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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086959/e-learning-programs-in-oncology-a-nationwide-experience-from-2005-to-2014
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Jan Degerfält, Staffan Sjöstedt, Per Fransson, Elisabeth Kjellén, Mads U Werner
BACKGROUND: E-learning is an established concept in oncological education and training. However, there seems to be a scarcity of long-term assessments of E-learning programs in oncology vis-á-vis their structural management and didactic value. This study presents descriptive, nationwide data from 2005 to 2014. E-learning oncology programs in chemotherapy, general oncology, pain management, palliative care, psycho-social-oncology, and radiotherapy, were reviewed from our databases. Questionnaires of self-perceived didactic value of the programs were examined 2008-2014...
January 13, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078078/radiotherapy-in-the-management-of-gist-state-of-the-art-and-new-potential-scenarios
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L Gatto, M Nannini, M Saponara, V Di Scioscio, G Beltramo, G P Frezza, G Ercolani, A D Pinna, A Astolfi, M Urbini, G Brandi, G Biasco, M A Pantaleo
BACKGROUND: Gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST) is the most common mesenchymal neoplasm of the gastrointestinal tract. The main treatment for localized gastrointestinal stromal tumors is surgical resection. Unresectable or advanced GIST are poorly responsive to conventional cytotoxic chemotherapy but the introduction of tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) marked a revolutionary step in the treatment of these patients, radically improving prognosis and clinical benefit. Historically GIST has been considered radiation-resistant, and the role of radiotherapy in the management of patients with GIST is currently restricted to symptomatic palliation in current treatment guidelines...
2017: Clinical Sarcoma Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074305/clinical-effectiveness-of-low-level-laser-treatment-on-peripheral-somatosensory-neuropathy
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REVIEW
Alireza Fallah, Alireza Mirzaei, Norbert Gutknecht, Amir Saberi Demneh
Peripheral sensory neuropathy treatment is one of the common treatment problems and causes morbidity and mortality in people suffering from that. Although treatment depends on the underlying cause of the condition, nevertheless, in some cases, there is no cure for it, and it requires palliative and symptomatic treatment. In laboratory studies, low-level laser has been effective in the nerves protection and restoration. The aim of this article is to investigate the clinical efficacy of low-level laser on improvement of the peripheral somatosensory neuropathy...
January 10, 2017: Lasers in Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068873/patterns-of-treatment-failure-in-anaplastic-thyroid-carcinoma
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Sarika N Rao, Mark Zafereo, Ramona Dadu, Naifa Busaidy, Kenneth Hess, Gilbert J Cote, Michelle D Williams, William Nassib William, Vlad C Sandulache, Neil D Gross, Brandon Gunn, Charles Lu, Renata Ferrarotto, Stephen Y Lai, Maria Cabanillas
BACKGROUND: Anaplastic thyroid cancer (ATC) is one of the most lethal forms of cancer with a high mortality rate. Current guidelines support surgery for resectable ATC followed by external beam radiation therapy (EBRT) with or without chemotherapy. Treatment for those who are unresectable is palliative. Our goal was to examine first-line therapies as well as the role of genomic profiling in an effort better understand how to approach ATC. METHODS: This is a retrospective study of ATC patients who were seen at our institution from 1/2013 to 10/2015...
January 9, 2017: Thyroid: Official Journal of the American Thyroid Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28066616/techniques-of-endoscopic-airway-tumor-treatment
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Nicolas Guibert, Laurent Mhanna, Sylvain Droneau, Gavin Plat, Alain Didier, Julien Mazieres, Christophe Hermant
Interventional bronchoscopy has a predominant role in the management of both early and advanced-stage airway tumors. Given the very poor prognosis of lung cancer, there is a need for new tools to improve early detection and bronchoscopic treatment of endo-bronchial precancerous lesions. In more advanced stages, interventional bronchoscopy plays an important role, as nearly a third of lung cancers lead to proximal airway obstruction. This will cause great discomfort or even life-threatening symptoms related to local extension, such as dyspnea, post-obstructive pneumonia, and hemoptysis...
November 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063304/splenic-irradiation-for-splenomegaly-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Nicholas G Zaorsky, Graeme R Williams, Stefan K Barta, Nestor F Esnaola, Patricia L Kropf, Shelly B Hayes, Joshua E Meyer
Splenic irradiation (SI) is a palliative treatment option for symptomatic splenomegaly (i.e. for pain, early satiety, pancytopenia from sequestration) secondary to hematologic malignancies and disorders. The purpose of the current article is to review the literature on SI for hematologic malignancies and disorders, including: (1) patient selection and optimal technique; (2) efficacy of SI; and (3) toxicities of SI. PICOS/PRISMA methods are used to select 27 articles including 766 courses of SI for 486 patients from 1960 to 2016...
December 22, 2016: Cancer Treatment Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061538/palliative-radiotherapy-for-skin-malignancies
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Winston Vuong, Jessica Lin, Randy L Wei
Palliative radiotherapy (PRT) improves patient quality of life (QoL) through alleviating cancer-associated symptoms such as pain, bleeding, and ulceration. Palliative management of patients with skin malignancies requires consideration of cosmetic and psychosocial outcomes as QoL measures. In this review, we highlight the current literature and advances in the use of PRT for patients with the three most commonly encountered forms of skin malignancies: basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), and melanoma...
December 19, 2016: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28055970/genomic-analysis-of-exceptional-responders-to-radiotherapy-reveals-somatic-mutations-in-atm
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Jennifer Ma, Jeremy Setton, Luc Morris, Pedro Blecua Carrillo Albornoz, Christopher Barker, Benjamin H Lok, Eric Sherman, Nora Katabi, Kathryn Beal, Ian Ganly, Simon N Powell, Nancy Lee, Timothy A Chan, Nadeem Riaz
Radiation therapy is a mainstay of cancer treatment, yet the molecular determinants of clinical response are poorly understood. We identified exceptional responders to radiotherapy based on clinical response, and investigated the associated tumor sequencing data in order to identify additional patients with similar mutations. Among head and neck squamous cell cancer patients receiving palliative radiotherapy at our institution, we identified one patient with documented complete metabolic response. Targeted sequencing analysis of the tumor identified a somatic frame-shift mutation in ATM, a gene known to be associated with radio-sensitivity in the germline...
December 31, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28044263/five-fraction-stereotactic-body-radiation-therapy-sbrt-and-chemotherapy-for-the-local-management-of-metastatic-pancreatic-cancer
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Jonathan W Lischalk, Aidan Burke, Jessica Chew, Christen Elledge, Marie Gurka, John Marshall, Michael Pishvaian, Sean Collins, Keith Unger
BACKGROUND: The majority of patients with pancreatic cancer are diagnosed with metastatic disease at presentation. Nevertheless, local progression is responsible for up to 30% of deaths and can lead to significant morbidity. As a consequence, further exploration of effective methods of local control and palliation is essential. Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) is a widely utilized technique for the treatment of localized pancreatic cancer. Here, we report our experience with SBRT and chemotherapy for the local treatment of the metastatic patient population...
January 3, 2017: Journal of Gastrointestinal Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042235/novel-implications-in-the-treatment-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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REVIEW
Jan Best, Clemens Schotten, Jens M Theysohn, Axel Wetter, Stefan Müller, Sonia Radünz, Maren Schulze, Ali Canbay, Alexander Dechêne, Guido Gerken
Worldwide hepatocellular carcinoma remains one of the leading causes of cancer-related death, associated with a poor prognosis due to late diagnosis in the majority of cases. Physicians at care are frequently confronted with patients who are ineligible for curative treatment such as liver resection, transplantation or radiofrequency ablation. Besides established palliative locoregional therapies, such as ablation or chemoembolization, new treatment options, such as microwave ablation, drug-eluting bead transarterial chemoembolization or selective internal radiation therapy, are emerging; however, data from randomized controlled trials are still lacking...
2017: Annals of Gastroenterology: Quarterly Publication of the Hellenic Society of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040092/global-access-to-radiotherapy-in-low-and-middle-income-countries
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M Abdel-Wahab, E Fidarova, A Polo
Over the last 60 years, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has been working to introduce, expand and improve radiotherapy services, working with partners such as the World Health Organization (WHO) to improve cancer diagnosis, treatment, care and control through collective action in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The Lancet Oncology Commission on radiotherapy published a report that defined five calls for action to expand global access to radiotherapy, drawing on the previous work of the Global Taskforce on Radiotherapy for Cancer Control...
February 2017: Clinical Oncology: a Journal of the Royal College of Radiologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28034477/percutane-image-guided-cryoablation-of-painful-osseous-metastases-a-retrospective-single-center-review
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Tatum A McArthur, Carl A Narducci, Phillip H Lander, Robert Lopez-Ben
PURPOSE: Painful osseous metastases are a common problem in patients with malignancy, and they can be associated with significant morbidity owing to immobility, pain, pathologic fracture, or neurovascular compromise or all of these. We retrospectively evaluated pain levels and tumor enhancement in patients who underwent palliative percutaneous cryoablation for painful bone metastasis. METHODS: In this institutional review board-approved, health insurance portability and accountability act-compliant study, we retrospectively searched our department׳s picture archiving system for patients who underwent computed tomography (CT)-guided percutaneous cryoablation for treatment of painful metastatic osseous disease over a 6-year period (1/1/2005-12/31/2011)...
November 10, 2016: Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28033224/skeletal-scintigraphy-in-radiation-induced-fibrosis-with-lymphedema
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Jieqi Wang, Arya M Iranmanesh, M Elizabeth Oates
Despite increasing reliance on CT, MRI, and FDG PET/CT for oncological imaging, whole-body skeletal scintigraphy remains a frontline modality for staging and surveillance of osseous metastatic disease. We present a 54-year-old woman with metastatic breast cancer who received palliative external-beam radiation to the left ilium. Serial follow-up Tc-MDP bone scans demonstrated progressive soft-tissue uptake in her left lower extremity, extending from thigh to leg, with associated enlargement and skin thickening, consistent with lymphedema related to radiation-induced fibrosis...
December 28, 2016: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031227/cetuximab-resistance-in-head-and-neck-cancer-is-mediated-by-egfr-k521-polymorphism
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Friederike Braig, Malte Kriegs, Beate Habel, Minna Voigtlaender, Tobias Grob, Karina Biskup, Véronique Blanchard, Markus Sack, Anja Thalhammer, Isabel Ben Batalla, Ingke Braren, Simon Laban, Antje Danielczyk, Steffen Goletz, Elzbieta Jakubowicz, Bruno Märkl, Martin Trepel, Rainald Knecht, Kristoffer Riecken, Boris Fehse, Sonja Loges, Carsten Bokemeyer, Mascha Binder
Head and neck squamous cell carcinomas (HNSCC) exhibiting resistance to the EGFR targeting drug cetuximab poses a challenge to their effective clinical management. Here we report a specific mechanism of resistance in this setting based upon the presence of a single nucleotide polymorphism encoding EGFR-K521 (K-allele), which is expressed in >40% of HNSCC cases. Patients expressing the K-allele showed significantly shorter progression-free survival upon palliative treatment with cetuximab plus chemotherapy or radiation...
December 28, 2016: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28030806/a-phase-1-dose-escalation-study-of-the-oral-histone-deacetylase-inhibitor-abexinostat-in-combination-with-standard-hypofractionated-radiotherapy-in-advanced-solid-tumors
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Eric Deutsch, Elizabeth Cohen-Jonathan Moyal, Vanesa Gregorc, Paolo Andrea Zucali, Jean Menard, Jean-Charles Soria, Ioana Kloos, Jeff Hsu, Ying Luan, Emily Liu, Remus Vezan, Thorsten Graef, Sofia Rivera
Current treatments for advanced solid tumors tend to be only palliative. Although radiotherapy is administered with a curative intent, radioresistance and dose-limiting toxicities pose limitations to treatment. Abexinostat, an oral pan-histone deacetylase inhibitor, demonstrated enhanced sensitivity to radiation in various solid tumor cell lines. We conducted an exploratory, phase 1, dose-escalation study of abexinostat in combination with standard hypofractionated radiotherapy in patients with advanced solid tumors treated in a palliative setting...
December 24, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011492/survival-following-palliative-external-beam-radiotherapy-of-locally-advanced-and-metastatic-liver-cancer
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Dirk Rades, Louisa Bolm, Steven E Schild, Tobias Bartscht
AIM: The goal of this study was to identify prognostic factors of survival in patients receiving palliative external-beam radiotherapy (EBRT) for advanced liver cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Seventeen patients irradiated for advanced liver cancer were retrospectively evaluated. Fourteen patients had metastatic disease, three had locally advanced disease. Six variables were investigated for survival: age at EBRT, time from liver cancer diagnosis to EBRT, number of involved metastatic sites, gender, Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance score, radiation dose...
January 2017: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28002869/percutaneous-ablation-in-painful-bone-tumors
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Anderanik Tomasian, Adam N Wallace, Travis J Hillen, Jack W Jennings
Percutaneous image-guided ablation has been shown to be safe and effective for the treatment of benign osseous lesions and has evolved into the treatment of metastatic lesions for both pain palliation and local tumor control. Ablation is increasingly becoming part of the treatment algorithm of painful bone lesions, requiring multidisciplinary input from radiation, surgical, and medical oncologists. Substantial pain reduction is often possible in those who have failed to benefit from conventional therapies such as systemic and radiation therapy...
November 2016: Seminars in Musculoskeletal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28000411/the-role-of-radiation-therapy-in-palliative-care-of-children-with-advanced-cancer-clinical-outcomes-and-patterns-of-care
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Sumeeta Varma, Debra L Friedman, Mark J Stavas
BACKGROUND: There are few published data to guide the use and timing of palliative radiation therapy (RT) in children. We aimed to determine the clinical outcomes of palliative RT in children and the relationship with palliative care and hospice referrals. PROCEDURE: A retrospective chart review was performed on all patients younger than 18 years who received palliative RT in our clinic from January 2005 to January 2015. RESULTS: In the specified time period, 50 children underwent 83 courses of palliative RT...
December 21, 2016: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27998845/initial-experience-with-live-three-dimensional-image-overlay-for-ductal-stenting-in-hypoplastic-left-heart-syndrome
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Sebastian Goreczny, Gareth J Morgan, Pawel Dryzek, Jadwiga A Moll, Tomasz Moszura
AIMS: Precise visualisation of ductal morphology and adjacent vessels is crucial for accurate stent choice and placement during hybrid palliation of hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS). We aimed to describe our initial experience with live three-dimensional reconstruction overlay derived from rotational angiography (RA) for ductal stenting in HLHS. METHODS AND RESULTS: We carried out a retrospective review of ductal stenting in 18 newborns with HLHS, including six patients with 3D reconstruction overlay used to guide the intervention...
December 20, 2016: EuroIntervention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27986213/options-for-salvage-of-radiation-failures-for-prostate-cancer
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REVIEW
Audrey Tetreault-Laflamme, Juanita Crook
Biochemical failure after primary external beam radiotherapy for prostate cancer is common, and a significant proportion of these failures are due to local residual or recurrent disease. Early or delayed palliation using androgen deprivation therapy is the most common approach. Although a conservative approach is appropriate for many individuals, selected patients would benefit from retreatment with curative intent. We review the pertinent literature on salvage of locally recurrent prostate cancer after primary radiotherapy, including the modalities of surgery, cryotherapy, high-intensity focused ultrasound, or reirradiation with brachytherapy or stereotactic body radiotherapy...
January 2017: Seminars in Radiation Oncology
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