BOSTON—Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRC) has beaten the pants off conventional radiation therapy in the Veterans Health Administration, significantly boosting both overall and lung cancer-specific survival in thousands of patients with stage I non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in the first decade of the 21st century. 

BOSTON—If given the chance to choose between two recurrence-busting radiotherapy methods, many patients who have had a metastatic tumor resected from their brain would likely choose finely targeted stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) applied only to the surgical bed of the resected lesion over radiation therapy applied to the entire brain. 

Helping radiation oncologists learn from their own medical errors, adopt standardized best practices and participate more prominently in the Obama administration’s “cancer moonshot”: Those three areas of activity currently top the priority list of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO). 

If the curricula effectively incorporate hands-on experience with quality instruction and team integration, radiology subinternships can be an effective means of prompting medical students to choose radiology for their final-year clinical elective.  

In developing algorithms to differentiate between suspicious nodules in the thyroid gland, researchers in China have found that their machine-learning computations separate malignant from benign properties more accurately than an inexperienced radiologist—but not as accurately as the experienced radiologist whose know-how was used to create the algorithms.