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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28862407/an-handbook-for-the-clinical-cardiologist-about-crt-icd-a-pratical-guide-about-how-to-survive-during-an-on-call-shift
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Fabiana Lucà, Emilia Biscottini, Laura Cipolletta, Marco Marini, Giorgio Caretta, Alberto Lavorgna, Fabio Vagnarelli, Stefania A DI Fusco, Vincenza Procaccini, Letizia Riva, Gabriele Vianello, Renata DE Maria, Achille Giardina, Michele M Gulizia
INTRODUCTION: Cardiac Resynchronization Therapies (CRTs) have been demonstrated to improve the clinical management and prognosis of selected patients with heart failure. EVIDENCE ACQUISITION: CRT devices include both CRT Pacemakers (CRT-P) and CRT defibrillators (CRT-D), with the latter being used to treat life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias. EVIDENCE SYNTHESIS: A significant advantage of CRTs is the ability to monitor several vital parameters which, thanks to advanced technology, may be remotely assessed...
August 31, 2017: Minerva Cardioangiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28859784/outcomes-of-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-with-or-without-defibrillation-in-patients-with-nonischemic-cardiomyopathy
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MULTICENTER STUDY
Francisco Leyva, Abbasin Zegard, Edmund Acquaye, Christopher Gubran, Robin Taylor, Paul W X Foley, Fraz Umar, Kiran Patel, Jonathan Panting, Howard Marshall, Tian Qiu
BACKGROUND: Recent studies have cast doubt on the benefit of cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) with defibrillation (CRT-D) versus pacing (CRT-P) for patients with nonischemic cardiomyopathy (NICM). Left ventricular myocardial scar portends poor clinical outcomes. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to determine whether CRT-D is superior to CRT-P in patients with NICM either with (+) or without (-) left ventricular midwall fibrosis (MWF), detected by cardiac magnetic resonance...
September 5, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28846718/intensity-modulated-radiotherapy-reduces-gastrointestinal-toxicity-in-pelvic-radiation-therapy-with-moderate-dose
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Yoo-Kang Kwak, Sea-Won Lee, Chul Seung Kay, Hee Hyun Park
This retrospective study was performed to evaluate and compare gastrointestinal (GI) toxicities caused by conventional radiotherapy (cRT) and intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) in 136 cancer patients treated with pelvic radiotherapy (RT) with moderate radiation dose in a single institution. A matched-pair analysis of the two groups was performed; each group included 68 patients. Conventional RT was delivered using the four-field box technique and IMRT was delivered with helical tomotherapy. The median daily dose was 1...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28841827/comparison-of-12-month-therapeutic-effect-of-conbercept-and-ranibizumab-for-diabetic-macular-edema-a-real-life-clinical-practice-study
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Yule Xu, Ao Rong, Wei Xu, Yunli Niu, Zhen Wang
BACKGROUND: To compare the efficacy of intravitreal conbercept and ranibizumab in the treatment of diabetic macular edema (DME) in a real-life clinical practice. METHODS: This was a retrospective study. Among 62 Chinese patients with DME, 32 patients (36 eyes) received intravitreal conbercept (IVC) injections and 30 patients (32 eyes) received intravitreal ranibizumab (IVR) injections, once a month for 3 months followed by as needed therapy. All participants had at least 12 months of follow-up...
August 25, 2017: BMC Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819406/adjuvant-therapeutic-modalities-following-three-field-lymph-node-dissection-for-stage-ii-iii-esophageal-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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Lili Li, Lihao Zhao, Baochai Lin, Huafang Su, Meng Su, Deyao Xie, Xiance Jin, Congying Xie
Background: The rates of locoregional and distant recurrence for esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) patients underwent radical esophagectomy remain high. The purpose of this study is to explore an optimal postoperative therapeutic modality by investigating the efficacy of various adjuvant therapies in the treatment of ESCC. Methods: We retrospectively reviewed 408 ESCC patients underwent thoracic esophagectomy and 3-field lymph node dissection from 2010 to 2015. Patients were classified into surgery alone (Group S), adjuvant chemotherapy (Group CT) and postoperative chemotherapy plus radiotherapy (Group CRT), respectively...
2017: Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780923/assessment-of-cognitive-function-in-patients-with-metastatic-cancer-are-we-using-the-right-tools
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Geana Paula Kurita, Marlene Sandvad, Lena Lundorff, Cibele Andrucioli De Mattos-Pimenta, Jette Højsted, Per Sjøgren
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed at analyzing the validity and reliability of the continuous reaction time (CRT) test, the finger-tapping test (FTT), the Digit Span Test (DST), the Trail Making Test - part B (TMTB), and the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) in patients with metastatic cancer. METHOD: Eighty adult patients and 81 healthy controls were assessed between July of 2010 and November of 2015. The neuropsychological tests were analyzed regarding construct/discriminant/criterion validity and reliability...
August 7, 2017: Palliative & Supportive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748260/clinical-predictors-for-reactive-tube-feeding-in-patients-with-advanced-oropharynx-cancer-receiving-radiotherapy%C3%A2-%C3%A2-%C3%A2-chemotherapy
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Belinda Vangelov, Robert I Smee
Enteral feeding is often required for nutrition support in head and neck cancer patients when oral intake is inadequate. When to initiate the insertion of a feeding tube continues to be a debated issue in our institution. We investigated the use of reactive feeding tubes (RFTs) in patients with advanced stage oropharynx cancer (OPC). Data were retrospectively collected on 131 patients who had radiotherapy (RT) ± chemotherapy from 2005 to 2015. Predictors for RFT insertion were investigated. Weight loss during RT was compared between those with RFT versus prophylactic tubes (PFTs) versus no tube, and survival outcomes evaluated...
July 26, 2017: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740910/dosimetric-advantages-of-intensity-modulated-radiation-therapy-in-locally-advanced-lung-cancer
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John Boyle, Brad Ackerson, Lin Gu, Chris R Kelsey
PURPOSE: Radiation therapy plays an essential role in the treatment of locally advanced lung cancer, but it inevitably leads to incidental and unnecessary dose to critical organs, including the lung, heart, and esophagus. Numerous radiation dose-volumetric parameters have been associated with increased risk of morbidity and mortality. The purpose of the present study is to quantify differences in normal tissue radiation exposure with intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) compared with 3-dimensional conformal radiation therapy (3D-CRT)...
January 2017: Advances in Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719713/lymph-node-positive-cutaneous-nonmelanoma-skin-cancer-a-poor-prognosis-disease-in-need-of-treatment-intensification
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Lora S Wang, Elizabeth A Handorf, John A Ridge, Barbara A Burtness, Miriam N Lango, Ranee Mehra, Jeffrey C Liu, Thomas J Galloway
Locoregionally advanced nonmelanoma skin cancer (NMSC) has an aggressive clinical course characterized by high rates of treatment failure and poor survival compared with localized skin cancers. Our goal was to investigate multimodal therapy for lymph-node-positive NMSC. Data from patients with lymph-node-positive NMSC who underwent surgery and adjuvant therapy at a single tertiary center from 2002 to 2012 were retrospectively reviewed. Median follow-up was 1.8 years (range: 0.5 to 8.5). Overall survival (OS) and progression-free survival (PFS) were calculated using the Kaplan-Meier method...
July 2017: Ear, Nose, & Throat Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716973/incremental-benefit-of-cardiac-resynchronisation-therapy-with-versus-without-a-defibrillator
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Pieter Martens, Frederik H Verbrugge, Petra Nijst, Matthias Dupont, Dieter Nuyens, Hugo Van Herendael, Maximo Rivero-Ayerza, Wilson H Tang, Wilfried Mullens
OBJECTIVE: To determine the incremental value of implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD) in contemporary optimally treated patients with heart failure (HF) undergoing cardiac resynchronisation therapy (CRT). METHODS: Consecutive patients with HF undergoing CRT-pacemaker (CRT-P) or CRT-defibrillator (CRT-D) implantation in a single tertiary care centre between October 2008 and August 2015 were retrospectively evaluated. For patients with a primary prevention indication of the CRT-D, no benefit of the ICD was defined as absence of appropriate therapy (device analysis) or lethal ventricular tachyarrhythmias (mode of death analysis) during follow-up...
July 17, 2017: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701672/the-shortest-qrs-duration-of-an-electrocardiogram-might-be-an-optimal-electrocardiographic-predictor-for-response-to-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy
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Jan-Yow Chen, Kuo-Hung Lin, Kuan-Cheng Chang, Che-Yi Chou
QRS duration has been associated with the response to cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT). However, the methods for defining QRS duration to predict the outcome of CRT have discrepancies in previous reports. The aim of this study was to determine an optimal measurement of QRS duration to predict the response to CRT.Sixty-one patients who received CRT were analyzed. All patients had class III-IV heart failure, left ventricular ejection fraction not more than 35%, and complete left bundle branch block. The shortest, longest, and average QRS durations from the 12 leads of each electrocardiogram (ECG) were measured...
August 3, 2017: International Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666319/cause-of-death-analysis-in-patients-with-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-with-or-without-a-defibrillator-a-systematic-review-and-proportional-meta-analysis
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Sérgio Barra, Rui Providência, Rudolf Duehmke, Serge Boveda, David Begley, Andrew Grace, Kumar Narayanan, Anthony Tang, Eloi Marijon, Sharad Agarwal
Aims: The additional benefit of a defibrillator in cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) patients is a matter of debate. Cause-of-death analysis in a CRT population has been recently proposed as a useful approach to gain insight into this problem. We performed a systematic review and meta-analysis looking at cause of death in studies involving CRT subjects with (CRT-D) or without (CRT-P) a defibrillator. Methods and results: Literature search performed from inception to 31 March 2016 for relevant studies...
June 28, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28662775/improved-survival-with-definitive-chemoradiation-compared-to-definitive-radiation-alone-in-squamous-cell-carcinoma-of-the-vulva-a-review-of-the-national-cancer-database
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Yuan James Rao, Re-I Chin, Caressa Hui, David G Mutch, Matthew A Powell, Julie K Schwarz, Perry W Grigsby, Stephanie Markovina
BACKGROUND: It is unclear whether definitive chemoradiation (CRT) results in improved overall survival compared to radiation therapy (RT) alone in patients with vulvar cancer who are not candidates for surgery. We compared these treatment strategies in the National Cancer Database (NCDB). METHODS: We identified 1352 patients with pathologically-confirmed squamous cell carcinoma of the vulva treated with definitive RT (n=353) or definitive CRT (n=999) between 2003 and 2014 in the NCDB...
June 27, 2017: Gynecologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648948/randomized-phase-ii-study-comparing-prophylactic-cranial-irradiation-alone-to-prophylactic-cranial-irradiation-and-consolidative-extra-cranial-irradiation-for-extensive-disease-small-cell-lung-cancer-ed-sclc-nrg-oncology-rtog-0937
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Elizabeth M Gore, Chen Hu, Alexander Y Sun, Daniel F Grimm, Suresh S Ramalingam, Neal E Dunlap, Kristin A Higgins, Maria Werner-Wasik, Aaron M Allen, Puneeth Iyengar, Gregory M M Videtic, Russell K Hales, Ronald C McGarry, James J Urbanic, Anthony T Pu, Candice A Johnstone, Volker W Stieber, Rebecca Paulus, Jeffrey D Bradley
INTRODUCTION: RTOG-0937 is a randomized phase-II trial evaluating 1-year OS with PCI or PCI plus consolidative radiation therapy (cRT) to intra-thoracic disease and extracranial metastases for ED-SCLC. METHODS: Patients with 1-4 extracranial metastases were eligible after CR or PR to chemotherapy. Randomization was to PCI or PCI+cRT to the thorax and metastases. Original stratification included PR vs CR after chemotherapy and 1 vs 2-4 metastases; age < 65 vs > 65 was added after an observed imbalance...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Thoracic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629896/randomized-phase-ii-study-of-preoperative-chemoradiotherapy-%C3%A2-panitumumab-followed-by-consolidation-chemotherapy-in-potentially-operable-locally-advanced-stage-iiia-n2-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-nrg-oncology-rtog-0839
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Martin J Edelman, Chen Hu, Quynh-Thu Le, Jessica S Donington, Warren D D'Souza, Adam P Dicker, Billy W Loo, Elizabeth M Gore, Gregory M M Videtic, Nathaniel R Evans, Joseph W Leach, Maximilian Diehn, Steven J Feigenberg, Yuhchyau Chen, Rebecca Paulus, Jeffrey D Bradley
INTRODUCTION: Multimodality therapy has curative potential in locally advanced NSCLC. Mediastinal nodal sterilization (MNS) after induction chemoradiotherapy (CRT) can serve as an intermediate marker for efficacy. NRG Oncology Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) 0229 demonstrated the feasibility and efficacy of combining full-dose radiation (61.2 Gy) with chemotherapy followed by resection and chemotherapy. On the basis of that experience and evidence that EGFR antibodies are radiosensitizing, we explored adding panitumumab to CRT followed by resection and consolidation chemotherapy in locally advanced NSCLC with a primary end point of MNS...
September 2017: Journal of Thoracic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626201/survival-and-heart-failure-hospitalization-in-patients-with-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-with-or-without-a-defibrillator-for-primary-prevention-in-japan%C3%A3-analysis-of-the-japan-cardiac-device-treatment-registry-database
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Hisashi Yokoshiki, Akihiko Shimizu, Takeshi Mitsuhashi, Hiroshi Furushima, Yukio Sekiguchi, Tetsuyuki Manaka, Nobuhiro Nishii, Takeshi Ueyama, Norishige Morita, Hideo Okamura, Takashi Nitta, Kenzo Hirao, Ken Okumura
BACKGROUND: Randomized control trials comparing the effectiveness of cardiac resynchronization therapy devices, with (CRT-D) or without (CRT-P) a defibrillator, are scarce in heart failure patients with no prior sustained ventricular tachyarrhythmias.Methods and Results:The Japan Cardiac Device Treatment Registry (JCDTR) has data for 2714 CRT-D and 555 CRT-P recipients for primary prevention with an implantation date between January 2011 and August 2015. Of these patients, follow-up data were available for 717...
June 13, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601912/effects-of-photodynamic-therapy-plus-intravitreal-aflibercept-with-subtenon-triamcinolone-injections-for-aflibercept-resistant-polypoidal-choroidal-vasculopathy
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Tsutomu Sakai, Noriko Kato, Masaomi Kubota, Hiroshi Tsuneoka
PURPOSE: To evaluate the outcome of triple therapy of photodynamic therapy combined with injections of intravitreal aflibercept (IVA) and subtenon triamcinolone acetonide for polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (PCV) resistant to IVA. METHODS: A retrospective chart review at a single institution was conducted to identify patients with PCV resistant to treatment with IVA who were switched to treatment with triple therapy. In total, 13 eyes from 13 patients were included in the study...
August 2017: Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28558382/znf750-expression-as-a-novel-candidate-biomarker-of-chemoradiosensitivity-in-esophageal-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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Ryota Otsuka, Yasunori Akutsu, Haruhito Sakata, Naoyuki Hanari, Kentaro Murakami, Masayuki Kano, Masahiko Takahashi, Yasunori Matsumoto, Nobufumi Sekino, Masaya Yokoyama, Keiko Iida, Hisahiro Matsubara
OBJECTIVE: ZNF750, an epidermal differentiation regulator, has been suggested to act as a tumor suppressor of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC). Although a correlation between the epidermal differentiation gene and resistance to chemoradiotherapy (CRT) has been posited, no data regarding the ZNF750 status in ESCC have been reported. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the relationship between ZNF750 expression and response to CRT in ESCC. METHODS: Eighty-seven patients who had been pathologically diagnosed with ESCC were evaluated in the present study...
2017: Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28451588/lead-extraction-of-cardiac-rhythm-devices-a-report-of-a-single-center-experience
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Ana Isabel Azevedo, João Primo, Helena Gonçalves, Marco Oliveira, Luís Adão, Elisabeth Santos, José Ribeiro, Marlene Fonseca, Adelaide V Dias, Luís Vouga, Vasco Gama Ribeiro
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: The rate of implanted cardiac electronic devices is increasing as is the need to manage long-term complications. Lead removal is becoming an effective approach to treat such complications. We present our experience in lead removal using different approaches, analyzing the predictors of the use of mechanical extractors/surgical removal. METHODS: Retrospective analysis of lead extractions in a series of 76 consecutive patients (mean age 70...
2017: Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388657/clinical-decision-tool-for-crt-p-vs-crt-d-implantation-findings-from-prose-icd
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Victor Nauffal, Yiyi Zhang, Tanyanan Tanawuttiwat, Elena Blasco-Colmenares, John Rickard, Joseph E Marine, Barbara Butcher, Sanaz Norgard, Timm-Michael Dickfeld, Kenneth A Ellenbogen, Eliseo Guallar, Gordon F Tomaselli, Alan Cheng
BACKGROUND: Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) devices reduce mortality through pacing-induced cardiac resynchronization and implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) therapy for ventricular arrhythmias (VAs). Whether certain factors can predict if patients will benefit more from implantation of CRT pacemakers (CRT-P) or CRT defibrillators (CRT-D) remains unclear. METHODS AND RESULTS: We followed 305 primary prevention CRT-D recipients for the two primary outcomes of HF hospitalization and ICD therapy for VAs...
2017: PloS One
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