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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/28207616/percutaneous-kyphoplasty-in-the-treatment-of-osteoblastic-related-spinal-metastases
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Hong-Tao Zhang, Guang-Dong Chen, Hui-Lin Yang, Zong-Ping Luo
STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective study. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the feasibility, efficacy, and safety of percutaneous kyphoplasty (PKP) for the treatment of painful osteoblastic-related spinal metastases unresponsive to conservative treatments. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: PKP represents a powerful tool in the management of oncology patients who suffer from painful osteolytic spinal lesions. However, to our knowledge, there have been no reports on the role of PKP in the treatment of osteoblastic metastatic spinal lesions...
March 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207586/open-partial-laryngectomy-after-failure-of-chemo-radiation-indications-oncologic-and-functional-outcomes
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Geoffrey Mortuaire, Dominique Chevalier, François Mouawad
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Early-stage squamous cell carcinoma of the larynx can be successfully treated with radiotherapy or surgery (transoral or open approaches). Oncologic results are comparable while functional results may be different according to the volume of resection. In some countries radiotherapy is often preferred as primary treatment. In case of recurrence, surgical salvage is the only option. Careful examination, endoscopic assessment, computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging are necessary to assess superficial and deep extensions into the larynx, including cartilage framework and to restage the tumor...
February 15, 2017: Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206814/biomarkers-in-tumor-microenvironment-upregulation-of-fibroblast-activation-protein-%C3%AE-correlates-with-gastric-cancer-progression-and-poor-prognosis
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Mengmou Hu, Chengjia Qian, Ziwei Hu, Bojian Fei, Haibo Zhou
Gastric cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related mortality worldwide. Recent evidence points to importance of cross talk between cancer cells and the surrounding stroma on gastric cancer progression. Tumor microenvironment biomarkers thus represent a new opportunity for diagnostics innovation. Reactive stromal fibroblasts selectively express the fibroblast activation protein alpha (FAP-α), a homodimeric integral membrane gelatinase that belongs to the serine protease family. We report here that FAP-α expression is significantly elevated in gastric cancer samples by more than fivefold (p < 0...
January 2017: Omics: a Journal of Integrative Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205191/novel-and-expanded-oncology-drug-approvals-of-2016-part-1-new-options-in-solid-tumor-management
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REVIEW
Todd C Knepper, James Saller, Christine M Walko
The nonradiologic medical management of solid tumors has evolved from the use of traditional cytotoxic agents to modern targeted therapies, monoclonal antibodies, and immunotherapies. Advances in the understanding of cancer biology and therapeutic strategies have resulted in increasing numbers of new drug applications and approvals. Consequently, practicing oncologists need to learn how the newly available agents function and what toxicities to watch for, as well as ways to optimize the use of both new drugs and previously approved drugs with new indications...
February 15, 2017: Oncology (Williston Park, NY)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202364/fatty-acid-synthase-modern-tumor-cell-biology-insights-into-a-classical-oncology-target
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REVIEW
Douglas Buckley, Gregory Duke, Timothy S Heuer, Marie O'Farrell, Allan Wagman, William McCulloch, George Kemble
Decades of preclinical and natural history studies have highlighted the potential of fatty acid synthase (FASN) as a bona fide drug target for oncology. This review will highlight the foundational concepts upon which this perspective is built. Published studies have shown high levels of FASN in patient tumor tissues are present at later stages of disease and this overexpression predicts poor prognosis. Preclinical studies have shown that experimental overexpression of FASN in previously normal cells leads to changes that are critical for establishing a tumor phenotype...
February 12, 2017: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202211/the-risk-of-postoperative-complications-and-functional-impairment-after-multimodality-treatment-for-limb-and-trunk-wall-soft-tissue-sarcoma-long-term-results-from-a-monocentric-series
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E Stoeckle, A Michot, L Rigal, F Babre, P Sargos, B Henriques de Figueiredo, V Brouste, A Italiano, M Toulmonde, F Le Loarer, M Kind
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Conservative surgery for soft-tissue sarcoma (STS) within multimodality treatment attempts to reconcile two contradictory requirements: assuring a good oncological outcome through a wide resection and preserving the function. The aim of our study is to verify whether our conservative approach to STS met these objectives. METHODS: A retrospective database analysis was performed in adults with primary limb or trunk wall STS operated in a single center from 1989 to 2012...
February 3, 2017: European Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197717/operative-techniques-and-complications-of-extraction-and-transplantation-of-ovarian-tissue-the-erlangen-experience
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Matthia W Beckmann, Ralf Dittrich, Laura Lotz, Patricia G Oppelt, Sebastian Findeklee, Thomas Hildebrandt, Katharina Heusinger, Susanne Cupisti, Andreas Müller
PURPOSE: Extracting ovarian tissue before oncologic therapy and transplanting it afterwards are increasingly being used to preserve fertility in women. This study describes standardized and safe operative procedures, with few complications, and reports the resulting ovarian function and pregnancy rates. METHODS: The standardized operative techniques for removing and transplanting ovarian tissue used at the Erlangen center are: for tissue removal, one-third to half of the tissue from one ovary is excised with scissors, without tissue coagulation; for subsequent transplantation, pieces of ovarian tissue are placed in a retroperitoneal pocket without closure of the pocket...
February 15, 2017: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197403/network-plasticity-and-intraoperative-mapping-for-personalized-multimodal-management-of-diffuse-low-grade-gliomas
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REVIEW
Cristina Diana Ghinda, Hugues Duffau
Gliomas are the most frequent primary brain tumors and include a variety of different histological tumor types and malignancy grades. Recent achievements in terms of molecular and imaging fields have created an unprecedented opportunity to perform a comprehensive interdisciplinary assessment of the glioma pathophysiology, with direct implications in terms of the medical and surgical treatment strategies available for patients. The current paradigm shift considers glioma management in a comprehensive perspective that takes into account the intricate connectivity of the cerebral networks...
2017: Frontiers in Surgery
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/28194904/special-aspects-of-social-support-qualitative-analysis-of-oncologic-rehabilitation-through-a-belly-dancing-peer-support-group
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M Szalai, A Szirmai, K Füge, A Makai, G Erdélyi, V Prémusz, J Bódis
Tumour-related peer support groups (PSGs) show long-term development in quality of life and coping, and decrease distress in cancer care. To clarify channels of social support in oncologic rehabilitation by combined exercise and psychosocial therapy, individual semi-structured interviews were conducted after 1 year additional belly dance rehabilitation in a closed PSG among 51 patients with malignant tumour diagnosis in Budapest, Hungary. Interview data were transcribed and analysed using qualitative content analysis (ATLAS...
February 13, 2017: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191373/capecitabine-associated-loss-of-fingerprints-report-of-capecitabine-induced-adermatoglyphia-in-two-women-with-breast-cancer-and-review-of-acquired-dermatoglyphic-absence-in-oncology-patients-treated-with-capecitabine
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Philip R Cohen
Capecitabine, an oral 5-fluorouracil prodrug, is currently used in the treatment of metastatic colorectal carcinoma and breast cancer. Fingerprints, also referred to as dermatoglyphics and characterized by the pattern of ridges and furrows on the fingertips, are used for identification by government agencies and personal electronic devices. Two women with breast cancer who were treated with capecitabine and developed drug-associated loss of their fingerprints are described. PubMed was used to search the following terms separately and in combination: absence, adermatoglyphia, breast, cancer, capecitabine, carcinoma, colon, colorectal, dermatoglyphics, fingerprint, fluorouracil, foot, hand, loss, malignancy, nasopharyngeal, oncology, reaction, rectal, skin, syndrome, tumor, and xeloda...
January 9, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190450/transoral-laser-microsurgery-as-standard-approach-to-hypopharyngeal-cancer-survival-analysis-in-a-hospital-based-population
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Eduardo Breda, Raquel Catarino, Eurico Monteiro
OBJECTIVE: Cancer of the hypopharynx remains one of the most challenging chapters in head and neck oncology. The objective of this study is to ascertain the relevance of a transoral laser approach as a valid functional option for treatment of cancer of the hypopharynx in Portugal, and additionally, to confirm the reproducibility of survival and functional outcomes described in other reference centers. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: The outcomes of 37 out of 60 patients presenting hypopharyngeal carcinoma primarily treated by TLM (transoral laser microsurgery) and neck dissection and or adjuvant treatment when needed, with curative intention in tertiary referral center, were retrospectively evaluated and compared with published results...
February 10, 2017: Acta Otorrinolaringológica Española
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188682/stereotactic-ablative-body-radiotherapy-for-inoperable-primary-kidney-cancer-a-prospective-clinical-trial
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Shankar Siva, Daniel Pham, Tomas Kron, Mathias Bressel, Jacqueline Lam, Tan Teng Han, Brent Chesson, Mark Shaw, Sarat Chander, Suki Gill, Nicholas R Brook, Nathan Lawrentschuck, Declan G Murphy, Farshad Foroudi
OBJECTIVE: To assess the feasibility and safety of stereotactic ablative body radiotherapy (SABR) for RCC in patients unsuitable for surgery. Secondary objectives were to assess oncologic and functional outcomes. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a prospective interventional clinical trial with institutional ethics board approval. Inoperable patients were enrolled after multidisciplinary consensus for intervention and informed consent. Tumor response was defined using RECIST 1...
February 10, 2017: BJU International
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/28187790/retinoic-acid-and-tgf-%C3%AE-signalling-cooperate-to-overcome-mycn-induced-retinoid-resistance
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David J Duffy, Aleksandar Krstic, Melinda Halasz, Thomas Schwarzl, Anja Konietzny, Kristiina Iljin, Desmond G Higgins, Walter Kolch
BACKGROUND: Retinoid therapy is widely employed in clinical oncology to differentiate malignant cells into their more benign counterparts. However, certain high-risk cohorts, such as patients with MYCN-amplified neuroblastoma, are innately resistant to retinoid therapy. Therefore, we employed a precision medicine approach to globally profile the retinoid signalling response and to determine how an excess of cellular MYCN antagonises these signalling events to prevent differentiation and confer resistance...
February 10, 2017: Genome Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187778/whole-body-mri-in-pediatric-patients-with-cancer
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REVIEW
Marcos Duarte Guimarães, Julia Noschang, Sara Reis Teixeira, Marcel Koenigkam Santos, Henrique Manoel Lederman, Vivian Tostes, Vikas Kundra, Alex Dias Oliveira, Bruno Hochhegger, Edson Marchiori
Cancer is the leading cause of natural death in the pediatric populations of developed countries, yet cure rates are greater than 70% when a cancer is diagnosed in its early stages. Recent advances in magnetic resonance imaging methods have markedly improved diagnostic and therapeutic approaches, while avoiding the risks of ionizing radiation that are associated with most conventional radiological methods, such as computed tomography and positron emission tomography/computed tomography. The advent of whole-body magnetic resonance imaging in association with the development of metabolic- and function-based techniques has led to the use of whole-body magnetic resonance imaging for the screening, diagnosis, staging, response assessment, and post-therapeutic follow-up of children with solid sporadic tumours or those with related genetic syndromes...
February 10, 2017: Cancer Imaging: the Official Publication of the International Cancer Imaging Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185647/supratotal-resection-of-diffuse-gliomas%C3%A2-%C3%A2-an-overview-of-its-multifaceted-implications
#18
REVIEW
Y N Yordanova, H Duffau
Successful management of diffuse low-grade and high-grade gliomas in adults is a challenge for neuro-oncologists. Indeed, due to their highly infiltrative feature, these diseases remain incurable despite therapeutic advances. Nevertheless, the elaboration of individualized therapeutic strategies has led to an improvement of both overall survival and quality of life. In particular, the impact of surgical resection on diffuse glioma survival has been extensively demonstrated. However, this impact is significant only when the resection is total (i...
February 6, 2017: Neuro-Chirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185337/understanding-the-information-needs-of-people-with-haematological-cancers-a-meta-ethnography-of-quantitative-and-qualitative-research
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REVIEW
K Atherton, B Young, P Salmon
Clinical practice in haematological oncology often involves difficult diagnostic and treatment decisions. In this context, understanding patients' information needs and the functions that information serves for them is particularly important. We systematically reviewed qualitative and quantitative evidence on haematological oncology patients' information needs to inform how these needs can best be addressed in clinical practice. PsycINFO, Medline and CINAHL Plus electronic databases were searched for relevant empirical papers published from January 2003 to July 2016...
February 10, 2017: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182639/assessing-the-suitability-of-medial-sural-artery-perforator-flaps-in-tongue-reconstruction-an-outcome-study
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Shao-Yu Hung, Charles Yuen Yung Loh, Soo-Ha Kwon, Chia-Hsuan Tsai, Kai-Ping Chang, Huang-Kai Kao
INTRODUCTION: Oncological resection of the tongue can be reconstructed using a multitude of free flaps. The medial sural artery perforator (MSAP) flap has been well described in the literature in terms of its anatomy and harvest. However, functional outcome studies of post-reconstruction tongue defects using the MSAP flap have not been reported. This study represents the largest outcome study of patients with tongue reconstructions using MSAP flaps and a comprehensive review of its use...
2017: PloS One
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