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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160180/incidental-findings-on-fdg-pet-ct-in-head-and-neck-cancer
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Christopher J Britt, Austin M Maas, Tabassum A Kennedy, Gregory K Hartig
Objective 18F-fluoro-deoxy-glucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography (FDG PET/CT) imaging is common in head and neck cancer and often identifies incidental findings that necessitate additional patient evaluations. Our goal was to assess the frequency and nature of these incidental imaging findings on FDG-PET/CT. Study Design Retrospective cohort study. Setting Tertiary medical center. Subjects and Methods All patients with head and neck cancer who had undergone FDG-PET/CT imaging between January 2014 and June 2015 at our institution were evaluated for incidental findings...
November 1, 2017: Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159318/young-donor-white-blood-cell-immunotherapy-induces-extensive-tumor-necrosis-in-advanced-stage-solid-tumors
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Dipnarine Maharaj, Pedro G Vianna, Wendy Ward, Anthony J Messina, Trevor Rayborn, Jacqueline V Gouvea, Richard D Hammer, Zheng Cui
Background: In the past decade, a variety of immunotherapy approaches focused predominantly on the adaptive immune system have shown unprecedented responses in patients with advanced-stage malignancies. However, studies in spontaneous regression/complete resistance (SR/CR) mice and humans have shown a novel innate cancer-killing activity mediated by granulocytes, which is completely transferable for prevention or therapy against established malignancies. Methods: Three patients with advanced, relapsed or refractory solid tumors for which no standard therapy was available or was refused were enrolled into this ongoing combined phase I/II open label clinical trial testing the safety, dose tolerance, and possible antineoplastic efficacy of sequential infusions of HLA-mismatched non-irradiated allogeneic white cells (68-91% granulocytes) collected by leukapheresis from young, healthy donors (age 18-35) following mobilization with granulocyte colony stimulating factor (G-CSF) and dexamethasone...
October 2017: Heliyon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158826/label-free-biochips-for-accurate-detection-of-prostate-cancer-in-the-clinic-dual-biomarkers-and-circulating-tumor-cells
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Lung-Hsuan Pan, See-Tong Pang, Po-Yu Fang, Cheng-Keng Chuang, Hung-Wei Yang
Purpose: Early diagnosis of prostate cancer (PCa) is essential for the prevention of metastasis and for early treatment; therefore, we aimed to develop a simple, accurate, and multi-analyte assay system for early PCa diagnosis in this study. Experimental design: We fabricated three kinds of biochips then integrated into microfluidic device for simultaneous detection of vascularendothelial growth factor (VEGF), prostate-specific antigen (PSA), and PCa circulating tumor cells (CTC) in human serum for accurate diagnosis of PCa...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158372/enhancing-next-generation-sequencing-guided-cancer-care-through-cognitive-computing
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Nirali M Patel, Vanessa V Michelini, Jeff M Snell, Saianand Balu, Alan P Hoyle, Joel S Parker, Michele C Hayward, David A Eberhard, Ashley H Salazar, Patrick McNeillie, Jia Xu, Claudia S Huettner, Takahiko Koyama, Filippo Utro, Kahn Rhrissorrakrai, Raquel Norel, Erhan Bilal, Ajay Royyuru, Laxmi Parida, H Shelton Earp, Juneko E Grilley-Olson, D Neil Hayes, Stephen J Harvey, Norman E Sharpless, William Y Kim
BACKGROUND: Using next-generation sequencing (NGS) to guide cancer therapy has created challenges in analyzing and reporting large volumes of genomic data to patients and caregivers. Specifically, providing current, accurate information on newly approved therapies and open clinical trials requires considerable manual curation performed mainly by human "molecular tumor boards" (MTBs). The purpose of this study was to determine the utility of cognitive computing as performed by Watson for Genomics (WfG) compared with a human MTB...
November 20, 2017: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157785/history-of-breast-cancer-increases-90-day-pulmonary-embolism-rates-and-reimbursements-after-total-hip-arthroplasty-a-national-matched-pair-analysis
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Samuel Rosas, Alejandro Marquez-Lara, Daniel N Bracey, Jennifer Kurowicki, Martin W Roche, Cynthia L Emory
BACKGROUND: Rates of total hip arthroplasty (THA) are projected to increase in the coming decades. Multiple studies have focused on identifying risk factors for adverse events after joint arthroplasty, and recent attention has been directed toward cancer. Very limited data have been published examining the effects of history of malignancy on outcomes after THA. With a concomitant increase in breast cancer diagnosis and treatments in recent years, it is expected that orthopedic surgeons will likely see more breast cancer survivors in clinic...
October 31, 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157215/integration-of-rna-seq-data-with-heterogeneous-microarray-data-for-breast-cancer-profiling
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Daniel Castillo, Juan Manuel Gálvez, Luis Javier Herrera, Belén San Román, Fernando Rojas, Ignacio Rojas
BACKGROUND: Nowadays, many public repositories containing large microarray gene expression datasets are available. However, the problem lies in the fact that microarray technology are less powerful and accurate than more recent Next Generation Sequencing technologies, such as RNA-Seq. In any case, information from microarrays is truthful and robust, thus it can be exploited through the integration of microarray data with RNA-Seq data. Additionally, information extraction and acquisition of large number of samples in RNA-Seq still entails very high costs in terms of time and computational resources...
November 21, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156232/use-of-negative-pressure-wound-therapy-after-infection-and-flap-dehiscence-in-radical-vulvectomy-a-case-report
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Antoni Llueca, Jose Luis Herraiz, Raquel Del Moral, Dolors Piquer, Yasmine Maazouzi, Blanca Segarra, Jordan Barres, Anna Serra
INTRODUCTION: Vulvar cancer has a lower incidence in high income countries, but is rising, in part, due to the high life expectancy in these societies. Radical vulvectomy is still the standard treatment in initial stages. Wound dehiscence contitututes one of the most common postoperative complications. PRESENTATION OF CASE: A 76year old patient with a squamous cell carcinoma of the vulva, FIGO staged, IIIb is presented. Radical vulvectomy and bilateral inguinal lymph node dissection with lotus petal flaps reconstruction are performed as the first treatment...
November 6, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155666/cdc-activities-for-improving-implementation-of-human-papillomavirus-vaccination-cervical-cancer-screening-and-surveillance-worldwide
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Virginia Senkomago, Denise Duran, Anagha Loharikar, Terri B Hyde, Lauri E Markowitz, Elizabeth R Unger, Mona Saraiya
Cervical cancer incidence and mortality rates are high, particularly in developing countries. Most cervical cancers can be prevented by human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination, screening, and timely treatment. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides global technical assistance for implementation and evaluation of HPV vaccination pilot projects and programs and laboratory-related HPV activities to assess HPV vaccines. CDC collaborates with global partners to develop global cervical cancer screening recommendations and manuals, implement screening, create standardized evaluation tools, and provide expertise to monitor outcomes...
December 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155612/health-reform-and-utilization-of-high-volume-hospitals-for-complex-cancer-operations
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Andrew P Loehrer, David C Chang, Zirui Song, George J Chang
PURPOSE: Underinsured patients are less likely to receive complex cancer operations at hospitals with high surgical volumes (high-volume hospitals, or HVHs), which contributes to disparities in care. To date, the impact of insurance coverage expansion on site of complex cancer surgery remains unknown. METHODS: Using the 2006 Massachusetts coverage expansion as a natural experiment, we searched the Hospital Cost and Utilization Project state inpatient databases for Massachusetts and control states (New York, New Jersey, and Florida) between 2001 and 2011 to evaluate changes in the utilization of HVHs for resections of bladder, esophageal, stomach, pancreatic, rectal, or lung cancer after the expansion of insurance coverage...
November 20, 2017: Journal of Oncology Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155557/wearable-nanoplasmonic-patch-detecting-sun-uv-exposure
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Jessica G Barajas-Carmona, Leydi Francisco-Aldana, Eden Morales-Narváez
Sun exposure is known to yield beneficial health outcomes, including synthesis of adequate levels of vitamin D, beneficial modulation of blood pressure and is a valuable factor in mental health care. However, the increasing incidence of sun/UV exposure-related illness, such as skin cancer, is seriously concerning public health authorities as well as the scientific community. Consequently, moderate sun/UV exposure is strongly recommended. A wearable nanoplasmonic patch whose original color changes upon sun exposure due to its UV-responsive capabilities that are visually detectable has been engineered...
November 20, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155338/financial-toxicity-in-bladder-cancer-patients-reasons-for-delay-in-care-and-effect-on-quality-of-life
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Marianne M Casilla-Lennon, Seul Ki Choi, Allison M Deal, Jeannette T Bensen, Gopal Narang, Pauline Filippou, Benjamin McCormick, Raj Pruthi, Eric Wallen, Hung-Jui Tan, Michael Woods, Matthew Nielsen, Angela Smith
PURPOSE: Costly surveillance and treatment of bladder cancer can lead to financial toxicity (FT), a treatment-related financial burden. Our objective was to define the prevalence of FT among bladder cancer patients and identify delays in care and its effect on health-related quality of life (HRQOL). METHODS: We identified bladder cancer patients in the UNC Health Registry/Cancer Survivorship Cohort. FT was defined as agreement with having "to pay more for medical care than you can afford...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153115/prevalence-and-medical-costs-of-chronic-diseases-among-adult-medicaid-beneficiaries
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John M Chapel, Matthew D Ritchey, Donglan Zhang, Guijing Wang
INTRODUCTION: This review summarizes the current literature for the prevalence and medical costs of noncommunicable chronic diseases among adult Medicaid beneficiaries to inform future program design. METHODS: The databases MEDLINE and CINAHL were searched in August 2016 using keywords, including Medicaid, health status, and healthcare cost, to identify original studies that were published during 2000-2016, examined Medicaid as an independent population group, examined prevalence or medical costs of chronic conditions, and included adults within the age group 18-64 years...
December 2017: American Journal of Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153075/is-whole-colon-investigation-by-colonoscopy-computerised-tomography-colonography-or-barium-enema-necessary-for-all-patients-with-colorectal-cancer-symptoms-and-for-which-patients-would-flexible-sigmoidoscopy-suffice-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Wendy Atkin, Kate Wooldrage, Urvi Shah, Kate Skinner, Jeremy P Brown, Willie Hamilton, Ines Kralj-Hans, Michael R Thompson, Karen G Flashman, Steve Halligan, Siwan Thomas-Gibson, Margaret Vance, Amanda J Cross
BACKGROUND: For patients referred to hospital with suspected colorectal cancer (CRC), it is current standard clinical practice to conduct an examination of the whole colon and rectum. However, studies have shown that an examination of the distal colorectum using flexible sigmoidoscopy (FS) can be a safe and clinically effective investigation for some patients. These findings require validation in a multicentre study. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the links between patient symptoms at presentation and CRC risk by subsite, and to provide evidence of whether or not FS is an effective alternative to whole-colon investigation (WCI) in patients whose symptoms do not suggest proximal or obstructive disease...
November 2017: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152551/bladder-cancer-recovery-pathways-a-systematic-review
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Ian Maloney, Daniel C Parker, Michael S Cookson, Sanjay Patel
Background: Enhanced recovery pathways, also known as fast-track protocols, have been adopted since the early 2000s by various surgical specialties with the goal of improving patient outcomes and reducing the cost burden of major surgery on the health care system. Objective: To review the scientific literature on the origin of enhanced recovery pathways, track the contemporary utilization of such practices for patients undergoing radical cystectomy, and analyze the available data regarding their effect on morbidity, mortality, and treatment cost...
October 27, 2017: Bladder Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152231/does-penile-rehabilitation-have-a-role-in-the-treatment-of-erectile-dysfunction-following-radical-prostatectomy
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REVIEW
Gideon Blecher, Khaled Almekaty, Odunayo Kalejaiye, Suks Minhas
In men undergoing radical treatment for prostate cancer, erectile function is one of the most important health-related quality-of-life outcomes influencing patient choice in treatment. Penile rehabilitation has emerged as a therapeutic measure to prevent erectile dysfunction and expedite return of erectile function after radical prostatectomy. Penile rehabilitation involves a program designed to increase the likelihood of return to baseline-level erectile function, as opposed to treatment, which implies the therapeutic treatment of symptoms, a key component of post-radical prostatectomy management...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152097/identifying-and-analyzing-different-cancer-subtypes-using-rna-seq-data-of-blood-platelets
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Yu-Hang Zhang, Tao Huang, Lei Chen, YaoChen Xu, Yu Hu, Lan-Dian Hu, Yudong Cai, Xiangyin Kong
Detection and diagnosis of cancer are especially important for early prevention and effective treatments. Traditional methods of cancer detection are usually time-consuming and expensive. Liquid biopsy, a newly proposed noninvasive detection approach, can promote the accuracy and decrease the cost of detection according to a personalized expression profile. However, few studies have been performed to analyze this type of data, which can promote more effective methods for detection of different cancer subtypes...
October 20, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151818/lifetime-cost-effectiveness-analysis-of-intraoperative-radiation-therapy-versus-external-beam-radiation-therapy-for-early-stage-breast-cancer
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Rakesh Patel, Olga Ivanov, Jeff Voigt
Background: To date no one has examined the quality of life and direct costs of care in treating early stage breast cancer with adjunct intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT) versus external beam radiation therapy (EBRT) over the life of the patient. As well no one has examined the effects of radiation exposure with both therapies on the longer term sequelae. The purpose of this analysis was to examine the cost-effectiveness of IORT vs. EBRT over the life of the patient. Methods: A Markov decision-analytic model evaluated these treatment strategies in terms of the direct costs in treating patients over their lifetime (including the downstream costs associated with radiation exposure) and the resultant quality of life of these patients...
2017: Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation: C/E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151496/cost-effectiveness-analysis-of-cardiovascular-disease-treatment-in-japan
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Satoshi Kodera, Arihiro Kiyosue, Jiro Ando, Hiroshi Akazawa, Hiroyuki Morita, Masafumi Watanabe, Issei Komuro
The quality-adjusted life year (QALY) and incremental cost-effectiveness ratio (ICER) are important concepts in cost-effectiveness analysis, which is becoming increasingly important in Japan. QALY is used to estimate quality of life (QOL) and life years, and can be used to compare the efficacies of cancer and cardiovascular treatments. ICER is defined as the difference in cost between treatments divided by the difference in their effects, with a smaller ICER indicating better cost-effectiveness. Here, we present a review of cost-effectiveness analyses in Japan as well other countries...
November 17, 2017: International Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151363/functional-assessment-of-human-enhancer-activities-using-whole-genome-starr-sequencing
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Yuwen Liu, Shan Yu, Vineet K Dhiman, Tonya Brunetti, Heather Eckart, Kevin P White
BACKGROUND: Genome-wide quantification of enhancer activity in the human genome has proven to be a challenging problem. Recent efforts have led to the development of powerful tools for enhancer quantification. However, because of genome size and complexity, these tools have yet to be applied to the whole human genome. RESULTS:  In the current study, we use a human prostate cancer cell line, LNCaP as a model to perform whole human genome STARR-seq (WHG-STARR-seq) to reliably obtain an assessment of enhancer activity...
November 20, 2017: Genome Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151150/a-comparison-of-cancer-risk-assessment-and-testing-outcomes-in-patients-from-underserved-vs-tertiary-care-settings
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Huma Q Rana, Sarah R Cochrane, Elaine Hiller, Ruth N Akindele, Callie M Nibecker, Ludmila A Svoboda, Angel M Cronin, Judy E Garber, Christopher S Lathan
In cancer genetics, technological advances (next generation sequencing) and the expansion of genetic test options have resulted in lowered costs and increased access to genetic testing. Despite this, the majority of patients utilizing cancer genetics services lack diversity of gender, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. Through retrospective chart review, we compared outcomes of cancer genetics consultations at a tertiary cancer center and a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) (58 tertiary and 23 FQHC patients) from 2013 to 2015...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Community Genetics
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