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Cancer, Oncology, Prevention, Markers

W Oliver Tobin, Sean J Pittock
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This article reviews the rapidly evolving spectrum of autoimmune neurologic disorders with a focus on those that involve the central nervous system, providing an understanding of how to approach the diagnostic workup of patients presenting with central nervous system symptoms or signs that could be immune mediated, either paraneoplastic or idiopathic, to guide therapeutic decision making. RECENT FINDINGS: The past decade has seen a dramatic increase in the discovery of novel neural antibodies and their targets...
June 2017: Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology
Jean Amiral, Jerard Seghatchian
Thrombotic diseases caused by cancer progression have been reported as one of the major causes of cancer associated morbidity and mortality along with cancer invasiveness and infectious complications. Moreover, anticoagulant therapy with heparin and heparin-like drugs, or vitamin K antagonists, or the Direct Oral Anticoagulants, is seeing an extended application in cancer patients and offers prolonged life expectancy to oncology patients for whom blood activation and thrombotic events have a variable incidence, depending on cancer type...
June 2017: Transfusion and Apheresis Science
Kazuko Tajiri, Kazutaka Aonuma, Ikuo Sekine
Cardiac dysfunction that develops during or after completion of cancer therapy is a growing health concern that should be addressed in a multidisciplinary setting. Cardio-oncology is a new discipline that focuses on screening, monitoring and treating cardiovascular disease during and after cancer treatment. A baseline cardiovascular risk assessment is essential. For high-risk patients, a tailored and detailed plan for cardiovascular management throughout treatment and beyond should also be established. Anthracycline and/or trastuzumab-containing chemotherapy and chest-directed radiation therapy are well known cardiotoxic cancer therapies...
May 15, 2017: Japanese Journal of Clinical Oncology
Jorge A Alvarez, Raymond R Russell
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Cardio-oncology focuses increased effort to decrease cancer treatment-related cardiotoxicity while continuing to improve outcomes. We sought to synthesize the latest in nuclear cardiology as it pertains to the assessment of left ventricular function in preventative guidelines and comparison to other modalities, novel molecular markers of pre-clinical cardiotoxicity, and its role in cardiac amyloid diagnosis. RECENT FINDINGS: Planar ERNA (equilibrium radionuclide angiocardiography) provides a reliable and proven means of monitoring and preventing anthracycline cardiotoxicity, and SPECT ERNA using solid-state gamma cameras may provide reproducible assessments of left ventricular function with reduced radiation exposure...
April 2017: Current Cardiology Reports
Lilian Yuri Itaya Yamaga, Jairo Wagner, Marcelo Buarque de Gusmão Funari
PET-CT with somatostatin analogs labeled with Ga is increasingly recognized as the best imaging modality for the evaluation of well-differentiated neuroendocrine tumors (NETs). However, somatostatin receptor (SSR) is not an exclusive marker for NET. A variety of tumors other than NETs express SSR, leading to a significant risk of false-positive PET/CT results. We illustrate false-positive Ga-DOTATATE PET/CT findings due to high uptake by non-Hodgkin lymphoma, metastatic meningioma, breast cancer, thyroid adenoma, and papillary carcinoma...
June 2017: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
Christine Dethlefsen, Katrine Seide Pedersen, Pernille Hojman
Cumulative epidemiological evidence shows that regular exercise lowers the risk of developing breast cancer and decreases the risk of disease recurrence. The causality underlying this relation has not been fully established, and the exercise recommendations for breast cancer patients follow the general physical activity guidelines, prescribing 150 min of exercise per week. Thus, elucidations of the causal mechanisms are important to prescribe and implement the most optimal training regimen in breast cancer prevention and treatment...
January 30, 2017: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
Serena Mazzucchelli, Michela Bellini, Luisa Fiandra, Marta Truffi, Maria A Rizzuto, Luca Sorrentino, Erika Longhi, Manuela Nebuloni, Davide Prosperi, Fabio Corsi
Chemotherapeutic treatment of breast cancer is based on maximum tolerated dose (MTD) approach. However, advanced stage tumors are not effectively eradicated by MTD owing to suboptimal drug targeting, onset of therapeutic resistance and neoangiogenesis. In contrast, "metronomic" chemotherapy is based on frequent drug administrations at lower doses, resulting in neovascularization inhibition and induction of tumor dormancy. Here we show the potential of H-ferritin (HFn)-mediated targeted nanodelivery of metronomic doxorubicin (DOX) in the setting of a highly aggressive and metastatic 4T1 breast cancer mouse model with DOX-inducible expression of chemoresistance...
January 31, 2017: Oncotarget
Paolo A Ascierto, Sanjiv Agarwala, Gerardo Botti, Alessandra Cesano, Gennaro Ciliberto, Michael A Davies, Sandra Demaria, Reinhard Dummer, Alexander M Eggermont, Soldano Ferrone, Yang Xin Fu, Thomas F Gajewski, Claus Garbe, Veronica Huber, Samir Khleif, Michael Krauthammer, Roger S Lo, Giuseppe Masucci, Giuseppe Palmieri, Michael Postow, Igor Puzanov, Ann Silk, Stefani Spranger, David F Stroncek, Ahmad Tarhini, Janis M Taube, Alessandro Testori, Ena Wang, Jennifer A Wargo, Cassian Yee, Hassane Zarour, Laurence Zitvogel, Bernard A Fox, Nicola Mozzillo, Francesco M Marincola, Magdalena Thurin
The sixth "Melanoma Bridge Meeting" took place in Naples, Italy, December 1st-4th, 2015. The four sessions at this meeting were focused on: (1) molecular and immune advances; (2) combination therapies; (3) news in immunotherapy; and 4) tumor microenvironment and biomarkers. Recent advances in tumor biology and immunology has led to the development of new targeted and immunotherapeutic agents that prolong progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) of cancer patients. Immunotherapies in particular have emerged as highly successful approaches to treat patients with cancer including melanoma, non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), renal cell carcinoma (RCC), bladder cancer, and Hodgkin's disease...
November 15, 2016: Journal of Translational Medicine
M P Economides, P Mahale, A Kyvernitakis, F Turturro, H Kantarjian, A Naing, J Hosry, T L Shigle, A Kaseb, H A Torres
BACKGROUND: Antiviral therapy improves hepatic outcomes in hepatitis C virus (HCV)-infected cancer patients. However, such patients are not treated simultaneously with antivirals and chemotherapy, owing to overlapping toxicities with previous standard of care treatment of pegylated interferon and ribavirin. AIM: To examine the safety and clinically-significant drug-drug interactions observed in patients who received simultaneous treatment with direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) and chemotherapy...
December 2016: Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Saro H Armenian, Melissa M Hudson, Ming Hui Chen, Steven D Colan, Lanie Lindenfeld, George Mills, Aida Siyahian, Sarah Gelehrter, Ha Dang, Wendy Hein, Daniel M Green, Leslie L Robison, F Lennie Wong, Pamela S Douglas, Smita Bhatia
BACKGROUND: Anthracyclines are widely used in the treatment of childhood cancer. One of the well-recognized side-effects of anthracycline therapy is dose-dependent cardiomyopathy that may progress to heart failure (HF) years after completion of cancer-directed therapy. This study will evaluate the efficacy of low-dose beta-blocker (carvedilol) for HF risk reduction in childhood cancer survivors at highest risk for HF. The proposed intervention has the potential to significantly reduce chronic cardiac injury via interruption of neurohormonal systems responsible for left ventricular (LV) remodeling, resulting in improved cardiac function and decreased risk of HF...
October 4, 2016: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
Jorrit W van As, Henk van den Berg, Elvira C van Dalen
BACKGROUND: Platinum-based therapy, including cisplatin, carboplatin, oxaliplatin or a combination of these, is used to treat a variety of paediatric malignancies. Unfortunately, one of the most important adverse effects is the occurrence of hearing loss or ototoxicity. There is a wide variation in the reported prevalence of platinum-induced ototoxicity and the associated risk factors. More insight into the prevalence of and risk factors for platinum-induced hearing loss is essential in order to develop less ototoxic treatment protocols for the future treatment of children with cancer and to develop adequate follow-up protocols for childhood cancer survivors treated with platinum-based therapy...
August 3, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Bryant W Megna, Patrick R Carney, Manabu Nukaya, Pete Geiger, Gregory D Kennedy
BACKGROUND: Even with colonoscopy screening and preventive measures becoming more commonplace, colorectal cancer (CRC) remains the third leading cause of oncologic death in the United States as of 2014. Many chemotherapeutics exist for the treatment of colorectal cancer, though they often come with significant side effect profiles or narrow efficacy ranges in terms of patient profile. Dietary phytochemicals such as glucobrassicin and its metabolite indole-3-carbinol (I3C) have been implicated in tumor prevention in many preclinical models across a variety of gastrointestinal tumors and represent an intriguing new class of natural chemotherapeutics for CRC...
July 2016: Journal of Surgical Research
Alexandra C Kölbl, Lisa-Marie Victor, Amelie E Birk, Udo Jeschke, Ulrich Andergassen
Endometrial adenocarcinoma is a common malignancy in women worldwide, with formation of remote metastasis occurring following oncological treatment. Circulating tumor cells (CTCs) are regarded to be the origin of haematogenous metastasis formation. The present study aimed to identify suitable marker genes using a quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) approach to detect CTCs from blood samples of patients with endometrial carcinoma. Therefore, RNA was isolated from endometrial adenocarcinoma cell lines and from healthy endometrial tissue and reverse transcribed to cDNA, which was then used in qPCR on a number of marker genes...
September 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Zachary Nicholas, Michael Sughrue, James Battiste, Ozer Algan
We aimed to evaluate the clinical and pathologic features of two common medical illnesses and their appropriate workup and pathognomonic findings. A 57-year-old white male presented with a new onset expressive aphasia while traveling abroad. He was evaluated at an outside facility and underwent workup for a stroke. The evaluation included a CT and MRI of the brain demonstrating three new enhancing lesions, the largest of which was a 2.5 cm ring-enhancing cystic lesion. A CT of the chest noted a 4-cm cystic thyroid lesion that was diagnosed as a thyroid cancer with brain metastases...
2016: Curēus
M Panova-Noeva, I M Hermanns, A Schulz, D Laubert-Reh, T Zeller, S Blankenberg, H M Spronk, T Münzel, K J Lackner, H Ten Cate, P S Wild
INTRODUCTION: The advancements in cancer treatment and detection of early cancer have resulted in steady increase of adult cancer survivors over the years. However, due to the long term toxic effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, the incidence of cardiovascular diseases (CVD) is increasing in survivors. Identifying risk factors and interventions to reduce the excess burden of CVD in this vulnerable population is urgently needed. AIM: To investigate the cardiovascular risk factors (CVRFs), inflammation and coagulation profile in cancer survivors from a large population-based study...
April 2016: Thrombosis Research
Mauro Viganò, Giuseppe Serra, Giovanni Casella, Glenda Grossi, Pietro Lampertico
INTRODUCTION: Targeted therapies have gained popularity in the treatment of several oncologic and immune-mediated diseases. Immunosuppression caused by these drugs has been associated to reactivation of hepatitis B virus (HBV) in both hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) positive patients (overt infection) and HBsAg negative/anti-hepatitis B core antigen (anti-HBc) positive carriers (resolved infection), leading to premature discontinuation of therapy and potentially fatal hepatitis. AREAS COVERED: This review summarizes the evidence of HBV reactivation in patients with overt or resolved HBV infection undergoing targeted therapies for cancer or immune-mediated disorders, providing recommendations for the management of these patients...
July 2016: Expert Opinion on Biological Therapy
Z Bielčiková, L Petruželka
Hormonal dependent breast cancer is a heterogeneous disease from a molecular and clinical perspective. The relapse risk of early breast cancer patients treated with adjuvant hormonal therapy varies. Validated predictive markers concerning adjuvant cytotoxic treatment are still lacking in ER+/ HER2-  breast cancer, which has a good prognosis in general. This can lead to the inefficient chemotherapy indication. Molecular classification of breast cancer reports evidence about the heterogeneity of hormonal dependent breast cancer and its stratification to different groups with different characteristics...
2016: Klinická Onkologie: Casopis Ceské a Slovenské Onkologické Spolecnosti
Thilo Hackert, Stefan Fritz, Markus W Büchler
BACKGROUND: Surgical treatment of intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms (IPMN) requires a differentiated approach regarding indications and extent of resection. METHODS: The review summarizes the current literature on indication, timing, and surgical procedures in IPMN. RESULTS: The most important differentiation has to be made between main-duct and branch-duct IPMN as well as mixed-type lesions that biologically mimic main-duct types. In main-duct and mixed-type IPMN, the resection should be indicated by the time of the diagnosis - in accordance with the international consensus guidelines - and should follow oncological principles...
February 2015: Viszeralmedizin
Viviana Lacava, Giuseppe Coppolino, Elvira Puntorieri, Valeria Cernaro, Rosaria Lupica, Luca Visconti, Antoine Buemi, Domenico Santoro, Michele Buemi
A multidisciplinary approach represents the best method to interact with patients. Neoplastic and renal diseases are closely related to each other because of an increased risk of cancer among individuals with end-stage renal disease and because of the high prevalence of renal failure in cancer patients. Physicians should be able to know how to prevent and treat the possible complications which may appear during the course of neoplastic disease that may lead to kidney damage such as the Acute Tumor Lysis Syndrome, disorders of hydroelectrolitic balance, metabolic alterations in the calcium-phosphorus, anemia, interstitial and glomerular impairment due to chemotherapy...
2015: Renal Failure
E Anton, Natalia Botnariuc, E Ancuta, B Doroftei, A Ciobica, Carmen Anton
Breast cancer is the most common oncology disease in women and is one of the major public health issues. Worldwide, is the second leading cause of cancer death in women and cancer research is a priority in all the laboratories of the world, in terms of uncovering the appearance causes of the malignant process, understanding the mechanisms of development, but most of all, the discovery of early diagnostic methods and effective treatment. Ignorance, fear of diagnosis, lack of health education and of efficient programmes for prevention and screening could cause diagnosis of the disease to be detected in the majority of cases in advanced stages, when treatment remains only palliative and very costly, in this cases the patient's suffering being immense...
April 2015: Revista Medico-chirurgicală̆ a Societă̆ţ̜ii de Medici ş̧i Naturaliş̧ti Din Iaş̧i
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