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Improving cancer care in rural America

Patients who face difficulties in receiving appropriate cancer care typically live in developing countries, such as India and those in sub-Saharan Africa, but in reality, the challenge of cancer care access can occur anywhere in areas outside of major metropolitan centers. Despite the undisputed world-class cancer treatment services provided in the United States, individuals in…

Exploring the barriers to cancer care faced by LGBTQIA+ people with cancer

Research studies have shown that at least seven types of cancer disproportionately affect LGBTQIA+ populations, including uterine cancer, breast cancer, cervical cancer, colorectal cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer, and anal cancer. Dr. Dan Saunders is a consultant clinical oncologist at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust in England. He specializes in sarcoma and pediatric radiotherapy and was involved with NHS England’s first high-energy…

Technique shows promise of earlier quantification of a brain tumor’s responsiveness to radiotherapy

Investigators at Sunnybrook Research Institute (Toronto, Canada) are the world’s first to employ – on their 1.5T Elekta Unity system – a sophisticated MRI technique called chemical exchange saturation transfer (CEST) for patients with central nervous system (CNS) tumors. Using the CEST MRI pulse sequence periodically during a radiotherapy course could help clinicians better understand…

Paying it forward in Papua New Guinea

A decade’s worth of trips between her position at Melbourne’s Alfred Health Radiation Oncology and ANGAU Hospital’s National Cancer Treatment Centre (Lae, Papua New Guinea [PNG]) has given Catherine “Cath” Beaufort a keen understanding of PNG’s people and their healthcare challenges. Cancer management, in particular, is plagued by a lack of advanced technology and training,…

MR-guided radiotherapy a new non-invasive option for bladder cancer patients in Australia

The bladder can change in position, shape and size during radiotherapy treatment sessions depending on the organ’s filling rate. This has required clinicians using a conventional linac to use large margins that include normal tissues, an undesirable but necessary practice to avoid a geographical target miss. With their Elekta Unity MR-Linac, however, GenesisCare radiation oncologists…

STARLIT project sees potential of MR image guidance to significantly improve radiation treatment quality

In the light of advances in MR-guided radiation therapy (MRgRT) and the development of Elekta Unity MR-Linac, the multinational STARLIT (System Technologies for Adaptive Real-time MR Image-guided Therapies) consortium is a unique multidisciplinary collaboration of industrial and clinical partners, that are driving innovation development to improve treatment accuracy and minimize dose to healthy tissue in…

Catholic University of Chile is 100th center to benefit from Elekta’s ProKnow initiative

The Catholic University of Chile recently became the 100th center to take advantage of an Elekta program that provides the company’s ProKnow software free-of-charge for a 90-day period. The cloud-based solution helps radiation therapy departments perform plan review and contouring remotely, thereby easing the challenges presented by Covid-19 restrictions and keeping patient treatments on track….

Aiming for near-zero risk of virus spread in the radiotherapy environment

Radiotherapy leaders at Tongji Hospital in Wuhan, China – Covid-19’s putative city of origin – understand the risk that their vulnerable patients and radiotherapy staff face every day from the deadly virus. Determined to do something to reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus, a Tongji Hospital team produced a comprehensive set of procedures titled “Detailed…