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What is Radiation Therapy?

Oncologists have many tools they use to treat cancer, and one of the most commonly used is radiation therapy. In use since the early 1900s, radiation therapy uses high-energy particles or waves — including x-rays, gamma rays, electron beams, and protons — to destroy or damage cancer cells. The machine that delivers radiation therapy has a head that rotates 360 degrees, and patients lie on a special bench that swivels, allowing the radiation to be delivered from any angle.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date July 13, 2022
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Lung Cancer    Radiation

Immune system damage may explain ineffectiveness of high-dose radiation against lung cancer

When it comes to using radiation against lung cancer, preliminary clinical studies were pretty clear: More is better. So why did a large phase 3 clinical trial find exactly the opposite – that stage III non-small cell lung cancer patients treated with higher doses of radiation actually had shorter overall survival than patients treated with lower-dose radiation?


Author Cancer Center | Publish Date June 27, 2019
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Clinical Trials    Radiation

New Investigator Award helps Tyler Robin, MD, PhD bring new clinical trials to Colorado

When Tyler Robin, MD, PhD, graduates from the Radiation Oncology Residency Program at University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus at the end of June, he won’t have to move far – after graduation, Robin will make the leap from trainee to researcher, joining CU faculty as an assistant professor in the CU School of Medicine Department of Radiation Oncology where he hopes to be involved with clinical trials testing new uses of radiation as a component of cancer care. A New Investigator Award from the Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG) and NRG Oncology will help Robin expand the scope of his clinical trial involvement to the national level, while bringing new, innovative clinical trials to cancer patients in Colorado.


Author Cancer Center | Publish Date June 05, 2019
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Cancer    Radiation

Three Colorado studies show how tumors hijack the immune system to resist radiation therapy

More than a decade ago, radiation oncologists noticed a nifty phenomenon: Sometimes radiation used locally against a tumor could excite the immune system to attack cancer systemically throughout the body. It was as if the use of radiation had somehow awoken the immune system to the presence of cancer. Since then, a massive effort has been underway to harness this effect, hoping to create this systemic anti-cancer activity with combinations of radiotherapy and immunotherapy.


Author Cancer Center | Publish Date April 16, 2019
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Rolling Dice: Gamble Pays Off For Cancer Patient in CAR T-Cell Clinical Trial

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Publish DateAugust 16, 2022

A CU Cancer Center researcher recommended an experimental CAR T cell treatment to a Buena Vista wife and mother, who experienced great success with it.

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US News

Breast Cancer Treatment Effects on Sex Life a Hidden Burden

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Publish DateAugust 08, 2022

Women with breast cancer commonly see their sexual health decline, yet their doctors aren't telling them what to expect -- or what to do about it.

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Inside Colorado’s Battle Against Rare Diseases

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Publish DateAugust 04, 2022

Rare diseases, often called orphan diseases, are conditions that each affect fewer than 200,000 people in the United States. Living with one can be a nightmare. Symptoms can be life-altering and life-threatening.

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News Medical

Study: Many Breast Cancer Patients Report Changes that Affect Sexual Health During and Beyond Treatment

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Publish DateAugust 04, 2022

A new study released by the University of Colorado Cancer Center shows that more than 70 percent of breast cancer patients have reported changes that affect their sexual health during and beyond treatment.

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