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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731876/neuraxial-drug-delivery-for-the-management-of-cancer-pain-cost-updates-and-society-guidelines
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Collin F M Clarke
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The present study discusses the utilization of neuraxial drug delivery (NDD) for the management of cancer pain, based on recent trials, reviews, and guidelines with a focus on cost analysis. RECENT FINDINGS: Almost all recent publications suggest that more stringent research is needed to improve evidence on NDD, particularly as conflicting reports exist regarding cost effectiveness of drug delivery systems. The combination of local anesthetics and opioids, with or without clonidine, continues to be reported as beneficial with the utilization of patient controlled systems providing an advantage over continuous ones...
July 20, 2017: Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731497/the-effect-of-frailty-on-short-term-outcomes-after-head-and-neck-cancer-surgery
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Carrie L Nieman, Karen T Pitman, Anthony P Tufaro, David W Eisele, Kevin D Frick, Christine G Gourin
OBJECTIVE: To determine the relationship between frailty and comorbidity, in-hospital mortality, postoperative complications, length of hospital stay (LOS), and costs in head and neck cancer (HNCA) surgery. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional analysis. METHODS: Discharge data from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample for 159,301 patients who underwent ablative surgery for a malignant oral cavity, laryngeal, hypopharyngeal, or oropharyngeal neoplasm in 2001 to 2010 was analyzed using cross-tabulations and multivariate regression modeling...
July 21, 2017: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730914/the-health-economic-studies-of-hpv-vaccination-in-southeast-asian-countries-a-systematic-review
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Didik Setiawan, Monika Puri Oktora, Raymond Hutubessy, Arthorn Riewpaiboon, Maarten J Postma
The cervical cancer-related burden is an important problem in Southeast Asian (SEA) countries. However, only 3 out of 11 countries implement the comprehensive prevention program. Areas covered: This is a retrospective review from all relevant studies until 2015 from two main databases, MEDLINE/Pubmed and Embase in order to provide an evidence on the health economics of HPV vaccination in the region. Expert commentary: The implementation of HPV vaccination will generate substantial health and economic benefit in SEA countries since the number of cervical cancer cases in this region are generally high...
July 21, 2017: Expert Review of Vaccines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730776/institutional-variations-in-nutritional-aspects-of-enhanced-recovery-pathways-after-elective-surgery-for-colon-cancer
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Fotios Seretis, Panagiota Kaisari, Kasun Wanigasooriya, Edward Rawstorne, Charalampos Seretis
PURPOSE: Perioperative nutritional optimisation is one of the key aspects of the Enhanced Recovery after Surgery (ERAS) pathway after elective colorectal cancer resections. Despite the general acceptance of ERAS as a safe and cost-effective perioperative care bundle, significant variations in terms of nutritional support exist among colorectal units. METHODS: To assess these variations, we performed a cross-sectional online survey among colorectal surgical residents within a UK region...
May 2017: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730505/stool-based-testing-for-colorectal-cancer-an-overview-of-available-evidence
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Kevin M Rank, Aasma Shaukat
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The goal of this review is to summarize stool-based testing for colorectal cancer (CRC). The key questions answered in this review were the advantages and limitations of each available stool-based test for CRC and to examine their comparative efficacy. RECENT FINDINGS: Guaiac-based fecal occult blood testing (gFOBT) is no longer a relevant test for CRC screening. fecal immunochemical testing (FIT) tests, especially quantitative assays, are clearly a reliable stool-based test...
August 2017: Current Gastroenterology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730303/exhaled-breath-online-measurement-for-cervical-cancer-patients-and-healthy-subjects-by-proton-transfer-reaction-mass-spectrometry
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Wenzhao Zhou, Chaoqun Huang, Xue Zou, Yan Lu, Chengyin Shen, Xiping Ding, Hongzhi Wang, Haihe Jiang, Yannan Chu
Cervical cancer is a common cancer among women and has a high morbidity and mortality. The traditional clinical methods for cervical cancer screening are invasive and limited in terms of cost and time. There is an unmet clinical need for new methods to aid clinicians in the rapid screening and auxiliary diagnosis of cervical precancer. Recently, breath analysis has become an attractive approach for investigation of cancer biomarkers and shows great potential in cancer screening owing to its high sensitivity, quickness, and non-invasive nature...
July 20, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729355/insurance-clearance-for-early-phase-oncology-clinical-trials-following-the-affordable-care-act
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Kenneth L Kehl, Cheryl P Fullmer, Siqing Fu, Goldy C George, Kenneth R Hess, Filip Janku, Daniel D Karp, Shumei Kato, Cynthia K Kizer, Razelle Kurzrock, Aung Naing, Shubham Pant, Sarina A Piha-Paul, Vivek Subbiah, Apostolia M Tsimberidou, David S Hong
Purpose: The Affordable Care Act (ACA) required that private insurance plans allow clinical trial participation and cover standard-of-care costs, but the impact of this provision has not been well-characterized. We assessed rates of insurance clearance for trial participation within our large early-phase clinical trials program, before and after implementation of the requirement.Experimental Design: We analyzed the departmental database for the Clinical Center for Targeted Therapy (CCTT) at MD Anderson Cancer Center (Houston, TX)...
July 20, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728302/-clinical-efficacy-of-ladder-neoadjuvant-therapy-in-treatment-of-advanced-mid-low-rectal-cancer
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Y X Zhang, H B Wang, Y J Lu, H Y Liu
Objective: To explore the clinical efficacy of ladder neoadjuvant therapy in treatment of advanced mid-low rectal cancer. Methods: We performed a retrospective study of one hundred and eighty mid and low rectal cancer patients who underwent ladder neoadjuvant therapy(neoadjuvant chemotherapy followed by surgery if neoadjuvant chemotherapy was effective; neoadjuvant chemotherapy followed by neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy if neoadjuvant chemotherapy was ineffective)(n=90) or neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy (n=90)...
July 23, 2017: Zhonghua Zhong Liu za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Oncology]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728147/efficient-maximum-likelihood-estimation-for-pedigree-data-with-the-sum-product-algorithm
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Alexander Engelhardt, Anna Rieger, Achim Tresch, Ulrich Mansmann
OBJECTIVE: We analyze data sets consisting of pedigrees with age at onset of colorectal cancer (CRC) as phenotype. The occurrence of familial clusters of CRC suggests the existence of a latent, inheritable risk factor. We aimed to compute the probability of a family possessing this risk factor as well as the hazard rate increase for these risk factor carriers. Due to the inheritability of this risk factor, the estimation necessitates a costly marginalization of the likelihood. METHODS: We propose an improved EM algorithm by applying factor graphs and the sum-product algorithm in the E-step...
July 21, 2017: Human Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727871/biosimilars-in-oncology-in-the-united-states-a-review
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Chadi Nabhan, Sandeep Parsad, Anthony R Mato, Bruce A Feinberg
Importance: Biosimilars are biological medicines that contain a highly similar version of the active substance of an already approved biologic reference product. The availability of biosimilars might provide an opportunity to lower health care expenditures as a result of the inherent price competition with their reference product. Understanding how biosimilar cancer drugs are regulated, approved, and paid for, as well as their impact in a value-based care environment, is essential for physicians and other stakeholders in oncology...
July 20, 2017: JAMA Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727561/a-cots-based-microwave-imaging-system-for-breast-cancer-detection
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Mario R Casu, Marco Vacca, Jorge A Tobon, Azzurra Pulimeno, Imran Sarwar, Raffaele Solimene, Francesca Vipiana
Microwave imaging is an emerging breast cancer diagnostic technique, which aims at complementing already established methods like mammography, magnetic resonance imaging, and ultrasound. It offers two striking advantages: no-risk for the patient and potential low-cost for national health systems. So far, however, the prototypes developed for validation in labs and clinics used costly lab instruments such as a vector network analyzer (VNA). Moreover, the CPU time required by complex image reconstruction algorithms may not be compatible with the duration of a medical examination...
July 18, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727412/a-novel-host-guest-recognition-assisted-electrochemical-release-its-reusable-sensing-application-based-on-dna-cross-configuration-fueled-target-cycling-and-sdr-amplification
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Yuanyuan Chang, Ying Zhuo, Yaqin Chai, Ruo Yuan
In this work, an elegantly designed host-guest recognition-assisted electrochemical release was established and applied in a reusable electrochemical biosensor for the detection of microRNA-182-5p (miRNA-182-5p), a prostate cancer biomarker in prostate cancer, based on the DNA cross configuration-fueled target cycling and strand displacement reaction (SDR) amplification. With such design, the single target miRNA input could be converted to large numbers of single-stranded DNA (S1-Trp and S2-Trp) output which could be trapped by cucurbit[8]uril-methyl viologen (CB-8-MV2+) based on the host-guest recognition, significantly enhancing the sensitivity for miRNA detection...
July 20, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726348/state-insurance-mandates-and-off-label-use-of-chemotherapy
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Fabrice Smieliauskas, Hari Sharma, Connor Hurley, Jonas A de Souza, Ya-Chen Tina Shih
Access to cancer drugs used off-label is important to cancer patients but may drive up healthcare costs with little evidence of clinical benefit. We hypothesized that state health insurance mandates for private insurers to provide coverage for off-label use of cancer drugs cause higher rates of off-label use. We used Truven MarketScan data from 1999 to 2007 on utilization of 35 infused chemotherapy drugs in private health plans in the United States, covering the period when eight states implemented off-label coverage laws...
July 20, 2017: Health Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726046/spectrophotometric-photodynamic-detection-involving-extracorporeal-treatment-with-hexaminolevulinate-for-bladder-cancer-cells-in-voided-urine
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Yasushi Nakai, Toshiyuki Ozawa, Fumiko Mizuno, Sayuri Onishi, Takuya Owari, Syunta Hori, Yosuke Morizawa, Yosihiro Tatsumi, Makito Miyake, Nobumichi Tanaka, Daisuke Tsuruta, Kiyohide Fujimoto
PURPOSE: To evaluate the feasibility of hexaminolevulinate (HAL) for the photodynamic detection of cancer cells in voided urine. METHODS: This study included 50 patients with bladder cancer that was confirmed histologically after transurethral resection (bladder cancer group) and 50 outpatients without a history of urothelial carcinoma or cancer-related findings (no malignancy group). One third of the voided urine samples were incubated with aminolevulinic acid (ALA-treated samples), one third were incubated with HAL (HAL-treated samples), and the remaining samples were incubated without treatment (untreated samples)...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725576/cost-consideration-in-utilization-of-multiparametric-magnetic-resonance-imaging-in-prostate-cancer
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REVIEW
Ryan Hutchinson, Yair Lotan
The screening, evaluation and management of prostate cancer changed significantly in the last decade. The recommendations regarding prostate cancer screening continue to evolve with new revelations about existing data sets and longer followup of landmark trials. Robotics has gained the vast majority of the marketplace for surgically managed prostate cancer in rapid fashion. The need for intervention in low risk prostate cancer has been closely examined and more men are being expectantly managed than ever before...
June 2017: Translational Andrology and Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725252/individualized-3d-scanning-and-printing-for-non-melanoma-skin-cancer-brachytherapy-a-financial-study-for-its-integration-into-clinical-workflow
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Meritxell Arenas, Sebastià Sabater, Andreu Sintas, Monica Arguís, Víctor Hernández, Miguel Árquez, Iolanda López, Àngeles Rovirosa, Doménec Puig
PURPOSE: Skin cancer is the most common tumor in the population. There are different therapeutic modalities. Brachytherapy is one of the techniques used, in which it is necessary to build customized moulds for some patients. Currently, these moulds are made by hand using rudimentary techniques. We present a new procedure based on 3D printing and the analysis of the clinical workflow. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Moulds can be made either by hand or by automated 3D printing...
June 2017: Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725247/novel-anesthetic-technique-for-combined-intracavitary-and-interstitial-brachytherapy-for-cervix-cancer-in-an-outpatient-setting
#17
Yiat Horng Leong, Kenneth Hock Soon Tan, Bok Ai Choo, Vicky Yaling Koh, Johann I-Hsiung Tang
PURPOSE: To determine the feasibility and safety of outpatient combined intracavitary and interstitial brachytherapy for cervix cancer with sedation and local anesthesia. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We included patients diagnosed with non-metastatic cervix cancer and have completed brachytherapy between December 2015 and December 2016. Moderate to deep sedation was achieved using intravenous midazolam, propofol, fentanyl, and oxycodone. Local anesthesia was achieved with 2% lignocaine gel and a paracervical block containing a mixture of 1% ropivacaine, 2% lignocaine, and 1 : 1,000 adrenaline...
June 2017: Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725164/cost-effectiveness-of-cervical-cancer-screening-and-preventative-cryotherapy-at-an-hiv-treatment-clinic-in-kenya
#18
Marita R Zimmermann, Elisabeth Vodicka, Joseph B Babigumira, Timothy Okech, Nelly Mugo, Samah Sakr, Louis P Garrison, Michael H Chung
OBJECTIVE: This study evaluated the potential cost-effectiveness of cervical cancer screening in HIV treatment clinics in Nairobi, Kenya. METHODS: A Markov model was used to project health outcomes and costs of cervical cancer screening and cryotherapy at an HIV clinic in Kenya using cryotherapy without screening, visual inspection with acetic acid (VIA), Papanicolaou smear (Pap), and testing for human papillomavirus (HPV). Direct and indirect medical and non-medical costs were examined from societal and clinic perspectives...
2017: Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation: C/E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724133/a-nationwide-analysis-of-cost-variation-for-autologous-free-flap-breast-reconstruction
#19
Jessica I Billig, Yiwen Lu, Adeyiza O Momoh, Kevin C Chung
Importance: Cost variation among hospitals has been demonstrated for surgical procedures. Uncovering these differences has helped guide measures taken to reduce health care spending. To date, the fiscal consequence of hospital variation for autologous free flap breast reconstruction is unknown. Objective: To investigate factors that influence cost variation for autologous free flap breast reconstruction. Design, Setting, and Participants: A secondary cross-sectional analysis was performed using the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project National Inpatient Sample database from 2008 to 2010...
July 19, 2017: JAMA Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723694/exosomes-a-cancer-theranostics-road-map
#20
Angeliki Panagiotara, Athina Markou, Evi S Lianidou, George P Patrinos, Theodora Katsila
Interindividual variability is yet to be fully characterized, and for this, optimum patient stratification and companion diagnostics are still lacking. Especially when complex disease phenotypes and/or polygenic diseases are considered, patient monitoring and disease management become rather challenging, while acquired resistance to therapy and/or toxicity events are among the unmet needs in the clinic. No doubt, biomarkers are of great importance to disease management and tailor-made theranostics. Microfluidics has gathered great attention lately, mostly due to its low-invasive nature compared to tissue biopsies...
July 20, 2017: Public Health Genomics
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