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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742191/high-progesterone-levels-during-the-luteal-phase-related-to-the-use-of-an-aromatase-inhibitor-in-breast-cancer-patients
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C Alviggi, R Marci, R Vallone, A Conforti, F Di Rella, I Strina, S Picarelli, P De Rosa, M De Laurentiis, C Yding Andersen, G De Placido
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the hormonal profile in three breast cancer patients who underwent controlled ovarian stimulation in the presence of the aromatase inhibitor letrozole. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In IVF University referral center, a case series of three breast cancer patients who underwent controlled ovarian stimulation (COS) with recombinant FSH and letrozole were investigated. Ovulation was induced with hCG (case No. 1) or with GnRH agonist (case No. 2-3). The primary outcome of our study was the detection of progesterone levels in the luteal phase...
July 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740794/tissue-expanders-and-proton-beam-radiotherapy-what-you-need-to-know
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Ashley L Howarth, Joshua R Niska, Kenneth Brooks, Aman Anand, Martin Bues, Carlos E Vargas, Raman C Mahabir
Proton beam radiotherapy (PBR) has gained acceptance for the treatment of breast cancer because of unique beam characteristics that allow superior dose distributions with optimal dose to the target and limited collateral damage to adjacent normal tissue, especially to the heart and lungs. To determine the compatibility of breast tissue expanders (TEs) with PBR, we evaluated the structural and dosimetric properties of 2 ex vivo models: 1 model with internal struts and another model without an internal structure...
June 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Global Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740788/acellular-dermal-matrix-versus-inferior-deepithelialized-flap-breast-reconstruction-equivalent-outcomes-with-increased-cost
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Heidi H Hon, Ronnie N Mubang, Brian D Wernick, Samuel F Freedman, Jill C Stoltzfus, Lino F Miele, Stanislaw P Stawicki, W Michael Morrissey
BACKGROUND: Approximately 250,000 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed yearly in the U.S. resulting in more postmastectomy breast reconstructions (PMBRs). The acellular dermal matrix (ADM) expander-implant method became popular in the mid-2000s, but newer techniques such as the inferior deepithelialized flap (IDF) has more recently been described. We hypothesize that ADMs and IDFs provide comparable aesthetic outcomes, with no difference in complication rates and operative characteristics...
June 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Global Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740779/using-the-venous-pectoral-branch-from-the-thoracoacromial-system-as-a-lifeboat-in-autologous-breast-reconstruction
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Michael Tarakji, Matthew J Bartow, Charles Dupin, Oren Tessler
The most common recipient vessels for autologous free flap breast reconstruction are the internal mammary vessels. At times, there are problems with the exposed internal mammary vein (IMV) that require other options such as using the contralateral IMV, superior rib resection to access proximal IMV, retrograde IMV use, and thoracodorsal vein access with or without a vein graft. This case demonstrates using the pectoral branch of the thoracoacromial venous system without a vein graft as a lifeboat option when the IMV is not suitable for anastomosis...
June 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Global Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740767/the-effect-of-the-timing-of-radiotherapy-on-clinical-and-patient-reported-outcomes-after-latissimus-dorsi-breast-reconstruction-a-10-year-study
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Lashan J Peiris, Nicola C Dawson, Siobhan A M Laws, Richard M Rainsbury
BACKGROUND: Breast reconstruction (BR) is considered to be adversely affected by radiotherapy (RT), particularly when an implant is used. The aim of this study was to compare clinical and patient-reported outcomes after expander-assisted latissimus dorsi breast reconstruction depending on the timing of RT. METHODS: Patients undergoing BR over a 10-year period (follow-up mean, 56 [14-134] months) were divided into 3 groups. Group 1, RT after mastectomy and BR, Group 2, RT before mastectomy and BR, and Group 3, RT after mastectomy but before BR...
June 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Global Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740762/long-term-health-related-quality-of-life-after-breast-reconstruction-comparing-4-different-methods-of-reconstruction
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Andri Thorarinsson, Victoria Fröjd, Lars Kölby, Johan Ljungdal, Charles Taft, Hans Mark
BACKGROUND: Studies have confirmed that breast reconstruction is beneficial to improve health-related quality of life (HR-QoL) in breast cancer patients. Our aim was to compare 4 different methods of breast reconstruction on patient satisfaction and HR-QoL using both general and specific patient-reported outcome instruments. METHODS: Retrospectively, 459 patients who underwent breast reconstruction with a deep inferior epigastric artery perforator (DIEP) flap, latissimus dorsi flap, lateral thoracodorsal flap, or expander with secondary implant and who had responded to the questionnaires were enrolled...
June 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Global Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736768/community-engagement-to-address-socio-ecological-barriers-to-physical-activity-among-african-american-breast-cancer-survivors
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Selina A Smith, Mary S Whitehead, Joyce Q Sheats, Brittney Chubb, Ernest Alema-Mensah, Benjamin E Ansa
BACKGROUND: With high rates of obesity, low levels of physical activity (PA), and lack of adherence to physical activity guidelines (PAGs) among African American (AA) breast cancer survivors (BCSs), culturally appropriate interventions that address barriers to participation in PA are needed. METHODS: To develop intervention content, members of an AA breast cancer support group participated in four 1-hour focus group discussions (related to the barriers to PA, strategies for overcoming them, and intervention content), which were audiotaped, transcribed, and analyzed...
2017: Journal of the Georgia Public Health Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735580/high-protein-goat-s-milk-diet-identified-through-newborn-screening-clinical-warning-of-a-potentially-dangerous-dietetic-practice
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Evelina Maines, Giorgia Gugelmo, Elisa Tadiotto, Angelo Pietrobelli, Natascia Campostrini, Andrea Pasini, Florina Ion-Popa, Monica Vincenzi, Francesca Teofoli, Marta Camilot, Andrea Bordugo
OBJECTIVE: Breast-feeding is an unequalled way of providing optimal food for infants' healthy growth and development and the WHO recommends that infants should be exclusively breast-fed for the first 6 months of life. For mothers who are unable to breast-feed or who decide not to, infant formulas are the safest alternative. Despite recommendations, it is possible that parents make potentially harmful nutritional choices for their children because of cultural beliefs or misinformation on infant nutrition...
July 24, 2017: Public Health Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734684/factors-influencing-list-prices-for-radiologists-services
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Andrew B Rosenkrantz, Wenyi Wang, Arvind Vijayasarathi, Richard Duszak
PURPOSE: To identify factors associated with list price variation for radiologists' services. METHODS: The 2014 Medicare Physician and Other Supplier Public Use File was used to identify submitted charges ("list prices") and payments for radiologists' services (ie, not hospital service charges). Charge-to-payment ratios were computed for individual radiologists as a measure of excess charges. Numerous radiologist-level factors identifiable using publicly available data sets were explored...
July 20, 2017: Journal of the American College of Radiology: JACR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729550/anti-tumor-activity-and-immunotherapeutic-potential-of-a-bisphosphonate-prodrug
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Yoshimasa Tanaka, Masashi Iwasaki, Kaoru Murata-Hirai, Kenji Matsumoto, Kosuke Hayashi, Haruki Okamura, Tomoharu Sugie, Nagahiro Minato, Craig T Morita, Masakazu Toi
Bisphosphonates have benefits in breast cancer and multiple myeloma patients and have been used with adoptive immunotherapy with γδ T cells expressing Vγ2 Vδ2 TCRs. Although treatment with γδ T cells is safe, it has shown limited efficacy. Present bisphosphonates stimulate γδ T cells but were designed to inhibit bone resorption rather than treating cancer and have limited oral absorption, tumor cell entry, and cause bone side effects. The development of phosphate and phosphonate nucleotide prodrugs has led to important drugs for hepatitis C and HIV...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719836/long-term-management-of-patients-with-hormone-receptor-positive-metastatic-breast-cancer-concepts-for-sequential-and-combination-endocrine-based-therapies
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REVIEW
Adam M Brufsky
Treatment options for hormone receptor-positive (HR-positive) metastatic breast cancer (MBC) continue to increase in parallel with expanding knowledge about the complex biology of breast cancer subtypes and resistance mechanisms to endocrine therapy. For patients with HR-positive MBC, there are now an unprecedented number of endocrine-based treatment options that can improve long-term outcomes, while preserving or optimizing quality of life, and that can be used before selecting more cytotoxic chemotherapeutic regimens...
July 6, 2017: Cancer Treatment Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718036/paravertebral-blocks-reduce-narcotic-use-without-affecting-perfusion-in-patients-undergoing-autologous-breast-reconstruction
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Elizabeth B Odom, Nili Mehta, Rajiv P Parikh, Ryan Guffey, Terence M Myckatyn
BACKGROUND: Autologous breast reconstruction offers excellent long term outcomes after mastectomy. However, maintaining adequate postoperative analgesia remains challenging. Use of paravertebral blocks (PVBs) reduces postoperative narcotic use and length of stay, and enhanced recovery protocols with mixed analgesia methods are gaining popularity, but few studies have explored the intraoperative effects of these interventions. METHODS: Patients who underwent abdominally based autologous breast reconstruction between 2010 and 2016 were compiled into a retrospective database...
July 17, 2017: Annals of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717716/breast-cancer-and-african-ancestry-lessons-learned-at-the-10-year-anniversary-of-the-ghana-michigan-research-partnership-and-international-breast-registry
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Evelyn Jiagge, Joseph Kwaku Oppong, Jessica Bensenhaver, Francis Aitpillah, Kofi Gyan, Ishmael Kyei, Ernest Osei-Bonsu, Ernest Adjei, Michael Ohene-Yeboah, Kathy Toy, Karen Eubanks Jackson, Marian Akpaloo, Dorcas Acheampong, Beatrice Antwi, Faustina Obeng Agyeman, Zainab Alhassan, Linda Ahenkorah Fondjo, Osei Owusu-Afriyie, Robert Newman Brewer, Amma Gyamfuah, Barbara Salem, Timothy Johnson, Max Wicha, Sofia Merajver, Celina Kleer, Judy Pang, Emmanuel Amankwaa-Frempong, Azadeh Stark, Francis Abantanga, Lisa Newman, Baffour Awuah
Women with African ancestry in western, sub-Saharan Africa and in the United States represent a population subset facing an increased risk of being diagnosed with biologically aggressive phenotypes of breast cancer that are negative for the estrogen receptor, the progesterone receptor, and the HER2/neu marker. These tumors are commonly referred to as triple-negative breast cancer. Disparities in breast cancer incidence and outcome related to racial or ethnic identity motivated the establishment of the International Breast Registry, on the basis of partnerships between the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi, Ghana, the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, Michigan...
October 2016: Journal of Global Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717699/opportunistic-breast-cancer-education-and-screening-in-rural-honduras
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Linda S Kennedy, Suyapa A Bejarano, Tracy L Onega, Derek S Stenquist, Mary D Chamberlin
PURPOSE: In Honduras, the breast cancer burden is high, and access to women's health services is low. This project tested the connection of community-based breast cancer detection with clinical diagnosis and treatment in a tightly linked and quickly facilitated format. METHODS: The Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth College partnered with the Honduran cancer hospital La Liga Contra el Cancer to expand a cervical cancer screening program, which included self-breast exam (SBE) education and clinical breast exams (CBEs), to assess patient attitudes about and uptake of breast cancer education and screening services...
August 2016: Journal of Global Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717399/fulvestrant-in-advanced-breast-cancer-evidence-to-date-and-place-in-therapy
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REVIEW
Katalin Boér
Breast cancer is a classical hormone-dependent tumour; therefore, endocrine therapy is the mainstay of treatment for hormone receptor-positive, human epidermal growth factor 2-negative advanced breast cancer. Until recently, classical endocrine agents such as tamoxifen, steroidal and nonsteroidal aromatase inhibitors and fulvestrant have been widely used in postmenopausal patients to treat locally advanced or metastatic disease. However, for patients with this subtype of breast cancer, the landscape of endocrine therapy is rapidly changing...
July 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716116/catching-and-monitoring-clinical-innovation-through-performance-indicators-the-case-of-the-breast-conserving-surgery-indicator
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Anna Maria Murante, Silvio Candelori, Paola Rucci, Sabina Nuti, Manuela Roncella, Matteo Ghilli, Andrea Mercatelli, Maria Pia Fantini
BACKGROUND: The evolution in the surgical and diagnostic procedures, the attention to women's preferences, the case mix, and differences in professional practices may lead to a variability in the quality of breast cancer clinical pathway. To catch and manage this variability it is important to use valid measures. The aim of this paper is to examine the concurrent validity of the breast-conserving surgery (BCS) indicator and to provide evidence to guide the quality improvement process...
July 17, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714966/nanoscale-imaging-of-clinical-specimens-using-pathology-optimized-expansion-microscopy
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Yongxin Zhao, Octavian Bucur, Humayun Irshad, Fei Chen, Astrid Weins, Andreea L Stancu, Eun-Young Oh, Marcello DiStasio, Vanda Torous, Benjamin Glass, Isaac E Stillman, Stuart J Schnitt, Andrew H Beck, Edward S Boyden
Expansion microscopy (ExM), a method for improving the resolution of light microscopy by physically expanding a specimen, has not been applied to clinical tissue samples. Here we report a clinically optimized form of ExM that supports nanoscale imaging of human tissue specimens that have been fixed with formalin, embedded in paraffin, stained with hematoxylin and eosin, and/or fresh frozen. The method, which we call expansion pathology (ExPath), converts clinical samples into an ExM-compatible state, then applies an ExM protocol with protein anchoring and mechanical homogenization steps optimized for clinical samples...
July 17, 2017: Nature Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713853/factors-associated-with-acute-postoperative-pain-following-breast-reconstruction
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Anita R Kulkarni, Andrea L Pusic, Jennifer B Hamill, Hyungjin M Kim, Ji Qi, Edwin G Wilkins, Randy S Roth
INTRODUCTION: Post-mastectomy breast reconstruction has become an increasingly important component of breast cancer treatment. Unfortunately, some patients experience severe postoperative pain, placing them at risk for increased clinical morbidity and the development of disabling chronic pain. In an attempt to identify at-risk patients, we prospectively evaluated patient characteristics and medical/surgical variables associated with more severe acute post-reconstruction pain. METHODS: Women (N = 2207; one-week 82...
March 2017: JPRAS Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707729/sox11-promotes-invasive-growth-and-dcis-progression
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Erik Oliemuller, Naoko Kogata, Philip Bland, Divya Kriplani, Frances Daley, Syed Haider, Vandna Shah, Elinor J Sawyer, Beatrice A Howard
Here, we show that SOX11, an embryonic mammary marker, normally silent in postnatal breast cells, is expressed in many ER-negative (ER-) preinvasive DCIS lesions. Mature mammary epithelial cells engineered to express SOX11 displayed alterations in progenitor cell populations, including an expanded basal-like population with increased ALDH activity, and increased mammosphere-forming capacity. DCIS.com cells engineered to express SOX11 displayed increased ALDH activity, a feature of cancer stem cells. The CD44+/CD24-/ALDH+ cell population was increased in DCIS...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705099/heat-induced-brca2-degradation-in-human-tumors-provides-rationale-for-hyperthermia-parp-inhibitor-combination-therapies
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Nathalie van den Tempel, Hanny Odijk, Netteke van Holthe, Kishan Naipal, Anja Raams, Berina Eppink, Dik van Gent, Jose Hardillo, Gerda Verduijn, Jan Drooger, Gerard van Rhoon, Dineke Smedts, Helena van Doorn, Joost Boormans, Agnes Jager, Martine Franckena, Roland Kanaar
PURPOSE: Hyperthermia (40-44°C) effectively sensitizes tumors to radiotherapy by locally altering tumor biology. One of the effects of heat at the cellular level is inhibition of DNA repair by homologous recombination via degradation of the BRCA2-protein. This suggests that hyperthermia can expand the group of patients that benefit from PARP-inhibitors, a drug exploiting homologous recombination deficiency. Here, we explore whether the molecular mechanisms that cause heat-mediated degradation of BRCA2 are conserved in cell lines from various origins and, most importantly, whether, BRCA2 protein levels can be attenuated by heat in freshly biopted human tumors...
July 13, 2017: International Journal of Hyperthermia
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