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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339637/provider-perspectives-on-the-implementation-of-psychosocial-risk-screening-in-pediatric-cancer
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Anne E Kazak, Lamia P Barakat, Martha A Askins, Maureen McCafferty, Alyssa Lattomus, Nicole Ruppe, Janet Deatrick
Objective:  Psychosocial risk screening is an important initial step in delivering evidence-based care. This qualitative descriptive study identified how multidisciplinary pediatric oncology health-care providers perceive psychosocial risk screening to identify factors in uptake and implementation. Methods:  A script guided digitally recorded (transcribed) interviews regarding psychosocial screening and challenges to facilitators of screening. Participants were 15 multidisciplinary staff (physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, physician assistant) at nine sites, three using the Psychosocial Assessment Tool© for research and six for clinical care...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338450/postoperative-quality-of-life-assessment-in-patients-with-spine-metastases-treated-with-long-segment-pedicle-screw-fixation
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Florian Bernard, Jean-Michel Lemée, Olivier Lucas, Philippe Menei
OBJECTIVE In recent decades, progress in the medical management of cancer has been significant, resulting in considerable extension of survival for patients with metastatic disease. This has, in turn, led to increased attention to the optimal surgical management of bone lesions, including metastases to the spine. In addition, there has been a shift in focus toward improving quality of life and reducing hospital stay for these patients, and many minimally invasive techniques have been introduced with the aim of reducing the morbidity associated with more traditional open approaches...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335643/prospects-and-progress-of-atezolizumab-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Johan Vansteenkiste, Els Wauters, Keunchil Park, Achim Rittmeyer, Alan Sandler, Alexander Spira
Immunotherapy has recently come to the forefront of oncology treatment as a potential means of combating cancer by restoring the body's adaptive cancer-immunity cycle. Atezolizumab is a monoclonal antibody agent that specifically targets programmed death ligand 1 (PD-L1), a key molecule in the cancer-immunity pathway, to block binding to its receptors PD-1 and B7.1. Areas covered: This review covers the role of atezolizumab in the treatment of non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Several studies have reported promising efficacy in this indication...
March 24, 2017: Expert Opinion on Biological Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330821/beyond-precision-surgery-molecularly-motivated-precision-care-for-gastric-cancer
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Y Y Choi, J-H Cheong
Gastric cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths worldwide. Despite the high disease prevalence, gastric cancer research has not gained much attention. Recently, genome-scale technology has made it possible to explore the characteristics of gastric cancer at the molecular level. Accordingly, gastric cancer can be classified into molecular subtypes that convey more detailed information of tumor than histopathological characteristics, and these subtypes are associated with clinical outcomes...
March 1, 2017: European Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328309/ibpro-a-novel-short-duration-teaching-course-in-advanced-physics-and-biology-underlying-cancer-radiotherapy
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Michael C Joiner, Monica W Tracey, Sara E Kacin, Jay W Burmeister
This article provides a summary and status report of the ongoing advanced education program IBPRO - Integrated course in Biology and Physics of Radiation Oncology. IBPRO is a five-year program funded by NCI. It addresses the recognized deficiency in the number of mentors available who have the required knowledge and skill to provide the teaching and training that is required for future radiation oncologists and researchers in radiation sciences. Each year, IBPRO brings together 50 attendees typically at assistant professor level and upwards, who are already qualified/certified radiation oncologists, medical physicists or biologists...
March 22, 2017: Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324929/hyperthermia-by-electromagnetic-fields-to-enhanced-clinical-results-in-oncology
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Gerard C van Rhoon, Maarten M Paulides, Jeannette M L van Holthe, Martine Franckena
Confining treatment to the tumor to improve therapeutic outcome and reduce toxicity, is a hot issue in cancer research. Hyperthermia is recognized as a strong sensitizer for radiotherapy and chemotherapy enhancing tumor control without increasing toxicity. Today's electromagnetic hyperthermia systems heat large tissue volumes with limited ability to selectively heat the tumor. Fortunately, tremendous improvements in 3-dimensional electromagnetic & temperature modelling provide an exciting opportunity to design advanced multi-element electromagnetic applicator systems...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324751/the-rationale-of-indoleamine-2-3-dioxygenase-inhibition-for-cancer-therapy
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REVIEW
Lieve Brochez, Ines Chevolet, Vibeke Kruse
Indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO, also referred to as IDO1) has been demonstrated to be a normal endogenous mechanism of acquired peripheral immune tolerance in vivo. In the field of oncology, IDO expression and/or activity has been observed in several cancer types and has usually been associated with negative prognostic factors and worse outcome measures. This manuscript reviews current available data on the role of IDO in cancer and the current results obtained with IDO inhibition, both in animal models and in phase 1 and 2 clinical trials in humans...
March 18, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322035/multidisciplinary-rehabilitation-program-after-breast-cancer-benefits-on-physical-function-anthropometry-and-quality-of-life
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Anne-France Leclerc, Marguerite Foidart-Dessalle, Marco Tomasella, Philippe Coucke, Martine Devos, Olivier Bruyère, Thierry Bury, Dorian Deflandre, Guy Jerusalem, Eric Lifrange, Jean-François Kaux, Jean-Michel Crielaard, Didier Maquet
BACKGROUND: Different clinical trials show beneficial effects of physical training offered during and / or after breast cancer treatment. However, given the variety of side effects that may be encountered, physical training could be combined with psychological, relational and social guidance. This kind of multidisciplinary program has been little studied so far. AIM: To determine the benefits of a three-month multidisciplinary rehabilitation program among women after breast cancer treatment...
March 20, 2017: European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320372/effects-of-interdisciplinary-teamwork-on-patient-reported-experience-of-cancer-care
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Dominique Tremblay, Danièle Roberge, Nassera Touati, Elizabeth Maunsell, Djamal Berbiche
BACKGROUND: Interdisciplinary teamwork (ITW) is deemed necessary for quality cancer care practices. Nevertheless, variation in ITW intensity among cancer teams is understudied, and quantitative evidence of the effect of different ITW intensities among cancer teams on patients' perceived experience of care is limited. This study aims to compare patient-reported experience measures (PREMs) of cancer outpatients followed by teams characterized by high vs. low ITW intensity. METHODS: The study is designed as an ex post facto quasi-experimental study...
March 20, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319263/a-review-of-family-caregiving-intervention-trials-in-oncology
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REVIEW
Betty Ferrell, Elaine Wittenberg
This article contains a review of literature published from 2010 to 2016 on family caregiving in oncology. An analysis of 810 citations resulted in 50 randomized trials. These trials describe the need to prepare family caregivers for the complex role they play in cancer care. Several studies have demonstrated improved quality of life for family caregivers and improved emotional support from interventions. Several studies addressed communication and relational intimacy, which are key concerns. An additional focus of these trials was in the area of caregiving tasks and ways to diminish the burden of caregiving and preparedness for this role...
March 20, 2017: CA: a Cancer Journal for Clinicians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318556/natural-killer-cells-in-placentation-and-cancer-implications-for-hypertension-during-pregnancy
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Heather Yvonne Small, Denise C Cornelius, Tomasz J Guzik, Christian Delles
Hypertension during pregnancy is the most common medical condition encountered during gestation. Despite this, knowledge of the mechanisms that underlie the disease and the development of new therapies are limited. Hypertension during pregnancy and some forms of cancer confer an increased risk to the development of cardiovascular disease later in life; one mechanism which may link these conditions is the involvement of natural killer (NK) cells. Whilst immunology and immunotherapy are well-developed areas in oncology; the complex mechanisms of the immune system in health and disease at the maternal-fetal interface are less well-defined...
March 7, 2017: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317645/the-biomarker-based-diagnosis-of-alzheimer-s-disease-2-lessons-from-oncology
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REVIEW
Marina Boccardi, Valentina Gallo, Yutaka Yasui, Paolo Vineis, Alessandro Padovani, Urs Mosimann, Panteleimon Giannakopoulos, Gabriel Gold, Bruno Dubois, Clifford R Jack, Bengt Winblad, Giovanni B Frisoni, Emiliano Albanese
Biomarkers for the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease (AD) are not yet validated for use in clinical settings. We aim to provide a methodological framework for their systematic validation, by reference to that developed for oncology biomarkers. As for this discipline, the steps for the systematic validation of AD biomarkers need to target analytical validity, clinical validity, and clinical utility. However, the premises are different from oncology: the nature of disease (neurodegeneration vs. cancer), the purpose (improve diagnosis in clinically affected vs...
April 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317221/psychological-and-clinical-correlates-of-posttraumatic-growth-in-cancer-a-systematic-and-critical-review
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Anna Casellas-Grau, Cristian Ochoa, Chiara Ruini
OBJECTIVE: To describe major findings on posttraumatic growth (PTG) in cancer, by analyzing its various definitions, assessment tools, and examining its main psychological and clinical correlates. Methods A search in relevant databases (PsycINFO, Pubmed, ProQuest, Scopus and Web of Science) was performed using descriptors related to the positive reactions in cancer. Articles were screened by title, abstract and full-text. RESULTS: Seventy-two met the inclusion criteria...
March 20, 2017: Psycho-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314597/co-enrolment-of-participants-into-multiple-cancer-trials-benefits-and-challenges
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F H Cafferty, C Coyle, S Rowley, L Berkman, M MacKensie, R E Langley
Opportunities to enter patients into more than one clinical trial are not routinely considered in cancer research and experiences with co-enrolment are rarely reported. Potential benefits of allowing appropriate co-enrolment have been identified in other settings but there is a lack of evidence base or guidance to inform these decisions in oncology. Here, we discuss the benefits and challenges associated with co-enrolment based on experiences in the Add-Aspirin trial - a large, multicentre trial recruiting across a number of tumour types, where opportunities to co-enrol patients have been proactively explored and managed...
March 14, 2017: Clinical Oncology: a Journal of the Royal College of Radiologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304402/prospective-longitudinal-study-on-quality-of-life-in-relapsed-refractory-multiple-myeloma-patients-receiving-second-or-third-line-lenalidomide-or-bortezomib-treatment
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X Leleu, C Kyriakou, I Vande Broek, P Murphy, P Bacon, P Lewis, H Gilet, B Arnould, M T Petrucci
Treatment advances for multiple myeloma (MM) that have prolonged survival emphasise the importance of measuring patients' health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in clinical studies. HRQoL/functioning and symptoms of patients with relapsed/refractory MM (RRMM) receiving second- or third-line lenalidomide or bortezomib treatment were measured in a prospective European multicentre, observational study at different time points. At baseline, patients in the lenalidomide cohort were frailer than in the bortezomib cohort with more rapid disease progression at study entry (more patients with Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group performance status >2, shorter time from diagnosis, more chronic heart failure, higher serum creatinine levels, more patients with dialysis required)...
March 17, 2017: Blood Cancer Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303024/lessons-from-immuno-oncology-a-new-era-for-cancer-nanomedicine
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Wen Jiang, Hengfeng Yuan, Charles K Chan, Christina A von Roemeling, Zuoqin Yan, Irving L Weissman, Betty Y S Kim
Despite a decade of intensive preclinical research, the translation of cancer nanomedicine to the clinic has been slow. Here, we discuss how recent lessons learned from the successes with immuno-oncology therapies could be applied to cancer nanomedicine and how this may help to overcome some of the key technical challenges in this field.
March 17, 2017: Nature Reviews. Drug Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301279/integrating-palliative-care-services-in-ambulatory-oncology-an-application-of-the-edmonton-symptom-assessment-system
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Sherri L Rauenzahn, Susanne Schmidt, Ifeoma O Aduba, Jessica T Jones, Nazneen Ali, Laura L Tenner
PURPOSE: Research in palliative care demonstrates improvements in overall survival, quality of life, symptom management, and reductions in the cost of care. Despite the American Society of Clinical Oncology recommendation for early concurrent palliative care in patients with advanced cancer and high symptom burden, integrating palliative services is challenging. Our aims were to quantitatively describe the palliative referral rates and symptom burden in a South Texas cancer center and establish a palliative referral system by implementing the Edmonton Symptom Assessment Scale (ESAS)...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Oncology Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296354/cattle-cancer-treatment-treasury-with-linked-evidence-an-integrated-knowledge-base-for-personalized-oncology-research-and-practice
#18
E Soysal, H-J Lee, Y Zhang, L-C Huang, X Chen, Q Wei, W Zheng, J T Chang, T Cohen, J Sun, H Xu
Despite the existence of various databases cataloging cancer drugs, there is an emerging need to support the development and application of personalized therapies, where an integrated understanding of the clinical factors and drug mechanism of action and its gene targets is necessary. We have developed CATTLE (CAncer Treatment Treasury with Linked Evidence), a comprehensive cancer drug knowledge base providing information across the complete spectrum of the drug life cycle. The CATTLE system collects relevant data from 22 heterogeneous databases, integrates them into a unified model centralized on drugs, and presents comprehensive drug information via an interactive web portal with a download function...
March 2017: CPT: Pharmacometrics & Systems Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294139/imaging-to-study-solid-tumour-origin-and-progression-lessons-from-research-and-clinical-oncology
#19
REVIEW
Stefania Raimondo, Giovanni Zito
Biomedical imaging in recent decades has clarified our understanding of normal and pathological cellular processes in vivo. In particular, this approach recently provided insights into processes occurring at a molecular or genetic level rather than at the anatomical level. The evolution of this discipline by engineering have led to its integration into biomedical research to (1) increase sensitivity and resolution imaging and to (2) improve tissue and cell specificity. Currently, imaging approaches are used in three different biomedical areas: (a) identification of cellular processes in physiological and disease state, (b) in vivo single cell imaging, and (c) identification of new prognostic and therapeutical strategies...
March 15, 2017: Immunology and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289046/observational-study-of-the-development-and-evaluation-of-a-fertility-preservation-patient-decision-aid-for-teenage-and-adult-women-diagnosed-with-cancer-the-cancer-fertility-and-me-research-protocol
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G L Jones, J Hughes, N Mahmoodi, D Greenfield, G Brauten-Smith, J Skull, J Gath, D Yeomanson, E Baskind, J A Snowden, R M Jacques, G Velikova, K Collins, D Stark, R Phillips, S Lane, H L Bekker
INTRODUCTION: Women diagnosed with cancer and facing potentially sterilising cancer treatment have to make time-pressured decisions regarding fertility preservation with specialist fertility services while undergoing treatment of their cancer with oncology services. Oncologists identify a need for resources enabling them to support women's fertility preservation decisions more effectively; women report wanting more specialist information to make these decisions. The overall aim of the 'Cancer, Fertility and Me' study is to develop and evaluate a new evidence-based patient decision aid (PtDA) for women with any cancer considering fertility preservation to address this unmet need...
March 13, 2017: BMJ Open
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