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Christopher C Dvorak, Prakash Satwani, Elliot Stieglitz, Mitchell S Cairo, Ha Dang, Qinglin Pei, Yun Gao, Donna Wall, Tali Mazor, Adam B Olshen, Joel S Parker, Samir Kahwash, Betsy Hirsch, Susana Raimondi, Neil Patel, Micah Skeens, Todd Cooper, Parinda A Mehta, Stephan A Grupp, Mignon L Loh
BACKGROUND: Most patients with juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia (JMML) are curable only with allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT). However, the current standard conditioning regimen, busulfan-cyclophosphamide-melphalan (Bu-Cy-Mel), may be associated with higher risks of morbidity and mortality. ASCT1221 was designed to test whether the potentially less-toxic myeloablative conditioning regimen containing busulfan-fludarabine (Bu-Flu) would be associated with equivalent outcomes...
March 12, 2018: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
Małgorzata Janeczko-Czarnecka, Maryna Krawczuk-Rybak, Irena Karpińska-Derda, Maciej Niedźwiecki, Katarzyna Musioł, Magdalena Ćwiklińska, Katarzyna Drabko, Katarzyna Mycko, Tomasz Ociepa, Katarzyna Pawelec, Danuta Januszkiewicz-Lewandowska, Marek Ussowicz, Blanka Rybka, Renata Ryczan-Krawczyk, Andrzej Kołtan, Grażyna Karolczyk, Agnieszka Zaucha-Prażmo, Wanda Badowska, Krzysztof Kałwak
BACKGROUND: Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) constitutes only 2-3% of all leukemias in pediatric patients. Philapelphia chromosome and BCR-ABL fusion are genetic hallmarks of CML, and their presence is crucial for targeted molecular therapy with tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs), which replaced hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) as a standard first-line therapy. The disease in pediatric population is rare, and despite molecular and clinical similarities to CML in adults, different approach is needed, due to the long lifetime expectancy and distinct developmental characteristics of affected children...
January 2018: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
Kaliani Lima Coça, Anke Bergmann, Sima Ferman, Elisabete Carrara de Angelis, Márcia Gonçalves Ribeiro
PURPOSE: Describe the prevalence of communication, swallowing and orofacial myofunctional disorders in a group of children and adolescents at the time of registration at a cancer hospital. METHODS: A cross-sectional study conducted with children aged ≥2 and adolescents, of both genders, admitted to the Pediatric Oncology Section of the Instituto Nacional de Câncer José de Alencar Gomes da Silva (INCA) from March 2014 to April 2015 for investigation and/or treatment of solid tumors...
March 1, 2018: CoDAS
Briony K Varda, Patricia Cho, Andrew A Wagner, Richard S Lee
BACKGROUND: In adult urologic oncology the use of robotics has become commonplace; in pediatric urology it is rare. Herein, we describe a collaboration between an adult and a pediatric urologist performing robotic surgery for children and young adults with suspicious or cancerous genitourinary (GU) lesions. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate clinical and oncologic outcomes in children and young adults undergoing robotic surgery for suspicious or cancerous lesions of the GU tract; to describe our collaborative model between an adult and pediatric surgeon at a free-standing children's hospital...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Urology
Katharina Clever, Florian Schepper, Thomas Pletschko, Peter Herschbach, Holger Christiansen, Julia Martini
OBJECTIVE: Psychometric properties of the Fear of Progression Questionnaire - Short Form (FoP-Q-SF) were shown to be good in samples of adult cancer patients and their partners but have so far not been investigated in parents of children with cancer. This study therefore aimed to examine psychometric properties of the previously adapted parent version of the Fear of Progression Questionnaire (FoP-Q-SF/PR) in pediatric oncology. METHODS: N=181 parents (119 mothers, 62 fathers) of n=128 children with diverse cancer entities, up to ten years after diagnosis were recruited at six hospitals and six registered parent associations in Germany and Austria between 06/2015 and 05/2016 (cross-sectional design)...
April 2018: Journal of Psychosomatic Research
Laura S Gilchrist, Lynn R Tanner
PURPOSE: To describe the incidence and short-term recovery of balance control in children and adolescents receiving neurotoxic treatment for noncentral nervous system cancers and to investigate the association of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy and balance control. METHODS: Sixty-five children and adolescents diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma, or other solid tumors were tested 3 to 6 months into treatment and 3 and 6 months following treatment using the Bruininks-Oseretsky Balance Subscale and Pediatric Modified Total Neuropathy Scale scores of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN)...
March 1, 2018: Pediatric Physical Therapy
Barbara Jones, Jennifer Currin-Mcculloch, Wendy Pelletier, Vicki Sardi-Brown, Peter Brown, Lori Wiener
In 2015, an interdisciplinary group of psychosocial experts developed The Standards of Psychosocial Care for Children with Cancer and Their Families. This paper presents data from a national survey of pediatric oncology social workers and their experiences in delivering psychosocial care to children and families. In total, 107 social workers from 81 cancer institutions participated in a 25-item online survey that mirrored the 15 Standards for Psychosocial Care. Both closed and open-ended questions were included...
April 2018: Social Work in Health Care
Saskia L Gooskens, Norbert Graf, Rhoikos Furtwängler, Filippo Spreafico, Christophe Bergeron, Gema L Ramírez-Villar, Jan Godzinski, Christian Rübe, Geert O Janssens, Gordan M Vujanic, Ivo Leuschner, Aurore Coulomb-L'Hermine, Anne M Smets, Beatriz de Camargo, Sara Stoneham, Harm van Tinteren, Kathy Pritchard-Jones, Marry M van den Heuvel-Eibrink
The International Society of Paediatric Oncology-Renal Tumour Study Group (SIOP-RTSG) has developed a new protocol for the diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up monitoring of childhood renal tumours - the UMBRELLA SIOP-RTSG 2016 protocol (the UMBRELLA protocol). This protocol has been designed to continue international collaboration in the treatment of childhood renal tumours and will be implemented in over 50 different countries. Clear cell sarcoma of the kidney, which is a rare paediatric renal tumour that most commonly occurs in children between 2 and 4 years of age, is specifically addressed in the UMBRELLA protocol...
February 27, 2018: Nature Reviews. Urology
Laetitia Padovani, Frédérique Chapon, Nicolas André, Mohamed Boucekine, Anne Geoffray, Franck Bourdeau, Julien Masliah-Planchon, Line Claude, Aymeri Huchet, Anne Laprie, Stephane Supiot, Bernard Coche-Dequéant, Christine Kerr, Claire Alapetite, Julie Leseur, Tandat Nguyen, Sophie Chapet, Valerie Bernier, Pierre-Yves Bondiau, Georges Noel, Jean Louis Habrand, Stephanie Bolle, François Doz, Christelle Dufour, Xavier Muracciole, Christian Carrie
PURPOSE: To identify the incidence of patients with perihippocampal metastases to assess the risk of brain relapse when sparing the hippocampal area. Medulloblastoma (MB) represents 20% of pediatric brain tumors. For high-risk MB patients, the 3- to 5-year event-free survival rate has recently improved from 50% to >76%. Many survivors, however, experience neurocognitive side effects. Several retrospective studies of patients receiving whole brain irradiation (WBI) have suggested a relationship between the radiation dose to the hippocampus and neurocognitive decline...
March 15, 2018: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
Charles S Mayo, Jean M Moran, Walter Bosch, Ying Xiao, Todd McNutt, Richard Popple, Jeff Michalski, Mary Feng, Lawrence B Marks, Clifton D Fuller, Ellen Yorke, Jatinder Palta, Peter E Gabriel, Andrea Molineu, Martha M Matuszak, Elizabeth Covington, Kathryn Masi, Susan L Richardson, Timothy Ritter, Tomasz Morgas, Stella Flampouri, Lakshmi Santanam, Joseph A Moore, Thomas G Purdie, Robert C Miller, Coen Hurkmans, Judy Adams, Qing-Rong Jackie Wu, Colleen J Fox, Ramon Alfredo Siochi, Norman L Brown, Wilko Verbakel, Yves Archambault, Steven J Chmura, Andre L Dekker, Don G Eagle, Thomas J Fitzgerald, Theodore Hong, Rishabh Kapoor, Beth Lansing, Shruti Jolly, Mary E Napolitano, James Percy, Mark S Rose, Salim Siddiqui, Christof Schadt, William E Simon, William L Straube, Sara T St James, Kenneth Ulin, Sue S Yom, Torunn I Yock
A substantial barrier to the single- and multi-institutional aggregation of data to supporting clinical trials, practice quality improvement efforts, and development of big data analytics resource systems is the lack of standardized nomenclatures for expressing dosimetric data. To address this issue, the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) Task Group 263 was charged with providing nomenclature guidelines and values in radiation oncology for use in clinical trials, data-pooling initiatives, population-based studies, and routine clinical care by standardizing: (1) structure names across image processing and treatment planning system platforms; (2) nomenclature for dosimetric data (eg, dose-volume histogram [DVH]-based metrics); (3) templates for clinical trial groups and users of an initial subset of software platforms to facilitate adoption of the standards; (4) formalism for nomenclature schema, which can accommodate the addition of other structures defined in the future...
March 15, 2018: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
Paul Gibson, Jason D Pole, Tanya Lazor, Donna Johnston, Carol Portwine, Mariana Silva, Sarah Alexander, Lillian Sung
Using a previously developed reliable and valid treatment-related mortality (TRM) definition, our objective was to describe the proportion of children newly diagnosed with cancer experiencing TRM and to identify risk factors for TRM in a population-based cohort. We included children with cancer <19 years diagnosed and treated in Ontario who were diagnosed between 2003 and 2012. Children with cancer were identified using data in a provincial registry. Cumulative incidence of TRM was calculated where progressive disease death was considered a competing event...
February 23, 2018: Cancer Medicine
Sumit Gupta, Meenakshi Devidas, Mignon L Loh, Elizabeth A Raetz, Si Chen, Cindy Wang, Patrick Brown, Andrew J Carroll, Nyla A Heerema, Julie M Gastier-Foster, Kimberly P Dunsmore, Eric C Larsen, Kelly W Maloney, Leonard A Mattano, Stuart S Winter, Naomi J Winick, William L Carroll, Stephen P Hunger, Michael J Borowitz, Brent L Wood
Minimal residual disease (MRD) after initial therapy is integral to risk stratification in B-precursor and T-precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia (B-ALL, T-ALL). Although MRD determines depth of remission, remission remains defined by morphology. We determined the outcomes of children with discordant assessments of remission by morphology vs. flow cytometry using patients age 1-30.99 years enrolled on Children's Oncology Group ALL trials who underwent bone marrow assessment at the end of induction (N = 9350)...
February 23, 2018: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
Risa Niemas-Teshiba, Ryosuke Matsuno, Larry L Wang, Xao X Tang, Bill Chiu, Jasmine Zeki, Jeannine Coburn, Kimberly Ornell, Arlene Naranjo, Collin Van Ryn, Wendy B London, Michael D Hogarty, Julie M Gastier-Foster, A Thomas Look, Julie R Park, John M Maris, Susan L Cohn, Robert C Seeger, Shahab Asgharzadeh, Naohiko Ikegaki, Hiroyuki Shimada
Neuroblastomas with a high mitosis-karyorrhexis index (High-MKI) are often associated with MYCN amplification, MYCN protein overexpression and adverse clinical outcome. However, the prognostic effect of MYC-family protein expression on these neuroblastomas is less understood, especially when MYCN is not amplified. To address this, MYCN and MYC protein expression in High-MKI cases (120 MYCN amplified and 121 non- MYCN amplified) was examined by immunohistochemistry. The majority (101) of MYCN -amplified High-MKI tumors were MYCN(+), leaving one MYC(+), 2 both(+), and 16 both(-)/(+/-), whereas non- MYCN -amplified cases appeared heterogeneous, including 7 MYCN(+), 36 MYC(+), 3 both(+), and 75 both(-)/(+/-) tumors...
January 19, 2018: Oncotarget
Lisa A Teot, Michaela Schneider, Aaron R Thorner, Jing Tian, Yueh-Yun Chi, Matthew Ducar, Ling Lin, Marcin Wlodarski, Holcombe E Grier, Christopher D M Fletcher, Paul van Hummelen, Stephen X Skapek, Douglas S Hawkins, Amy J Wagers, Carlos Rodriguez-Galindo, Simone Hettmer
BACKGROUND: Pediatric paired box 3:forkhead box protein O1 fusion-negative (PF-) rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS) represents a diverse spectrum of tumors with marked differences in histology, myogenic differentiation, and clinical behavior. METHODS: This study sought to evaluate the clinical and mutational spectrum of 24 pediatric PF- human RMS tumors with high levels of myogenic differentiation. Tumors were sequenced with OncoPanel v.2, a panel consisting of the coding regions of 504 genes previously linked to human cancer...
February 20, 2018: Cancer
Ana Rita Martins, Carla Crespo, Ágata Salvador, Susana Santos, Carlos Carona, Maria Cristina Canavarro
This study aimed to examine the direct and indirect effects of hope on health-related quality of life (HRQoL) via anxiety of children/adolescents with cancer. We proposed to test if the mediation model was moderated by the child/adolescent's treatment status. The participants were 211 children/adolescents diagnosed with cancer, divided into two clinical groups according to treatment status: 97 patients on-treatment and 114 off-treatment. Self-reported questionnaires measured the youths' hope, anxiety, and HRQoL perceptions...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings
Fernand Missohou
PURPOSE: Bowel is often the dose-limiting organ in curative pelvic irradiation because of radiation enteritis when dose exceeds 40 to 45 Gy. To limit radiation enteritis, a silicone tissue-expander prothesis (STEP) connected to a subcutaneous self-sealing valve was prospectively used in children undergoing pelvic or abdominal radiation therapy. This study reports the 15-year long-term outcomes of this prospective series. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Between 1987 and 2008, 29 children from 3 Paris institutions received pelvic radiation therapy after surgical placement of a STEP in the pelvis...
December 14, 2017: Practical Radiation Oncology
Karin Zimmermann, Eva Cignacco, Sandra Engberg, Anne-Sylvie Ramelet, Nicolas von der Weid, Katri Eskola, Eva Bergstraesser, Marc Ansari, Christoph Aebi, Reta Baer, Maja Beck Popovic, Vera Bernet, Pierluigi Brazzola, Hans Ulrich Bucher, Regula Buder, Sandra Cagnazzo, Barbara Dinten, Anouk Dorsaz, Franz Elmer, Raquel Enriquez, Patricia Fahrni-Nater, Gabi Finkbeiner, Bernhard Frey, Urs Frey, Jeannette Greiner, Ralph-Ingo Hassink, Simone Keller, Oliver Kretschmar, Judith Kroell, Bernard Laubscher, Kurt Leibundgut, Reta Malaer, Andreas Meyer, Christoph Stuessi, Mathias Nelle, Thomas Neuhaus, Felix Niggli, Geneviève Perrenoud, Jean-Pierre Pfammatter, Barbara Plecko, Debora Rupf, Felix Sennhauser, Caroline Stade, Maja Steinlin, Lilian Stoffel, Karin Thomas, Christian Vonarburg, Rodo von Vigier, Bendicht Wagner, Judith Wieland, Birgit Wernz
BACKGROUND: Paediatric end-of-life care is challenging and requires a high level of professional expertise. It is important that healthcare teams have a thorough understanding of paediatric subspecialties and related knowledge of disease-specific aspects of paediatric end-of-life care. The aim of this study was to comprehensively describe, explore and compare current practices in paediatric end-of-life care in four distinct diagnostic groups across healthcare settings including all relevant levels of healthcare providers in Switzerland...
February 16, 2018: BMC Pediatrics
Roberta Burnelli, Simona Rinieri, Roberto Rondelli, Alessandra Todesco, Maurizio Bianchi, Alberto Garaventa, Marco Zecca, Paolo Indolfi, Valentino Conter, Nicola Santoro, Maurizio Aricò, Simone Cesaro, Salvatore D'amico, Piero Farruggia, Raffaela De Santis, Franco Locatelli, Stefano A Pileri, Giovanni Scarzello, Maurizio Mascarin, Vico Vecchi
Identify a subset of early-stage HL children (GR1) curable with limited chemotherapy+/-radiotherapy; improve outcome of intermediate (GR2) and high-risk (GR3) patients; establish impact of response to chemotherapy evaluated with conventional imaging (CI). One hundred and sixty GR1-patients received 3ABVD + involved-field (IF) low-dose (LD) (20 Gy) irradiation if mediastinal mass or partial response (PR) after chemotherapy. Eighty-five GR2- and 315 GR3-patients received 4 and 6 COPP/ABV + IFRT, respectively...
February 16, 2018: Leukemia & Lymphoma
Juliana Assi, Juliana Santos, Tatiana Bonetti, Paulo C Serafini, Eduardo L A Motta, Mauricio Barbour Chehin
PURPOSE: The risk of ovarian failure after radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy is a concern among oncologic women. There is no doubt regarding the psycho-emotional benefits of fertility preservation (FP) after a cancer diagnosis because concerns about biological conception are a source of anxiety and can even affect the patient's cancer recovery. The aim of this study was to evaluate oncology patients' feelings, concerns, and life quality impacts related to FP. METHODS: This qualitative cross-sectional study was based on a questionnaire administered to a selected group of women diagnosed with cancer who underwent FP...
February 12, 2018: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
Alexander J Towbin, Rebecka L Meyers, Helen Woodley, Osamu Miyazaki, Christopher B Weldon, Bruce Morland, Eiso Hiyama, Piotr Czauderna, Derek J Roebuck, Greg M Tiao
Imaging is crucial in the assessment of children with a primary hepatic malignancy. Since its inception in 1992, the PRETEXT (PRE-Treatment EXTent of tumor) system has become the primary method of risk stratification for hepatoblastoma and pediatric hepatocellular carcinoma in numerous cooperative group trials across the world. The PRETEXT system is made of two components: the PRETEXT group and the annotation factors. The PRETEXT group describes the extent of tumor within the liver while the annotation factors help to describe associated features such as vascular involvement (either portal vein or hepatic vein/inferior vena cava), extrahepatic disease, multifocality, tumor rupture and metastatic disease (to both the lungs and lymph nodes)...
February 9, 2018: Pediatric Radiology
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