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Cancer blog: New Radiation Technique Could Avoid Loss Of Hair For Brain Cancer Patients

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Oct 19, 2005

New Radiation Technique Could Avoid Loss Of Hair For Brain Cancer Patients

New Radiation Technique Could Avoid Loss Of Hair For Brain Cancer Patients
Patients receiving radiation therapy to the brain may lose their hair due to the effect of radiation to the scalp. In future it may be possible for such patients to avoid hair loss. According to a new study presented at the annual meeting of American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology, patients whose are receiving radiation therapy to brain can avoid hair loss when treated with newer radiation techniques, thereby improving their quality of life.

Most brain cancer patients whose cancer has spread to the brain receive whole brain radiotherapy, in which two simple radiation beams on each side of the head are used to target the cancer. It also causes patients to lose the hair on their head. Doctors are experimenting with new types of radiation therapy to see if they are as effective in treating the cancer while preventing hair loss.

Doctors were able to improve upon whole brain radiation therapy in the patients under study, by using intensity modulated radiation therapy. Half of the patients in the study reported only slightly noticeable hair loss four weeks after treatment ended, and half had no noticeable hair loss.

"This new study will encourage doctors to consider using this new radiation technique to treat cancer that has spread to the brain," said Todd Scarbrough, M.D., lead author of the study and a radiation oncologist at the MIMA Cancer Center in Melbourne, Florida.

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