Radiation Oncology News Briefs — 2010

New York Times Article Takes on Stereotactic Surgery Overdoses December 28, 2010

American Society of Clinical Oncology Predicts Shortage of Radiation Oncologists Now Until 2020 December 28, 2010

Radiation Oncology Receives Dubious "First" Ranking Among ECRI’s Top 10 Health Technology Hazards December 23, 2010

Dutch Study Indicates Stereotactic Radiation Therapy Equal to Surgery for Elderly Patients With Early-stage NSCLC December 23, 2010

President Obama Signs the Medicare and Medicaid Extenders Act of 2010 December 23, 2010

Wall Street Journal Article Highlights Growing Concerns Over Urology Centers and IMRT December 13, 2010

Congress Votes to Stall Medicare Physician Pay Cut Through 2011 December 13, 2010

FDA Pins Radiation Overdoses During CT Brain Perfusion Scans on Human Errors November 15, 2010

Precautions Fail to Prevent Wrong Patient, Wrong Site Procedures November 15, 2010

Push Needed to Move CARE Act for Medical Imaging and Radiation TherapyThrough Congress October 25, 2010

Study Indicates IMRT More Effective than 3-D CRT in Reducing Side Effects of Prostate Cancer Treatment October 25, 2010

California Law on Radiation Safety Includes Radiation Oncology October 11, 2010

Blocking Enzyme Shows Promise in Aiding Effectiveness of Radiation Therapy October 11, 2010

Radiation Exposure Poses Similar Risks of First and Second Cancers September 20, 2010

CMS Offers Educational Calls on Implementing ICD-10 September 20, 2010

Patient Safety Group Offers Guidelines for Strengthening, Building Medical Error State Reporting Systems September 13, 2010

Younger Age and Technique Increase Renal Toxicity for Men With Prostate Cancer September 13, 2010

AHRQ Offers Insight Into Anti-nausea Medications for Patients Undergoing Radiation Therapy August 30, 2010

AHRQ Study Calls for Disclosing Medical Mistakes That Involve Multiple Patients August 30, 2010

Concerns Over Cost Prevent an Estimated 2 Million Cancer Survivors Per Year From Seeking Medical Care, August 23, 2010

Childhood Survivors of Ewing Sarcoma Face Excess Mortality and Morbidity, August 23, 2010

Study Indicates Dysphagia Increases Risk, Complications and Hospital Stays for Hospitalized Patients, August 16, 2010

UN Scientific Committee Cites Medical Radiation Use as Growing Source of World Population’s Exposure, August 16, 2010

ASTRO Releases Guidelines for Hypofractionated Whole Breast Radiation Therapy, August 9, 2010

SROA Members Encouraged to Call Senators in Support of CARE Bill, August 9, 2010

IMRT Proves Effective in Reducing Dry Mouth From Radiation, But Tumor Reaction Uncertain, August 2, 2010

Review Indicates Smoking During and After Radiation Therapy for Head and Neck Cancers Negatively Affects Outcomes, August 2, 2010

Miscarriage and Stillbirth Rates Higher Among Women Survivors of Childhood Cancer Treated With Radiation, July 26, 2010

Physicians Seek Greater Clinical Detail From Medical Research Articles, July 26, 2010

Chemotherapy Combined With Radiation Therapy for Nasopharyngeal Cancer Increases Mortality - July 18, 2010

Radiation Combined With Hormone Therapy for Prostate Cancer Significantly Increases Survival - July 18, 2010

Full-scale IQ Drop Greater for Childhood Cancer Survivors Younger Than 15 - July 5, 2010

University of Michigan Researchers Find Cancer Significantly More Deadly for Black Americans - July 5, 2010

House Passes Bill to Stop Physician Payment Cuts and Increase Reimbursement 2.2% Through November - June 21, 2010

FDA Changes Approval Process for Certain Radiation Therapy Devices - June 21, 2010

Latest Push to Fix SGR Highlights Endless Tug-of-War in Medicare Reimbursement for Physicians - May 14, 2010

Radiation Therapy Relatively Ineffective for Treating Early-stage Estrogen-receptor Positive Breast Cancer in Older Women - May 14, 2010

Childhood Survivors of Cancer Face Greater Across-the-Board Physical and Mental Trials as Adults - May 24, 2010

Precision Radiation Proves Effective in Reducing Recurrence for Lung Cancer Patients - May 24, 2010

SROA Prepares Comments for FDA Meeting in June on Device Improvements to Reduce Misadministrations - May 10, 2010

Department of Justice and HHS Release 2009 Report on Health Care Fraud - May 10, 2010

U.S. Environmental Report on Cancer Decries Unrecognized Burden of Chemicals - May 3, 2010

Larger-scale Study Indicates a Survival Benefit From Radiation Therapy in High-grade Soft Sarcomas - May 3, 2010

PET Leads Increase in Medicare Imaging Costs for Cancer Patients - April 26, 2010

4-D Software Adjusts for Breathing in Lung Cancer Radiation Treatments - April 26, 2010

IMRT Utilization Increases Dramatically for Health and Neck Cancers From 2000 to 2005 - April 19, 2010

False-positive Rates in Lung Cancer Screening Increase 33% After Two Exams - April 19, 2010

Action Needed to Prevent 21.2% Physician Fee Cut Delayed Again by U.S. Congress - April 12, 2010

AHRQ Cites Continuing Concerns About Hospital Infections in Annual Report - April 12, 2010

Radiation Treatment Increases Risk of Contralateral Breast Cancer Connected With Rare ATM Gene - April 5, 2010

Study Finds Radiation Oncology Facilities Run by Non-specialists Negatively Affect Medical Training, Costs - April 5, 2010

AHRQ Report on Proton Beam Therapy Prompts Clinical Trials Comparing the Cancer Treatment to Photon Beam - March 29, 2010

States Provide Little Financial or Ethical Support for Clinical Cancer Trials - March 29, 2010

President Obama Signs Historic Health Care Reform Bill - March 22, 2010

U.S Department of Justice Announces $12 Million Settlement in Florida Case of Alleged False Claims - March 22, 2010

Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy Proves Effective for Inoperable Early Stage Lung Cancer - March 18, 2010

Media Tends to Paint a Rosy Picture That May Mislead Patients With Cancer - March 18, 2010

U.S. Congress Extends 0% Update of the Medicare Physician Fee Through March 31 - March 8, 2010

Radiation Oncology Education Lax in Undergraduate Medical Education - March 8, 2010

External Beam Boost Combined With Whole-Brain Radiation Therapy Improves Survival for Patients With Lung Cancer Metastases - February 24, 2010

Awareness of Ovarian Cancer Symptoms Ineffective in Down-staging Diagnosis - February 24, 2010

Food and Drug Administration Calls for Better Controls of Medical Radiation Exposure - February 10, 2010

Italian Study Correlates Acute and Late Toxicity in 3-D Conformal External Beam Radiation Therapy for Prostate Cancer - February 10, 2010

Insurers Lose More Than They Gain In Raising Medical Co-pays for Older Americans - January 28, 2010

Study of Atomic Bomb Survivors Finds Increased Risk of Stroke and Heart Disease - January 28, 2010

Multi-faceted Approach That Includes Radiation Therapy Effective for Locally Advanced Breast Cancer - January 18, 2010