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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328309/ibpro-a-novel-short-duration-teaching-course-in-advanced-physics-and-biology-underlying-cancer-radiotherapy
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Michael C Joiner, Monica W Tracey, Sara E Kacin, Jay W Burmeister
This article provides a summary and status report of the ongoing advanced education program IBPRO - Integrated course in Biology and Physics of Radiation Oncology. IBPRO is a five-year program funded by NCI. It addresses the recognized deficiency in the number of mentors available who have the required knowledge and skill to provide the teaching and training that is required for future radiation oncologists and researchers in radiation sciences. Each year, IBPRO brings together 50 attendees typically at assistant professor level and upwards, who are already qualified/certified radiation oncologists, medical physicists or biologists...
March 22, 2017: Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327466/regional-deep-hyperthermia-impact-of-observer-variability-in-ct-based-manual-tissue-segmentation-on-a-simulated-temperature-distribution
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Bassim Aklan, Josefin Hartmann, Diana Zink, Hadi Siavooshhaghighi, Ricarda Merten, Florian Putz, Oliver Ott, Rainer Fietkau, Christoph Bert
The aim of this study was to systematically investigate the influence of inter- and intra-observer segmentation variation of tumor and organs at risk on the simulated temperature coverage of the target. CT scans of six patients with tumors in the pelvic region acquired for radiotherapy treatment planning were used for the hyperthermia treatment planning. To study the effect of inter-observer variation, three observers manually segmented in the CT images of each patient the following structures: fat, muscle, bone and bladder...
March 22, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325246/challenges-and-prospects-for-providing-radiation-oncology-services-in-africa
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REVIEW
Onyinye Balogun, Danielle Rodin, Wilfred Ngwa, Surbhi Grover, John Longo
There are considerable challenges to meeting the demands of the impending cancer crisis in Africa. These include a rising incidence of cancer and cancer-related deaths, equipment and maintenance costs, and deficits in human resources and training. Addressing these issues would be crucial to tackling the increasing burden of cancer on the continent. Innovations in technology and collaborative efforts within the global oncology community have created promising solutions for establishing quality cancer care in Africa and eradicating the massive disparities that currently exist...
April 2017: Seminars in Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325245/south-east-asia-differing-socioeconomic-factors-differing-access-to-radiotherapy-the-philippines-a-microcosm
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REVIEW
Miriam Joy C Calaguas, Johannes A Gubat
The accessibility of radiotherapy in Southeast Asia, a region characterized by diversity in both economy and culture, differ widely among its member countries. In most countries, access is not universal and is generally limited by radiotherapy resources and the health-seeking behavior of patients. This in turn relates to the current health policy in place, the practice of radiation oncology, and cultural factors such as religion and family dynamics. Although it is clear that radiotherapy access parallel economic development, it is also affected by different social factors that work to facilitate or impede its improvement...
April 2017: Seminars in Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325242/radiation-oncology-in-india-challenges-and-opportunities
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REVIEW
Surbhi Grover, Shivakumar Gudi, Ajeet Kumar Gandhi, Priya M Puri, Adam C Olson, Danielle Rodin, Onyi Balogun, Preet K Dhillon, Daya Nand Sharma, Goura Kishor Rath, Shyam Kishore Shrivastava, Akila N Viswanathan, Umesh Mahantshetty
Rising cancer incidence and mortality in India emphasize the need to address the increasing burden of this disease and the stark inequities in access to radiotherapy and other essential medical treatments. State-of-the-art technology is available within the private sector and a few hospitals in the public sector, but 75% of patients in the public sector in India do not have access to timely radiotherapy. This inequity in access to radiotherapy in the public sector is amplified in rural areas, where most of India׳s population lives...
April 2017: Seminars in Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325241/radiation-oncology-in-the-developing-economies-of-central-and-eastern-europe
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REVIEW
Natia Esiashvili
Eastern Europe is represented by 22 countries of significant variability in population density and degree of economic development. They have been affected by past geopolitical isolation due to their association with the "Soviet Block." Currently, all Eastern European countries except Slovenia are low- or middle-income level and 10 of them are part of European Union. Health care systems in Central and Eastern Europe have been influenced by the legacy of centralized soviet-era governance; however, most countries, particularly in European Union zone, have gone through health care reforms directed toward modernizing infrastructure and staffing...
April 2017: Seminars in Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325237/global-health-in-radiation-oncology-the-emergence-of-a-new-career-pathway
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REVIEW
Danielle Rodin, Mei Ling Yap, Surbhi Grover, John M Longo, Onyinye Balogun, Sandra Turner, Jesper G Eriksen, C Norman Coleman, Meredith Giuliani
The massive global shortfall in radiotherapy equipment and human resources in developing countries is an enormous challenge for international efforts in cancer control. This lack of access to treatment has been long-standing, but there is now a growing consensus about the urgent need to prioritize solutions to this problem and that a global strategy is required for them to be successful. An essential element of making radiotherapy universally accessible is a coordinated approach to clinical training and practice...
April 2017: Seminars in Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323339/adjuvant-radiation-therapy-androgen-deprivation-and-docetaxel-for-high-risk-prostate-cancer-postprostatectomy-results-of-nrg-oncology-rtog-study-0621
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Mark D Hurwitz, Jonathan Harris, Oliver Sartor, Ying Xiao, Bobby Shayegan, Paul W Sperduto, Kasra R Badiozamani, Colleen A F Lawton, Eric M Horwitz, Jeff M Michalski, Kevin Roof, David C Beyer, Qiang Zhang, Howard M Sandler
BACKGROUND: Phase 3 trials have demonstrated a benefit from adjuvant radiation therapy (ART) for men who have adverse factors at radical prostatectomy (RP). However, some patients have a high risk of progression despite ART. The role of systemic therapy with ART in this high-risk group remains to be defined. METHODS: Patients who had either a post-RP prostate-specific antigen (PSA) nadir > 0.2 ng/mL and a Gleason score ≥7 or a PSA nadir ≤0.2 ng/mL, a Gleason score ≥8, and a pathologic tumor (pT) classification ≥ pT3 received 6 months of androgen-deprivation therapy (ADT) plus radiotherapy and 6 cycles of docetaxel...
March 21, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315510/policies-for-reirradiation-of-recurrent-high-grade-gliomas-a-survey-among-italian-radiation-oncologists
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Carlo Furlan, Stefano Arcangeli, Michele Avanzo, Maria A Mirri, Fernando Munoz, Stefania Giudici, Antonio Perrone, Dante Amelio, Luigi Tomio, Loredana Draghini, Aniko M Deli, Giovanni Pavanato, Francesca M Giuliano, Antonio Pontoriero, Patrizia Ciammella, Pierina Navarria, Alberto Iannalfi, Michela Buglione, Cesare Guida, Silvia Cammelli, Vincenzo Iorio, Massimo Cardinali, Domenico Genovesi, Lucia Barsacchi, Mario Balducci, Rita Bagnoli, Franco Berti, Giampaolo Montesi, Francesco Pasqualetti, Paolo Bonome, Riccardo Santoni, Daniela Doino, Patrizia Schirru, Valentina Pinzi, Valentina Borzillo, Fabio Ferrarese, Marica Ferro, Luigi De Cicco, Marco Krengli, Silvia Scoccianti, Vittorio Donato
PURPOSE: To assess the contribution of Italian radiation oncologists in the current management of recurrent high-grade gliomas (HGG), focusing on a reirradiation (reRT) approach. METHODS: In 2015, the Reirradiation and the Central Nervous System Study Groups on behalf of the Italian Association of Radiation Oncology (AIRO) proposed a survey. All Italian radiation oncologists were individually invited to complete an online questionnaire regarding their clinical management of recurrent HGG, focusing on a reRT approach...
March 18, 2017: Tumori
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314959/cancer-of-unknown-primary-cup-of-the-head-and-neck-retrospective-analysis-of-81-patients
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Basel Al Kadah, Giorgos Papaspyrou, Maximilian Linxweiler, Bernhard Schick, Christian Rübe, Benjamin Simeon Büchler, Marcus Niewald
The treatment of patients with cervical lymph node metastases without detectable primary tumor remains an important challenge, until today, no standard therapy is available. The present study investigated the multimodal treatment of patients with head and neck CUP syndrome (HNCUP) and their follow-up retrospectively. 81 patients with cervical lymph node metastases without a primary tumor were treated at the Departments of Otorhinolaryngology as well as Radiotherapy and Radiation Oncology at the University of Saarland in Homburg, Germany in the period between 1991 and 2013...
March 17, 2017: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301492/variability-in-target-delineation-of-cervical-carcinoma-a-korean-radiation-oncology-group-study-krog-15-06
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Ji Hyeon Joo, Young Seok Kim, Byung Chul Cho, Chi Young Jeong, Won Park, Hak Jae Kim, Won Sup Yoon, Mee Sun Yoon, Ji-Yoon Kim, Jin Hwa Choi, Youngmin Choi, Joo-Young Kim
PURPOSE: To determine inter-observer variability in target volume definition of cervical cancer in radical and adjuvant radiotherapy (RT) settings. METHODS: Eight physicians contoured CTVs of 2 patients underwent definitive and postoperative RT. Each volume was analyzed using the individual/median volume ratio and generalized conformity index (CIgen). And center of mass (COM) of each contour was calculated. Expert agreement was quantified using an expectation maximization algorithm for Simultaneous Truth and Performance Level Estimation (STAPLE)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297341/assessment-of-monte-carlo-algorithm-for-compliance-with-rtog-0915-dosimetric-criteria-in-peripheral-lung-cancer-patients-treated-with-stereotactic-body-radiotherapy
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Damodar Pokhrel, Sumit Sood, Rajeev Badkul, Hongyu Jiang, Christopher McClinton, Christopher Lominska, Parvesh Kumar, Fen Wang
The purpose of the study was to evaluate Monte Carlo-generated dose distributions with the X-ray Voxel Monte Carlo (XVMC) algorithm in the treatment of peripheral lung cancer patients using stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) with non-protocol dose-volume normalization and to assess plan outcomes utilizing RTOG 0915 dosimetric compliance criteria. The Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) protocols for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) currently require radiation dose to be calculated using tissue density heterogeneity corrections...
May 2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297338/epid-based-in-vivo-dosimetry-system-clinical-experience-and-results
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Sofia Celi, Emilie Costa, Claas Wessels, Alejandro Mazal, Alain Fourquet, Pascal Francois
Mandatory in several countries, in vivo dosimetry has been recognized as one of the next milestones in radiation oncology. Our department has implemented clinically an EPID based in vivo dosimetry system, EPIgray, by DOSISOFT S.A., since 2006. An analysis of the measurements per linac and energy over a two-year period was performed, which included a more detailed examination per technique and treatment site over a six-month period. A comparison of the treatment planning system doses and the doses estimated by EPIgray shows a mean of the differences of 1...
May 2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291912/improving-the-efficiency-of-breast-radiotherapy-treatment-planning-using-a-semi-automated-approach
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Robert A Mitchell, Philip Wai, Ruth Colgan, Anna M Kirby, Ellen M Donovan
OBJECTIVES: To reduce treatment planning times while maintaining plan quality through the introduction of semi-automated planning techniques for breast radiotherapy. METHODS: Automatic critical structure delineation was examined using the Smart Probabilistic Image Contouring Engine (SPICE) commercial autosegmentation software (Philips Radiation Oncology Systems, Fitchburg, WI) for a cohort of ten patients. Semiautomated planning was investigated by employing scripting in the treatment planning system to automate segment creation for breast step-and-shoot planning and create objectives for segment weight optimization; considerations were made for three different multileaf collimator (MLC) configurations...
January 2017: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290395/indian-society-of-neuro-oncology-consensus-guidelines-for-the-contemporary-management-of-medulloblastoma
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Tejpal Gupta, Chitra Sarkar, Vedantam Rajshekhar, Sandip Chatterjee, Neelam Shirsat, Dattatreya Muzumdar, Sona Pungavkar, Girish Chinnaswamy, Rakesh Jalali
INTRODUCTION: The high success rate in the management medulloblastoma achieved in the western world is not exactly mirrored in developing countries including India. Socio-demographic differences, health-care disparity, and lack in uniformity of care with resultant widespread variations in the clinical practice are some of the reasons that may partly explain this difference in outcomes. Patients with medulloblastoma require a multi-disciplinary team approach involving but not limited to neuro-radiology, neurosurgery; neuropathology, molecular biology, radiation oncology, pediatric medical oncology and rehabilitative services for optimizing outcomes...
March 2017: Neurology India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289089/molecular-pathways-oncologic-pathways-and-their-role-in-t-cell-exclusion-and-immune-evasion-a-new-role-for-the-axl-receptor-tyrosine-kinase
#16
Todd A Aguilera, Amato J Giaccia
With the clinical impact of CTLA-4 and PD-1/PD-L1 immune checkpoint therapies, widespread interest in cancer immunotherapy has been ignited. However, the rate and extent of clinical responses to approved therapies are limited and often non-existent in many solid tumors. This is partially because immune checkpoint therapies are most effective against T-cell inflamed tumors, and non-T-cell inflamed or T-cell excluded tumors remain a significant barrier. New strategies are needed to overcome immune resistance mechanisms that arise during tumor development which result in T-cell exclusion...
March 13, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282999/critical-decision-making-in-radiotherapy-for-early-stage-breast-cancer-in-a-neo-adjuvant-treatment-era
#17
Francesca De Felice, Mattia Falchetto Osti, Vitaliana De Sanctis, Daniela Musio, Vincenzo Tombolini
Introduction In breast cancer management, the role of adjuvant radiation therapy (RT) has been the subject of intense controversy over the past several years, due to the improvement in neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NACT) prescription. One of the most controversial questions regarding indication for adjuvant RT is whether or not RT is essential in patients with early stage disease at diagnosis. The value of adjuvant RT remains highly debatable in those patients with clinically negative nodes at the completion of NACT...
March 10, 2017: Expert Review of Anticancer Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274491/stereotactic-body-radiotherapy-for-oligo-metastatic-liver-disease-influence-of-pre-treatment-chemotherapy-and-histology-on-local-tumor-control
#18
R J Klement, M Guckenberger, H Alheid, M Allgäuer, G Becker, O Blanck, J Boda-Heggemann, T Brunner, M Duma, S Gerum, D Habermehl, G Hildebrandt, V Lewitzki, C Ostheimer, A Papachristofilou, C Petersen, T Schneider, R Semrau, S Wachter, N Andratschke
INTRODUCTION: Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) is applied in the oligometastatic setting to treat liver metastases. However, factors influencing tumor control probability (TCP) other than radiation dose have not been thoroughly investigated. Here we set out to investigate such factors with a focus on the influence of histology and chemotherapy prior to SBRT using a large multi-center database from the German Society of Radiation Oncology. METHODS: 452 SBRT treatments in 363 patients were analyzed after collection of patient, tumor and treatment data in a multi-center database...
March 5, 2017: Radiotherapy and Oncology: Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273303/association-between-incomplete-neoadjuvant-radiotherapy-and-survival-for-patients-with-locally-advanced-rectal-cancer
#19
Kyle Freischlag, Zhifei Sun, Mohamed A Adam, Jina Kim, Manisha Palta, Brian G Czito, John Migaly, Christopher R Mantyh
Importance: Failing to complete chemotherapy adversely affects survival in patients with colorectal cancer. However, the effect of incomplete delivery of neoadjuvant radiotherapy is unclear. Objective: To determine whether incomplete radiotherapy delivery is associated with worse clinical outcomes and survival. Design, Setting, and Participants: Data on 17 600 patients with stage II to III rectal adenocarcinoma from the 2006-2012 National Cancer Database who received neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy followed by surgical resection were included...
March 8, 2017: JAMA Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272204/safety-and-efficacy-of-semiextended-field-intensity-modulated-radiation-therapy-and-concurrent-cisplatin-in-locally-advanced-cervical-cancer-patients-an-observational-study-of-10-year-experience
#20
Jie Lee, Jhen-Bin Lin, Fang-Ju Sun, Yu-Jen Chen, Chih-Long Chang, Ya-Ting Jan, Meng-Hao Wu
Patients with locally advanced cervical cancer (LACC) are at risk of para-aortic lymph node (PALN) metastasis. Pelvic concurrent chemoradiotherapy, the current standard treatment for LACC, has a PALN failure rate of 9% according to the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group Trial 90-01, suggesting that it may not completely eliminate all microscopic tumors in the PALNs. To minimize the toxicities associated with conventional prophylactic extended-field radiotherapy, our institute use prophylactic semiextended field radiotherapy that includes only the PALNs below the level of the renal vessels...
March 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
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