News items Donal Hollywood award for research on radiation boost in prostate cancer
6 May 2022

Linda Kerkmeijer from the Radboud University Medical Center will receive this year's Donal Hollywood award on behalf of the FLAME consortium during the ESTRO congress in Copenhagen on May 9. The award is given for the abstract on the added value of a radiation boost for localized prostate cancer in the FLAME study. The abstract was selected as the best abstract from more than 1900 submissions based on clarity, scientific quality and innovation.

The FLAME study shows that a radiation boost precisely to the tumor improves outcome for men with mainly high-risk non-metastasized prostate cancer, with no additional side effects. In addition to reducing the likelihood of tumor recurrence in the prostate, patients who receive the radiation boost also appear to be less likely to develop metastases in the lymph nodes and distant metastases.

Radiation-oncologist Linda Kerkmeijer is principal investigator of the FLAME study, which was conducted in close collaboration between the UMC Utrecht, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek / Netherlands Cancer Institute, University Hospitals Leuven and Radboudumc. The results of this randomized phase III study were published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology and European Urology.

The ESTRO Congress is the annual meeting of the European Society of Radiotherapy & Oncology, which this year takes place in Copenhagen from May 6 to 10.

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