December 15, 2003 |
Many women with a noninvasive form of breast cancer have chosen in recent years to undergo only surgery. Radiation was not necessary, they were told. That advice may have been wrong. A Harvard University study of women with ductal carcinoma in situ (small tumors of the milk ducts) has found a "surprisingly high rate of recurrence" among a small group of patients who opted for surgery alone.
January 3, 1990 |
First Lady Barbara Bush, plagued by double vision and watery, bloodshot eyes from a thyroid condition, underwent new radiation treatment today at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. White House Press Secretary Marlin Fitzwater told reporters after the First Lady returned from the hospital "she looks fine and said she feels fine."
October 8, 1987 |
International radiation experts were trying today to save a 6-year-old girl who rubbed glowing radioactive powder over her body, one of 34 victims in Brazil's worst radiation accident. Experts from the United States, the Soviet Union, Argentina and West Germany were in Brazil to try to save Leide Ferreira, the most serious of the 34 hospitalized victims. But doctors said she and two adults had little hope of survival.
October 28, 2010 |
For many women, the fight against breast cancer is public, with support from friends and family and frequent discussions with healthcare professionals about side effects and treatment. But part of that fight is intensely private -- rarely more so than when it affects their sex life. Certain chemotherapy drugs send women into early menopause within a few months. That, coupled, with hair loss and disfiguring mastectomies, leave some breast cancer survivors struggling to be intimate again, a new study finds.
May 1, 2012 |
Brachytherapy is an increasingly popular option for women with early-stage breast cancer. After a lumpectomy to remove abnormal tissue, doctors insert either a series of tubes or a catheter attached to a small balloon into the breast. A radioactive source is then delivered to the surgical site, where it can kill off any remaining cancer cells within about 1 centimeter. After five days of treatment, the tubes or catheter can be removed. As this site from UCLA's Department of Radiation Oncology explains, brachytherapy allows doctors to irradiate the breast “from the inside out,” unlike the traditional method of applying radiation to the entire breast with an external beam.
April 18, 2011 |
Brain tumors may soon encounter a new weapon. The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new device that uses electrical energy to kill brain cancer cells. The device, approved for those who have malignant tumors known as glioblastoma multiforme, adds a potential new alternative to chemotherapy for patients with advanced brain tumors. The device, called NovoTTF, delivers low-intensity electrical fields directly to a patient’s scalp via four electrodes. The electrical fields appear to interfere with the process of cell division, halting the tumor’s growth.
September 15, 1987 |
A partial mastectomy for breast cancer--long advocated as less disfiguring and psychologically traumatic than removal of the entire breast--is appropriate for 80% of patients, concludes a new study based on the longest follow-up yet described. But resistance among doctors who cling to total mastectomy as their treatment of choice still inhibits wider reliance on the less disfiguring procedure, contends Dr.
May 31, 2001 |
PacifiCare Health Systems Inc. and Health Net Inc. are among five health maintenance organizations named Wednesday in a lawsuit claiming the insurers are unlawfully denying coverage for proton beam radiation therapy to treat prostate cancer. Cancer Victims for Quality Healthcare, a nonprofit group, filed the suit in Los Angeles County Superior Court to force the insurers to cover the therapy. The suit seeks class-action status, said plaintiffs' lawyer Michael Bidart of Claremont.
October 3, 2011 |
There is dancing today in the radiation waiting room. Upright and youthful-looking despite his lined face, the smiling man jitterbugs with any woman who accepts his courteously offered hand. The music he provides by way of a small radio, turned low so as not to disturb those who would rather be quiet as they wait for their treatments. Patients are used to him, enjoying the way he expresses his love of life in his movements to the music of the '50s and '60s — his day. Radiation treatments generally are given five days a week for several weeks, so people get to know one another while they're waiting for their treatment, coming as they do at much the same hour each day. They pass through here by the dozens to the seven treatment rooms, the procedure itself taking mere seconds.
October 9, 1987 |
Six-year-old Leide Ferreira, severely burned by radioactive material from an abandoned cancer therapy machine, is not expected to live. She is one of 34 victims of a radiation accident that Brazilian authorities say was the worst of its kind anywhere. Brazil has requested the help of foreign specialists to help treat the victims and to participate in cleanup efforts. Experts have begun arriving from West Germany, the Soviet Union, the United States and other countries.