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Breakthrough Cancer Treatment Improves Survival Rates

Posted: April 22nd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Medicated | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Breakthrough Cancer Treatment Improves Survival Rates

Peter MacCullum Cancer InstituteResearchers in Melbourne have used a new targeted treatment technique to achieve the highest-ever long-term survival rates for patients with some forms of lung cancer.

The team from Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute used PET/CT – Positron Emission Tomography / Computed Tomography – scans to determine the location and stage of tumours in 76 patients with locally advanced non-small cell lung cancer.

The patients were treated with a combination of radical radiation therapy and chemotherapy, leading to a four year survival rate of 32 per cent, the highest ever published.

Research team leader, Associate Professor Michael MacManus, says that is dramatically higher than the historic average of between 10 and 20 per cent.

PET/CT scanning uses a device which combines both PET and an x-ray Computed Tomography, so that the produced images – taken by both devices sequentially – combine into a single superposed image, a 3D map. The image shows the spatial distribution of metabolic activity in the body can be more precisely :: Read the full article »»»»