What we’re reading in the Press and International Media, some selected thought-provoking stories:
Installation of state-of-the-art radiation therapy equipment has placed the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies’ (R[D]SVS) Hospital for Small Animals at the forefront of veterinary cancer treatment in Europe.
The introduction of the Varian Medical Systems VitalBeam linear accelerator is said to herald a new era of radiotherapy to pets in the UK, offering the same cutting-edge radiation treatment options you would find in any human hospital. Read more.
Breast cancer death rate falls 44% in almost 30 years
The death rate for women with breast cancer has plunged 44% in nearly 30 years, according to new figures. Analysis by Cancer Research UK suggests that more than 130,000 UK breast cancer deaths have been avoided in the last three decades. Deaths from the disease hit a record high in 1989, when around 15,600 women lost their lives to breast cancer. Read more.
Gut Bacteria “Fingerprint” Can Predict Radiotherapy Side Effects
Taking a “fingerprint” of the mix of bacteria in the gut can indicate how susceptible individual cancer patients are to gut damage as a result of radiotherapy for prostate and gynaecological cancers, a new study shows. Read more.
Breath-hold technique reduces patient motion during radiotherapy
A new technique to reduce or eliminate breathing-related movement during radiotherapy and diagnostic imaging exams has been developed by researchers at the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust. Read more.
Prostate cancer patients can now have side effects of radiotherapy reduced, according to surgeon Tim Dudderidge.
A life-changing gel injection, known as SpaceOAR hydrogel, is now being used by Southampton Read more.
clinicians, and reduces the amount of radiation that can pass through the prostate and damage the rectum during treatment. Read more.