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Anna Lindfors, Åsa Åkesson, Christian Staf, Per Sjöli, Karin Sundfeldt, Pernilla Dahm-Kähler
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to compare robotic and open surgery in elderly women diagnosed as having endometrial cancer, in terms of costs, survival, surgical outcome, and operating time. METHODS: Women 70 years or older undergoing open and robotic surgery for endometrial cancers were included consecutively before and after the introduction of robotic surgery at a tertiary center. Costs were calculated using the case-costing system, cost per patient, including the first 30 postoperative days...
March 20, 2018: International Journal of Gynecological Cancer
Geneviève Gauthier, Patrick Gagnon-Sanschagrin, Annie Guérin, Rebecca Burne, Tania Small, Polly Niravath, Anand A Dalal
INTRODUCTION: Premenopausal women with hormone receptor-positive/human epidermal growth factor receptor 2-negative (HR+/HER2-) metastatic breast cancer (mBC) have complex treatment needs and may receive sequential combinations of endocrine therapy (ET) or chemotherapy. This study describes healthcare utilization (HRU) and costs among premenopausal women with HR+/HER2- mBC in real-world settings from a payer's perspective. METHODS: In this retrospective cohort study, premenopausal women with HR+/HER2- mBC who received ET or chemotherapy were identified from the Truven Health Analytics MarketScan database (1 January 2006-31 December 2015)...
March 20, 2018: Advances in Therapy
Fiona Lim Mei Ying, Maria Choy Yin Ping, Macy Tong, Elaine Yim Pik Yan, Tracy Lui Siu Yee, Lam Yuk Ting, Anita Lo Wing Sim, Lui Cheuk Yu, Bosco Lam Hoi Shiu, Ashley Cheng Chi Kin
PURPOSE: International guidelines adopt risk stratification approach to manage patients with low-risk febrile neutropenia patients. We developed this out-patient program using shared-care model with professional input and patient empowerment, so as to reduce patients' psychological burden from hospitalization and to improve the cost-effectiveness of management. METHOD: This is a prospective cohort study to compare the efficacy and safeness of the out-patient program when compared with traditional in-patient care...
March 20, 2018: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
Sergio J Sanabria, Orcun Goksel, Katharina Martini, Serafino Forte, Thomas Frauenfelder, Rahel A Kubik-Huch, Marga B Rominger
OBJECTIVES: To assess feasibility and diagnostic accuracy of a novel hand-held ultrasound (US) method for breast density assessment that measures the speed of sound (SoS), in comparison to the ACR mammographic (MG) categories. METHODS: ACR-MG density (a=fatty to d=extremely dense) and SoS-US were assessed in the retromamillary, inner and outer segments of 106 women by two radiographers. A conventional US system was used for SoS-US. A reflector served as timing reference for US signals transmitted through the breasts...
March 19, 2018: European Radiology
Nicolas Palaskas, Kara Thompson, Gregory Gladish, Ali M Agha, Saamir Hassan, Cezar Iliescu, Peter Kim, Jean B Durand, Juan C Lopez-Mattei
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Our purpose is to discuss the importance of multimodality imaging in the assessment of cardiac tumors and management. We have compiled a recent review of the scientific literature and embedded our clinical pathways and recommendations based on data and clinical experience. RECENT FINDINGS: The use of contrast echocardiography in the assessment of cardiac masses has been shown to be helpful in distinguishing tumor from thrombus. Deformation imaging of cardiac tumors has been shown to differentiate better rhabdomyomas from fibromas in pediatric patients...
March 20, 2018: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
Oguzhan Alagoz, Mehmet Ali Ergun, Mucahit Cevik, Brian L Sprague, Dennis G Fryback, Ronald E Gangnon, John M Hampton, Natasha K Stout, Amy Trentham-Dietz
The University of Wisconsin Breast Cancer Epidemiology Simulation Model (UWBCS), also referred to as Model W, is a discrete-event microsimulation model that uses a systems engineering approach to replicate breast cancer epidemiology in the US over time. This population-based model simulates the lifetimes of individual women through 4 main model components: breast cancer natural history, detection, treatment, and mortality. A key feature of the UWBCS is that, in addition to specifying a population distribution in tumor growth rates, the model allows for heterogeneity in tumor behavior, with some tumors having limited malignant potential (i...
April 2018: Medical Decision Making: An International Journal of the Society for Medical Decision Making
Fen Li, Bifan Zhu, Zhimin He, Xiaoxi Zhang, Changying Wang, Linan Wang, Peipei Song, Lingling Ding, Chunlin Jin
The aim of this study was to use data from the Information Center of the Shanghai Municipal Commission of Health and Family Planning (SMCHFP) to determine the factors affecting end-of-life hospital costs of patients. A total number of 43,806 decedents who died in medical facilities in 2015 were examined. These individuals, accounted for 34.85% of all deaths in 2015 in Shanghai. Descriptive analysis and multiple linear regression analysis were performed using STATA 13.0. Results indicated that 88.94% of the decedents who died in medical facilities were over age 60...
2018: Bioscience Trends
Bifan Zhu, Fen Li, Changying Wang, Linan Wang, Zhimin He, Xiaoxi Zhang, Peipei Song, Lingling Ding, Chunlin Jin
One aim of the current study was to track end-of-life care using individual data in Shanghai, China to profile hospital costs for decedents and those for the entire population. A second aim of this study was to clarify the effect of proximity to death. Data from the Information Center of the Shanghai Municipal Commission of Health and Family Planning (SMCHFP) were examined. For decedents who died in medical facilities in 2015, inpatient care was tracked for 1 year before death. A total of 43,765 decedents were included in the study, accounting for 35% of total deaths in 2015 in Shanghai...
2018: Bioscience Trends
Tanya B Dorff, Neeraj Agarwal
Bone metastases are the main driver of morbidity and mortality in advanced prostate cancer. Targeting the bone microenvironment, a key player in the pathogenesis of bone metastasis, has become one of the mainstays of therapy in men with advanced prostate cancer. This review will evaluate the data supporting the use of bone-targeted therapy, including (1) bisphosphonates such as zoledronic acid, which directly target osteoclasts, (2) denosumab, a receptor activator of nuclear factor-kappa B (RANK) ligand inhibitor, which targets a key component of bone stromal interaction, and (3) radium-223, an alpha-emitting calcium mimetic, which hones to the metabolically active areas of osteoblastic metastasis and induces double-strand breaks in the DNA...
March 16, 2018: Asian Journal of Andrology
Qing Li, Yan Ding, Xu-Yin Zhang, Wei-Wei Feng, Ke-Qin Hua
Objective To provide novel insights into the clinical treatment of adenomyosis. Methods Two hundred patients with adenomyosis were enrolled in this prospective, nonrandomized, parallel-controlled study with a 1-year follow-up in our hospital. Group 1 was treated with 3.75 mg leuprorelin acetate (LA) (n = 40), Group 2 was treated with 1.88 mg LA (n = 40), Group 3 underwent Mirena implantation (n = 40), Group 4 underwent Mirena implantation after treatment with 3.75 mg LA (n = 40), Group 5 underwent Mirena implantation after treatment with 1...
January 1, 2018: Journal of International Medical Research
Imran Hameed Khaliq, Hafiz Zahid Mahmood, Naveed Akhter, Muhammad Danish Sarfraz, Khadija Asim, Khalid Masood Gondal
PURPOSE: Breast cancer is one of the major causes of death incurring highest morbidity and mortality amongst women of Pakistan. The purpose of this study was to assess and compare the role of two public sector tertiary care hospitals' management in reducing out of pocket (OOP) expenses on direct medical costs borne by breast carcinoma patients' household from diagnosis through treatment. Moreover, the study intended to explore the reasons of opting private diagnostic facilities by the said patients during the services taken from the foresaid tertiary care centers...
January 2018: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
Vassilis Kouloulias, Evridiki Patriki, Eftychia Mosa, Kalliopi Platoni, John Georgakopoulos, Anna Zygogianni, Maria Dilvoi, George Patatoukas, Christos Antypas, Christina Armpilia, Nikolaos Trogkanis, Eyfrosini Kypraiou, Stella Nikoloudi, George Giannakouras, Efstathios Efstathopoulos, Nikolaos Kelekis, John Kouvaris
PURPOSE: To evaluate in an observational way the clinical impact of a hypofractionated irradiation schedule in patients with unresectable non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). METHODS: Forty elderly patients (24 men/16 women) diagnosed with unresectable stage IIIb/IV NSCLC unfit for chemotherapy, were treated with once-a-week hypofractionation schedule. All patients had a poor performance status. A dose of 255 Gy in 3 weekly fractions was prescribed while a 3D conformal technique (3D-CRT) was used for irradiation...
January 2018: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
Riccardo Rizzo, Maria Alvaro, Norbert Danz, Lucia Napione, Emiliano Descrovi, Stefan Schmieder, Alberto Sinibaldi, Subinoy Rana, Rona Chandrawati, Peter Munzert, Thomas Schubert, Emmanuel Maillart, Aleksei Anopchenko, Paola Rivolo, Alessandro Mascioletti, Erik Förster, Frank Sonntag, Molly M Stevens, Federico Bussolino, Francesco Michelotti
Quantitative detection of angiogenic biomarkers provides a powerful tool to diagnose cancers in early stages and to follow its progression during therapy. Conventional tests require trained personnel, dedicated laboratory equipment and are generally time-consuming. Herein, we propose our developed biosensing platform as a useful tool for a rapid determination of Angiopoietin-2 biomarker directly from patient plasma within 30 minutes, without any sample preparation or dilution. Bloch surface waves supported by one dimensional photonic crystal are exploited to enhance and redirect the fluorescence arising from a sandwich immunoassay that involves Angiopoietin-2...
February 1, 2018: Biomedical Optics Express
Derrick S Haslem, Ingo Chakravarty, Gail Fulde, Heather Gilbert, Brian P Tudor, Karen Lin, James M Ford, Lincoln D Nadauld
The impact of precision oncology on guiding treatment decisions of late-stage cancer patients was previously studied in a retrospective analysis. However, the overall survival and costs were not previously evaluated. We report the overall survival and healthcare costs associated with precision oncology in these patients with advanced cancer. Building on a matched cohort study of 44 patients with metastatic cancer who received all of their care within a single institution, we evaluated the overall survival and healthcare costs for each patient...
February 23, 2018: Oncotarget
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The use of proton beam therapy (PBT) offers the opportunity to improve greater conformality of radiotherapy treatment delivery in some patients. However, it is associated with a high capital cost and the need to build new dedicated facilities. We discuss how the global radiotherapy community can respond to the challenge of producing high-quality evidence of clinical benefit from PBT in adult patients. In the UK, the National Cancer Research Institute-funded Clinical and Radiotherapy Translational group has established the PBT Clinical Trial Strategy Group...
March 15, 2018: Clinical Oncology: a Journal of the Royal College of Radiologists
Sarah E Chadwell, Hua He, Sara Knapke, Jaime Lewis, Rebecca Sisson, Jennifer Hopper
Genetic testing for inherited cancer risk has recently improved through the advent of multi-gene panels and the addition of deletion and duplication analysis of the BRCA genes. The primary aim of this study was to determine which factors influence the intent of individuals with a personal history of breast and/or ovarian cancer and negative or uncertain BRCA1 and BRCA2 testing to return to a hereditary cancer program for additional genetic risk assessment, counseling, and testing. Surveys were sent to 1197 individuals and 257 were returned...
March 17, 2018: Journal of Genetic Counseling
Graham Pawelec
Since the first immunomodulatory antibody was licensed by the FDA in 2011 for treating melanoma it has remained the case that only a certain proportion of cancer patients respond favourably to a particular therapy. Recent results from combining two or more different antibodies each targeting a different immune checkpoint indicate that the proportion of responding patients can be increased, but thus far there are no such therapies routinely yielding clinical benefit in 100% of patients in any cancer type. Therefore, predicting which patients will respond to a particular therapy remains of the utmost importance in order to maximise treatment efficacy and minimise side-effects and costs...
March 15, 2018: Current Opinion in Immunology
Nitika Paudel, Kevin P Bethke, Lilian C Wang, Jonathan B Strauss, John P Hayes, Eric D Donnelly
PURPOSE: The current standard of care for women diagnosed with early stage breast cancer is breast-conserving surgery (BCS) followed by external beam radiation therapy, commonly delivered over 3-6 weeks. As an alternative, select patients can undergo intra-operative radiation therapy (IORT) at the time of BCT. This technique delivers a single fraction of radiation at the time of surgery, enabling patients to undergo both surgery and radiation in a single session. Our current study analyzed the value of incorporating breast MRI into the routine work-up of patients deemed eligible for IORT, to quantify the impact on patient eligibility and requirement for additional work-up...
March 2018: Surgical Oncology
Wei-Zhe Chen, Xiao-Dong Chen, Liang-Liang Ma, Feng-Min Zhang, Ji Lin, Cheng-Le Zhuang, Zhen Yu, Xiao-Lei Chen, Xiao-Xi Chen
BACKGROUND: With the increased prevalence of obesity and sarcopenia, those patients with both visceral obesity and sarcopenia were at higher risk of adverse outcomes. AIM: The aim of this study was to ascertain the combined impact of visceral obesity and sarcopenia on short-term outcomes in patients undergoing colorectal cancer surgery. METHODS: We conducted a prospective study from July 2014 to February 2017. Patients' demographic, clinical characteristics, physical performance, and postoperative short-term outcomes were collected...
March 16, 2018: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
Philip E Castle, Cosette M Wheeler, Nicole G Campos, Stephen Sy, Emily A Burger, Jane J Kim
There is limited information on the cost-inefficiencies of non-adherence to recommended cervical cancer screening or the potential value for improving non-adherence. We estimated the incremental value of adhering to recommended screening every three years with cytology, using a disease simulation model that integrated real-world screening practice data from New Mexico. The amount that can be spent to improve adherence was estimated by calculating the incremental net monetary benefit (INMB) under scenarios of Current Practice (assuming a population of mixed adherence) and Uniformly Non-Adherent populations with imperfect or perfect adherence to follow-up of screen-positive women...
March 14, 2018: Preventive Medicine
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