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Functional Oncology

Alvaro Vidal, Nicolas Arnold, Mihai Dorin Vartolomei, Bernhard Kiss, Fiona Burkhard, George N Thalmann, Beat Roth
OBJECTIVES: To prospectively evaluate the long-term oncological and functional outcomes of postoperative total parenteral nutrition after radical cystectomy. METHODS: A total of 157 consecutive patients (≤cT3, cN0, cM0) who underwent extended pelvic lymph node dissection, radical cystectomy and ileal urinary diversion from September 2008 to March 2011 at a single center were randomized to receive either postoperative total parenteral nutrition (group A; n = 74) or oral nutrition alone (group B; n = 83)...
October 21, 2016: International Journal of Urology: Official Journal of the Japanese Urological Association
A Kanashiro, J M Gaya, J Palou, L Gausa, H Villavicencio
OBJECTIVES: To review our experience in robot-assisted radical cystectomy, assessing the complications and oncological and functional results. MATERIALS AND METHODS: From 2007 to 2014, we performed 67 robot-assisted radical cystectomies combined with lymphadenectomy in 61 cases. The operations were performed on 37 patients due to muscle-invasive tumours and on 30 due to high-risk nonmuscle-invasive tumours. Urinary diversion was conducted extracorporeally, using a Studer neobladder in 47 cases...
October 18, 2016: Actas Urologicas Españolas
Yuri N Clement, Varune Mahase, Annelise Jagroop, Kelly Kissoon, Aarti Maharaj, Prashant Mathura, Chrys Mc Quan, Divya Ramadhin, Cherrista Mohammed
BACKGROUND: Cancer is a major disease worldwide, and many patients use complementary and alternative treatments. The purpose of this study was to identify the herbal remedies and functional foods used as complementary medicine by prostate, breast and colorectal cancer patients at speciality care facilities in Trinidad. We also sought to determine how patients rated the efficacy of these modalities compared with conventional treatment. METHODS: A descriptive, cross-sectional survey was conducted using an interviewer-administered pilot-tested de novo questionnaire during the period June to August 2012 at two speciality treatment centres on the island...
October 21, 2016: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Shane Sinclair, Reanne Booker, Tak Fung, Shelley Raffin-Bouchal, Bert Enns, Kate Beamer, Naree Ager
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES: To examine the relationships between spiritual, religious, and sociodemographic factors and post-traumatic growth, quality of life, and spiritual well-being in outpatients undergoing bone marrow and/or stem cell transplantation (BMSCT).
. DESIGN: Cross-sectional, descriptive, exploratory.
. SETTING: Outpatient bone marrow transplantation clinic at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
. SAMPLE: 100 patients (21 pre-BMSCT and 79 post-BMSCT) accrued consecutively via non-probability sampling...
November 1, 2016: Oncology Nursing Forum
Juliet Shih, Heather Leutwyler, Christine Ritchie, Steven M Paul, Jon D Levine, Bruce Cooper, Fay Wright, Yvette P Conley, Christine Miaskowski
PURPOSE: Between 14 and 85 % of patients report noticeable changes in cognitive function during chemotherapy (CTX). The purposes of this study were to determine which demographic, clinical, and symptom characteristics were associated with inter-individual variability in initial levels of attentional function as well as with changes in the trajectories of attentional function in a sample of oncology patients who received two cycles of CTX. METHODS: Oncology outpatients (n = 1329) were recruited from two comprehensive cancer centers, one veteran's affairs hospital, and four community-based oncology programs...
October 20, 2016: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
Keiju Aokage, Junji Yoshida, Tomoyuki Hishida, Masahiro Tsuboi, Hisashi Saji, Morihito Okada, Kenji Suzuki, Syunichi Watanabe, Hisao Asamura
Since 'radical lobectomy' was reported by Cahan in 1960, the standard surgical care for lung cancer has been lobectomy, in which units of the lobe are excised with their specific regional hilar and mediastinal lymphatics. However, pulmonary function-preserving limited resection for lung cancer has gradually become more prevalent in the late 20th century. In 1995, Ginsberg et al. conducted a randomized controlled trial in which limited resection (segmentectomy and wide-wedge resection) and lobectomy for stage I lung cancer were compared and reported that limited resection should not be applied to healthy patients with clinical stage IA lung cancer...
October 20, 2016: Japanese Journal of Clinical Oncology
Emmanuel Mandonnet, Juan Martino, Silvio Sarubbo, Francesco Corrivetti, Schahraed Bouazza, Damien Bresson, Hugues Duffau, Sebastien Froelich
BACKGROUND: Advances in the oncological and functional results of insular surgery have been reported recently. Such successes have been made possible by the advent of the transopercular approach under awake monitoring and by the improved anatomical and functional knowledge of the white matter pathways surrounding the insula. Nonetheless, given the rarity of insular tumors, it is difficult to get familiar with the complex 3D anatomy of the different neuronal and vascular structures encountered during a transopercular insular resection...
October 17, 2016: World Neurosurgery
Joshua Bloom, Shan Sun, Yousef Al-Abed
Macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) has emerged as a promising drug target in diseases including sepsis, rheumatoid arthritis, and cancer. MIF has multiple properties that favor development of specific, targeted therapies: it is expressed broadly among human cells, has noted roles in diverse inflammatory and oncological processes, and has intrinsic enzymatic activity amenable to high-throughput screening. Despite these advantages, anti-MIF therapy remains well behind other cytokine-targeted therapeutics, with no small molecules in the pipeline for clinical development and anti-MIF antibodies only recently beginning clinical trials...
October 20, 2016: Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Targets
M W Beckmann, R Dittrich, S Findeklee, L Lotz
Introduction: The removal of ovarian tissue prior to starting oncologic treatment and the subsequent transplantation of this tissue after completing therapy have become increasingly important surgical fertility-preserving techniques. The aim of this review was to investigate the different surgical techniques used for this method reported in the literature to date and to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the respective techniques. Review: A search was done in MEDLINE using a defined algorithm to find studies published between January 2004 and December 2015...
October 2016: Geburtshilfe und Frauenheilkunde
Yanjiao Zhang, Yushun Gao
BACKGROUND: Lung cancer is a malignancy with high morbidity and mortality rates worldwide. Surgery is the preferred treatment for non-small cell lung cancer. This study aims to investigate the effects of video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) lobectomy, VATS segmentectomy, and open thoracotomy on pulmonary function in the early postoperative stage and compare the difference among three groups. METHODS: Pulmonary function data of patients were collected from September 2015 to February 2016 in Department of Thoracic Surgical Oncology, Cancer Hospital Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences...
October 20, 2016: Zhongguo Fei Ai za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Lung Cancer
Lisa Brenan, Aleksandr Andreev, Ofir Cohen, Sasha Pantel, Atanas Kamburov, Davide Cacchiarelli, Nicole S Persky, Cong Zhu, Mukta Bagul, Eva M Goetz, Alex B Burgin, Levi A Garraway, Gad Getz, Tarjei S Mikkelsen, Federica Piccioni, David E Root, Cory M Johannessen
Tumor-specific genomic information has the potential to guide therapeutic strategies and revolutionize patient treatment. Currently, this approach is limited by an abundance of disease-associated mutants whose biological functions and impacts on therapeutic response are uncharacterized. To begin to address this limitation, we functionally characterized nearly all (99.84%) missense mutants of MAPK1/ERK2, an essential effector of oncogenic RAS and RAF. Using this approach, we discovered rare gain- and loss-of-function ERK2 mutants found in human tumors, revealing that, in the context of this assay, mutational frequency alone cannot identify all functionally impactful mutants...
October 18, 2016: Cell Reports
Jae Hwan Oh, Sung Chan Park, Min Jung Kim, Byung Kwan Park, Jong Hee Hyun, Hee Jin Chang, Kyung Su Han, Dae Kyung Sohn
PURPOSE: To evaluate the feasibility of transanal total mesorectal excision (TME) in patients with rectal cancer. METHODS: This study enrolled 12 patients with clinically node negative rectal cancer located 4-12 cm from the anal verge who underwent transanal endoscopic TME with the assistance of single port laparoscopic surgery between September 2013 and August 2014. The primary endpoint was TME quality; secondary endpoints included number of harvested lymph nodes and postoperative complications within 30 days (NCT01938027)...
October 2016: Annals of Surgical Treatment and Research
Neil H Segal, Theodore F Logan, F Stephen Hodi, David F McDermott, Ignacio Melero, Omid Hamid, Henrik Schmidt, Caroline Robert, Vanna Chiarion-Sileni, Paolo A Ascierto, Michele Maio, Walter J Urba, Tara C Gangadhar, Satyendra Suryawanshi, Jaclyn Neely, Maria Jure-Kunkel, Suba Krishnan, Holbrook E Kohrt, Mario Sznol, Ronald Levy
PURPOSE: Urelumab is an agonist antibody to CD137 with potential application as an immuno-oncology therapeutic. Data were analyzed to assess safety, tolerability, and pharmacodynamic activity of urelumab, including the dose selected for ongoing development in patients with advanced solid tumors and lymphoma. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Three hundred and forty-six patients with advanced cancers who had progressed after standard treatment received at least one dose of urelumab in one of three dose-escalation, monotherapy studies...
October 18, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Ahmad Alenezi, Giacomo Novara, Alexander Mottrie, Salah Al-Buheissi, Omer Karim
Nephron-sparing surgery for the removal of small renal masses delivers equivalent oncological outcomes and better functional outcomes compared with those associated with radical nephrectomy. All contemporary partial nephrectomy techniques including open, laparoscopic and robotic approaches involve the use of hilar clamping in order to facilitate haemostasis, and to enable accurate tumour excision and parenchymal reconstruction. Zero ischaemia was subsequently introduced as a technique to eliminate the renal ischaemia induced by hilar clamping...
October 18, 2016: Nature Reviews. Urology
Naftali Stern
As both the rate of hypertension and cancer rise with age, concomitant hypertension in patients receiving treatment for cancer is very common. Increase in blood pressure during cancer treatment requires careful clinical assessment. Distinction between discontinuation or malabsorption of antihypertensive treatment due to factors such as nausea/vomiting/diarrhea and anti-cancer drug specific effects must be first made. De-novo hypertension during cancer treatment is likely related to anticancer drugs per se. Classical chemotherapeutic agents such as cyclophosphamide, cisplatin and busulfan have been previously linked to rising blood pressure...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Yoshihiro Komohara, Motohiro Takeya
Many non-tumour host cells such as inflammatory cells, fibroblasts and endothelial cells are present in the tumour microenvironment and affect the malignant potential and chemo-resistance of the tumour cells. Macrophages and fibroblasts are the main components of infiltrating stromal cells and are referred to as tumour-associated macrophages (TAMs) and cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs), respectively. TAMs and CAFs are reported to be involved in tumour progression, although their functions change to those of an anti-tumour phenotype under specific conditions...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Pathology
Christopher I McHugh, Jawana M Lawhorn-Crews, Dipenkumar Modi, Kirk A Douglas, Steven K Jones, Thomas J Mangner, Jerry M Collins, Anthony F Shields
BACKGROUND: A principal goal for the use of positron emission tomography (PET) in oncology is for real-time evaluation of tumor response to chemotherapy. Given that many contemporary anti-neoplastic agents function by impairing cellular proliferation, it is of interest to develop imaging modalities to monitor these pathways. Here we examined the effect of capecitabine on the uptake of thymidine analogs used with PET: 3'-deoxy-3'-[(18)F]fluorothymidine ((18)F-FLT), 1-(2'-deoxy-2'-[(18)F]fluoro-β-D-arabinofuranosyl) thymidine ((18)F-FMAU), and 1-(2'-deoxy-2'-[(18)F]fluoro-β-D-arabinofuranosyl) uracil ((18)F-FAU) in patients with advanced cancer...
October 17, 2016: Cancer Imaging: the Official Publication of the International Cancer Imaging Society
Andrea Matucci, Francesca Nencini, Sara Pratesi, Enrico Maggi, Alessandra Vultaggio
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Biological agents have been a treatment option for many chronic immune-mediated diseases as well as oncological conditions. The issue of infusion reactions is of particular importance and at least in some cases related to the immunogenicity of these drugs with the production of antidrug antibodies. Infectious diseases are a well described side-effect of certain biological agents, even if, at least regarding the biological agents used for the treatment of allergic diseases and immune-mediated diseases, the risk has been reduced...
October 5, 2016: Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Ronald J Maggiore, Kathryn E Callahan, Janet A Tooze, Ira R Parker, Tina Hsu, Heidi D Klepin
The number of older adults with cancer is growing, necessitating more collaborative training in both geriatric principles and cancer care. We administered a web-based survey to U.S. geriatrics program directors (PDs) addressing cancer-specific training and perspectives on optimal training content and roles for geriatricians in cancer care. Of 140 PDs contacted, 67 (48%) responded. Topics considered very important in training included cancer screening (79%) and cancer-related pain management (70%). Respondents strongly agreed that some of the geriatrician's roles in cancer care included assessing functional status (64%) and assessing physical/cognitive function for goals of care (64%)...
October 17, 2016: Gerontology & Geriatrics Education
Lorenzo Trevisiol, Pasquale Procacci, Antonio D'Agostino, Francesca Ferrari, Daniele De Santis, Pier Francesco Nocini
PURPOSE: Several authors have described zygoma implants as a reliable surgical option to rehabilitate severe maxillary defects in case of extreme atrophy or oncological resections. The aim of this study is to report a new technical approach to the rehabilitation of a complex oronasal defect by means of a zygoma-implant-supported full-arch dental prosthesis combined with a nasal epithesis. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The patient presented with a subtotal bilateral maxillectomy and total rhinectomy defect because of a squamous cell carcinoma of the nose...
December 2016: Int J Implant Dent
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