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February 26, 2018: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
Angela MacCarthy, Shona Kirtley, Jennifer A de Beyer, Douglas G Altman, Iveta Simera
Many reports of health research omit important information needed to assess their methodological robustness and clinical relevance. Without clear and complete reporting, it is not possible to identify flaws or biases, reproduce successful interventions, or use the findings in systematic reviews or meta-analyses. The EQUATOR Network ( promotes responsible reporting and the use of reporting guidelines to improve the accuracy, completeness, and transparency of health research. EQUATOR supports researchers by providing online resources and training...
February 22, 2018: British Journal of Cancer
Terri Lynn Woodard, Aubri S Hoffman, Laura C Crocker, Deborah A Holman, Derek B Hoffman, Jusheng Ma, Roland L Bassett, Viola B Leal, Robert J Volk
INTRODUCTION: National guidelines recommend that all reproductive-age women with cancer be informed of their fertility risks and offered referral to fertility specialists to discuss fertility preservation options. However, reports indicate that only 5% of patients have consultations, and rates of long-term infertility-related distress remain high. Previous studies report several barriers to fertility preservation; however, initial success has been reported using provider education, patient decision aids and navigation support...
February 21, 2018: BMJ Open
Shiraj Sen, Kenneth Hess, David S Hong, Aung Naing, Sarina Piha-Paul, Filip Janku, Siqing Fu, Ishwaria M Subbiah, Holly Liu, Rahil Khanji, Le Huang, Shhyam Moorthy, Daniel D Karp, Apostolia Tsimberidou, Funda Meric-Bernstam, Vivek Subbiah
BACKGROUND: We sought to develop a prognostic scoring system to aid in patient selection for immune checkpoint inhibitor (ICI) phase 1 clinical trials. METHODS: Clinical data from patients treated in phase 1 ICI clinical trials at MD Anderson (MDA) Center were analysed. Seventeen clinical factors were studied. Recursive partitioning analysis, a tree-based model, was used to develop a regression tree and identify optimal cut-points based on differences in survival for each clinical factor...
February 20, 2018: British Journal of Cancer
Ameeta Retzer, Thomas Keeley, Khaled Ahmed, Jo Armes, Julia M Brown, Lynn Calman, Chris Copland, Fabio Efficace, Anna Gavin, Adam Glaser, Diana M Greenfield, Anne Lanceley, Rachel M Taylor, Galina Velikova, Michael Brundage, Rebecca Mercieca-Bebber, Madeleine T King, Melanie Calvert, Derek Kyte
INTRODUCTION: Patient-reported outcomes (PROs) are increasingly included within cancer clinical trials. If appropriately collected, analysed and transparently reported, these data might provide invaluable evidence to inform patient care. However, there is mounting indication that the design and reporting of PRO data in cancer trials may be suboptimal. This programme of research will establish via three interlinked studies whether these findings are applicable to UK cancer trials, and if so, how to best enhance the way PROs are assessed, managed and reported in clinical trials...
February 3, 2018: BMJ Open
Debra L Madden
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: In 2016, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) announced immunotherapy as the year's top cancer advance in its "Clinical Cancer Advances 2016: ASCO's Annual Report on Progress Against Cancer." Further, ASCO again named "Immunotherapy 2.0" as the 2017 advance of the year, emphasizing the recent, rapid pace of research into new agents that harness and enhance the innate abilities of the immune system to recognize and fight cancers-and stressing that such agents have extended the lives of many patients with late-stage cancers for which there have been few treatment options...
February 7, 2018: Current Oncology Reports
Nikhil I Khushalani
The Oncology Grand Rounds series is designed to place original reports published in the Journal into clinical context. A case presentation is followed by a description of diagnostic and management challenges, a review of the relevant literature, and a summary of the authors' suggested management approaches. The goal of this series is to help readers better understand how to apply the results of key studies, including those published in Journal of Clinical Oncology, to patients seen in their own clinical practice...
February 1, 2018: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
Victoria Kaestner, Jonathan B Edmiston, Vinay Prasad
BACKGROUND: Despite the abundant research on financial conflict of interest regarding provider behaviour and the interpretation and results of research, little is known about the relation between these conflicts in academia and the trajectory of one's academic career. We performed a study to examine whether the presence of financial ties to drug makers among academics is associated with research productivity. METHODS: We hand-searched 3 high-impact general medical journals (New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA and The Lancet) and 3 high-impact oncology journals that publish original science (The Lancet Oncology, Journal of Clinical Oncology and Journal of the National Cancer Institute) to identify physicians based in the United States who were first or last authors on original papers on hematologic or oncologic topics that appeared in 2015...
January 30, 2018: CMAJ Open
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Melatonin has shown the potential to inhibit growth of different tumors, both in vitro and in vivo. There is clear evidence that the administration of melatonin alone or in combination with chemo and radiotherapy in cancer patients with advanced solid tumors has been associated with improved outcomes of tumor regression and survival. Moreover, chemotherapy has been shown to be better tolerated in patients treated with melatonin. However, there are different ways of preparation and administration of melatonin to the patient...
December 25, 2017: Neuro Endocrinology Letters
Emilie Hutt, Arlette Da Silva, Emilie Bogart, Sara Le Lay-Diomande, Diane Pannier, Stéphanie Delaine-Clisant, Marie-Cécile Le Deley, Antoine Adenis
INTRODUCTION: Palliative care (PC) has usually been offered at the end-of-life stage, although the WHO recommends providing PC as early as possible in the course of the disease. A recent study has shown that early PC (EPC) provides a more meaningful effect on quality of life and, surprisingly, on overall survival (OS) than standard treatment for patients with metastatic lung cancer. Whether EPC benefits also apply to patients with metastatic upper gastrointestinal (GI) cancers is unknown...
January 23, 2018: BMJ Open
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Since the beginning of 2017, Chinese Journal of Cancer has published a series of important questions in cancer research and clinical oncology, which spark diverse thoughts, interesting communications, and potential collaborations among researchers all over the world. In this article, 8 more questions are presented as follows. Question 86. In which circumstances is good supportive care associated with a survival advantage in patients with cancer? Question 87. Can we develop animal models to mimic immunotherapy response of cancer patients? Question 88...
January 22, 2018: Chinese Journal of Cancer
Michael D Jenkinson, Damiano Giuseppe Barone, Andrew Bryant, Luke Vale, Helen Bulbeck, Theresa A Lawrie, Michael G Hart, Colin Watts
BACKGROUND: Extent of resection is considered to be a prognostic factor in neuro-oncology. Intraoperative imaging technologies are designed to help achieve this goal. It is not clear whether any of these sometimes very expensive tools (or their combination) should be recommended as standard care for people with brain tumours. We set out to determine if intraoperative imaging technology offers any advantage in terms of extent of resection over standard surgery and if any one technology was more effective than another...
January 22, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Harpal Harrar, Simon Myers, Ali M Ghanem
BACKGROUND: Patients often seek guidance from the aesthetic practitioners regarding treatments to enhance their 'beauty'. Is there a science behind the art of assessment and if so is it measurable? Through the centuries, this question has challenged scholars, artists and surgeons. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: This study aims to undertake a review of the evidence behind quantitative facial measurements in assessing beauty to help the practitioner in everyday aesthetic practice...
January 8, 2018: Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
Alicia Katherine Morgans
The Oncology Grand Rounds series is designed to place original reports published in the Journal into clinical context. A case presentation is followed by a description of diagnostic and management challenges, a review of the relevant literature, and a summary of the authors' suggested management approaches. The goal of this series is to help readers better understand how to apply the results of key studies, including those published in Journal of Clinical Oncology, to patients seen in their own clinical practice...
February 20, 2018: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
Ionut Negoi, Sorin Hostiuc, Ruxandra Irina Negoi, Mircea Beuran
AIM: To compare the effectiveness of laparoscopic complete mesocolic excision (CME) with central vascular ligation (L-CME) with its open (O-CME) counterpart. METHODS: We conducted an electronic search of the PubMed/MEDLINE, Excerpta Medica Database, Web of Science Core Collection, Cochrane Center Register of Controlled Trails, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, SciELO, and Korean Journal databases from their inception until May 2017. We considered randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and controlled clinical trials (CCTs) that included patients with colonic cancer comparing L-CME and O-CME...
December 15, 2017: World Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology
A Petit
In addition to continuous medical education, medical journals offer to dermatologists a huge variety of news that differ by their content, validity, originality and clinical relevance. I collected here various articles relative to clinical dermatology that have been published between September, 2016 and September, 2017. These papers have been chosen in the aim of reflecting such diversity. I just excluded, as far as possible, articles dealing with other issues that the reader will find further in this booklet (such as research, pediatric, instrumental, oncologic or therapeutic dermatology, or dermatology and internal medicine)...
December 2017: Annales de Dermatologie et de Vénéréologie
Dominique Tremblay, Catherine Prady, Karine Bilodeau, Nassera Touati, Maud-Christine Chouinard, Martin Fortin, Isabelle Gaboury, Jean Rodrigue, Marie-France L'Italien
BACKGROUND: Cancer is now viewed as a chronic disease, presenting challenges to follow-up and survivorship care. Models to shift from haphazard, suboptimal and fragmented episodes of care to an integrated cancer care continuum must be developed, tested and implemented. Numerous studies demonstrate improved care when follow-up is assured by both oncology and primary care providers rather than either group alone. However, there is little data on the roles assumed by specialized oncology teams and primary care providers and the extent to which they work together...
December 16, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
Anand Narayan, Katie Lobner, Jan Fritz
OBJECTIVE: The open access movement has pushed for greater access to scientific knowledge by expanding access to scientific journal articles. There is limited information about the extent to which open access policies have been adopted by radiology journals. We performed a systematic analysis to ascertain the proportion of radiology journals with open access options. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A search was performed with the assistance of a clinical informationist. Full and mixed English-language diagnostic and interventional radiology Web of Science journals (impact factors > 1...
December 11, 2017: Journal of the American College of Radiology: JACR
Fei Liang, Xinmei Guo, Sheng Zhang, Hongxi Xue, Qiang Chen, Xichun Hu
Background: Decisions by leading journals to require trial registration and to make protocols of phase III randomized clinical trials (RCTs) publicly accessible were landmark events in clinical trial reporting. Materials and Methods: We identified phase III cancer RCTs published between 2013 and 2015 in New England Journal of Medicine ( NEJM ), The Lancet, The lancet Oncology, JAMA and Journal of Clinical Oncology (JCO). Results: We identified 345 reports of phase III RCTs of which 217 (62...
November 14, 2017: Oncotarget
Julien Langrand-Escure, Romain Rivoirard, Mathieu Oriol, Fabien Tinquaut, Chloé Rancoule, Frank Chauvin, Nicolas Magné, Aurélie Bourmaud
BACKGROUND: Phase II clinical trials are a cornerstone of the development in experimental treatments They work as a "filter" for phase III trials confirmation. Surprisingly the attrition ratio in Phase III trials in oncology is significantly higher than in any other medical specialty. This suggests phase II trials in oncology fail to achieve their goal. Objective The present study aims at estimating the quality of reporting in published oncology phase II clinical trials. DATA SOURCES: A literature review was conducted among all phase II and phase II/III clinical trials published during a 5-year period (2010-2015)...
2017: PloS One
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