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Health coverage for patients with pre-existing conditions

—ASTRO News -- July 13, 2011

Patients should be aware that a new program provides a health coverage option for individuals who have been uninsured for at least six months, have a pre-existing condition and have been denied coverage (or offered insurance without coverage of the pre-existing condition) by a private insurance company. The new program, created under the Affordability Care Act, will provide coverage until 2014 when patients will have access to health insurance choices through an exchange. More information is available on the Health and Human Services website including frequently asked questions, fact sheets, posters, flyers and brochures. For information on how to apply, visit

IMRT cuts GI side effects from prostate cancer in half vs. 3D-CRT

International Journal of Radiation Oncology•Biology•Physics -- June 1, 2011

Intensity modulated radiation therapy, a newer, more precise form of radiation therapy, causes fewer gastrointestinal side effects when combined with hormone therapy than using three-dimensional radiation therapy, according to a study published in the June issue of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology•Biology•Physics, the official scientific journal of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO).






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