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Neurological oncology

Kenichiro Kakutani, Yoshitada Sakai, Koichiro Maeno, Toru Takada, Takashi Yurube, Takuto Kurakawa, Shingo Miyazaki, Yoshiki Terashima, Masaaki Ito, Hitomi Hara, Teruya Kawamoto, Yasuo Ejima, Akihiro Sakashita, Naomi Kiyota, Yoshiyuki Kizawa, Ryohei Sasaki, Toshihro Akisue, Hironobu Minami, Ryosuke Kuroda, Masahiro Kurosaka, Kotaro Nishida
STUDY DESIGN: A prospective cohort study of performance status (PS) and activities of daily living (ADL) in patients with spinal metastasis. OBJECTIVE: To identify the effect of spinal surgery on PS and ADL in patients with spinal metastasis. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Spinal metastasis causes severe neurological deficits, resulting in drastic loss of patients' PS and ADL. However, the effect of spine surgery on PS and ADL is not well known...
October 19, 2016: Clinical Spine Surgery
Scott L Zuckerman, Ilya Laufer, Arjun Sahgal, Yoshiya J Yamada, Meic H Schmidt, Dean Chou, John H Shin, Naresh Kumar, Daniel M Sciubba
STUDY DESIGN: Systematic review. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to review the techniques, indications, and outcomes of minimally invasive surgery (MIS) and separation surgery with subsequent radiosurgery in the treatment of patients with metastatic spine disease. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: The utilization of MIS techniques in patients with spine metastases is a growing area within spinal oncology. Separation surgery represents a novel paradigm where radiosurgery provides long-term control after tumor is surgically separated from the neural elements...
October 15, 2016: Spine
Raymond Y Huang, Patrick Y Wen
The Response Assessment in Neuro-Oncology (RANO) Working Group is an international multidisciplinary group whose goal is to improve response criteria and define endpoints for neuro-oncology trials. The RANO criteria for high-grade gliomas attempt to address the issues of pseudoprogression, pseudoresponse, and nonenhancing tumor progression. Incorporation of advanced MR imaging may eventually help improve the ability of these criteria to define enhancing and nonenhancing disease better. The RANO group has also developed criteria for neurologic response and evaluation of patients receiving immunologic therapies...
November 2016: Magnetic Resonance Imaging Clinics of North America
O Kalita, K Cwiertka, D Vrána, M Vaverka, L Tučková, M Megová
BACKGROUND: Malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor schwannoma (MPNST), also known as malignant schwannoma, is a very rare tumor accounting for only 2% of all sarcomas. The prognosis is relatively poor, with a 5-year survival rate of 46-69%. The treatment of MPNST has not been standardized yet. Mainstay treatment is radical resection. Oncological adjuvant or neoadjuvant treatment has equivocal indications with unclear effects. CASE: The case report presents a 55-year-old patient who showed resistance in the medial-ventral area of the left lower limb...
2016: Klinická Onkologie: Casopis Ceské a Slovenské Onkologické Spolecnosti
Egle Ramelyte, Sabrina A Schindler, Reinhard Dummer
Introduction The introduction of immunotherapies into clinical practice has substantially improved the prognosis of metastatic melanoma patients as well as patients suffering from other cancers. The two FDA-approved checkpoint inhibitors against PD-1 (nivolumab and pembrolizumab) have been shown to significantly improve patient survival while being less toxic than previous treatment options. Areas covered The current scientific literature on safety and adverse events (AEs) related to anti-PD-1 therapies has been investigated with special attention to case reports and to the latest results announced at the major clinical cancer and melanoma meetings, including ASCO (American Society of Clinical Oncology), ESMO (European Society of medical Oncology) and EADO (European Association of Dermato-Oncology) annual meetings...
October 13, 2016: Expert Opinion on Drug Safety
Ying Zheng, Feng Pan, Sonja Sorensen
As the number of interventions available in a therapeutic area increases, the relevant decision questions in health technology assessment (HTA) expand to compare treatment sequences instead of discrete treatments and identify optimal sequences or position for a particular treatment in a sequence. The objective of this work was to review approaches used to model treatment sequences and provide practical guidance on conceptualizing whether and how to model sequences in health economic models. Economic models including treatment sequencing assessed by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence were reviewed, as these assessments generally provide both policy relevance and comprehensive model detail...
October 8, 2016: PharmacoEconomics
Jessyca Couto Otoni, Julia Noschang, Thábata Yaedu Okamoto, Diego Rosseman Vieira, Michel Souto Mayor Petry, Lucas de Araujo Ramos, Paula Nicole Vieira Pinto Barbosa, Almir Galvão Vieira Bitencourt, Rubens Chojniak
To evaluate the imaging methods used at the emergency department (ED) of a cancer center, with emphasis on computed tomography (CT). A descriptive, retrospective, single-center study was conducted by reviewing imaging exams and medical records, after approval of the institution's Ethics Review Board. The demographic data, cancer history, and imaging exam requested were evaluated for all patients and the indications and results of head, chest, and abdominopelvic CT scans were also evaluated. During the study period, there were 8710 visits to the ED, and 5999 imaging studies were requested in 3788 patients (43...
October 8, 2016: Emergency Radiology
Malte Mohme, Klaus Christian Mende, Theresa Krätzig, Rosemarie Plaetke, Kerim Beseoglu, Julian Hagedorn, Hans-Jakob Steiger, Frank W Floeth, Sven O Eicker
Spinal cord or cauda equina compression (SCC) is an increasing challenge in clinical oncology due to a higher prevalence of long-term cancer survivors. Our aim was to determine the clinical relevance of SCC regarding patient outcome depending on different tumor entities and their anatomical localization (extradural/intradural/intramedullary). We retrospectively analyzed 230 patients surgically treated for SCC. Preoperative status for pain and neurological impairment were correlated to the degree of compression, tumor location, and early as well as short-term follow-up outcome parameters...
October 7, 2016: Neurosurgical Review
Colette J Shen, Daniele Rigamonti, Kristin J Redmond, Megan N Kummerlowe, Michael Lim, Lawrence R Kleinberg
PURPOSE: Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) is widely used to treat brain metastases in place of whole brain radiation therapy (WBRT), with the goal of reducing treatment toxicity balanced against the risk of developing new metastases. We evaluated outcomes of repeated courses of SRS in the management of new brain metastases as an alternative to salvage WBRT. METHODS AND MATERIALS: We conducted a single-institution retrospective review of 239 patients treated with SRS without WBRT for brain metastases from 2004 to 2014...
April 26, 2016: Practical Radiation Oncology
Craig Nolan, Lisa M DeAngelis
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this review is to provide a practical clinical approach to confusion in the patient with cancer. Confusion in the cancer population has a broader differential diagnosis than in the general medical population. The clinician must consider the usual differential diagnoses as well as causes unique to the cancer patient including direct complications from the cancer and indirect complications related to cancer treatment. RECENT FINDINGS: In the recent age of precision medicine, the oncologist now utilizes the genomic profile of both the patient and the tumor to provide advanced biologic therapies including targeted anticancer drugs, antiangiogenic agents, and immunotherapy...
September 26, 2016: Current Opinion in Neurology
Krishnan N Subrahmanian, Young H Shim, Mona D Shah, Brandon H Tran, Alexandra M Stevens, Andrea T Cruz
Emergency departments (EDs) are alert to the possibility of stroke and the need for early interventions to improve long-term clinical outcomes. However, new-onset hemiparesis in pediatric patients with leukemia may be due to a number of different etiologies, including most common side effects from chemotherapeutic agents. We present a case of a 15-year-old boy with pre-B acute lymphoblastic leukemia on chemotherapy, having recently received a high-dose methotrexate infusion in addition to intrathecal methotrexate therapy, who presented to our ED with acute right-sided hemiparesis...
September 23, 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
Giancarlo D'Andrea, Lucia Palombi, Giuseppe Minniti, Alessandro Pesce, Paolo Marchetti
OBJECTIVE: Brain metastases occur between 10 and 40% of patients with cancer and are more common than primary brain tumors (30-40%) and their incidence is growing because of the improvements in control of systemic disease, the prolonged survival and the better radiological detection. Modern treatment of brain metastases dramatically changed their expected prognosis that traditionally has been considered very poor referring such patients only to palliation because their terminal stage, and new prognostic indexes have been proposed to evaluate them...
September 22, 2016: World Neurosurgery
Gianluca Trevisi, Thomas Roujeau, Hugues Duffau
INTRODUCTION: Brain mapping through a direct cortical and subcortical electrical stimulation during an awake craniotomy has gained an increasing popularity as a powerful tool to prevent neurological deficit while increasing extent of resection of hemispheric diffuse low-grade gliomas in adults. However, few case reports or very limited series of awake surgery in children are currently available in the literature. METHODS: In this paper, we review the oncological and functional differences between pediatric and adult populations, and the methodological specificities that may limit the use of awake mapping in pediatric low-grade glioma surgery...
October 2016: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
Markus Schwaiger, Karl Kunze, Christoph Rischpler, Stephan G Nekolla
After the successful introduction of PET/CT as a multimodality imaging technique, PET/MR has subsequently emerged as an attractive instrumentation for applications in neurology, oncology, and cardiology. Simultaneous data acquisition combining structural, functional, and molecular imaging provides a unique platform to link various aspects of cardiac performance for the non-invasive characterization of cardiovascular disease phenotypes. Specifically, tissue characterization by MR techniques with and without contrast agents allows for functional parameters such as LGE, myocardial perfusion, and T1 maps as well as an estimate of extracellular volume...
September 22, 2016: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
Astra Cabaj, Monika Bekiesińska-Figatowska, Agnieszka Duczkowska, Marek Duczkowski
The amount of people living with cancer is increasing; they live longer and have thus a higher risk of developing neurological complications. Magnetic resonance as a diagnostic procedure of choice in detecting the reasons of neurological/psychiatric symptoms in oncological patients is nowadays relatively easily accessible. Early diagnosis established by radiologists familiar with neurological entities that may follow cancer treatment allow clinicians to provide proper treatment, even if the diagnosis seems unbelievable...
July 2016: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
G Abi Lahoud, S Abi Jaoude
The spine is the most common site of skeletal metastases. Treatment decisions for patients with spinal metastases can be challenging and greatly depend on survival prognosis. Surgery remains a valuable weapon in the therapeutic arsenal. A review of the literature describing the role of surgery, the various surgical approaches and the prognostic scores available for the management of spinal metastases was performed and summarized. Surgery for spinal metastases has 3 main objectives: management of pain, achievement of mechanical stability and preservation or restoration of neurological function...
October 2016: Cancer Radiothérapie: Journal de la Société Française de Radiothérapie Oncologique
Arthur Wang, Michael S Tenner, Michael E Tobias, Avinash Mohan, Dolly Kim, Adesh Tandon
OBJECTIVE: Placement of intraventricular catheters in oncology patients can be associated with morbidity given their small to slit-like ventricles and underlying hematologic disorders. We studied the accuracy of placing Ommaya reservoirs using neuronavigation and a flexible neuroendoscope to verify catheter positioning. METHODS: Ommaya reservoirs placed in 25 oncology patients between 2013 and 2015 were retrospectively reviewed. 25 ventricular catheters were placed using the AxiEM stealth frameless neuronavigation system and a flexible neuroendoscope...
September 5, 2016: World Neurosurgery
Ralph S DaCosta, Kathryn Ottolino-Perry, Jaideep Banerjee
An effective, scientifically validated, diagnostic tool helps clinicians make better, timely, and more objective medical decisions in the care of their patients. Today, the need for such tools is especially urgent in the field of wound care where patient-centric care is the goal, under ever tightening clinical budget constraints. In an era of countless "innovative" treatment options, that is, advanced dressings, negative pressure devices, and various debridement instruments available to the wound care clinical team, one area that has arguably languished in the past decade has been innovation in wound diagnostics...
August 1, 2016: Advances in Wound Care
Christoph Rischpler, Stephan G Nekolla
Hybrid PET/MR imaging is a complex imaging modality that has raised high expectations not only for oncological and neurologic imaging applications, but also for cardiac imaging applications. Initially, physicians and physicists had to become accustomed to technical challenges including attenuation correction, gating, and more complex workflow and more elaborate image analysis as compared with PET/CT or standalone MR imaging. PET/MR imaging seems to be particularly valuable to assess inflammatory myocardial diseases (such as sarcoidosis), to cross-validate PET versus MR imaging data (eg, myocardial perfusion imaging), and to help validate novel biomarkers of various disease states (eg, postinfarction inflammation)...
October 2016: PET Clinics
C Olivas Arroyo
Positron emission tomography (PET) is an imaging technique that has grown greatly in recent years. PET is considered a fundamental tool in oncology, and it also has indications in other fields such as neurology and cardiology. Although (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose ((18)F-FDG) is the radiopharmaceutical most widely used in PET, the availability of new radiotracers has been a key element in the expansion of the use of PET. These new radiopharmaceuticals have made it possible to study different biological targets that are essential for obtaining greater knowledge and better characterization of different diseases and have thus contributed to the research and development of different therapeutic agents...
August 31, 2016: Radiología
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