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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651338/evaluation-of-the-impact-of-tumor-hpv-status-on-outcome-in-patients-with-locally-advanced-unresectable-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-carcinoma-hnscc-receiving-cisplatin-5-fluorouracil-with-or-without-docetaxel-a-subset-analysis-of-eortc-24971-study
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A Psyrri, C Fortpied, G Koutsodontis, M Avgeris, C Kroupis, N Goutas, J Menis, L Herman, L Giurgea, E Remenar, M Degardin, I S Pateras, J A Langendijk, C van Herpen, A Awada, J R Germà-Lluch, H R Kienzer, L Licitra, J B Vermorken
Background: EORTC 24971 was a phase III trial demonstrating superiority of induction regimen TPF over PF, in terms of progression-free (PFS) and overall survival (OS) in locoregionally advanced unresectable HNSCC. We conducted a retrospective analysis of prospectively collected data aiming to evaluate whether only HPV(-) patients (pts) benefit from adding docetaxel to PF, in which case de-intensifying induction treatment in HPV(+) pts could be considered. Methods: Pre-therapy tumor biopsies (blocks or slides) were assessed for high-risk HPV by p16 immunohistochemistry, PCR and qPCR...
June 23, 2017: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650338/ifn-%C3%AE-related-mrna-profile-predicts-clinical-response-to-pd-1-blockade
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Mark Ayers, Jared Lunceford, Michael Nebozhyn, Erin Murphy, Andrey Loboda, David R Kaufman, Andrew Albright, Jonathan D Cheng, S Peter Kang, Veena Shankaran, Sarina A Piha-Paul, Jennifer Yearley, Tanguy Y Seiwert, Antoni Ribas, Terrill K McClanahan
Programmed death-1-directed (PD-1-directed) immune checkpoint blockade results in durable antitumor activity in many advanced malignancies. Recent studies suggest that IFN-γ is a critical driver of programmed death ligand-1 (PD-L1) expression in cancer and host cells, and baseline intratumoral T cell infiltration may improve response likelihood to anti-PD-1 therapies, including pembrolizumab. However, whether quantifying T cell-inflamed microenvironment is a useful pan-tumor determinant of PD-1-directed therapy response has not been rigorously evaluated...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650113/distant-metastases-in-head-and-neck-cancer
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Fréderic Duprez, Dieter Berwouts, Wilfried De Neve, Katrien Bonte, Tom Boterberg, Philippe Deron, Wouter Huvenne, Sylvie Rottey, Marc Mareel
BACKGROUND: Most trials in head and neck cancer emphasize locoregional control, as this is the main pattern of therapy failure. However, up to 15% of patients develop distant metastases. The purpose of this study was to present the investigated factors associated with distant metastasis in a single-center patient cohort. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of a single-center patient cohort over an 18-year period has been performed. We report on prevalence and incidence of distant metastasis, timing in relation to locoregional failure, Kaplan-Meier analysis for actuarial distant control rates, and univariate analysis taking into account histological, etiologic, surgical, site-dependent, stage-dependent characteristics, modality of primary therapy, and locoregional control...
June 26, 2017: Head & Neck
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649722/comparison-of-dvh-based-plan-verification-methods-for-vmat-arccheck-3dvh-system-and-dynalog-based-dose-reconstruction
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Masahide Saito, Noriyuki Kadoya, Kiyokazu Sato, Kengo Ito, Suguru Dobashi, Ken Takeda, Hiroshi Onishi, Keiichi Jingu
The purpose of this study was comparing dose-volume histogram (DVH)-based plan verification methods for volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) pretreatment QA. We evaluated two 3D dose reconstruction systems: ArcCHECK-3DVH system (Sun Nuclear corp.) and Varian dynalog-based dose reconstruction (DBDR) system, developed in-house. Fifteen prostate cancer patients (67.6 Gy/26 Fr), four head and neck cancer patient (66 Gy/33 Fr), and four esophagus cancer patients (60 Gy/30 Fr) treated with VMAT were studied...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649708/potential-benefits-of-crawl-position-for-prone-radiation-therapy-in-breast-cancer
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Bert Boute, Wilfried De Neve, Bruno Speleers, Annick Van Greveling, Christel Monten, Tom Van Hoof, Joris Van de Velde, Leen Paelinck, Werner De Gersem, Tom Vercauteren, Jan Detand, Liv Veldeman
PURPOSE: To investigate crawl position with the arm at the treated side alongside the body and at the opposite side above the head for prone treatment in patients requiring breast and regional lymph node irradiation. METHODS: Patient support devices for crawl position were built for CT simulation and treatment. An asymmetric fork design resulted from an iterative process of prototype construction and testing. The fork's large horn supports the hemi-thorax, shoulder, and elevated arm at the nontreated side and the head...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649557/dusquetide-reduction-in-oral-mucositis-associated-with-enduring-ancillary-benefits-in-tumor-resolution-and-decreased-mortality-in-head-and-neck-cancer-patients
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Mahesh Kudrimoti, Amarinthia Curtis, Samar Azawi, Francis Worden, Sanford Katz, Douglas Adkins, Marcelo Bonomi, Zack Scott, Jenna Elder, Stephen T Sonis, Richard Straube, Oreola Donini
Innate immunity is a key component in the pathogenesis of oral mucositis, a universal toxicity of chemoradiation therapy (CRT). Dusquetide, a novel Innate Defense Regulator, has demonstrated both nonclinical and clinical efficacy in ameliorating severe oral mucositis (SOM). Long term follow-up studies from the Phase 2 clinical study evaluating dusquetide as a treatment for SOM in head and neck cancer (HNC) patients receiving CRT have now been completed. Extended analysis indicates that dusquetide therapy was well-tolerated and did not contribute to increased infection, tumor growth or mortality...
September 2017: Biotechnology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648407/health-related-quality-of-life-fear-of-recurrence-and-emotional-distress-in-patients-treated-for-thyroid-cancer
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S N Rogers, V Mepani, S Jackson, D Lowe
Diagnosis of differentiated thyroid carcinoma (papillary or follicular) and its treatment may be associated with a poor health-related quality of life (HRQoL), and with fear of recurrence (FoR), and distress. To our knowledge, this is the first time a single FoR screening question (written to complement a HRQoL questionnaire), has been reported with HRQoL and levels of distress in patients treated for the disease. In April 2014 we did a cross-sectional survey of patients who had presented to the Merseyside and Cheshire thyroid cancer network between April 2009 and November 2013...
June 22, 2017: British Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648362/formation-of-an-international-intergroup-to-coordinate-clinical-trials-in-head-and-neck-cancers-hncig
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Quynh Thu Le, John J Welch, Jan B Vermorken, Danny Rischin, Hisham Mehanna
Clinical trials in head and neck cancer (HNC) face multiple challenges including low global incidence, excessive patient comorbidity rate, high treatment-related toxicity and more recently a changing tumor biology landscape. As clinical trials evolve to address new knowledge about HNC biology, the overall pool of eligible patients for each trial becomes smaller, leading to more accrual challenges. These challenges have led to the formation of the Head and Neck Cancer Intergroup (HNCIG) comprised of large HNC international and national cooperative groups and sites with the goal of facilitating the conduct of high quality clinical trials in a timely manner to improve outcomes in HNC...
June 22, 2017: Oral Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647432/peer-assisted-learning-intensity-modulated-radiotherapy-transition-in-developing-countries
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I Mohamad, A Salem, T Abu Hejleh, S Wadi-Ramahi, M Qandeel, S El Khatib, W Asha, S Mhied, O Al Saraireh, W Al-Gargaz, H Abdulelah, A Hosni, A Al Mousa
Intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) is not widely used in developing countries due to technical challenges and a lack of expertise and resources. We outline head and neck cancer IMRT implementation challenges and highlight how improvised solutions allowed successful IMRT transition in Jordan. This article showcases a 'peer-assisted learning' model, promoting IMRT transition in other developing countries. Unlike the 'top-down' approach, this model is uncommonly addressed in oncology journals. Developing countries could benefit from this article to enhance the adoption of modern radiotherapy technology...
June 21, 2017: Clinical Oncology: a Journal of the Royal College of Radiologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646886/implementation-science-for-ambulatory-care-safety-a-novel-method-to-develop-context-sensitive-interventions-to-reduce-quality-gaps-in-monitoring-high-risk-patients
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Kathryn M McDonald, George Su, Sarah Lisker, Emily S Patterson, Urmimala Sarkar
BACKGROUND: Missed evidence-based monitoring in high-risk conditions (e.g., cancer) leads to delayed diagnosis. Current technological solutions fail to close this safety gap. In response, we aim to demonstrate a novel method to identify common vulnerabilities across clinics and generate attributes for context-flexible population-level monitoring solutions for widespread implementation to improve quality. METHODS: Based on interviews with staff in otolaryngology, pulmonary, urology, breast, and gastroenterology clinics at a large urban publicly funded health system, we applied journey mapping to co-develop a visual representation of how patients are monitored for high-risk conditions...
June 24, 2017: Implementation Science: IS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646091/stress-specific-p38-map-kinase-activation-is-sufficient-to-drive-egf-receptor-endocytosis-but-not-nuclear-translocation
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Alejandra Tomas, Sylwia Jones, Simon O Vaughan, Daniel Hochhauser, Clare E Futter
P38 MAP kinase-dependent EGF receptor (EGFR) endocytosis is induced by stress. Ligand and stresses like X-rays, reportedly promote nuclear traffic of endocytosed EGFR for regulation of gene transcription and DNA repair. We fail to detect EGFR endocytosis or nuclear transport following X-ray treatment of HeLa or head and neck cancer cells, despite extensive DNA damage induction. Apparent nuclear staining with EGFR extracellular domain antibody remained present despite reduced/absent EGFR expression and so did not represent nuclear EGFR...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645807/prognostic-implication-of-ercc1-protein-expression-in-resected-oropharynx-and-oral-cavity-cancer
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Ho Jung An, Heejoon Jo, Chan Kwon Jung, Jin Hyoung Kang, Min Sik Kim, Dong-Il Sun, Kwang Jae Cho, Jung-Hae Cho, Hye Sung Won, Der Sheng Sun, Yoon Ho Ko
BACKGROUND: Excision repair cross complement group 1 (ERCC1) expression is a predictive biomarker for platinum-containing treatment in squamous cell carcinoma of head and neck (SCCHN). However, the prognostic significance after surgical resection is not well understood. METHODS: Oropharynx (n=143) or oral cavity (n=61) SCCHN patients undergoing surgery were included. ERCC1 protein expression and HPV status were assessed by ERCC1 and p16 immunohistochemistry. RESULTS: The ERCC1, over-expressed in 66...
May 31, 2017: Pathology, Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645105/a-three-gene-immunohistochemical-panel-serves-as-an-adjunct-to-clinical-staging-of-patients-with-head-and-neck-cancer
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Chin-Ann J Ong, Nicholas B Shannon, Stefan Mueller, Sze Min Lek, Xuan Qiu, Fui Teen Chong, Ke Li, Kelvin K N Koh, Gerald C A Tay, Thakshayeni Skanthakumar, Jacqueline S G Hwang, Tony Kiat Hon Lim, Mei Kim Ang, Daniel S W Tan, Ngian-Chye Tan, Hiang Khoon Tan, Khee Chee Soo, N Gopalakrishna Iyer
BACKGROUND: Current management of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) depends on tumor staging. Despite refinements in clinical staging algorithms, outcomes remain unchanged for the last two decades. In this study, we set out to identify a small, clinically applicable molecular panel to aid prognostication of patients with HNSCC. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Data from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) was used to derive copy number aberrations and expression changes to identify putative prognostic genes...
June 19, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645102/expression-of-p63-and-cd44-in-oral-squamous-cell-carcinoma-and-correlation-with-clinicopathological-parameters
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Nasrollah Saghravanian, Kazem Anvari, Narges Ghazi, Bahram Memar, Maryam Shahsavari, Monavar Afzal Aghaee
Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is the sixth most frequent malignant tumor of the head and neck region. Despite advances in therapeutic options over the last decades, the rate of mortality and morbidity has not been improved markedly. A small subset of cells, cancer stem cells (CSCs), with self-renewal properties have become a major focus of current cancer research. CD44 and p63 are identified as candidate stem cell markers in normal squamous epithelium and SCC. The role of these markers in oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) is still debatable...
June 15, 2017: Archives of Oral Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644692/hyperbaric-oxygen-may-only-be-optional-in-head-and-neck-necrotizing-fasciitis-a-retrospective-analysis-of-43-cases-and-review-of-the-literature
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Jens Faunø Thrane, Arunas Pikelis, Therese Ovesen
BACKGROUND: Necrotizing fasciitis in the head and neck (NF-HN) is a rare and potentially life-threatening condition. The use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) in the acute regimen is disputed and there is a lack of evidence of therapeutic effect. This study aims to describe a retrospective cohort of patients with NF-HN and investigate the use of HBOT and consequences thereof. METHODS: All patients treated for NF-HN at Aarhus University Hospital (AUH) between 2002 and 2014 were included in this retrospective cohort...
June 23, 2017: Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644558/current-understanding-of-cancer-stem-cells-review-of-their-radiobiology-and-role-in-head-and-neck-cancers
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REVIEW
Paul Ambrose Reid, Puthenparampil Wilson, Yanrui Li, Loredana Gabriela Marcu, Eva Bezak
Evidence of cancer cells that bear attributes analogous to those of normal stem cells has developed a hierarchical model of cancer's architecture and progression. This subset of cancer stem cells (CSCs) drives the progression and therapy resistance of cancers. Research to identify the phenotypes of these CSCs presents evidence of a subpopulation that is more resistant to therapy and may proliferate in response. Literature shows that CSCs typically represent around 1%-10% of cell populations in head and neck cancer but this proportion may increase in response to a therapeutic radiation dose...
June 23, 2017: Head & Neck
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643759/overall-treatment-duration-with-multimodality-treatment-approach-and-outcome-results-in-oral-cavity-carcinoma-a-study-from-an-institute-from-central-india
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Vandana Jain, Digpal Dharkar, Hamsa Nandini, Shailendra M Jain
OBJECTIVE OF THE STUDY: To see the different age groups, gender, sites, disease stage, treatment outcome of various oral cavity sites carcinoma by combined modalities and the overall treatment duration. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 212 oral cavity carcinoma patients (169 males and 43 females) with complete records (from September 2009 to December 2012) were analyzed for age, sex, histopathology, associated medical illnesses, various subsites with disease stage, various treatment modalities with the duration and follow-up records for disease control as well as disease failure at local, nodal, local + nodal, and distant metastasis...
April 2017: Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643738/five-versus-ten-fractions-per-week-radiotherapy-in-locally-advanced-head-and-neck-cancer
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Ramanjis Viranna Tallari, O P Singh, Veenita Yogi, Suresh Yadav
INTRODUCTION: Conventional fractionated radiotherapy (CFRT) is in use since a long time, but the invention of altered fractionation such as hyperfractionation has improved survival in head and neck squamous cell cancer (HNSCC). AIMS: Our aim of this prospective randomized study is to compare conventional 5 fractions per week (CFRT) with hyperfractionation 10 fractions per week (hyperfractionated radiotherapy [HFRT]) in locally advanced head and neck cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The study period is from November 2013 to April 2015...
April 2017: Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643737/changes-in-pharyngeal-constrictor-volumes-during-head-and-neck-radiation-therapy-implications-for-dose-delivery
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Akila Kumarasiri, Chang Liu, Mona Kamal, Correen Fraser, Stephen Brown, Indrin J Chetty, Jinkoo Kim, Farzan Siddiqui
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to evaluate the anatomical changes and associated dosimetric consequences to pharyngeal constrictor muscles (PCMs) that occur during head and neck (H and N) radiotherapy (RT). MATERIALS AND METHODS: A cohort of 13 oropharyngeal cancer patients with daily cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) was retrospectively studied. On every 5th CBCT image, PCM was manually delineated by a radiation oncologist. The anterior-posterior PCM thickness was measured at the midline level of C3 vertebral body...
April 2017: Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643357/nut-carcinoma-in-children-and-adults-a-multicenter-retrospective-study
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Lauriane Lemelle, Gaëlle Pierron, Paul Fréneaux, Sophie Huybrechts, Alexandra Spiegel, Dominique Plantaz, Morbize Julieron, Sophie Dumoucel, Antoine Italiano, Fréderic Millot, Christophe Le Tourneau, Guy Leverger, Pascal Chastagner, Matthieu Carton, Daniel Orbach
BACKGROUND: Nuclear protein of the testis (NUT) carcinoma (formerly NUT midline carcinoma) is an aggressive tumor defined by the presence of NUT rearrangement with a poor prognosis. This rare cancer is underdiagnosed and poorly treated. OBJECTIVE: The primary objective of this study was to describe the clinical, radiologic, and biological features of NUT carcinoma. The secondary objective was to describe the various treatments and assess their efficacy. METHODS: This retrospective multicenter study was based on review of the medical records of children and adults with NUT carcinoma with specific rearrangement or positive anti-NUT nuclear staining (>50%)...
June 23, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
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