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Shirin Muhsen, Tracy-Ann Moo, Sujata Patil, Michelle Stempel, Simon Powell, Monica Morrow, Mahmoud El-Tamer
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVE: Guidelines concur that postmastectomy radiation therapy (PMRT) in T1-2 tumors with one to three positive (+) lymph nodes (LNs) decreases locoregional recurrence (LRR) but advise limiting PMRT to patients at highest risk to balance against potential harms. In this study, we identify the risks of LRR after mastectomy in patients with T1-2N1 disease, treated with modern chemotherapy, and identify predictors of LRR when omitting PMRT. METHODS: Patients with T1-2N1 breast cancer undergoing mastectomy between 1995 and 2006 were categorized by receipt of PMRT...
March 21, 2018: Annals of Surgical Oncology
Haruka Yamaguchi, Kazuhide Hayama, Ichiro Sasagawa, Yasuo Okada, Tomoyuki Kawase, Norio Tsubokawa, Makoto Tsuchimochi
We investigated the effects of targeted functionalized silica nanoparticles on the radiosensitivity of cancer cells. Better control of the local concentration of silica nanoparticles may facilitate their use as an adjuvant in conjunction with ionizing radiation to target cancer cells while preventing damage to normal cells. Hyperbranched polyamidoamine (PAMAM) was grafted onto the surface of amorphous silica nanoparticles to functionalize them. The PAMAM-coated silica nanoparticles (PCSNs) were then conjugated with fluorescent dyes...
March 19, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Geetika Dua, Ravibabu Mulaveesala
Active infrared thermography is a fast, painless, noncontact, and noninvasive imaging method, complementary to mammography, ultrasound, and magnetic resonance imaging methods for early diagnosis of breast cancer. This technique plays an important role in early detection of breast cancer to women of all ages, including pregnant or nursing women, with different sizes of breast, irrespective of either fatty or dense breast. This proposed complementary technique makes use of infrared emission emanating from the breast...
March 2018: Journal of Biomedical Optics
Houda Bahig, Jacques de Guise, Toni Vu, Danis Blais, Carl Chartrand-Lefebvre, Nhu Tram Nguyen, Sophie Lavertu, Jean-Pierre Guay, Stephane Bedwani, David Roberge
PURPOSE: To assess radiation dose variation to the left anterior descending artery (LAD), left main coronary artery (LMCA), left ventricle (LV), and whole heart (WH) during the cardiac cycle using dual source computed tomography (DSCT). METHODS AND MATERIALS: The present prospective study included patients with left-side breast cancer planned to undergo tangential radiation therapy. An electrocardiogram-synchronized contrast-injected DSCT scan was obtained with the patient in the treatment position, in deep-inspiration breath-hold, using retrospective sequential acquisition...
January 31, 2018: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
Kathrin Thöne, Anja Rudolph, Nadia Obi, Jenny Chang-Claude, Dieter Flesch-Janys
PURPOSE: Recent cohort studies demonstrated better overall survival (OS) or breast cancer-specific survival (BCS) for breast-conserving therapy (BCT) followed by radiation (RT) compared to mastectomy alone (MT). This is the first observational study in which adjustments for a comprehensive set of prognostic factors, adjuvant therapies, mode of detection, and comorbidities were possible to investigate OS, BCS, as well as recurrence risk of patients undergoing BCT + RT, MT + RT, or MT...
March 19, 2018: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
Sergio J Sanabria, Orcun Goksel, Katharina Martini, Serafino Forte, Thomas Frauenfelder, Rahel A Kubik-Huch, Marga B Rominger
OBJECTIVES: To assess feasibility and diagnostic accuracy of a novel hand-held ultrasound (US) method for breast density assessment that measures the speed of sound (SoS), in comparison to the ACR mammographic (MG) categories. METHODS: ACR-MG density (a=fatty to d=extremely dense) and SoS-US were assessed in the retromamillary, inner and outer segments of 106 women by two radiographers. A conventional US system was used for SoS-US. A reflector served as timing reference for US signals transmitted through the breasts...
March 19, 2018: European Radiology
Justin M Famoso, Brady Laughlin, Ali McBride, Victor J Gonzalez
Purpose: Breast fibrosis is a common late effect after therapeutic irradiation that can result in pain, poor cosmesis, and functional impairment. Randomized trials have demonstrated that radiation fibrosis may be preventable with a medication regimen of pentoxifylline and vitamin E. This study investigates patient compliance with pentoxifylline therapy while examining possible correlations to compliance. Methods and materials: We identified 90 patients who were prescribed pentoxifylline (400 mg 3 times daily) and vitamin E (400 IU once daily) after adjuvant breast radiation...
January 2018: Advances in Radiation Oncology
Arti Parekh, Avani D Dholakia, Daniel J Zabranksy, Fariba Asrari, Melissa Camp, Mehran Habibi, Richard Zellars, Jean L Wright
Purpose: The associations among radiation fractionation, body mass index (BMI), and acute skin toxicity with adjuvant radiation for breast cancer is of increasing interest. This study evaluated the rate of grade ≥2 dermatitis and moist desquamation (MD) in patients with a high BMI who were treated to the breast or chest wall to understand the role of radiation target, fractionation regimen, and BMI. Methods and materials: We retrospectively evaluated 280 patients treated with adjuvant radiation for breast cancer after up-front surgery...
January 2018: Advances in Radiation Oncology
Ales Hlavka, Jaroslav Vanasek, Karel Odrazka, Jan Stuk, Martin Dolezel, Vit Ulrych, Martina Vitkova, Jiri Mynarik, Iveta Kolarova, Zdenka Vilasova
Image guided radiation therapy (IGRT) enables the achievement of higher precision in radiation delivery, a reduction in safety margins and a reduced risk of toxicity in healthy tissues. The present study investigated the magnitude of safety margins for the radiation boost setup on skin marks or metal clips implanted into the tumor bed during breast cancer surgery. One hundred eighty-four patients after breast conserving surgery with implanted metal clips into tumor bed were analyzed. The present study investigated the difference in safety margin required for the treatment setup on skin marks and metal clips...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Loredana Campo, Eun-Kyoung Breuer
Studies have shown that transforming acidic coiled-coil protein 3 (TACC3), a key component of centrosome-microtubule dynamic networks, is significantly associated with various types of human cancer. We have recently reported that high levels of TACC3 are found in breast cancer, lead to the accumulation of spontaneous DNA damage due to defective DNA damage response signaling, and confer cellular sensitivity to radiation and poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) inhibitors. Although our study suggests a potential role of TACC3 as a biomarker in breast cancer detection and prediction of therapy outcome, its role as a therapeutic target in breast cancer is not well studied...
March 19, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Eva A Huis ʼt Veld, Chao Long, Gloria R Sue, Arhana Chattopadhyay, Gordon K Lee
BACKGROUND: Patients with breast cancer frequently opt to undergo breast reconstruction after mastectomy. The timing and aesthetic outcome of the breast reconstruction may be affected by the need for radiation therapy (RT). Delayed-immediate autologous reconstruction (DIAR) is a novel surgical approach for patients in whom the need for adjuvant RT after mastectomy is preoperatively unknown. AIM: We sought to evaluate the difference in clinical outcomes, patient satisfaction, and cosmetic results between DIAR and patients who underwent delayed autologous reconstruction...
March 16, 2018: Annals of Plastic Surgery
Katrine Munk Begtrup, Johanne Andersen Hojbjerg, Birgitte Vrou Offersen, Anne-Mette Hvas
Cancer is associated with increased risk of venous thromboembolic disease. Venous thromboembolic disease accounts for a substantial addition to morbidity and mortality rates in cancer patients and is the second leading cause of death in cancer patients, exceeded only by the underlying cancer. Only few previous studies have investigated the influence of radiotherapy on hemostasis and whether radiotherapy in itself causes an increased risk of venous thromboembolic disease. The aim was to investigate if adjuvant radiotherapy affects hemostasis after surgery and chemotherapy in patients with breast cancer...
March 19, 2018: Platelets
Laura Curr Beamer, Marcia Grant
PURPOSE: The purpose of this pilot study was to explore the relationship between skin-related quality of life (SR-QOL) and global quality of life (G-QOL) among women experiencing breast radiodermatitis, measure change in SR-QOL and G-QOL between the start and fifth week on radiotherapy, and examine the trend in SR-QOL and severity of radiodermatitis over time on treatment. METHODS: A descriptive longitudinal study using repeated measurements was implemented. Forty women undergoing whole breast 3-dimensional conformal radiotherapy at a comprehensive community cancer center completed the Dermatology Life Quality Index (DLQI) weekly and Quality of Life-Breast Cancer Patient Version at baseline before and at five weeks on radiotherapy...
April 2018: European Journal of Oncology Nursing: the Official Journal of European Oncology Nursing Society
Vadim V Chumak, Sergiy V Klymenko, Horst Zitzelsberger, Christina Wilke, Lyudmila A Rybchenko, Elena V Bakhanova
The Chernobyl reactor accident in 1986 has caused significant exposure to ionizing radiation of the Ukrainian population, in particular clean-up workers and evacuees from the exclusion zones. A study aiming at the discovery of radiation markers of the breast cancer was conducted from 2008 to 2015 within a collaborative project by HZM, LMU, and NRCRM. In this study, post-Chernobyl breast cancer cases both in radiation-exposed female patients diagnosed at age less than 60 from 1992 to 2014 and in non-exposed controls matched for residency, tumor type, age at diagnosis, TNM classification as well as tumor grading were investigated for molecular changes with special emphasis to copy number alterations and miRNA profiles...
March 17, 2018: Radiation and Environmental Biophysics
Hesham Mostafa Zakaria, Lara Massie, Azam Basheer, David Boyce-Fappiano, Erinma Elibe, Lonni Schultz, Ian Lee, Brent Griffith, Farzan Siddiqui, Victor Chang
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: The current standard of care for prediction of survival of cancer staging is based on TNM staging. However, for patients with spinal metastasis, who all have identical stage IV disease, identifying accurate prognostic markers of survival would allow better treatment stratification between more aggressive treatment strategies or palliation. Analytic morphometrics enables physicians to quantify patient frailty by measuring lean muscle mass. Morphometrics also predicts survival in patients with lung cancer metastases to the spine...
March 14, 2018: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
Nitika Paudel, Kevin P Bethke, Lilian C Wang, Jonathan B Strauss, John P Hayes, Eric D Donnelly
PURPOSE: The current standard of care for women diagnosed with early stage breast cancer is breast-conserving surgery (BCS) followed by external beam radiation therapy, commonly delivered over 3-6 weeks. As an alternative, select patients can undergo intra-operative radiation therapy (IORT) at the time of BCT. This technique delivers a single fraction of radiation at the time of surgery, enabling patients to undergo both surgery and radiation in a single session. Our current study analyzed the value of incorporating breast MRI into the routine work-up of patients deemed eligible for IORT, to quantify the impact on patient eligibility and requirement for additional work-up...
March 2018: Surgical Oncology
L Bua, E Tibaldi, L Falcioni, M Lauriola, L De Angelis, F Gnudi, M Manservigi, F Manservisi, I Manzoli, I Menghetti, R Montella, S Panzacchi, D Sgargi, V Strollo, A Vornoli, D Mandrioli, F Belpoggi
BACKGROUND: Up to now, experimental studies on rodents have failed to provide definitive confirmation of the carcinogenicity of extremely low frequency electromagnetic fields (ELFEMF). Two recent studies performed in our laboratory on Sprague-Dawley rats reported a statistically significant increase in malignant tumors of different sites (mammary gland, C-cells carcinoma, hemolymphoreticular neoplasia, and malignant heart Schwannoma) when ELFEMF exposure was associated with exposure to formaldehyde (50 mg/l) or acute low dose of γ-radiation (0...
March 14, 2018: Environmental Research
Katherine S Chen, Scott M Glaser, Allison E Garda, John A Vargo, M Saiful Huq, Dwight E Heron, Sushil Beriwal
BACKGROUND: Clinical pathways outline criteria for dose homogeneity and critical organ dosimetry. Based upon an internal audit showing suboptimal compliance with dosimetric parameters in whole breast irradiation (WBI), we conducted a mandatory web-based teaching conference for the network. This study reports the impact of this initiative on subsequent treatment plans. METHODS: Radiation treatment plans were collected for the 10 most recent patients receiving WBI at 16 institutions within the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center network...
March 16, 2018: Radiation Oncology
Benjamin D Smith, Jennifer R Bellon, Rachel Blitzblau, Gary Freedman, Bruce Haffty, Carol Hahn, Francine Halberg, Karen Hoffman, Kathleen Horst, Jean Moran, Caroline Patton, Jane Perlmutter, Laura Warren, Timothy Whelan, Jean L Wright, Reshma Jagsi
INTRODUCTION: The purpose of this guideline is to offer recommendations on fractionation for whole breast irradiation (WBI) with or without a tumor bed boost and guidance on treatment planning and delivery. METHODS AND MATERIALS: The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) convened a task force to address 5 key questions focused on dose-fractionation for WBI, indications and dose-fractionation for tumor bed boost, and treatment planning techniques for WBI and tumor bed boost...
March 8, 2018: Practical Radiation Oncology
Muhammad Shuja, Ayman A Elghazaly, Asif Iqbal, Reham Mohamed, Amal Marie, Mutahir A Tunio, Moamen M Aly, Ali Balbaid, Mushabbab Asiri
Introduction Bone metastasis (BM) is a major complication of many solid tumors like breast, prostate, lung and renal cancers. BM leads to serious sequelae of pain, fractures, spinal cord compression and hypercalcemia. Radiotherapy has an established role in relieving pain caused by BM. Worldwide different radiotherapy schedules are being used for BM. The aim of this study is to determine the efficacy of single fraction palliative radiotherapy for painful bone metastases. Methods Between April 2014 and April 2017, single fraction radiotherapy was used to treat 73 patients in our institution...
January 8, 2018: Curēus
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