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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799808/decision-making-among-patients-and-their-family-in-als-care-a-review
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Geraldine Foley, Geralyn Hynes
OBJECTIVES: Practice guidelines in ALS care emphasise the role of the patient and their family in the decision-making process. We aimed to examine the ALS patient/family relationship in the decision-making process and to ascertain how patients and their family can shape one another's decisions pertaining to care. METHODS: We conducted a review of peer-reviewed empirical research, published in full and in English between January 2007 and January 2017, relating to care decision-making among ALS patients and their family...
August 11, 2017: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797999/long-term-results-of-post-operative-pelvic-image-guided-intensity-modulated-radiotherapy-in-gynecological-malignancies
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Rashi Agrawal, Sowmiya Prithiviraj, Dinesh Singh, Vaishali Zamre, Sandeep Agrawal, Arun Kumar Goel, Kanika Gupta, Bala Subramanian
OBJECTIVE: To assess late clinical outcomes with image guided intensity modulated radiotherapy (IG- IMRT) in gynecological malignancies. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We have been practicing IG IMRT for gynecological malignancies since January 2009. Here we are presenting our experience with this modern technique at median follow up of 38 months. During whole treatment bladder filling protocol was followed. Both target volumes and critical structures were contoured according to RTOG guidelines...
May 2017: Gulf Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709427/investigation-of-irradiated-volume-in-linac-based-brain-hypo-fractionated-stereotactic-radiotherapy
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Mark Ruschin, Arjun Sahgal, Hany Soliman, Sten Myrehaug, May Tsao, Collins Yeboah, Arman Sarfehnia, Brige Chugh, Alex Kiss, Young Lee
BACKGROUND: Emerging techniques such as brain hypo-fractionated radiotherapy (HF-RT) involve complex cases with limited guidelines for plan quality and normal tissue tolerances. The purpose of the present study was to statistically parameterize irradiated volume independently of dose prescription, or margin to determine what spread in achievable irradiated volume one may expect for a given case. METHODS: We defined EXT as the total tissue within the external contour of the patient (including the target) and we defined BMP as the contour of the brain minus PTV...
July 14, 2017: Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623847/toxicity-after-post-prostatectomy-image-guided-intensity-modulated-radiotherapy-using-australian-guidelines
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Stephen Chin, Noel J Aherne, Andrew Last, Hassan Assareh, Thomas P Shakespeare
INTRODUCTION: We evaluated single institution toxicity outcomes after post-prostatectomy radiotherapy (PPRT) via image-guided intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IG-IMRT) with implanted fiducial markers following national eviQ guidelines, for which late toxicity outcomes have not been published. METHODS: Prospectively collected toxicity data were retrospectively reviewed for 293 men who underwent 64-66 Gy IG-IMRT to the prostate bed between 2007 and 2015. RESULTS: Median follow-up after PPRT was 39 months...
June 17, 2017: Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620579/delineation-of-the-prostate-bed-the-invisible-target-is-still-an-issue
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Igor Latorzeff, Paul Sargos, Geneviève Loos, Stéphane Supiot, Stéphane Guerif, Christian Carrie
For pathological high-risk prostate cancer, adjuvant irradiation has shown a survival benefit. Phase III studies have highlighted that half men would face biochemical relapse and would be candidate for radiotherapy at adjuvant or salvage times. Despite at least four published international contouring guidelines from different collaborative groups, discrepancies remain for volumes, delineation, and margins to be considered in order to optimize radiotherapy planning. This article from "Groupe d'Etude des Tumeurs UroGénitales (GETUG)" members will focus on controversies to help clinicians to create best volume delineation for adjuvant or salvage post prostatectomy radiotherapy...
2017: Frontiers in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619290/sparing-dysphagia-aspiration-related-structures-using-novel-hybrid-volumetric-modulated-arc-therapy
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Sitaraman BalajiSubramanian, Karunakaran Balaji, Moorthi Thirunavukarasu, Sumana Premkumar
PURPOSE: Studies using split field IMRT to spare dysphagia/aspiration related structures (DARS) have raised concern regarding dose uncertainty at matchline. This study explores the utility of hybrid VMAT in sparing the DARS and assesses matchline dose uncertainty in postoperative oral cavity cancer patients and compares it with VMAT. METHODS & MATERIALS: Ten postoperative oral cavity cancer patients were planned with h-VMAT and VMAT using the same planning CT dataset...
July 2017: Physica Medica: PM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616932/analysis-of-accuracy-and-user-performance-evaluation-of-a-new-wireless-enabled-blood-glucose-monitoring-system-that-links-to-a-smart-mobile-device
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Malte Rutschmann
In the study published in Journal of Diabetes, Science and Technology, Timothy S. Bailey and coauthors evaluated system accuracy and user performance of a new, wireless-enabled blood glucose monitoring system, the Contour Plus ONE blood glucose monitoring system. The authors declare that the study protocol was performed according to ISO 15197:2013 guidelines, in particular to clauses 6.3 and 8. Results show a high level of accuracy of the product in a laboratory setting as well as in the hands of lay users...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574390/clinical-protocols-preparation-impression-and-bonding-of-all-ceramic-glass-based-disilicate-lithium-crowns-review-and-case-report
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D Vadachkoria, O Vadachkoria
Using contemporary materials and techniques, nowadays we can offer the patients much needed restorations while achieving the desired aesthetics. The maxillary incisors are supremely important in the appearance of a smile. By establishing proper size, contours, vitality, translucency and relationship with the surrounding teeth and soft tissue, we can help create the smile of their dream. In modern dentistry, there are two major recent developments - the dentine bonding and stronger all-ceramic crown systems...
April 2017: Georgian Medical News
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28567157/modified-open-suprapectoral-endobutton-tension-slide-tenodesis-technique-of-long-head-of-biceps-with-restored-tendon-tension-length
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Jagadish Prabhu, Mohammed Khalid Faqi, Rashad Khamis Awad, Fahad Alkhalifa
BACKGROUND: The vast majority of biceps tendon ruptures occurs at the proximal insertion and almost always involves the long head. There are several options for long head of biceps (LHB) tenodesis with advantage and disadvantages of each technique. We believe that the suprapectoral LHB tenodesis described in this article enables the restoration of the anatomic length-tension relation in a technically reproducible manner, when following the guidelines set forth in this article, and restores biceps contour and function adequately with a low risk of complications...
2017: Open Orthopaedics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543088/3d-quantitative-structure-activity-relationship-and-docking-studies-of-coumarin-derivatives-as-tissue-kallikrein-7-inhibitors
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Xin Zheng, Mengxi He, Xiao Tan, Jun Zheng, Fangyu Wang, Sen Liu
OBJECTIVES: Kallikrein 7 (KLK7) is a secreted serine protease that plays important roles in skin desquamation and tumour progression, which makes it an attracting drug target. To guide the design of KLK7 inhibitors, a series of coumarin-based inhibitors were used to perform 3D-quantitative structure-activity relationship analysis. METHODS: 3D conformations of 37 inhibitors were generated and used to construct CoMFA and CoMSIA models. Then a complex model between the inhibitors and KLK7 was built with molecular docking...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534430/variability-in-axillary-lymph-node-delineation-for-breast-cancer-radiotherapy-in-presence-of-guidelines-on-a-multi-institutional-platform
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Delia Ciardo, Angela Argenone, Genoveva Ionela Boboc, Francesca Cucciarelli, Fiorenza De Rose, Maria Carmen De Santis, Alessandra Huscher, Edy Ippolito, Maria Rosa La Porta, Lorenza Marino, Ilaria Meaglia, Isabella Palumbo, Francesca Rossi, Paolo Alpi, Mario Bignardi, Alessio Bonanni, Domenico Cante, Tino Ceschia, Letizia Fabbietti, Marco Lupattelli, Elisa Donatella Mantero, Alessia Monaco, Patrizia Porcu, Vincenzo Ravo, Sonia Silipigni, Angelo Tozzi, Vincenza Umina, Dario Zerini, Luigi Bordonaro, Giorgia Capezzali, Elena Clerici, Sarah Pia Colangione, Michela Dispinzieri, Jessica Dognini, Laura Donadoni, Sara Falivene, Alessandra Fozza, Barbara Grilli, Roberta Guarnaccia, Eva Iannacone, Valentina Lancellotta, Agnese Prisco, Rosalinda Ricotti, Roberto Orecchia, Barbara Alicja Jereczek-Fossa, Maria Cristina Leonardi
AIM: To quantify the variability between radiation oncologists (ROs) when outlining axillary nodes in breast cancer. MATERIAL AND METHODS: For each participating center, three ROs with different levels of expertise, i.e., junior (J), senior (S) and expert (E), contoured axillary nodal levels (L1, L2, L3 and L4) on the CT images of three different patients (P) of an increasing degree of anatomical complexity (from P1 to P2 to P3), according to contouring guidelines...
August 2017: Acta Oncologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532608/assessment-of-the-novel-online-delineation-workshop-dummy-run-approach-using-falcon-within-a-european-multicentre-trial-in-cervical-cancer-raids
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Eleonor Rivin Del Campo, Sofia Rivera, María Martínez-Paredes, Philippe Hupé, Andrea Slocker Escarpa, Isabelle Borget, Renaud Mazeron, Suzy Scholl, Amalia Palacios Eito, Christine Haie-Meder, Cyrus Chargari, Eric Deutsch
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Online delineation workshops (ODW) permit training of geographically dispersed participants. The purpose is to evaluate the methodology of an ODW using FALCON to harmonize delineation within a European multicentre trial on locally advanced cervical cancer (LACC). MATERIAL AND METHODS: Two ODW included 46 clinicians (14 centres). Clinicians completed baseline (C1), guideline (C2) and final contours (C3) for external beam radiotherapy (EBRT) and brachytherapy (BT) for LACC...
May 19, 2017: Radiotherapy and Oncology: Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530847/repeatability-of-mr-elastography-of-liver-a-meta-analysis
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Suraj D Serai, Nancy A Obuchowski, Sudhakar K Venkatesh, Claude B Sirlin, Frank H Miller, Edward Ashton, Patricia E Cole, Richard L Ehman
Purpose To perform a meta-analysis to generate an estimate of the repeatability coefficient (RC) for magnetic resonance (MR) elastography of the liver. Materials and Methods A systematic search of databases was performed for publications on MR elastography during the 10-year period between 2006 and 2015. The identified studies were screened independently and were verified reciprocally by all authors. Two reviewers independently determined the percentage RC and effective sample size from each article. A forest plot was constructed of the percentage RC estimates from the 12 studies...
May 22, 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512651/premium-protocol-for-planning-a-periodontal-restorative-approach-conservative-predictable-%C3%A2-and-reproducible
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Leonardo Fernandes da Cunha, Cibele de Almeida Kintopp, Marina Samara Baechtold, Gisele Maria Correr, Carla Castiglia Gonzaga
Planning oral rehabilitation that involves an interdisciplinary approach is challenging, especially when it includes changes in the morphologic aspects of teeth and the architecture of gingival tissues. Patients commonly complain about the esthetics of maxillary anterior teeth, especially when diastemata are present. A guideline known as the golden proportion can be used to establish adequate width distribution of anterior teeth. Tooth proportion is also affected by incisogingival tooth length, hence gingival contouring should be evaluated as well...
2017: Quintessence International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508877/an-overview-of-female-to-male-gender-confirming-surgery
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Shane D Morrison, Mang L Chen, Curtis N Crane
Gender dysphoria is estimated to occur in approximately 25 million people worldwide, and can have severe psychosocial sequelae. Medical and surgical gender transition can substantially improve quality-of-life outcomes for individuals with gender dysphoria. Individuals seeking to undergo female-to-male (FtM) transition have various surgical options available for gender confirmation, including facial and chest masculinization, body contouring, and genital surgery. The World Professional Association for Transgender Health guidelines should be met before the patient undergoes surgery, to ensure that gender-confirming surgery is appropriate and indicated...
August 2017: Nature Reviews. Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490980/sbrt-planning-for-liver-metastases-a-focus-on-immobilization-motion-management-and-planning-imaging-techniques
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Olivier Riou, Carmen Llacer Moscardo, Pascal Fenoglietto, Emmanuel Deshayes, Raphaël Tetreau, Jessica Molinier, Alexis Lenglet, Eric Assenat, Marc Ychou, Boris Guiu, Norbert Aillères, Ludovic Bedos, David Azria
AIM: To evaluate the different techniques used for liver metastases Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) planning. We especially focused on immobilization devices, motion management and imaging used for contouring. BACKGROUND: Although some guidelines exist, there is no consensus regarding the minimal requirements for liver SBRT treatments. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We reviewed the main liver metastases SBRT publications and guidelines; and compared the techniques used for immobilization, motion management, margins and imaging...
March 2017: Reports of Practical Oncology and Radiotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28478912/quality-assurance-of-radiotherapy-in-the-ongoing-eortc-1219-dahanca-29-trial-for-hpv-p16-negative-squamous-cell-carcinoma-of-the-head-and-neck-results-of-the-benchmark-case-procedure
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Melissa Christiaens, Sandra Collette, Jens Overgaard, Vincent Gregoire, Joanna Kazmierska, Pierre Castadot, Jordi Giralt, Warren Grant, Milan Tomsej, Raquel Bar-Deroma, Angelo F Monti, Coen Wilhelm Hurkmans, Damien Charles Weber
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The phase III EORTC 1219-DAHANCA 29 intergroup trial evaluates the influence of nimorazole in patients with locally advanced head and neck cancer when treated with accelerated radiotherapy (RT) in combination with chemotherapy. This article describes the results of the RT Benchmark Case (BC) performed before patient inclusion. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The participating centers were asked to perform a 2-step BC, consisting of (1) a delineation and (2) a planning exercise according to the protocol guidelines...
June 2017: Radiotherapy and Oncology: Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351523/quality-assessment-of-delineation-and-dose-planning-of-early-breast-cancer-patients-included-in-the-randomized-skagen-trial-1
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Giulio Francolini, Mette S Thomsen, Esben S Yates, Carine Kirkove, Ingelise Jensen, Egil S Blix, Claus Kamby, Mette H Nielsen, Mechthild Krause, Martin Berg, Ingvil Mjaaland, Andreas Schreiber, Unn-Miriam Kasti, Kristian Boye, Birgitte V Offersen
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: To report on a Quality assessment (QA) of Skagen Trial 1, exploring hypofractionation for breast cancer patients with indication for regional nodal radiotherapy. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Deviations from protocol regarding target volume delineations and dose parameters (Dmin, Dmax, D98%, D95% and D2%) from randomly selected dose plans were assessed. Target volume delineation according to ESTRO guidelines was obtained through atlas based automated segmentation and centrally approved as gold standard (GS)...
May 2017: Radiotherapy and Oncology: Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325248/bridging-innovation-and-outreach-to-overcome-global-gaps-in-radiation-oncology-through-information-and-communication-tools-trainee-advancement-engaging-industry-attention-to-ethical-challenges-and-political-advocacy
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REVIEW
Luqman Dad, Trevor J Royce, Zachary Morris, Meena Moran, Todd Pawlicki, Deepak Khuntia, Patricia Hardenbergh, Bernard Cummings, Nina Mayr, Kenneth Hu
An evolving paradigm in global outreach in radiation oncology has been the implementation of a more region-specific, needs-based approach to help close the gap in radiation services to low- and middle-income countries through the use of innovative tools in information and communication technology. This report highlights 4 information and communication technology tools in action today: (1) the NCCN Framework for Resource Stratification of NCCN guidelines, (2) ASTRO e-Contouring, (3) i.treatsafely.org, and (4) ChartRounds...
April 2017: Seminars in Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301492/variability-in-target-delineation-of-cervical-carcinoma-a-korean-radiation-oncology-group-study-krog-15-06
#20
Ji Hyeon Joo, Young Seok Kim, Byung Chul Cho, Chi Young Jeong, Won Park, Hak Jae Kim, Won Sup Yoon, Mee Sun Yoon, Ji-Yoon Kim, Jin Hwa Choi, Youngmin Choi, Joo-Young Kim
PURPOSE: To determine inter-observer variability in target volume definition of cervical cancer in radical and adjuvant radiotherapy (RT) settings. METHODS: Eight physicians contoured CTVs of 2 patients underwent definitive and postoperative RT. Each volume was analyzed using the individual/median volume ratio and generalized conformity index (CIgen). And center of mass (COM) of each contour was calculated. Expert agreement was quantified using an expectation maximization algorithm for Simultaneous Truth and Performance Level Estimation (STAPLE)...
2017: PloS One
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