In a nutshell This study examined if lower numbers of platelets (blood cells involved in forming clots) and anti-clotting medications were associated with treatment results in patients with prostate cancer (PC). The authors found that lower numbers of platelets and anti-clotting medication were associated with higher treatment...Read More
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Can bowel side effects caused by radiotherapy be reduced by a spacer tool in patients with prostate cancer?
In a nutshell This study examined if a hydrogel spacer tool improved long-term quality of life for patients with prostate cancer (PC) who received radiotherapy (RT). The results showed that the spacer significantly reduced bowel side effects and improved patients’ quality of life. Some background RT is an effective therapy for patients with...Read More
In a nutshell This study compared 6-month and 18-month courses of hormonal anti-androgen treatment and radiotherapy (RT) in patients with locally advanced prostate cancer (LAPC). The results showed that 18-month treatment was most effective, especially when used with high dose brachytherapy RT. Some background Androgens (such as testosterone) are...Read More
Should additional chemotherapy be added to chemoradiotherapy in patients with inoperable non-small cell lung cancer?
In a nutshell This study examined how effective additional chemotherapy alongside chemo-radiotherapy is in patients with locally advanced non-small cell lung cancer. The study found that additional chemotherapy did not bring survival benefits in these patients. Some background Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) can be difficult to treat. There are a...Read More
In a nutshell This study investigated the use of MRI predictive results to decide the best treatment for patients with locally advanced rectal cancer (LARC). Researchers suggested that early MRI results should be used in the treatment decision making. Some background Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the world. Patients with LARC...Read More
In a nutshell This phase 1/2 trial is examining the effectiveness of durvalumab (Imfinzi) and monalizumab to treat patients with solid tumors, including lung cancer. The main outcomes to be measured are tumor response to the treatment and side effects. The details Cancer is one of the leading causes of death worldwide. Chemotherapy is only of limited...Read More
In a nutshell This study aimed to investigate the link between PSA (prostate-specific antigen) levels and prostate cancer (PCa) prognosis. This study found that a lower PSA level (less than 0.2ng/ml) was associated with less risk of dying from PCa. Some background The PSA is a substance produced by the prostate. It can be used as a marker during...Read More
In a nutshell This article investigated the safety and effectiveness of durvalumab (Imfinzi) for the treatment of unresectable non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The authors concluded that durvalumab is safe and can improve survival of these patients. Some background Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is the most common kind of lung cancer....Read More
In a nutshell This study investigated whether adding mFOLFOX6 (modified; folinic acid, fluorouracil, and oxaliplatin) chemotherapy after standard chemotherapy and radiotherapy (CRT) and delaying surgery improves cancer response and survival in rectal cancer. Researchers suggest that this treatment increases disease-free survival (DFS;...Read More
Is there a link between radiation therapy and future heart problems in patients with small-cell lung cancer?
In a nutshell This study looked at the link between cardiac (heart) events in the years after radiation therapy in patients with small-cell lung cancer. The authors concluded that there is a long-term risk of cardiac events in patients treated with a combination of radiation therapy and chemotherapy. Some background There have been several reports...Read More
In a nutshell This study aimed to investigate the best timing of treatment verification imaging used in radiation therapy for patients with prostate cancer. This study found that patients undergoing daily imaging had less risk of their cancer returning and had reduced rectal side-effects. Some background One main treatment option for prostate cancer...Read More
In a nutshell This study aimed to examine the risk of developing a secondary cancer after breast conserving therapy for early stage breast cancer patients. This study found that patients who have been treated for early stage breast cancer do not have a significantly higher risk of secondary cancers. Some background Women with early stage breast...Read More