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Evaluating long-term outcomes of nivolumab plus ipilimumab for patients with advanced melanoma

Posted by on Oct 20, 2019 in Melanoma | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study compared nivolumab (Opdivo) plus ipilimumab (Yervoy) to either drug alone for the treatment of advanced melanoma. The authors concluded that nivolumab plus ipilimumab or nivolumab alone increased survival compared to ipilimumab alone for these patients. Some background Advanced melanoma is a type of skin cancer that...

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Surgery followed by chemotherapy improves the outcomes of patients with rectal cancer

Posted by on Oct 13, 2019 in Colorectal cancer | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study investigated the effectiveness of surgery followed by chemotherapy without chemoradiotherapy (CRT) before surgery to treat rectal cancer. Researchers suggested that this treatment improves the outcomes of these patients.  Some background Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer worldwide. The standard...

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Focal high-intensity focussed ultrasound for the treatment of localized prostate cancer

Posted by on Oct 5, 2019 in Prostate cancer | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study aimed to evaluate the use of high-intensity focal ultrasound (HIFU) for the treatment of localized prostate cancer. This study found that HIFU is a safe treatment with good oncological results and minimal side-effects.  Some background High-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) is a non-invasive technique that uses...

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Looking for patients with prostate cancer to test a combination of radiotherapy

Posted by on Aug 31, 2019 in Prostate cancer | 0 comments

In a nutshell This phase 2 trial will investigate the effectiveness of stereotactic ablative radiation therapy (SABR) and radiopharmaceutical therapy (RPT) in patients with oligometastatic (cancer spread in 1-2 other tissues or organs) prostate cancer. The main outcome will be progression-free survival (PFS). This trial is recruiting in Maryland,...

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Evaluating long-term outcomes for stereotactic ablative body radiotherapy for early-stage non-small cell lung cancer.

Posted by on Aug 13, 2019 in Lung cancer | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study wanted to find out if using stereotactic ablative body radiotherapy (SABR) improves survival in patients with early-stage non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The study found that this treatment resulted in good long-term survival and had few side effects. Some background Stereotactic ablative body radiotherapy (SABR) is...

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Can positron emission tomography predict the outcomes of patients with high risk rectal cancer?

Posted by on May 30, 2019 in Colorectal cancer | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study investigated the use of 18F-2-fluoro-2-deoxy-D-glucose positron emission tomography (18F-FDG-PET) to follow-up during treatment and predict the outcomes of patients with high-risk localized rectal cancer. Researchers suggested that this method can be very useful to assess the tumor before the surgery and predict response to...

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Searching for patients with prostate cancer to test low-dose or high-dose brachytherapy

Posted by on May 28, 2019 in Prostate cancer | 0 comments

In a nutshell This phase 3 trial is examining the effectiveness and safety of low dose rate (LDR) vs high dose rate (HDR) prostate brachytherapy (BT) for patients with prostate cancer (PC). The main outcome to be measured will be the quality of life in terms of urinary symptoms. This trial is recruiting in British Columbia,...

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Further surgery or non-surgical options for patients with remaining breast cancer after surgery

Posted by on May 19, 2019 in Breast cancer | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study evaluated whether treating breast cancer that has not been completely removed with more surgery was more effective than non-surgical options such as chemotherapy. This study found that there was no difference in outcomes between treating with further surgery versus treating with a non-surgical option. Some...

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