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Lung Cancer - Radiation Therapy

June 11, 2019
In this retrospective review of the effects of radiation dose to the heart on long-term outcomes, 748 patients with regionally advanced non–small cell lung cancer were studied.  An increasing cardiac radiotherapy dose was associated with an increased risk of MACE and all-cause mortality.
March 4, 2019
The complete pathologic response rate in this study is revealed to be low, lower than expected after stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR) for early stage non-small cell lung cancer: only 60%. The authors suggest a combined approach (SABR plus surgery), adopted in this experimental phase 2 trial, as a possible management scheme.
January 9, 2019
Cao and colleagues compared outcomes with stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) to surgery for patients with non–small cell lung cancer using a meta-analysis of 23 studies.
December 6, 2018
Kevin Franks of the Leeds Cancer Centre in the UK discusses recent advances in radiotherapy technology for the treatment of lung cancer.
October 23, 2018
Forty-nine patients with limited metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (three or fewer metastatic sites) who did not progress on initial systemic therapy were randomized to surgery or RT vs standard maintenance therapy.  Overall survival for the intervention group was 41.2 mos vs 17.0 mos in those getting maintenance therapy (p=0.017). 
October 11, 2018
This analysis of the National Cancer Database included over 2000 eligible patients resected with N2 disease who did not receive induction therapy. The addition of radiotherapy to postoperative chemotherapy did not affect survival in either the unmatched or the matched groups. 
April 13, 2018
The authors found that adjuvent chemoradiotherapy after resection of N2 NSCLC was more effective if given sequentially than concomitantly.
March 9, 2018
Patient Care Carter Capps, a pitcher for professional baseball team the San Diego Padres, has made himself a necklace out of the rib surgeons removed during his thoracic outlet surgery.
March 8, 2018
Eric Lim of the Royal Brompton Hospital in London, UK, discusses the rise of competing technology in radiotherapy and its effect on general thoracic surgery.
February 26, 2018
Weder and colleagues present a debate addressing surgery versus stereotactic body radiotherapy as the primary treatment of early-stage lung cancer. Arguments relating to outcome and the impact on further therapy are given by both surgeons and radiation oncologists.

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