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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332990/continuous-activity-monitoring-during-concurrent-chemoradiotherapy
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Nitin Ohri, Rafi Kabarriti, William R Bodner, Keyur J Mehta, Viswanathan Shankar, Balazs Halmos, Missak Haigentz, Bruce Rapkin, Chandan Guha, Shalom Kalnicki, Madhur Garg
PURPOSE: To perform a prospective trial testing the feasibility and utility of acquiring activity data as a measure of health status during concurrent chemoradiotherapy. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Ambulatory patients who were planned for treatment with concurrent chemoradiotherapy with curative intent for cancers of the head and neck, lung, or gastrointestinal tract were provided with activity monitors before treatment initiation. Patients were asked to wear the devices continuously throughout the radiation therapy course...
April 1, 2017: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330704/an-update-on-non-extremity-soft-tissue-sarcomas
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S J Ford, L M Almond, A Gronchi
The management of soft tissue sarcoma is challenging and varied. Centralisation of management in high volume specialist centres has revolutionised outcomes. Surgery remains the mainstay of treatment and is currently the only potentially curative therapy. Retroperitoneal soft tissue sarcoma presents a particular challenge to the surgical oncologist and the concept of extended resection to include surrounding expendable organs taken en bloc with the tumour has now largely been adopted. The use of neoadjuvant and adjuvant therapies for retroperitoneal soft tissue sarcoma is still to be established, although they are employed on a case-specific basis...
March 19, 2017: Clinical Oncology: a Journal of the Royal College of Radiologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328302/pembrolizumab-for-platinum-and-cetuximab-refractory-head-and-neck-cancer-results-from-a-single-arm-phase-ii-study
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Joshua Bauml, Tanguy Y Seiwert, David G Pfister, Francis Worden, Stephen V Liu, Jill Gilbert, Nabil F Saba, Jared Weiss, Lori Wirth, Ammar Sukari, Hyunseok Kang, Michael K Gibson, Erminia Massarelli, Steven Powell, Amy Meister, Xinxin Shu, Jonathan D Cheng, Robert Haddad
Purpose There are no approved treatments for recurrent/metastatic head and neck squamous cell carcinoma refractory to platinum and cetuximab. In the single-arm, phase II KEYNOTE-055 study, we evaluated pembrolizumab, an anti-programmed death 1 receptor antibody, in this platinum- and cetuximab-pretreated population with poor prognosis. Methods Eligibility stipulated disease progression within 6 months of platinum and cetuximab treatment. Patients received pembrolizumab 200 mg every 3 weeks. Imaging was performed every 6 to 9 weeks...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327968/subjective-and-objective-taste-and-smell-changes-in-cancer
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L E Spotten, C A Corish, C M Lorton, P M Ui Dhuibhir, N C O'Donoghue, B O'Connor, T D Walsh
Context: Malnutrition is highly prevalent in cancer patients and an important predictor of morbidity, mortality, treatment response and toxicity. Taste and smell changes (TSCs) are common and may contribute to malnutrition. Research has previously focused on patients receiving chemotherapy (CT) or head and neck radiotherapy (RT). However, TSCs may occur pre-treatment, with other treatment modalities, and in cancer survivors. This review evaluates objective and subjective assessment of taste and smell, discusses the prevalence of TSCs in cancer, and reviews the clinical sequelae of TSCs in cancer patients...
March 7, 2017: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327089/uniform-fdg-pet-guided-gradient-dose-prescription-to-reduce-late-radiation-toxicity-upgrade-rt-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-clinical-trial-with-dose-reduction-to-the-elective-neck-in-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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Sven van den Bosch, Tim Dijkema, Martina C Kunze-Busch, Chris H J Terhaard, Cornelis P J Raaijmakers, Patricia A H Doornaert, Frank J P Hoebers, Marije R Vergeer, Bas Kreike, Oda B Wijers, Wim J G Oyen, Johannes H A M Kaanders
BACKGROUND: In definitive radiation therapy for head and neck cancer, clinically uninvolved cervical lymph nodes are irradiated with a so-called 'elective dose' in order to achieve control of clinically occult metastases. As a consequence of high-resolution diagnostic imaging, occult tumor volume has significantly decreased in the last decades. Since the elective dose is dependent on occult tumor volume, the currently used elective dose may be higher than necessary. Because bilateral irradiation of the neck contributes to dysphagia, xerostomia and hypothyroidism in a dose dependent way, dose de-escalation to these regions can open a window of opportunity to reduce toxicity and improve quality of life after treatment...
March 21, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325607/japanese-clinical-practice-guideline-for-head-and-neck-cancer
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REVIEW
Ken-Ichi Nibu, Ryuichi Hayashi, Takahiro Asakage, Hiroya Ojiri, Yoshihiro Kimata, Takeshi Kodaira, Toshitaka Nagao, Torahiko Nakashima, Takashi Fujii, Hirofumi Fujii, Akihiro Homma, Kazuto Matsuura, Nobuya Monden, Takeshi Beppu, Nobuhiro Hanai, Tadaaki Kirita, Yuzuru Kamei, Naoki Otsuki, Naomi Kiyota, Sadamoto Zenda, Ken Omura, Koichi Omori, Tetsuo Akimoto, Kazuyoshi Kawabata, Seiji Kishimoto, Hiroya Kitano, Iwai Tohnai, Takashi Nakatsuka
OBJECTIVE: The first revision of "Japanese Clinical Practice Guideline for Head and Neck Cancer" was made in 2013 by the clinical practice guideline committee of Japan Society for Head and Neck Cancer, in response to the revision of the TNM classification. METHODS: 34 CQs (Clinical Questions) were newly adopted to describe the diagnosis and treatment methods currently considered most appropriate, and offered recommendation grade made by the consensus of the committee...
March 18, 2017: Auris, Nasus, Larynx
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325604/early-prediction-of-radiotherapy-induced-parotid-shrinkage-and-toxicity-based-on-ct-radiomics-and-fuzzy-classification
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Marco Pota, Elisa Scalco, Giuseppe Sanguineti, Alessia Farneti, Giovanni Mauro Cattaneo, Giovanna Rizzo, Massimo Esposito
MOTIVATION: Patients under radiotherapy for head-and-neck cancer often suffer of long-term xerostomia, and/or consistent shrinkage of parotid glands. In order to avoid these drawbacks, adaptive therapy can be planned for patients at risk, if the prediction is obtained timely, before or during the early phase of treatment. Artificial intelligence can address the problem, by learning from examples and building classification models. In particular, fuzzy logic has shown its suitability for medical applications, in order to manage uncertain data, and to build transparent rule-based classifiers...
March 18, 2017: Artificial Intelligence in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324750/biological-mechanisms-of-immune-escape-and-implications-for-immunotherapy-in-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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REVIEW
Jennifer D Moy, Jessica M Moskovitz, Robert L Ferris
Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) is an aggressive malignancy with high morbidity and mortality. Despite advances in cytotoxic therapies and surgical techniques, overall survival (OS) has not improved over the past few decades. This emphasises the need for intense investigation into novel therapies with good tumour control and minimal toxicity. Cancer immunotherapy has led this endeavour, attempting to improve tumour recognition and expand immune responses against tumour cells. While various forms of HNSCC immunotherapy are in preclinical trials, the most promising direction thus far has been with monoclonal antibodies (mAbs), targeting growth factor and immune checkpoint receptors...
March 18, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323641/metal-artifacts-in-computed-tomography-for-radiation-therapy-planning-dosimetric-effects-and-impact-of-metal-artifact-reduction
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Drosoula Giantsoudi, Bruno De Man, Joost Verburg, Alexei Trofimov, Yannan Jin, Ge Wang, Lars Gjesteby, Harald Paganetti
A significant and increasing number of patients receiving radiation therapy present with metal objects close to, or even within, the treatment area, resulting in artifacts in computed tomography (CT) imaging, which is the most commonly used imaging method for treatment planning in radiation therapy. In the presence of metal implants, such as dental fillings in treatment of head-and-neck tumors, spinal stabilization implants in spinal or paraspinal treatment or hip replacements in prostate cancer treatments, the extreme photon absorption by the metal object leads to prominent image artifacts...
March 21, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323387/induction-of-tumor-regression-by-intratumoral-sting-agonists-combined-with-anti-programmed-death-l1-blocking-antibody-in-a-preclinical-squamous-cell-carcinoma-model
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Shekhar K Gadkaree, Juan Fu, Rupashree Sen, Michael J Korrer, Clint Allen, Young J Kim
BACKGROUND: Cyclic dinucleotides (CDNs) are bacterial intracellular messengers that have demonstrated antitumor activity in melanoma and breast tumors, although their role in immunotherapy of head and neck squamous cell cancers (HNSCCs) has not been well investigated. METHODS: We measured primary tumor growth rates, mechanism of antitumor activity, and efficacy of programmed death-L1 blockade combinatorial therapy in SCCFVII tumor-bearing C3H/HeOUJ mice undergoing intratumoral injections with RR-cyclic-di-guanine (synthetic CDG), CDG (natural cyclic-di-guanine), R848 (TLR 7/8 agonist), or phosphate buffered saline (PBS, control)...
March 21, 2017: Head & Neck
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322454/long-term-local-control-rates-of-patients-with-adenoid-cystic-carcinoma-of-the-head-and-neck-managed-by-surgery-and-postoperative-radiation
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Safina Ali, Frank L Palmer, Nora Katabi, Nancy Lee, Jatin P Shah, Snehal G Patel, Ian Ganly
OBJECTIVES: To report long-term local control in patients with adenoid cystic cancer (ACC) of the head and neck managed by surgery and identify factors predictive for local failure. STUDY DESIGN: Single-institution retrospective cohort study. METHODS: Eighty-seven patients who had surgery for ACC between 1985 and 2009 were identified. Patient, tumor, and treatment characteristics were recorded. Local recurrence-free survival (LRFS) was recorded by the Kaplan-Meier method...
March 21, 2017: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322141/lessons-learned-from-gemcitabine-impact-of-therapeutic-carrier-systems-and-gemcitabine-s-drug-conjugates-on-cancer-therapy
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REVIEW
Sathish Dyawanapelly, Animesh Kumar, Manish K Chourasia
Currently, drug delivery systems have a high impact in cancer therapy and are receiving more attention than conventional cancer treatment modalities. Compared with current cancer therapies, gemcitabine (2', 2'-difluoro-2'-deoxycytidine) has been proven to be an effective chemotherapeutic agent against pancreatic, colon, bladder, breast, ovarian, non-small-cell lung, and head and neck cancers in combination with other anticancer agents. To improve the safety and efficacy of cytotoxic drugs, several drug delivery systems have been explored...
2017: Critical Reviews in Therapeutic Drug Carrier Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321381/skull-base-invasion-patterns-and-survival-outcomes-of-nonmelanoma-skin-cancers
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Yusuf Dundar, Richard B Cannon, Marcus M Monroe, Luke Oliver Buchmann, Jason Patrick Hunt
Objective Report routes of skull base invasion for head and neck nonmelanoma skin cancers (NMSCs) and their survival outcomes. Design Retrospective. Participants Ninety patients with NMSC with skull base invasion between 2004 and 2014. Major Outcome Measures Demographic, tumor characteristics, and treatments associated with different types of skull base invasion and disease-specific survival (DSS) and overall survival (OS). Results Perineural invasion (PNI) to the skull base occurred in 69% of patients, whereas 38% had direct skull base invasion...
April 2017: Journal of Neurological Surgery. Part B, Skull Base
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319481/application-of-telepractice-for-head-and-neck-cancer-management-a-review-of-speech-language-pathology-service-models
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Elizabeth C Ward, Laurelie R Wall, Clare L Burns, Bena Cartmill, Anne J Hill
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Head and neck cancer (HNC) is a complex and heterogeneous disease, requiring specialist intervention from a multidisciplinary team including speech language pathology (SLP). Unfortunately, multiple patient and service-related challenges exist which currently limit equitable access to SLP support for all individuals. This review highlights the existing evidence for different telepractice models designed to help patients and services optimize management of swallowing and communication disorders arising from HNC...
March 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318871/changes-in-health-related-quality-of-life-of-oral-cancer-patients-treated-with-curative-intent-experience-of-a-developing-country
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J G Doss, W M N Ghani, I A Razak, Y H Yang, S N Rogers, R B Zain
This study aimed to assess changes in oral cancer patients' health-related quality of life (HRQOL) and the impact of disease stage on HRQOL scores. HRQOL data were collected from seven hospital-based centres using the Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-Head and Neck (FACT-H&N) version 4.0 instrument. The independent samples t-test, χ(2) test, and paired samples t-test were used to analyse the data. A total of 300 patients were recruited. The most common oral cancer sub-site was tongue and floor of mouth (42...
March 16, 2017: International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317270/3q26-29-amplification-in-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-carcinoma-a-review-of-established-and-prospective-oncogenes
#16
REVIEW
Matthew A Davidson, Emma J Shanks
Head and neck cancer (HNSCC) is significantly underrepresented in worldwide cancer research, despite the fact that survival rates for the disease have remained static for over 50 years. Distant metastasis is often present at the time of diagnosis, and is the primary cause of death in cancer patients. In the absence of routine effective targeted therapies, the standard of care treatment remains chemoradiation in combination with (often disfiguring) surgery. A defining characteristic of HNSCC is the amplification of a region of chromosome 3 (3q26-29), which is consistently associated with poorer patient outcome...
March 19, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315073/mechanisms-of-resistance-to-immune-checkpoint-antibodies
#17
Rodrigo N Ramos, Eliane Piaggio, Emanuela Romano
Immunotherapy using checkpoint inhibitors has changed the way we treat several aggressive cancers such as melanoma, non-small cell lung and head & neck cancers, among others, with durable responses achieved in the metastatic setting. However, unfortunately, the vast majority of patients do not respond to checkpoint inhibition therapy and a minority of patients, who do respond to treatment, develop secondary resistance and experience relapse by mechanisms still inadequately understood. Emerging evidence shows that alterations in multiple signaling pathways are involved in primary and/or secondary resistance to checkpoint inhibition...
March 18, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314959/cancer-of-unknown-primary-cup-of-the-head-and-neck-retrospective-analysis-of-81-patients
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Basel Al Kadah, Giorgos Papaspyrou, Maximilian Linxweiler, Bernhard Schick, Christian Rübe, Benjamin Simeon Büchler, Marcus Niewald
The treatment of patients with cervical lymph node metastases without detectable primary tumor remains an important challenge, until today, no standard therapy is available. The present study investigated the multimodal treatment of patients with head and neck CUP syndrome (HNCUP) and their follow-up retrospectively. 81 patients with cervical lymph node metastases without a primary tumor were treated at the Departments of Otorhinolaryngology as well as Radiotherapy and Radiation Oncology at the University of Saarland in Homburg, Germany in the period between 1991 and 2013...
March 17, 2017: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306585/behaviour-change-technique-taxonomy-a-method-of-describing-head-and-neck-cancer-dysphagia-intervention-delivery
#19
Kate Toft, Helen Stringer
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of the review is to examine the current state of the art of dysphagia intervention delivery description and to propose use of a new tool to facilitate this: the behaviour change technique taxonomy version 1 (BCTTv1). RECENT FINDINGS: Describing intervention delivery is difficult, and published research in the field of speech and language therapy (SLT) does not include detail on this key aspect of research protocols. Interventions themselves are often poorly delineated, and a way is needed of classifying how these interventions are delivered in practice...
March 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301959/utility-of-clinico-biological-data-for-long-term-prognosis-of-head-and-neck-terminal-cancer
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Taiji Kawasaki, Koichiro Wasano, Sayuri Yamamoto, Shuta Tomisato, Kaoru Ogawa
OBJECTIVE: The prognosis of terminal head and neck cancer is traditionally determined using indices such as the palliative prognosis index. We aimed to develop an alternative prognosis index using clinico-biological data. METHODS: This retrospective case-series study included 33 head and neck cancer patients whose cancer recurred despite receiving radiation therapy between April 2010 and April 2014. Clinico-biological data were collected the day patients were diagnosed as terminal...
March 16, 2017: Acta Oto-laryngologica
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