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Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology

Khaled Elsayad, Michael Oertel, Uwe Haverkamp, Hans Theodor Eich
BACKGROUND: Leukemia cutis (LC) is a rare clinical presentation of leukemia that is associated with poor prognosisabs. To date, the value of radiotherapy (RT) for the treatment of LC remains controversial. Therefore, the aim of this study was to analyse the effectiveness of various RT doses for LC. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Between January 2000 and January 2016, 13 patients underwent RT at our institution after exhibiting progressive disease following other treatment modalities...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
Hui Liu, Min Zhu, Zhongwu Li, Yan Wang, Rui Xing, Youyong Lu, Weicheng Xue
PURPOSE: The p42.3 gene is identified recently, and the upregulated expression has been characterized in a variety of human cancers and embryonic tissues but not yet in malignant melanoma. In this study, we explored the role of p42.3 gene in the development of melanoma. METHODS: The expression of p42.3 was detected by immunohistochemistry staining of 261 cases of patient lesions, including nevi and melanoma, and its correlation with clinical pathological characteristics and prognosis was analyzed...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
Thomas M Atkinson, Lauren J Rogak, Narre Heon, Sean J Ryan, Mary Shaw, Liora P Stark, Antonia V Bennett, Ethan Basch, Yuelin Li
PURPOSE: Symptomatic adverse event (AE) monitoring is essential in cancer clinical trials to assess patient safety, as well as inform decisions related to treatment and continued trial participation. As prior research has demonstrated that conventional concordance metrics (e.g., intraclass correlation) may not capture nuanced aspects of the association between clinician and patient-graded AEs, we aimed to characterize differences in AE grading thresholds between doctors (MDs), registered nurses (RNs), and patients using the Bayesian Graded Item Response Model (GRM)...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
Markus Pfirrmann, Dobromira Evtimova, Susanne Saussele, Fausto Castagnetti, Francisco Cervantes, Jeroen Janssen, Verena S Hoffmann, Gabriele Gugliotta, Rüdiger Hehlmann, Andreas Hochhaus, Joerg Hasford, Michele Baccarani
PURPOSE: The genomic break on the major breakpoint cluster region of chromosome 22 results in two BCR-ABL1 transcripts of different sizes, e14a2 and e13a2. Favorable survival probabilities of patients with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) in combination with too small patient samples may yet have obstructed the observation of differences in overall survival of patients according to transcript type. To overcome potential power problems, overall survival (OS) probabilities and probabilities of CML-related death were analyzed in 1494 patients randomized to first-line imatinib treatment...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
Jian-Xian Lin, Qing-Feng Chen, Chao-Hui Zheng, Ping Li, Jian-Wei Xie, Jia-Bin Wang, Jun Lu, Qi-Yue Chen, Long-Long Cao, Mi Lin, Ru-Hong Tu, Chang-Ming Huang
BACKGROUND: The therapy for gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST) has changed significantly since the use of imatinib mesylate (IM). However, the appropriate duration of receiving adjuvant IM for patients with high-risk GIST who underwent R0 resection is still controversial. METHODS: From January 2005 to December 2014, 234 patients who underwent R0 resection and were treated with adjuvant imatinib at our institution were identified from a prospectively collected database...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
Constantinos E Alifieris, Kyriakos Orfanakos, Aristina Papanota, George P Stathopoulos, Nikolaos Sitaras, Dimitrios T Trafalis
PURPOSE: This is a single-center uncontrolled retrospective study to evaluate the efficacy and safety of the biosimilar epoetin zeta after approval in chemotherapy-induced anemia (CIA). METHODS: Patients screened were >18 years old suffering from solid malignancies and CIA with Hg ≤10 or <11 g/dl if symptomatic anemia. Patients had measurable disease by TNM and Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG). Patients were treated for at least 12 weeks and the primary endpoint was to determine the incidence of blood transfusions, and secondarily, the overall safety and efficacy defined as ≥1 g/dl rise in Hb concentration or ≥40,000 cells/μl rise in reticulocyte count...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
Osamu Imataki, Kensuke Matsumoto, Makiko Uemura
BACKGROUND: Anti-thymocyte globulin (ATG) administered at 5-10 mg/kg can prevent graft-versus-host disease (GVHD). We sought to investigate the potential for lower doses of ATG to decrease non-relapse mortality (NRM). METHODS: We consecutively compared the outcomes of patients with hematological diseases who received allogeneic stem cell transplants from allogeneic related or unrelated donors before February 2010 and were not administered ATG (reference arm), with those administered 2...
January 6, 2017: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
Jing Ma, Jichun Yang, Wenjing Jian, Xianming Wang, Deyong Xiao, Wenjun Xia, Likuan Xiong, Duan Ma
INTRODUCTION: Breast cancer is the most frequent female malignancy worldwide. Among them, some cases have hereditary susceptibility in two leading genes, BRCA1 and BRCA2. Heterozygous germ line mutations in them are related with increased risk of breast, ovarian and other cancer, following autosomal dominant inheritance mode. METHODS AND RESULTS: For purpose of early finding, early diagnosis and early treatment, mutation detecting of BRCA1/2 genes was performed in unselected 300 breast or ovarian patients and unaffected women using next-generation sequencing and then confirmed by Sanger sequencing...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
Jun-Yi Hou, Yu-Gang Wang, Shi-Jie Ma, Bing-Yin Yang, Qian-Ping Li
PURPOSE: Gastric cancer (GC) is a major tumor throughout the world with remaining high morbidity and mortality. The aim is to generate a gene model to assess the prognoses risk of patients with GC. METHODS: Gene expression profiling of gastric cancer patients, GSE62254 (300 samples) and GSE26253 (432 samples), was downloaded from Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO) database. Univariate survival analysis and LASSO (Least Absolute Shrinkage and Selectionator operator) (1000 iterations) of differentially expressed genes in GSE62254 was assessed using survival and glmnet in R package, respectively...
December 29, 2016: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
Xi Zhang, Nadia Harbeck, Udo Jeschke, Sophie Doisneau-Sixou
PURPOSE: Breast cancer is a significant global public health issue. It is the leading cause of death among women around the world, with an incidence increasing annually. In recent years, there has been more and more information in the literature regarding a protective role of vitamin D in cancer. Increasingly preclinical and clinical studies suggest that vitamin D optimal levels can reduce the risk of breast cancer development and regulate cancer-related pathways. METHOD: In this review, we focus on the importance of vitamin D in breast cancers, discussing especially the influence of vitamin D signaling on estrogen receptor and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2), two major biomarkers of breast cancer today...
December 26, 2016: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
T M P B Tennakoon, M Rushdhi, A D C U Ranasinghe, R S Dassanayake
INTRODUCTION: Thyroid cancer (TC), follicular adenoma (FA) and Hashimoto's thyroiditis (HT) are three of the most frequently reported abnormalities that affect the thyroid gland. A frequent co-occurrence along with similar histopathological features is observed between TC and FA as well as between TC and HT. The conventional diagnostic methods such as histochemical analysis present complications in differential diagnosis when these abnormalities occur simultaneously. Hence, the authors recognize novel methods based on screening genetic defects of thyroid abnormalities as viable diagnostic and prognostic methods that could complement the conventional methods...
December 22, 2016: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
Thomas Kurt Eigentler, Joachim Hinderer, Seema Noor, Claus Garbe, Ulrike Leiter
BACKGROUND: Sentinel node (SN) biopsy is regarded as standard of care for patients (pts) with cutaneous melanoma ≥1.0 mm of thickness. In the recent AJCC classification, findings in the SN are simply classified as positive or negative. In our analyses, we were interested whether quantitative real-time PCR (qRT-PCR) is able to predict disease-free survival (DFS) and overall survival (OS) depending on tumour burden in the SN. METHODS: One hundred and forty-five pts were analysed using qRT-PCR for tyrosinase...
December 19, 2016: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
Richard Ofner, Cathrin Ritter, Barbara Heidenreich, Rajiv Kumar, Selma Ugurel, David Schrama, Jürgen C Becker
BACKGROUND: TERT promoter mutations were detected at high frequencies in several cancer types including melanoma. Previous reports showed that these recurrent mutations increase TERT gene expression and the use of TERT mutation status as prognostic factor was suggested. OBJECTIVES: Here we screen a panel of 115 melanoma tumor samples from Austrian patients to evaluate the prevalence and distribution of TERT promoter mutations. The association with clinical and tumor characteristics and the effect on overall survival was analyzed...
December 18, 2016: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
Payam Azadeh, Simin Dashti-Khavidaki, Ali Yaghobi Joybari, Samaneh Sarbaz, Atefeh Jafari, Mehdi Yaseri, Afshin Amini, Maryam Farasatinasab
BACKGROUND: Fingerprints have long been used for personal identification; however, some case reports suggested that some chemotherapy agents such as paclitaxel lead to fingerprints loss due to hand-and-foot syndrome (HFS). METHODS: This case-control study was performed on 65 patients who received chemotherapy regimens with/without paclitaxel. Patients with the history of receiving any drugs with significant HFS adverse effect or patients with any conditions that affect fingerprints were excluded...
December 17, 2016: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
O Ortmann, W Rösler, U Helbig
PURPOSE: National Cancer Control Plans (NCCP) are necessary to improve cancer care and reduce mortality. We have reported previously on European institutional health structures and transformation of theoretical health care standards into a practical approach. For the latter consideration of the patients' perspective was considered as highly important and chosen as subject for this meeting. RESULTS: Several European organizations have realized deficits in this area...
December 17, 2016: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
Weiwei Liang, Zhiwei Xie, Weiling Cui, Yan Guo, Lijuan Xu, Jueheng Wu, Hongyu Guan
PURPOSE: The oncogenic roles of sphingosine kinase 1 (SphK1) in various cancers, including thyroid cancer, have been well demonstrated. However, the microRNAs (miRNAs) associated with the oncogenic roles of SphK1 remain largely unknown. METHODS: Global gene and miRNA expression in TPC1-Vector and TPC1-SphK1 cells was analyzed using digital gene expression (DGE) analysis and small RNA-seq, respectively. miRNA-mRNA interactions were explored by microT-CDS, and the predicted networks were visualized using CytoScape(®)...
December 10, 2016: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
Julia Kneissl, Anja Hartmann, Nicole Pfarr, Franziska Erlmeier, Thomas Lorber, Simone Keller, Gwen Zwingenberger, Wilko Weichert, Birgit Luber
PURPOSE: Gastric cancer remains a major health concern, and improvement of the therapeutic options is crucial. Treatment with targeted therapeutics such as the EGFR-targeting antibody cetuximab or the HER2-targeting antibody trastuzumab is either ineffective or moderately effective in this disease, respectively. In this study, we analysed the involvement of the HER receptor ligands amphiregulin (AREG), epidermal growth factor (EGF), heparin-binding epidermal growth factor (HB-EGF) and transforming growth factor alpha (TGFα) in the responsiveness of gastric cancer cell lines to cetuximab and trastuzumab...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
Paulo Franscisco Mascarenhas Bender, Letícia Lima de Oliveira, Célia Regina Costa, Suzana Sales de Aguiar, Anke Bergmann, Luiz Claudio Santos Thuler
PURPOSE: To compare the disease-free survival (DFS) and overall survival (OS) rates of men and women undergoing treatment for breast cancer. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study of patients with breast cancer diagnosed and treated at the Cancer Hospital III of the National Cancer Institute of Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, between 1999 and 2013. Male breast cancer cases were matched for age, year of diagnosis, and clinical staging to three female cases (1:3). Patient characteristics were abstracted from hospital records and medical charts...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
Yinu Zhao, Weibin Wang, Irene Min, Brian Wyrwas, Maureen Moore, Rasa Zarnegar, Thomas J Fahey
BACKGROUND: Autophagy can function in a dual role in cancer development and progression: It can be cytoprotective or contribute to cell death. Therefore, determining the contextual role of autophagy between these two opposing effects is important. So far, little is known about the role of autophagy in uveal melanoma. In the present study, we looked to investigate the autophagic process, as well as its effect on cell survival in uveal melanoma cell lines under stressed conditions (starvation)...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
Thomas M Atkinson, Jennifer L Hay, Alexander Shoushtari, Yuelin Li, Daniel J Paucar, Sloane C Smith, Ragini R Kudchadkar, Austin Doyle, Jeffrey A Sosman, Jorge Fernando Quevedo, Mohammed M Milhem, Anthony M Joshua, Gerald P Linette, Thomas F Gajewski, Jose Lutzky, David H Lawson, Christopher D Lao, Patrick J Flynn, Mark R Albertini, Takami Sato, Karl Lewis, Brian Marr, David H Abramson, Mark Andrew Dickson, Gary K Schwartz, Richard D Carvajal
PURPOSE: Clinical trials commonly use physician-adjudicated adverse event (AE) assessment via the common terminology criteria for adverse events (CTCAE) for decision-making. Patient-reported health-related quality of life (HRQoL) data are becoming more frequent in oncology; however, the relationship between physician-adjudicated AE assessment and HRQoL is understudied. METHODS: Data from a phase II trial ( identifier: NCT01143402) where patients with metastatic uveal melanoma were randomized to receive selumetinib, an oral MEK inhibitor, or chemotherapy were analyzed...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
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