IMRT Shown to Cause Significantly Less Gastrointestinal Harm

A recent article in the April 18, 2012 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reports that proton beam radiation for prostate cancer causes significantly greater gastrointestinal side effects and toxicity than IMRT radiation.

By comparison, a recent report of 5 year data of prostate cancer treated with Cyberknife Radiosurgery shows no grade 3 rectal cancer. Cyberknife radiation is unique in that it is the only radiation delivery system that can continuously monitor movement of the patient and the tumor throughout the entire course of radiation. When the system detects a change in position of the tumor, immediate corrections are made in the treatment to ensure accuracy and reduce dose to the bladder and rectum.

The complete article can be found on the JAMA web site here.


Dr. L. Stephen Carpenter Receives Educator of the Year Award in Radiation Oncology

HOUSTON (December 1, 2011) – L. Stephen Carpenter, MD, medical director of radiation therapy for St. Luke’s Radiation Therapy and CyberKnife and associate professor of radiology at Baylor College of Medicine, was honored with the Educator of the Year Award by the Association of Residents in Radiation Oncology in partnership with the American Society for Radiation Oncology. Dr. Carpenter was selected as the sole faculty member by residents from all radiation oncology programs. The Educator of the Year award recognizes faculty members who demonstrate outstanding teaching and mentoring for radiation oncology residents.