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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536884/an-update-in-symptom-clusters-using-the-edmonton-symptom-assessment-system-in-a-palliative-radiotherapy-clinic
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Vithusha Ganesh, Liying Zhang, Stephanie Chan, Bo Angela Wan, Leah Drost, May Tsao, Cyril Danjoux, Elizabeth Barnes, Rachel McDonald, Leigha Rowbottom, Pearl Zaki, Ronald Chow, Matthew K Hwang, Carlo DeAngelis, Nicholas Lao, Edward Chow
PURPOSE: To identify symptom clusters in advanced cancer patients attending a palliative radiotherapy clinic using the Edmonton Symptom Assessment System (ESAS). METHODS: Principal component analysis (PCA), exploratory factor analysis (EFA), and hierarchical cluster analysis (HCA) were used to identify symptom clusters among the nine ESAS items using scores from each patient's first visit. RESULTS: ESAS scores from 182 patients were analyzed...
May 23, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536208/radiation-associated-peritoneal-angiosarcoma
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Chin Jin Seo, Sze Min Lek, Grace Hwei Ching Tan, Melissa Teo
Angiosarcomas account for only 1-2% of all soft tissue sarcomas, with the most common site of origin being in the head and neck region. Peritoneal angiosarcoma is an extremely rare tumour and few cases have been reported previously. Presentation of peritoneal angiosarcoma can be very variable, hence making diagnosis difficult. Herein, we review the current literature and describe a rare case of a patient who presented with haemorrhagic ascites, 17 years after radiotherapy for endometrial carcinoma and was subsequently diagnosed with peritoneal angiosarcoma...
May 22, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533809/brachytherapy-in-the-treatment-of-bile-duct-cancer-a-tough-challenge
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REVIEW
Janusz Skowronek, Grzegorz Zwierzchowski
The majority of patients with bile duct cancer are diagnosed with clinically advanced disease. Most of these patients have a short life expectancy and are treated with palliative aim. Most patients present with locally advanced or metastatic disease, which is not amenable to surgical resection, resulting in poor survival. Adjuvant or definitive radiotherapy, with or without chemotherapy, is therefore used in many centers worldwide for better local control, and with the expectation that it will have a favorable effect on survival...
April 2017: Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532618/-pain-flare-following-palliative-external-beam-radiotherapy-prospective-study-of-41-cases
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A Lachgar, N Sahli, N Benjaafar
PURPOSE: Radiotherapy plays a major role in relieving pain caused by bone metastases; paradoxically initial flare of symptom is common. Our objectives were to assess prospectively the incidence, and to identify predictor's factors of this acute complication. PATIENT AND METHODS: Forty-one patients treated with analgesic external beam radiotherapy were followed prospectively. Patients recorded pain severity and analgesic intake was documented. Pain flare was defined as an increase of two points in the intensity of pain on the numerical scale with no reduction in analgesic intake and/or 25% increase of the analgesic intake without decreasing pain intensity...
May 19, 2017: Cancer Radiothérapie: Journal de la Société Française de Radiothérapie Oncologique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528350/prevalence-and-impact-of-severe-fatigue-in-adolescent-and-young-adult-cancer-patients-in-comparison-with-population-based-controls
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Hanneke Poort, Suzanne E J Kaal, Hans Knoop, Rosemarie Jansen, Judith B Prins, Eveliene Manten-Horst, Petra Servaes, Olga Husson, Winette T A van der Graaf
PURPOSE: The current study determined the prevalence of severe fatigue in adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer patients (aged 18-35 years at diagnosis) consulting a multidisciplinary AYA team in comparison with gender- and age-matched population-based controls. In addition, impact of severe fatigue on quality of life and correlates of fatigue severity were examined. METHODS: AYAs with cancer (n = 83) completed questionnaires including the Checklist Individual Strength (CIS-fatigue), Quality of Life (QoL)-Cancer Survivor, Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (reflecting psychological distress), and the Cancer Worry Scale (reflecting fear of cancer recurrence or progression)...
May 20, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516202/-plastic-reconstruction-of-radiation-injuries
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P M Vogt, T R Mett, C Henkenberens, C Radtke, R Ipaktchi
In addition to surgical and drug therapy, radiotherapy (or radiation therapy) is one of the three mainstays of modern oncological therapy regimes. It uses ionizing radiation to control tumors by damaging the DNA of cancerous tissue leading to cellular death. Although advances have been made in recent years resulting in a reduced dosage to the surrounding tissues, radiation injuries and tissue-related side effects cannot be completely avoided. Knowledge of the pathophysiology, treatment modalities and interdisciplinary treatment approaches are essential for effective therapy whilst limiting side effects...
May 17, 2017: Der Chirurg; Zeitschrift Für Alle Gebiete der Operativen Medizen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515919/programmed-death-ligand-1-expression-is-associated-with-fibrosarcomatous-transformation-of-dermatofibrosarcoma-protuberans
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Kenji Tsuchihashi, Hitoshi Kusaba, Yuichi Yamada, Yuta Okumura, Hozumi Shimokawa, Masato Komoda, Keita Uchino, Tomoyasu Yoshihiro, Nobuhiro Tsuruta, Fumiyasu Hanamura, Kyoko Inadomi, Mamoru Ito, Kosuke Sagara, Michitaka Nakano, Kenta Nio, Shuji Arita, Hiroshi Ariyama, Kenichi Kohashi, Ryuji Tominaga, Yoshinao Oda, Koichi Akashi, Eishi Baba
Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans (DFSP) is a locally invading tumor, characterized by the presence of the collagen type I α 1 (COL1A1)-platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) β fusion gene. We herein report the case of a 31-year-old man with a history of resection of an abdominal wall DFSP. The patient presented with chest pain and a computed tomography scan revealed a large mass in the posterior mediastinum and another mass in the right lung. The mediastinal mass was a sarcomatous lesion expressing the COL1A1-PDGFβ fusion gene, suggesting that it represented a metastasis of the DFSP following fibrosarcomatous (FS) transformation...
May 2017: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511491/choroidal-metastasis-as-initial-presentation-in-adenocarcinoma-of-lung-a-case-report
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Saroj Kumar Das, Tapan Kumar Sahoo, Sucheta Parija, Saroj Kumar Das Majumdar, Dillip Kumar Parida
Vision impairment as an initial presentation detecting choroid metastasis in primary lung cancer is rare. Prevention or treatment of visual loss and improvement in quality of life can be achieved by treatment of intraocular metastasis. The survival of the patient in choroid metastasis with lung primary is poor with the median survival being 3.3 months. However, proper treatment may increase the quality of life and survival to an extent. We report a case of adenocarcinoma of lung in a female patient, presented initially with visual impairment as a result of choroidal metastasis and treated with external beam radiotherapy for choroidal metastasis followed by palliative chemotherapy...
March 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503990/assessing-the-utilization-of-radiotherapy-near-end-of-life-at-a-finnish-university-hospital-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Liisa K Rautakorpi, Johanna M Mäkelä, Fatemeh Seyednasrollah, Anna M Hammais, Tarja Laitinen, Outi M Hirvonen, Heikki Minn, Laura L Elo, Sirkku M Jyrkkiö
BACKGROUND: Palliative radiotherapy can improve quality of life for cancer patients during the last months of life. However, very short life expectancy may devastate the benefit of the treatment. This single center study assesses the utilization of radiotherapy during the last weeks of life. MATERIAL AND METHODS: All cancer patients (N = 38,982) treated with radiotherapy (N = 11,395) in Turku University Central Hospital during 2005-2013 were identified in the database consisting of electronic patient records...
May 13, 2017: Acta Oncologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502722/radiotherapy-rescue-of-a-nivolumab-refractory-immune-response-in-a-patient-with-pd-l1-negative-metastatic-squamous-cell-carcinoma-of-the-lung
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Zhigang Yuan, Allison Fromm, Kamran A Ahmed, George D Grass, George Q Yang, Daniel E Oliver, Thomas J Dilling, Scott J Antonia, Bradford A Perez
Nivolumab, a PD-1 immune-checkpoint inhibitor antibody, has been approved in the second line for metastatic squamous non-small cell lung cancer (sqNSCLC)(1). However, only a minority of patients respond to anti-PD-1 immunotherapy, and mechanisms of de novo and adaptive resistance to nivolumab are unclear. There are limited treatment options to rescue the immunotherapy refractory status. We herein describe a patient who was nivolumab refractory and subsequently developed global response after a course of palliative thoracic radiotherapy (RT)...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Thoracic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496548/palliative-thoracic-radiotherapy-for-lung-cancer-what-is-the-impact-of-total-radiation-dose-on-survival
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Carsten Nieder, Terje Tollali, Rosalba Yobuta, Anne Reigstad, Liv Randi Flatoy, Adam Pawinski
BACKGROUND: Effective symptom palliation can be achieved with low-dose palliative thoracic radiotherapy. In several studies, median survival was not improved with higher doses of radiation. More controversy exists regarding the impact of higher doses on 1- and 2-year survival rates. Therefore, a comparison of survival outcomes after radiotherapy with different biologically equivalent doses (equivalent dose in 2-Gy fractions, EQD2) was performed. METHODS: This was a retrospective single-institution study of 232 patients with small or non-small cell lung cancer...
June 2017: Journal of Clinical Medicine Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495482/-recurrence-of-a-glassy-cell-carcinoma-of-the-vagina-an-exceptional-situation
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Y Yahiaoui, A Gabsi, R Doghri, M Ayadi, K Mrad, A Mezlini
Glassy cell carcinoma is a rare neoplasm that occurs most frequently in the uterine cervix. We describe the second reported case of glassy cell carcinoma arising in the vagina. We present a case of a 24-year-old woman with a history of post-coïtal bleeding associated with menometrorrhagia. Different explorations have concluded in a glassy cell carcinoma arising in the vagina, with clinical staging III according to the International Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecology. The patient received three cycles of neoadjuvant chemotherapy with a good response...
May 8, 2017: Cancer Radiothérapie: Journal de la Société Française de Radiothérapie Oncologique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494405/radical-treatment-of-oligometastatic-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-ready-for-prime-time
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Matteo Brighenti, Fausto Petrelli, Sandro Barni, Barbara Conti, Enrico Sarti, Margherita Ratti, Stefano Panni, Rodolfo Passalacqua, Melissa Bersanelli
Oligometastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), defined as a disease with low metastatic burden and limited organ involvement, is conceived as an intermediate condition between a truly localised disease and a widely metastatic tumour. Traditionally, local ablative therapies (LATs), such as surgery and radiotherapy, have been limited to symptoms' palliation in advanced NSCLC. Several retrospective studies suggest that using local ablative therapy for oligometastatic disease could offer good local control of the disease and improvement in terms of progression-free survival...
May 8, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485345/assessment-of-safety-and-efficacy-of-an-indigenous-self-expandable-fully-covered-esophageal-metal-stent-for-palliation-of-esophageal-cancer
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R K Padhan, S K Nongthombam, A Venuthurimilli, R Dhingra, P Sahni, P K Garg
BACKGROUND: Patients with unresectable esophageal cancer require palliation for dysphagia. Placement of a self-expandable metal stent (SEMS) is the procedure of choice for palliation of dysphagia. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the safety and efficacy of an indigenous fully-covered SEMS in patients with esophageal cancer. METHODS: Eligible patients with unresectable esophageal cancer requiring palliation for dysphagia were included in the study. An indigenous fully covered SEMS of appropriate length was placed under endoscopic and fluoroscopic guidance...
October 2016: Indian Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480719/stereotactic-body-radiation-therapy-for-metastases-to-the-kidney-in-patients-with-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-a-new-treatment-paradigm-for-durable-palliation
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Vivek Verma, Charles B Simone
BACKGROUND: Cancer metastasis to the kidney is a rare event; treatment must take into account the associated and unique anatomic and physiological challenges of treating the kidney. Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) is a widely emerging modality of radiotherapy touted for its ability to minimize irradiation to surrounding tissues and to provide a vastly shortened treatment course that is highly biologically potent. However, the use of SBRT to treat kidney neoplasms has been described in only a few case reports generally for primary renal malignancies...
April 2017: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480153/radiovaccination-hypothesis
#16
Libni Eapen
The details of patients who have entered remission from metastatic melanoma following palliative radiotherapy are reported. We review the relevant immune physiology and radiotherapy particulars and propose the hypothesis that radiovaccination with high fractional dose to skin metastases can stimulate the development of a robust systemic anti-tumoral immune response capable of causing remission of metastatic disease.
April 4, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469346/primitive-neuroectodermal-tumor-of-lung-in-adult-with-hemorrhagic-brain-metastasis-an-extremely-rare-case-scenario
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Abhishek Purkayastha, Neelam Sharma, Amul Kapur, Kavita Sahai
Primitive neuroectodermal tumors (PNETs) are highly malignant neoplasms of embryonal origin manifesting in children and adolescents, rarely seen in adults. Carcinoma lung with hemorrhagic metastasis to the brain is very common, but primary lung PNET with hemorrhagic brain metastasis is extremely uncommon. We hereby report a 29-year-old female diagnosed as PNET lung was treated with vincristine, adriamycin, and cyclophosphamide alternating with ifosfamide plus etoposide followed by radiotherapy (RT). After 9 months, she developed hemorrhagic brain metastasis from PNET lung confirmed from tissue immunohistology postcraniotomy...
January 2017: Indian Journal of Medical and Paediatric Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469334/clinical-profile-of-pediatric-oncology-patients-treated-by-external-beam-radiotherapy-an-institutional-experience
#18
Virender Suhag, B S Sunita, Pankaj Vats, Arti Sarin, A K Singh, Mayuri Jain
INTRODUCTION: Pediatric tumors are a heterogeneous group of malignant conditions requiring multimodal treatment, and management of such cases is at time challenging. We present the clinical profile of pediatric cancer patients who received radiation, either alone or as adjuvant to surgery and chemotherapy; in prophylactic, radical or palliative clinical setting. AIM: This study was envisaged to review our experience of pediatric oncology cases, their clinical and morphological profile, dosage schedule of radiotherapy, and the therapy induced complications...
January 2017: Indian Journal of Medical and Paediatric Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469322/solitary-fibular-metastasis-from-nonsmall-cell-lung-carcinoma
#19
Mohammad Akram, Samreen Zaheer, Asif Hussain, Shahid A Siddiqui, Ruquiya Afrose, Saifullah Khalid
Solitary bone metastasis to fibula in patients of lung carcinoma is a rare entity, with only four cases reported in literature. We, hereby, present a case of a 50 year-old-male who was given three cycles of chemotherapy for lung carcinoma with no distant metastasis but presented 2 months later with a fusiform, painful swelling around the knee that was clinically suspected to be inflammatory in nature but proved to be fibular metastasis on cytology. There was no evidence of skeletal metastasis on initial bone scan...
April 2017: Journal of Cytology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469043/prospective-evaluation-of-the-relationship-between-mechanical-stability-and-response-to-palliative-radiotherapy-for-symptomatic-spinal-metastases
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Joanne M van der Velden, Anne L Versteeg, Helena M Verkooijen, Charles G Fisher, Edward Chow, F Cumhur Oner, Marco van Vulpen, Lorna Weir, Jorrit-Jan Verlaan
BACKGROUND: A substantial number of patients with spinal metastases experience no treatment effect from palliative radiotherapy. Mechanical spinal instability, due to metastatic disease, could be associated with failed pain control following radiotherapy. This study investigates the relationship between the degree of spinal instability, as defined by the Spinal Instability Neoplastic Score (SINS), and response to radiotherapy in patients with symptomatic spinal metastases in a multi-institutional cohort...
May 3, 2017: Oncologist
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