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Muhammad W Saif, Melissa Smith, Antonio Maloney
5-Fluorouracil (5-FU) is the backbone of the chemotherapy regimens approved for treatment of many malignancies, especially colorectal cancer (CRC). The incidence of cardiotoxicity associated with 5-FU ranges between 1.5% to 18% and is most commonly manifested as anginal symptoms. Cardiomyopathy is very rarely reported with 5-FU and capecitabine. A 35-year-old Caucasian male with T3, N1, M0 rectal cancer after the initial neoadjuvant chemoradiation with 5FU/LV followed by surgical abdominoperineal resection (APR), began mFOLFOX6 in the adjuvant setting...
September 14, 2016: Curēus
Shu Y Ng, Kathryn L Colborn, Lajhem Cambridge, Carla Hajj, T Jonathan Yang, Abraham J Wu, Karyn A Goodman
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: We examined acute toxicity profiles and outcomes among rectal cancer patients treated with pre-operative chemoradiation using intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) or 3-dimensional conformal radiotherapy (3DCRT) to identify predictive clinical factors associated with increased acute toxicity. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed records of 301 consecutive rectal cancer patients treated with pre-operative chemotherapy and radiotherapy (median dose 5000cGy) at our institution between 2007 and 2014...
October 14, 2016: Radiotherapy and Oncology: Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
Matthew P Deek, Sinae Kim, Ning Yue, Rekha Baby, Inaya Ahmed, Wei Zou, John Langenfeld, Joseph Aisner, Salma K Jabbour
BACKGROUND: To investigate the impact of advances in image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT) on the outcomes of patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) treated with chemoradiation therapy (CRT). METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed 91 patients with NSCLC treated with definitive CRT using image guidance with daily orthogonal kilovoltage (kV) imaging compared to standard weekly megavoltage (MV) portal verifications. Kaplan-Meier curves for overall survival and locoregional failure were computed and stratified by image guidance techniques...
September 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
Mahesh Kudrimoti, Amarintha Curtis, Samar Azawi, Francis Worden, Sanford Katz, Douglas Adkins, Marcelo Bonomi, Jenna Elder, Stephen T Sonis, Richard Straube, Oreola Donini
Dusquetide, a novel Innate Defense Regulator, modulates the innate immune system at a key convergence point in intracellular signaling pathways and has demonstrated activity in both reducing inflammation and increasing clearance of bacterial infection. Innate immunity has also been implicated in the pathogenesis of oral mucositis (OM), a universal toxicity of chemoradiation therapy (CRT). Testing the hypothesis that dusquetide can mitigate the development and duration of OM, preclinical studies have been completed and correlated with interim results from a Phase 2 clinical study in patients undergoing CRT for head and neck cancer...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Biotechnology
Rebecca B Goody, Helen MacKay, Bethany Pitcher, Amit Oza, Lillian L Siu, John Kim, Rebecca K S Wong, Eric Chen, Carol Swallow, Jennifer Knox, Zahra Kassam, Bernard Cummings, Ron Feld, David Hedley, Geoffrey Liu, Monika K Krzyzanowska, Robert Dinniwell, Anthony M Brade, Laura A Dawson, Melania Pintilie, Jolie Ringash
PURPOSE: Locoregional recurrence is common after surgery for gastric cancer. Adjuvant therapy improves outcomes but with toxicity. This phase 1/2 study investigated infusional 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) in combination with biweekly cisplatin delivered concurrently with image guided high-precision radiation therapy. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Eligible patients had completely resected stage IB to IV (Union for International Cancer Control TNM 6th edition) nonmetastatic gastric adenocarcinoma...
August 31, 2016: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
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
Paolo Bossi, Cristiana Bergamini, Rosalba Miceli, Agata Cova, Ester Orlandi, Carlo Resteghini, Laura Locati, Salvatore Alfieri, Martina Imbimbo, Roberta Granata, Luigi Mariani, Nicola Alessandro Iacovelli, Veronica Huber, Anna Cavallo, Lisa Licitra, Licia Rivoltini
PURPOSE: We assessed the presence of salivary cytokines, their modulation during chemoradiation therapy (CTRT), and their association with oral mucositis severity in patients with head and neck cancer (HNC). METHODS AND MATERIALS: The present prospective observational study enrolled 55 patients with locally advanced HNC requiring CTRT. We also studied 10 healthy volunteers and 10 patients with other cancers. The salivary levels of 13 cytokines were analyzed. We constructed a cytokine predictive score of oral mucositis severity...
September 6, 2016: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
Marten N Basta, Liza C Wu, Suhail K Kanchwala, Joseph M Serletti, Julia C Tchou, Stephen J Kovach, Joshua Fosnot, John P Fischer
BACKGROUND: Breast cancer-related lymphedema remains a significant complication post mastectomy. Identifying patients at highest risk may better inform targeted healthcare resource allocation and improve outcomes. This study aims to identify lymphedema predictors after mastectomy to develop a simple, accurate risk assessment tool. METHODS: An institutional retrospective review identified all women with breast cancer undergoing mastectomy between January 2000 and July 2013 with postmastectomy lymphedema as the primary outcome...
September 7, 2016: American Journal of Surgery
Eleanor M Osborne, Ann H Klopp, Anuja Jhingran, Larissa A Meyer, Patricia J Eifel
PURPOSE: Treatment for locoregionally advanced cervical cancer has changed dramatically since 2000. In that year, delivery of radiation therapy with concurrent chemotherapy became standard, and in the early 2000s, use of intensity modulated RT (IMRT) and positron emission tomography (PET) became more prevalent. We sought to determine the impact of these changes on disease-specific survival (DSS) and treatment-related adverse effects in patients with cervical cancer with para-aortic lymph node (PAN) metastases treated with definitive extended-field radiation therapy...
September 7, 2016: Practical Radiation Oncology
Elfriede Bollschweiler, Arnulf H Hölscher, Till Herbold, Ralf Metzger, Hakan Alakus, Henner Schmidt, Uta Drebber, Ute Warnecke-Eberz
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the predictive value of a single or combination of biomarker(s) for histopathologic non-response to neoadjuvant chemoradiation in esophageal cancer. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Patients without response to neoadjuvant chemoradiation for esophageal cancer have no prognostic benefits, but experience time delays and risk side effects. METHODS: Inclusion criteria for this prospective diagnostic study were patients with cT3,Nx,M0, esophageal squamous cell or adenocarcinoma and planned neoadjuvant chemoradiation (5- fluorouracil, cisplatin, 40Gy) followed by 2-field transthoracic esophagectomy...
November 2016: Annals of Surgery
Yulia Kundel, Nicola J Nasser, Lea Rath-Wolfson, Ofer Purim, Natalia Yanichkin, Ronen Brenner, Tanya Zehavi, Yuval Nardi, Eyal Fenig, Aaron Sulkes, Baruch Brenner
OBJECTIVES: To determine whether the expression of specific molecular markers in the rectal cancer biopsies prior to treatment, can correlate with complete tumor response to chemoradiotherapy (CRT) as determined by the pathology of the surgical specimen. METHODS: We retrospectively examined pretreatment rectal biopsies of patients aged 18 years or older with locally advanced rectal cancer who had been treated with neoadjuvant CRT and surgical resection in our tertiary-care, university-affiliated medical center, between January 2001 and December 2011...
October 12, 2016: American Journal of Clinical Oncology
Takahiko Ito, Shuko Morita, Naoto Shimeno, Keiichiro Uehara, Yukihiro Imai, Tetsuro Inokuma
Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the anal canal is seldom diagnosed at an early stage. Chemoradiation therapy is a standard in Europe and the United States, though in squamous cell carcinoma there is no evidence-based therapy. In Japan, endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) is the standard minimally invasive treatment for early stage cancer of the digestive tract, including the colorectum. Therefore, if the lesion is diagnosed at an early stage, ESD may be selected for anal canal lesions. We experienced two cases of early stage anal canal cancer in which the diagnosis and the extent of the lesions were confirmed using magnifying endoscopy with narrow-band imaging (NBI), as well as performing ESD...
October 13, 2016: Clinical Journal of Gastroenterology
Kittinut Timudom, Natthawut Phothong, Thawatchai Akaraviputh, Vitoon Chinswangwatanakul, Ananya Pongpaibul, Janjira Petsuksiri, Suthinee Ithimakin, Atthaphorn Trakarnsanga
Background. Traditionally, rectal cancer surgery is recommended 6 to 8 weeks after completing neoadjuvant chemoradiation. Extending the waiting time may increase the tumor response rate. However, the perioperative complication rate may increase. The purpose of this study was to determine the association between extending the waiting time of surgery after neoadjuvant chemoradiation and perioperative outcomes. Methods. Sixty patients with locally advanced rectal cancer who underwent neoadjuvant chemoradiation followed by radical resection at Siriraj hospital between June 2012 and January 2015 were retrospectively analyzed...
2016: Gastroenterology Research and Practice
S Karatayli-Ozgursoy, J A Bishop, A T Hillel, L M Akst, S R Best
Malignant salivary gland tumours of the larynx are very rare, with limited reports of clinical outcomes. We present the decade-long experience of a single institution. A 10-year retrospective chart review of a tertiary head and neck cancer centre was performed. Index patients were identified from a review of a pathology database, and reviewed by a head and neck pathologist. Patient demographics, presenting signs and symptoms, treatment modalities and clinical outcomes were extracted from electronic medical records...
August 2016: Acta Otorhinolaryngologica Italica
Jason W Denbo, Morgan L Bruno, Jordan M Cloyd, Laura Prakash, Jeffrey E Lee, Michael Kim, Christopher H Crane, Eugene J Koay, Sunil Krishnan, Prajnan Das, Bruce D Minsky, Gauri Varadhachary, Rachna Shroff, Robert Wolff, Milind Javle, Michael J Overman, David Fogelman, Thomas A Aloia, Jean-Nicolas Vauthey, Jason B Fleming, Matthew H G Katz
BACKGROUND: The impact of preoperative chemoradiation on postoperative morbidity and mortality of patients with pancreatic adenocarcinoma remains controversial. METHODS: Consecutive pancreatectomies for adenocarcinoma performed between 2011 and 2015 were prospectively monitored for 90 days by using a previously reported surveillance system to determine the association between preoperative chemoradiation and adverse events, pancreatic fistulae, readmissions, and mortality...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery: Official Journal of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
Stephen G Swisher, Jennifer Moughan, Ritsuko U Komaki, Jaffer A Ajani, Tsung T Wu, Wayne L Hofstetter, Andre A Konski, Christopher G Willett
INTRODUCTION: The impact of selective surgical resection for esophageal cancer patients treated with definitive chemoradiation has not been clearly evaluated long-term. METHODS: NRG Oncology RTOG 0246 was a multi-institutional, single arm, open-label, non-randomized phase II study, which enrolled forty-three patients from Sept 2003 to March 2008 with clinical stage T1-4N0-1M0 squamous cell or adenocarcinoma of the esophagus or gastroesophageal junction (GEJ) from 19 sites...
October 8, 2016: Journal of Thoracic Oncology
Jay S Cooper, Catherine Fortpied, Vincent Gregoire, Quynh-Thu Le, Thomas F Pajak, Qiang Ed Zhang, Jacques Bernier
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 11, 2016: Cancer
Jasna But-Hadzic, Franc Anderluh, Erik Brecelj, Ibrahim Edhemovic, Ajra Secerov-Ermenc, Rihard Hudej, Ana Jeromen, Miran Kozelj, Bojan Krebs, Irena Oblak, Mirko Omejc, Andrej Vogrin, Vaneja Velenik
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: This phase 2 study investigated the efficacy and safety of preoperative intensity modulated radiation therapy with a simultaneous integrated boost (IMRT-SIB) without dose escalation, concomitant with standard capecitabine chemotherapy in locally advanced rectal cancer. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Between January 2014 and March 2015, 51 patients with operable stage II-III rectal adenocarcinoma received preoperative IMRT with pelvic dose of 41.8 Gy and simultaneously delivered 46...
August 31, 2016: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
Dustin Boothe, Andrew Orton, Bismarck Odei, Gregory Stoddard, Gita Suneja, Matthew M Poppe, Theresa L Werner, David K Gaffney
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 7, 2016: Gynecologic Oncology
Yao Yu, Marc Mabray, William Silveira, Peter Y Shen, William R Ryan, Alina Uzelac, Sue S Yom
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to test if diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) identified persistent neck disease after chemoradiotherapy (CRT) for oropharyngeal cancer earlier and as accurately as subsequent positron emission tomography (PET)/CT. METHODS: We performed a review of patients with oropharyngeal cancer treated with definitive CRT who underwent DWI and PET/CT at a median of 8 and 14 weeks posttreatment. Imaging characteristics were correlated with pathologically proven neck failure...
October 11, 2016: Head & Neck
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