Carbon ion radiotherapy “safe and effective” for spinal tumors

A specific radiation therapy called carbon ion radiotherapy (CIRT) can control cancer growth and prolong survival in patients with inoperable spinal tumors, according to a study published online Monday in the U.S. journal CANCER.

Researchers from the National Institute of Radiological Sciences in Japan hailed the treatment as “a promising alternative ” for patients whose spinal tumors are unable to be surgically removed.

In the study, Reiko Imai from the National Institute of Radiological Sciences and her colleagues analyzed the outcomes of 47 patients with medically unresectable spinal sarcomas, excluding sacral tumors, who received treatment with CIRT between 1996 and 2011.

The analysis found tumor growth was controlled for at least five years in 79 percent of patients. It also revealed that 52 percent of patients survived for at least five years with 48 percent of patients surviving that long without experiencing cancer progression.

One Response to “Carbon ion radiotherapy “safe and effective” for spinal tumors”

  1. Tisha
    2016年5月29日 at 下午10:18 #

    Grade A stuff. I’m unstequionably in your debt.

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