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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919394/concomitant-chemotherapy-and-radiotherapy-with-sbrt-boost-for-unresectable-stage-iii-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-a-phase-i-study
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Kristin A Higgins, Rathi N Pillai, Zhengjia Chen, Sibo Tian, Chao Zhang, Pretesh Patel, Suchita Pakkala, Jay Shelton, Seth D Force, Felix G Fernandez, Conor E Steuer, Taofeek K Owonikoko, Suresh S Ramalingam, Jeffrey D Bradley, Walter J Curran
PURPOSE: Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) is now the standard of care in medically inoperable stage I non-small cell lung cancer, yielding high rates of local control. It is unknown if SBRT can be safely utilized in the locally advanced NSCLC setting. This multi-institution phase I study evaluated the safety of 44 Gy conventionally fractionated thoracic radiation with concurrent chemotherapy plus a dose escalated SBRT boost to both the primary tumor and involved mediastinal lymph nodes...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Thoracic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28883267/acute-myeloid-leukemia-in-adolescents-and-young-adults-from-the-viewpoint-of-pediatricians
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Daisuke Tomizawa, Souichi Adachi
It is well known that adolescents and young adults (AYAs) with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) should be treated based on pediatric ALL protocol, which could yield better survival rates. However, an optimal treatment strategy for AYAs with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is not yet established and corresponding data are limited. Compared with ALL, clinical and biological characteristics of pediatric and adult AML are relatively similar. Moreover, treatment strategy is quite similar, although pediatric protocols are more intensive and transplant indications are narrower...
2017: [Rinshō Ketsueki] the Japanese Journal of Clinical Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816168/domestic-job-shortage-or-job-maldistribution-a%C3%A2-geographic-analysis-of-the-current-radiation%C3%A2-oncology-job-market
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Mudit Chowdhary, Arpit M Chhabra, Jeffrey M Switchenko, Jaymin Jhaveri, Neilayan Sen, Pretesh R Patel, Walter J Curran, Ross A Abrams, Kirtesh R Patel, Gaurav Marwaha
PURPOSE: To examine whether permanent radiation oncologist (RO) employment opportunities vary based on geography. METHODS AND MATERIALS: A database of full-time RO jobs was created by use of American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) Career Center website posts between March 28, 2016, and March 31, 2017. Jobs were first classified by region based on US Census Bureau data. Jobs were further categorized as academic or nonacademic depending on the employer. The prevalence of job openings per 10 million population was calculated to account for regional population differences...
September 1, 2017: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736725/intraoperative-radiation-therapy-a-promising-treatment-modality-in-head-and-neck-cancer
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REVIEW
Lara Hilal, Karine A Al Feghali, Paul Ramia, Ibrahim Abu Gheida, Jean-Pierre Obeid, Wassim Jalbout, Bassem Youssef, Fady Geara, Youssef H Zeidan
Every year, almost 62,000 are diagnosed with a head and neck cancer (HNC) and 13,000 will succumb to their disease. In the primary setting, intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT) can be used as a boost in select patients in order to optimize local control. Addition of external beam radiation to limited volumes results in improved disease control over surgery and IORT alone. In the recurrent setting, IORT can improve outcomes from salvage surgery especially in patients previously treated with external beam radiation...
2017: Frontiers in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712058/reliance-on-medicinal-plant-therapy-among-cancer-patients-in-jamaica
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Kimberley Foster, Novie Younger, William Aiken, Doreen Brady-West, Rupika Delgoda
PURPOSE: Patients' perspective of their treatment regime plays a vital role in its success. Recognizing the high prevalence of medicinal plant usage among Jamaicans at large, we investigated the engagement of such remedies by cancer patients, with the aim of uncovering self-medicating habits, perceptions and details of utilized plants. METHODS: A structured, interviewer-based questionnaire was administered to 100 patients attending the oncology and urology clinics at the University Hospital of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica...
July 15, 2017: Cancer Causes & Control: CCC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705484/is-it-all-about-the-money-not-all-surgical-subspecialization-leads-to-higher-lifetime-revenue-when-compared-to-general-surgery
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Maria Baimas-George, Brian Fleischer, Douglas Slakey, Emad Kandil, James R Korndorffer, Christopher DuCoin
OBJECTIVE: It is believed that spending additional years gaining expertise in surgical subspecialization leads to higher lifetime revenue. Literature shows that more surgeons are pursuing fellowship training and dedicated research years; however, there are no data looking at the aggregate economic impact when training time is accounted for. It is hypothesized that there will be a discrepancy in lifetime income when delay to practice is considered. DESIGN: Data were collected from the Medical Group Management Association's 2015 report of average annual salaries...
July 10, 2017: Journal of Surgical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666900/radiation-oncology-residency-selection-a-postgraduate-evaluation-of-factor-importance-and-survey-of-variables-associated-with-job-securement
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Jeffrey V Brower, Stanley L Liauw, Abhinav V Reddy, Daniel W Golden
BACKGROUND: Medical students often choose to pursue a career in radiation oncology with limited meaningful exposure to the field. We previously identified factors that were most influential to an applicant's rank list order. Here, we sought to assess if residency graduates had differing views regarding those factors. We also polled recent graduates' attitudes of the current job market. METHODS AND MATERIALS: An anonymous, internet-based survey was developed and distributed to graduates of radiation oncology residencies from 2003 through 2006 and 2012 through 2015 to assess the importance of factors with regard to residency selection, training, and job securement and attitudes toward the job market within the United States...
April 26, 2017: Practical Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28665754/challenges-in-the-treatment-of-sarcomas-of-adolescents-and-young-adults
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Seth J Rotz, Rajaram Nagarajan, Joel I Sorger, Joseph G Pressey
Adolescent and young adult (AYA) sarcoma patients do not fare as well as their younger counterparts. A variety of factors theorized to underlie such disparate outcomes have been identified including distinct tumor and host biology. Compared to younger patients, AYA patients often develop genetically distinct tumors and are more likely to suffer characteristic therapy-related toxicities. Compounding factors faced by AYA patients include education, finances, employment, and obstacles to treatment adherence. Lack of clinical trial participation among AYA patients has slowed the establishment of optimized age-specific treatment protocols and hindered the collection of biospecimens for scientific investigation...
September 2017: Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28554208/physician-variation-in-lung-cancer-treatment-at-the-end-of-life
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Jonas B Green, Martin F Shapiro, Susan L Ettner, Jennifer Malin, Alfonso Ang, Mitchell D Wong
OBJECTIVES: To determine whether a treating oncologist's characteristics are associated with variation in use of chemotherapy for patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (aNSCLC) at the end of life. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective cohort. METHODS: Using the 2009 Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results-Medicare database, we studied chemotherapy receipt within 30 days of death among Medicare enrollees who were diagnosed with aNSCLC between 1999 and 2006, received chemotherapy, and died within 3 years of diagnosis...
April 2017: American Journal of Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485058/survey-of-practices-around-pharmaceutical-company-funding-for-continuing-professional-development-among-medical-oncologists-and-trainees-in-australia
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Yeh Chen Lee, René Kroon, Bogda Koczwara, Ian Haines, Kay Francis, Michael Millward, Richard Kefford, Ian Olver, Linda Mileshkin
BACKGROUND: The completion of continuing professional development (CPD) is mandatory for medical oncologists and trainees (MO&T). Pharmaceutical companies may fund some CPD activities, but there is increasing debate about the potential for conflicts of interest (COI). AIM: To assess current practices around funding to attend CPD activities. METHODS: An electronic survey was distributed to Australian MO&T. The survey asked questions about current practices, institutional policies and perceptions about attending CPD funded by pharmaceutical companies...
August 2017: Internal Medicine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28359659/a-stakeholder-driven-approach-to-improve-the-informed-consent-process-for-palliative-chemotherapy
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Andrea C Enzinger, Jennifer K Wind, Elizabeth Frank, Nadine J McCleary, Laura Porter, Heather Cushing, Caroline Abbott, Christine Cronin, Peter C Enzinger, Neal J Meropol, Deborah Schrag
OBJECTIVE: Patients often anticipate cure from palliative chemotherapy. Better resources are needed to convey its risks and benefits. We describe the stakeholder-driven development and acceptability testing of a prototype video and companion booklet supporting informed consent (IC) for a common palliative chemotherapy regimen. METHODS: Our multidisciplinary team (researchers, advocates, clinicians) employed a multistep process of content development, production, critical evaluation, and iterative revisions...
August 2017: Patient Education and Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28352336/anthelmintic-drug-albendazole-arrests-human-gastric-cancer-cells-at-the-mitotic-phase-and-induces-apoptosis
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Xuan Zhang, Jing Zhao, Xiangyang Gao, Dongsheng Pei, Chao Gao
As microtubules have a vital function in the cell cycle, oncologists have developed microtubule inhibitors capable of preventing uncontrolled cell division, as in the case of cancer. The anthelmintic drug albendazole (ABZ) has been demonstrated to inhibit hepatocellular, ovarian and prostate cancer cells via microtubule targeting. However, its activity against human gastric cancer (GC) cells has remained to be determined. In the present study, ABZ was used to treat GC cells (MKN-45, SGC-7901 and MKN-28). A a CCK-8 cell proliferation assay was performed to assess the effects of ABZ on cell viability and cell cycle changes were assessed using flow cytometry...
February 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330704/an-update-on-non-extremity-soft-tissue-sarcomas
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S J Ford, L M Almond, A Gronchi
The management of soft tissue sarcoma is challenging and varied. Centralisation of management in high volume specialist centres has revolutionised outcomes. Surgery remains the mainstay of treatment and is currently the only potentially curative therapy. Retroperitoneal soft tissue sarcoma presents a particular challenge to the surgical oncologist and the concept of extended resection to include surrounding expendable organs taken en bloc with the tumour has now largely been adopted. The use of neoadjuvant and adjuvant therapies for retroperitoneal soft tissue sarcoma is still to be established, although they are employed on a case-specific basis...
March 19, 2017: Clinical Oncology: a Journal of the Royal College of Radiologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314838/a-phase-i-study-of-abiraterone-acetate-combined-with-bez235-a-dual-pi3k-mtor-inhibitor-in-metastatic-castration-resistant-prostate-cancer
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Xiao X Wei, Andrew C Hsieh, Won Kim, Terence Friedlander, Amy M Lin, Mirela Louttit, Charles J Ryan
LESSONS LEARNED: The combination of standard dose abiraterone acetate and BEZ235, a pan-class I PI3K and mTORC1/2 inhibitor, was poorly tolerated in men with progressive mCRPC.Although the clinical development of BEZ235 has been discontinued in prostate cancer, agents that more selectively target PI3K-AKT-mTOR signaling may have a more favorable therapeutic index and should continue to be explored. BACKGROUND: Androgen receptor (AR) and phosphatidylinositol-3 kinase (PI3K) signaling are two commonly perturbed pathways in prostate cancer...
May 2017: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281768/parents-are-aware-of-the-ototoxic-effects-of-chemotherapy-in-paediatrics-undergoing-cancer-treatment-professional-versus-parental-views-a-pilot-study
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Nomfundo F Moroe, Kirstie Hughes
BACKGROUND: The primary goal of chemotherapy is to cure cancer and its symptoms. Hence, in recent years, there has been an increase in cancer paediatric survival rate. However, there have also been adverse side effects such as ototoxic hearing loss because of chemotherapy. Therefore, this study aimed at exploring whether the parents of children undergoing chemotherapy are aware of ototoxic effects of chemotherapy. METHODS: A non-experimental quantitative study was conducted to collect data through questionnaires, one for paediatric oncologists and the other for parents...
February 27, 2017: South African Journal of Communication Disorders. die Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Kommunikasieafwykings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280606/utility-of-the-edmonton-frail-scale-in-identifying-frail-elderly-patients-during-treatment-of-colorectal-cancer
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Brandon M Meyers, Humaid O Al-Shamsi, Sara Rask, Radhika Yelamanchili, Callista M Phillips, Alexandra Papaioannou, Gregory R Pond, Neera Jeyabalan, Kevin M Zbuk, Sukhbinder Kaur Dhesy-Thind
BACKGROUND: Frailty has been proposed by geriatricians as an indicator of functional age. The Edmonton Frail Scale (EFS) is a 15-point incremental scale; it is quick (<5 min), and simple to administer. We conducted an exploratory study to establish if the EFS add utility to clinician's expertise by determining if there was an association between EFS and receipt of chemotherapy in colorectal cancer (CRC) patients. METHODS: The EFS was administered to stage II-IV CRC patients ≥70 years...
February 2017: Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28247105/neoadjuvant-chemotherapy-for-gastric-adenocarcinoma-in-japan
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REVIEW
Yasuhiro Kodera
Surgery had been and remains a mainstay in the treatment of gastric cancer. The Japanese surgical oncologists employed surgery-first approach to treat gastric cancer because of the widespread use of D2 lymph node dissection and the high incidence of oncologically resectable cancer, and early attempts at the multimodality treatment strategy featured surgery followed by postoperative chemotherapy. Although evidence to treat Stage II/III gastric cancer with this strategy is now abundant in the Far East, poor compliance of the post-gastrectomy patients to intense combination chemotherapies has been a limitation associated with this strategy...
February 28, 2017: Surgery Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220660/sarcoma-survivors-perspectives-on-their-body-image-and-functional-quality-of-life-post-resection-limb-salvage-surgery
#18
Myra F Taylor, Julie A Pooley
Sarcomas often occur in patients' extremities and treatment typically involves bone resection/limb salvage surgery. Such treatments leave survivors with physical disfigurements, functional disabilities, and/or emotional traumas. Our post-surgery psychological intervention investigated how these experiences impinge on sarcoma survivors' lives. Twenty-three survivors aged 19-60 years (M = 36 years) participated in a tri-disciplinary (rehabilitative exercise, plastic surgery and psychological) intervention...
February 21, 2017: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197874/a-dosimetric-comparison-between-cyberknife-and-tomotherapy-treatment-plans-for-single-brain-metastasis
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COMPARATIVE STUDY
Daniela Greto, Stefania Pallotta, Laura Masi, Cinzia Talamonti, Livia Marrazzo, Raffaella Doro, Calogero Saieva, Silvia Scoccianti, Isacco Desideri, Lorenzo Livi
PURPOSE: Radiosurgery (RS) is a well-established treatment in selected patients with brain metastasis. The aim of this study is to compare the differences between CyberKnife (CK) and TomoTherapy (HT) treatment plans of RS of single brain metastasis (BM) to define when HT should be used in cases beyond Cyberknife-when both systems are readily available for the radiation oncologist. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Nineteen patients with single brain metastasis treated with CK were re-planned for radiosurgery using TomoTherapy Hi-ART system...
May 2017: La Radiologia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152926/cancer-care-decision-support-for-wbc-growth-factors-gf-geographic-differences-in-utilization-and-provider-malleability
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Kenneth Sherman Wurtz, Anna DiMarco, Lourdes Feliciano, Dinah Faith Q Huff, Kevin B Knopf, William J Hrushesky, Michael Baum
128 Background: Growth factor use is the largest single category of drug expenditure for US cancer patients. Oncology Analytics is a decision support company that assists physicians in determining the appropriate use of GF based on the NCCN, ASCO, and ASH guidelines and the level one data that underlies these guidelines. We hypothesized that there would be geographic variation among GF preference and in the malleability of those practice patterns after OA entered a market. We determined the proportion of initial pegfilgrastim requests for preauthorization over other types of GF as well as the review outcomes and final drug of choice after OA intervention of inappropriate GF requests across three specific jurisdictions: Florida, Puerto Rico, Georgia and Texas...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
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