The 'Pinhole' Cancer Treatment You've Probably Never Heard of

Imagine an exquisitely precise cancer therapy procedure done through a small opening in the body that can: Kill tumor cells, shrink tumors, or regrow the healthy part of a cancerous organ. Deliver chemotherapy or radiation directly to the cancer site. Usually be done as an outpatient procedure with fewer side effects than conventional treatments like chemotherapy. Potentially treat many types of cancer, either alone or combined with other therapies. Sounds too good to be true, right? Not necessarily, since this type of therapy, called interventional oncology, is now being performed hundreds of times every day by specialists in a medical field that is unfamiliar to many cancer patients. Many predict this fast-growing specialty will soon join medical, surgical and radiation oncology as the fourth pillar of cancer care. Pioneers in Precision Medicine Interventional oncology is an image-guided, minimally invasive surgery done by radiologists that uses imaging scans as maps to identify the location of tumors and blood vessels as pathways to kill tumors or shrink and prepare them for removal. Most procedures are either outpatient or require a brief overnight stay in the hospital. Recovery time is minimal; some patients are active as early as the next day. Plus, there are rarely the physical complications associated with surgery nor the side effects with chemotherapy or external radiation, like hair loss. Interventional oncology is a subset of the field of interventional radiolog...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - Category: Science Source Type: news

Related Links:

This article describes the experience of a large multisite organization that implemented a machine-based scalp cooling program. METHODS: Nursing staff led an interprofessional team that addressed components of the program. As a result, eight sites within the authors' organization simultaneously began offering scalp cooling via machine using a single unified process. This approach was then successfully replicated one year later to prepare six additional sites to launch scalp cooling for other solid tumor types beyond breast cancer. FINDINGS: Using a structured, collaborative, and interprofessional approach to the ...
Source: Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing - Category: Nursing Authors: Tags: Clin J Oncol Nurs Source Type: research
In this study, we investigated the feasibility of a local DDS (LDDS) based on visible light-cured glycol chitosan (GC) hydrogel and doxorubicin⋅hydrochloride (DOX⋅HCl), called GC10/DOX, on thyroid cancer treatment in vivo. Visible light irradiation increased the storage modulus and swelling ratio of the GC10/DOX hydrogel precursor. The release of DOX⋅HCl from GC10/DOX exhibited two unique patterns comprising an initial burst within 18 hours, followed by a controlled and sustained release thereafter. In vitro cell viability testing showed that GC10/DOX had a greater antitumor effect than free DOX⋅...
Source: Drug Delivery - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Drug Deliv Source Type: research
Conclusion: The studies have shown hearing loss in higher frequencies, but in our study, we have observed hearing loss at speech frequency in 22.2% of patients receiving cisplatin, who also had low serum albumin levels. Periodic audiometric monitoring and serum albumin level may be helpful to provide timely intervention to prevent further hearing loss and deterioration in the quality of life.
Source: Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Source Type: research
In the original publication of the article, Table  1 was published with incorrect caption and values. The Table 1 with corrected caption and values is given in this Correction.
Source: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
ConclusionAdjuvant treatment with docetaxel (CD  ≥ 400 mmg/m2) is associated with a significant rate of grade 2 PA, leading to wearing a wig, in around 10% of patients. This toxicity was completely prevented with scalp cooling. Clinical Trial Reference: NCT00515762.
Source: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
AbstractThe consequences of atopic dermatitis reach beyond the skin and past childhood. Patients with atopic dermatitis are at risk of developing allergic comorbidities, but less is known about the associations between atopic dermatitis and non-allergic conditions. Understanding these non-allergic comorbidities has the potential to improve patient outcomes and to help mitigate the cost and burdens associated with these conditions. Atopic dermatitis is associated with cutaneous bacterial infections, more severe forms/courses of cutaneous viral infections, and extra-cutaneous infections. Atopic dermatitis is also associated ...
Source: American Journal of Clinical Dermatology - Category: Dermatology Source Type: research
Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) leads to increased reduction in late toxicities compared to 3-dimensional conformal radiation therapy (3D-CRT) techniques [1]. In IMRT, dose distributions conform to tumor topography while simultaneously limiting the normal tissue volume exposed to relatively high radiation doses. Therefore, IMRT has become the recommended treatment strategy for many cases of locally advanced head and neck cancer (HNC). However, IMRT treatment plans for HNC typically use a high number of radiation fields and may be associated with new beam-path non-target tissue toxicities such as anterior oral ...
Source: Radiotherapy and Oncology - Category: Radiology Authors: Tags: Original article Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 24 August 2018Source: Life SciencesAuthor(s): Qiang Lu, Cai-Lan LiAbstractAimsKang-ai injection (KA) is a famous Chinese patent medicine authorized by China Food and Drug Administration, which is widely used to treat advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in China. This meta-analysis is aimed to evaluate the therapeutic efficacy and safety of KA on advanced NSCLC.MethodsSeven databases were examined for related studies until January 15, 2018. Odds ratio (OR) was used to evaluate tumor response, Karnofsky Performance Scale (KPS) improvement and adverse reactions, and mean difference (...
Source: Life Sciences - Category: Biology Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: PCIA is a common adverse event of breast cancer adjuvant cytotoxic chemotherapy. Clinicians should be aware of this distressing adverse event and develop supportive care strategies to counsel patients and minimize its impact on quality of life. IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE: Knowledge of permanent chemotherapy-induced alopecia, an under-reported adverse event, should lead to optimized pretherapy counseling, anticipatory coping techniques, and potential therapeutic strategies for this sequela of treatment. PMID: 30120165 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: The Oncologist - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: Oncologist Source Type: research
How do you decide what’s real or fake news on the internet? How do you evaluate the quality of medical apps or health technologies? As part of our From Chance To Choice campaign, we would like to help medical professionals make a more informed judgment about digital health tools so they would be more confident – and perhaps more open – to talk about online diagnostic means, medical apps, sensors or wearables. Thus, they could successfully navigate their patients in the jungle of digital health – and proudly wear the Ask Me About Digital pin on their coats (yes, we already have that, too!) Ode agains...
Source: The Medical Futurist - Category: Information Technology Authors: Tags: From Chance to Choice Health Sensors & Trackers Medical Professionals Patients Social media in Healthcare apps digital digital health digital technology fake news health apps Innovation wearables websites Source Type: blogs
More News: Alopecia | Cancer | Cancer & Oncology | Cancer Therapy | Chemotherapy | Education | External Beam Therapy | Government | Health | Hospitals | Immunotherapy | Insurance | Insurers | Liver | Medical Devices | Minimally Invasive Surgery | PET Scan | Radiology | Science | Universities & Medical Training | Urology & Nephrology | Websites