Radiation Oncology News Briefs - 2011

Offspring of Adult Childhood Cancer Survivors Face Lesser Genetic Risk From Treatments Than Believed

Scientists Attempt to Double the Efficacy of Radiation Therapy to Reduce Its Side Effects

Study on Hospital Quality Reporting Provides Insight Into the Who, What They Have to Say and Why it Matters

CMS Emphasizes Need for All HIPAA-Covered Facilities to Prepare for Version 5010 Change

Toxic Effects of Radiation Limit Effectiveness in Treating Early-stage Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

Affordable Care Act’s Latest Regulation Requires Insurers Spend 80 Percent of Premiums on Care, or Rebate Difference

Study Highlights an Increased Prescription Error Rate After Updating an Electronic Health Records System

CMS Firm on January 5010 Transition Even With Discretion Period

U.S. Residents Pay More for Health Care Yet Cannot Claim Longer Life Span

A Preliminary Study With Mice Indicates Probiotics Can Protect Intestines During Radiation Therapy

Acupuncture Relieves Dry Mouth for Patients Undergoing Radiation Treatments for Head and Neck Cancers

Radiation Post-lumpectomy Significantly Improves Survival, Delays Recurrence of Breast Cancer

FDA Offers Insight Into Medical Device Quality Issues and Adverse Events

Osteosclerosis on CT Scans Indicates Rib Fracture Risk Associated With SRT for Lung Cancer

ASTRO Offers White Paper on Quality and Safety of Stereotactic Procedures

Med-Pac Questions Growing Number of EHR Quality Measures

Drug May Alleviate Effects of Radiation Therapy for Patients With Rare Blood Disorder

CMS Offers an Interactive Timeline Widget for the Version 5010 and ICD-10 Transitions

Study in NCI Cancer Bulletin Questions Why Negative Results From Phase III Trials Go Unpublished

CMS Issues Final Rule on eRx Incentive Program

New York Times Reporter Walt Bogdanich Speaks about Medical Radiation Errors

FDA Attempts to Clarify the Benefit-Risk Determination for Medical Devices

Fox Chase Cancer Center Study Shows IMRT Effective for Non-nodal Lymphoma

Six Sigma Tools and Checklist Aid Improvements in Radiation Therapy Oversight

U.S. FDA Considers Revising Process for Changes to Existing Devices

Six Sigma Tools and Checklist Aid Improvements in Radiation Therapy Oversight

U.S. FDA Considers Revising Process for Changes to Existing Devices

Medicare Billing for Breast Cancer IMRT Increases Ten-fold

Almost Half of American Women With Advanced Breast Cancer Do not Undergo Recommended Radiation Therapy

Study Analyzes the Effects of IMRT and IGRT on the Heart Following Treatment for Left-sided Breast Cancer

SROA Calls on Members to Support CARE Bill Introduced in 112th Congress

CMS/HHS Propose Additional Revisions to eRx Incentives

Radiation Therapy Improves Survival for Patients With Extrapulmonary Small Cell Cancers

CMS Provides Guidance on GEMS in Transitioning to ICD-10 Codes

Sleep Problems Affect Reasoning and Thinking Into Adulthood for Children Cancer Survivors

New York Radiation Oncology Group Proposes Safety Plan for Treatments

AHRQ Updates Policy on Data and Safety Monitoring in Studies With Greater Potential Harm

Children Fare Better in Trials When Radiation Oncologist Follows Protocol

Researchers Isolate Oncogene That Initiates Radiation-resistance in Tumors

Proposed Study Compares IMRT to Standard Radiation Therapy in Treating Early Breast Cancer

Scientists Devise Nanoparticles to Decrease Bone Marrow Damage During Radiation Therapy

Study Warns of Radioactive Iodine Overuse in the United States

CMS Proposes Increasing Payment for Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities

Preventing Side Effects from Chemoradiation May Improve Survival for Patients With Brain Cancer

FDA Recalls Axxent Flexishields Based on Tungsten Particles Shedding During IORT

CMS Awards 15 States Contracts to Develop Ways to Coordinate Care

Risk of Second Cancer After Radiation Therapy Generally Low

CMS Offers Free ICD Code-a-Thon on April 26

Urge Your Senators and Congressmen to take CARE of Patients Undergoing Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy

Androgen Deprivation Therapy Improves Outcomes When Added to Radiation Therapy for Prostate Cancer

GAO Releases Report on Reducing Fraud, Waste and Abuse in Health Care

NCRP and WHO Offer Guidance on Radiation Exposure From Japanese Atomic Plant Fallout

Radiation Therapy Added to Chemotherapy Improves Outcomes for Patients With Early-stage Hodgkin Lymphoma, March 7, 2011

AccurayMoves Forward in AcquiringTomoTherapy, March 7, 2011

AHRQ Provides Website on the Safety Culture in Hospitals and Reducing Medical Errors, March 3, 2011

2010 National Healthcare Quality Report Cites Continuing Concerns Over Quality and Access to Care in the United States, March 3, 2011

Smoking May Prove Detrimental to Overall Survival for Patients Undergoing Radiation Therapy, February 14, 2011

MRI Plus Mammography Effective in Screening for Breast Cancer Among Women With History of Chest Radiation, February 14, 2011

Chronic Care Medical Complications Add 30% to Employers' Costs, January 31, 2011

Photon-based Radiation Therapy Appears Effective for Spinal-cord Tumors, January 31, 2011

Estrogen Contributes to Spread of Precancerous Cells in the Mouth, January 24, 2011

Chronic Pain Part of the Long-term Cancer Experience for 40% of Survivors, January 24, 2011

Hong Kong Study Assesses Failure Pattern of IMRT in Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma, January 14, 2011

Review Finds Whole-breast Radiation Therapy Effectively Reduces Ipsilateral New Primaries, January 14, 2011

NCCN Offers January 12 Webcast on Radiation Safety January 3, 2011