Radiation-induced fatigue and prostate cancer management

One of the annoyances associated with radiation treatments given over a long duration (for prostate cancer and for other reasons) is a growing feeling of fatigue. … READ MORE …

Recovery of normal serum T levels after short-term ADT and radiation therapy

Two matters of concern to many prostate cancer patients who are considering radiation therapy as a treatment for their prostate cancer are : (a) Should I be having a short course of androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) along with the radiation therapy? (b) How well will I recover normal serum testosterone levels after such short-term treatment? … READ MORE …

Why did biochemical control not translate into a survival increase after brachy boost therapy?

The first randomized clinical trial to prove that brachy boost radiotherapy had better oncological outcomes among high-risk patients was the one published by Sathya et al. in 2005. … READ MORE …

After failure of first-line radiation, both kinds of salvage brachytherapy are equally effective

A group of researchers at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) reported in 2014 (see this link) on the outcomes of 42 patients with radio-recurrent prostate cancer treated with salvage high-dose-rate brachytherapy (sHDR-BT). The results were quite good — … READ MORE …

First US randomized clinical trial of oligometastasis-directed SBRT

In a recent commentary (see this link), we saw that some clinicians are making unsubstantiated claims of cancer control from treatment of oligometastases (less than 5 detected metastases). … READ MORE …

Eighth randomized clinical trial of hypofractionated radiation therapy

We now have data from an eighth randomized clinical trial of hypofractionated radiation therapy. There are no surprises: … READ MORE …

ADT + radiation therapy in men with high-risk prostate cancer

So one of the more important papers that will be presented at the ASCO meeting in Chicago today will give us the 10-year results of the Canadian PCS IV trial. … READ MORE …