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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220023/early-palliative-care-reduces-end-of-life-intensive-care-unit-icu-use-but-not-icu-course-in-patients-with-advanced-cancer
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Andrew M Romano, Kristine E Gade, Gradon Nielsen, Robert Havard, James H Harrison, Josh Barclay, George J Stukenborg, Paul W Read, Leslie J Blackhall, Patrick M Dillon
BACKGROUND: Early palliative care for advanced cancer patients improves quality of life and survival, but less is known about its effect on intensive care unit (ICU) use at the end of life. This analysis assessed the effect of a comprehensive early palliative care program on ICU use and other outcomes among patients with advanced cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A retrospective cohort of patients with advanced cancer enrolled in an early palliative care program (n = 275) was compared with a concurrent control group of patients receiving standard care (n = 195) during the same time period by using multivariable logistic regression analysis...
February 20, 2017: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214145/effect-of-reduction-mammoplasty-on-acute-radiation-side-effects-and-use-of-lumpectomy-cavity-boosts
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Jolinta Y Lin, Rachel Bluebond-Langner, Enid Choi, Sally Cheston, Elizabeth M Nichols, Randi J Cohen, Soren M Bentzen, Cynthia Drogula, Susan Kesmodel, Emily Bellavance, Paula Rosenblatt, Katherine Tkaczuk, Sheri Slezak, Steven J Feigenberg
PURPOSE: Reduction mammoplasty (RM) during breast-conserving surgery is popular among women with large-volume breasts because it reduces redundant breast folds and may decrease skin-related morbidity from radiation therapy. However, RM may obscure the lumpectomy cavity (LC) and pose challenges to administering an LC boost, potentially affecting local control. We investigated the impact of RM on acute side effects and use of LC boosts. METHODS AND MATERIALS: The records of 645 consecutive women treated with whole-breast irradiation at an urban university and 2 community practices between January 2012 and December 2014 were reviewed on an institutional review board-approved study...
January 7, 2017: Practical Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211218/the-integration-of-mri-in-radiation-therapy-collaboration-of-radiographers-and-radiation-therapists
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Robba Rai, Shivani Kumar, Vikneswary Batumalai, Doaa Elwadia, Lucy Ohanessian, Ewa Juresic, Lynette Cassapi, Shalini K Vinod, Lois Holloway, Paul J Keall, Gary P Liney
The increased utilisation of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in radiation therapy (RT) has led to the implementation of MRI simulators for RT treatment planning and influenced the development of MRI-guided treatment systems. There is extensive literature on the advantages of MRI for tumour volume and organ-at-risk delineation compared to computed tomography. MRI provides both anatomical and functional information for RT treatment planning (RTP) as well as quantitative information to assess tumour response for adaptive treatment...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211070/use-of-proximal-operator-graph-solver-for-radiation-therapy-inverse-treatment-planning
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Xinmin Liu, Charles Pelizzari, Andrew H Belcher, Zachary Grelewicz, Rodney D Wiersma
PURPOSE: Most radiation therapy optimization problems can be formulated as an unconstrained problem and solved efficiently by quasi-Newton methods such as the Limited-memory Broyden-Fletcher-Goldfarb-Shanno (L-BFGS) algorithm. However, several next generation planning techniques such as total variation regularization based optimization and MV+kV optimization, involve constrained or mixed-norm optimization, and cannot be solved by quasi-Newton methods. Using standard optimization algorithms on such problems often leads to prohibitively long optimization times and large memory requirements...
February 17, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205307/segmentation-of-organs-at-risks-in-head-and-neck-ct-images-using-convolutional-neural-networks
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Bulat Ibragimov, Lei Xing
PURPOSE: Accurate segmentation of organs-at-risks (OARs) is the key step for efficient planning of radiation therapy for head and neck (HaN) cancer treatment. In the work, we proposed the first deep learning-based algorithm, for segmentation of OARs in HaN CT images, and compared its performance against state-of-the-art automated segmentation algorithms, commercial software, and interobserver variability. METHODS: Convolutional neural networks (CNNs)-a concept from the field of deep learning-were used to study consistent intensity patterns of OARs from training CT images and to segment the OAR in a previously unseen test CT image...
February 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203163/is-the-deep-inspiration-breath-hold-technique-superior-to-the-free-breathing-technique-in-cardiac-and-lung-sparing-while-treating-both-left-sided-post-mastectomy-chest-wall-and-supraclavicular-regions
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Anupama Darapu, Rajesh Balakrishnan, Patricia Sebastian, Mohamathu Rafic Kather Hussain, Paul Ravindran, Subhashini John
AIMS: To evaluate the efficacy of the deep inspirational breath-hold (DIBH) technique and its dosimetric advantages over the free breathing (FB) technique in cardiac (heart and left anterior descending artery [LAD]) and ipsilateral lung sparing in left-sided post-mastectomy field-in-field conformal radiotherapy. DIBH is highly reproducible, and this study aims to find out its dosimetric benefits over FB. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Nineteen left-sided mastectomy patients were immobilized using breast boards with both arms positioned above the head...
January 2017: Case Reports in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203052/early-experiences-of-planning-stereotactic-radiosurgery-using-3d-printed-models-of-eyes-with-uveal-melanomas
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Alena Furdová, Miron Sramka, Andrej Thurzo, Adriana Furdová
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to determine the use of 3D printed model of an eye with intraocular tumor for linear accelerator-based stereotactic radiosurgery. METHODS: The software for segmentation (3D Slicer) created virtual 3D model of eye globe with tumorous mass based on tissue density from computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging data. A virtual model was then processed in the slicing software (Simplify3D(®)) and printed on 3D printer using fused deposition modeling technology...
2017: Clinical Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199294/flow-induced-microvascular-network-formation-of-therapeutic-relevant-arteriovenous-av-loop-based-constructs-in-response-to-ionizing-radiation
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Volker J Schmidt, Jennifer M Covi, Christoph Koepple, Johannes G Hilgert, Elias Polykandriotis, Amir K Bigdeli, Luitpold V Distel, Raymund E Horch, Ulrich Kneser
BACKGROUND The arteriovenous (AV) loop model enables axial vascularization to gain a functional microcirculatory system in tissue engineering constructs in vivo. These constructs might replace surgical flaps for the treatment of complex wounds in the future. Today, free flaps are often exposed to high-dose radiation after defect coverage, according to guideline-oriented treatment plans. Vascular response of AV loop-based constructs has not been evaluated after radiation, although it is of particular importance...
February 15, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197874/a-dosimetric-comparison-between-cyberknife-and-tomotherapy-treatment-plans-for-single-brain-metastasis
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Daniela Greto, Stefania Pallotta, Laura Masi, Cinzia Talamonti, Livia Marrazzo, Raffaella Doro, Calogero Saieva, Silvia Scoccianti, Isacco Desideri, Lorenzo Livi
PURPOSE: Radiosurgery (RS) is a well-established treatment in selected patients with brain metastasis. The aim of this study is to compare the differences between CyberKnife (CK) and TomoTherapy (HT) treatment plans of RS of single brain metastasis (BM) to define when HT should be used in cases beyond Cyberknife-when both systems are readily available for the radiation oncologist. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Nineteen patients with single brain metastasis treated with CK were re-planned for radiosurgery using TomoTherapy Hi-ART system...
February 15, 2017: La Radiologia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197653/does-selective-pleural-irradiation-of-malignant-pleural-mesothelioma-allow-radiation-dose-escalation-a-planning-study
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A Botticella, G Defraene, K Nackaerts, C Deroose, J Coolen, P Nafteux, B Vanstraelen, S Joosten, L A W Michiels, S Peeters, D De Ruysscher
BACKGROUND: After lung-sparing radiotherapy for malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM), local failure at sites of previous gross disease represents the dominant form of failure. Our aim is to investigate if selective irradiation of the gross pleural disease only can allow dose escalation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In all, 12 consecutive stage I-IV MPM patients (6 left-sided and 6 right-sided) were retrospectively identified and included. A magnetic resonance imaging-based pleural gross tumor volume (GTV) was contoured...
February 14, 2017: Strahlentherapie und Onkologie: Organ der Deutschen Röntgengesellschaft ... [et Al]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196607/development-of-a-model-web-based-system-to-support-a-statewide-quality-consortium-in-radiation-oncology
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Jean M Moran, Mary Feng, Lisa A Benedetti, Robin Marsh, Kent A Griffith, Martha M Matuszak, Michael Hess, Matthew McMullen, Jennifer H Fisher, Teamour Nurushev, Margaret Grubb, Stephen Gardner, Daniel Nielsen, Reshma Jagsi, James A Hayman, Lori J Pierce
PURPOSE: A database in which patient data are compiled allows analytic opportunities for continuous improvements in treatment quality and comparative effectiveness research. We describe the development of a novel, web-based system that supports the collection of complex radiation treatment planning information from centers that use diverse techniques, software, and hardware for radiation oncology care in a statewide quality collaborative, the Michigan Radiation Oncology Quality Consortium (MROQC)...
October 20, 2016: Practical Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196288/clinical-adequacy-assessment-of-auto-contours-for-prostate-imrt-with-meaningful-endpoints
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Hamidreza Nourzadeh, William T Watkins, Mahmoud Ahmad, Cheukkai Hui, David Schlesinger, Jeffrey V Siebers
PURPOSE: To determine if radiation treatment plans created based on auto-segmented (AS) regions-of-interest (ROI)s are clinically equivalent to plans created based on manually segmented ROIs, where equivalence is evaluated using probabilistic dosimetric metrics and probabilistic biological endpoints for prostate IMRT. METHOD AND MATERIALS: Manually drawn contours and auto-segmented ROIs were created for 167 CT image sets acquired from 19 prostate patients. Auto-segmentation was performed utilizing Pinnacle's Smart Probabilistic Image Contouring Engine...
February 14, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195561/automatic-and-hierarchical-segmentation-of-the-human-skeleton-in-ct-images
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Yabo Fu, Shi Liu, Hui Harold Li, Deshan Yang
Accurate segmentation of each bone in human skeleton is useful in many medical disciplines. Results of bone segmentation could facilitate bone disease diagnosis and post-treatment assessment, and support planning and image guidance for many treatment modalities including surgery and radiation therapy. As a medium level medical image processing task, accurate bone segmentation can facilitate automatic internal organ segmentation by providing stable structural reference for inter- or intra-patient registration and internal organ localization...
February 14, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195507/predicting-risk-factors-for-radiation-pneumonitis-after-stereotactic-body-radiation-therapy-for-primary-or-metastatic-lung-tumors
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Mitsuru Okubo, Tomohiro Itonaga, Tatsuhiko Saito, Sachika Shiraishi, Ryuji Mikami, Hidetugu Nakayama, Akira Sakurada, Shinji Sugahara, Kiyoshi Koizumi, Koichi Tokuuye
OBJECTIVES: To investigate risk factors for radiation-induced pneumonitis (RP) after hypofractionated stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) in patients with lung tumors. METHODS: From May 2004 to January 2016, 66 patients with 71 primary or metastatic lung tumors were treated with SBRT; these 71 cases were retrospectively analyzed for RP. To explore the risk factors for RP, the following factors were investigated: age, sex, performance status, operability, number of treatments, respiratory gating, pulmonary emphysema, tumor location, and subclinical interstitial lung disease (ILD)...
February 14, 2017: British Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192285/real-time-detection-of-fast-and-thermal-neutrons-in-radiotherapy-with-cmos-sensors
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Nicolas Arbor, Stephane Higueret, Halima Elazhar, Rodolphe Combe, Philippe Meyer, Nicolas Dehaynin, Florence Taupin, Daniel Husson
The peripheral dose distribution is a growing concern for the improvement of new external radiation modalities. Secondary particles, especially photo-neutrons produced by the accelerator, irradiate the patient more than tens of centimeters away from the tumor volume. However the out-of-field dose is still not estimated accurately by the treatment planning softwares. This study demonstrates the possibility of using a specially designed CMOS sensor for fast and thermal neutron monitoring in radiotherapy. The 14 microns-thick sensitive layer and the integrated electronic chain of the CMOS are particularly suitable for real-time measurements in γ/n mixed fields...
March 7, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190783/a-retrospective-analysis-of-catheter-based-sources-in-intravascular-brachytherapy
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J DeCunha, C Janicki, S A Enger
PURPOSE: Coronary artery disease involves the deposition of plaque along the walls of a coronary artery leading to narrowed or blocked vessels (stenosis) and is one of the main causes of death in developed countries. Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) is used to reverse stenosis. Restenosis (renarrowing) of the treated vessel is a major complication of PTCA. A metal mesh tube (stent) can be placed inside the vessel to prevent restenosis. Tissue stress incurred during PTCA and stenting can provoke neointimal cell proliferation leading to in-stent restenosis (ISR)...
February 10, 2017: Brachytherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190762/optimal-fractionation-of-preoperative-radiotherapy-and-timing-to-surgery-for-rectal-cancer-stockholm-iii-a-multicentre-randomised-non-blinded-phase-3-non-inferiority-trial
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Johan Erlandsson, Torbjörn Holm, David Pettersson, Åke Berglund, Björn Cedermark, Calin Radu, Hemming Johansson, Mikael Machado, Fredrik Hjern, Olof Hallböök, Ingvar Syk, Bengt Glimelius, Anna Martling
BACKGROUND: Radiotherapy reduces the risk of local recurrence in rectal cancer. However, the optimal radiotherapy fractionation and interval between radiotherapy and surgery is still under debate. We aimed to study recurrence in patients randomised between three different radiotherapy regimens with respect to fractionation and time to surgery. METHODS: In this multicentre, randomised, non-blinded, phase 3, non-inferiority trial (Stockholm III), all patients with a biopsy-proven adenocarcinoma of the rectum, without signs of non-resectability or distant metastases, without severe cardiovascular comorbidity, and planned for an abdominal resection from 18 Swedish hospitals were eligible...
February 9, 2017: Lancet Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188567/breast-cancer-patients-perceptions-of-a-virtual-learning-environment-for-pretreatment-education
#18
Yobelli Alexandra Jimenez, Wei Wang, Kirsty Stuart, Steven Cumming, David Thwaites, Sarah Lewis
The process and technicalities of radiation therapy (RT) for cancer treatment can be challenging for patients to understand as RT involves complex procedures, highly specialised equipment, and radiation itself has limited sensory characteristics. Hence, it is imperative that education programs are specifically planned and developed to suit the needs of patients, address radiation as an entity and include salient visual aids. In this context, the Virtual Environment for Radiotherapy Training (VERT) system, primarily created for RT practitioner simulation, may provide unique opportunities for patient education...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Cancer Education: the Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188088/high-dose-neural-stem-cell-radiation-may-not-improve-survival-in-glioblastoma
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R Achari, M Arunsingh, R K Badgami, A Saha, S Chatterjee, R K Shrimali, I Mallick, B Arun
AIMS: To evaluate the effect of radiotherapy dose-volume parameters of neural stem cell (NSC) compartment on progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival after post-resection chemoradiation in newly diagnosed glioblastoma. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Sixty-one patients with unifocal glioblastoma were included. Ipsilateral (NSC_Ipsi), contralateral (NSC_Contra) and combined NSC (NSC_Combined) were contoured on radiotherapy planning computerised tomography datasets...
February 8, 2017: Clinical Oncology: a Journal of the Royal College of Radiologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187887/collapsed-cone-dose-calculations-for-heterogeneous-tissues-in-brachytherapy-using-primary-and-scatter-separation-source-data
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Anders Ahnesjö, Bob van Veelen, Åsa Carlsson Tedgren
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Brachytherapy is a form of radiation therapy using sealed radiation sources inserted within or in the vicinity of the tumor of, e.g., gynecological, prostate or head- and neck cancers. Accurate dose calculation is a crucial part of the treatment planning. Several reviews have called for clinical software with model-based algorithms that better take into account the effects of patient individual distribution of tissues, source-channel and shielding attenuation than the commonly employed TG-43 formalism which simply map homogeneous water dose distributions onto the patient...
February 2017: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
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