only have stereotactic radiosurgery, according to a randomized study presented at the session on September 22, 2008

Hormone Therapy Before Radiation Seed Implants for Prostate Cancer May Shorten Life for Older Patients
Men over 70 years of age with early-stage prostate cancer have 20 percent higher mortality if they are treated first with hormone therapy before being treated with radiation seed implants (brachytherapy), compared to men who are treated with brachytherapy alone, according to the largest cohort study of its kind presented September 23, 2008

Acupuncture Reduces Side Effects of Breast Cancer Treatment As Much As Conventional Drug Therapy
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Contact: Nicole Napoli
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703-839-7336
American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
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