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Breast cancer patients can use antiperspirants during radiotherapy

(University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine) Women undergoing daily radiation therapy for breast cancer are commonly told they should not use antiperspirant for fear that it could cause greater radiation damage to the skin, but a new study from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania showed there was no difference in the radiation skin dose absorbed by these patients with or without these deodorants.
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

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Conclusion: Targeted molecular therapy and immunotherapy in LMD may provide favorable treatment options. Current literature is lacking in safety, efficacy, and overall response rates from the use of targeted therapy. Research is needed to draw significant conclusions about the most appropriate therapy for patients with LMD. PMID: 29230121 [PubMed]
Source: Ochsner Journal - Category: General Medicine Tags: Ochsner J Source Type: research
Radiation therapy is one of the primary treatments in fighting breast cancer, one of the most common cancers in the US. One of the dose limiting factors of this therapy is radiation induced heart damage that results from mediastinal radiation. Recently statins, a medication typically used to lower cholesterol levels, have been suggested as a prophylactic treatment to potentially mitigate this process. Similarly, we hypothesized whether colchicine, an anti-inflammatory medication that is presently used in the treatment of gout and pericarditis, might be used to prevent coronary artery disease induced by radiation therapy.
Source: Medical Hypotheses - Category: Biomedical Science Authors: Source Type: research
Conclusion Treatment plans for patients in the semi lateral decubitus position with or without breath hold for left-sided breast cancer patients demonstrated a superior heart and lung sparing compared to the supine position due to significant reduction in MHD & CLD. MHD and CLD are important simulation factors which impact the heart and lung dose volume parameters.
Source: Practical Radiation Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
Historically, prognosis and treatment decision making for breast cancer patients have been dictated by the anatomic extent of tumor spread. However, in recent years, “breast cancer” has proven to be a collection of unique phenotypes with distinct prognoses, patterns of failure, and treatment responses. Recent advances in biologically based assays and targeted therapies designed to exploit these unique phenotypes have profoundly altered systemic therapy pract ice patterns and treatment outcomes. Data associating locoregional outcomes with tumor biology are emerging.
Source: International Journal of Radiation Oncology * Biology * Physics - Category: Radiology Authors: Tags: Clinical Investigation Source Type: research
The Xoft Axxent Electronic Brachytherapy System (Xoft, Inc., San Jose, CA) is a viable option for intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT) treatment of early-stage breast cancer. The low-energy (50-kVp) X-ray source simplifies shielding and increases relative biological effectiveness but increases dose distribution sensitivity to medium composition. Treatment planning systems typically assume homogenous water for brachytherapy dose calculations, including precalculated atlas plans for Xoft IORT. However, Xoft recommends saline for balloon applicator filling.
Source: Brachytherapy - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: Technical Note Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: Gastric cancer metastasis to the breast is rare, but should be considered in young female patients with signet ring cell type gastric cancer. PMID: 29202657 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Acta Chirurgica Belgica - Category: Surgery Tags: Acta Chir Belg Source Type: research
Abstract BACKGROUND: and Purpose: Post-operative radiation therapy (PORT) is usually indicated for patients with breast cancer (BC) after neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC) and surgery. However, the optimal timing to initiation of PORT is currently unknown. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We retrospectively evaluated data from patients with BC who received PORT after NAC and surgery at our institution from 2008 to 2014. Patients were categorized into three groups according to the time between surgery and PORT: 16 weeks. RESULTS: A total of 581 patients were included; 74% had clinical stage III. Forty-three patients st...
Source: Breast - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: Breast Source Type: research
After 12 years (how the heck did that happen?) of breast cancer coping, I have actually seen some cancer research go from new or in clinical trials to become standard of care. This includes length of hormonal treatment for breast cancer patients. But it does not include many, many others.Some cancer'breakthroughs'are still in trials, or have vanished because they didn't work. They provide us cancer people with instant elation at the possibilities it hints at, followed by deflation as we realize it is years or decades in the future.An example of this is this news that at UVA they are working to find a wayto stop triple nega...
Source: Caroline's Breast Cancer Blog - Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: breast cancer treatment cancer research clinical trials waiting Source Type: blogs
This article reviews current patterns of metastatic disease and the increasingly nuanced landscape of evolving therapies, their complications, and their impact on quality of survival. Recent Findings: Targeted therapies with tyrosine kinase inhibitors and immune checkpoint inhibitors and cytotoxic therapies directed at disease-specific chemosensitivity patterns have dramatically improved the prognosis of non–small cell lung cancer, melanoma, and breast cancer, but have led to some novel complications and altered recurrence patterns. Clinical trials suggest the superiority of hippocampal-avoidance radiation fields an...
Source: CONTINUUM: Lifelong Learning in Neurology - Category: Neurology Tags: Review Articles Source Type: research
Abstract During the early decades of radiation therapy for breast cancer, local control of disease was documented consistently but, enigmatically, an anticipated impact on breast cancer survival was not observed, leading to confusion in our understanding of the natural history of breast cancer and radiation effects. Now, almost 90 years after its first use in breast cancer, technology developments in diagnostic imaging and radiation therapy have elucidated parts of this enigma. The data now available demonstrate a significant impact of radiation therapy on survival as well as disease control and treatment-related ...
Source: Annual Review of Medicine - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Annu Rev Med Source Type: research
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