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Breast Cancer Patients Largely Find Radiation Therapy Experience Better Than Expected

02 October 2017

Survey of breast cancer clinic patients finds short- and long-term side effects often better than anticipated; nine in ten women say radiation “less scary” than expected.

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The Patient's Perspective on Breast Radiation Therapy: Initial Fears and Expectations Versus Reality

29 September 2017

N. Shaverdian, X. Wang, J.V. Hegde, C. Aledia, M.L. Steinberg, S.A. McCloskey

Presented at the 59th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO).

Objective of the study:

Breast radiation therapy is associated with misconceptions and fears among patients. Although the efficacy and toxicity of breast radiation has been extensively studied, little is known regarding patient’s perspective on their treatment experience.

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Recent Developments in Radiotherapy

28 September 2017

Deborah E. Citrin, M.D.

Intro of this article:

It is estimated that 470,000 patients receive radiotherapy each year in the United States. As many as half of patients with cancer will receive radiotherapy. Improvements in diagnosis, therapy, and supportive care have led to increasing numbers of cancer survivors. In response, the emphasis of radiation oncology has expanded beyond cure to include reducing side effects, particularly late effects, which may substantially affect a patient’s quality of life. Radiotherapy is used to treat benign and malignant diseases and can be used alone or in combination with chemotherapy, surgery, or both. For primary tumors or metastatic deposits, palliative radiotherapy is often used to reduce pain or mass effect (due to spinal cord compression, brain metastases, or airway obstruction). Therapeutic radiation can be delivered from outside the patient, known as external-beam radiation therapy, or EBRT (see the Glossary in the Supplementary Appendix, available with the full text of this article at NEJM.org), by implanting radioactive sources in cavities or tissues (brachytherapy), or through systemic administration of radiopharmaceutical agents. Multiple technological and biologic advances have fundamentally altered the field of radiation oncology since it was last reviewed in the Journal.

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Neoadjuvant therapy and esophagectomy for patients with locally advanced thoracic esophageal squamous cell carcinoma

28 August 2017

This article is available in Dutch and French.

Access the abstract here

Clinical evaluation of palliative chemoradiotherapy for metastatic esophageal cancer

28 August 2017

This article is available in Dutch and French.

Read the full article here.

Preoperative chemotherapy versus chemoradiotherapy

25 August 2017

This article is available in Dutch and French.

Access the abstract here.

Survival in elderly patients with glioblastoma

25 August 2017

This article is available in Dutch and French.

Access the abstract here.

Study: Breast cancer patients receiving neoadjuvant radiation have lower risk of second primary tumor

20 July 2017

Moffitt Cancer Center researchers launched a first of its kind study comparing the longterm benefits of radiation therapy in women with breast cancer either before surgery (neoadjuvant) or after surgery (adjuvant). Their study, published in the June 30 issue of Breast Cancer Research, found that patients who have neoadjuvant radiation therapy have a significantly lower risk of developing a second primary tumor at any site.

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Right-sided Colorectal Tumours: An Internal Radiation Advantage

10 July 2017

BARCELONA, SPAIN, 1 July 2017 -  For patients with colorectal cancer that has metastasised to the liver, having a primary tumour on the left side, as opposed to the right side of the colon, is known to be a significant advantage in terms of treatment response.

But now a new study, presented at the ESMO 19th World Congress on Gastrointestinal Cancer, suggests this imbalance may be at least partially redressed.

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Required Hospital Capacity in 2025 and criteria for rationalisation of complex cancer surgery, radiotherapy and maternity services

30 June 2017

The Belgian Healthcare Knowledge Centre has published its report on the needs for Radiotherapy in Belgium.

Download the report here.

What Radiation Therapy is NOT

28 June 2017

Dr Eun-Ji Hwang is a Radiation Oncologist Registrar in Sydney, trying to stop the confusion around radiation therapy. One blog at a time.

Read more »

Does one session of Radiotherapy suffice?

14 June 2017

This article is available in Dutch and French.

Radiotherapy for breast cancer

14 June 2017

More patient friendly and more effective

This article is available in Dutch.

Movies replacing anaesthesia for children with cancer during radiation therapy.

08 June 2017

This article is available in Dutch and French.

The GENT uniniversity hospital develops a better system for prone radiotherapy for breast cancer

03 April 2017

This article is available in Dutch.

Study: Reducing radiation could safely cut breast cancer treatment costs

15 March 2017

More than half of older women with early stage breast cancer received more radiation therapy than what might be medically necessary, adding additional treatment and health care costs, according to a study led by Duke Cancer Institute researchers.

The researchers found that the annual estimated cost for radiation therapy in women older than age 50 who were potentially eligible to cut back or eliminate the treatment was 0.2 million in 2011. Had this group of women been treated with the alternative approaches that evidence suggests are as effective, the cost was estimated at 6.2 million – a potential savings of 4 million.

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Professor De Neve awarded for his work in medical physics

13 December 2016

The American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) has awarded Professor Wilfried De Neve an Honorary Membership Award for his contribution to medical physics. The AAPM emphasises that it is because of researchers such as De Neve that radiation remains an effective treatment, alongside chemotherapy and surgery. De Neve's work has also significantly contributed to the reduction of the negative influence of radiation on healthy body tissue.

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Interview with Professor Dirk Van Gestel after BRAVO Symposium 2016

09 November 2016

Topic: radiotherapy - an often disregarded specialisation that knows a high technological advancement

(De medische referentie, october/november 2016).

The article is only available in dutch.

Needs and financing of radiotherapy in France and Europe

08 November 2016

N. Defourny, Y. Lievens. Needs and financing of radiotherapy in France and Europe. Cancer/Radiothérapie, Volume 20, Issues 6-7, October 2016, pages 427-433.

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Radiotherapy gets the investment it needs

27 October 2016

Today NHS England announced that it will invest £130m over the next couple of years in new radiotherapy machines.

This is great news. Especially when research has shown that for some types of cancer, more advanced radiotherapy techniques – which the newer machines can provide – are what patients need.

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Press release: BRAVO pulls the alarm bell during Symposium about radiotherapy

17 October 2016

Voor de Nederlandse versie, klik hier.

Pour la version française, cliquez ici.

Local breast cancer: preference for conservative surgery + radiotherapy

12 October 2016

Voor de Nederlandse versie, klik hier.

Pour la version française, cliquez ici.

Radiotherapy vs. chemotherapy for patients with stage II testicular seminoma

25 July 2016

Voor de Nederlandse versie, klik hier.

Pour la version française, cliquez ici.

Shorter course of prostate cancer radiotherapy could save NHS millions of pounds

11 July 2016

New radiotherapy regime for prostate cancer could save NHS tens of millions per year

A shorter course of prostate cancer radiotherapy, involving fewer hospital visits and higher individual doses of radiotherapy, is as effective as the current standard treatment for both survival and quality of life, a major new study reports.

Researchers leading the 14-year trial - published in The Lancet Oncology today (Monday) - believe the new treatment schedule would be more convenient for patients and could save the NHS tens of millions of pounds per year.

Read the entire article (PDF) >>

High risk prostate cancer: radiotherapy doubles survival rate

22 June 2016

Voor de Nederlandse versie, klik hier.

Pour la version française, cliquez ici.

Giving chemotherapy after radiotherapy delays rare brain tumour growth

13 June 2016

Giving chemotherapy after radiotherapy delays further growth of a rare type of brain tumour, increasing the number of patients alive at five years from 44 per cent to 56 per cent.

These results - from a clinical trial for patients with anaplastic glioma run by the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) and funded in UK by Cancer Research UK - were presented at the 2016 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting in Chicago on June 6, 2016.

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Radiotherapy needs likely to increase in all European countries by 2025

20 April 2016

The demand for radiotherapy across all European countries will increase by an average of 16% between 2012 and 2025, with the highest expected increase being for prostate cancer cases (24%), according to a new study published in Radiotherapy and Oncology.

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Prostate cancer pT2N0 en pT3pN0: better total survival with hormone therapy plus radiotherapy

29 March 2016

Voor de Nederlandse versie, klik hier.

Pour la version française, cliquez ici.

Radiotherapy may help in node positive prostate cancer

11 December 2015

Adding prostate and pelvic radiotherapy (RT) to hormone therapy appears to cut relapse rates in men newly diagnosed with high-risk nonmetastatic (M0) node-positive prostate cancer, according to an exploratory analysis by European investigators. 

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Local prostate cancer and radiotherapy: give higher doses?

22 November 2015

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Pour la version française, cliquez ici.

The Lancet Oncology: Tackling the global shortfall in radiotherapy could save millions of lives and boost the economy of poorer countries

19 October 2015

Investment in radiotherapy services could bring economic benefits of up to 5 billion in developing countries over the next 20 years.

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Androgen Deprivation With or Without Radiation Therapy for Clinically Node-Positive Prostate Cancer

01 September 2015

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Lymph node staging and radiotherapy contribute to gastric cancer outcomes

06 August 2015

Adequate lymph node staging is critical to the appropriate management of gastric cancer, and radiotherapy appears to improve outcomes of patients even when lymph node staging is inadequate, according to findings from the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB).

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Whole brain radiation therapy (WBRT) in addition to radiosurgery (SRS) in patients with 1 to 3 brain metastases

27 July 2015

Voor de Nederlandse versie, klik hier.

Pour la version française, cliquez ici.

http://meetinglibrary.asco.org/content/146056-156

Rita May's Story - Radiotherapy at Weston Park Hospital

29 June 2015

Listen to Rita May's personal experience of radiotherapy at Weston Park Hospital, Sheffield and learn what you or a loved one should expect.

 

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The Belgian citizen is still in the dark when it comes to radiotherapy

01 June 2015

Voor de Nederlandse versie, klik hier.

Pour la version française, cliquez ici.

Definitive and adjuvant radiotherapy in locally advanced non-small cell lung cancer

28 May 2015

Voor de Nederlandse versie, klik hier.

Pour la version française, cliquez ici.

Stereotactic ablative radiotherapy versus lobectomy for operable stage I non-small-cell lung cancer: a pooled analysis of two randomised trials

26 May 2015

The standard of care for operable, stage I, non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is lobectomy with mediastinal lymph node dissection or sampling. Stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR) for inoperable stage I NSCLC has shown promising results, but two independent, randomised, phase 3 trials of SABR in patients with operable stage I NSCLC (STARS and ROSEL) closed early due to slow accrual. We aimed to assess overall survival for SABR versus surgery by pooling data from these trials.

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Metastasis-directed Therapy of Regional and Distant Recurrences After Curative Treatment of Prostate Cancer: A Systematic Review of the Literature.

07 May 2015

Eur Urol. 2015 May;67(5):852-863. doi: 10.1016/j.eururo.2014.09.004. Epub 2014 Sep 17.

Metastasis-directed Therapy of Regional and Distant Recurrences After Curative Treatment of Prostate Cancer: A Systematic Review of the Literature.

Ost P1, Bossi A2, Decaestecker K3, De Meerleer G4, Giannarini G5, Karnes RJ6, Roach M 3rd7, Briganti A8.

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The perception of radiotherapy by the Belgian citizens

27 April 2015

Master's thesis by Main Xion MAK, presented for the achievement of the degree of Master in Business Administration (Specialisation: Business Management and Entrepreneurship).

Download the thesis (Dutch) >>

This study was also presented at the '3rd ESTRO FORUM' in Barcelona by Dr. Nicolas Jansen (MD).

Download the presentation >>

The Belgian citizen has little knowledge of radiation oncology

17 April 2015

Press release - Brussels, April 17th -2015

A recent study revealed that Belgian citizens would benefit from better information on radiotherapy. Offering this type of information is one of the goals of the BRAVO organisation.

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Use of thoracic radiotherapy for extensive stage small-cell lung cancer: a phase 3 randomised controlled trial (The Lancet, January)

25 March 2015

Slotman, Ben J et al. Use of thoracic radiotherapy for extensive stage small-cell lung cancer: a phase 3 randomised controlled trial. The Lancet, Volume 385, IIssue 9962, 36-4.

Find the full article here.

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Radiotherapy versus androgen-deprivation therapy in locally advanced prostate cancer

09 March 2015

Voor de Nederlandse versie, klik hier.

Pour la version française, cliquez ici.

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A Prospective Randomized Trial for Good-Risk Ductal Carcinoma In Situ Comparing Radiotherapy With Observation

23 February 2015

Voor de Nederlandse versie, klik hier.

Pour la version française, cliquez ici.

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Use of thoracic radiotherapy for extensive stage small-cell lung cancer: a phase 3 randomised controlled trial

19 February 2015

Voor de Nederlandse versie, klik hier.

Pour la version française, cliquez ici.

Concentratie van zeldzame ziekten: wat met radiotherapie? - Concentration des maladies rares: quelle place pour la radiothérapie?

12 February 2015

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Pour la version française, cliquez ici.

Cancer de la prostate : Tabac + radiothérapie égale danger accru - Prostaatkanker: Tabak + radiotherapie = groot gevaar

11 February 2015

Voor de Nederlandse versie, klik hier.

Pour la version française, cliquez ici.

Concentration of (radiotherapy) medical equipment

09 February 2015

Watch an interview with the Flemish Minister of Health (well-being) Mr. Jo Van Deurzen on concentration of healthcare services (medical equipment, also in the field of radiotherapy). Only available in Dutch.

Click here to watch.

 

Ten years of multidisciplinary teams meetings in oncology: current situation and perspectives by the KCE

21 January 2015

Vrijens F, Kohn L, Dubois C, Leroy R, Vinck I, Stordeur S. Ten years of multidisciplinary teams meetings in oncology: current situation and perspectives. Health Services Research (HSR) Brussels: Belgian Health Care Knowledge Centre (KCE). 2015. KCE Reports 239Cs. D/2015/10.273/21.

Read the article in Dutch or in French.

 

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Visibility of radiotherapy could be much better

25 November 2014

Article appeared in Artsenkrant (NL) / Le Journal du Médecin (FR)

Read the article about BRAVO that appeared in Le Journal du Médecin / Artsenkrant in French or in Dutch.

Radiotherapy can improve the survival of some prostate cancer patients

17 October 2014

Impact of Adjuvant Radiotherapy on Survival of Patients With Node-Positive Prostate Cancer

Recently a new scientific study was published concerning the beneficial effects of radiotherapy for some prostate cancer patients:

Impact of Adjuvant Radiotherapy on Survival of Patients With Node-Positive Prostate Cancer, JCO 2014, 32 (29). (Firas Abdollah, R. et al)

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High satisfaction in radiotherapy patients

03 September 2014

According to a study in The Netherlands

Dutch patients are generally very satisfied concerning radiation treatments, giving a mean score of 9.1 on a scale of 0-10. The Dutch study confirms this is a remarkably high score. The analysis was done by Nivel.

(Reference: Medischcontact.artsennet.nl)

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Cancerresearchuk.org: Vision for Radiotherapy 2014-2024

25 July 2014

Radiotherapy for renal-cell carcinoma

06 May 2014

(De Meerleer, G. et al, Radiotherapy for renal-cell carcinoma, Lancet Oncol 2014; 15: e170-77)

Renal-cell carcinoma is considered to be a radioresistant tumour, but this notion might be wrong. If given in a few (even single) fractions, but at a high fraction dose, stereotactic body radiotherapy becomes increasingly important in the management of renal-cell carcinoma, both in primary settings and in treatment of oligometastatic disease. There is an established biological rationale for the radiosensitivity of renal-cell carcinoma to stereotactic body radiotherapy based on the ceramide pathway, which is activated only when a high dose per fraction is given.

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Shared Decision-Making and Patient Control

29 April 2014

Implications for Patient Satisfaction

ACHTERGROND: Shared decision-making (SDM) has been linked to important health care quality outcomes. However, to the authors’ knowledge, the value of SDM has not been thoroughly evaluated in the field of radiation oncology. The objective of the current study was to determine the association between SDM and patient satisfaction during radiotherapy (RT). The authors also explored patient desire for and perception of control during RT, and how these factors relate to patient satisfaction, anxiety, depression, and fatigue.

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Innovative radiotherapy techniques: a multicentre time-driven activity-based costing study

01 April 2014

KCE report 2011-26 (HTA)

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How is Radiotherapy kept safe?

20 March 2014

BBC1 demonstrates how increased precision in radiotherapy makes it increasingly safe

There is still a lot of misunderstanding about treating cancer with Radiation Oncology. This video explains in simple language how modern RT works.

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Modern breast radiotherapy reduces cardiac risks

22 January 2014

"Risk and Risk Reduction of Major Coronary Events Associated With Contemporary Breast Radiotherapy"

(JAMA Intern Med. 2014;174(1):158-160. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.11790)

 

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High risk prostate cancer: radiotherapy doubles survival rate

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Press release: BRAVO pulls the alarm bell during Symposium about radiotherapy

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UZ Gent werkt betere buikligpositie voor bestraling borstkanker uit

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UZ Gent werkt betere buikligpositie voor bestraling borstkanker uit

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Movies replacing anaesthesia during radiotherapy for children with cancer.

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Does one session of Radiotherapy suffice?

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Does one session of Radiotherapy suffice?

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Does one session of Radiotherapy suffice?

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Does one session of Radiotherapy suffice?

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Does one session of Radiotherapy suffice?

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Does one session of Radiotherapy suffice?

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Does one session of Radiotherapy suffice?

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Does one session of Radiotherapy suffice?

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Does one session of Radiotherapy suffice?

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Does one session of Radiotherapy suffice?

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Does one session of Radiotherapy suffice?

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Does one session of Radiotherapy suffice?

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Does one session of Radiotherapy suffice?

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Radiotherapy for breast cancer

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More patient friendly and more effective

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Radiotherapy for breast cancer

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More patient friendly and more effective

This article is available in Dutch.

What Radiation Therapy is NOT

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Dr Eun-Ji Hwang is a Radiation Oncologist Registrar in Sydney, trying to stop the confusion around radiation therapy. One blog at a time.

Radiation Therapy, aka Radiotherapy, aka Radiation Oncology – all correct terms which are often misunderstood. Radiation Therapy and Radiotherapy both refer to the actual treatment we use; Radiation Oncology is the overarching name of the medical discipline within which we apply this therapy. Those in the field spend many a dinner party or social gathering explaining and repeating what it is that we do and often disclaiming what it isn’t. With all the different terms getting jumbled and mumbled, the confusion often has patients caught in the middle. So here is the clarification of the mumbo-jumbo and a list of things that Radiation Therapy is not.

It is not:

  • Radiology – Yes we share a College with them which (confirming the confusion) is named the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists, but we do not work in radiology. And yes, though we are very skilled at reading scans and base a large portion of our work on imaging, we are not radiologists.

  • Radiotherapy- or Radio- Oncologists – The treating oncologist who is the specialist prescribing the radiotherapy aka radiation therapy is known as a Radiation Oncologist. Not to the confused then with Radiation Therapists who are a crucial part of the team working together with the oncologist to develop and deliver the radiation therapy.

  • Giving Chemotherapy – It’s the more Hollywood-ised form of cancer treatment, and can often by given in conjunction with radiation therapy, but is not what radiation therapy involves. Medical Oncologists manage and give systemic therapies like chemotherapy and we work closely with them.
  • Making you radioactive – Though this would be a cool super power, external beam radiation therapy does not make you radioactive. You do not, I repeat, do not glow in the dark. You are perfectly safe to be around pregnant women and children.

  • Radium Therapy – this is an overhanging term from the 1910s when radium was all the rage. Its no longer the predominant source for radiation therapy as we know it today.

  • Radio-oncology – this is fusion term that I’ve just made up, but could easily be something that could start trending.

So there it is. Hopefully this post has clarified things.

Read the full article on https://www.targetingcancer.com.au/2017/06/what-radiation-therapy-is-not/

What Radiation Therapy is NOT

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Dr Eun-Ji Hwang is a Radiation Oncologist Registrar in Sydney, trying to stop the confusion around radiation therapy. One blog at a time.

Radiation Therapy, aka Radiotherapy, aka Radiation Oncology – all correct terms which are often misunderstood. Radiation Therapy and Radiotherapy both refer to the actual treatment we use; Radiation Oncology is the overarching name of the medical discipline within which we apply this therapy. Those in the field spend many a dinner party or social gathering explaining and repeating what it is that we do and often disclaiming what it isn’t. With all the different terms getting jumbled and mumbled, the confusion often has patients caught in the middle. So here is the clarification of the mumbo-jumbo and a list of things that Radiation Therapy is not.

It is not:

  • Radiology – Yes we share a College with them which (confirming the confusion) is named the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists, but we do not work in radiology. And yes, though we are very skilled at reading scans and base a large portion of our work on imaging, we are not radiologists.

  • Radiotherapy- or Radio- Oncologists – The treating oncologist who is the specialist prescribing the radiotherapy aka radiation therapy is known as a Radiation Oncologist. Not to the confused then with Radiation Therapists who are a crucial part of the team working together with the oncologist to develop and deliver the radiation therapy.

  • Giving Chemotherapy – It’s the more Hollywood-ised form of cancer treatment, and can often by given in conjunction with radiation therapy, but is not what radiation therapy involves. Medical Oncologists manage and give systemic therapies like chemotherapy and we work closely with them.
  • Making you radioactive – Though this would be a cool super power, external beam radiation therapy does not make you radioactive. You do not, I repeat, do not glow in the dark. You are perfectly safe to be around pregnant women and children.

  • Radium Therapy – this is an overhanging term from the 1910s when radium was all the rage. Its no longer the predominant source for radiation therapy as we know it today.

  • Radio-oncology – this is fusion term that I’ve just made up, but could easily be something that could start trending.

So there it is. Hopefully this post has clarified things.

Read the full article on https://www.targetingcancer.com.au/2017/06/what-radiation-therapy-is-not/

What Radiation Therapy is NOT

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Dr Eun-Ji Hwang is a Radiation Oncologist Registrar in Sydney, trying to stop the confusion around radiation therapy. One blog at a time.

Radiation Therapy, aka Radiotherapy, aka Radiation Oncology – all correct terms which are often misunderstood. Radiation Therapy and Radiotherapy both refer to the actual treatment we use; Radiation Oncology is the overarching name of the medical discipline within which we apply this therapy. Those in the field spend many a dinner party or social gathering explaining and repeating what it is that we do and often disclaiming what it isn’t. With all the different terms getting jumbled and mumbled, the confusion often has patients caught in the middle. So here is the clarification of the mumbo-jumbo and a list of things that Radiation Therapy is not.

It is not:

  • Radiology – Yes we share a College with them which (confirming the confusion) is named the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists, but we do not work in radiology. And yes, though we are very skilled at reading scans and base a large portion of our work on imaging, we are not radiologists.

  • Radiotherapy- or Radio- Oncologists – The treating oncologist who is the specialist prescribing the radiotherapy aka radiation therapy is known as a Radiation Oncologist. Not to the confused then with Radiation Therapists who are a crucial part of the team working together with the oncologist to develop and deliver the radiation therapy.

  • Giving Chemotherapy – It’s the more Hollywood-ised form of cancer treatment, and can often by given in conjunction with radiation therapy, but is not what radiation therapy involves. Medical Oncologists manage and give systemic therapies like chemotherapy and we work closely with them.
  • Making you radioactive – Though this would be a cool super power, external beam radiation therapy does not make you radioactive. You do not, I repeat, do not glow in the dark. You are perfectly safe to be around pregnant women and children.

  • Radium Therapy – this is an overhanging term from the 1910s when radium was all the rage. Its no longer the predominant source for radiation therapy as we know it today.

  • Radio-oncology – this is fusion term that I’ve just made up, but could easily be something that could start trending.

So there it is. Hopefully this post has clarified things.

Read the full article on https://www.targetingcancer.com.au/2017/06/what-radiation-therapy-is-not/

What Radiation Therapy is NOT

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Dr Eun-Ji Hwang is a Radiation Oncologist Registrar in Sydney, trying to stop the confusion around radiation therapy. One blog at a time.

Radiation Therapy, aka Radiotherapy, aka Radiation Oncology – all correct terms which are often misunderstood. Radiation Therapy and Radiotherapy both refer to the actual treatment we use; Radiation Oncology is the overarching name of the medical discipline within which we apply this therapy. Those in the field spend many a dinner party or social gathering explaining and repeating what it is that we do and often disclaiming what it isn’t. With all the different terms getting jumbled and mumbled, the confusion often has patients caught in the middle. So here is the clarification of the mumbo-jumbo and a list of things that Radiation Therapy is not.

It is not:

  • Radiology – Yes we share a College with them which (confirming the confusion) is named the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists, but we do not work in radiology. And yes, though we are very skilled at reading scans and base a large portion of our work on imaging, we are not radiologists.

  • Radiotherapy- or Radio- Oncologists – The treating oncologist who is the specialist prescribing the radiotherapy aka radiation therapy is known as a Radiation Oncologist. Not to the confused then with Radiation Therapists who are a crucial part of the team working together with the oncologist to develop and deliver the radiation therapy.

  • Giving Chemotherapy – It’s the more Hollywood-ised form of cancer treatment, and can often by given in conjunction with radiation therapy, but is not what radiation therapy involves. Medical Oncologists manage and give systemic therapies like chemotherapy and we work closely with them.
  • Making you radioactive – Though this would be a cool super power, external beam radiation therapy does not make you radioactive. You do not, I repeat, do not glow in the dark. You are perfectly safe to be around pregnant women and children.

  • Radium Therapy – this is an overhanging term from the 1910s when radium was all the rage. Its no longer the predominant source for radiation therapy as we know it today.

  • Radio-oncology – this is fusion term that I’ve just made up, but could easily be something that could start trending.

So there it is. Hopefully this post has clarified things.

Read the full article on https://www.targetingcancer.com.au/2017/06/what-radiation-therapy-is-not/

Required Hospital Capacity in 2025 and criteria for rationalisation of complex cancer surgery, radiotherapy and maternity services

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The Belgian Healthcare Knowledge Centre has published its report on the needs for Radiotherapy in Belgium.

Download the report here.

Required Hospital Capacity in 2025 and criteria for rationalisation of complex cancer surgery, radiotherapy and maternity services

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The Belgian Healthcare Knowledge Centre has published its report on the needs for Radiotherapy in Belgium.

Download the report here.

Required Hospital Capacity in 2025 and criteria for rationalisation of complex cancer surgery, radiotherapy and maternity services

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The Belgian Healthcare Knowledge Centre has published its report on the needs for Radiotherapy in Belgium.

Download the report here.

Survival outcomes in elderly patients with glioblastoma

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This article is available in Dutch and French.

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Survival outcomes in elderly patients with glioblastoma

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Survival outcomes in elderly patients with glioblastoma

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neoadjuvant therapy and esophagectomy for patients with locally advanced thoracic esophageal squamous cell carcinoma

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This article is available in Dutch and French.

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neoadjuvant therapy and esophagectomy for patients with locally advanced thoracic esophageal squamous cell carcinoma

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neoadjuvant therapy and esophagectomy for patients with locally advanced thoracic esophageal squamous cell carcinoma

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This article is available in Dutch and French.

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neoadjuvant therapy and esophagectomy for patients with locally advanced thoracic esophageal squamous cell carcinoma

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This article is available in Dutch and French.

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Breast Cancer Patients Largely Find Radiation Therapy Experience Better Than Expected

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Survey of breast cancer clinic patients finds short- and long-term side effects often better than anticipated; nine in ten women say radiation “less scary” than expected.

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