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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912153/comprehensive-genomic-profiling-of-282-pediatric-low-and-high-grade-gliomas-reveals-genomic-drivers-tumor-mutational-burden-and-hypermutation-signatures
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Adrienne Johnson, Eric Severson, Laurie Gay, Jo-Anne Vergilio, Julia Elvin, James Suh, Sugganth Daniel, Mandy Covert, Garrett M Frampton, Sigmund Hsu, Glenn J Lesser, Kimberly Stogner-Underwood, Ryan T Mott, Sarah Z Rush, Jennifer J Stanke, Sonika Dahiya, James Sun, Prasanth Reddy, Zachary R Chalmers, Rachel Erlich, Yakov Chudnovsky, David Fabrizio, Alexa B Schrock, Siraj Ali, Vincent Miller, Philip J Stephens, Jeffrey Ross, John R Crawford, Shakti H Ramkissoon
BACKGROUND: Pediatric brain tumors are the leading cause of death for children with cancer in the U.S. Incorporating next-generation sequencing data for both pediatric low-grade (pLGGs) and high-grade gliomas (pHGGs) can inform diagnostic, prognostic, and therapeutic decision-making. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We performed comprehensive genomic profiling on 282 pediatric gliomas (157 pHGGs, 125 pLGGs), sequencing 315 cancer-related genes and calculating the tumor mutational burden (TMB; mutations per megabase [Mb])...
September 14, 2017: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900876/improving-diagnostic-and-therapeutic-outcomes-in-pediatric-brain-tumors
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Sydney T Grob, Jean M Mulcahy Levy
Pediatric brain tumors are the primary cause of cancer-related death during childhood. Unfortunately, the number of primary and metastatic brain tumors is steadily increasing while the mortality rates for many central nervous system (CNS) lesions have remained stagnant. Molecularly defined tumor classes have been added to the most recent 2016 World Health Organization (WHO) Classification System of Central Nervous System Brain Tumors, driving potential new treatments and identifying targets to improve survival for these patients...
September 12, 2017: Molecular Diagnosis & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900319/investigation-of-vitamin-d-receptor-gene-polymorphism-in-pediatric-patients-with-brain-cancer
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Baris Yilmaz, Gulnur Ayse Tokuc, Ahmet Koc, Edanur Yesil
AIM: In recent years, it is believed that Vitamin D may play a protective role in some cancer types. Certain regions of the Vitamin D receptor (VDR) gene may show a genetic difference in structure. The most frequent polymorphisms in this gene are in Taq-1, Fok-1, and Bsm-1 regions. Some adult cancer types are associated with VDR gene polymorphism such as; colorectal carcinoma, breast carcinoma, and prostate carcinoma. Reviewing the medical literature, no such study had been done on children so far...
April 2017: Indian Journal of Medical and Paediatric Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28891980/sinomenine-hydrochloride-inhibits-human-glioblastoma-cell-growth-through-reactive-oxygen-species-generation-and-autophagy-lysosome-pathway-activation-an-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-study
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Yumao Jiang, Yue Jiao, Zhiguo Wang, Tao Li, Yang Liu, Yujuan Li, Xiaoliang Zhao, Danqiao Wang
Glioblastoma is the most common malignant primary brain tumor, and it is one of the causes of cancer fatality in both adult and pediatric populations. Patients with glioblastoma require chemotherapy after surgical resection and radiotherapy. Therefore, chemotherapy constitutes a viable approach for the eradication of glioblastoma cells. In this study, the anti-tumor activity of sinomenine hydrochloride (SH) was evaluated in U87 and SF767 cells in vitro and in vivo. The results showed that SH potently inhibited U87 and SF767 cell viability and did not cause caspase-dependent cell death, as demonstrated by the absence of significant early apoptosis and caspase-3 cleavage...
September 11, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28853528/-neuro-oncology-a-new-field-in-davidoff-cancer-center-at-rabin-medical-center
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REVIEW
Shlomit Yust-Katz, Dror Limon, Ramez Abu-Shkara, Tali Siegal
Neuro-oncology is a subspecialty attracting physicians from medical disciplines such as neurology, neurosurgery, pediatrics, oncology, and radiotherapy. It deals with diagnosis and management of primary brain tumors, as well as metastatic and non-metastatic neurological manifestations that frequently affect cancer patients including brain metastases, paraneoplastic syndromes and neurological complications of cancer treatment. A neuro-oncology unit was established in Davidoff Cancer Center at Rabin Medical Center...
August 2017: Harefuah
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28853208/clinical-outcomes-and-toxicity-following-palliative-radiotherapy-for-childhood-cancers
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Kimberley S Mak, Stephanie W Lee, Tracy A Balboni, Karen J Marcus
BACKGROUND: Few reports of palliative radiotherapy (RT) for pedialltric malignancies have been published. We described clinical indications, outcomes, and toxicities for children who received palliative RT. PROCEDURE: Pediatric patients (age ≤18 years) treated with palliative RT for incurable cancer from January 1 2008 to February 26, 2014 were included. Diagnosis, details of RT, treatment response, toxicity, and survival were retrospectively reviewed. RESULTS: Forty-six patients received 76 RT courses...
August 29, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28844173/clinical-application-of-whole-genome-array-improves-the-diagnosis-of-pediatric-brain-tumors
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Lina Shao, Sue Miller, Carl Koschmann, Sandra Camelo-Piragua
Pediatric brain tumors are the leading cause of childhood cancer mortality. Recurring genetic abnormalities play an essential role in the diagnosis and prognosis of pediatric brain tumors. However, clinical workup has not routinely included whole genome assessment. Here, we present high resolution whole genome array results in 11 pediatric brain tumors. Array identified clinically relevant abnormalities in all samples. Copy number aberrations with targeted therapy implication, GOPC-ROS1 fusion, CDK4 amplification, and NF1 deletion, were detected in 3 cases...
August 1, 2017: International Journal of Surgical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28828582/incidence-and-survival-trends-for-medulloblastomas-in-the-united-states-from-2001-to-2013
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Vishesh Khanna, Rebecca L Achey, Quinn T Ostrom, Hunter Block-Beach, Carol Kruchko, Jill S Barnholtz-Sloan, Peter M de Blank
Population-based data examining recent epidemiological trends in medulloblastoma, the most common pediatric brain malignancy, are limited. Therefore, we sought to examine recent population-level trends in medulloblastoma incidence and survival. Central Brain Tumor Registry of the United States (CBTRUS) data were analyzed from 2001 to 2013. Age-adjusted incidence rates (IR) and annual percent changes (APCs) with 95% confidence intervals (CI) were calculated by age, sex, and race. Relative survival rates were calculated by age, sex, and race using Surveillance, Epidemiology and End-Results (SEER) registries; subsets of CBTRUS data...
August 21, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808787/malignant-transformation-of-a-conservatively-managed-incidental-childhood-cerebral-mass-lesion-controversy-regarding-management-paradigm
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Jehuda Soleman, Jonathan Roth, Zvi Ram, Michal Yalon, Shlomi Constantini
BACKGROUND: Incidental findings on neuroimaging in the pediatric population are an emerging treatment challenge. Treatment options for these incidental childhood brain mass lesions, which radiologically may be assumed to be low-grade gliomas (LGG), vary, ranging from careful conservative "wait and scan" treatment to surgical biopsy, gross total resection, and upfront radiation and/or chemotherapy. As malignant transformation of LGG in children is extremely rare, some series advocate careful conservative management of these lesions; however, universal treatment protocols are not totally agreed upon...
August 14, 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800318/mir-513c-suppresses-neuroblastoma-cell-migration-invasion-and-proliferation-through-direct-targeting-glutaminase-gls
#10
Hong-Liang Xia, Yao Lv, Chun-Wei Xu, Ming-Cui Fu, Ting Zhang, Xiang-Ming Yan, Shu Dai, Qian-Wei Xiong, Yun Zhou, Jian Wang, Xu Cao
Neuroblastoma is a brain malignancy of childhood and accounts for 7-10% of childhood cancers, leading to approximately 15% of pediatric cancer deaths. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are a family of short (about 18-25 nucleotides), noncoding and single stranded endogenous RNAs, which complementarily bind to the 3' untranslated regions of their target genes. Recently, glutamine metabolism has been recognized as an important nutrition source for tumor cells, and hence targeting glutamine metabolism could benefit to development of anti-cancer agents...
July 2, 2017: Cancer Biomarkers: Section A of Disease Markers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780387/evaluation-of-the-response-of-intracranial-xenografts-to-vegf-signaling-inhibition-using-multiparametric-mri
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Jessica K R Boult, Gary Box, Maria Vinci, Lara Perryman, Suzanne A Eccles, Chris Jones, Simon P Robinson
Vascular endothelial growth factor A (VEGF-A) is considered one of the most important factors in tumor angiogenesis, and consequently, a number of therapeutics have been developed to inhibit VEGF signaling. Therapeutic strategies to target brain malignancies, both primary brain tumors, particularly in pediatric patients, and metastases, are lacking, but targeting angiogenesis may be a promising approach. Multiparametric MRI was used to investigate the response of orthotopic SF188(luc) pediatric glioblastoma xenografts to small molecule pan-VEGFR inhibitor cediranib and the effects of both cediranib and cross-reactive human/mouse anti-VEGF-A antibody B20-4...
August 3, 2017: Neoplasia: An International Journal for Oncology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777701/a-pet-mr-imaging-approach-for-the-integrated-assessment-of-chemotherapy-induced-brain-heart-and-bone-injuries-in-pediatric-cancer-survivors-a-pilot-study
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Ashok J Theruvath, Anat Ilivitzki, Anne Muehe, Johanna Theruvath, Praveen Gulaka, Christine Kim, Sandra Luna-Fineman, Kathleen M Sakamoto, Kristen W Yeom, Phillip Yang, Michael Moseley, Frandics Chan, Heike E Daldrup-Link
Purpose To develop a positron emission tomography (PET)/magnetic resonance (MR) imaging protocol for evaluation of the brain, heart, and joints of pediatric cancer survivors for chemotherapy-induced injuries in one session. Materials and Methods Three teams of experts in neuroimaging, cardiac imaging, and bone imaging were tasked to develop a 20-30-minute PET/MR imaging protocol for detection of chemotherapy-induced tissue injuries of the brain, heart, and bone. In an institutional review board-approved, HIPAA-compliant, prospective study from April to July 2016, 10 pediatric cancer survivors who completed chemotherapy underwent imaging of the brain, heart, and bone with a 3-T PET/MR imager...
August 4, 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28764925/profile-of-european-proton-and-carbon-ion-therapy-centers-assessed-by-the-eortc-facility-questionnaire
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Damien C Weber, André Abrunhosa-Branquinho, Alessandra Bolsi, Andrzej Kacperek, Rémi Dendale, Dirk Geismar, Barbara Bachtiary, Annika Hall, Jens Heufelder, Klaus Herfarth, Jürgen Debus, Maurizio Amichetti, Mechthild Krause, Roberto Orecchia, Vladimir Vondracek, Juliette Thariat, Tomasz Kajdrowicz, Kristina Nilsson, Cai Grau
BACKGROUND: We performed a survey using the modified EORTC Facility questionnaire (pFQ) to evaluate the human, technical and organizational resources of particle centers in Europe. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The modified pFQ consisted of 235 questions distributed in 11 sections accessible on line on an EORTC server. Fifteen centers from 8 countries completed the pFQ between May 2015 and December 2015. RESULTS: The average number of patients treated per year and per particle center was 221 (range, 40-557)...
July 29, 2017: Radiotherapy and Oncology: Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28757413/restoration-of-mir-30a-expression-inhibits-growth-tumorigenicity-of-medulloblastoma-cells-accompanied-by-autophagy-inhibition
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Satishkumar Vishram Singh, Aditi Nigam Dakhole, Akash Deogharkar, Sadaf Kazi, Rohan Kshirsagar, Atul Goel, Aliasgar Moiyadi, Rakesh Jalali, Epari Sridhar, Tejpal Gupta, Prakash Shetty, Nikhil Gadewal, Neelam Vishwanath Shirsat
Medulloblastoma is a highly malignant pediatric brain tumor. About 30% patients have metastasis at diagnosis and respond poorly to treatment. Those that survive, suffer long term neurocognitive, endocrine and developmental defects due to the cytotoxic treatment to developing child brain. It is therefore necessary to develop targeted treatment strategies based on underlying biology for effective treatment of medulloblastoma with minimal side effects. Medulloblastomas are believed to be the result of deregulated nervous system development as evident from the role of WNT and SHH developmental signaling pathways in pathogenesis of medulloblastomas...
July 27, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733870/rethinking-childhood-ependymoma-a-retrospective-multi-center-analysis-reveals-poor-long-term-overall-survival
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Amanda E Marinoff, Clement Ma, Dongjing Guo, Matija Snuderl, Karen D Wright, Peter E Manley, Hasan Al-Sayegh, Claire E Sinai, Nicole J Ullrich, Karen Marcus, Daphne Haas-Kogan, Liliana Goumnerova, Wendy B London, Mark W Kieran, Susan N Chi, Jason Fangusaro, Pratiti Bandopadhayay
Ependymoma is the third most common brain tumor in children, but there is a paucity of large studies with more than 10 years of follow-up examining the long-term survival and recurrence patterns of this disease. We conducted a retrospective chart review of 103 pediatric patients with WHO Grades II/III intracranial ependymoma, who were treated at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center and Chicago's Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital between 1985 and 2008, and an additional 360 ependymoma patients identified from the Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) database...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733441/molecular-screening-for-cancer-treatment-optimization-moscato-01-in-pediatric-patients-a-single-institutional-prospective-molecular-stratification-trial
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Anne Catherine Harttrampf, Ludovic Lacroix, Marc Deloger, Frederic Deschamps, Stéphanie Puget, Nathalie Auger, Philippe Vielh, Pascale Varlet, Zsofia Balogh, Samuel Abbou, Adrien Allorant, Dominique Valteau-Couanet, Sabine Sarnacki, Louise Galmiche, Guillaume Meurice, Véronique Minard-Colin, Jacques Grill, Laurence Brugières, Christelle Dufour, Nathalie Gaspar, Stefan Michiels, Gilles Vassal, Jean-Charles Soria, Birgit Geoerger
This single institutional feasibility study prospectively characterized genomic alterations in recurrent or refractory solid tumors of pediatric patients in order to select a targeted therapy.<br /><br />Experimental Design: Following treatment failure patients with signed consent and aged above 6 months, underwent tumor biopsy or surgical resection of primary or metastatic tumor site.  These newly acquired samples were analyzed by comparative genomic hybridization array, next generation sequencing for 75 target genes, whole exome and RNA sequencing...
July 21, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717727/childhood-cancer-mortality-in-india-direct-estimates-from-a-nationally-representative-survey-of-childhood-deaths
#17
Sumit Gupta, Shaun K Morris, Wilson Suraweera, Lukasz Aleksandrowicz, Rajesh Dikshit, Prabhat Jha
PURPOSE: Although most children with cancer live in low- and middle-income countries, measurements of childhood cancer burden in such countries have been restricted to incidence rates from a few subnational cancer registries and mortality rates from vital statistics. We aimed to provide alternative burden estimates by using nationally representative longitudinal survey-derived mortality rates. METHODS: We examined cancer deaths in childhood (1 month to 14 years of age) in the Million Death Study, a cohort of > 27,000 pediatric deaths in India on the basis of enhanced verbal autopsies...
December 2016: Journal of Global Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716813/inhibition-of-heparanase-in-pediatric-brain-tumor-cells-attenuates-their-proliferation-invasive-capacity-and-in-vivo-tumor-growth
#18
Argyris Spyrou, Soumi Kundu, Lulu Haseeb, Di Yu, Tommie Olofsson, Keith Dredge, Edward Hammond, Uri Barash, Israel Vlodavsky, Karin Forsberg-Nilsson
Curative therapy for medulloblastoma and other pediatric embryonal brain tumors has improved, but the outcome still remains poor and current treatment causes long-term complications. Malignant brain tumors infiltrate the healthy brain tissue and, thus despite resection, cells that have already migrated cause rapid tumor regrowth. Heparan sulfate proteoglycans (HSPG), major components of the extracellular matrix (ECM), modulate the activities of a variety of proteins. The major enzyme that degrades HS, heparanase (HPSE), is an important regulator of the ECM...
August 2017: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28675683/pediatric-cancer-pathology-review-from-a-single-institution-neuropathology-expert-opinion-is-essential-for-accurate-diagnosis-of-pediatric-brain-tumors
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Zeina Merabi, Fouad Boulos, Teresa Santiago, Jesse Jenkins, Miguel Abboud, Samar Muwakkit, Nidale Tarek, Ghazi Zaatari, Sima Jeha, Hassan El-Solh, Raya Saab
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Second pathology review has been reported to improve accuracy in oncologic diagnoses, including pediatric malignancies. We assessed the impact of second review on the diagnosis of pediatric malignancies at a tertiary care referral center in Beirut, Lebanon. METHODS: Pathology reports of patients treated at the Children's Cancer Institute in Lebanon were retrospectively reviewed for the period 2008-2016 and compared with same samples' diagnoses at St...
July 4, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28670142/prevalence-of-hypercalcemia-of-malignancy-among-pediatric-cancer-patients-in-the-uk-clinical-practice-research-datalink-database
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Susan Jick, Lin Li, Victor M Gastanaga, Alexander Liede, Rohini K Hernandez
BACKGROUND: The reported proportion of cancer patients who experience hypercalcemia of malignancy (HCM) is low, particularly in the pediatric population, ranging between <1% and 5%. HCM can be observed with any type of tumor in children and occurs most commonly with leukemia. While HCM is a potentially fatal condition, the prevalence of HCM is not well understood in pediatric cancer patients. METHODS: Using the UK Clinical Practice Research Datalink, we identified pediatric cancer patients with recorded corrected serum calcium (CSC) from 2003 through 2014...
2017: Clinical Epidemiology
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