Focus on Cancer Imaging & Radiobiology
Focus is the online newsletter for Norris Cotton Cancer Center.
News is posted as it happens, making Focus the most up-to-date source of information about the developments and people at the Cancer Center.
Below are all the Focus articles related specifically to our Cancer Imaging and Radiobiology Research Program. All Focus articles are also available.
Cancer Screening for Heavy Smokers
In 2011, a 10-year nationwide study found that low-dose CT screening for those at high risk for lung cancer can save lives. Now, a new study has shown that CT screening for lung cancer, when properly implemented, can also be cost-effective.
"Inoperable" Lung Cancer Radiation
NCCC offers innovative care to patients with early stage lung cancer when there are no surgical options. Stereotactic body radiation therapy, (SBRT) a sophisticated approach to radiation delivery, helps people with inoperable lung cancer live longer lives
Am I Dense or Not?
Few women understand the term “breast density.” Are dense breasts large and heavy or perky and young? Is it common to a certain cup size? Does it matter if you nursed? The only way to tell if you have dense breasts is with an X-ray mammogram.
Big Rig Brings a Big Message
With tomosynthesis, radiologists can distinguish harmless abnormalities from real cancers in 3-D mammograms. Invasive cancers can be detected early, and women experience fewer callbacks for false alarms.
Cancer Treatment: Making the Hard Choices
After a breast cancer diagnosis decisions about treatment must be made quickly. Science doesn’t always offer clear-cut answers. When patients have someone to help them ask questions and define priorities, it is often easier to decide.
Room to Operate
MRI and CT scanners slide in and out of operating rooms on overhead rails giving surgeons real-time 3-D images of complex organs like brains and spines. Students observe from a balcony overhead. This changes everything.
Tissue-Sparing Breast Cancer Surgery
NCCC surgeons work together to offer new tissue-sparing and nipple-sparing surgery methods, same-day breast reconstruction, and follow-up care coordinated with local physicians to help women find treatment that reflects their values.
Breathe Deep, Hold, and Save Your Heart
NCCC recently installed a real-time monitoring system that allows technicians to monitor the patient as she holds a deep breath for 20 seconds, without tubes or masks, so radiation is precisely targeted.
A Scientific First
A scientific breakthrough may give the field of radiation oncology new tools to increase the precision and safety of radiation treatment in cancer patients by helping doctors “see” the powerful beams of a linear accelerator as they enter or exit the body.
Next Generation Radiation Technology
Imagine aiming a radiation beam at a moving target like a lung, or a delicate area like a prostate. A new platform for our top-of-the-line linear accelerator makes these challenges easier and safer.
Cutting-edge Cancer Care Close to Home
Cancer patients in rural regions often travel long distances for cancer care. Because of this some—especially those needing daily radiation treatments—go without treatment. We’re making it easier for patients to get high-tech cancer care close to home.
The Promise of 3-D Mammography
Breast density is a strong risk factor for breast cancer, but 2D mammograms don't always show small cancers growing in women with dense breasts. New cancer screening technologies make it easier to find these cancers, and also help to reduce unnecessary testing.
High Dose Radiation: People Make it Work
A new linear accelerator targets cancer with high doses of radiation while protecting surrounding tissue, but this new technology is only as good as the people who administer it. NCCC's radiation therapists apply sophisticated technical skills while connecting with patients.
Looking for Cancer's Fingerprint
Doctors, like detectives, rely on clues. When cancer is suspected, it's important to have as much information as possible in order to make the correct diagnosis and prescribe the best treatment plan.