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Radiotherapy during surgery in early breast cancer – what is the risk of tumor recurrence?

Posted by on May 26, 2019 in Breast cancer | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study investigated the safety and effectiveness of intraoperative radiotherapy (IORT; radiotherapy during surgery) in early breast cancer (BC). They found that tumor recurrence was low after IORT. Some background Early breast cancer (BC) can be treated using different approaches. Most patients undergo breast-conserving therapy...

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Searching for patients with early stage breast cancer to trial a new radiation treatment plan

Posted by on Mar 27, 2019 in Breast cancer | 0 comments

In a nutshell The trial aims to investigate a new way of delivering radiation therapy in women with early-stage breast cancer. This will involve low doses of radiation therapy being aimed at the part of the breast where the tumor is or was. The main outcomes that will be measured are side effects and recurrence rate. This trial is recruiting in Missouri,...

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Post-surgery chemotherapy in early rectal cancer is associated with improved outcomes

Posted by on Aug 17, 2018 in Colorectal cancer | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study investigated the safety of localized surgery followed by chemotherapy compared with total mesorectal excision (TME; bowel and lymph nodes around the tumor are removed) in early stages (T0 to T1) of rectal cancer. Researchers suggested that local surgery followed by chemotherapy improves long term outcomes in early stages of...

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Breast reconstruction surgery using an omental flap is an option after breast conserving surgery

Posted by on Apr 21, 2018 in Breast cancer | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study aimed to evaluate laparoscopically harvested omental flap (LHOF) as used in breast reconstruction.  It concluded that LHOF is a promising option in partial breast reconstruction after breast conserving surgery.  Some background There are several types of surgery used in the treatment of breast cancer....

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Is accelerated partial breast irradiation as good as whole breast irradiation?

Posted by on Oct 23, 2017 in Breast cancer | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study examined accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI) in comparison to whole breast irradiation (WBI) after surgery. They concluded that survival and long-term side-effects are the same for both treatments. However, ABPI had a higher rate of local recurrence as compared to WBI. Some background For early stage breast...

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The accuracy and relevancy of sentinel lymph node biopsy before neoadjuvant systemic therapy in breast cancer

Posted by on Mar 4, 2017 in Breast cancer | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study investigated the accuracy and reliability of sentinel lymph node biopsy (SNLB) before neoadjuvant systemic therapy (NAST) has begun in breast cancer patients. The study concluded that SLNB before NAST is highly reliable. The authors suggested that patients with a negative SLNB may be able to avoid lymph node removal and...

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