Navigation Links
New radiotherapy approach reduces symptoms of dry mouth in patients with head and neck cancers
Date:4/20/2013

Geneva, Switzerland: Researchers have shown for the first time that it is possible to reduce the distressing symptoms of dry mouth in patients treated with radiotherapy for head and neck cancers if the radiation dose to a salivary gland (called the submandibular gland) on the opposite side to the tumour is kept to the minimum.

The largest study yet to show a correlation between radiation doses to the submandibular glands and their output of saliva was presented today (Saturday) at the 2nd Forum of the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO). As a result of the findings, the researchers from The Netherlands say that guidelines for the recommended maximum dose can be issued for use in clinical practice to benefit patients.

The submandibular glands are two salivary glands beneath the lower jaw, one on the left and one on the right. These are mainly responsible for producing saliva while we are at rest and during the night. The parotid glands are another pair of glands that produce saliva when we are eating. Patients with tumours in the areas of the mouth and throat are usually treated with radiotherapy, but the treatment can adversely affect the functioning of the salivary glands, leading to xerostomia or dry mouth. Around 40% of patients treated for head and neck cancers suffer from xerostomia in the long term, which causes problems with eating, sleeping, speech, tooth loss and oral hygiene, leading to diminished quality of life, social isolation and difficulty in continuing work. Attempts to treat xerostomia and its consequences can cost hundreds or even thousands of Euros per patient per year and are not very effective. The key, therefore, is prevention.

Associate professor, Dr Chris Terhaard, a radiation oncologist at the University Medical Center Utrecht in The Netherlands, set out to see whether it would be possible to deliver Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT) [1] to tumours with the intention of sparing the s
'/>"/>

Contact: Emma Mason (media enquiries only)
wordmason@mac.com
European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO)
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2 3 4

Related medicine news :

1. Surgery is superior to radiotherapy in men with localized PCa, says prize-winning Swedish study
2. Promising new drug treats and protects against radiotherapy-associated oral mucositis
3. Sniffing out the side effects of radiotherapy may soon be possible
4. 1 out of 4 lung cancer patients in Andalusia does not receive the radiotherapy they need
5. Lung cancer patients live longer if they use beta-blockers while receiving radiotherapy
6. Potential new technique for anticancer radiotherapy could provide alternative to brachytherapy
7. RI Hospital researcher: Older women may not benefit from radiotherapy after breast surgery
8. Quality of life study shows stereotactic ablative radiotherapy effective treatment; stage I NSCLC
9. Breathing during radiotherapy - how to hit the treatment target without causing collateral damage
10. Highly targeted irradiation as good as whole breast radiotherapy in early stage cancer
11. Researchers discover how to overcome poor response to radiotherapy caused by low haemoglobin levels
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:8/20/2014)... August 20, 2014 Coolercovers.com, a ... announces the availability of select products on ... capabilities aims to increase product availability and customer ... line of canvas covers for air conditioners and ... Lennox, Rheem, Payne, Armstrong, Amana, Carrier, Trane, Mitsubishi, ...
(Date:8/20/2014)... August 20, 2014 An Elle Magazine online ... Skin Looking Young at Every Age,” offers a ... healthy skin . These recommendations are offered as ... for women ages 25-45 and beyond. The first group of ... any age and includes using sunscreen religiously, getting sufficient exercise ...
(Date:8/20/2014)... Locating rates for insurance packages will now be an ... new source of term life insurance providers has been added ... 50 states at http://quotespros.com/life-insurance.html . , The database ... available for the public to find out the exact annual ... quotations that are available are good through the rest of ...
(Date:8/20/2014)... Line: A study in Australia examined patient and ... (a marker of tumor cell growth) in an ... cancer in patients. , Author: ... Victoria, Australia, and colleagues. , Background: The ... cell division) has been connected with prognosis and ...
(Date:8/20/2014)... York, NY (PRWEB) August 20, 2014 ... filed on behalf of women who were allegedly injured ... move forward in New Jersey’s Bergen County Superior Court, ... Order issued on August 15, 2014, the Court has ... files for Mirena lawsuits that are part of the ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Air Conditioner Covers for Most A/C Units Now Available Online at Coolercovers.com and Amazon.com 2Health News:Air Conditioner Covers for Most A/C Units Now Available Online at Coolercovers.com and Amazon.com 3Health News:Simon Ourian, Kim Kardashian’s Doctor, On Healthy Skin Suggestions for Every Age 2Health News:Term Life Insurance Price Database Now Helps Quote Prices for Adults in 50 States Online 2Health News:Patient, tumor characteristics for high-mitotic rate melanoma 2Health News:Mirena Lawsuit News: Case Management Order Issued in New Jersey Mirena Litigation, Bernstein Liebhard LLP Reports 2Health News:Mirena Lawsuit News: Case Management Order Issued in New Jersey Mirena Litigation, Bernstein Liebhard LLP Reports 3Health News:Mirena Lawsuit News: Case Management Order Issued in New Jersey Mirena Litigation, Bernstein Liebhard LLP Reports 4
... find , MONDAY, Sept. 28 (HealthDay News) -- ... cannot guarantee that patients will receive timely follow-up ... trouble, new research suggests. , "Our findings ... transmission and availability of critical imaging results to ...
... remission odds, but any amount helps, experts say , MONDAY, ... are also obese may triple the chances of eliminating their ... Losing about 10 percent of their body weight was enough ... head of the Center for Obesity Research and Education at ...
... in the medical journal Neurology suggests that impaired ... old age. The study, conducted by researchers ... was linked specifically with cognition related to memory functions. ... memories of time, place, associated emotions and other contextual knowledge, ...
... lining: During that hard time, U.S. life expectancy actually increased ... published in the current issue of the Proceedings of ... from 57.1 in 1929 to 63.3 years in 1932, according ... and Ana Diez Roux. The increase occurred for both men ...
... Van Andel Research Institute (VARI) researchers are one ... (MDS), a bone marrow disease that strikes up to 15,000 ... results in acute myeloid leukemia. Researchers found that the ... prove to be a therapeutic target for late-stage MDS. ...
... Sept. 28, 2009 Dr. Roger Rosenberg, director of ... been awarded the first Medal for Scientific Achievement by the ... up of more than 100 neurology associations internationally. It established ... 2008. The prizes are the first ever given by the ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:Docs Miss Test Results -- Even With Alerts 2Health News:When Pounds Go, Sleep Apnea May Improve 2Health News:When Pounds Go, Sleep Apnea May Improve 3Health News:Impaired kidney function linked to cognitive decline in elderly 2Health News:U-M study: Life and death during the Great Depression 2Health News:U-M study: Life and death during the Great Depression 3Health News:Van Andel Institute researchers find gene that could lead to new therapies for bone marrow disease 2Health News:Director of UT Southwestern center honored with first international neurology medal 2
(Date:8/20/2014)... 20, 2014 ApolloDx™ today announced it will ... a special event at the company,s office in ... 5, 2014. The event, which will start at 10:00 ... www.apollodx.com .    "We believe our ... Jared Bauer , Co-Founder and Managing Partner of ApolloDx. ...
(Date:8/20/2014)... DIEGO , Aug. 20, 2014 Trovagene, ... diagnostics, announced today that results from two clinical studies ... conference for the Company,s urine-based diagnostic test for the ... The IPV conference is scheduled to take place in ... to 25 th . Additionally, a new U.S. ...
(Date:8/20/2014)... August 20, 2014 Phase I ... the US  KalVista Pharmaceuticals ("KalVista"), an ophthalmology ... today announces that it has begun a Phase I, ... inhibitor, KVD001, for the treatment of DME. The study,s ... Beetham Eye Institute, Joslin Diabetes Center; Harvard Medical School ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Trovagene Provides Update on Its Urine-Based HPV Test 2Trovagene Provides Update on Its Urine-Based HPV Test 3KalVista Pharmaceuticals Announces Start of Clinical Development for Novel Treatment for Diabetic Macular Edema 2KalVista Pharmaceuticals Announces Start of Clinical Development for Novel Treatment for Diabetic Macular Edema 3KalVista Pharmaceuticals Announces Start of Clinical Development for Novel Treatment for Diabetic Macular Edema 4
... Therapies, Inc. (ITI),today announced it has initiated a ... its drug candidate ITI-722. ITI-722 acts predominantly,as a ... new,approach to the treatment of SMI. Because of ... activities, ITI believes, ITI-722 can be,used not only ...
... GeoVax Labs, Inc. (OTC,Bulletin Board: GOVX), an ... it has retained Financial,Relations Board (FRB), as its ... promising HIV-1/AIDS vaccine human trial results need to ... catastrophic AIDS,pandemic," stated Kathy Waller, co-president of FRB., ...
Cached Medicine Technology:Intra-Cellular Therapies Initiates Phase 2 Clinical Trial for Sleep Maintenance Insomnia 2Intra-Cellular Therapies Initiates Phase 2 Clinical Trial for Sleep Maintenance Insomnia 3Intra-Cellular Therapies Initiates Phase 2 Clinical Trial for Sleep Maintenance Insomnia 4GeoVax Labs, Inc. Selects Financial Relations Board as Investor Relations Counsel 2GeoVax Labs, Inc. Selects Financial Relations Board as Investor Relations Counsel 3GeoVax Labs, Inc. Selects Financial Relations Board as Investor Relations Counsel 4
... The MicroAire® Series 1000 Power Instrument System ... offers versatility,and convenience with modular and unitized ... either the electric or pneumatic motor, giving ... by changing only the motor. Now you ...
... Introducing the new large power ... function as both cordless AND electric ... Its the versatility the industry has ... the MicroAire name. Power ...
The 7700 Reciprocating Saw completes the large power system with our simple twist-lock blade hub and selection of saw blades....
The 7500 Drill/Reamer operates at two speeds for multiple applications, which is automatically controlled by the 16 different coupler attachments. The drill reamer can be used for, but is not limited...
Medicine Products: