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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211218/the-integration-of-mri-in-radiation-therapy-collaboration-of-radiographers-and-radiation-therapists
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Robba Rai, Shivani Kumar, Vikneswary Batumalai, Doaa Elwadia, Lucy Ohanessian, Ewa Juresic, Lynette Cassapi, Shalini K Vinod, Lois Holloway, Paul J Keall, Gary P Liney
The increased utilisation of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in radiation therapy (RT) has led to the implementation of MRI simulators for RT treatment planning and influenced the development of MRI-guided treatment systems. There is extensive literature on the advantages of MRI for tumour volume and organ-at-risk delineation compared to computed tomography. MRI provides both anatomical and functional information for RT treatment planning (RTP) as well as quantitative information to assess tumour response for adaptive treatment...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210385/high-dose-rate-electronic-brachytherapy-a-nonsurgical-treatment-alternative-for-nonmelanoma-skin-cancer
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REVIEW
Ajay Bhatnagar, Rakesh Patel, William Philip Werschler, Roger I Ceilley, Robert Strimling
The authors summarized data from a group of physicians with experience using high-dose rate electronic brachytherapy for the treatment of nonmelanoma skin cancer. The data have been published or presented in abstract format at national dermatology and radiation oncology meetings. The data included 1,822 treated lesions from 2009 to 2014 in patients ranging in age from 52 to 104 years. Most lesions were basal cell carcinoma (57%) or squamous cell carcinoma (38%) less than 2cm in size (97%). Median follow-up at the various centers ranged from 4 to 16 months, and results yielded an extremely low recurrence rate of less than one percent...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209073/society-for-palliative-radiation-oncology-report-from-the-third-annual-meeting-2016
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Randy L Wei, Charles B Simone, Stephen Lutz
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2017: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196607/development-of-a-model-web-based-system-to-support-a-statewide-quality-consortium-in-radiation-oncology
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Jean M Moran, Mary Feng, Lisa A Benedetti, Robin Marsh, Kent A Griffith, Martha M Matuszak, Michael Hess, Matthew McMullen, Jennifer H Fisher, Teamour Nurushev, Margaret Grubb, Stephen Gardner, Daniel Nielsen, Reshma Jagsi, James A Hayman, Lori J Pierce
PURPOSE: A database in which patient data are compiled allows analytic opportunities for continuous improvements in treatment quality and comparative effectiveness research. We describe the development of a novel, web-based system that supports the collection of complex radiation treatment planning information from centers that use diverse techniques, software, and hardware for radiation oncology care in a statewide quality collaborative, the Michigan Radiation Oncology Quality Consortium (MROQC)...
October 20, 2016: Practical Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191603/erratum-to-a-review-of-shared-decision-making-and-patient-decision-aids-in-radiation-oncology
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Kristina DemasWoodhouse, Katie Tremont, Anil Vachani, Marilyn M Schapira, Neha Vapiwala, Charles B Simone, Abigail T Berman
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 13, 2017: Journal of Cancer Education: the Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185749/workplace-bullying-in-radiology-and-radiation-oncology
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Jay R Parikh, Jay A Harolds, Edward I Bluth
Workplace bullying is common in health care and has recently been reported in both radiology and radiation oncology. The purpose of this article is to increase awareness of bullying and its potential consequences in radiology and radiation oncology. Bullying behavior may involve abuse, humiliation, intimidation, or insults; is usually repetitive; and causes distress in victims. Workplace bullying is more common in health care than in other industries. Surveys of radiation therapists in the United States, student radiographers in England, and physicians-in-training showed that substantial proportions of respondents had been subjected to workplace bullying...
February 6, 2017: Journal of the American College of Radiology: JACR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185687/circulating-tumor-cells-and-circulating-tumor-dna-what-surgical-oncologists-need-to-know
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REVIEW
L Cabel, C Proudhon, P Mariani, D Tzanis, G Beinse, I Bieche, J-Y Pierga, F-C Bidard
As a result of recent progress in detection techniques, circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) and circulating tumor cells (CTC) can now be accurately detected in the blood of most cancer patients. While these new biomarkers can provide a better understanding of key biological mechanisms underlying cancer growth and dissemination, they also open up a wide range of possible clinical applications in medical oncology, radiation oncology and surgical oncology. In this review, we summarize the results obtained with ctDNA and CTC together with their potential future clinical applications in the field of surgical oncology, with particular focus on the perioperative setting of various types of cancer...
January 29, 2017: European Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181362/risk-factors-for-radiation-induced-optic-neuropathy-a-case-control-study
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Ian Ferguson, Julie Huecker, Jiayi Huang, Collin McClelland, Gregory Van Stavern
IMPORTANCE: Identifying risk factors for RION could promote a more conservative approach to radiation treatment planning in vulnerable patients. BACKGROUND: This study explored possible factors beyond radiation dose associated with the development of radiation-induced optic neuropathy (RION) after external beam radiation therapy. DESIGN: This was a retrospective case-control study conducted at a university hospital tertiary care center. PARTICIPANTS: Cases (n = 14) meeting criteria for a diagnosis of RION by neuro- ophthalmologic exam were identified from a single-center neuro-ophthalmology database...
February 9, 2017: Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28180110/assessing-tumor-oxygenation-for-predicting-outcome-in-radiation-oncology-a-review-of-studies-correlating-tumor-hypoxic-status-and-outcome-in-the-preclinical-and-clinical-settings
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REVIEW
Florence Colliez, Bernard Gallez, Bénédicte F Jordan
Tumor hypoxia is recognized as a limiting factor for the efficacy of radiotherapy, because it enhances tumor radioresistance. It is strongly suggested that assessing tumor oxygenation could help to predict the outcome of cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy. Strategies have also been developed to alleviate tumor hypoxia in order to radiosensitize tumors. In addition, oxygen mapping is critically needed for intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), in which the most hypoxic regions require higher radiation doses and the most oxygenated regions require lower radiation doses...
2017: Frontiers in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176423/effects-of-foot-massage-applied-2-different-methods-on-symptom-control-in-colorectal-cancer-patients-randomized-control-trial
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Neşe Uysal, Sevinç Kutlutürkan, Işıl Uğur
This randomized controlled clinical study aimed to determine the effect of 2 foot massage methods on symptom control in people with colorectal cancer who received chemoradiotherapy. Data were collected between June 16, 2015, and February 10, 2016, in the Department of Radiation Oncology of an oncology training and research hospital. The sample comprised 60 participants. Data were collected using an introductory information form, common terminology criteria for adverse events and European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer Quality of Life Questionnaires C30 and CR29...
February 7, 2017: International Journal of Nursing Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169177/lactation-facilities-in-us-radiology-practices
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Elizabeth Kagan Arleo, Jay R Parikh, Darcy Wolfman, Edward Bluth
PURPOSE: Despite federal and state laws mandating lactation facilities for eligible employers, no reliable data exist regarding the availability of lactation facilities in the radiology workforce. To fill this void, the ACR Commission on Human Resources added new questions to its annual electronic survey to better understand this aspect of the workforce situation for radiologists. METHODS: As done annually, the Practice of Radiology Environment Database was utilized to identify leaders of radiology practices, who were asked to complete an electronic survey developed by the ACR Commission on Human Resources...
February 3, 2017: Journal of the American College of Radiology: JACR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164839/apps-for-radiation-oncology-a-comprehensive-review
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REVIEW
J J Calero, L F Oton, C A Oton
INTRODUCTION: Software applications executed on a smart-phone or mobile device ("Apps") are increasingly used by oncologists in their daily work. A comprehensive critical review was conducted on Apps specifically designed for Radiation Oncology, which aims to provide scientific support for these tools and to guide users in choosing the most suited to their needs. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A systematic search was conducted in mobile platforms, iOS and Android, returning 157 Apps...
February 2017: Translational Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161553/lower-incidence-of-esophagitis-in-the-elderly-undergoing-definitive-radiation-therapy-for-lung-cancer
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Payal D Soni, Philip S Boonstra, Matthew J Schipper, Latifa Bazzi, Robert T Dess, Martha M Matuszak, Feng-Ming Kong, James A Hayman, Randall K Ten Haken, Theodore S Lawrence, Gregory P Kalemkerian, Shruti Jolly
INTRODUCTION: Most patients with lung cancer are elderly and poorly represented in randomized clinical trials. They are often undertreated because of concerns about their ability to tolerate aggressive treatment. We tested the hypothesis that elderly patients undergoing definitive lung radiation might tolerate treatment differently than younger patients. METHODS: A total of 125 patients who underwent definitive lung radiotherapy were identified from a prospective institutional database (University of Michigan cohort)...
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160448/reduced-patient-anxiety-as-a-result-of-radiation-therapist-led-psychosocial-support-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Kelly Elsner, Diana Naehrig, Georgia K B Halkett, Haryana M Dhillon
Up to 49% of patients attending radiation therapy appointments may experience anxiety and distress. Anxiety is heightened during the first few visits to radiation oncology. Radiation therapists (RT) are the only health professionals in direct daily contact with patients during treatment, placing them in a unique position to explore patients' psychosocial needs. This review aims to synthesise literature regarding the effect of RT-led psychosocial support on patient anxiety. In May 2015, we searched the following electronic databases: Medline, PsycINFO, Embase, CINAHL, PubMed and Cochrane library...
February 3, 2017: Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159496/androgen-deprivation-with-or-without-radiation-therapy-for-clinically-node-positive-prostate-cancer-lin-cc-gray-pj-jemal-a-efstathiou-ja-surveillance-and-health-services-research-program-intramural-research-american-cancer-society-atlanta-ga-ccl-aj-department
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Eggener Scott
BACKGROUND: Clinically lymph node-positive (cN+) prostate cancer (PCa) is an often-fatal disease. Its optimal management remains largely undefined given a lack of prospective, randomized data to inform practice. We sought to describe modern practice patterns in the management of cN+PCa and assess the effect of adding radiation therapy (RT) to androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) on survival using the National Cancer Data Base. METHODS: Patients with cN+PCa and without distant metastases diagnosed between 2004 and 2011 were included...
March 2017: Urologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156678/patterns-of-symptom-control-and-palliative-care-focused-original-research-articles-in-major-radiation-oncology-journals
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Tracy A Balboni, Edward Chow
: 216 Background: National oncology and palliative care organizations recommend greater incorporation of palliative care in clinical care and research in advanced cancer to improve care quality. In radiation oncology, palliative oncology care represents approximately 30-40% of treatment courses. Given the frequency of palliative care in radiation oncology and recommendations for greater research at this intersection, we sought to determine the prevalence and patterns of publication of symptom control and palliative care focused original research articles in two prominent radiation oncology journals from 2004-2015...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156673/palliative-whole-brain-radiotherapy-predictors-of-prescribing-5-versus-10-fractions
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Sarah Baker, Kim Paulson, Brock J Debenham, Sunita Ghosh, David L Ma, Fleur Huang, Karen P Chu, Diane Severin, John Amanie, Tirath Nijjar, Samir Patel, Ericka Wiebe, Brita Lavender Danielson, Bronwen LeGuerrier, Alysa M Fairchild
: 219 Background: The optimal dose for palliative whole brain radiotherapy (WBRT) continues to be debated. Common regimens include 20 Gy in five and 30 Gy in 10 fractions. We aimed to identify factors associated with WBRT dose schedules, hypothesizing that clinical prediction of survival (CPS) would influence prescribing practice. METHODS: Demographic and clinicopathologic data were collected for consecutive patients with brain metastases receiving WBRT through a dedicated palliative radiation oncology clinic...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156672/attitude-and-support-to-inform-clinical-predictions-of-survival-in-patients-with-advanced-cancer
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David L Ma, Kim Paulson, Sunita Ghosh, Bronwen LeGuerrier, Karen P Chu, Diane Severin, Fleur Huang, Sharon Watanabe, Ann Huot, John Amanie, Samir Patel, Tirath Nijjar, Ericka Wiebe, Brita Lavender Danielson, Brock J Debenham
: 39 Background: Tumour factors (eg primary site, size) helpful in prognostication in early stage cancer may be less important than patient factors, such as Karnofsky performance status (KPS), later in the disease trajectory. We evaluated the utilization of the parameters attitude (ATT) and psychosocial support (PSS) in predicting remaining lifespan by two experienced multidisciplinary teams (MDT). METHODS: After clinical assessment of consecutive patients, a quantitative clinical prediction of survival (CPS) was made prospectively, independently and anonymously by each health care provider (HCP)...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156660/attitudes-of-radiation-oncologists-toward-palliative-and-supportive-care-in-the-united-states-report-on-national-membership-survey-by-the-american-society-for-radiation-oncology-astro
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James B Yu, Malcolm Mattes, Adrienne Thrasher, Hui-Kuo George Shu, Jennifer F De Los Santos, Harald Paganetti, Bridget F Koontz, Christopher Abraham, Tracy A Balboni
: 105 Background: Radiation oncologists are frequently involved in providing palliative and supportive care (PSC) for patients with advanced cancers through delivery of palliative radiation. Whether they are confident in their ability to assess and initiate treatments for pain, non-pain, and psychosocial distress is unknown. The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) surveyed its practicing members in the United States on self-assessment of their primary PSC skills, and access to continuing medical education on PSC...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156627/making-treatment-decisions-at-end-of-life-in-a-comprehensive-cancer-center
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Lee Ellington, Kathi Mooney
: 51 Background: End of life treatment decisions are challenging for cancer patients and oncology providers. Patients must understand their prognosis and options, deciding if and when to increase palliative care and decrease tumor-focused therapy. Cancer centers committed to offering clinical trials and evaluate new therapies add complexity to these decisions. To better define crucial points for decision making, we reviewed the care patients received during the last 6 months of life at one comprehensive cancer center...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
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