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Evaluating surgery and chemotherapy versus chemotherapy alone for the treatment of metastatic colorectal cancer.

Evaluating surgery and chemotherapy versus chemotherapy alone for the treatment of metastatic colorectal cancer.

Posted by on Mar 31, 2021 in Colorectal cancer | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study evaluated whether surgery of colorectal cancer (CRC) followed by chemotherapy (CT) improved the outcomes of patients with metastatic (spread) CRC compared to CT alone. The study found that there was no difference in patients' outcomes whether surgery was given or not. Some background CRC is the third most common cancer...

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Does removal of the breast tumor improve survival in stage IV breast cancer with bone metastasis?

Does removal of the breast tumor improve survival in stage IV breast cancer with bone metastasis?

Posted by on Mar 14, 2021 in Breast cancer | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study investigated the effects of the removal of the breast tumor in patients newly diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer and bone metastasis only. The data showed that removal of the breast tumor improved survival outcomes and decreased the recurrence rates in these patients. Some background In stage IV breast cancer (BC), the...

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Evaluating the effectiveness and safety of stereotactic ablative body radiotherapy in advanced cancer

Evaluating the effectiveness and safety of stereotactic ablative body radiotherapy in advanced cancer

Posted by on Feb 26, 2021 in Breast cancer | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study investigated the effectiveness and safety of stereotactic ablative radiation therapy (SABR) in the treatment of patients with oligometastatic (few metastases) cancer. The data showed that the use of SABR in these patients was associated with high overall survival and low toxicity. Some background Oligometastatic cancer (OMC)...

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Is chemoradiation with local removal, better than total surgical removal to treat stage II rectal cancer?

Posted by on Sep 29, 2017 in Colorectal cancer | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study looked survival rates of stage II rectal cancer patients who underwent different treatments. It compared radical surgery versus local excision with added-on chemoradiation. The article concluded that overall survival was not different between the treatments. Some background Radical surgery (RS – complete...

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Chemotherapy increases survival of colorectal cancer patients with inoperable liver metastasis

Posted by on Jun 6, 2016 in Colorectal cancer | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study investigated the benefits of chemotherapy in colorectal cancer patients with inoperable liver metastasis (the cancer has spread to the liver). Researchers reported that chemotherapy increases survival in colorectal patients with inoperable liver metastasis.  Some background Only 10-20% of colorectal patients with...

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Topical treatment success in cutaneously metastatic melanoma

Posted by on Jan 5, 2015 in Melanoma | 0 comments

In a nutshell The authors aimed to determine whether diphencyprone could be used as a topical treatment in cutaneously metastatic melanoma. Some background Metastatic (spread of the cancer) melanoma is typically treated with topical and intralesional  immunotherapies (restore or enhance the immune systems ability to fight). Topical therapy is...

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Statin use is associated with freedom from rising levels of PSA after radiation therapy

Posted by on Dec 2, 2014 in Prostate cancer | 0 comments

In a nutshell The authors aimed to determine whether statin use can prevent prostate cancer recurrence after brachytherapy.  Some background Brachytherapy is a form of radiation, where a radiation source is internally placed at the tumor site. It is sometimes given in combination with external beam radiation therapy (EBRT – radiation...

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Repeated removal of lung metastases improves survival in certain patients with colorectal cancer

Posted by on Jul 25, 2013 in Colorectal cancer | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study evaluated the survival benefits of repeated removal of lung metastases in patients with colorectal cancer. Additionally, the authors aimed to identify which patients would benefit the most from this treatment.  Some background Colorectal cancer is an abnormal growth of cells in the colon (large intestine) or rectum...

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Dabrafenib increases progression-free survival in patients with metastatic melanoma with BRAF mutations

Posted by on Jun 10, 2013 in Melanoma | 0 comments

In a nutshell This phase 3 clinical trial compared the safety and efficacy of dabrafenib to a standard treatment for melanoma, dacarbazine in patients with metastatic melanoma.  Some background BRAF is a protein that helps cells grow and multiply. A genetic defect can cause the BRAF protein to malfunction (BRAF mutation). A BRAF mutation is...

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