ACRO 2012: Register today!
Undecided? Listen to a presentation from the 2011 meeting!
Over the next few weeks, ACRO will be promoting audio briefs of popular and insightful content from past annual meetings. This week's audio brief features a presentation titled "Flattening Filter-Free (FFF) Mode Improves Clinical Efficiency for Thoracic and Hepatic SBRT" by Dr. Brendan Prendergast, a resident at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Click here to listen to the brief.
Like what you hear? Register today for the ACRO 2012 Annual Meeting, Feb. 23-25 at the Sanibel Harbour Marriott in Fort Myers, Fla. The ACRO Annual Meeting is known for its fundamental, clinically focused program and faculty, intimate nature, unparalleled access to speakers, clutter-free schedule and a full slate of CME and SAM credit. Click here to register today.
Is My Radiation Oncology Practice Prepared for 2012?
ACRO webinar | Thursday, Jan. 26
4 p.m. EST
Join Ron DiGiaimo as he discusses and summarizes the key areas within the Final Rule that may affect your Radiation Oncology practice. Ron will focus on implementing the necessary changes to current work flows to ensure documentation and billing processes are in compliance with payer requirements while ensuring potential revenues are not lost. The importance of annual fee schedule reviews, staff education as well as a teamwork approach between physicians and clinical staff will be included. This is a free webinar for all ACRO members. Register now by logging into the members-only section of acro.org. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Study: Starch may raise breast cancer recurrence risk
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A new study suggests yet again that our diets could have an effect on our cancer risks. The research, presented at the 2011 CTRC-AACR San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, shows that consumption of starchy foods is linked with an increased risk of low-grade breast cancer tumors coming back in women who have already had breast cancer before. The study included 2,651 women with breast cancer who were Women's Healthy Eating and Living Dietary Intervention Trial. Researchers followed up with the women every year for an average of seven years to see what they ate in the last 24 hours, as well as what their breast cancer recurrence status was. More
Squamous cell cancer responds to SPDT therapy
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George Miller developed an ulcer on his bottom lip that began to bleed. His doctor sent cell scrapings to a pathologist, and diagnosed Miller with squamous cell carcinoma. According to TMD Limited, a medical tourism company, squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common cancer in humans and other animals. Squamous cell cancers can occur on the skin, lips, mouth, esophagus, bladder, prostate, lung, vagina and cervix. In 2010, there were more than 1 million new cases in the United States. Most are removed surgically, and the site is treated with external beam radiation or internal radiation (brachytherapy). More
Bacon, sausage linked to pancreatic cancer
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Processed meats such as sausage, bacon, and cold cuts may increase the risk of pancreatic cancer, but only slightly, researchers found. For every 50-gram serving of processed meat per day — a couple of slices of ham, for instance — relative risk of the disease rose by 19 percent, Susanna Larsson, Ph.D., of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, and colleagues reported online in the British Journal of Cancer. More
Researchers inch closer to stomach cancer blood tests
Panels of serum biomarkers can be very useful in identifying different types of cancers and suggesting what their risk of progressing might be. However, for gastric adenocarcinoma, the most common type of stomach cancer, there is no serum biomarker that is sensitive or specific enough. Research in South Korea, where the incidence of stomach cancer is high, has found two panels of serum biomarkers that may bring stomach cancer blood tests a step closer. More
Article summarizes methods for radiation dose optimization in pediatric CT scans
An article in the January issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology summarizes methods for radiation dose optimization in pediatric computed tomography scans. Approximately 7 million to 8 million CT examinations are performed for various pediatric clinical indications per year in the United States. Justification of clinical indication is the most important aspect of reducing radiation dose with CT scanning. A substantial number of pediatric CT scans lack appropriate justification or can be replaced with other imaging modalities with lower or no ionizing radiation, such as radiography, ultrasonography and magnetic resonance imaging, which can provide similar diagnostic information for some clinical conditions. More
Red wine prevents breast cancer? I'll drink to that!
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In a study suggesting that red wine might be the next big thing in breast cancer prevention, a study has found that women who drank just under two servings of red wine daily experienced hormonal changes that mimic the effects of a drug used to prevent malignant breast tumors from coming back. The study, published in the Journal of Women's Health, found that consuming the same amount of white wine did not have the same effect in premenopausal women participating in the study. More