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NASA awards funds to study effects of space radiation during Mars mission

NASA awards funds to study effects of space radiation during Mars mission

UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have been awarded $3.6 million in NASA funds to study how space radiation would affect the cancer risk of astronauts taking part in deep space missions to Mars. Read More

Surgery vs. SABR: "Stablemates" trial to directly compare treatment in operable cancer patients

Surgery vs. SABR: "Stablemates" trial to directly compare treatment in operable cancer patients

The results of a national trial evaluating stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR) in lung cancer patients too frail to receive surgery were so positive that physicians have opened a multi-institutional trial to directly compare surgery vs. SABR in operable patients. Read More

Physician discusses stereotactic combination therapy with WFAA/Ch 8

Physician discusses stereotactic combination therapy with WFAA/Ch 8

Dr. Robert Timmerman, Professor and Medical Director of Radiation Oncology, explains why treating cancer with a combination of stereotactic radiation and immunotherapy drugs is of increasing interest to researchers, in the wake of former president Jimmy Carter's cancer cure. Read More

With CPRIT grants, new approaches for pediatric cancer treatment

With CPRIT grants, new approaches for pediatric cancer treatment

Investigators in the Department of Radiation Oncology were awarded close to $2.7 million in the latest round of funding from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) to study and treat childhood cancer. Read More

Researchers develop classification model for cancers caused by most frequently mutated cancer gene

Researchers develop classification model for cancers caused by most frequently mutated cancer gene

UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have developed a classification for cancers caused by KRAS, the most frequently mutated gene in cancer, that could eventually help oncologists choose more effective, customized cancer therapies. Read More

Cancer researchers first in Texas to use new prostate rectal spacer to minimize side effects of SABR radiation treatments

Cancer researchers first in Texas to use new prostate rectal spacer to minimize side effects of SABR radiation treatments

UT Southwestern Medical Center cancer researchers are investigating whether an injectable, biodegradable gel can reduce potential side effects from extreme high-dose radiation treatments for prostate cancer. Read More

Two physicians added to genitourinary team

Two physicians added to genitourinary team

Dr. Aaron Laine and Dr. Neil Desai are the newest clinical faculty members in Radiation Oncology. Read More

New physician joins Radiation Oncology

New physician joins Radiation Oncology

We welcome the arrival this month of David Sher, M.D., M.P.H., as Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology and leader of the department’s head and neck team. Read More

Westover featured in NCI blog

Westover featured in NCI blog

Ken Westover, M.D., Ph.D., writes about "The Enzymology of GTP-Competitive RAS Inhibitors" on the National Cancer Institute's RAS blog. Read More

Physicians pioneer the use of stereotactic body radiation for deadly kidney cancer complication

Physicians pioneer the use of stereotactic body radiation for deadly kidney cancer complication

UT Southwestern Medical Center Kidney Cancer Program investigators have published what is believed to be the first reported successful use of stereotactic body radiation therapy for an often deadly complication of kidney cancer. Read more. Read More

CPRIT awards faculty $11.5 million for recruitment and research in brain and bone cancer, biology, and immunotherapy

CPRIT awards faculty $11.5 million for recruitment and research in brain and bone cancer, biology, and immunotherapy

UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers were awarded more than $7.5 million in research grants to improve diagnostic and therapeutic services and research relating to cancers of the brain, breast, throat, and bone, as well as to improve scientific understanding of cancer biology. Read More

UTSW receives key NCI funding to plan first U.S. Center for Heavy Ion Radiation Therapy Research

UTSW receives key NCI funding to plan first U.S. Center for Heavy Ion Radiation Therapy Research

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) of the National Institutes of Health awarded UT Southwestern a $1 million planning grant to establish the country’s first National Center for Heavy Ion Radiation Therapy. Read More

Resident wins top award at AMA Research Symposium

Resident wins top award at AMA Research Symposium

The American Medical Association selected Stephen G. Chun, M.D., a radiation oncology resident at UT Southwestern Medical Center, for its top award recognizing research from medicine’s brightest young minds. Read More

Stereotactic body radiation therapy plus chemotherapy improves survival among stage 4 lung cancer patients

Stereotactic body radiation therapy plus chemotherapy improves survival among stage 4 lung cancer patients

A clinical trial that combined the two therapy regimens more than doubled survival rates for certain stage 4 lung cancer patients. Read More

Cancer researchers identify irreversible inhibitor for KRAS gene mutation

Cancer researchers identify irreversible inhibitor for KRAS gene mutation

UT Southwestern Medical Center cancer researchers have found a molecule that selectively and irreversibly interferes with the activity of a mutated cancer gene common in 30 percent of tumors. Read More

Video game processors to improve cancer patient care

Video game processors to improve cancer patient care

Medical physicists at UT Southwestern Medical Center are finding new ways to use the speed of video game processors to promote research that is aimed at improving patient care. Read More

Blocking DNA repair could improve radiation therapy for brain cancer

Blocking DNA repair could improve radiation therapy for brain cancer

UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have demonstrated in both cancer cell lines and in mice that blocking critical DNA repair mechanisms could improve the effectiveness of radiation therapy for highly fatal brain tumors called glioblastomas. Read More

Possible world's first: Physicians use CyberKnife to treat vocal cord cancer

Possible world's first: Physicians use CyberKnife to treat vocal cord cancer

Stephen Wiley went from being a life-long cowboy to one of the world’s first patients to have vocal cord cancer treated by the CyberKnife, a robot that destroys tumors with highly precise doses of radiation. Read More