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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349604/quality-of-training-in-radiation-oncology-in-germany-where-do-we-stand-results-from-a%C3%A2-2016-2017-survey-performed-by-the-working-group-young-degro-of-the-german-society-of-radiation-oncology-degro
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C T Dietzel, K Jablonska, M Niyazi, T Gauer, N Ebert, C Ostheimer, D Krug
PURPOSE: To evaluate the current situation of young radiation oncologists in Germany with regard to the contents and quality of training and level of knowledge, as well as their working conditions and professional satisfaction. METHODS: From June 2016 to February 2017, a survey was conducted by the young DEGRO (yDEGRO) using an online platform. The questionnaire consisted of 28 items examining a broad range of aspects influencing residency. There were 96 completed questionnaires RESULTS: 83% of participants stated to be very or mostly pleased with their residency training...
January 18, 2018: Strahlentherapie und Onkologie: Organ der Deutschen Röntgengesellschaft ... [et Al]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344766/patient-reported-symptoms-before-palliative-radiotherapy-predict-survival-differences
#2
Carsten Nieder, Thomas A Kämpe, Adam Pawinski, Astrid Dalhaug
BACKGROUND: Widely used prognostic scores, e. g., for brain or bone metastases, are based on disease- and patient-related factors such as extent of metastases, age and performance status, which were available in the databases used to develop the scores. Few groups were able to include patient-reported symptoms. In our department, all patients were assessed with the Edmonton Symptom Assessment System (ESAS, a one-sheet questionnaire addressing 11 major symptoms and wellbeing on a numeric scale of 0-10) at the time of treatment planning since 2012...
January 17, 2018: Strahlentherapie und Onkologie: Organ der Deutschen Röntgengesellschaft ... [et Al]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340167/subcutaneous-glucagon-infusion-and-continuous-glucose-monitoring-enable-effective-management-of-hypoglycemia-in-a-patient-with-igf-2-producing-hemangiopericytoma
#3
Eric D Buras, Emily Weatherup, Jennifer Wyckoff
Background: Ectopic insulin-like growth factor (IGF)-2 production is a rare complication of an array of epithelial and mesenchymal tumors, and can clinically manifest as life-threatening hypoglycemia. Case presentation: A 49-year-old woman with 13-year history of metastatic hemangiopericytoma, previously treated with multiple rounds of chemotherapy and palliative radiation, presented to the emergency department after a hypoglycemic seizure. On arrival, glucose was 18 mg/dL (1...
2018: Clinical Diabetes and Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336374/radiotherapy-for-gastrointestinal-stromal-tumors
#4
REVIEW
Emine Elif Ozkan
OBJECTIVE: Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) are rare mesenchymal tumors of the gastrointestinal tract, which frequently cause intraabdominal metastases. The current standard of care is surgery for localized cases, and adjuvant imatinib is recommended for tumors with a high risk of recurrence. To date, radiotherapy has not been commonly accepted as a part of multimodality treatment approach other than palliation. However, recently published case reports and some small series suggest that radiotherapy is a valuable option for controlling locally progressive, drug-resistant disease...
January 20, 2018: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333025/primary-leiomyosarcoma-of-breast-presenting-with-metastasis-an-atypical-presentation-with-dismal-prognosis
#5
Garima Singh, Deepti Sharma, Surbhi Goyal
Leiomyosarcoma is an extremely uncommon subtype of breast sarcoma, with <50 cases reported in the English literature till date. Patients usually present at an early stage and follow an indolent course. We reported an unusual case of leiomyosarcoma of breast in a post -menopausal female,presented with right side breast lump and pain right side hip. Histomorphological evaluation and immunohistochemistry confirmed the diagnosis. The patient received palliative radiotherapy 20 Gy in 5 fractions to right iliac bone and was started on chemotherapy comprising of docetaxel and epirubicin...
October 2017: Indian Journal of Medical and Paediatric Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330583/utilization-of-active-surveillance-and-watchful-waiting-for-localized-prostate-cancer-in-the-daily-practice
#6
Jan Herden, Lothar Weissbach
PURPOSE: To analyze the utilization of Active Surveillance (AS) and Watchful Waiting (WW) in the daily routine setting, since both are non-invasive treatment options for localized prostate cancer (PCa), which are used in a curative (AS) or palliative (WW) setting. Since differentiation of both strategies is not always clear, patients were compared with respect to the inclusion criteria, frequency of follow-up examinations (Prostate Specific Antigen = PSA tests, rebiopsies), and initiation of a deferred treatment...
January 12, 2018: World Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326400/treatment-of-cutaneous-angiosarcoma-of-the-scalp-and-face-in-the-chinese-patients-local-experience-at-a-regional-hospital-in-hong-kong
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T L Chow, W Wy Kwan, C K Kwan
INTRODUCTION: Angiosarcoma is a rare aggressive sarcoma that occurs mostly in the skin of the head and neck in the elderly population. The optimal management is dubious and most studies are from Caucasian populations. We aimed to find out the treatment and outcome of this disease in Chinese patients. METHODS: Data of patients with histopathologically verified cutaneous angiosarcoma of the head and neck during December 1997 to September 2016 were retrieved from our cancer registry...
January 12, 2018: Hong Kong Medical Journal, Xianggang Yi Xue za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324212/managing-patients-with-oligometastatic-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
#8
Sarah Jo Stephens, Michael J Moravan, Joseph K Salama
Metastatic lung cancer has long been considered incurable, with the goal of treatment being palliation. However, a clinically meaningful number of these patients with limited metastases (approximately 25%) are living long term after definitive treatment to all sites of active disease. These patients with so-called oligometastatic disease likely represent a distinct clinical group who may possess a more indolent biology compared with their more widely metastatic counterparts. Hellman and Weichselbaum proposed the existence of the oligometastatic state, on the basis of the spectrum theory of cancer spread...
January 2018: Journal of Oncology Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29319371/a-four-tiered-prognostic-score-for-patients-receiving-palliative-thoracic-radiotherapy-for-lung-cancer
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Carsten Nieder, Terje Tollåli, Ellinor Haukland, Anne Reigstad, Liv Randi Flatøy, Astrid Dalhaug
Palliative radiotherapy improves lung cancer related symptoms. Prognosis should be taken into account when deciding about fractionation. In this study, prognostic factors derived from multivariate analysis were used to assign a point sum reflecting 6-month survival. Four prognostic groups were compared. Performance status, lactate dehydrogenase, C-reactive protein, liver/adrenal gland metastases, and extrathoracic disease status significantly predicted survival and formed the basis of the score. The four groups had a median survival of 0...
January 10, 2018: Cancer Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29306203/use-of-pulsed-low-dose-rate-radiotherapy-in-refractory-malignancies
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Jing Yan, Ju Yang, Yang Yang, Wei Ren, Juan Liu, Shanbao Gao, Shuangshuang Li, Weiwei Kong, Lijing Zhu, Mi Yang, Xiaoping Qian, Baorui Liu
BACKGROUND: Most tumor cell lines exhibited low-dose hyperradiosensitivity (LDHRS) to radiation doses lower than 0.3 Gy. Pulsed low-dose rate radiotherapy (PLDR) took advantage of LDHRS and maximized the tumor control process. In this study, we retrospectively analyzed patients receiving PLDR for refractory malignancies. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In total, 22 patients were included in our study: 9 females and 13 males. The median age was 61 years old. All the patients previously received multiline treatments and failed with an estimated survival less than 6 months...
January 3, 2018: Translational Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29304789/fractionated-palliative-thoracic-radiotherapy-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-futile-or-worth-while
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Malene Støchkel Frank, Dorte Schou Nørøxe, Lotte Nygård, Gitte Fredberg Persson
BACKGROUND: Palliative thoracic radiotherapy (PTR) can relieve symptoms originating from intra-thoracic disease. The optimal timing and fractionation of PTR is unknown. Time to effect is 2 months. The primary aim of this retrospective study was to investigate survival after PTR, hypothesizing that a significant number of patients received futile fractionated PTR. The secondary aim was to find prognostic factors to guide treatment decisions. METHODS: Patients with non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) planned for PTR in the period of 2010-2011 at the University Hospital of Copenhagen were included...
January 5, 2018: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29281869/pattern-of-pediatric-oncology-cases-in-the-western-region-of-nepal
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Pramod Kumar Yadav, Brijesh Sathian, Rishi Sherchan, Huda Fatima, Krishna Sharan, Syed Ather Hussain, Rachit Chawla, Ahmed Alsayyah, Alankrita Taneja
Childhood cancers form a rare and heterogeneous group which fortunately have a higher cure rate than adult cancers. A few non-profit organizations in Nepal have extended support to help patients suffering from cancer, but their main focus has been on adults. The objective of this study was to establish the pattern of childhood cancers in the Western region of Nepal. We reviewed cases receiving external radiotherapy with both palliative and curative intent between 28th September 2010 and 30th September 2015 at the Department of Radiotherapy and Oncology, Manipal Teaching Hospital affiliated with Manipal College of Medical Sciences, Pokhara, Nepal...
December 28, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29249780/palliative-reirradiation-for-painful-bone-metastases-clinical-cases-and-literature-review
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Gen Suzuki, Hideya Yamazaki, Norihiro Aibe, Koji Masui, Naomi Sasaki, Kotoha Tatekawa, Daisuke Shimizu, Takuya Kimoto, Takeshi Nishimura, Akihiro Nakashima, Kei Yamada
Reirradiation to previously irradiated peripheral bone metastases for pain has been shown to be safe and effective, but no specific trial has been completed to define the indications for reirradiation of patients with recurrent symptoms of metastatic bone disease. Thus, we aimed to assess the effectiveness and prognostic factors of reirradiation for painful bone metastases. To do so, we reviewed the cases of 14 patients with painful bone metastases who had undergone reirradiation at our hospital. A favorable pain response after reirradiation wasachieved in 50% (7/14) of the patients...
December 15, 2017: Kurume Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29248532/elusively-reaching-the-apex
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EDITORIAL
Luke Halliday, Paul Ikgan Sia, Dinesh Selva, Bobby S Korn
A 64-year-old man presented with a 3-month history of diplopia and left-sided proptosis. Examination was significant for impairment of his left second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh cranial nerves. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed a left orbital apex and cavernous sinus lesion. However, subtle thickening of his left frontal and supraorbital nerve was not identified until later. A trial of steroids provided minimal effect. Biopsy of the lesion showed a well-differentiated squamous cell carcinoma...
December 14, 2017: Survey of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29248399/palliative-chemoradiotherapy-versus-radiotherapy-alone-for-dysphagia-in-advanced-oesophageal-cancer-a-multicentre-randomised-controlled-trial-trog-03-01
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Michael G Penniment, Paolo B De Ieso, Jennifer A Harvey, Sonya Stephens, Heather-Jane Au, Christopher J O'Callaghan, Andrew Kneebone, Samuel Y Ngan, Iain G Ward, Rajarshi Roy, Jennifer G Smith, Tirath Nijjar, James J Biagi, Liam A Mulroy, Rebecca Wong
BACKGROUND: A short course of radiotherapy is commonly prescribed for palliative relief of malignant dysphagia in patients with incurable oesophageal cancer. We compared chemoradiotherapy with radiotherapy alone for dysphagia relief in the palliative setting. METHODS: This multicentre randomised controlled trial included patients with advanced or metastatic oesophageal cancer who were randomly assigned (1:1) through a computer-generated adaptive biased coin design to either palliative chemoradiotherapy or radiotherapy alone for treatment of malignant dysphagia at 22 hospitals in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the UK...
December 13, 2017: Lancet. Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29247265/end-of-life-care-pathway-of-head-and-neck-cancer-patients-single-institution-experience
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T Heinonen, V Loimu, K Saarilahti, T Saarto, A Mäkitie
BACKGROUND: Studies on palliative care of head and neck cancer (HNC) patients are scarce although the affected patient population is quite large. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the role of a specialised palliative-care pathway of HNC patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Data on all HNC patients who were treated at the Helsinki University Hospital Palliative Care Center during 1 year were retrospectively reviewed. The analysis comprised 60 patients (49 males; mean age 67 years; range 28-88)...
December 15, 2017: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245346/two-independent-incidences-of-skin-metastases-in-the-umbilicus-and-abdominal-wall-in-ovarian-serous-adenocarcinoma-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#17
Hongyan Cheng, Chunmei Gao, Runtong Zhang, Zhaojie Yang, Guiyu Zhang
RATIONALE: Advanced ovarian cancer is usually associated with intra-abdominal metastases and while it commonly spreads directly to the omentum, intestine, liver, or other organs, it can also metastasize through the lymphatic channels and the hematogenous pathway. With an increasing number of invasive operations being performed with chemoradiotherapy, the incidence of extra-abdominal metastases has risen. Nevertheless, ovarian cancer with skin metastases is quite rare. PATIENT CONCERNS: We report a case of ovarian cancer with two independent incidences of skin metastases in the umbilicus and abdominal wall...
December 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29243490/percutaneous-cryoablation-of-breast-tumors-in-patients-with-stable-metastatic-breast-cancer-safety-feasibility-and-efficacy
#18
H Beji, F Pilleul, R Picard, O Tredan, A Bouhamama, M Peix, E Mavrovi, C Mastier
PURPOSE: To evaluate safety, feasibility, and efficacy of percutaneous cryoablation of breast tumors in patients with clinically stable metastatic breast cancer, and to compare the findings with reports on alternative procedures, namely surgery and local radiotherapy. METHODS: Seventeen female patients (average age of 54.8 years +/- 10.8 ; range 37-72) with primary breast tumor not surgically treated because of metastatic disease were included. Patients were treated for their primary lesion by percutaneous cryotherapy in period of stable disease...
December 15, 2017: British Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29239192/-combined-regimens-in-immunotherapy
#19
B Melichar, M Spisarová
The advent of immunotherapy has changed our concept of how to manage metastatic disease. With the exception of relatively rare tumors, the treatment of metastatic cancer is still considered as palliative, and in systemic treatment immunotherapy is often selected, considering better tolerance. Immunotherapy opens the perspective of a long-term, possibly durable, response, and, in contrast to other approaches to targeted therapy, is active across a spectrum of tumors. Combined regimens that increase the efficacy, given the context, are thus of importance...
2017: Klinická Onkologie: Casopis Ceské a Slovenské Onkologické Spolecnosti
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29237955/accelerated-hypofractionation-octa-shot-palliative-radiation-schedule-in-advanced-head-and-neck-carcinoma
#20
Shankar Lal Jakhar, Ramesh Purohit, Akankhsha Solanki, P Murali, Trupti Kothari, Neeti Sharma, Harvinder Singh Kumar
BACKGROUND: Head and neck cancers are attributed to be the most common type of malignancy in the developing countries with most cases presenting in advanced stage. This pilot study was performed to evaluate the effect of an accelerated hypofractionated 4 days schedule (octa shot) in providing palliation to such advanced cases of head and neck cancer. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twenty-two patients with advanced (Stage VIB-IVB) squamous cell carcinoma of head and neck region were enrolled in the study...
October 2017: Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics
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