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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549783/irinotecan-temozolomide-with-temsirolimus-or-dinutuximab-in-children-with-refractory-or-relapsed-neuroblastoma-cog-anbl1221-an-open-label-randomised-phase-2-trial
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Rajen Mody, Arlene Naranjo, Collin Van Ryn, Alice L Yu, Wendy B London, Barry L Shulkin, Marguerite T Parisi, Sabah-E-Noor Servaes, Mitchell B Diccianni, Paul M Sondel, Julia G Bender, John M Maris, Julie R Park, Rochelle Bagatell
BACKGROUND: Outcomes for children with relapsed and refractory neuroblastoma are dismal. The combination of irinotecan and temozolomide has activity in these patients, and its acceptable toxicity profile makes it an excellent backbone for study of new agents. We aimed to test the addition of temsirolimus or dinutuximab to irinotecan-temozolomide in patients with relapsed or refractory neuroblastoma. METHODS: For this open-label, randomised, phase 2 selection design trial of the Children's Oncology Group (COG; ANBL1221), patients had to have histological verification of neuroblastoma or ganglioneuroblastoma at diagnosis or have tumour cells in bone marrow with increased urinary catecholamine concentrations at diagnosis...
May 23, 2017: Lancet Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548706/45-gy-is-not-sufficient-radiotherapy-dose-for-group-iii-orbital-embryonal-rhabdomyosarcoma-after-less-than-complete-response-to-12-weeks-of-arst0331-chemotherapy-a-report-from-the-soft-tissue-sarcoma-committee-of-the-children-s-oncology-group
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Ralph P Ermoian, John Breneman, David O Walterhouse, Yueh-Yun Chi, Jane Meza, James Anderson, Douglas S Hawkins, Andrea A Hayes-Jordan, David M Parham, Torunn I Yock, Sarah S Donaldson, Suzanne L Wolden
BACKGROUND: Recent Children's Oncology Group (COG) trials tested the efficacy of reduced therapy in an effort to lessen late effects compared to the Intergroup Rhabdomyosarcoma Study (IRS) IV regimen with associated hematologic and hepatic toxicity, and infertility. Here, we analyze the efficacy of 45 Gray (Gy) local radiotherapy (RT) in patients with Group III orbital embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma (ERMS) enrolled on the COG low-risk study ARST0331. PROCEDURE: Sixty-two patients with Group III orbital ERMS were treated on ARST0331 with four cycles of vincristine (VCR), dactinomycin (DACT), and cyclophosphamide (CPM; VAC, total cumulative CPM dose 4...
May 26, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535084/impact-of-initial-csf-findings-on-outcome-among-patients-with-national-cancer-institute-standard-and-high-risk-b-cell-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-a-report-from-the-children-s-oncology-group
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Naomi Winick, Meenakshi Devidas, Si Chen, Kelly Maloney, Eric Larsen, Leonard Mattano, Michael J Borowitz, Andrew Carroll, Julie M Gastier-Foster, Nyla A Heerema, Cheryl Willman, Brent Wood, Mignon L Loh, Elizabeth Raetz, Stephen P Hunger, William L Carroll
Purpose To determine the prognostic significance of blasts, and of white and red blood cells, in CSF samples at diagnosis of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), a uniform CSF and risk group classification schema was incorporated into Children's Oncology Group B-cell ALL (B-ALL) clinical trials. Methods CSF status was designated as follows: CNS1, no blasts; CNS2a to 2c, < 5 WBCs/μL and blasts with/without ≥ 10 RBCs/μL or ≥ 5 WBCs/μL plus blasts, with WBCs ≥ 5 times the number of RBCs; CNS3a to 3c, ≥ 5 WBCs/μL plus blasts with/without ≥ 10 RBCs/μL or clinical signs of CNS disease...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521080/histology-fusion-status-and-outcome-in-metastatic-rhabdomyosarcoma-a-report-from-the-children-s-oncology-group
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Erin R Rudzinski, James R Anderson, Yueh-Yun Chi, Julie M Gastier-Foster, Caroline Astbury, Frederic G Barr, Stephen X Skapek, Douglas S Hawkins, Brenda J Weigel, Alberto Pappo, William H Meyer, Michael A Arnold, Lisa A Teot, David M Parham
BACKGROUND: Distinguishing alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma (ARMS) from embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma (ERMS) has historically been of prognostic and therapeutic importance. However, classification has been complicated by shifting histologic criteria required for an ARMS diagnosis. Children's Oncology Group (COG) studies after IRS-IV, which included the height of this diagnostic shift, showed both an increased number of ARMS and an increase in the proportion of fusion-negative ARMS. Following diagnostic standardization and histologic re-review of ARMS cases enrolled during this era, analysis of low-risk (D9602) and intermediate-risk (D9803) rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS) studies showed that fusion status rather than histology best predicts prognosis for patients with RMS...
May 18, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509440/no-improvement-in-clinical-trial-enrollment-for-adolescents-and-young-adults-with-cancer-at-a-children-s-hospital
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Seethal A Jacob, Peter H Shaw
BACKGROUND: We have previously published data from 2001 to 2006 showing that adolescent and young adult (AYA) oncology patients have significantly lower therapeutic clinical trial enrollment rates than younger patients. Our objective was to determine if the enrollment of AYA patients on therapeutic studies at the same institution has improved in recent years with the greater focus on this population locally and nationally. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed cancer registry data at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh (CHP) for all new oncologic diagnoses between January 2010 and December 2014...
May 16, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509433/dosing-anticancer-drugs-in-infants-current-approach-and-recommendations-from-the-children-s-oncology-group-s-chemotherapy-standardization-task-force
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Frank M Balis, Richard B Womer, Stacey Berg, Naomi Winick, Peter C Adamson, Elizabeth Fox
An analysis of dose modifications for infants in 29 Children's Oncology Group protocols across 10 cancer types revealed 11 sets of criteria defining the infant population using age, weight, body surface area (BSA), or a combination of these parameters and eight dose modification methods. A new method of dosing anticancer drugs in infants was developed based on the rationale that prior modifications were implemented to reduce toxicity, which is not cancer-specific. The new method uses BSA dose banding in dosing tables for infants and children with a BSA <0...
May 16, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500740/children-with-low-risk-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-are-at-highest-risk-of-second-cancers
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Stine N Nielsen, Frank Eriksson, Susanne Rosthoej, Mette K Andersen, Erik Forestier, Henrik Hasle, Lisa L Hjalgrim, Ann Aasberg, Jonas Abrahamsson, Mats Heyman, Ólafur G Jónsson, Kaie Pruunsild, Goda E Vaitkeviciené, Kim Vettenranta, Kjeld Schmiegelow
BACKGROUND: The improved survival rates for childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) may be jeopardized by the development of a second cancer, which has been associated with thiopurine therapy. PROCEDURE: We retrospectively analyzed three sequential Nordic Society of Paediatric Haematology and Oncology's protocols characterized by increasing intensity of thiopurine-based maintenance therapy. We explored the risk of second cancer in relation to protocols, risk group, thiopurine methyltransferase (TPMT) activity, ALL high hyperdiploidy (HeH), and t(12;21)[ETV6/RUNX1]...
May 13, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497184/management-of-hydrocephalus-in-pediatric-metastatic-tumors-of-the-posterior-fossa-at-presentation
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Luc Le Fournier, Matthieu Delion, Maxime Esvan, Emilie De Carli, Céline Chappé, Philippe Mercier, Philippe Menei, Laurent Riffaud
PURPOSE: Presence of metastases in newly diagnosed pediatric posterior fossa tumors (PFT) is not a rare situation, but optimal treatment of associated hydrocephalus in these children has remained undetermined. METHODS: Twenty-nine children treated between January 2005 and December 2015 for a metastatic PFT associated with hydrocephalus constituted the study cohort. Patients were divided into three groups: ventriculoperitoneal shunt (VPS), endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV), and temporary ventricular drainage before or during tumor resection (PVD)...
May 11, 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489152/evaluation-of-computer-generated-guidelines-for-companions-of-paediatric-patients-undergoing-chemotherapy
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Vagner José Lopes, Marcos Augusto Hochuli Shmeil
Objective: To compare computer-generated guidelines with and without the use of a Clinical Decision Support System - Oncology Care and Healthcare for Chemotherapy Patients, for the caregivers of children undergoing chemotherapy. Methods: This is a descriptive, evaluative, and quantitative study conducted at a paediatrics hospital in Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil, from December 2015 to January 2016. The sample consisted of 58 participants divided into two groups: Group 1, without the aid of software, and Group 2, with the aid of the software...
April 27, 2017: Revista Gaúcha de Enfermagem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486976/tropicall-study-thromboprophylaxis-in-children-treated-for-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-with-low-molecular-weight-heparin-a-multicenter-randomized-controlled-trial
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Irene L M Klaassen, Mandy N Lauw, Marianne D van de Wetering, Bart J Biemond, Saskia Middeldorp, Floor C H Abbink, Marc Bierings, D Maroeska M W Te Loo, Rob Pieters, Inge M van der Sluis, Wim J E Tissing, C Michel Zwaan, C Heleen van Ommen
BACKGROUND: Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a common and severe complication during treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). An important cause is the intensive use of asparaginase. Prospective cohort studies in which prophylactic low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH) was used to prevent VTE showed lower VTE risk than in historic control cohorts, with a negligible bleeding risk. However, the efficacy of thromboprophylaxis with LMWH during ALL treatment has never been investigated in a randomized design...
May 10, 2017: BMC Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482388/-a-follow-up-report-of-childhood-hepatoblastoma-from-74-cases-in-a-single-center
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T Y Wang, C Pan, J Y Tang, Q D Ye, M Zhou, Y J Gao, W T Hu
Objective: To investigate the efficacy and the prognostic factors in pediatric hepatoblastoma according to the standard diagnostic and therapeutic regimen. Method: Eighty-four consecutive patients were enrolled in this study between June 2000 and June 2015. Diagnosis and staging was decided by the multi-disciplinary team including oncologists, surgeons, pathologists and sub-specialized radiologists refering to protocol of Children's Oncology Group(COG) and International Society of Pediatric Oncology Liver Tumor Study Group (SIOPEL) in a case observational study...
May 4, 2017: Zhonghua Er Ke za Zhi. Chinese Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28478846/the-effect-of-drawing-and-writing-technique-on-the-anxiety-level-of-children-undergoing-cancer-treatment
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Naime Altay, Ebru Kilicarslan-Toruner, Çigdem Sari
PURPOSE: To determine the effect of the drawing and writing technique on the anxiety level of children undergoing cancer treatment in hospital. METHOD: Research was conducted in the haematology-oncology clinic of a university hospital, using a quasi-experimental design (pre-and-post intervention evaluations of a single group). The sample comprised 30 hospitalised children aged 9-16 years. Data were collected with Socio-demographic form, clinical data form, and the State Anxiety Inventory...
June 2017: European Journal of Oncology Nursing: the Official Journal of European Oncology Nursing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475275/a-qa-program-for-mrd-testing-demonstrates-that-systematic-education-can-reduce-discordance-among-experienced-interpreters
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Michael Keeney, Brent L Wood, Benjamin D Hedley, Joseph A DiGiuseppe, Maryalice Stetler-Stevenson, Elisabeth Paietta, Gerard Lozanski, Adam C Seegmiller, Bruce W Greig, Aaron C Shaver, Lata Mukundan, Howard R Higley, Caroline C Sigman, Gary Kelloff, J Milburn Jessup, Michael J Borowitz
BACKGROUND: Minimal residual disease (MRD) in B lymphoblastic leukemia (B-ALL) by flow cytometry is an established prognostic factor used to adjust treatment in most pediatric therapeutic protocols. MRD in B-ALL has been standardized by the Children's Oncology Group (COG) in North America, but not routine clinical labs. The Foundation for National Institutes of Health sought to harmonize MRD measurement among COG, oncology groups, academic, community and government, laboratories. METHODS: Listmode data from post-induction marrows were distributed from a reference lab to seven different clinical FCM labs with variable experience in B-ALL MRD...
May 5, 2017: Cytometry. Part B, Clinical Cytometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28474336/comparative-genomic-expression-signatures-of-signal-transduction-pathways-and-targets-in-paediatric-burkitt-lymphoma-a-children-s-oncology-group-report
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Sanghoon Lee, Nancy S Day, Rodney R Miles, Sherrie L Perkins, Megan S Lim, Janet Ayello, Carmella van de Ven, Lauren Harrison, Nader K El-Mallawany, Stanton Goldman, Mitchell S Cairo
Burkitt lymphoma (BL) is the most common histological subtype of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) in children and adolescents. Through the introduction of short intensive multi-agent chemoimmunotherapy, survival has improved significantly over the past 30 years. However, this successful approach is limited by significant chemotherapy-induced acute toxicity and risk of developing resistant disease, demonstrating the need to identify less toxic and targeted therapies. We analysed the comparative genomic signature and targetable signalling pathways in paediatric BL (PEBL) samples from the Children's Oncology Group study (ANHL01P1) by genomic profiling and selected genes were confirmed by quantitative real time polymerase chain reaction...
May 2017: British Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28459614/guideline-for-the-management-of-fever-and-neutropenia-in-children-with-cancer-and-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation-recipients-2017-update
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Thomas Lehrnbecher, Paula Robinson, Brian Fisher, Sarah Alexander, Roland A Ammann, Melissa Beauchemin, Fabianne Carlesse, Andreas H Groll, Gabrielle M Haeusler, Maria Santolaya, William J Steinbach, Elio Castagnola, Bonnie L Davis, L Lee Dupuis, Aditya H Gaur, Wim J E Tissing, Theo Zaoutis, Robert Phillips, Lillian Sung
Purpose To update a clinical practice guideline (CPG) for the empirical management of fever and neutropenia (FN) in children with cancer and hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation recipients. Methods The International Pediatric Fever and Neutropenia Guideline Panel is a multidisciplinary and multinational group of experts in pediatric oncology and infectious diseases that includes a patient advocate. For questions of risk stratification and evaluation, we updated systematic reviews of observational studies...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28456909/patients-and-parents-views-regarding-supportive-care-in-childhood-cancer
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L J A Tenniglo, E A H Loeffen, L C M Kremer, A Font-Gonzalez, R L Mulder, A Postma, M C Naafs-Wilstra, M A Grootenhuis, M D van de Wetering, W J E Tissing
PURPOSE: Intensive therapies in pediatric malignancies increased survival rates but also occurrence of treatment-related morbidities. Therefore, supportive care fulfills an increasingly important role. In planning development of guidelines with incorporation of shared decision making, we noticed that little is known about the needs and preferences of patients and their parents. Our goals were therefore to investigate (1) which supportive care topics patients and parents regard as most important and (2) the preferred role they wish to fulfill in decision making...
April 29, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453910/central-nervous-system-disease-in-pediatric-acute-myeloid-leukemia-a-report-from-the-children-s-oncology-group
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Donna L Johnston, Todd A Alonzo, Robert B Gerbing, Richard Aplenc, William G Woods, Soheil Meshinchi, Alan S Gamis
BACKGROUND: The prognostic impact of central nervous system (CNS) involvement in children with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) has varied in past trials, and controversy exists over the degree of involvement requiring intensified CNS therapy. Two recent Children's Oncology Group protocols, AAML03P1 and AAML0531, directed additional intrathecal (IT) therapy to patients with CNS2 (≤5 white blood cell [WBC] with blasts) or CNS3 (>5 WBC with blasts or CNS symptoms) disease at diagnosis...
April 28, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449393/a-phase-1-study-of-the-c-met-inhibitor-tivantinib-arq197-in-children-with-relapsed-or-refractory-solid-tumors-a-children-s-oncology-group-study-phase-1-and-pilot-consortium-trial-advl1111
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James I Geller, John P Perentesis, Xiaowei Liu, Charles G Minard, Rachel A Kudgus, Joel M Reid, Elizabeth Fox, Susan M Blaney, Brenda J Weigel
BACKGROUND: The c-Met receptor tyrosine kinase is dysregulated in many pediatric cancers. Tivantinib is an oral small molecule that inhibits the c-Met receptor tyrosine kinase. A phase 1 and pharmacokinetic (PK) trial evaluating tivantinib was conducted in children with relapsed/refractory solid tumors. METHODS: Oral tivantinib capsules were administered twice daily with food, continuously in 28-day cycles. Dose levels 170, 200, and 240 mg/m(2) /dose were evaluated using a rolling-six design (Part A)...
April 27, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447341/chemotherapy-alone-versus-chemotherapy-plus-radiotherapy-for-adults-with-early-stage-hodgkin-lymphoma
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Oliver Blank, Bastian von Tresckow, Ina Monsef, Lena Specht, Andreas Engert, Nicole Skoetz
BACKGROUND: Combined modality treatment consisting of chemotherapy followed by localised radiotherapy is the standard treatment for patients with early stage Hodgkin lymphoma (HL). However, due to long- term adverse effects such as secondary malignancies the role of radiotherapy has been questioned recently and some clinical study groups advocate chemotherapy only for this indication. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effects of chemotherapy alone compared to chemotherapy plus radiotherapy in adults with early stage HL ...
April 27, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445240/evaluation-of-a-pediatric-early-warning-score-across-different-subspecialty-patients
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Nathan P Dean, J B Fenix, Michael Spaeder, Amanda Levin
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the ability of a Pediatric Early Warning Score to predict deterioration in different subspecialty patient populations. DESIGN: Single center, retrospective cohort study. Patients were classified into five groups: 1) cardiac; 2) hematology/oncology/bone marrow transplant; 3) surgical; 4) neurologic; and 5) general medical. The relationship between the Pediatric Early Warning Score and unplanned ICU transfer requiring initiation of specific ICU therapies (intubation, high-flow nasal cannula, noninvasive ventilation, inotropes, or aggressive fluid hydration within 12 hr of transfer) was evaluated...
April 25, 2017: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
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