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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509806/advances-in-management-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#1
Manon Allaire, Jean-Charles Nault
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is one of the leading causes of death by cancer worldwide due to a dismal prognosis. The aim of this review is to summarize the main advances in the pathophysiology and management of HCC. RECENT FINDINGS: Genomic analysis has recently delineated the key signaling pathways aberrantly deregulated in HCC (telomere maintenance, cell cycle gene, Wnt/β-catenin, epigenetic modifier, oxidative stress etc.). Major advances in the clinical care of patients with HCC are helping to refine the diagnosis algorithm and tumor staging...
May 15, 2017: Current Opinion in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493307/hepatitis-b-virus-screening-and-reactivation-and-management-of-patients-with-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma-a-large-scale-big-data-intelligence-platform-based-analysis-from-an-endemic-area
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Jia-Wei Lv, Yu-Pei Chen, Xiao-Dan Huang, Guan-Qun Zhou, Lei Chen, Wen-Fei Li, Ling-Long Tang, Yan-Ping Mao, Ying Guo, Rui-Hua Xu, Jun Ma, Ying Sun
BACKGROUND: Chemotherapy, target therapy, and immunotherapy are increasingly being used in the systematic treatment of nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC), during which the occurrence of hepatitis B virus (HBV) reactivation might increase. However, data regarding HBV screening and reactivation and the clinical management of NPC patients with HBV infections are lacking. This study was aimed at clarifying the risk of reactivation for NPC patients on different regimens while providing evidence concerning HBV screening and management in an endemic area...
May 10, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480062/locoregional-and-systemic-therapy-for-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#3
REVIEW
Olumide B Gbolahan, Michael A Schacht, Eric W Beckley, Thomas P LaRoche, Bert H O'Neil, Maximilian Pyko
The management of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) remains challenging due to late presentation and the presence of accompanying liver dysfunction. As such, most patients are not eligible for curative resection and liver transplant. Management in this scenario depends on a number of factors including hepatic function, tumor burden, patency of hepatic vasculature and patients' functional status. Based on these, patients can be offered catheter based intra-arterial therapy for intermediate stage disease and in more advanced disease, sorafenib...
April 2017: Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476944/impact-of-age-on-outcomes-with-immunotherapy-for-patients-with-melanoma
#4
Allison S Betof, Ryan D Nipp, Anita Giobbie-Hurder, Romany A N Johnpulle, Krista Rubin, Samuel M Rubinstein, Keith T Flaherty, Donald P Lawrence, Douglas B Johnson, Ryan J Sullivan
BACKGROUND: Monoclonal antibodies (mAb) targeting PD-1/PD-L1 have revolutionized melanoma treatment, yet data regarding effectiveness and tolerability across age groups is limited. We sought to determine the impact of age on overall survival (OS), progression-free survival (PFS), and rates of immune-mediated toxicities in patients treated with anti-PD-1/anti-PD-L1 mAb at two academic medical centers. METHODS: We retrospectively collected data on all patients with metastatic melanoma treated with anti-PD-1/PD-L1 mAb between May 2009 and April 2015...
May 5, 2017: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454333/a-polysaccharide-component-from-strongylocentrotus-nudus-eggs-inhibited-hepatocellular-carcinoma-in-mice-by-activating-t-lymphocytes
#5
Min Zhang, Yang Liu, Jingwen Li, Mengyun Ke, Jie Yu, Jie Dou, Hui Wang, Changlin Zhou
A component purified from Strongylocentrotus nudus eggs on a diethylaminoethyl cellulose-52 chromatography column and eluted using a NaCl solution gradient (SEP-S), is a homogeneous polysaccharide of α-D-glucan with a reduced molecular weight of 9.33×10(5) Da, compared with that of S. nudus egg polysaccharide (SEP). In an in vivo antitumor assay of histocompatibility-22 hepatocellular carcinoma in tumor-bearing mice, the inhibitory rates at SEP-S doses of 5, 10 and 20 mg/kg/day were 38.8, 50.7 and 70.3%, respectively...
March 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445959/brain-metastases-from-hepatocellular-carcinoma-recent-advances-and-future-avenues
#6
REVIEW
Shanshan Wang, Anqiang Wang, Jianzhen Lin, Yuan Xie, Liangcai Wu, Hanchun Huang, Jin Bian, Xiaobo Yang, Xueshuai Wan, Haitao Zhao, Jiefu Huang
The incidence of brain metastases from hepatocellular carcinoma (BMHCC) is becoming more frequent than that of the past as a result of prolonged survival of patients with HCC. Compared with brain metastases from other types of cancer, BMHCC tends to exhibit a high incidence of intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) and poor liver function. Unfortunately, the prognosis is extremely poor for patients with BMHCC owing to the limited treatment selection. Currently, optimal treatment requires multidisciplinary approaches including surgery, whole-brain radiation therapy and stereotactic radiosurgery...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443252/open-label-phase-ii-clinical-trial-in-75-patients-with-advanced-hepatocellular-carcinoma-receiving-daily-dose-of-tableted-liver-cancer-vaccine-hepcortespenlisimut-l
#7
Marina G Tarakanovskaya, Jigjidsuren Chinburen, Purev Batchuluun, Chogsom Munkhzaya, Genden Purevsuren, Dorjiin Dandii, Tsogkhuu Hulan, Dandii Oyungerel, Galyna A Kutsyna, Alan A Reid, Vika Borisova, Allen I Bain, Vichai Jirathitikal, Aldar S Bourinbaiar
BACKGROUND: An increasing number of studies is now devoted to immunotherapy of cancer. We evaluated the clinical benefit of hepcortespenlisimut-L (Hepko-V5 [formerly known as V5])-an oral therapeutic vaccine designated by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as an orphan drug for treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). V5 was initially developed by us in 2002 to treat hepatitis B or C viral infections and liver cirrhosis. METHODS: The outcome of open-label Phase II trial of daily dose of V5 pill was analyzed retrospectively...
2017: Journal of Hepatocellular Carcinoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440434/preclinical-studies-for-the-combination-of-paclitaxel-and-curcumin-in-cancer-therapy-review
#8
Yumeng Wei, Xinlin Pu, Ling Zhao
Cancer is one of the most common causes of death and remains the first in China and the second in the US. The common treatments for cancer include surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, targeted therapy and immunotherapy, while chemotherapy remains one of the most important treatments. However, the efficacy of chemotherapy is limited due to drug induced-toxicities and resistance, particularly multiple drug resistance (MDR). Therefore, discovery and development of novel therapeutic drugs and/or combination therapy are urgently needed to reduce toxicity and improve efficacy...
April 20, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423736/laminarin-promotes-anti-cancer-immunity-by-the-maturation-of-dendritic-cells
#9
Kyeongeun Song, Li Xu, Wei Zhang, Yun Cai, Bian Jang, Junghwan Oh, Jun-O Jin
This research evaluates the effects of laminarin on the maturation of dendritic cells and on the in vivo activation of anti-cancer immunity. In vivo treatment of C56BL/6 mice with laminarin increased the expression levels of co-stimulatory molecules and the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines in spleen dendritic cells. Laminarin enhanced ovalbumin antigen presentation in spleen dendritic cells and promoted the proliferation of OT-I and OT-II T cells. Laminarin also induced the maturation of dendritic cells in tumor-draining lymph nodes and protected interferon-γ and tumor necrosis factor-α and proliferation of OT-I and OT-II T cells in tumors...
March 14, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421272/-the-pathology-of-adverse-events-with-immune-checkpoint-inhibitors
#10
V H Koelzer, K Glatz, L Bubendorf, A Weber, A Gaspert, G Cathomas, A Lugli, A Zippelius, W Kempf, K D Mertz
BACKGROUND: Immunotherapy has gained importance with the development of new effective cancer treatments. Immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICI) are monoclonal antibodies that promote T‑cell mediated tumor immune rejection. Checkpoint blockade also carries the risk of inducing autoimmune reactions ("immune related adverse events", irAEs). The diagnosis and classification of irAEs constitute a new and important field in pathology. AIM: Practice-oriented review of the diagnosis and classification of irAEs...
April 18, 2017: Der Pathologe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420805/immunotherapeutic-approaches-for-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#11
REVIEW
Vito Longo, Antonio Gnoni, Andrea Casadei Gardini, Salvatore Pisconti, Antonella Licchetta, Mario Scartozzi, Riccardo Memeo, Vincenzo Ostilio Palmieri, Giuseppe Aprile, Daniele Santini, Patrizia Nardulli, Nicola Silvestris, Oronzo Brunetti
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a cancer with a high mortality rate due to the fact that the diagnosis usually occurs at anadvanced stage. Even in case of curative surgical treatment, recurrence is common. Sorafenib and regorafenib are the only therapeutic agents that have been demonstrated to be effective in advanced HCC, thus novel curative approaches are urgently needed. Recent studies focus on the role of immune system in HCC. In fact, the unique immune response in the liver favors tolerance, which can represent a real challenge for conventional immunotherapy in these patients...
May 16, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419193/a-randomized-phase-ii-iii-study-of-cabazitaxel-versus-vinflunine-in-metastatic-or-locally-advanced-transitional-cell-carcinoma-of-the-urothelium-secavin
#12
J Bellmunt, J M Kerst, F Vázquez, R Morales-Barrera, E Grande, A Medina, Mªb González Graguera, G Rubio, U Anido, O Fernández Calvo, E González-Billalabeitia, Ajm Van den Eertwegh, E Pujol, J L Perez-Gracia, J L González Larriba, R Collado, M Los, S Maciá, R De Wit
BACKGROUND: Despite the advent of immunotherapy in urothelial cancer, there is still a need to find effective cytotoxic agents beyond first and second line. Vinflunine is the only treatment approved in this setting by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and taxanes are also widely used in second line. Cabazitaxel is a taxane with activity in docetaxel-refractory cancers. A randomized study was conducted to compare its efficacy vs vinflunine. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This is a multicenter, randomized, open-label, phase II/III study, following a Simon's optimal method with stopping rules based on an interim futility analysis and a formal efficacy analysis at the end of the phase II...
April 13, 2017: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406012/immunomodulatory-magnetic-microspheres-for-augmenting-tumor-specific-infiltration-of-natural-killer-nk-cells
#13
Wooram Park, Andrew C Gordon, Soojeong Cho, Xiaoke Huang, Kathleen R Harris, Andrew C Larson, Dong-Hyun Kim
The purpose of this research is to develop magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) visible immunomodulatory microspheres (IMM-MS) for efficient image guided cancer immunotherapy. IMM-MS composed of recombinant interferon gamma (IFN-γ), iron oxide nanocubes (IONC), and biodegradable poly(lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) were successfully prepared via a double-emulsion method. The prepared IMM-MS exhibited a sustained IFN-γ release and highly sensitive MR T2 contrast effects. Finally, in an orthotopic liver tumor VX2 rabbit model, successful hepatic intra-arterial (IA) transcatheter delivery of IMM-MS to liver tumors was confirmed with MR images...
April 26, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396056/connecting-the-metabolic-and-immune-responses-to-cancer
#14
REVIEW
Thomas R Flint, Douglas T Fearon, Tobias Janowitz
Separate research fields have advanced our understanding of, on the one hand, cancer immunology and, on the other hand, cachexia, the fatal tumor-induced wasting syndrome. A link between the host's immune and metabolic responses to cancer remained unexplored. Emerging work in preclinical models of colorectal and pancreatic cancer has unveiled tumor-induced reprogramming of liver metabolism in cachexia that leads to suppression of antitumor immunity and failure of immunotherapy. As research efforts in metabolism and immunology in cancer are rapidly expanding, it is timely to discuss the metabolic and immunological determinants of the cancer-host interaction...
April 7, 2017: Trends in Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385609/investigation-of-phosphorylated-adjuvants-co-encapsulated-with-a-model-cancer-peptide-antigen-for-the-treatment-of-colorectal-cancer-and-liver-metastasis
#15
Tyler J Goodwin, Leaf Huang
The lipid calcium phosphate nanoparticle is a versatile platform capable of encapsulating a wide range of phosphorylated molecules from single nucleotides to pDNA. The use of this platform has shown great success as an immunotherapeutic vaccine carrier, capable of delivering co-encapsulated phosphorylated adjuvants and peptides. Three potent vaccine formulations were investigated for anti-cancer efficacy. The phosphorylated adjuvants, CpG, 2'3'cGAMP, and 5'pppdsRNA were co-encapsulated with a model phosphorylated tumor specific peptide antigen (p-AH1-A5)...
May 2, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381173/mesothelin-targeting-chimeric-antigen-receptor-modified-t-cells-by-piggybac-transposon-system-suppress-the-growth-of-bile-duct-carcinoma
#16
Jie-Ying Xu, Zhen-Long Ye, Du-Qing Jiang, Jiang-Chuan He, Yong-Mei Ding, Lin-Fang Li, Sai-Qun Lv, Ying Wang, Hua-Jun Jin, Qi-Jun Qian
Chimeric antigen receptor modified T cell-based immunotherapy is revolutionizing the field of cancer treatment. However, its potential in treating bile duct carcinoma has not been fully explored. Herein, we developed the second-generation mesothelin-targeting chimeric antigen receptor-modified T cells with the 4-1BB co-stimulatory module by the piggyBac transposon system. Mesothelin-targeting chimeric antigen receptor was expressed by 66.0% of mesothelin-targeting chimeric antigen receptor-modified T cells post electrophoretic transfection and stimulation with K562-meso cells; the expressions of activation markers were tested by flow cytometry assay and showed greater activation of mesothelin-targeting chimeric antigen receptor-modified T cells than control T cells (CD107α: 71...
April 2017: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28353401/effect-of-nk-cell-immunotherapy-on-immune-function-in-patients-with-hepatic-carcinoma-a-preliminary-clinical-study
#17
Zilin Qin, Jibing Chen, Jianying Zeng, Lizhi Niu, Silun Xie, Xiaohua Wang, Yingqing Liang, Zhenyi Wu, Mingjie Zhang
We investigated the effectiveness of adoptive transfer of KIR ligand-mismatched highly activated nature killer (HANK) cells in patients with hepatic carcinoma. Peripheral blood mononuclear cells were obtained and cultured in vitro to induce expansion and activation of HANK cells. After 12 d of culture, the cells were divided into 3 parts and infused intravenously on days 13 to 15. The patients (n = 16) were given one to 6 courses of immunotherapy. No side effects were observed. The lymphocyte subsets and cytokine, thymidine kinase 1 (TK1) and circulating tumor cell (CTC) levels were measured 1 day before treatment and 1 month after the final infusion: the absolute number of total T cells and NK cells and the IL-2 and TNF-β levels were significantly higher, and the TK1 and CTC levels were significantly lower at 1 month after treatment...
March 29, 2017: Cancer Biology & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351299/recognizing-and-managing-on-toxicities-in-cancer-immunotherapy
#18
REVIEW
Liu Yang, Huifang Yu, Shuang Dong, Yi Zhong, Sheng Hu
Over the past 4 years, cancer immunotherapy has significantly prolonged survival time of patients with prostate cancer, melanoma, lung cancer, and liver cancer, but its side effects are also impressive. Different types of the immune therapeutic agents have different on-target or off-target toxicity due to high affinity or weak specificity, respectively. Treatment toxicity spectrums vary greatly even in patients with the same type of cancer. Common toxicities are fevers, chills, diarrhea colitis, maculopapular rash, hepatitis, and hormone gland disorder; therefore, routine monitoring of thyroid function, liver function, renal function, and complete blood count are absolutely necessary once treatment begins...
March 2017: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351116/management-of-people-with-early-or-very-early-stage-hepatocellular-carcinoma-an-attempted-network-meta-analysis
#19
REVIEW
Avik Majumdar, Davide Roccarina, Douglas Thorburn, Brian R Davidson, Emmanuel Tsochatzis, Kurinchi Selvan Gurusamy
BACKGROUND: Hepatocellular carcinoma (primary liver cancer) is classified in many ways. The Barcelona Clinic Liver Cancer (BCLC) group staging classifies the cancer based on patient's life expectancy. People with very early- or early-stage hepatocellular carcinoma have single tumour or three tumours of maximum diameter of 3 cm or less, Child-Pugh status A to B, and performance status 0 (fully functional). Management of hepatocellular carcinoma is uncertain. OBJECTIVES: To assess the comparative benefits and harms of different interventions used in the treatment of early or very early hepatocellular carcinoma through a network meta-analysis and to generate rankings of the available interventions according to their safety and efficacy...
March 28, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28347250/chimeric-antigen-receptor-engineered-t-cells-for-liver-cancers-progress-and-obstacles
#20
REVIEW
Keyu Li, Yaliang Lan, Jiabei Wang, Lianxin Liu
Chimeric antigen receptor-engineered T cells therapy has become the hottest topic of immunotherapy, as its great successes achieved in treating refractory hematological malignancies. These successes also paved the road to novel strategies of treating various solid tumors including liver cancer. Many specific proteins can be expressed aberrantly in liver cancers; therefore, a series of experimental and clinical researches exploring chimeric antigen receptor-engineered T cells and liver cancer are in progress, acquiring obvious antitumor effect and revealing its feasibility in treating liver cancer...
March 2017: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
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