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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717766/practice-and-impact-of-multidisciplinary-tumor-boards-on-patient-management-a-prospective-study
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Raghid N Charara, Firas Y Kreidieh, Rania A Farhat, Karine A Al-Feghali, Katia E Khoury, Ali Haydar, Lara Nassar, Ghina Berjawi, Ali Shamseddine, Nagi S El Saghir
PURPOSE: Multidisciplinary tumor boards (MTBs) have become commonplace. The use, attendance, and function of MTBs need continued assessment and improvement. METHODS: We prospectively recorded and assessed all cases presented at MTBs between October 2013 and December 2014. Data were collected before and during each MTB. Data were analyzed using SPSS for Windows version 23 (SPSS, Chicago, IL). RESULTS: Five hundred three cases were presented: 234 cases (46%) at GI cancer MTBs, 149 cases (29...
June 2017: Journal of Global Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713771/integrating-hyperthermia-into-modern-radiation-oncology-what-evidence-is-necessary
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REVIEW
Jan C Peeken, Peter Vaupel, Stephanie E Combs
Hyperthermia (HT) is one of the hot topics that have been discussed over decades. However, it never made its way into primetime. The basic biological rationale of heat to enhance the effect of radiation, chemotherapeutic agents, and immunotherapy is evident. Preclinical work has confirmed this effect. HT may trigger changes in perfusion and oxygenation as well as inhibition of DNA repair mechanisms. Moreover, there is evidence for immune stimulation and the induction of systemic immune responses. Despite the increasing number of solid clinical studies, only few centers have included this adjuvant treatment into their repertoire...
2017: Frontiers in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713697/safe-implementation-of-retroauricular-robotic-and-endoscopic-neck-surgery-in-south-america
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REVIEW
Renan Bezerra Lira, Thiago Celestino Chulam, Luiz Paulo Kowalski
In the last three decades, otolaryngology and head and neck oncological surgery have shown remarkable progress with the development of several modalities of endoscopic-assisted minimally invasive surgeries. More recently, the Da Vinci robotic surgery system has promoted the development of several surgical approaches with less morbidity and better cosmetic results, including the transaxillary and retroauricular approaches for thyroid surgery and neck dissections. In South America, there are several shortcomings regarding financial resources as well as the lack of support for innovation leading to a significant delay in adoption of numerous technological advances in medical practice...
June 2017: Gland Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712100/the-role-of-genomic-techniques-in-predicting-response-to-radiation-therapy
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REVIEW
Noelle L Williams, Tu Dan, Nicholas G Zaorsky, Shivank Garg, Robert B Den
The understanding of the relationship between genetic variation and an individual patient's response to radiation therapy (RT) has gained significant ground over the past several years. Genetic markers have been identified that could ultimately serve as the foundation for predictive models in clinical practice, and that hold the potential to revolutionize the delivery of precision medicine in oncology. Single nucleotide polymorphisms, single genes, and/or gene signatures could ultimately serve as the basis for patient stratification in prospective clinical trials...
July 15, 2017: Oncology (Williston Park, NY)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709536/margin-analysis-has-free-tissue-transfer-improved-oncologic-outcomes-for-oral-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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REVIEW
Sean P Edwards
Microvascular reconstruction of ablative defects has become a mainstay of contemporary management of head and neck cancer patients. These techniques offer myriad tissue options that vary in character, volume, and components and have vastly improved the esthetic and functional outcomes achieved in this patient population. Although consensus exists regarding the reliability and functional and esthetic benefits of free tissue transfer, the same cannot be said for oncologic outcomes. The increase in resources required for the routine use of free tissue transfer has led to asking this question-Do vascularized free flaps allow for increased surgical margins and improvements in oncologic outcomes?...
August 2017: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707205/knowledge-and-preferences-of-primary-care-providers-in-delivering-head-and-neck-cancer-survivorship-care
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Callie Berkowitz, Deborah H Allen, Jennifer Tenhover, Leah L Zullig, John Ragsdale, Jonathan E Fischer, Kathryn I Pollak, Bridget F Koontz
Long-term care for head and neck cancer (HNC) survivors is complex and requires coordination among multiple providers. Clinical practice guidelines highlight the role of primary care providers (PCPs) in screening for secondary cancer/recurrence, assessment of late/long-term side effects, and referrals for appropriate specialty management of toxicity. However, these responsibilities may be difficult to meet within the scope of primary care practice. We conducted this study to explore preferences, comfort, and knowledge of PCPs in the care of HNC survivors...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Cancer Education: the Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702411/diffuse-large-b-cell-lymphoma-in-elderly-experience-from-a-tertiary-care-oncology-center-in-south-india
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K N Lokesh, M C Suresh Babu, K C Lakshmaiah, K Govind Babu, Smitha C Saldanha, D Loknatha, Linu Abraham Jacob, S Vishwanath, C S Premalatha, P R Kiran
INTRODUCTION: Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) is the most frequent non-Hodgkins lymphoma in the elderly. With the rising proportion of older persons in India, it is important to study current patterns and management of this disease, given that data in this regard are scarce in Indian settings. The aim of this study was to document the clinical features of DLBCL among elderly patients and their outcome over 7 years at a tertiary care oncology center. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a retrospective records review of 119 DLBCL cases between January 2007 and January 2015 aged 60 years and above done at Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India...
April 2017: South Asian Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699223/outcomes-of-head-and-neck-cancer-surgery-in-the-geriatric-population-based-on-case-volume-at-academic-centers
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Scharukh Jalisi, Samuel J Rubin, Kevin Y Wu, Diana N Kirke
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS: Evaluate the impact of case volume and other variables on cost and mortality after head and neck oncologic surgery in the geriatric population. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. METHODS: The Vizient database was accessed for data on geriatric patients (age ≥65 years) who underwent surgery for head and neck cancers (excluding thyroid and skin cancer) at full member academic medical centers between 2009 and 2012. Multivariate, linear regression analyses, χ(2) tests, and analysis of variance were applied to evaluate significant associations between hospital case volume and independent variables including cost, cost index, mortality, mortality index, length of stay, length of stay index, and readmission rates...
July 12, 2017: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696044/practice-patterns-of-palliative-radiation-therapy-in-pediatric-oncology-patients-in-an-international-pediatric-research-consortium
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Avani Dholakia Rao, Qinyu Chen, Ralph P Ermoian, Sara R Alcorn, Maria Luisa S Figueiredo, Michael J Chen, Karin Dieckmann, Shannon M MacDonald, Matthew M Ladra, Daria Kobyzeva, Alexey V Nechesnyuk, Kristina Nilsson, Eric C Ford, Brian A Winey, Rosangela C Villar, Stephanie A Terezakis
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: The practice of palliative radiation therapy (RT) is based on extrapolation from adult literature. We evaluated patterns of pediatric palliative RT to describe regimens used to identify opportunity for future pediatric-specific clinical trials. DESIGN/METHODS: Six international institutions with pediatric expertise completed a 122-item survey evaluating patterns of palliative RT for patients ≤21 years old from 2010 to 2015. Two institutions use proton RT...
July 11, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688694/nutritional-changes-in-patients-with-locally-advanced-head-and-neck-cancer-during-treatment
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L Arribas, L Hurtós, M Taberna, I Peiró, E Vilajosana, A Lozano, S Vazquez, R Mesia, N Virgili
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of the study is to evaluate changes in body composition and nutritional status that occur throughout the oncological treatment in head and neck cancer patients. METHODS: A prospective cohort observational study in patients diagnosed with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) that underwent treatment with induction chemotherapy (iCT) followed by chemoradiotherapy or bioradiotherapy were invited to participate. All patients had dietetic counseling from the diagnosis and a close monitoring throughout the treatment implementing nutritional support as needed...
August 2017: Oral Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688676/predictors-of-readmissions-after-head-and-neck-cancer-surgery-a-national-perspective
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Michelle M Chen, Ryan K Orosco, Jeremy P Harris, Julie B Porter, Eben L Rosenthal, Wendy Hara, Vasu Divi
OBJECTIVES: Surgical oncology patients have multiple comorbidities and are at high risk of readmission. Prior studies are limited in their ability to capture readmissions outside of the index hospital that performed the surgery. Our goal is to evaluate risk factors for readmission for head and neck cancer patients on a national scale. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A retrospective cohort study of head and neck cancer patients in the Nationwide Readmissions Database (2013)...
August 2017: Oral Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28677576/methods-to-reduce-postoperative-surgical-site-infections-after-head-and-neck-oncology-surgery
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REVIEW
Richard B Cannon, Jeffrey J Houlton, Eduardo Mendez, Neal D Futran
Head and neck cancer surgery is often a complex multi-step procedure that includes major resections, vascularised tissue reconstruction, and extensive neck dissection. The upper aerodigestive tract mucosal lining is often disrupted during surgery, which requires the management of a clean-contaminated field and the need to reconstruct the mucosal lining. With bacterial contamination, surgical site infections (SSI) are a serious complication that can result in delayed wound healing, wound breakdown, fistula formation, and compromised tissue reconstruction...
July 2017: Lancet Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28670333/synchronous-bilateral-tonsil-carcinoma-case-presentation-and-review-of-the-literature
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REVIEW
M-N Theodoraki, J A Veit, T K Hoffmann, J Greve
BACKGROUND: The incidence of synchronous bilateral tonsil carcinoma seems to be underreported. For adequate oncologic treatment, it is mandatory to remove all primaries to prevent recurrence or metachronic disease. The purpose of this manuscript is to provide a comprehensive review on this topic and to emphasize the need of bilateral tonsillectomy in cases of cancer of unknown primary (CUP) as well as in the case of a unilateral tonsillar carcinoma. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A systematic review of the literature was performed for "bilateral tonsillar neoplasm", "synchronous cancer of the oropharynx" and "cancer of unknown primary in head and neck"...
2017: Infectious Agents and Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28668299/head-neck-reconstruction-predictors-of-readmission
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Evan M Graboyes, Joseph Zenga, Brian Nussenbaum
Unplanned hospital readmission following head and neck cancer surgery is common and associated with significant negative consequences. Because of the vital role that microvascular free tissue transfer plays in the management of head and neck oncologic defects, its relationship to unplanned hospital readmission requires attention. In this review, the incidence of, risk factors for, and reasons for unplanned readmission in patients undergoing free flap reconstruction for head and neck cancer are analyzed. The role of free flap reconstruction as a separate risk factor for unplanned readmission in patients with head and neck cancer is described...
June 28, 2017: Oral Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28660906/robotic-surgical-systems-in-maxillofacial-surgery-a-review
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REVIEW
Hang-Hang Liu, Long-Jiang Li, Bin Shi, Chun-Wei Xu, En Luo
Throughout the twenty-first century, robotic surgery has been used in multiple oral surgical procedures for the treatment of head and neck tumors and non-malignant diseases. With the assistance of robotic surgical systems, maxillofacial surgery is performed with less blood loss, fewer complications, shorter hospitalization and better cosmetic results than standard open surgery. However, the application of robotic surgery techniques to the treatment of head and neck diseases remains in an experimental stage, and the long-lasting effects on surgical morbidity, oncologic control and quality of life are yet to be established...
June 2017: International Journal of Oral Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28658904/elective-tracheostomy-in-head-and-neck-surgery-our-experience
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Venkatesh S Anehosur, Pallavi Karadiguddi, Vajendra K Joshi, Basavraj C Lakkundi, Rajarshi Ghosh, Gopalkrishnan Krishnan
INTRODUCTION: Tracheostomy is commonly used to secure the airway during the immediate postoperative period in maxillofacial oncological operations. We conducted a study to review the utility of elective tracheostomy in head and neck surgery. AIM: To review the incidence of intraoperative, perioperative and postoperative complications and its management in elective tracheostomy and to analyse its utility in head and neck surgery. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study included review of 50 patients, who were treated for head and neck cancers in the Department of Oral And Maxillofacial Surgery of our centre between January 2011 to December 2014...
May 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28657114/development-of-a-flattening-filter-free-multiple-source-model-for-use-as-an-independent-monte-carlo-dose-calculation-quality-assurance-tool-for-clinical-trials
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Austin M Faught, Scott E Davidson, Richard Popple, Stephen F Kry, Carol Etzel, Geoffrey S Ibbott, David S Followill
PURPOSE: The Imaging and Radiation Oncology Core - Houston (IROC-H) Quality Assurance Center (formerly the Radiological Physics Center) has reported varying levels of compliance from their anthropomorphic phantom auditing program. IROC-H studies have suggested that one source of disagreement between institution submitted calculated doses and measurement is the accuracy of the institution's treatment planning system dose calculations and heterogeneity corrections used. In order to audit this step of the radiation therapy treatment process, an independent dose calculation tool is needed...
June 28, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647432/peer-assisted-learning-intensity-modulated-radiotherapy-transition-in-developing-countries
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I Mohamad, A Salem, T Abu Hejleh, S Wadi-Ramahi, M Qandeel, S El Khatib, W Asha, S Mhied, O Al Saraireh, W Al-Gargaz, H Abdulelah, A Hosni, A Al Mousa
Intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) is not widely used in developing countries due to technical challenges and a lack of expertise and resources. We outline head and neck cancer IMRT implementation challenges and highlight how improvised solutions allowed successful IMRT transition in Jordan. This article showcases a 'peer-assisted learning' model, promoting IMRT transition in other developing countries. Unlike the 'top-down' approach, this model is uncommonly addressed in oncology journals. Developing countries could benefit from this article to enhance the adoption of modern radiotherapy technology...
June 21, 2017: Clinical Oncology: a Journal of the Royal College of Radiologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640950/development-of-a-monte-carlo-multiple-source-model-for-inclusion-in-a-dose-calculation-auditing-tool
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Austin M Faught, Scott E Davidson, Jonas Fontenot, Stephen F Kry, Carol Etzel, Geoffrey S Ibbott, David S Followill
PURPOSE: The Imaging and Radiation Oncology Core Houston (IROC-H) (formerly the Radiological Physics Center) has reported varying levels of agreement in their anthropomorphic phantom audits. There is reason to believe one source of error in this observed disagreement is the accuracy of the dose calculation algorithms and heterogeneity corrections used. To audit this component of the radiotherapy treatment process an independent dose calculation tool is needed. METHODS: Monte Carlo multiple source models for Elekta 6MV and 10MV therapeutic x-ray beams were commissioned based on measurement of central axis depth dose data for a 10 x 10 cm(2) field size and dose profiles for a 40 x 40 cm(2) field size...
June 22, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636741/adenoid-cystic-carcinoma-of-the-head-and-neck-area-oncologic-treatment-and-plastic-reconstructive-options
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Johannes A Veit, Julia Thierauf, Thomas K Hoffmann, Jens Greve, Nicole Rotter, Patrick J Schuler, Marc O Scheithauer
Adenoid cystic carcinoma of the head and neck area is a rare malignant tumor with acceptable short-term but mediocre long-term prognosis. Radical tumor excision with clear resection margins, and sometimes resection of the facial nerve due to perineural growth, remains the fundamental therapy. We present 3 distinct clinical cases and discuss the current therapeutic options with special focus on plastic-reconstructive techniques. For reconstruction, the full armament of local and free flaps, as well as prosthetics, may be necessary...
June 2017: Ear, Nose, & Throat Journal
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