Patient Summaries

The following reports were chosen because of their relevance to patients during and after cancer treatment. These presentations were made at the 55th annual meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) in Atlanta, Georgia.
324: Real-Time Assessment of Patient Reported Outcomes in Head and Neck Cancer Patients Undergoing Radiotherapy
329: Health Related Quality of Life Outcomes Following Definitive Therapy Compared with Watchful Waiting in Localized Adenocarcinoma of the Prostate: An Analysis of the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Prostate Database
Comparative Effectiveness of Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) versus Whole Brain Radiation Therapy (WBRT) for Patients with Brain Metastases from Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)
Brain metastases are the most common tumor type that occurs in the brain and affect 10-30% of adults with cancer. They are most commonly seen in patients with lung cancer, melanoma, kidney cancer, colorectal cancer and breast cancer.
Comparison of Biochemical and Toxicity Outcomes from a Contemporaneous Cohort Study of Low-Risk Prostate Cancer Treated with Different Radiation Techniques
Factors Affecting Breast Cancer Patient Quality of Life in Association with Radiation
Fatigue Scores in Patients with Brain Metastases Receiving Whole Brain Radiotherapy  
How Radiation Oncologists Evaluate and Incorporate Life Expectancy Estimates into the Palliative Treatment of Cancer Patients: A Survey-Based Study
Implementing Patient-Oriented Decision Support into Breast Cancer Care
N08C9 (Alliance) - A Phase III Randomized Study of Sulfasalazine vs. Placebo in the Prevention of Acute Diarrhea in Patients Receiving Pelvic Radiation Therapy
Patient Reported Outcomes after Treatment for Lung Cancer
Racial Parities in Outcomes after Radiotherapy for Head and Neck Cancer
Readability Levels of Patient Education Materials in Professional Radiation Oncology Organizations
Response and Quality of Life (QoL) Outcomes in a Randomized Trial of Single versus Multiple Fractions for Re-Irradiation of Painful Bone Metastases: NCIC CTG SC.20
Bone metastases are a common occurrence in patients with cancer, most commonly seen in breast, prostate and lung cancer.
RTOG 0537 Phase 2/3 Study Comparing Acupuncture-Like Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (ALTENS) versus Pilocarpine (PC) in Treating Early Radiation-Induced Xerostomia (RIX): Phase 3 Preliminary Analysis
RTOG 0841: Two Item Questionnaire Effectively Screens for Depression in Cancer Patients Receiving Radiotherapy
Depression is a very common problem in patients with cancer, where approximately 25% of patients will develop some degree of depression in their disease course.
The Role of Shared Decision Making in Patient Experiences in Radiation Oncology
Use of Single Fraction Palliative Radiotherapy for Bone Metastases: Population Based Practice Patterns in British Columbia over a Five-Year Period

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