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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919594/clinical-audit-and-national-survey-on-the-assessment-of-collateral-circulation-before-radial-forearm-free-flap-harvest
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Anwer Abdullakutty, Mandeep S Bajwa, Sonum Patel, Jacob D'Souza
Controversy exists regarding the use of Duplex Ultrasound (DUS) in addition to the Modified Allen's Test (MAT) for the assessment of collateral circulation prior to elevation of the Radial Forearm Free Flap (RFFF). A survey amongst members of BAOMS Head & Neck Oncology Subspecialty Interest Group and a completed local audit was undertaken to assess the need for DUS. Data for the initial audit was collected retrospectively between 2010 and 2013. Both MAT and DUS was performed routinely during this period. The results of the survey and initial audit led to a change in practice and DUS was no longer requested...
November 2, 2016: Journal of Cranio-maxillo-facial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913065/hpv-status-cancer-stem-cell-marker-expression-hypoxia-gene-signatures-and-tumour-volume-identify-good-prognosis-subgroups-in-patients-with-hnscc-after-primary-radiochemotherapy-a-multicentre-retrospective-study-of-the-german-cancer-consortium-radiation-oncology
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Annett Linge, Fabian Lohaus, Steffen Löck, Alexander Nowak, Volker Gudziol, Chiara Valentini, Cläre von Neubeck, Martin Jütz, Inge Tinhofer, Volker Budach, Ali Sak, Martin Stuschke, Panagiotis Balermpas, Claus Rödel, Anca-Ligia Grosu, Amir Abdollahi, Jürgen Debus, Ute Ganswindt, Claus Belka, Steffi Pigorsch, Stephanie E Combs, David Mönnich, Daniel Zips, Frank Buchholz, Daniela E Aust, Gustavo B Baretton, Howard D Thames, Anna Dubrovska, Jan Alsner, Jens Overgaard, Mechthild Krause, Michael Baumann
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the impact of the tumour volume, HPV status, cancer stem cell (CSC) marker expression and hypoxia gene signatures, as potential markers of radiobiological mechanisms of radioresistance, in a contemporary cohort of patients with locally advanced head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC), who received primary radiochemotherapy (RCTx). MATERIALS AND METHODS: For 158 patients with locally advanced HNSCC of the oral cavity, oropharynx or hypopharynx who were treated at six DKTK partner sites, the impact of tumour volume, HPV DNA, p16 overexpression, p53 expression, CSC marker expression and hypoxia-associated gene signatures on outcome of primary RCTx was retrospectively analyzed...
November 29, 2016: Radiotherapy and Oncology: Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908168/examining-credentialing-criteria-and-poor-performance-indicators-for-iroc-houston-s-anthropomorphic-head-and-neck-phantom
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Mallory E Carson, Andrea Molineu, Paige A Taylor, David S Followill, Francesco C Stingo, Stephen F Kry
PURPOSE: To analyze the most recent results of the Imaging and Radiation Oncology Core Houston Quality Assurance Center's (IROC-H) anthropomorphic head and neck (H&N) phantom to determine the nature of failing irradiations and the feasibility of altering credentialing criteria. METHODS: IROC-H's H&N phantom, used for intensity-modulated radiation therapy credentialing for National Cancer Institute-sponsored clinical trials, requires that an institution's treatment plan agrees within ±7% of measured thermoluminescent dosimeter (TLD) doses; it also requires that ≥85% of pixels pass ±4 mm distance to agreement (7%/4 mm gamma analysis for film)...
December 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906454/immunotherapy-of-head-and-neck-cancer-emerging-clinical-trials-from-a-national-cancer-institute-head-and-neck-cancer-steering-committee-planning-meeting
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Julie E Bauman, Ezra Cohen, Robert L Ferris, David J Adelstein, David M Brizel, John A Ridge, Brian O'Sullivan, Barbara A Burtness, Lisa H Butterfield, William E Carson, Mary L Disis, Bernard A Fox, Thomas F Gajewski, Maura L Gillison, James W Hodge, Quynh-Thu Le, David Raben, Scott E Strome, Jean Lynn, Shakun Malik
Recent advances have permitted successful therapeutic targeting of the immune system in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). These new immunotherapeutic targets and agents are being rapidly adopted by the oncologic community and hold considerable promise. The National Cancer Institute sponsored a Clinical Trials Planning Meeting to address the issue of how to further investigate the use of immunotherapy in patients with HNSCC. The goals of the meeting were to consider phase 2 or 3 trial designs primarily in 3 different patient populations: those with previously untreated, human papillomavirus-initiated oropharyngeal cancers; those with previously untreated, human papillomavirus-negative HNSCC; and those with recurrent/metastatic HNSCC...
December 1, 2016: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906105/pancreatic-metastases-from-ocular-malignant-melanoma-the-use-of-endoscopic-ultrasound-guided-fine-needle-aspiration-to-establish-a-definitive-cytologic-diagnosis-a-case-report
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Diogo Turiani Hourneaux De Moura, Danielle Azevedo Chacon, Ryan Tanigawa, Martin Coronel, Spencer Cheng, Éverson L A Artifon, José Jukemura, Eduardo Guimarães Hourneaux De Moura
BACKGROUND: When encountering solid pancreatic lesions, nonpancreatic primary metastases are rare and differentiating a metastasis from a primary neoplastic lesion is challenging. The clinical presentation and radiologic features can be similar and the possibility of a pancreatic metastasis should be considered when the patient refers to a history of a different primary cancer. Endoscopic ultrasound offers a key anatomical advantage in accessing the pancreas and endoscopic ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration has become the gold standard method for diagnosing pancreatic lesions...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905113/predictors-of-outcome-with-cetuximab-and-paclitaxel-for-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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Bruna Pellini Ferreira, Mary Redman, Kelsey K Baker, Renato Martins, Keith D Eaton, Laura Quan Man Chow, Christina S Baik, Bernardo Goulart, Sylvia Mina Lee, Rafael Santana-Davila, Cristina P Rodriguez
OBJECTIVES: Identify predictors of outcome in patients with recurrent/metastatic head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (RMHNSCC) treated with weekly cetuximab and paclitaxel (CP). STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective analysis. METHODS: Patients with RMHNSCC treated with CP were identified and patient data was recorded. The Kaplan-Meier method was used to estimate outcomes, and Cox regression analysis was used to examine outcome predictors. RESULTS: Fifty-nine patients initiated CP between January 2007 and June 2014...
December 1, 2016: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899959/rna-interference-in-head-and-neck-oncology
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Agnieszka Sobecka, Wojciech Barczak, Wiktoria Maria Suchorska
Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) is the sixth leading cause of cancer worldwide. The treatment of choice in case of head and neck cancer is surgery, followed by chemo- or/and radiotherapy. A potentially effective instrument to improve the outcome of numerous diseases, including viral infections, diabetes and cancer, is RNA interference (RNAi). It has been demonstrated that small interfering RNA and microRNA molecules are strongly involved in the regulation of various different pathological processes in cancer development...
November 2016: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899312/exploratory-factor-analysis-of-nrg-oncology-s-university-of-washington-quality-of-life-questionnaire-rtog-modification
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Stephanie L Pugh, Gwen Wyatt, Raimond K W Wong, Stephen M Sagar, Bevan Yueh, Anurag K Singh, Min Yao, Phuc Felix Nguyen-Tan, Sue S Yom, Francis S Cardinale, Khalil Sultanem, D Ian Hodson, Greg A Krempl, Ariel Chavez, Alexander M Yeh, Deborah W Bruner
CONTEXT: The 15-item University of Washington Quality of Life questionnaire - Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) modification (UW-QOL-RTOG modification) has been used in several trials of head and neck cancer conducted by NRG Oncology such as RTOG 9709, RTOG 9901, RTOG 0244, and RTOG 0537. OBJECTIVES: This study is an exploratory factor analysis (EFA) to establish validity and reliability of the instrument subscales. METHODS: EFA on the UW-QOL - RTOG modification was conducted using baseline data from NRG Oncology's RTOG 0537, a trial of acupuncture-like transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation in treating radiation-induced xerostomia...
November 26, 2016: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898195/cost-effectiveness-of-microsurgical-reconstruction-for-head-and-neck-defects-after-oncologic-resection
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Lin Lin Gao, Marten Basta, Suhail K Kanchwala, Joseph M Serletti, David W Low, Liza C Wu
BACKGROUND: Microvascular free tissue transfer has become the main technique used for head and neck reconstruction. We assessed the cost-effectiveness of free flap reconstruction for head and neck defects after oncologic resection for squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). METHODS: We developed a Markov model of the cost, quality of life, survival, and incremental cost-effectiveness of reconstruction with free tissue transfer compared with locoregional flaps. Health state probabilities and quality of life scores were determined from literature...
November 29, 2016: Head & Neck
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889184/gec-estro-acrop-recommendations-for-head-neck-brachytherapy-in-squamous-cell-carcinomas-1st-update-improvement-by-cross-sectional-imaging-based-treatment-planning-and-stepping-source-technology
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György Kovács, Rafael Martinez-Monge, Ashwini Budrukkar, Jose Luis Guinot, Bengt Johansson, Vratislav Strnad, Janusz Skowronek, Angeles Rovirosa, Frank-André Siebert
The Head and Neck Working Group of the GEC-ESTRO (Groupe Européen de Curiethérapie - European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology) published in 2009 the consensus recommendations for low-dose rate, pulsed-dose rate and high-dose rate brachytherapy in head & neck cancers. The use of brachytherapy in combination with external beam radiotherapy and/or surgery was also covered as well as the use of brachytherapy in previously irradiated patients. Given the developments in the field, these recommendations needed to be updated to reflect up-to-date knowledge...
November 23, 2016: Radiotherapy and Oncology: Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882625/review-of-high-risk-features-of-cutaneous-squamous-cell-carcinoma-and-discrepancies-between-the-american-joint-committee-on-cancer-and-nccn-clinical-practice-guidelines-in-oncology
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REVIEW
Samuel Lamarre Skulsky, Barry O'Sullivan, Orla McArdle, Mary Leader, Muireann Roche, Peter J Conlon, James Paul O'Neill
Cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is a malignancy that arises from epidermal keratinocytes. Although the majority of cutaneous SCC cases are easily treated without further complication, some behave more aggressively and carry a poor prognosis. These "high-risk" cutaneous SCCs commonly originate in the head and neck and have an increased tendency toward recurrence, local invasion, and distant metastasis. Factors for high-risk cutaneous SCC include large size (>2 cm), a deeply invasive lesion (>2 mm), incomplete excision, high-grade/desmoplastic lesions, perineural invasion (PNI), lymphovascular invasion, immunosuppression, and high-risk anatomic locations...
November 24, 2016: Head & Neck
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27877135/metabolomics-of-head-and-neck-cancer-a-mini-review
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REVIEW
Jae M Shin, Pachiyappan Kamarajan, J Christopher Fenno, Alexander H Rickard, Yvonne L Kapila
Metabolomics is used in systems biology to enhance the understanding of complex disease processes, such as cancer. Head and neck cancer (HNC) is an epithelial malignancy that arises in the upper aerodigestive tract and affects more than half a million people worldwide each year. Recently, significant effort has focused on integrating multiple "omics" technologies for oncological research. In particular, research has been focused on identifying tumor-specific metabolite profiles using different sample types (biological fluids, cells and tissues) and a variety of metabolomic platforms and technologies...
2016: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27868440/-maximizing-nodal-yield-while-minimizing-surgical-morbidity-the-appropriate-neck-dissection
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István Háromi, Imre Gerlinger, László Lujber, Balázs Bendegúz Lőrincz
Cervical regional lymphadenectomy, also known as neck dissection, is a fundamental procedure in head and neck surgery. Its evolution over 110 years resulted in a great deal of confusion in the literature and in clinical practice, due to the heterogenicity in training, classification and surgical techniques, which makes outcomes comparability virtually impossible. The authors aim to clarify this situation in a structured manner, in order to facilitate communication among all specialists involved in multidisciplinary head and neck cancer care...
November 2016: Orvosi Hetilap
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27865537/metastases-in-the-cervical-spine-from-primary-head-and-neck-cancers-current-concepts-of-diagnosis-and-management
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S D Colbert, S Ramakrishna, J R Harvey, P A Brennan
Vertebral metastases from primary head and neck cancers are uncommon, and so there are no clear guidelines about management. The spinal cord can be compressed by a vertebral fracture or invasion of a tumour, and may present as an oncological and spinal emergency. The goals of treatment are to relieve pain and maintain neurological function. However, surgical treatments in this group of patients have not been defined, and primary operative treatment of spinal metastases remains controversial. Here we discuss their contemporary management...
November 16, 2016: British Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27861968/compliance-of-post-radiation-therapy-head-and-neck-cancer-patients-with-caries-preventive-protocols
#15
Agnieszka M Frydrych, Linda M Slack-Smith, Richard Parsons
BACKGROUND: Caries prevention is paramount in safeguarding the life quality of head and neck cancer patients and is dependent on patient compliance with caries preventive protocols. The purpose of this study was to examine this compliance. METHODS: All records of patients referred to one public oral medicine clinic servicing a head and neck oncology unit of one major Western Australian hospital, between January 2005 and December 2011 were examined. Data extracted included patient and cancer characteristics and compliance with dietary advice, dental care, oral hygiene instruction and fluoride use over a follow-up period of at least 12 months...
November 18, 2016: Australian Dental Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27858876/implementing-web-based-ping-pong-type-e-communication-to-enhance-staff-satisfaction-multidisciplinary-cooperation-and-clinical-effectiveness-a-squire-compliant-quality-improving-study
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Pei-Han Yeh, Shih-Kai Hung, Moon-Sing Lee, Wen-Yen Chiou, Chun-Liang Lai, Wei-Ta Tsai, Hui-Ling Hsieh, Yi-Ting Shih, Liang-Cheng Chen, Li-Wen Huang, Yi-An Lin, Po-Hao Lin, Yung-Hsiang Lin, Dai-Wei Liu, Feng-Chun Hsu, Shiang-Jiun Tsai, Jia-Chi Liu, En-Seu Chung, Hon-Yi Lin
BACKGROUND: Frequent multidisciplinary communication is essential in conducting daily radiotherapy (RT) practice. However, traditional oral or paper-based communication has limitations. E-communication has been suggested, but its effects are still not well demarcated in the field of radiation oncology. OBJECTS: In our web-based integrated information platform, we constructed a ping-pong-type e-communication function to transfer specific notations among multidisciplinary RT staffs...
November 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27857249/palliative-care-considerations-for-patients-with-head-and-neck-cancer-with-children-at-home
#17
Verna L Hendricks-Ferguson, Rebecca Ott
Adult patients diagnosed with head and neck cancer (HNC) who may have contact with children in the home setting are at risk of experiencing distress because of embarrassing and challenging oral symptoms often associated with an HNC diagnosis and the side effects of required treatments. This article features a case study involving a patient diagnosed with HNC and details how oncology nurses can provide patients with HNC and their caregivers with resources and support.
December 1, 2016: Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27849340/intra-arterial-cetuximab-for-the-treatment-of-recurrent-unresectable-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-carcinoma-%C3%A2
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Tristan Tham, Timothy G White, Shamik Chakraborty, Rohan R Lall, Rafael Ortiz, David J Langer, Deborah Shatzkes, Christopher G Filippi, Dennis Kraus, John A Boockvar, Peter D Costantino
IMPORTANCE: Management of recurrent head and neck squamous cell carcinoma is a common and challenging clinical problem in head and neck oncology. OBJECTIVE: Here we present the first reported case of super-selective intra-arterial (SSIA) microcatheter based local delivery of cetuximab for head and neck cancer. This technical report describes the techniques used to deliver the SSIA dose of cetuximab, as well as the patient outcome. DESIGN: This technical report is part of an ongoing Phase I Clinical Trial...
November 2016: Journal of Experimental Therapeutics & Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27832971/metronomic-chemotherapy-in-head-and-neck-cancer
#19
Francesca De Felice, Ilaria Benevento, Angela Musella, Daniela Musio, Vincenzo Tombolini
Head neck cancer (HNC) is generally treated with a multimodality approach. Loco-regional-distant control is often worst, due to the advantage stage disease at diagnosis and the optimal treatment option remains an unresolved issue. Metronomic chemotherapy (MCHT) is an emerging therapeutic option in clinical oncology and it may prove useful in HNC patients.
November 8, 2016: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27832247/living-in-a-patient-centric-universe
#20
Dennis H Kraus
Patients with head and neck cancer face a number of challenges in terms of treatment, cure of their underlying malignant condition, and quality of survivorship. This presentation will focus on the patient perception of both the quality of care and the empathy and availability of the head and neck oncology team. It has become evident that the quality of survivorship plays a central role in the patient's decision-making process. The process of decision making by the patient facing head and neck cancer and the impact on treatment choices will be explored...
November 10, 2016: JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
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