Navigation Links
IMRT reduces risk of side effects in breast cancer patients
Date:3/28/2012

Breast cancer patients treated with intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) instead of standard whole breast irradiation (WBI) have a lower incidence of acute or chronic toxicities, according to a study in Practical Radiation Oncology (PRO), the official clinical practice journal of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO).

Researchers are constantly conducting studies to determine the most effective breast cancer treatment that also reduces the incidence of potential side effects, including skin inflammation, swelling and infection.

Researchers in this study sought to compare standard WBI to WBI with IMRT (using both a typical treatment time and an accelerated treatment time) in terms of toxicity levels for patients. In a retrospective review, over 300 patients treated with one of the forms of radiation therapy were looked at and it was determined that radiation therapy using IMRT, regardless of the length of treatment, is associated with greatly reduced toxicities compared with the older, more standard radiation therapy technique.

A side analysis determined that larger breasted women had higher toxicity levels than smaller breasted women, however they still had reduced toxicities with IMRT over standard radiation, even though these levels were higher than smaller breasted women. This included IMRT with a shorter treatment time; previous trials usually exclude larger breasted women from receiving radiation using an accelerated treatment schedule.

"Our data support the increasing role of IMRT in delivering not only whole breast irradiation but also whole breast irradiation using an accelerated treatment time," Frank Vicini, MD, a radiation oncologist with Michigan Healthcare Professionals/21st Century Oncology in Farmington Hills, Mich., said. "This is great news for breast cancer patients who, if eligible, can not only receive their radiation treatment in a shorter amount of time but also reduce their risk of many side effects."
'/>"/>

Contact: Beth Bukata
bethb@astro.org
703-839-7332
American Society for Radiation Oncology
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Service Foods Reduces its Carbon Footprint and Grows Sales
2. Health Care Reform Report Covers Uninsured, Reduces Costs
3. New cardiac CT technology drastically reduces patient radiation exposure
4. Accelerated radiation therapy reduces toxicity in patients with advanced head and neck cancers
5. Targeted delivery of losartan reduces liver inflammation and scarring
6. Drug dramatically reduces nausea and vomiting in bone marrow transplant patients
7. Soccer reduces risk of falls and bone fractures
8. Pioneering treatment reduces disability in premature babies with serious brain hemorrhage
9. New drug candidate reduces blood lipids
10. PSA Test Reduces Prostate Cancer Deaths by 40%
11. New technique reduces tobacco smoke damage to lungs in mice
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/25/2017)... Indianapolis, IN (PRWEB) , ... April 25, 2017 ... ... Washington, D.C., CEOs, CFOs and HR decision-makers are preparing for how his administration ... Life Financial will provide insight into what changes are most likely to make ...
(Date:4/25/2017)... ... April 25, 2017 , ... As pharmaceutical companies are ... help with process innovation in drug formulation and manufacturing. CoreRx offers its ... analytical equipment in support of their development and manufacturing goals. , The ...
(Date:4/25/2017)... ... April 25, 2017 , ... ... predictive analytics to its patient care management module. Using this new feature, sleep ... patient has been initiated on continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), oral, or other ...
(Date:4/24/2017)... ... ... Emmanuel College is introducing enhancements to its RN-to-BSN Degree Program ... of 2017, Emmanuel’s program will allow registered nurses (RN)s to earn a Bachelor of ... little as $14,528. These changes will enable nurses to complete their degree in a ...
(Date:4/24/2017)... ... , ... As part of the nationwide Days of Remembrance effort led by ... and Nazi persecution, Center for Medicine after the Holocaust (CMATH) announced that ... to Germany and Poland next week. , The Fourth Biennial CMATH Champions Trip to ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/20/2017)... BOSTON , April 20, 2017   ZappRx, Inc ... the specialty drug prescribing process, today announced it closed $25 ... Fund, a venture capital firm based in Seattle ... Qiming Venture Partners . The Series B round included ... A round in 2014, and GV (formerly Google ...
(Date:4/20/2017)... Research and Markets has announced the addition of ... By Service (Manufacturing, Research), By Country, (Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, ... to their offering. ... The Latin American pharmaceutical contract manufacturing services market is anticipated ... drug registration cost in Latin American countries and continuous economic ...
(Date:4/19/2017)... April 19, 2017 Global Surgical Drainage Device ... tubes used to remove excess liquid and air. The ... urine, bile or lymph. Surgical drains are used in ... as orthopedics surgery, cardiovascular surgery, neurosurgery, plastic surgery etc. ... to prevent accumulation of fluid e.g. blood or pus. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: