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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340256/sleep-disturbance-of-adults-with-a-brain-tumor-and-their-family-caregivers-a-systematic-review
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Megan Soohwa Jeon, Haryana M Dhillon, Meera R Agar
The high incidence and psychophysiological morbidities of sleep disturbance in cancer have been increasingly recognized. Yet, more detailed understanding of sleep disturbance and options for management have been neglected areas in both clinical care and research. Brain tumor patients have been particularly overlooked. A systematic search of the literature from 1990 to 2015 was performed to review sleep disturbance in adults with primary or secondary brain tumor and their family caregivers. Fifty eligible studies were identified, of which 12 focused on sleep, 37 reported sleep items within a health-related quality of life measure and 1 reported caregivers' sleep...
March 15, 2017: Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339108/very-high-energy-electron-vhee-beams-in-radiation-therapy-treatment-plan-comparison-between-vhee-vmat-and-ppbs
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Emil Schüler, Kjell Eriksson, Elin Hynning, Steven L Hancock, Susan M Hiniker, Magdalena Bazalova-Carter, Tony Wong, Quynh-Thu Le, Billy W Loo, Peter G Maxim
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the performance of very high energy electron beams (VHEE) beams in comparison to clinically derived treatment plans generated with volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) and proton pencil beam scanning (PPBS) technology. We developed a custom optimization script that could be applied automatically across modalities to eliminate operator bias during IMRT optimization. METHODS: Four clinical cases were selected (prostate cancer, lung cancer, pediatric brain tumor, and head and neck cancer (HNC))...
March 24, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334886/glioblastoma-associated-microglia-and-macrophages-targets-for-therapies-to-improve-prognosis
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Candice C Poon, Susobhan Sarkar, V Wee Yong, John J P Kelly
Glioblastoma is the most common and most malignant primary adult human brain tumour. Diagnosis of glioblastoma carries a dismal prognosis. Treatment resistance and tumour recurrence are the result of both cancer cell proliferation and their interaction with the tumour microenvironment. A large proportion of the tumour microenvironment consists of an inflammatory infiltrate predominated by microglia and macrophages, which are thought to be subverted by glioblastoma cells for tumour growth. Thus, glioblastoma-associated microglia and macrophages are logical therapeutic targets...
February 4, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330507/is-admittance-to-specialised-palliative-care-among-cancer-patients-related-to-sex-age-and-cancer-diagnosis-a-nation-wide-study-from-the-danish-palliative-care-database-dpd
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Mathilde Adsersen, Lau Caspar Thygesen, Anders Bonde Jensen, Mette Asbjoern Neergaard, Per Sjøgren, Mogens Groenvold
BACKGROUND: Specialised palliative care (SPC) takes place in specialised services for patients with complex symptoms and problems. Little is known about what determines the admission of patients to SPC and whether there are differences in relation to institution type. The aims of the study were to investigate whether cancer patients' admittance to SPC in Denmark varied in relation to sex, age and diagnosis, and whether the patterns differed by type of institution (hospital-based palliative care team/unit, hospice, or both)...
March 23, 2017: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327927/pineoblastoma-the-experience-at-st-jude-children-s-research-hospital
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Kara A Parikh, Garrett T Venable, Brent A Orr, Asim F Choudhri, Frederick A Boop, Amar J Gajjar, Paul Klimo
BACKGROUND: Pineoblastomas are rare, supratentorial, primitive neuroectodermal tumors. OBJECTIVE: To document outcomes with multimodal therapy and evaluate the impact that the degree of surgical resection has on outcome. METHODS: A departmental brain tumor database was queried to identify all patients with pathologically proven pineoblastoma who were treated from January 1997 to June 2015 at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. For each patient, we recorded demographic, pathological, radiological, surgical, and clinical follow-up data...
March 15, 2017: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325236/improving-quality-and-access-to-radiation-therapy-an-iaea-perspective
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REVIEW
May Abdel-Wahab, Eduardo Zubizarreta, Alfredo Polo, Ahmed Meghzifene
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has been involved in radiation therapy since soon after its creation in 1957. In response to the demands of Member States, the IAEA׳s activities relating to radiation therapy have focused on supporting low- and middle-income countries to set up radiation therapy facilities, expand the scope of treatments, or gradually transition to new technologies. In addition, the IAEA has been very active in providing internationally harmonized guidelines on clinical, dosimetry, medical physics, and safety aspects of radiation therapy...
April 2017: Seminars in Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316922/miracle-cells-for-natural-dentistry-a-review
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REVIEW
Rani Somani, Shipra Jaidka, Neeti Bajaj, Sameksha Arora
Stem cells are undifferentiated cells that can differentiate into specialized cells. Recently, enormous growth has been seen in the recognition of stem cell-based therapies, which have the potential to ameliorate the life of patients with conditions that span from Parkinson's disease to cardiac ischemia to bone or tooth loss. This research has produced new but unexplored possibilities in the regeneration of different organs and tissues. Presently, research is focused on the proficiency of stem cells and their utilization in dentistry, which is gaining interest...
January 2017: Journal of Oral Biology and Craniofacial Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297433/secondary-cancer-incidence-risk-estimates-for-external-radiotherapy-and-high-dose-rate-brachytherapy-in-cervical-cancer-phantom-study
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Boram Lee, Sung Hwan Ahn, Hyeyoung Kim, Jaeman Son, Jiwon Sung, Youngyih Han, Seung Jae Huh, Jin Sung Kim, Dong Wook Kim, Myonggeun Yoon
This study was designed to estimate radiation-induced secondary cancer risks from high-dose-rate (HDR) brachytherapy and external radiotherapy for patients with cervical cancer based on measurements of doses absorbed by various organs. Organ doses from HDR brachytherapy and external radiotherapy were measured using glass rod dosimeters. Doses to out-of-field organs were measured at various locations inside an anthropomorphic phantom. Brachytherapy-associated organ doses were measured using a specialized phantom that enabled applicator insertion, with the pelvis portion of the existing anthropomorphic phantom replaced by this new phantom...
September 2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287553/intracarotid-cancer-cell-injection-to-produce-mouse-models-of-brain-metastasis
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Chenyu Zhang, Frank J Lowery, Dihua Yu
Metastasis, the spread and growth of malignant cells at secondary sites within a patient's body, accounts for > 90% of cancer-related mortality. Recently, impressive advances in novel therapies have dramatically prolonged survival and improved quality of life for many cancer patients. Sadly, incidence of brain metastatic recurrences is fast rising, and all current therapies are merely palliative. Hence, good experimental animal models are urgently needed to facilitate in-depth studies of the disease biology and to assess novel therapeutic regimens for preclinical evaluation...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286503/wnt-tlr-dialog-in-neuroinflammation-relevance-in-alzheimer-s-disease
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REVIEW
Juan M Zolezzi, Nibaldo C Inestrosa
The innate immune system (IIS) represents the first line of defense against exogenous and endogenous harmful stimuli. Different types of pathogens and diverse molecules can activate the IIS via a ligand-receptor mechanism. Cytokine release, recruitment of immunocompetent cells, and inflammation constitute the initial steps in an IIS-mediated response. While balanced IIS activity can resolve a harmful event, an altered response, such as deficient or persistent IIS activity, will have a critical effect on organism homeostasis...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286420/hlbt-100-a-highly-potent-anti-cancer-flavanone-from-tillandsia-recurvata-l-l
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Henry I C Lowe, Ngeh J Toyang, Charah T Watson, Kenneth N Ayeah, Joseph Bryant
BACKGROUND: The incidence and mortalities from cancers remain on the rise worldwide. Despite significant efforts to discover and develop novel anticancer agents, many cancers remain in the unmet need category. As such, efforts to discover and develop new and more effective and less toxic agents against cancer remain a top global priority. Our drug discovery approach is natural products based with a focus on plants. Tillandsia recurvata (L.) L. is one of the plants selected by our research team for further studies based on previous bioactivity findings on the anticancer activity of this plant...
2017: Cancer Cell International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285570/acute-memory-deficits-in-chemotherapy-treated-adults
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Oana C Lindner, Andrew Mayes, Martin G McCabe, Deborah Talmi
Data from research on amnesia and epilepsy are equivocal with regards to the dissociation, shown in animal models, between rapid and slow long-term memory consolidation. Cancer treatments have lasting disruptive effects on memory and on brain structures associated with memory, but their acute effects on synaptic consolidation are unknown. We investigated the hypothesis that cancer treatment selectively impairs slow synaptic consolidation. Cancer patients and their matched controls were administered a novel list-learning task modelled on the Rey Auditory Verbal Learning Test...
March 13, 2017: Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285073/development-of-an-uplc-ms-ms-method-for-quantification-of-avitinib-ac0010-and-its-five-metabolites-in-human-cerebrospinal-fluid-application-to-a-study-of-the-blood-brain-barrier-penetration-rate-of-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-patients
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Weicong Wang, Xin Zheng, Hanping Wang, Lu Wang, Ji Jiang, Pei Hu
Avitinib (AC0010) is a mutant-selective epidermal growth factor receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitors (EGFR-TKI), designed to be a targeted therapeutic agent for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients harboring EGFR active and T790M resistant mutations. A rapid and sensitive ultra-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS) method was developed and validated for the determination of Avitinib and its five metabolites (M1, M2, M4, M7, MII-6) in human cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). The samples were purified by protein precipitation and separated on a BEH C18 column (2...
March 4, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281972/a-randomized-controlled-open-label-pilot-study-of-simvastatin-addition-to-whole-brain-radiation-therapy-in-patients-with-brain-metastases
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RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Manal El-Hamamsy, Hesham Elwakil, Amr S Saad, May A Shawki
Statins have been reported to have a potential radiosensitizing effect that has not been evaluated in clinical trials. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of simvastatin in addition to whole-brain radiation therapy (WBRT) in patients with brain metastases (BM). A prospective randomized, controlled, open-label pilot study was conducted on 50 Egyptian patients with BM who were randomly assigned to receive 30-Gy WBRT (control group: 25 patients) or 30 Gy WBRT + simvastatin 80 mg/day for the WBRT period (simvastatin group: 25 patients)...
October 27, 2016: Oncology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281102/glutamine-addiction-in-gliomas
#15
Javier Márquez, Francisco J Alonso, José M Matés, Juan A Segura, Mercedes Martín-Rufián, José A Campos-Sandoval
Cancer cells develop and succeed by shifting to different metabolic programs compared with their normal cell counterparts. One of the classical hallmarks of cancer cells is their higher glycolysis rate and lactate production even in the presence of abundant O2 (Warburg effect). Another common metabolic feature of cancer cells is a high rate of glutamine (Gln) consumption normally exceeding their biosynthetic and energetic needs. The term Gln addiction is now widely used to reflect the strong dependence shown by most cancer cells for this essential nitrogen substrate after metabolic reprogramming...
March 9, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273899/in-vivo-microscopic-voxel-based-morphometry-with-a-brain-template-to-characterize-strain-specific-structures-in-the-mouse-brain
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Keigo Hikishima, Yuji Komaki, Fumiko Seki, Yasuyuki Ohnishi, Hirotaka J Okano, Hideyuki Okano
Hundreds of inbred mouse strains are established for use in a broad spectrum of basic research fields, including genetics, neuroscience, immunology, and cancer. Inbred mice exhibit identical intra-strain genetics and divergent inter-strain phenotypes. The cognitive and behavioral divergences must be controlled by the variances of structure and function of their brains; however, the underlying morphological features of strain-to-strain difference remain obscure. Here, in vivo microscopic magnetic resonance imaging was optimized to image the mouse brains by using an isotropic resolution of 80 μm...
December 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28269203/microprinted-tumor-spheroids-enable-anti-cancer-drug-screening
#17
Pradip S Thakuri, Stephanie L Ham, Hossein Tavana
Spheroids present a biologically relevant model of avascular tumors and a unique tool for discovery of anti-cancer drugs. Despite being used in research laboratories for several decades, spheroids are not routinely used for drug discovery primarily due to the difficulty of mass-producing uniformly-sized spheroids and intense labor involved in handling, drug treatment, and analyzing them. We overcome this barrier using a novel technology to robotically microprint spheroids in standard 384-well plates. An aqueous drop containing cancer cells is dispensed into a bath of a second, immiscible aqueous phase...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265818/the-patients-view-impact-of-the-extent-of-resection-intraoperative-imaging-and-awake-surgery-on-health-related-quality-of-life-in-high-grade-glioma-patients-results-of-a-multicenter-cross-sectional-study
#18
Katrin Nickel, Mirjam Renovanz, Jochem König, Linda Stöckelmaier, Anne-Katrin Hickmann, Minou Nadji-Ohl, Jens Engelke, Elke Weimann, Dirk Freudenstein, Oliver Ganslandt, Lars Bullinger, Christian Rainer Wirtz, Jan Coburger
The objective of the present study is to assess the influence of extent of resection (EoR), use of intraoperative imaging, and awake surgery on health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in high-grade glioma (HGG) patients in a prospective multicenter study. We analyzed 170 surgeries of patients suffering from a HGG. During the first year after resection, HRQoL was evaluated using the European Organization of Research and Treatment of Cancer Core Questionnaire C30 and Brain Neoplasm 20 questionnaires. We assessed the influence of EoR; awake surgery; and use of 5-aminolevulinic acid (5-ALA), intraoperative MRI (iMRI), and their combination on sum scores for function and symptoms as well as several neurological single items...
March 6, 2017: Neurosurgical Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28262921/cardiomyopathy-in-patients-after-posttransplant-cyclophosphamide-based-hematopoietic-cell-transplantation
#19
Chien-Jung Lin, Justin M Vader, Michael Slade, John F DiPersio, Peter Westervelt, Rizwan Romee
BACKGROUND: The use of posttransplant cyclophosphamide (PT-Cy) has contributed significantly to the success of haploidentical hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT). Furthermore, several studies have shown promising results in the human leukocyte antigen-matched setting. However, the use of high-dose cyclophosphamide has been associated with the development of cardiomyopathy. There is a paucity of data concerning posttransplant cardiac complications in patients undergoing PT-Cy-based HCT...
March 6, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259970/iqgap1%C3%A2-sirna-inhibits-proliferation-and-metastasis-of-u251-and-u373-glioma-cell-lines
#20
Bo Diao, Ying Liu, Yi Zhang, Jing Yu, Jun Xie, Guo-Zheng Xu
IQ motif containing GTPase activating protein 1 (IQGAP1) is a scaffold protein, which is aberrantly expressed in several tumor types and is closely associated with the development, metastasis and prognosis of cancer. Several studies have demonstrated that IQGAP1 has broad prospects in the basic and clinical research of tumors. The present study aimed to explore the effects of IQGAP1‑small interfering (si) NA on the proliferation and metastasis of U251 and U373 glioma cell lines, which markedly expressed IQGAP1...
April 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
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