SBRT has equivalent toxicity with 5 treatments and 12 treatments: an update

We first reported data from the results of the RTOG 0938 trial in January 2016 when they were presented at the Genitourinary Cancers Symposium in that year. These results have now been formally published, and there are some changes to the data on publication, so Allen Edel has provided an update. … READ MORE …

First randomized clinical trial of SBRT reports primary outcome

In the first trial ever to randomly assign patients to extreme hypofractionation, primary radiation therapy delivered in just seven treatments had the same effectiveness and safety as 39 treatments. … READ MORE …

Salvage SBRT after radical prostatectomy

The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) has announced a new clinical trial using stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) for treatment of recurrent prostate cancer after failure of initial prostatectomy. … READ MORE …

Record 10-year SBRT study among low-risk patients

Alan Katz has now published the study with the longest-running follow-up of any study of external beam radiation therapy for prostate cancer among low-risk patients, in this case using SBRT. … 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 …

Unwarranted conclusions about treatment of oligometastatic prostate cancer

Many patients wonder, if they just have a couple of metastases, why can’t those be “zapped” by a few quick SBRT treatments and they can’t thereby be cured of their prostate cancer? Or, even if they can’t be cured, can’t the cancer’s progression be slowed down? … READ MORE …