Meeting Report: ASTRO 2017


The 59th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology was held September 24-27 in San Diego. With an overall theme of “The Healing Art and Science of Radiation Oncology,” the sessions included four abstract presentations on focused ultrasound in oncology.

ASTROTwo of the abstracts addressed prostate cancer, and two examined focused ultrasound and cancer immunotherapy (tumor environment and brain metastases from melanoma). “It is exciting to see focused ultrasound gaining recognition amongst radiation oncologists,” said Kelsie Timbie, PhD, the Foundation’s Scientific Programs Manager.

Focused Ultrasound Abstracts
Chen L, Cvetkovic D, Wang B, Gupta R, Ma CMC. Histologic Study of the Mechanisms of Therapeutic Effects on Prostate Cancer In Vivo by MR Guided Pulsed High Intensity Focused Ultrasound. Int J Rad Oncol Biol Phys 2017 Oct 1;99(2): E583.

Davda R, Prentice M, Sarova A, Nei W, Orczyk C, Arya M, Moore C, Ahmed H, et al. Late Toxicity and Patient Reported Outcomes in Patients Treated With Salvage Radiation Following Primary High Intensity Focal Ultrasound for Localized Prostate Cancer. Int J Rad Oncol Biol Phys 2017 Oct 1;99(2):E226.

Skalina K, Singh S, Zhang H, Tang J, Gutierrez-Chavez C, Guha C. Immunological Consequences of Ultrasonic Stress in Tumor Cells after Exposure to Low Intensity Focused Ultrasound. Int J Rad Oncol Biol Phys 2017 Oct 1;99(2):E617.

Wu CC, Chaudhary KR, Burgess M, Na YH, Welch D, Black PJ, Wang TJC, Wuu CS, et al. Focused Ultrasound-Induced Blood Brain Barrier Opening Increases Antibody Penetration and Trend for Local Control of the Non-irradiated Tumor in Mice With Bilateral Intracranial Melanoma Metastases Treated With Anti-PDL1 and Stereotactic Radiosurgery. Int J Rad Oncol Biol Phys 2017 Oct 1;99(2):S161–S162.