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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439738/prospective-open-uncontrolled-phase-i-study-to-define-a-well-tolerated-dose-of-oral-artesunate-as-add-on-therapy-in-patients-with-metastatic-breast-cancer-artic-m33-2
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Cornelia von Hagens, Ingeborg Walter-Sack, Maren Goeckenjan, Julia Osburg, Brigitte Storch-Hagenlocher, Serkan Sertel, Michael Elsässer, Bjoern Andrew Remppis, Lutz Edler, Judith Munzinger, Thomas Efferth, Andreas Schneeweiss, Thomas Strowitzki
PURPOSE: The antimalarial drug artesunate (ART) is a promising candidate for cancer treatment as it displays anticancer effects in various models. While in short-term treatment of malaria, an excellent safety profile has been found for ART, the potential long-term treatment of cancer patients demands a phase I dose-finding clinical trial determining the daily ART dose which would be well tolerated as add-on therapy. METHODS: Patients with metastatic breast cancer were to receive either 100 or 150 or 200 mg oral ART daily as add-on to their guideline-based oncological therapy for a study period of four weeks with frequent clinical and laboratory monitoring until 4-8 weeks thereafter...
April 24, 2017: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436378/outcomes-of-corpectomy-in-patients-with-metastatic-cancer
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Grzegorz Guzik
BACKGROUND: The objective of surgical management of spinal metastases is to reduce pain and improve the patient's quality of life. The operation should restore spinal stability and decompress neural structures. One surgical technique is corpectomy followed by vertebral body reconstruction and stabilisation of the spine. The procedure may be performed in patients in overall good health and a good survival prognosis. The aim of this paper is to present the outcomes of surgical management of spinal metastases in patients who underwent corpectomy followed by vertebral body reconstruction and stabilisation of the spine...
January 26, 2017: Ortopedia, Traumatologia, Rehabilitacja
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394091/neuro-oncological-ventral-antigen-1-nova1-implications-in-neurological-diseases-and-cancers
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REVIEW
Yu Xin, Zheng Li, Heyi Zheng, Jeffery Ho, Matthew T V Chan, William K K Wu
Neuro-oncological ventral antigen 1 (NOVA1) is a RNA-binding protein that interacts with RNA containing repeats of the YCAY sequence. This protein is a brain-specific splicing factor regulating neuronal alternative splicing. It has been increasingly recognized as an important contributor to neurological disorders and carcinogenesis. In this review, we summarize the biological functions and pathological roles of NOVA1. The clinical implications of NOVA1 will also be discussed.
April 10, 2017: Cell Proliferation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338450/postoperative-quality-of-life-assessment-in-patients-with-spine-metastases-treated-with-long-segment-pedicle-screw-fixation
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Florian Bernard, Jean-Michel Lemée, Olivier Lucas, Philippe Menei
OBJECTIVE In recent decades, progress in the medical management of cancer has been significant, resulting in considerable extension of survival for patients with metastatic disease. This has, in turn, led to increased attention to the optimal surgical management of bone lesions, including metastases to the spine. In addition, there has been a shift in focus toward improving quality of life and reducing hospital stay for these patients, and many minimally invasive techniques have been introduced with the aim of reducing the morbidity associated with more traditional open approaches...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285700/autoimmune-paraneoplastic-syndromes-associated-to-lung-cancer-a-systematic-review-of-the-literature-part-3-neurological-paraneoplastic-syndromes-involving-the-central-nervous-system
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REVIEW
Georgiana Bentea, Claudine Sculier, Bogdan Grigoriu, Anne-Pascale Meert, Valérie Durieux, Thierry Berghmans, Jean-Paul Sculier
The development of new immune treatment in oncology and particularly for lung cancer may induce new complications, particularly activation or reactivation of auto-immune diseases. In this context, a systematic review on the auto-immune paraneoplastic syndromes that can complicate lung cancer appears useful. This article is the third of a series of five and deals mainly with neurological paraneoplastic syndromes involving the central nervous system.
April 2017: Lung Cancer: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270021/tropomyosin-receptor-kinase-inhibitors-an-updated-patent-review-for-2010-2016-part-ii
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Justin J Bailey, Ralf Schirrmacher, Kristen Farrell, Vadim Bernard-Gauthier
TrkA/B/C receptor activation supports growth, survival, and differentiation of discrete neuronal populations during development, adult life, and ageing but also plays numerous roles in human disease onset and progression. Trk-specific inhibitors have therapeutic applications in cancer and pain and thus constitute a growing area of interest in oncology and neurology. There has been substantial growth in the number of structural classes of Trk inhibitors and the number of industrial entrants to the Trk inhibitor field over the past six years...
March 8, 2017: Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Patents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195061/overview-of-the-preclinical-pharmacological-properties-of-nigella-sativa-black-seeds-a-complementary-drug-with-historical-and-clinical-significance
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E Z Dajani, T G Shahwan, N E Dajani
Nigella sativa (N. sativa, black seeds; or sometimes known by many other names such as the blessed seed by the Arabs, black cumin in the Holy Bible, black caraway and Kalonji in South Asia) has been traditionally used for many years not only as a food but also as complementary drug. It is the objective of this communication to review the evidence-based pre-clinical pharmacological actions of N. sativa as a basis of its existing and potential new human clinical uses. Primary PubMed literature searches and secondary Medline searches were conducted to define N...
December 2016: Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology: An Official Journal of the Polish Physiological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156536/caregiver-time-burden-in-newly-diagnosed-glioblastoma-a-prospective-analysis
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Christine Pittman, Nimish Mohile
242 Background: Caregiver (CG) burden is particularly high in glioblastoma (GBM) because neurologic deficits lead to cognitive dysfunction and physical dependence. The amount of time that CGs devote to GBM pts is not well described. The extent to which time burden impacts CG quality of life and perceived burden is unknown. METHODS: We performed an IRB-approved prospective analysis of 38 CGs of pts with newly diagnosed GBM enrolled over 8 mo. at a single academic institution. CGs were defined as individuals responsible for any aspect of pt support, and multiple CGs were allowed for each pt...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152732/reducing-pain-agitation-and-delirium-to-optimize-outcomes-in-mechanically-ventilated-critically-ill-oncology-patients
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Dana Bullick, Sharon Barniak, Joanne McGovern, Trisha Patel, Jeffrey Hoag
233 Background: Greater than 60% of cancer patients experience chronic pain which is heightened in critical illness. Optimal pain assessment is challenging in the critically ill leading to under treatment due to sedation during mechanical ventilation (MV). The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) favors treating pain with intermittent boluses rather than continuous infusions; however,appropriate analgesic doses and means of titration are elusive leading to over sedation, prolonged ventilation, and delirium...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138871/clinical-relevance-of-steroid-use-in-neuro-oncology
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REVIEW
K Ina Ly, Patrick Y Wen
BACKGROUND: Corticosteroids are commonly used in the management of primary central nervous system (CNS) tumors and CNS metastases to treat cancer- and treatment-related cerebral edema and improve neurologic function. However, they are also associated with significant morbidity and mortality, given their wide range of adverse effects. PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To review the mechanism of action, pharmacology, and toxicity profile of corticosteroids and to critically appraise the evidence that supports their use in neuro-oncologic practice based on the latest scientific and clinical data...
January 2017: Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28125370/a-systematic-review-of-the-effect-of-cancer-treatment-on-work-productivity-of-patients-and-caregivers
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Khalid M Kamal, Jordan R Covvey, Ankur Dashputre, Somraj Ghosh, Surbhi Shah, Monali Bhosle, Christopher Zacker
BACKGROUND: Cancer is a leading cause of death with substantial financial costs. While significant data exist on the economic burden of care, less is known about the indirect costs of treatment and, specifically, the effect on work productivity of patients and their caregivers. To examine the full effect of cancer and the potential value of new therapies, all aspects of care, including indirect costs and patient-reported outcomes, should be evaluated. OBJECTIVE: To perform a systematic review of the literature examining the effect of cancer treatment on work productivity in patients and their caregivers...
February 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074593/microtubule-associated-protein-1b-novel-paraneoplastic-biomarker
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Avi Gadoth, Thomas J Kryzer, Jim Fryer, Andrew McKeon, Vanda A Lennon, Sean J Pittock
OBJECTIVE: To report the identification of microtubule-associated protein (MAP) 1B as the antigen of the previously described Purkinje cell cytoplasmic antibody type 2 (PCA-2) antibody, its frequency, and clinical, oncological, and serological associations. METHODS: Archival serum or cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) specimens were available from 96 of 118 consecutive PCA-2-IgG-seropositive patients identified during 1993-2016. The autoantigen, defined in mouse brain lysate by Western blot and mass spectrometry, was confirmed by dual immunohistochemical staining using commercial antibodies...
February 2017: Annals of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039364/leptomeningeal-metastases-a-rano-proposal-for-response-criteria
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Marc Chamberlain, Larry Junck, Dieta Brandsma, Riccardo Soffietti, Roberta Rudà, Jeffrey Raizer, Willem Boogerd, Sophie Taillibert, Morris D Groves, Emilie Le Rhun, Julie Walker, Martin van den Bent, Patrick Y Wen, Kurt A Jaeckle
Leptomeningeal metastases (LM) currently lack standardization with respect to response assessment. A Response Assessment in Neuro-Oncology (RANO) working group with expertise in LM developed a consensus proposal for evaluating patients treated for this disease. Three basic elements in assessing response in LM are proposed: a standardized neurological examination, cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) cytology or flow cytometry, and radiographic evaluation. The group recommends that all patients enrolling in clinical trials undergo CSF analysis (cytology in all cancers; flow cytometry in hematologic cancers), complete contrast-enhanced neuraxis MRI, and in instances of planned intra-CSF therapy, radioisotope CSF flow studies...
April 1, 2017: Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28032249/anxiety-and-depressive-symptoms-among-two-seriously-medically-ill-populations-and-their-family-caregivers-a-comparison-and-clinical-implications
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Kelly M Shaffer, Jamie M Jacobs, Jessica N Coleman, Jennifer S Temel, Jonathan Rosand, Joseph A Greer, Ana-Maria Vranceanu
BACKGROUND: Anxiety and depression are common among patients with acute illness and their families. In oncology, psychosocial services addressing these symptoms are increasingly part of regular practice. Less is known about psychiatric distress among patients with acute neurological injury (ANI) and their family caregivers. To highlight this inequity in psychosocial intervention across medical services, we compared anxiety and depressive symptomatology shortly following diagnosis among patients facing incurable cancer or ANI and their family caregivers...
December 28, 2016: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27988342/prognostic-factors-in-patients-with-spinal-metastasis-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Panya Luksanapruksa, Jacob M Buchowski, William Hotchkiss, Sasima Tongsai, Sirichai Wilartratsami, Areesak Chotivichit
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Incidence of symptomatic spinal metastasis has increased due to improvement in treatment of the disease. One of the key factors that influences decision-making is expected patient survival. To our knowledge, no systematic reviews or meta-analysis have been conducted which review independent prognostic factors in spinal metastases PURPOSE: To determine independent prognostic factors that affect outcome in patients with metastatic spine disease. STUDY DESIGN: Systematic literature review and meta-analysis of publications for prognostic factors in spinal metastatic disease...
December 14, 2016: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27865537/metastases-in-the-cervical-spine-from-primary-head-and-neck-cancers-current-concepts-of-diagnosis-and-management
#16
S D Colbert, S Ramakrishna, J R Harvey, P A Brennan
Vertebral metastases from primary head and neck cancers are uncommon, and so there are no clear guidelines about management. The spinal cord can be compressed by a vertebral fracture or invasion of a tumour, and may present as an oncological and spinal emergency. The goals of treatment are to relieve pain and maintain neurological function. However, surgical treatments in this group of patients have not been defined, and primary operative treatment of spinal metastases remains controversial. Here we discuss their contemporary management...
February 2017: British Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27843912/are-intensive-cares-worthwhile-for-breast-cancer-patients-the-experience-of-an-oncological-icu
#17
Virginie Destrebecq, Ameye Lieveke, Thierry Berghmans, Marianne Paesmans, Jean-Paul Sculier, Anne-Pascale Meert
PURPOSE: One among seven women will present with breast cancer for which major therapeutic advances led to a significant increase in survival and cure rates. During or after cancer treatment, severe complications may occur requiring admission in intensive care unit (ICU). Intensivists could be reluctant for accepting cancer patients in the ICU, and there are very few data about causes of admission and prognosis of patients with breast cancer admitted in the ICU for an acute complication...
2016: Frontiers in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27810565/frequency-and-predictors-of-acute-hospitalization-before-death-in-patients-with-glioblastoma
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Eli L Diamond, Katherine S Panageas, Alexis Dallara, Ariel Pollock, Allison J Applebaum, Alan C Carver, Elena Pentsova, Lisa M DeAngelis, Holly G Prigerson
CONTEXT: Glioblastoma (GBM) is a devastating and incurable neuro-oncologic disease, and issues related to the end of life are almost invariably a matter of "when," not a matter of "if." Optimizing symptom management and quality of life in later stages of disease is of the utmost priority. OBJECTIVES: To examine the frequency of and factors associated with late acute hospital admission before death in patients with GBM. METHODS: Case-control study comparing patients with GBM admitted to the hospital within one month of death to those without late hospital admission...
February 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27807574/vertebral-metastasis-as-the-initial-manifestation-of-colon-cancer
#19
Tushina Jain, Renee Williams, Benjamin Liechty, Lea Ann Chen
Oncology guidelines currently recommend against performing colonoscopies in the workup of adenocarcinoma of unknown primary unless colonic malignancy is otherwise suggested by clinical signs or symptoms. We present 2 cases of metastatic colonic adenocarcinoma that presented only with neurologic symptoms from vertebral metastasis. Although bony metastases are a rare presentation of colon cancer and colonoscopy is not warranted in the initial workup of adenocarcinoma of unknown primary, we describe these cases as a reminder that bony metastases do not rule out a colon cancer diagnosis...
August 2016: ACG Case Reports Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27737598/the-safety-of-anti-pd-1-therapeutics-for-the-treatment-of-melanoma
#20
REVIEW
Egle Ramelyte, Sabrina A Schindler, Reinhard Dummer
The introduction of immunotherapies into clinical practice has substantially improved the prognosis of metastatic melanoma patients as well as patients suffering from other cancers. The two FDA-approved checkpoint inhibitors against PD-1 (nivolumab and pembrolizumab) have been shown to significantly improve patient survival while being less toxic than previous treatment options. Areas covered: The current scientific literature on safety and adverse events (AEs) related to anti-PD-1 therapies has been investigated with special attention to case reports and to the latest results announced at the major clinical cancer and melanoma meetings, including ASCO (American Society of Clinical Oncology), ESMO (European Society of medical Oncology) and EADO (European Association of Dermato-Oncology) annual meetings...
January 2017: Expert Opinion on Drug Safety
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