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Antonin Levy, Christophe Massard, Jean-Charles Soria, Eric Deutsch
PURPOSE: To assess preliminary safety and efficacy results of the anti-programmed cell death ligand-1 (anti-PD-L1) durvalumab in combination with radiotherapy (RT) in an expansion cohort of patients included in a phase 1/2 trial at our institution. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Data from patients who received concurrent palliative RT with durvalumab (10 mg/kg every 2 weeks via intravenous infusion) were analysed in terms of safety (CTCAE v4.0) and efficacy (RECIST v1.1 and tumour growth rate [TGR])...
October 17, 2016: European Journal of Cancer
Hiroyuki Matsuzaki, Soichiro Ishihara, Kazushige Kawai, Takeshi Nishikawa, Toshiaki Tanaka, Tomomichi Kiyomatsu, Keisuke Hata, Hiroaki Nozawa, Shigeru Yamada, Toshiaki Watanabe
BACKGROUND: The need for surveillance of rare late recurrence of rectal cancer has not yet been established. Local control of unresectable skeletal metastasis is important for palliation of symptoms and support for systemic chemotherapy. CASE PRESENTATION: A Japanese man underwent preoperative pelvic irradiation (50.4 Gy/28 Fr) and low anterior resection at the age of 57 years. The pathological stage was II (T3N0M0). Nine years after the surgery, his carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) level showed rapid elevation, although he had no symptoms...
December 2016: Surgical Case Reports
Jeffrey J Tosoian, Michael A Gorin, Ashley E Ross, Kenneth J Pienta, Phuoc T Tran, Edward M Schaeffer
The oligometastatic state has been proposed as an intermediate stage of cancer spread between localized disease and widespread metastases. With improvements in diagnostic modalities such as functional imaging, oligometastatic prostate cancer is being diagnosed with greater frequency than ever before. Furthermore, the paradigm for treatment of advanced prostate cancers is shifting toward a more aggressive approach. Many questions surround the understanding of the process and consequences of oligometastasis, meaning that the contemporary literature offers a wide variety of definitions of oligometastatic prostate cancer...
October 11, 2016: Nature Reviews. Urology
Robert M Hermann, Manoutschehr Djannatian, Norbert Czech, Mirko Nitsche
We report on a 72-year-old male patient who developed sarcoidosis of the mediastinal lymph nodes, the liver, and the prostate 11 years ago. Seven years later, he underwent transurethral resection of the prostate by laser due to hematuria. Pathology of the resected chips showed a 'granulomatous prostatitis with epitheloid cells'. Malignancy was histologically excluded at that time. Four years later, he was diagnosed with an undifferentiated prostate carcinoma, with a Gleason score of 5 + 4 = 9. After initiation of antihormonal therapy, he underwent radical prostatectomy and pelvic lymphadenectomy, which revealed a pT3b pN1 carcinoma with infiltrated resection margins...
May 2016: Case Reports in Oncology
Erin Wong, Leigha Rowbottom, May Tsao, Liying Zhang, Rachel McDonald, Cyril Danjoux, Elizabeth Barnes, Stephanie Chan, Edward Chow
OBJECTIVE: Having a clear prognosis for patients with brain metastases allows health care practitioners (HCPs) to determine appropriate palliative management and assist patients when making informed treatment decisions. The objective of this study was to determine the prognostic significance of commonly experienced symptoms as well as their changes. METHODS: Overall survival (OS) was calculated from the date of consultation for palliative radiotherapy to date of death or censored at last follow-up date...
September 9, 2016: Annals of Palliative Medicine
May N Tsao, Emily Sinclair, Dalal Assaad, Jeff Fialkov, Oleh Antonyshyn, Elizabeth Barnes
OBJECTIVE: Kaposi sarcoma (KS) lesions are purplish, reddish blue or dark brown/black macules, plaques or nodules which involve the skin and occasionally internal organs. Most patients with KS have a long indolent chronic course. METHODS: A retrospective review was undertaken for all KS skin patients treated with radiotherapy at a tertiary cancer centre from Jan. 2, 1999 to Dec. 31, 2014 (inclusive). RESULTS: A total of 47 patients with KS (43 classical, 0 African, 1 iatrogenic, 3 AIDS related) were seen in the multidisciplinary clinic...
August 25, 2016: Annals of Palliative Medicine
Carsten Nieder, Ellinor Haukland, Bård Mannsåker, Jan Norum
More effective drugs may reduce the requirement for palliative external beam radiotherapy for bony target volumes; however, living with metastases for prolonged periods of time may result in more frequent episodes of bone pain or serious skeletal-related events. The purpose of the present study was to evaluate how recent advances in systemic therapy impact radiotherapy utilization. A retrospective analysis of a comprehensive regional database was performed. All oncology care in this region was provided by only one center, assuring complete data...
October 2016: Oncology Letters
Huiqin Li, Jianing Li
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer mortality worldwide. Despite increases in the survival rate for various types of cancer over the past several decades, lung cancer remains an overwhelmingly lethal disease and the majority of patients succumb to the disease in a short period of time. A number of treatment options are available depending on the stage of lung cancer. The present review focused on palliative care and is associated with stage IIIB and IV of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Stage IIIB disease is not amenable to curative treatment and for stage IV disease, treatment is palliative in nature, with a focus on increasing survival time, controlling symptoms and improving or maintaining quality of life...
October 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Harshad R Kulkarni, Aviral Singh, Christiane Schuchardt, Karin Niepsch, Manal Sayeg, Yevgeniy Leshch, Hans-Juergen Wester, Richard P Baum
A potential milestone in personalized nuclear medicine is theranostics of metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) based on molecular imaging using PET/CT with (68)Ga-labeled prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) ligands and molecular radiotherapy using PSMA-targeted radioligand therapy (PRLT) with (177)Lu-PSMA ligands. (68)Ga-PSMA PET/CT enables accurate detection of mCRPC lesions with high diagnostic sensitivity and specificity and provides quantitative and reproducible data that can be used to select patients for PRLT and therapeutic monitoring...
October 2016: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
Sławomir Poletajew, Radosław Biernacki, Paweł Buraczyński, Jarosław Chojnacki, Stefan Czarniecki, Dominika Gajewska, Tomasz Pohaba, Joanna Sondka, Michał Skrzypczyk, Tomasz Suchojad, Dominik Wojtkowiak, Bogusław Zaforemski, Łukasz Zapała, Aleksandra Zemła, Piotr Radziszewski
A potential reason for poor survival among patients with muscle-invasive bladder cancer (MIBC) in Poland is initial disqualification from curative treatment due to advanced stage of the disease or low performance status. The aim of this study was to describe patterns of care in patients with newly diagnosed MIBC. This is a multicentre retrospective cohort study involving 296 consecutive patients with primary histologically diagnosed MIBC. Therapeutic decisions and potentially underlying clinical factors were analysed...
2016: Contemporary Oncology Współczesna Onkologia
Violante Di Donato, Michele Carlo Schiavi, Ilary Ruscito, Virginia Sibilla Visentin, Innocenza Palaia, Claudia Marchetti, Margherita Fischetti, Marco Monti, Ludovico Muzii, Pierluigi Benedetti Panici
BACKGROUND: To assess the clinical efficacy and prognostic outcome of neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NACT) plus radical surgery (RS) as front line treatment in patients with FIGO stage III cervical cancer (CC). METHODS: In this retrospective study, 52 FIGO stage III CC patients treated from 2005 to 2015 were included. All patients received platinum-based chemotherapy. Patients reporting clinical response or stable disease after NACT underwent to RS and bilateral systematic pelvic lymphadenectomy with or without aortic lymphadenectomy or anterior exenteration...
September 27, 2016: Annals of Surgical Oncology
Hideaki Kawabata, Koji Uno, Kenjiro Yasuda, Masato Yamashita
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The optimal regimen of radiotherapy (RT) for bleeding from gastric cancer (GC) has not yet been established. The aim of this study was to evaluate the usefulness of low-dose, short-course palliative RT (LSP-RT) for bleeding from GC. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We reviewed the clinical data of 18 patients (26 courses) who received palliative RT for bleeding from GC between 2004 and 2014. The radiation dose was 6 Gy in three fractions. The total courses of RT for each patient were 1-4 (median, 1)...
September 27, 2016: Journal of Palliative Medicine
Giancarlo D'Andrea, Lucia Palombi, Giuseppe Minniti, Alessandro Pesce, Paolo Marchetti
OBJECTIVE: Brain metastases occur between 10 and 40% of patients with cancer and are more common than primary brain tumors (30-40%) and their incidence is growing because of the improvements in control of systemic disease, the prolonged survival and the better radiological detection. Modern treatment of brain metastases dramatically changed their expected prognosis that traditionally has been considered very poor referring such patients only to palliation because their terminal stage, and new prognostic indexes have been proposed to evaluate them...
September 22, 2016: World Neurosurgery
Fleur Huang, Amy Driga, Bronwen E LeGuerrier, Renée Schmitz, Debra M Hall-Lavoie, Xanthoula Kostaras, Karen P Chu, Edith Pituskin, Sharon M Watanabe, Alysa Fairchild
Caring for patients with incurable cancer presents unique challenges. Managing symptoms that evolve with changing clinical status and, at the same time, ensuring alignment with patient goals demands specific attention from clinicians. With care needs that often transcend traditional service provision boundaries, patients who seek palliation commonly interface with a team of providers that represents multiple disciplines across multiple settings. In this case study, we explore some of the dynamics of a cross-disciplinary approach to symptom management in an integrated outpatient radiotherapy service model...
September 20, 2016: Journal of Oncology Practice
L S Nooij, F A M Brand, K N Gaarenstroom, C L Creutzberg, J A de Hullu, M I E van Poelgeest
Recurrent disease occurs in 12-37% of patients with vulvar squamous cell carcinoma (VSCC). Decisions about treatment of recurrent VSCC mainly depend on the location of the recurrence and previous treatment, resulting in individualized and consensus-based approaches. Most recurrences (40-80%) occur within 2 years after initial treatment. Currently, wide local excision is the treatment of choice for local recurrences. Isolated local recurrence of VSCC has a good prognosis, with reported 5-year survival rates of up to 60%...
October 2016: Critical Reviews in Oncology/hematology
J Mackenzie, G Graham, I A Olivotto
AIMS: The Canadian Partnership for Quality Radiotherapy quality assurance guidelines recommend that radiation oncologist peer review of curative radiotherapy plans takes place ideally before the first fraction of treatment is delivered. This study documented and evaluated the outcomes of weekly, disease site-specific, radiotherapy peer review, quality assurance rounds at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary, Canada with a view to making recommendations about the optimal timing and documentation of peer review during the radiotherapy planning processes...
September 12, 2016: Clinical Oncology: a Journal of the Royal College of Radiologists
Yuhki Koga, Utako Oba, Wakako Kato, Hiroaki Ono, Kentaro Nakashima, Hidetoshi Takada
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September 15, 2016: Journal of Palliative Medicine
E Rodrigues-Pinto, P Pereira, R Coelho, P Andrade, A Ribeiro, S Lopes, P Moutinho-Ribeiro, G Macedo
Self-expanding metal stents (SEMS) are the treatment of choice for advanced esophageal cancers. Literature is scarce on risk factors predictors for adverse events after SEMS placement. Assess risk factors for adverse events after SEMS placement in advanced esophageal cancer and evaluate survival after SEMS placement. Cross-sectional study of patients with advanced esophageal cancer referred for SEMS placement, during a period of 3 years. Ninety-seven patients with advanced esophageal cancer placed SEMS. Adverse events were more common when tumors were located at the level of the distal esophagus/cardia (47% vs 23%, P = 0...
September 15, 2016: Diseases of the Esophagus: Official Journal of the International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus
Mara Bozza Stephenson, Bryan Glaenzer, Angelo Malamis
Spinal metastases are a common and morbid condition in America. Of the 1.6 million new cases of cancer estimated to be diagnosed in the USA in 2015, approximately 5-10 % will develop spinal metastases. This number is expected to increase as the life expectancy of cancer patients increases. Patients with osteolytic spinal metastases experience severe and often debilitating pain, which significantly reduces quality of life. Due to the morbidity of open surgery, particularly in oncologic patients, the treatment paradigm has shifted towards minimally invasive therapy...
November 2016: Current Treatment Options in Oncology
Manon C W Spaander, Todd H Baron, Peter D Siersema, Lorenzo Fuccio, Brigitte Schumacher, Àngels Escorsell, Juan-Carlos Garcia-Pagán, Jean-Marc Dumonceau, Massimo Conio, Antonella de Ceglie, Janusz Skowronek, Marianne Nordsmark, Thomas Seufferlein, André Van Gossum, Cesare Hassan, Alessandro Repici, Marco J Bruno
This Guideline is an official statement of the European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ESGE), endorsed by the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO), the European Society of Digestive Endoscopy (ESDO), and the European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN). The Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development, and Evaluation (GRADE) system was adopted to define the strength of recommendations and the quality of evidence. Main recommendations for malignant disease 1 ESGE recommends placement of partially or fully covered self-expandable metal stents (SEMSs) for palliative treatment of malignant dysphagia over laser therapy, photodynamic therapy, and esophageal bypass (strong recommendation, high quality evidence)...
October 2016: Endoscopy
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