Radiation Oncology
There have been numerous clinical trials demonstrating that breast conservation therapy, where lumpectomy is combined with radiation therapy, will significantly decrease the rate of breast cancer reoccurrence and is as effective as mastectomy1....
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Patient Experience
According to the American Society of Clinical Oncology, an estimated 65,410 people (48,000 men and 17,410 women) will develop head and neck cancer (HNC) this year. Many will undergo radiation therapy treatment to fight the disease. While treatment...
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Patient Experience
Summertime. The word conjures up thoughts of fun, but in many areas of the country, it also brings to mind ways to cope with the excessive heat and humidity. And for patients undergoing radiation oncology treatments in these conditions, coping takes...
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Radiation Oncology
Dr. Douglas Housman is a radiation oncologist previously with Memorial Sloan-Kettering in NY,  and now at the Harold Leever Regional Cancer Center in CT. In his many years of experience, there’s one thing he can attest to: you can’t always see scars...
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Radiation Oncology
While every team member in radiation oncology is vital to patient care, it is the role of the medical dosimetrist to prepare the treatment plan and make sure the plan will work as designed: deliver the most effective dose of radiation to kill...
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Radiation Oncology
The standard of care for post-lumpectomy breast cancer patients has been the delivery of whole breast radiation in the supine position. However, there is significant evidence that the heart and lungs are organs at risk (OAR) for radiogenic problems...
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Radiation Oncology
  One of the most frequently asked questions of our Radiation Oncology team is what are others doing when it comes to permanent vs temporary marks in treatment set-ups. The answer is "It depends." Both methods have their pros and cons and in the end...
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Radiation Oncology
“We want that body contour to be as accurate as possible. That is what we have to plan through to get to our target – the patient's cancer.” Beth Kelly, Dosimetrist and Chief Therapist, Nash General Hospital, Rocky Mount, NC Accuracy Is Key In...
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Radiation Oncology
The challenge every radiation oncology department faces is to destroy cancer cells and stop the growth of the tumor while limiting harm to nearby healthy tissue. Accuracy is measured in millimeters, and the precision of the CT simulation will...
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