Aggressive dose de-escalation of radiotherapy provides similar efficacy and superior safety profile in patients with human papilloma virus (HPV)-positive oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (OPSCC), according to a recent study presented at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO).
Hypofractionated radiotherapy (HFRT) is equally effective and safe compared with conventional fractionated RT (CFRT) in Chinese breast cancer patients who have undergone mastectomy, according to a phase III study presented at the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) 2017 Annual Meeting. [ASTRO 2017, abstract 5]
Use of consolidative stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SAbR) prior to maintenance chemotherapy improves progression-free survival (PFS) by more than 6 months in patients with non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) who have limited metastases, a recent phase II study has shown. [ASTRO 2017, abstract LBA3; JAMA Oncol 2017, doi: 10.1001/jamaoncol.2017.3501]
Combination therapy with the CTLA-4 blocker, ipilimumab, and stereotactic ablative radiation therapy (SABR) is effective in cancers with metastatic lung and liver lesions, according to results presented at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO).
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Chronic pancreatitis patients taking antioxidants (AO) supplementation show a sustained increase in blood levels of AO, but no additional benefit is seen on endocrine and exocrine functions, markers of fibrosis, oxidative stress (OS) and inflammation, nutritional status, pain, and quality of life (QOL) when compared with those on placebo, according to a study.
Pneumonia is a common infection– affecting around 3,200 people inSingapore in 2016 – making it the thirdmost common cause of hospitalisation inthe country. Its common complications,especially with delayed or inappropriatetreatment, include bacteraemia andseptic shock, lung abscesses, pleuraleffusions, empyema, pleurisy, respiratoryfailure and renal failure.