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  • Posted: 09/23/2013

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Adult cancer patients younger than 50 with limited brain mets have improved overall survival after stereotactic radiosurgery alone

When treated with stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), that is not combined with whole brain radiotherapy (WBRT), adult brain cancer patients who were 50 years old and younger were found to have improved survival, according to research presented at the American Society for Radiation Oncology's (ASTRO's) 55th Annual Meeting. Younger patients (under 50 years old) were also found to be at no greater risk of new brain metastases developing despite omission of WBRT. The study included authors from the University of Southern California (home of the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center) and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

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NCI comprehensive cancer centers lgooAmong the research institutions NCI funds across the United States, it currently designates 68 as Cancer Centers. Largely based in research universities, these facilities are home to many of the NCI-supported scientists who conduct a wide range of intense, laboratory research into cancer’s origins and development. The Cancer Centers Program also focuses on trans-disciplinary research, including population science and clinical research. The centers’ research results are often at the forefront of studies in the cancer field.