Self Forming Injectable Gel for Cervical Brachytherapy Procedures
A Virginia Tech polymer chemist and a University of Virginia clinical oncologist, have teamed up to create a special gel to reduce the pain associated with cervical cancer brachytherapy. This kind of therapy involves placing radioactive sources near the location of tumors, which essentially kill the cancer cells. Gauze is placed within the vagina to help with bleeding and other side effects, and it along with the cells dying from the therapy generates pain. The new gel is made to replace the gauze with something more pleasant, and biocompatible gels can be very smooth, soft, and conforming. The new gel from he researc...
Source: Medgadget - November 27, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Editors Tags: Ob/Gyn Oncology Radiation Oncology Source Type: blogs

A mix of treatments may extend life for men with aggressive prostate cancer
For men diagnosed with aggressive cancer that’s confined to the prostate and nearby tissues, the overarching goal of treatment is to keep the disease from spreading (or metastasizing) in the body. Doctors can treat these men with localized therapies, such as surgery and different types of radiation that target the prostate directly. And they can also give systemic treatments that kill off rogue cancer cells in the bloodstream. Hormonal therapy, for instance, is a systemic treatment that kills prostate cancer cells by depriving them of testosterone, which fuels their growth. Now a new study shows that a mix of differe...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - March 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Charlie Schmidt Tags: Cancer Men's Health Prostate Health Source Type: blogs

Brachytherapy for Breast Cancer Follow Up
Back in 2007, when I was diagnosed and treated for my breast cancer, I heard about this new technique for the radiation portion of treatment,brachytherapy. I was jealous. It was not offered at my hospital. The big thing I liked was that it took so much less time for treatment.Breast cancer treatment takes a LONG time. I was diagnosed at the end of May, after two surgeries that went into July, I finished chemo in December, and needed one more surgery (don't ask). I was then facing 7 weeks of radiation. I just wanted to be done. Since brachytherapy wasn't available I had the standard radiation treatment. I couldn't even have...
Source: Caroline's Breast Cancer Blog - February 11, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: breast cancer treatment cancer research radiation Source Type: blogs

Uveal Melanoma: The Basics
The uvea of the eye is a vascular tunic comprised of the iris, ciliary body, and choroid. Located between the sclera and the retina, the uvea contains dendritic pigmented melanocytes which have the potential to give rise to malignant melanoma. Patients with choroidal melanoma typically present as adults with painless monocular vision loss, while a cataract or glaucoma may be the presenting feature of an anterior segment melanoma.Approximately half of patients with choroidal and ciliochoroidal melanomas eventually die from their tumors. Prognosis is better in cases localized to the iris, presumably because they are recogniz...
Source: neuropathology blog - February 1, 2018 Category: Radiology Tags: eye Source Type: blogs

Sensus Healthcare ’s Technology Uses Low-Energy X-rays Directly on Cancer Cells: Interview with CEO Joe Sardano
Sensus Healthcare is a medical device company that focuses on providing non-invasive and cost-effective treatment of non-melanoma skin cancers and keloids utilizing superficial radiation technology (SRT). Their proprietary, FDA-cleared SRT technology is used to effectively and safely treat oncological and non-oncological skin conditions. The radiation is focused onto cancer cells almost exclusively, and it penetrates no more than 5mm under the surface of the skin, sparing nearby tissues. In 2013, Sensus Healthcare received FDA clearance in the United States to treat keloids with the SRT-100 device. Earlier this summer, Chi...
Source: Medgadget - November 20, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Alice Ferng Tags: Dermatology Exclusive Oncology Source Type: blogs

Don ’t Underestimate Patients
By GEORGE BERGER, PHD I was diagnosed with aggressive but localized prostate cancer at a major Dutch academic hospital. My parameters were PSA 29 or 31, Gleason sum 4 + 4, and stage T2c. Fortunately, there were no detectable distant metastases. The specialist drew a simple image of my urinary tract and told me I was excluded from brachytherapy, which I had never heard of before, because of the size of my prostate. I had to choose between external beam radiotherapy (EBRT) and radical prostatectomy (RP). How on Earth could I choose rationally while knowing so little about prostate cancer? However, I had studied maths and phy...
Source: The Health Care Blog - June 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: John Irvine Tags: Uncategorized ADT Dutch Health Care System Gleason Prostate Prostate Cancer Sweden Source Type: blogs

Those Nasty Complications
I often wonder in cancer treatment, which is worse - treatment or complications? I think complications win that one. To me complications mean more doctor visits, more drugs, more expense, more whininess, and less happy results.In recent years, we have had the whats-her-name effect (this is what happens when you blog too early in the day) where women are getting bilateral and unilateral mastectomies at higher rates than in the past. There is no real proof that mastectomies are better than lumpectomies with radiation for early stage breast cancer but many women opt for them anyway.But there is a problem. New research (becaus...
Source: Caroline's Breast Cancer Blog - May 19, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: breast cancer treatment doctor appointments medical complications medical costs side effects Source Type: blogs

Elekta Introduces Unity, The First High-Field MR-Linac System
Elekta, the famous Swedish maker of radiation therapy, radiosurgery, and brachytherapy systems, is in the final stages of combining a linear accelerator therapy and magnetic resonance imaging scanner in one unified system. Many physicists and engineers thought that this would be impossible, as quickly moving charged particles shooting out of an accelerator are strongly affected by a magnetic field. But scientists at UMC Utrecht, a major research center in Holland, had some novel ideas and built the first prototype long ago, proving the skeptics wrong, and in the process convincing Elekta to work with Philips on d...
Source: Medgadget - May 8, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Editors Tags: Radiation Oncology Radiology Source Type: blogs

Elekta Releases Unity, The First Commercial High-Field MR-Linac System
Elekta, the famous Swedish maker of radiation therapy, radiosurgery, and brachytherapy systems, is finally releasing a linear accelerator therapy and magnetic resonance imaging scanner in one unified system. Many physicists and engineers thought that this would be impossible, as quickly moving charged particles shooting out of an accelerator are strongly affected by a magnetic field. But scientists at UMC Utrecht, a major research center in Holland, had some novel ideas and built the first prototype long ago, proving the skeptics wrong, and in the process convincing Elekta to work with Philips on developing a com...
Source: Medgadget - May 8, 2017 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Editors Tags: Radiation Oncology Radiology Source Type: blogs

Elekta Releases Unity, The First High-Field MR-Linac System
Elekta, the famous Swedish maker of radiation therapy, radiosurgery, and brachytherapy systems, is finally releasing a linear accelerator therapy and magnetic resonance imaging scanner in one unified system. Many physicists and engineers thought that this would be impossible, as quickly moving charged particles shooting out of an accelerator are strongly affected by a magnetic field. But scientists at UMC Utrecht, a major research center in Holland, had some novel ideas and built the first prototype long ago, proving the skeptics wrong, and in the process convincing Elekta to work with Philips on developing a com...
Source: Medgadget - May 8, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Editors Tags: Radiation Oncology Radiology Source Type: blogs

Vestige of a choroidal melanoma
Only melanin and melanophages remain in an enucleation specimen from a patient successfully treated with brachytherapy for choroidal melanoma. The eye was enucleated not because of the tumor, but because it was blind and intractably painful in the aftermath of treatment. (Source: neuropathology blog)
Source: neuropathology blog - November 29, 2016 Category: Radiology Tags: ophthalmic pathology Source Type: blogs

Vaginal brachytherapy cuts mortality in early uterine cancer
(HealthDay)—For women along with surgically staged IA or IB endometrial adenocarcinoma, use of vaginal brachytherapy (VB) is associated with a reduction in mortality, according to a study published online August. 10 in Cancer. Related Posts:ASCO develops recommendations for invasive cervical…New study links drinking behaviors along with mortalityEORTC-ETOP study opens on pembrolizumab designed for…Low FODMAP diet cuts irritable bowel syndrome symptomsFox Chase trial tests promising therapy in early breast…The post Vaginal brachytherapy cuts mortality in early uterine cancer appeared first on My I...
Source: My Irritable Bowel Syndrome Story - August 16, 2016 Category: Gastroenterology Authors: Ken Tags: IBS News Source Type: blogs

Rosacea tied to higher risk of GI illnesses
(HealthDay)—Rosacea is associated with improved risk of some gastrointestinal illnesses, according to a study published online Aug. 8 in the British Journal of Dermatology. Related Posts:Initial screen for genetic risk aspects of IBS in the…Individuals with IBS often have negative medical care…ASCO develops recommendations for invasive cervical…Vaginal brachytherapy cuts mortality in early uterine cancerNon-celiac wheat sensitivity may be an allergyThe post Rosacea tied to higher risk of GI illnesses appeared first on My Irritable Bowel Syndrome Story. (Source: My Irritable Bowel Syndrome Story)
Source: My Irritable Bowel Syndrome Story - August 15, 2016 Category: Gastroenterology Authors: Ken Tags: IBS News Source Type: blogs

"Texas VA Run Like a ‘Crime Syndicate,’ Whistleblower Says" - Can Reports About the Benefits of EHRs at the VA Healthcare System Be Trusted?
This article just appeared:Texas VA Run Like a ‘Crime Syndicate,’ Whistleblower SaysMay 27, 2014http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/05/27/exclusive-texas-va-run-like-a-crime-syndicate-whistleblower-says.htmlFor years, employees at a Texas VA complained that their bosses were cooking the books. For years, the VA insisted there was no widespread wrongdoing. New whistleblower testimony and internal documents implicate an award-winning VA hospital in Texas in widespread wrongdoing—and what appears to be systemic fraud.Emails and VA memos obtained exclusively by The Daily Beast provide what is among the...
Source: Health Care Renewal - May 28, 2014 Category: Health Management Tags: CPRS health care corruption healthcare IT unintended consequences Veterans Administration medical scandal Veterans Affairs VistA Source Type: blogs

I used to be jealous
Back in 2007 when I had radiation for my breast cancer. I had to undergo the traditional radiation treatment which meant 37 visits spread over 7 weeks - five days a week that lasted FOREVER. I knew people online who were getting the short version and getting radiation for five days - brachytherapy - with two visits a day. I was jealous because I was (and still am) sick of going to the (damn) hospital.I had asked at the time and was told by my radiation oncologist that they did not offer the shorter option nor did most hospitals in Boston at that time. A few years later I attended a conference where I learned they were star...
Source: Caroline's Breast Cancer Blog - March 8, 2014 Category: Cancer Tags: breast cancer treatment radiation side effects Source Type: blogs

Esteya System for Skin Cancer Treatment Gets FDA 510(k) Clearance (VIDEO)
Nucletron, an Elekta company based in Atlanta, GA, has received FDA clearance for the Esteya electronic brachytherapy system for treating patients with skin cancer. According to the CDC, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, and each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon. Though surgery is the main treatment strategy for skin cancer, High Dose Rate (HDR) brachytherapy for nonmelanomatous skin cancer, such as basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, provides an alternative treatment option. Electronic...
Source: Medgadget - October 4, 2013 Category: Technology Consultants Authors: Gaurav Krishnamurthy Tags: Dermatology Oncology Plastic Surgery Source Type: blogs

C R Bard Settles Allegations of Kickbacks to Promote Radiation Treatment for Prostate Cancer
Screening for and aggressive treatment of prostate cancer has become an enormously lucrative business, if not necessarily a life-saving medical strategy.  The minimal media coverage of a recent settlement suggests that at least to some degree, it has been fueled by some questionable practices.The CR Bard SettlementAs reported by the Atlanta Journal Constitution,A medical device company on Monday agreed to pay a $48.2 million settlement to resolve claims by a Georgia employee that it paid kickbacks to doctors and customers who bought radiation treatment for prostate cancer.C.R. Bard Inc., which is headquartered in New ...
Source: Health Care Renewal - May 16, 2013 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Tags: kickbacks impunity C R Bard prostate cancer whistle-blowers legal settlements deferred prosecution agreement Source Type: blogs

New Academic Year Thoughts
The academic year is well underway and thoughts now turn to the candidates that will be filing applications for graduate nurse anesthetists programs.  For those that are thinking about or are applying this year here are a few tips from someone fresh in the mix. Dear David, Words cannot express the gratitude that I have for the invaluable shadow experience you presented me and all the words of encouragement you provided me.  Forgive my redundancy, but thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you and thank you some more.  My journey to become a CRNA started when I was just in my third semester of nursing school....
Source: Nurse Anesthetist - December 29, 2012 Category: Nurses Authors: David Tags: General Student Life Source Type: blogs