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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218708/oncologic-photodynamic-therapy-basic-principles-current-clinical-status-and-future-directions
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Demian van Straten, Vida Mashayekhi, Henriette S de Bruijn, Sabrina Oliveira, Dominic J Robinson
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a clinically approved cancer therapy, based on a photochemical reaction between a light activatable molecule or photosensitizer, light, and molecular oxygen. When these three harmless components are present together, reactive oxygen species are formed. These can directly damage cells and/or vasculature, and induce inflammatory and immune responses. PDT is a two-stage procedure, which starts with photosensitizer administration followed by a locally directed light exposure, with the aim of confined tumor destruction...
February 18, 2017: Cancers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218672/photodynamic-synergistic-effect-of-pheophorbide-a-and-doxorubicin-in-combined-treatment-against-tumoral-cells
#2
Rubén Ruiz-González, Paula Milán, Roger Bresolí-Obach, Juan Carlos Stockert, Angeles Villanueva, Magdalena Cañete, Santi Nonell
A combination of therapies to treat cancer malignancies is at the forefront of research with the aim to reduce drug doses (ultimately side effects) and diminish the possibility of resistance emergence given the multitarget strategy. With this goal in mind, in the present study, we report the combination between the chemotherapeutic drug doxorubicin (DOXO) and the photosensitizing agent pheophorbide a (PhA) to inactivate HeLa cells. Photophysical studies revealed that DOXO can quench the excited states of PhA, detracting from its photosensitizing ability...
February 17, 2017: Cancers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208703/androgen-receptor-signaling-in-salivary-gland-cancer
#3
REVIEW
Martin G Dalin, Philip A Watson, Alan L Ho, Luc G T Morris
Salivary gland cancers comprise a small subset of human malignancies, and are classified into multiple subtypes that exhibit diverse histology, molecular biology and clinical presentation. Local disease is potentially curable with surgery, which may be combined with adjuvant radiotherapy. However, metastatic or unresectable tumors rarely respond to chemotherapy and carry a poorer prognosis. Recent molecular studies have shown evidence of androgen receptor signaling in several types of salivary gland cancer, mainly salivary duct carcinoma...
February 8, 2017: Cancers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178204/epidermal-growth-factor-pathway-signaling-in-drosophila-embryogenesis-tools-for-understanding-cancer
#4
REVIEW
Jay B Lusk, Vanessa Y M Lam, Nicholas S Tolwinski
EGF signaling is a well-known oncogenic pathway in animals. It is also a key developmental pathway regulating terminal and dorsal-ventral patterning along with many other aspects of embryogenesis. In this review, we focus on the diverse roles for the EGF pathway in Drosophila embryogenesis. We review the existing body of evidence concerning EGF signaling in Drosophila embryogenesis focusing on current uncertainties in the field and areas for future study. This review provides a foundation for utilizing the Drosophila model system for research into EGF effects on cancer...
February 7, 2017: Cancers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28134806/systemic-immunotherapy-for-urothelial-cancer-current-trends-and-future-directions
#5
REVIEW
Shilpa Gupta, David Gill, Austin Poole, Neeraj Agarwal
Urothelial cancer of the bladder, renal pelvis, ureter, and other urinary organs is the fifth most common cancer in the United States, and systemic platinum-based chemotherapy remains the standard of care for first-line treatment of advanced/metastatic urothelial carcinoma (UC). Until recently, there were very limited options for patients who are refractory to chemotherapy, or do not tolerate chemotherapy due to toxicities and overall outcomes have remained very poor. While the role of immunotherapy was first established in non-muscle invasive bladder cancer in the 1970s, no systemic immunotherapy was approved for advanced disease until the recent approval of a programmed death ligand-1 (PD-L1) inhibitor, atezolizumab, in patients with advanced/metastatic UC who have progressed on platinum-containing regimens...
January 27, 2017: Cancers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28134800/immune-modulation-by-androgen-deprivation-and-radiation-therapy-implications-for-prostate-cancer-immunotherapy
#6
REVIEW
Jennifer L Kalina, David S Neilson, Alexandra P Comber, Jennifer M Rauw, Abraham S Alexander, Joanna Vergidis, Julian J Lum
Prostate cancer patients often receive androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) in combination with radiation therapy (RT). Recent evidence suggests that both ADT and RT have immune modulatory properties. First, ADT can cause infiltration of lymphocytes into the prostate, although it remains unclear whether the influx of lymphocytes is beneficial, particularly with the advent of new classes of androgen blockers. Second, in rare cases, radiation can elicit immune responses that mediate regression of metastatic lesions lying outside the field of radiation, a phenomenon known as the abscopal response...
January 27, 2017: Cancers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28134791/a-tale-of-two-signals-ar-and-wnt-in-development-and-tumorigenesis-of-prostate-and-mammary-gland
#7
REVIEW
Hubert Pakula, Dongxi Xiang, Zhe Li
Prostate cancer (PCa) is one of the most common cancers and among the leading causes of cancer deaths for men in industrialized countries. It has long been recognized that the prostate is an androgen-dependent organ and PCa is an androgen-dependent disease. Androgen action is mediated by the androgen receptor (AR). Androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) is the standard treatment for metastatic PCa. However, almost all advanced PCa cases progress to castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) after a period of ADT...
January 27, 2017: Cancers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28125024/interstitial-photodynamic-therapy-a-focused-review
#8
REVIEW
Gal Shafirstein, David Bellnier, Emily Oakley, Sasheen Hamilton, Mary Potasek, Karl Beeson, Evgueni Parilov
Multiple clinical studies have shown that interstitial photodynamic therapy (I-PDT) is a promising modality in the treatment of locally-advanced cancerous tumors. However, the utilization of I-PDT has been limited to several centers. The objective of this focused review is to highlight the different approaches employed to administer I-PDT with photosensitizers that are either approved or in clinical studies for the treatment of prostate cancer, pancreatic cancer, head and neck cancer, and brain cancer. Our review suggests that I-PDT is a promising treatment in patients with large-volume or thick tumors...
January 24, 2017: Cancers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28125017/care-at-the-very-end-of-life-dying-cancer-patients-and-their-chosen-family-s-needs
#9
REVIEW
Katherine Clark
The majority of cancer deaths in countries such as Australia are predictable and most likely to occur in hospital. Despite this, hospitals remain challenged by providing the best care for this fragile cohort, often believing that care with palliative intent at the very end-of-life is not the best approach to care. Given the importance that dying patients place on excellent symptom control, failing to provide good end-of-life care is likely to be contrary to the wishes of the imminently dying patient and their family...
January 24, 2017: Cancers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28117763/stromal-androgen-receptor-in-prostate-cancer-development-and-progression
#10
REVIEW
Damien A Leach, Grant Buchanan
Prostate cancer development and progression is the result of complex interactions between epithelia cells and fibroblasts/myofibroblasts, in a series of dynamic process amenable to regulation by hormones. Whilst androgen action through the androgen receptor (AR) is a well-established component of prostate cancer biology, it has been becoming increasingly apparent that changes in AR signalling in the surrounding stroma can dramatically influence tumour cell behavior. This is reflected in the consistent finding of a strong association between stromal AR expression and patient outcomes...
January 22, 2017: Cancers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28085080/exosomes-in-cancer-diagnostics
#11
REVIEW
Young Hwa Soung, Shane Ford, Vincent Zhang, Jun Chung
Exosomes are endosome derived extracellular vesicles of 30-120 nm size ranges. Exosomes have been identified as mediators of cell-to-cell communication by transferring bioactive molecules such as nucleic acids, proteins and lipids into recipient cells. While exosomes are secreted by multiple cell types, cancer derived exosomes not only influence the invasive potentials of proximally located cells, but also affect distantly located tissues. Based on their ability to alter tumor microenvironment by regulating immunity, angiogenesis and metastasis, there has been growing interest in defining the clinical relevance of exosomes in cancers...
January 12, 2017: Cancers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28085048/ar-signaling-in-human-malignancies-prostate-cancer-and-beyond
#12
REVIEW
Michael T Schweizer, Evan Y Yu
In the 1940s Charles Huggins reported remarkable palliative benefits following surgical castration in men with advanced prostate cancer, and since then the androgen receptor (AR) has remained the main therapeutic target in this disease. Over the past couple of decades, our understanding of AR-signaling biology has dramatically improved, and it has become apparent that the AR can modulate a number of other well-described oncogenic signaling pathways. Not surprisingly, mounting preclinical and epidemiologic data now supports a role for AR-signaling in promoting the growth and progression of several cancers other than prostate, and early phase clinical trials have documented preliminary signs of efficacy when AR-signaling inhibitors are used in several of these malignancies...
January 11, 2017: Cancers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075400/acknowledgement-to-reviewers-of-cancers-in-2016
#13
EDITORIAL
Cancers Editorial Office
The editors of Cancers would like to express their sincere gratitude to the following reviewers for assessing manuscripts in 2016.[...].
January 10, 2017: Cancers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075351/circulating-nucleosomes-and-nucleosome-modifications-as-biomarkers-in-cancer
#14
REVIEW
Peter McAnena, James A L Brown, Michael J Kerin
Traditionally the stratification of many cancers involves combining tumour and clinicopathological features (e.g., patient age; tumour size, grade, receptor status and location) to inform treatment options and predict recurrence risk and survival. However, current biomarkers often require invasive excision of the tumour for profiling, do not allow monitoring of the response to treatment and stratify patients into broad heterogeneous groups leading to inconsistent treatment responses. Here we explore and describe the benefits of using circulating biomarkers (nucleosomes and/or modifications to nucleosomes) as a non-invasive method for detecting cancer and monitoring response to treatment...
January 8, 2017: Cancers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067809/expression-and-clinical-significance-of-androgen-receptor-in-triple-negative-breast-cancer
#15
Yuka Asano, Shinichiro Kashiwagi, Wataru Goto, Sayaka Tanaka, Tamami Morisaki, Tsutomu Takashima, Satoru Noda, Naoyoshi Onoda, Masahiko Ohsawa, Kosei Hirakawa, Masaichi Ohira
BACKGROUND: Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) has a poor prognosis because of frequent recurrence. Androgen receptor (AR) is involved in the pathogenesis of breast cancer, but its role is not clearly defined. The aim of this study was to explore the expression of AR and its relationship with clinicopathologic features in TNBC. METHODS: This study investigated 1036 cases of sporadic invasive breast carcinoma. Immunohistochemical assays were performed to determine the expression of AR in 190 TNBC samples...
January 6, 2017: Cancers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067802/stabilization-of-nucleosomes-by-histone-tails-and-by-fact-revealed-by-spfret-microscopy
#16
Maria E Valieva, Nadezhda S Gerasimova, Kseniya S Kudryashova, Anastasia L Kozlova, Mikhail P Kirpichnikov, Qi Hu, Maria Victoria Botuyan, Georges Mer, Alexey V Feofanov, Vasily M Studitsky
A correct chromatin structure is important for cell viability and is tightly regulated by numerous factors. Human protein complex FACT (facilitates chromatin transcription) is an essential factor involved in chromatin transcription and cancer development. Here FACT-dependent changes in the structure of single nucleosomes were studied with single-particle Förster resonance energy transfer (spFRET) microscopy using nucleosomes labeled with a donor-acceptor pair of fluorophores, which were attached to the adjacent gyres of DNA near the contact between H2A-H2B dimers...
January 6, 2017: Cancers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054944/the-role-of-histone-protein-modifications-and-mutations-in-histone-modifiers-in-pediatric-b-cell-progenitor-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
#17
REVIEW
Szymon Janczar, Karolina Janczar, Agata Pastorczak, Hani Harb, Adam J W Paige, Beata Zalewska-Szewczyk, Marian Danilewicz, Wojciech Mlynarski
While cancer has been long recognized as a disease of the genome, the importance of epigenetic mechanisms in neoplasia was acknowledged more recently. The most active epigenetic marks are DNA methylation and histone protein modifications and they are involved in basic biological phenomena in every cell. Their role in tumorigenesis is stressed by recent unbiased large-scale studies providing evidence that several epigenetic modifiers are recurrently mutated or frequently dysregulated in multiple cancers. The interest in epigenetic marks is especially due to the fact that they are potentially reversible and thus druggable...
January 3, 2017: Cancers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042819/retroareolar-carcinomas-in-breast-ultrasound-pearls-and-pitfalls
#18
REVIEW
Romuald Ferré, Martine Paré, Lisa Smith, Mélanie Thériault, Ann Aldis, Ellen Kao, Benoit Mesurolle
Breast Ultrasound (US) is an important tool for both screening and diagnostic examinations. Although breast US has benefitted from significant recent technical improvements, its use for the retroareolar region is known to be more challenging than for other locations. The retroareolar location was defined by Giess et al. in 1998 as the region where any lesion is situated at less than two cm from the nipple and/or involves the nipple-areolar complex on mammogram. Understanding of the complex anatomy and physiology of the nipple-areolar region is important to avoid misinterpretation and misdiagnosis...
December 30, 2016: Cancers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27983677/erratum-roche-j-et-al-global-decrease-of-histone-h3k27-acetylation-in-zeb1-induced-epithelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-in-lung-cancer-cells-cancers-2013-5-334-356
#19
Joëlle Roche, Patrick Nasarre, Robert Gemmill, Aleksander Baldys, Julien Pontis, Christopher Korch, Joëlle Guilhot, Slimane Ait-Si-Ali, Harry Drabkin
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December 15, 2016: Cancers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27983592/ensuring-quality-in-online-palliative-care-resources
#20
Jennifer Tieman
Evidence and information is an integral part of the processes enabling clinical and service delivery within health. It is used by health professionals in clinical practice and in developing their professional knowledge, by policy makers in decision making, and is sought by health consumers to help them manage their health needs and assess their options. Increasingly, this evidence and information is being disseminated and sought through online channels. The internet is fundamentally changing how health information is being distributed and accessed...
December 13, 2016: Cancers
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