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New technologies add precision to prostate cancer treatments
An extra degree of precision will be added to radiation treatments for prostate cancer at the School of Medicine following the installation of two new technologies in the Department of Radiation Oncology. One of the technologies aids physicians during placement of radioactive seeds within the prostate, and the other aids in targeting external-beam radiation. Both technologies will increase radiation treatment accuracy to better eradicate tumors and avoid injury to nearby tissues.
Bright tumors, dim prospects
Results from a study of cervical cancer patients at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis show that regardless of size, if a cervical tumor glows brightly in a PET scan, it's apt to be more dangerous than dimmer tumors.
WUSTL warns Congress about flat funding for research
Washington University joined a consortium of leading scientific and medical institutions to warn Congress that persistent flat-funding of biomedical research could thwart advances in treatments for such diseases as cancer and Alzheimer's disease.
4D Phantom helps pinpoint lung cancer treatment
The 4D Phantom contains an object, or phantom, that represents a tumor and moves the phantom to reproduce real lung motion. This allows researchers to test any part of the radiation therapy process, from imaging to treatment.
Eat well, get fit, stop smoking - prevent cancer
If you wanted to start today to reduce your chances of getting cancer, what would you have to do? Lose excess weight, get more exercise, eat a healthy diet and quit smoking. Those behavioral changes can have a large impact on the incidence of the most common types of cancer.
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