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Medical oncology

Timothy M Zagar, Amanda E D Van Swearingen, Orit Kaidar-Person, Matthew G Ewend, Carey K Anders
This review summarizes the most up-to-date approach to the multidisciplinary management of patients with breast cancer brain metastases. A brief overview of the epidemiology and biology of breast cancer brain metastasis is provided. The perspectives of radiation oncology, neurosurgery, and medical oncology-and landmark studies from each discipline-are all discussed. We also offer practical tips to help guide the treating physician, including data on antiseizure medications. Finally, we introduce the concept of a multidisciplinary clinic that combines input from medical and radiation oncology, neurosurgery, and support services, which we developed at the University of North Carolina as a coordinated and optimal approach to the management of patients with this complex disease...
October 15, 2016: Oncology (Williston Park, NY)
Shiromani Janki, Evalyn E A P Mulder, Jan N M IJzermans, T C Khe Tran
BACKGROUND: Since the introduction of minimally invasive surgery, surgeons appear to be experiencing more occupational musculoskeletal injuries. The aim of this study is to investigate the current frequency and effects of occupational musculoskeletal injuries on work absence. METHODS: An online questionnaire was conducted among all surgeons affiliated to the Dutch Society for Endoscopic Surgery, Gastrointestinal Surgery, and Surgical Oncology. In addition, this survey was conducted among surgeons, gynaecologists, and urologists of one cluster of training hospitals in the Netherlands...
October 17, 2016: Surgical Endoscopy
Lorna Awo Renner, Deborah McGill
BACKGROUND: Developing countries such as Ghana have very poor childhood cancer survival rates. There is a need to determine reasons for late presentation and treatment abandonment which are major causes of poor survival. Understanding these issues could inform effective strategies for childhood cancer control in resource-constrained settings. AIM: To explore factors influencing parental decision-making for children with cancer in Ghana with regard to health seeking and retention in treatment, in order to provide information that will guide Public Health interventions for childhood cancer control...
September 2016: Ghana Medical Journal
A Spek, B Szabados, B Ziegelmüller, C Stief, M D'Anastasi, M Staehler
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the usage of different guidelines and to estimate the impact of changed recommendation in routine management, therapy and follow-up of patients with renal cell cancer (RCC). METHODS: An anonymous questionnaire was sent to 600 urologists in Germany. Twenty-seven percent of them were included in the analysis. The questions were about the practice setting, surgical and medical treatment of RCC, follow-up modalities, knowledge and usage of RCC guidelines...
October 18, 2016: Urologia Internationalis
Jia-Ming Chang, Kam-Hong Kam, Yi-Ting Yen, Wei-Li Huang, Wei Chen, Yau-Lin Tseng, Ming-Ho Wu, Wu-Wei Lai, Diego Gonzalez-Rivas
Our study sought to review our experience from biportal to uniportal video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) major lung resection. Lessons we learned from the evolution regarding technical aspects were also discussed.We retrospectively reviewed patients who underwent VATS lobectomy or segmentectomies in Ditmanson Medical Foundation Chia-Yi Christian Hospital, Chia-Yi, Taiwan, during January 2012 and December 2014. Patient clinical profiles, surgical indications and procedures, postoperative course, and oncological parameters were analyzed and compared between the biportal and uniportal groups...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Emilia Ip, Adrian M J Pokorny, Stephen Della-Fiorentina, Philip Beale, Victoria Bray, Belinda E Kiely, Prunella Blinman
BACKGROUND: Octogenarians represent a growing population reviewed in medical oncology clinics, yet there is a paucity of data on how chemotherapy is tolerated in this age group. AIM: To describe the use of palliative first-line chemotherapy in patients 80 years and over, and factors associated with its use. METHODS: We identified all new patients aged 80 years or older diagnosed with incurable advanced solid organ cancer, and seen in one of three Sydney medical oncology outpatient clinics between January 2009 and December 2013...
October 17, 2016: Internal Medicine Journal
Bo Gao, Qin Shao, Hani Choudhry, Victoria Marcus, Kung Dong, Jiannis Ragoussis, Zu-Hua Gao
After the publication of the article, the authors noted that the affiliation for Dr Hani Choudhry is wrong. The correct affiliation should be as follows: Bo Gao1, Qin Shao2, Hani Choudhry3, Victoria Marcus2, Kung Dong5, Jiannis Ragoussis4 and Zu-Hua Gao2, 1Department of General Surgery, The First Affiliated Hospital of Harbin Medical University, Harbin, Heilongjiang 150001, P.R. China; 2Department of Pathology, The Research Institute of McGill University Health Center, Montreal, Québec H4A 3J1, Canada; 3Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Science, Cancer and Mutagenesis Unit, King Fahd Center for Medical Research, Center of Innovation in Personalized Medicine, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; 4McGill University and Genome Quebec Innovation Centre, Montreal, Québec H3B 1S6, Canada; 5Department of Pathology, Beijing Youan Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing 100069, P...
October 6, 2016: International Journal of Oncology
Orsolya E Lunacsek, Arliene Ravelo, Anna D Coutinho, Sebastien J Hazard, Mark R Green, Joanne Willey, Michael Eaddy, Hans-Peter Goertz
BACKGROUND: Real-world evidence is lacking on the impact of bevacizumab added to carboplatin/paclitaxel (Bev + CP) therapy versus CP alone for patients with non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer (NS-NSCLC), particularly in those excluded from clinical trials. METHODS: This is a retrospective electronic medical record analysis of patients who received first-line therapy with Bev + CP or CP between 1 October 2006 and 30 June 2013. We identified four subsets: elderly patients (≥65 years), patients with brain/central nervous system (CNS) metastases, patients with Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group performance status (ECOG PS) ≥2, and patients receiving anticoagulation...
September 2016: Drugs—Real World Outcomes
Sarah R Brand, Karen Fasciano, Jennifer W Mack
PURPOSE: The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that healthcare providers communicate information to patients in a truthful and developmentally appropriate manner. However, there is limited guidance about how to translate these recommendations into clinical practice. The aim of this study was to explore how young cancer patients experienced communication around their illness, especially communication about possible outcomes from disease or treatment. METHODS: Participants included young people ages 8 to under 18 years with cancer (N = 16)...
October 17, 2016: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
Stefan Stefanovic, Markus Wallwiener, Uros Karic, Christoph Domschke, Luka Katic, Florin-Andrei Taran, Aleksandra Pesic, Andreas Hartkopf, Peyman Hadji, Martin Teufel, Florian Schuetz, Christof Sohn, Peter Fasching, Andreas Schneeweiss, Sara Brucker
PURPOSE: The capture of adequate treatment outcomes and quality of life (QOL) of advanced breast cancer patients in clinical routine represents a great challenge. Patient-reported outcomes (PROs) are data elements directly reported by patients about experiences with care, including symptoms, functional status, or quality of life. There is growing interest in the medical community for the evaluation and implementation of PROs of adverse events (PRO-AEs). Recent interest in PROs in health care has evolved in the context of patient centeredness...
October 17, 2016: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
Allison Landman
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October 13, 2016: Lancet Oncology
Jaroslaw T Hepel, Kara Lynne Leonard, Howard Safran, Thomas Ng, Angela Taber, Humera Khurshid, Ariel Birnbaum, David E Wazer, Thomas DiPetrillo
PURPOSE: Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) boost to primary and nodal disease after chemoradiation has potential to improve outcomes for advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). A dose escalation study was initiated to evaluate the maximum tolerated dose (MTD). METHODS AND MATERIALS: Eligible patients received chemoradiation to a dose of 50.4 Gy in 28 fractions and had primary and nodal volumes appropriate for SBRT boost (<120 cc and <60 cc, respectively)...
August 31, 2016: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
Haleh Saber, Ramadevi Gudi, Michael Manning, Emily Wearne, John K Leighton
As sub-therapeutic doses are not medically justifiable in patients with cancer, we retrospectively analyzed data on immune activating products, to assess approaches used in first-in-human (FIH) dose selection, the utility of animal toxicology studies in dose selection, and the length of time to complete FIH trials. The information collected included pharmacology and toxicology data, FIH dose and rationale, and dose-finding trial design. We used the principles of the Hill equation to estimate the FIH doses for antibodies and compared them to the doses administered to patients with acceptable toxicities...
October 12, 2016: Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology: RTP
J C Del Paggio, B Azariah, R Sullivan, W M Hopman, F V James, S Roshni, I F Tannock, C M Booth
BACKGROUND: The European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) recently released a magnitude of clinical benefit scale (ESMO-MCBS) for systemic therapies for solid cancers. Here, we evaluate contemporary randomized controlled trials (RCTs) against the proposed ESMO thresholds for meaningful clinical benefit. METHODS: RCTs evaluating systemic therapy for breast cancer, non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), colorectal cancer (CRC), and pancreatic cancer published 2011-2015 were reviewed...
October 13, 2016: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
Jordan Axelrad, Anuja Kriplani, Umut Ozbek, Noam Harpaz, Jean-Frederic Colombel, Steven Itzkowitz, Randall F Holcombe, Celina Ang
BACKGROUND: Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), comprising Crohn disease and ulcerative colitis, is a risk factor for colorectal cancer (CRC). Chemotherapy toxicity may exacerbate IBD symptoms and vice versa, but data are limited. We evaluated chemotherapy tolerance and oncologic outcomes in patients with CRC with and without IBD. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Medical records of patients with CRC with and without IBD treated between 2008 and 2013 were reviewed. Where possible, patients were matched by age, sex, stage, and diagnosis year...
September 20, 2016: Clinical Colorectal Cancer
Charles A Mkony, Ephata E Kaaya, Alex J Goodell, Sarah B Macfarlane
BACKGROUND: Faced with one of the lowest physician-to-population ratios in the world, the Government of Tanzania is urging its medical schools to train more physicians. The annual number of medical students admitted across the country rose from 55 in the 1990s to 1,680 approved places for the 2015/16 academic year. These escalating numbers strain existing faculty. OBJECTIVE: To describe the availability of faculty in medical schools in Tanzania. DESIGN: We identified faculty lists published on the Internet by five Tanzanian medical schools for the 2011/12 academic year and analyzed the appointment status, rank, discipline, and qualifications of faculty members...
2016: Global Health Action
Wendy H Oldenmenger, Peter A E Sillevis Smitt, Pleun J de Raaf, Carin C D van der Rijt
BACKGROUND: Inadequate adherence to prescribed analgesics may be one of the reasons why patients with cancer experience unrelieved pain. Adherence is directly influenced by patients' barriers about pain management. Patient pain education programs (PEPs) have been developed to reduce patients' barriers and increase patients' adherence to their analgesics. The purpose of this article was to evaluate patients' adherence in patients receiving a pain consult and patient pain education in comparison with patients receiving standard pain treatment (standard care [SC]), to better explore the difficulties in medication adherence in cancer-related pain and the effects of PEP...
October 14, 2016: Pain Practice: the Official Journal of World Institute of Pain
Jan Oldenburg, Klaus-Peter Dieckmann
INTRODUCTION: In 1979, the Copenhagen group around Dr. Skakkebaek introduced contralateral biopsy in patients with testicular germ cell tumour (GCT) as a means of early diagnosing a contralateral testicular tumour (Berthelsen et al. in Br Med J 2(6186):363-364, 1). Although the rationale of contralateral biopsies is based on much of scientific evidence, no issue regarding the management of GCTs has been more controversial than the issue of contralateral biopsies (Heidenreich in BJU Int 104(9 Pt B):1346-1350, 2; Grigor and Rorth in Eur Urol 23(1):129-135, 3)...
October 13, 2016: World Journal of Urology
Tarek Assi, Elie El Rassy, Tony Ibrahim, Tania Moussa, Aline Tohme, Fadi El Karak, Fadi Farhat, Salma Faddoul, Marwan Ghosn, Joseph Kattan
INTRODUCTION: One major health care issue encountered in elderly cancer patients is the alteration of the quality of life. The purpose of our study is to evaluate the administration of chemotherapy in the last month of life (CLML) and to evaluate the impact of the palliative care consult (PCC) in the elderly patients. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective observational study that included elderly patients diagnosed with an end-stage cancer and who were deceased between the 1st of January 2012 and the 31st of December 2015...
October 13, 2016: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
Julie Easley, Baukje Miedema, June C Carroll, Donna P Manca, Mary Ann O'Brien, Fiona Webster, Eva Grunfeld
OBJECTIVE: To explore health care provider (HCP) perspectives on the coordination of cancer care between FPs and cancer specialists. DESIGN: Qualitative study using semistructured telephone interviews. SETTING: Canada. PARTICIPANTS: A total of 58 HCPs, comprising 21 FPs, 15 surgeons, 12 medical oncologists, 6 radiation oncologists, and 4 GPs in oncology. METHODS: This qualitative study is nested within a larger mixed-methods program of research, CanIMPACT (Canadian Team to Improve Community-Based Cancer Care along the Continuum), focused on improving the coordination of cancer care between FPs and cancer specialists...
October 2016: Canadian Family Physician Médecin de Famille Canadien
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