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Venezia offers treatment for advanced cervical cancer

First use of Venezia on European continent – Venezia avoids undesired EBRT boost to bladder and pelvic bones, enables straightforward use of interstitial needles to treat parametrial disease extension – “Clickable” design facilitates applicator insertion Ludwig-Maximillians University of Munich (LMU Munich) and Sana Klinikum Offenbach (Offenbach, Germany) ushered in a new era of precision brachytherapy…

A complete cervical cancer treatment in Guyana

Before March 2017, doctors at Cancer Institute of Guyana (CIG, Georgetown, Guyana, South America) assumed that once their patients with cervical cancer completed a course of external beam radiation therapy (EBRT) they would seek out intracavitary high dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy boost, the recommended next step in treating the disease….

APBI with brachytherapy for early stage breast cancer

The GEC-ESTRO phase III clinical trial comparing accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI) and whole breast irradiation (WBI) has shown that APBI with multicatheter interstitial brachytherapy is associated with significantly fewer grade 2-3 late skin side effects and equivalent cosmesis compared to WBI plus boost treatment. These latest results from the GEC-ESTRO study data were presented…

Venezia brachy applicator for cervical cancer

Nice University’s Head of Radiation Therapy Department, Jean-Michel Hannoun-Levi, MD, PhD, has been involved in brachytherapy as far back as his first days as a radiation oncology resident at Leon Berard (Lyon) and Alexis Vautrin (Nancy) Cancer Centers, and has been fortunate to meet and work with renowned French brachytherapists Monique Pernot, Alain Gerbaulet and…

More brachytherapy evidence for GYN cancer

Women with primary vaginal cancer (PVC) who received brachytherapy – either by itself or in combination with external beam radiation therapy (EBRT) – had higher median overall survival (6.1 years) versus patients who received EBRT alone (3.6 years). The results were from a Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Result (SEER) database study of 2,517 vaginal cancer…

Philippines island of Davao launches brachy service

Women with gynecological cancers in Davao, an island in the south of the Philippines, now have convenient access to potentially curative brachytherapy treatment. On March 23, doctors at The Cancer Center for Mindanao (Davao Regional Medical Center, Barangay Apokon, Tagum City) used their Elekta microSelectron® afterloader to deliver intracavitary brachytherapy to their first patient, a…

Cancer center shares how they improve patients’ lives

The hospitals and care centers comprising the Willis-Knighton health system (Shreveport-Bossier, Louisiana, USA) constitute a critical healthcare resource for local residents and patients throughout Southern Arkansas, East Texas and North Louisiana, a combined catchment area of about one million people. The only locally owned, locally operated not-for-profit health system in Shreveport-Bossier, Willis-Knighton is committed to…