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Head and neck oncology

S Tonoli, D Alterio, O Caspiani, A Bacigalupo, F Bunkheila, M Cianciulli, A Merlotti, A Podhradska, M Rampino, D Cante, L Bruschieri, R Gatta, S M Magrini
PURPOSE: To evaluate the outcomes with respect to long-term survival and toxicity in patients with nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) treated in a European country with low incidence. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A prospective observational study carried out by the AIRO Head and Neck group in 12 Italian institutions included 136 consecutive patients treated with radiotherapy (RT) ± chemotherapy (CHT) for NPC (without distant metastasis) between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2010...
October 19, 2016: Strahlentherapie und Onkologie: Organ der Deutschen Röntgengesellschaft ... [et Al]
Petra Balogh, Rita Bánusz, Monika Csóka, Zsófia Váradi, Edit Varga, Zoltán Sápi
BACKGROUND: Rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS) is a malignant tumor of mesenchymal origin and comprises the largest category of soft-tissue sarcomas both in children and adolescents. From a pediatric oncology point of view, RMS has traditionally been classified into alveolar (ARMS) and embryonal (ERMS) subtypes. The anatomical localization of the tumor may vary, but commonly involve the head/neck regions, male and female urogenital tract or the trunk and extremities. CASE PRESENTATION: Here, we report two challenging cases involving 17- and 9-years-olds males where diffuse and multiplex bone lesions suggested either a hematological disease or a primary bone tumor (mesenchymal chondrosarcoma)...
October 18, 2016: Diagnostic Pathology
Ajay Gupta, Siddhartha Baxi, Christopher Hoyne
INTRODUCTION: Comprehensive oncology services have recently been introduced in the Northern Territory (NT) enabling delivery of concurrent chemo-radiotherapy (CCRT) in locally advanced head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (LAHNSC). The purpose of this study is to assess feasibility, compliance and toxicity of CCRT in remote Australia. METHODS: Chart review was conducted for all patients >18 years, with biopsy-proven LAHNSC, receiving curative intent CCRT between January 2010 and September 2012...
July 1, 2016: Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences
Caroline Brammer, Sundus Yahya, Dawn Dawson, Carol Glaister, Susan B Merrick
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this feasibility study is to define the resource effectiveness of Cetuximab versus cisplatin given concomitantly with radiotherapy for squamous cell carcinoma within a NHS clinical oncology unit. METHODS: 20 Patients with stage 3 or 4 head and neck squamous cell cancers were randomised to receive either Cetuximab with radiotherapy (ERT) or cisplatin with radiotherapy (CRT) concurrent with external beam radiotherapy 70 Gy in 35 fractions on a 1:1 basis over a 12-month duration...
October 13, 2016: British Journal of Radiology
Minh Tam Truong, Qiang Zhang, David I Rosenthal, Marcie List, Rita Axelrod, Eric Sherman, Randal Weber, Phuc Felix Nguyen-Tân, Adel El-Naggar, André Konski, James Galvin, David Schwartz, Andy Trotti, Craig Silverman, Anurag Singh, Karen Godette, James A Bonner, Christopher U Jones, Adam S Garden, George Shenouda, Chance Matthiesen, Quynh-Thu Le, Deborah Bruner
PURPOSE: To analyze the quality of life (QOL) and performance status (PS) (secondary outcome) in patients with stage III to IV head and neck cancer (HNC) enrolled on a prospective randomized phase 3 trial comparing radiation-cisplatin without cetuximab (CIS) or with cetuximab (CET/CIS). The QOL hypothesis proposed a between-arm difference in Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-Head and Neck (FACT-HN) total score of ≥10% of the instrument range from baseline to 1 year. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Patients who gave consent to the QOL/PS study completed the FACT-HN, Performance Status Scale for HNC (PSS-HN), and EuroQol (EQ-5D) at baseline through to 5 years...
August 12, 2016: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
Canhua Xiao, Qiang Zhang, Phuc Felix Nguyen-Tân, Marcie List, Randal S Weber, K Kian Ang, David Rosenthal, Edith J Filion, Harold Kim, Craig Silverman, Adam Raben, Thomas Galloway, Andre Fortin, Elizabeth Gore, Eric Winquist, Christopher U Jones, William Robinson, David Raben, Quynh-Thu Le, Deborah Bruner
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVE(S): To analyze quality of life (QOL) and performance status (PS) for head and neck cancer (HNC) patients treated on NRG Oncology RTOG 0129 by treatment (secondary outcome) and p16 status, and to examine the association between QOL/PS and survival. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Eligible patients were randomized into either an accelerated-fractionation arm or a standard-fractionation arm, and completed the Performance Status Scale for the Head and Neck (PSS-HN), the Head and Neck Radiotherapy Questionnaire (HNRQ), and the Spitzer Quality of Life Index (SQLI) at 8 time points from before treatment to 5 years after treatment...
July 25, 2016: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
K Kırca, S Kutlutürkan
Radiotherapy is a reliable and effective treatment method for the treatment of head and neck cancers. This study was conducted as a descriptive work with the purpose of determining the symptoms experienced by patients with head and neck cancer who are undergoing radiotherapy. The study was carried out on 47 patients receiving treatment in oncology clinics. Data were obtained at mid-radiotherapy (RT), at the end of radiotherapy and 1 month after the end of radiotherapy using the Memorial Symptom Assessment Scale (MSAS) and Personal Information Forms...
October 10, 2016: European Journal of Cancer Care
M Roskies, E Kay-Rivest, M A Mascarella, K Sultanem, A Mlynarek, M Hier
BACKGROUND: A commonly employed treatment for advanced staged oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (OPSCC) is concurrent radiation and chemotherapy with cisplatin as the gold standard. Carboplatin is reported to have the same radiopotentiation properties and a superior side effect profile; however, its use in head and neck cancer has been limited due to the paucity of data and reported hematologic side effects. In this study, we describe our institution's experience with carboplatin, paclitaxel and radiation in the treatment of oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma over a 10 year period...
October 10, 2016: Journal of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
B J Heijnen, R Speyer, B Kertscher, R Cordier, K W J Koetsenruijter, K Swan, H Bogaardt
Introduction. Patients with head and neck cancer suffer from various impairments due to the primary illness, as well as secondary consequences of the oncological treatment. This systematic review describes the effects of radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy on the functions of the upper aerodigestive tract in patients with head and neck cancer. Methods. A systematic literature search was performed by two independent reviewers using the electronic databases PubMed and Embase. All dates up to May 2016 were included...
2016: BioMed Research International
Maria K Peltola, Joel S Lehikoinen, Lauri T Sippola, Kauko Saarilahti, Antti A Mäkitie
INTRODUCTION: The patient's role in toxicity reporting is increasingly acknowledged. There is also a need for developing modern communication methods between the patient and the medical personnel. Furthermore, the increasing number of head and neck cancer (HNC) patients is reflected in the volume of treatment follow-up visits, which remains a challenge for the health care. Electronic patient-reported outcome (ePRO) measures may provide a cost-efficient way to organize follow-up for cancer patients...
2016: Clinical Medicine Insights. Ear, Nose and Throat
Jing Yuan, Gladys Lo, Ann D King
Radiation therapy (RT), in particular intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), is becoming a more important nonsurgical treatment strategy in head and neck cancer (HNC). The further development of IMRT imposes more critical requirements on clinical imaging, and these requirements cannot be fully fulfilled by the existing radiotherapeutic imaging workhorse of X-ray based imaging methods. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has increasingly gained more interests from radiation oncology community and holds great potential for RT applications, mainly due to its non-ionizing radiation nature and superior soft tissue image contrast...
August 2016: Quantitative Imaging in Medicine and Surgery
Henri Schmidt, Arutha Kulasinghe, Liz Kenny, Chamindie Punyadeera
Developing non-invasive diagnostic tools in the field of head and neck oncology has been a challenge. Analysis of circulating tumour derivatives in a patient's blood has been explored in other solid cancers. This includes analysis of circulating tumour DNA, intact circulating tumour cells (CTCs) and exosomes. These circulating tumour derivatives provide avenues of investigation which can be representative of a patient's primary tumour signature and can be assessed from a patient's blood sample. In advanced stage cancer patients, these tumour derivatives are found in higher amounts, attributed to higher cellular turnover (apoptosis, autophagy), lysed CTCs and sloughing from necrotic tumours...
October 2016: Oral Oncology
Ada Ghiggia, Lorys Castelli, Giuseppe Riva, Valentina Tesio, Erica Provenzano, Mattia Ravera, Massimiliano Garzaro, Giancarlo Pecorari, Pierfrancesco Franco, Ilenia Potenza, Monica Rampino, Riccardo Torta
Nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) is the head and neck cancer with the greatest impact on patients' quality of life. The aim of this explorative study is to investigate the psychological distress, coping strategies and quality of life of NPC patients in the post-treatment observation period. Twenty-one patients disease-free for at least two years were assessed with a medical and a psycho-oncological evaluation. Clinically relevant depressive symptoms (CRD) were present in 23.8% of patients and 33.3% reported clinically relevant anxiety symptoms (CRA)...
August 10, 2016: Psychology, Health & Medicine
A M J Macann, T Fua, C G Milross, S Porceddu, M G Penniment, C Wratten, H Krawitz, M G Poulsen, C I Tang, R P Morton, V Thomson, M L Bell, M T King, C L Fraser-Browne, H U P Hockey
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October 1, 2016: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
M Yao, Q Zhang, C R Woods, P F Nguyen-Tan, D I Rosenthal, A S Garden, W L Thorstad, P R Anne, C J Schultz, J J Caudell, E Filion, J A Ridge, C U Jones, H Kim, S S Yom, D Raben, J A Bonner, M Machtay, J Harris, Q T Le
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 1, 2016: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
A M J Macann, W F Paizi, J Simpson, G Sasso, H Krawitz, C L Fraser-Browne, J Manitz, A Raith
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 1, 2016: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
S Catanzaro, C Copelli, A Manfuso, K Tewfik, N Pederneschi, L Cassano, R Cocchi
PURPOSE: The surgical removal of head and neck tumors often represents a highly complex surgery. The three-dimensionality and the anatomy of the head and neck area make sometimes difficult a correct intraoperative orientation and the obtaining of an adequate oncological safety. In the present pilot study, the authors propose a protocol of application of intraoperative navigation in the resection of head and neck tumors. The purpose is to develop a methodology that can be helpful to ensure oncologic free margins of resection and to facilitate the orientation of the specimen by pathologists...
September 22, 2016: International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery
N H Alotaibi, Aurélie Bornand, Nicolas Dulguerov, M Becker, Pavel Dulguerov
INTRODUCTION: Synovial sarcoma (SS) is uncommon high grade soft tissue sarcoma, accounting for less than 10% of all head and neck sarcomas. Also, about 10% of SS occur within the Head & Neck. In the pediatric population, SS is an extremely rare head & neck malignancy. PRESENTATION OF CASE: We present a case of sixteen years old boy diagnosed with SS situated of the hypopharynx treated by surgical excision and post operative radio-chemotherapy. DISCUSSION: This anatomical location brings additional functional challenges (swallowing, phonation, respiration), especially in the pediatric population...
September 3, 2016: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
Luca Tagliaferri, György Kovács, Rosa Autorino, Ashwini Budrukkar, Jose Luis Guinot, Guido Hildebrand, Bengt Johansson, Rafael Martìnez Monge, Jens E Meyer, Peter Niehoff, Angeles Rovirosa, Zoltàn Takàcsi-Nagy, Nicola Dinapoli, Vito Lanzotti, Andrea Damiani, Tamer Soror, Vincenzo Valentini
PURPOSE: Aim of the COBRA (Consortium for Brachytherapy Data Analysis) project is to create a multicenter group (consortium) and a web-based system for standardized data collection. MATERIAL AND METHODS: GEC-ESTRO (Groupe Européen de Curiethérapie - European Society for Radiotherapy & Oncology) Head and Neck (H&N) Working Group participated in the project and in the implementation of the consortium agreement, the ontology (data-set) and the necessary COBRA software services as well as the peer reviewing of the general anatomic site-specific COBRA protocol...
August 2016: Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy
Yunes Panahi, Alireza Saadat, Amir Shadboorestan, Amirhossein Ahmadi
Oral mucositis is a major clinical challenge in oncology and is characterized by pain and inflammation of the mucous membrane surface resulting from radiotherapy for head and neck cancer or from chemotherapeutic agents. Manifestations range from a burning sensation to ulcer formation that affect the patients' quality of life by producing pain and discomfort on swallowing, ultimately leading to malnutrition and dehydration. Due to complications arising from the use of chemical drugs, in recent decades, increasing attention has been paid to natural-based agents...
2016: Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
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