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Oncology radiology

Jeff M Michalski, Jennifer Moughan, James Purdy, Walter Bosch, Deborah W Bruner, Jean-Paul Bahary, Harold Lau, Marie Duclos, Matthew Parliament, Gerard Morton, Daniel Hamstra, Michael Seider, Michael I Lock, Malti Patel, Hiram Gay, Eric Vigneault, Kathryn Winter, Howard Sandler
Importance: Optimizing radiation therapy techniques for localized prostate cancer can affect patient outcomes. Dose escalation improves biochemical control, but no prior trials were powered to detect overall survival (OS) differences. Objective: To determine whether radiation dose escalation to 79.2 Gy compared with 70.2 Gy would improve OS and other outcomes in prostate cancer. Design, Setting, and Participants: The NRG Oncology/RTOG 0126 randomized clinical trial randomized 1532 patients from 104 North American Radiation Therapy Oncology Group institutions March 2002 through August 2008...
March 15, 2018: JAMA Oncology
C Boy, T Poeppel, J Kotzerke, B J Krause, H Amthauer, R P Baum, I Buchmann, S Ezziddin, D Führer, M Gabriel, T Kuwert, H Lahner, T Lauenstein, H R Maecke, J Nagarajah, F Rösch, K Scheidhauer, M Schmidt, M A Walter, A Bockisch
The present guideline is focused on quality assurance of somatostatin receptor PET/CT (SSTR-PET/CT) in oncology patients. The document has been developed by a multidisciplinary board of specialists providing consensus of definitions, prerequisites, methodology, operating procedures, assessment, and standardized reporting. In particular, imaging procedures for the two most commonly used radioligands of human SSTR, i. e. 68Ga-DOTATOC and 68Ga-DOTATATE are presented. Overall, SSTR-PET/CT requires close interdisciplinary communication and cooperation of referring and executing medical disciplines, taking into account existing guidelines and recommendations of the European and German medical societies, including the European Association of Nuclear Medicine (EANM), German Society for Endocrinology (DGE), German Society for Nuclear Medicine (DGN) and German Society for Radiology (DRG)...
February 2018: Nuklearmedizin. Nuclear Medicine
Alona Zer, Jean Claude Cutz, Harman Sekhon, David M Hwang, Christina Sit, Manjula Maganti, Mike Sung, Matthew Binnie, Anthony Brade, Tae Bong Chung, Suzanne Kamel-Reid, Paul Narinder, Ming S Tsao, Tom Waddell, Gilda da Cunha Santos, Milan Patel, Ron F Carter, Natasha B Leighl
BACKGROUND: Molecular testing in advanced lung cancer is standard in guiding treatment selection. However, population-wide implementation of testing remains a challenge. We developed a knowledge translation intervention to improve understanding among diagnostic specialists about molecular testing and appropriate diagnostic sampling in lung cancer. METHODS: Specialty-specific education programs were developed from existing literature and input from Canadian leaders in lung pathology, respirology, interventional radiology, thoracic surgery, radiation and medical oncology...
March 10, 2018: Journal of Thoracic Oncology
N Golse, A El Bouyousfi, F Marques, B Bancel, K Mohkam, C Ducerf, P Merle, M Sebagh, D Castaing, A Sa Cunha, R Adam, D Cherqui, E Vibert, J-Y Mabrut
BACKGROUND: Hepatectomy remains the standard treatment for large hepatocellular carcinoma (LHCC) ≥5cm. Fibrosis may constitute a contraindication for resection because of high risk of post-hepatectomy liver failure, but its impact on patient outcome and cancer recurrence remains ill defined. Our aim was to compare predictors of survival in patients with and without cirrhosis following hepatectomy for LHCC. METHODS: The data on consecutive patients undergoing hepatectomy for LHCC in two tertiary centres between 2012 and 2016 were reviewed...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Visceral Surgery
Mehmet Tecellioglu, Ozden Kamisli, Suat Kamisli, Fatma Ebru Yucel, Cemal Ozcan
BACKGROUND: Autoimmune epilepsy is a rarely diagnosed condition. Recognition of the underlying autoimmune condition is important, as these patients can be resistant to antiepileptic drugs. AIMS: To determine the autoimmune and oncological antibodies in adult drug-resistant epilepsy of unknown cause and identify the clinical, radiological, and EEG findings associated with these antibodies according to data in the literature. METHODS: Eighty-two patients with drug-resistant epilepsy of unknown cause were prospectively identified...
March 9, 2018: Irish Journal of Medical Science
Mark Gainey, Montserrat Carles, Michael Mix, Philipp T Meyer, Michael Bock, Anca-Ligia Grosu, Dimos Baltas
Recently, there has been an increase in the imaging modalities available for radiotherapy planning and radiotherapy prognostic outcome: dual energy computed tomography (CT; DECT), dynamic contrast enhanced CT, dynamic contrast enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), diffusion-weighted MRI, positron emission tomography-CT, dynamic contrast enhanced ultrasound, magnetic resonance spectroscopy and positron emission tomography-MR. These techniques enable more precise gross tumor volume definition than CT alone and moreover allow subvolumes within the gross tumor volume to be defined which may be given a boost dose or an individual voxelized dose prescription may be derived...
March 9, 2018: Future Oncology
Grzegorz Guzik
BACKGROUND: Thoracic spine cancer metastases is frequently the cause of neurological deficits. Despite the availability of diagnostics, delays in treatment are still quite common. The aim of this work is to analyze the reasons for delayed diagnostics and treatment, in patients with neurological deficits in the course of metastatic spine disease. METHODS: In our study patients medical data was analyzed from 2013 to 2015. The analysis covered the following aspects: symptoms of metastases, time of neurological deficits occurrence, where and when initial diagnostics were performed, time from diagnosis to proper surgical treatment in an oncological centre...
March 7, 2018: BMC Palliative Care
Matea Pavic, Marta Bogowicz, Xaver Würms, Stefan Glatz, Tobias Finazzi, Oliver Riesterer, Johannes Roesch, Leonie Rudofsky, Martina Friess, Patrick Veit-Haibach, Martin Huellner, Isabelle Opitz, Walter Weder, Thomas Frauenfelder, Matthias Guckenberger, Stephanie Tanadini-Lang
BACKGROUND: Radiomics is a promising methodology for quantitative analysis and description of radiological images using advanced mathematics and statistics. Tumor delineation, which is still often done manually, is an essential step in radiomics, however, inter-observer variability is a well-known uncertainty in radiation oncology. This study investigated the impact of inter-observer variability (IOV) in manual tumor delineation on the reliability of radiomic features (RF). METHODS: Three different tumor types (head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC), malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) and non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)) were included...
March 7, 2018: Acta Oncologica
Linda Dirven, Terri S Armstrong, Jaishri O Blakeley, Paul D Brown, Robin Grant, Rakesh Jalali, Heather Leeper, Tito Mendoza, Lakshmi Nayak, Jaap C Reijneveld, Emilie Le Rhun, Tobias Walbert, Michael Weller, Patrick Y Wen, Martin J B Taphoorn
The Response Assessment in Neuro-Oncology-Patient-Reported Outcome (RANO-PRO) working group is an international multidisciplinary collaboration that provides guidance on the use of patient-reported outcome (PRO) measures in clinical trials and practice for adult patients with brain tumours. Findings from both PROs and traditional outcome measures, such as survival, and clinical or radiological response, are essential to inform the research community, policy makers, physicians, and patients in the treatment decision-making process...
March 2018: Lancet Oncology
Judit Kocsis, Éva Szekanecz, Ali Bassam, Andrea Uhlyarik, Zsuzsanna Pápai, Gábor Rubovszky, Emese Mezősi, Károly Rucz, Ildikó Garai, Endre Nagy, Iván Uray, Zsolt Horváth
BACKGROUND: Medullary thyroid cancer (MTC) is a rare disease, the prognosis of advanced and metastatic disease is poor and few therapeutic options are available in this setting. Based on the results of phase II and III studies with sorafenib in differentiated thyroid cancer and the lack of availability of registered tyrosine kinase inhibitors, vandetabin and cabozantinib in Hungary, we designed a uncontrolled, prospective efficacy and safety study of patients with metastatic MTC treated with first-line sorafenib in five Hungarian oncology centers...
March 5, 2018: Experimental and Clinical Endocrinology & Diabetes
Malte Rörden, Clemens Hinterleitner, Janina Metzger, Lothar Kanz
More and more follow-up care gets important in the treatment of oncological patients. In addition to detection of recurrent and secondary diseases, the focus should be put particularly on identifying and medicating sequelae associated with therapy. Anamnesis and clinical examination remain at the centre of follow-up treatment. Further contents of follow-up care are based on the disease situation, previous therapies and individual risk factors. For most entities there is no recommendation for routine radiological diagnosis in asymptomatic patients...
March 2018: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
Crescens Tiu, Annie Wong, Alan Herschtal, Linda Mileshkin
AIM: To characterize the outcomes of patients with nonmelanoma solid tumors receiving anti-PD-1 immunotherapy not funded by the Australian Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. METHODS: Medical records of patients with metastatic nonmelanoma tumor diagnoses treated with anti-PD-1 (self-funded pembrolizumab or nivolumab through an access program) from January 1, 2014, to December 31, 2016, at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, were retrospectively reviewed. Events after December 31, 2016, were censored...
March 1, 2018: Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology
Mahyar Kashan, Mazyar Ghanaat, Andreas M Hötker, Cihan Duzgol, Alejandro Sanchez, Renzo G DiNatale, Kyle A Blum, Maria Becerra, Brandon J Manley, Jozefina Casuscelli, Michael Chiok, Jonathan A Coleman, Paul Russo, Satish K Tickoo, Oguz Akin, A Ari Hakimi
PURPOSE: To evaluate the outcomes of surgical intervention and active surveillance in patients diagnosed with cystic renal cell carcinoma at our hypothesized radiologic cutoff of >50% cystic. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We identified all patients with a pathologically confirmed cystic renal mass that fit our criteria from 2000 to 2015 (n=430). Patients with lack of CT imaging, tumors <50% cystic on imaging, multifocal tumors and prior renal cell carcinoma were excluded (n=292)...
February 26, 2018: Journal of Urology
Daniel F Craft, Stephen F Kry, Peter Balter, Mohammad Salehpour, Wendy Woodward, Rebecca M Howell
PURPOSE: Using 3D printing to fabricate patient-specific devices such as tissue compensators, boluses, and phantoms is inexpensive and relatively simple. However, most 3D printing materials have not been well characterized, including their radiologic tissue-equivalence. The purposes of this study were to (1) determine the variance in Hounsfield Units (HU) for printed objects, (2) determine if HU varies over time, and (3) calculate the clinical dose uncertainty caused by these material variations...
March 1, 2018: Medical Physics
Walburga Engel-Riedel, Jamie Lowe, Paulette Mattson, J Richard Trout, Richard D Huhn, Michele Gargano, Myra L Patchen, Richard Walsh, My My Trinh, Mariève Dupuis, Folker Schneller
BACKGROUND: BTH1677, a beta-glucan pathogen-associated molecular pattern molecule, drives an anti-cancer immune response in combination with oncology antibody therapies. This phase II study explored the efficacy, pharmacokinetics (PK), and safety of BTH1677 combined with bevacizumab/carboplatin/paclitaxel in patients with untreated advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). METHODS: Patients were randomized to the BTH1677 arm (N = 61; intravenous [IV] BTH1677, 4 mg/kg, weekly; IV bevacizumab, 15 mg/kg, once each 3-week cycle [Q3W]; IV carboplatin, 6 mg/mL/min Calvert formula area-under-the-curve, Q3W; and IV paclitaxel, 200 mg/m2 , Q3W) or Control arm (N = 31; bevacizumab/carboplatin/paclitaxel as above)...
February 27, 2018: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
Haijie Liang, Wei Guo, Rongli Yang, Xiaodong Tang, Taiqiang Yan
PURPOSES: We performed a retrospective, cohort study to compare uncemented tibial fixation with cemented tibial fixation in distal femoral replacement (DFR). METHODS: Sixty-two cases with uncemented tibial fixation and 58 cases with cemented tibial fixation were included. Inter-group comparisons were performed for baseline data, oncological and prosthetic outcomes, and changes of cortical thickness of tibial diaphysis. Radiological signs of bone adaptations around the uncemented tibial stem were identified through evaluation of plain films during follow-up...
February 24, 2018: International Orthopaedics
Franziska Eckert, Paul Weindling, Astrid Ley, Hans-Joachim Lang, Sascha Lang, Gabriele Moser
Whereas the scientific community is aware of atrocities committed by medical doctors like Mengele, the specifics of radiology and radiation oncology during National Socialism remain largely unknown. Starting in 2010, the German Radiology Association and the German Association of Radiation Oncology coordinated a national project looking into original archival material. A national committee convened in 2013 to discuss the project's findings, which were also the subject of a symposium at the University of Tuebingen in 2016 on radiology under National Socialism...
February 21, 2018: Journal of the American College of Radiology: JACR
Marios K Georgakis, Dimitrios Spinos, Apostolos Pourtsidis, Amanda Psyrri, Ioannis G Panourias, Spyridon Sgouros, Eleni Th Petridou
Gliomatosis cerebri (GC) comprises a rare widespread infiltrating growth pattern of diffuse gliomas. We explored the incidence patterns and survival rates of GC in a population-based registration sample from the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End, Results database (1973-2012). GC cases (n = 176) were identified based on their International Classification of Diseases in Oncology (ICD-O-3) morphology code (9381). We calculated age-adjusted incidence rates (AIR) and evaluated temporal trends. Survival was assessed with Kaplan-Meier curves and Cox regression models...
February 20, 2018: Journal of Neuro-oncology
Anthony Y B Teoh, Vinay Dhir, Mitsuhiro Kida, Ichiro Yasuda, Zhen Dong Jin, Dong Wan Seo, Majid Almadi, Tiing Leong Ang, Kazuo Hara, Ida Hilmi, Takao Itoi, Sundeep Lakhtakia, Koji Matsuda, Nonthalee Pausawasdi, Rajesh Puri, Raymond S Tang, Hsiu-Po Wang, Ai Ming Yang, Robert Hawes, Shyam Varadarajulu, Kenjiro Yasuda, Lawrence Khek Yu Ho
OBJECTIVES: Interventional endoscopic ultrasonography (EUS) procedures are gaining popularity and the most commonly performed procedures include EUS-guided drainage of pancreatic pseudocyst, EUS-guided biliary drainage, EUS-guided pancreatic duct drainage and EUS-guided celiac plexus ablation. The aim of this paper is to formulate a set of practice guidelines addressing various aspects of the above procedures. METHODS: Formulation of the guidelines was based on the best scientific evidence available...
February 20, 2018: Gut
Ivana Burazor, Sarit Aviel-Ronen, Massimo Imazio, Orly Goitein, Marina Perelman, Natalia Shelestovich, Ninoslav Radovanovic, Vladimir Kanjuh, Iris Barshack, Yehuda Adler
BACKGROUND: To evaluate the prevalence of metastatic tumors involving the myocardium and study their presentation in order to increase awareness to their existence. METHODS: Pathological reports from Sheba Medical Center (Israel, January 1, 2010 through December 31, 2015) and medical records from The Institute for Cardiovascular Diseases of Vojvodina, Sremska Kamenica (Serbia, 23 years period) were screened for cases of metastatic cardiac tumors. Medical, radiological and pathological data of identified cases was retrieved and reviewed...
February 20, 2018: BMC Cancer
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