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ASTRO’s palliative thoracic guideline update recommends the use of concurrent chemotherapy for some patients
In 2011, ASTRO published a guideline on palliative thoracic radiation therapy (RT) which covered dose and fractionation for external beam radiation therapy (EBRT) and the roles of endobronchial brachytherapy (EBB) and chemotherapy given concurrently with EBRT. In 2018, an ASTRO task force updated the guideline.

Help us make ASTROnews better—take the readership survey online
Just as we strive for the optimal treatment plan for our patients, the ASTROnews editorial board strives to make your member magazine as relevant and useful as possible. We are collecting information to see what’s working in ASTROnews and what could use some improvement.

Practice-changing research to be presented at the 2018 ASTRO Annual Meeting
A strong selection of late-breaking abstracts was submitted for this year’s ASTRO Annual Meeting. A total of 61 abstracts were received within the late-breaking abstracts window between July 19 and August 1, and 10 of them have been selected for oral presentation.

MIPS scores have radiation oncology asking, that’s it? 
Radiation oncologists and other physicians are struggling to maximize return on investment under the new Merit-based Incentive Program Payment System (MIPS). We want to gather performance data from our members so that we may advocate effectively on your behalf. See the initial data that ASTRO has collected in this ASTROblog post.

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