What we’re reading in the Press and International Media, some selected thought-provoking stories:
Cancer patients could be taught to hold their breath for SIX MINUTES 'to boost radiotherapy success by helping to keep them still
Every breath causes the chest and abdomen to move by up to 4cm (1.5inches)
Volunteers were given oxygen-enriched air and had carbon dioxide removed
This made it safe for them to hold their breath for up to six minutes
Cancer patients could be taught to hold their breath for six minutes to boost the success of radiotherapy, scientists claim.
University of Birmingham scientists gave 30 volunteers oxygen-enriched air, while removing carbon dioxide from their lungs via a mechanical ventilator.
Targeted prostate cancer radiotherapy technique could cut treatment time from two months to two weeks
Advanced radiotherapy technology could cut prostate cancer treatment time from two months to two weeks, new research suggests.
Scientists say the technique could safely deliver curative treatment for some patients, and significantly reduce the time from the standard.
In the PACE-B trial researchers used ultra-hypofractionated stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) to deliver five higher doses of radiation to patients over one to two weeks.