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September 13, 1998 | KATHLEEN DOHENY
When Dr. Michael Steinberg, a Santa Monica radiation oncologist, begins to discuss a radiation therapy schedule with a cancer patient, he sometimes fields questions about travel too. It's not uncommon, he said, to hear a patient say: "I have a cruise scheduled in seven weeks. Can I go?" The answer, according to Steinberg and other experts, must be decided on a case-by-case basis for cancer patients, as well as those with chronic conditions such as severe asthma or AIDS.
January 3, 2011 | Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times
Surgeons make different choices in how they excise abnormal cells that are an early precursor to a breast cancer called ductal carcinoma, or DCIS. And surgeons make a wide range of recommendations on whether a woman diagnosed with DCIS should receive radiation therapy after surgery. Those physician differences, says an article published on Monday in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute , play a pretty significant role in predicting whether a woman who has been treated for DCIS will have a recurrence of the condition or a later diagnosis of invasive breast cancer. A group of researchers from the Rand Corp.
January 3, 1990 | From United Press International
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 | United Press International
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.
September 15, 1987 | ALLAN PARACHINI, Times Staff Writer
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 | From Bloomberg News
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 | By Monica B. Morris, Special to the Los Angeles Times
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.
May 1, 2012 | By Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times/For the Booster Shots blog
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.
October 9, 1987 | WILLIAM R. LONG, Times Staff Writer
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.
January 8, 1987 | JAMES GERSTENZANG, Times Staff Writer
William J. Casey, weakened and experiencing speech difficulties, may retain his position as CIA director while the tasks of his office are assigned to a deputy or deputies, senior Administration officials said Wednesday. This arrangement would avoid replacing Casey, unless he resigns, while he is struggling to recover from surgery in which a malignant tumor was removed from his brain last month.
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