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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212569/mir-124-acts-as-a-tumor-suppressor-by-inhibiting-the-expression-of-sphingosine-kinase-1-and-its-downstream-signaling-in-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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Yuan Zhao, Zhiqiang Ling, Yubin Hao, Xiaowu Pang, Xianlin Han, Joseph A Califano, Liang Shan, Xinbin Gu
By analyzing the expression profile of microRNAs in head and neck squamous cell carcinomas (HNSCC), we found that the expression level of miR-124 was 4.59-fold lower in tumors than in normal tissues. To understand its functions, we generated a miR-124-expressing subline (JHU-22miR124) and a mock vector-transfected subline (JHU-22vec) by transfecting the mimic of miR-124 into JHU-22 cancer cells. Restored expression of miR-124 in JHU-22miR124 cells led to reduced cell proliferation, delayed colony formation, and decreased tumor growth, indicating a tumor-suppressive effect of miR-124...
February 15, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210977/genetic-characterization-of-adenoid-cystic-carcinoma-of-the-minor-salivary-glands-a-potential-familial-occurrence-in-first-degree-relatives
#2
Hani Ibrahim Channir, Thomas van Overeem Hansen, Simon Andreasen, Christina Westmose Yde, Katalin Kiss, Birgitte Wittenborg Charabi
Adenoid cystic carcinoma (AdCC) is a malignant salivary gland tumor. To date, no cases of AdCC in first-degree relatives have been reported in the literature. We present a 50-year-old female (Case 1) and this patients' father (Case 2), both of whom were diagnosed with AdCC of the minor salivary glands. Histology of Case 1 demonstrated a tubulocribriform AdCC whereas Case 2 primarily was an AdCC of solid type. Both cases harbored the MYB-NFIB gene fusion as demonstrated by FISH and RNA-sequencing. After filtering and selection of putative deleterious variants, whole exome sequencing identified 18 germline variants in common between Case 1 and Case 2...
February 16, 2017: Head and Neck Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209748/the-use-of-hyperbaric-oxygen-for-the-prevention-and-management-of-osteoradionecrosis-of-the-jaw-a-dana-farber-brigham-and-women-s-cancer-center-multidisciplinary-guideline
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REVIEW
Ahmed Sultan, Glenn J Hanna, Danielle N Margalit, Nicole Chau, Laura A Goguen, Francisco M Marty, Guilherme Rabinowits, Jonathan D Schoenfeld, Stephen T Sonis, Tom Thomas, Roy B Tishler, Nathaniel S Treister, Alessandro Villa, Sook-Bin Woo, Robert Haddad, Hani Mawardi
BACKGROUND: Osteoradionecrosis of the jaw (ORN) is an infrequent yet potentially devastating complication of radiation therapy to the head and neck region. Treatment options include antimicrobial therapy, local sequestrectomy, resection, and the use of hyperbaric oxygen (HBO). Published data on ORN are difficult to compare because of the lack of a universally accepted classification and staging system, and the literature on the use of HBO to either prevent or successfully manage ORN is controversial and inconclusive...
February 16, 2017: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209070/assessment-of-quality-of-life-in-phase-iii-trials-of-radiotherapy-in-localized-or-locally-advanced-head-and-neck-cancer-over-the-past-17-years
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Gustavo Nader Marta, Everardo D Saad
BACKGROUND: We investigated the extent to which health-related quality of life (HRQOL) parameters have been used as endpoints in recent phase III trials on radiotherapy for head and neck cancer, as well as the frequency and correlates of significant HRQOL gains. METHODS: Using the medical subject headings "head and neck neoplasms" and "radiotherapy", we searched PubMed for the main paper reporting phase III trials published between 1/1999 and 12/2015 in 16 leading journals...
January 2017: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208988/cisplatin-induced-renal-insufficiency-measured-by-glomerular-filtration-rate-with-99mtc-dtpa-and-by-using-serum-creatinine-based-formulae-a-prospective-study
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Rohini Khurana, Satyawati Deswal, Chandra Prakash, Dhananjay Kumar Singh
INTRODUCTION: Cisplatin also known as Cis-Diammine-Dichloroplatinum (CDDP) is a chemotherapeutic alkylating nephrotoxic agent. Thus, it is necessary to know if renal function is normal before starting chemotherapy. Glomerular Filtration Rate (GFR) can be assessed directly by using a radiopharmaceutical (dGFR). Estimated GFR (eGFR) method use, Serum Creatinine (SCR) levels in mathematical formulae such as Cockroft-Gault (CG) and abbreviated. Modified Diet in Renal Disease (aMDRD). The serum creatinine level is a function of GFR but is relatively insensitive for detecting early renal insufficiency...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206871/swallowing-therapy-and-progressive-resistance-training-in-head-and-neck-cancer-patients-undergoing-radiotherapy-treatment-randomized-control-trial-protocol-and-preliminary-data
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Sara F Hajdú, Irene Wessel, Christoffer Johansen, Claus A Kristensen, Zahra T Kadkhoda, Christina C Plaschke, Susanne O Dalton
BACKGROUND: Head and neck cancer (HNC) patients are often challenged by treatment induced dysphagia and trismus. Traditionally, rehabilitation is initiated when loss of function has already occurred. There is increasing evidence that it is of benefit to patients to initiate an early rehabilitation process before and during treatment. HNC patients have a unique set of functional challenges such as pre- and post-treatment dysphagia, pain and weight loss. The aim of the trial is to investigate the effects of swallowing and mouth-opening exercises combined with progressive resistance training (PRT) during radiotherapy...
February 2017: Acta Oncologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205307/segmentation-of-organs-at-risks-in-head-and-neck-ct-images-using-convolutional-neural-networks
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Bulat Ibragimov, Lei Xing
PURPOSE: Accurate segmentation of organs-at-risks (OARs) is the key step for efficient planning of radiation therapy for head and neck (HaN) cancer treatment. In the work, we proposed the first deep learning-based algorithm, for segmentation of OARs in HaN CT images, and compared its performance against state-of-the-art automated segmentation algorithms, commercial software, and interobserver variability. METHODS: Convolutional neural networks (CNNs)-a concept from the field of deep learning-were used to study consistent intensity patterns of OARs from training CT images and to segment the OAR in a previously unseen test CT image...
February 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205306/multi-site-quality-and-variability-analysis-of-3d-fdg-pet-segmentations-based-on-phantom-and-clinical-image-data
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Reinhard R Beichel, Brian J Smith, Christian Bauer, Ethan J Ulrich, Payam Ahmadvand, Mikalai M Budzevich, Robert J Gillies, Dmitry Goldgof, Milan Grkovski, Ghassan Hamarneh, Qiao Huang, Paul E Kinahan, Charles M Laymon, James M Mountz, John P Muzi, Mark Muzi, Sadek Nehmeh, Matthew J Oborski, Yongqiang Tan, Binsheng Zhao, John J Sunderland, John M Buatti
PURPOSE: Radiomics utilizes a large number of image-derived features for quantifying tumor characteristics that can in turn be correlated with response and prognosis. Unfortunately, extraction and analysis of such image-based features is subject to measurement variability and bias. The challenge for radiomics is particularly acute in Positron Emission Tomography (PET) where limited resolution, a high noise component related to the limited stochastic nature of the raw data, and the wide variety of reconstruction options confound quantitative feature metrics...
February 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205149/making-implicit-assumptions-explicit-in-the-costing-of-informal-care-the-case-of-head-and-neck-cancer-in-ireland
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Paul Hanly, Rebecca Maguire, Myles Balfe, Eleanor O'Sullivan, Linda Sharp
BACKGROUND: From a health service perspective, informal care is often viewed as a potentially cost-effective way of transferring costs out of the formal healthcare sector. However, informal care is not a free resource. OBJECTIVE: Our objective was to assess the impact of alternative valuation methods and key assumptions on the cost of informal care. METHODS: Informal carers who assisted in the care of a head and neck cancer survivor for at least 1 year were sent a postal questionnaire during January-June 2014 requesting information on time spent on caring tasks in the month prior to the survey...
February 15, 2017: PharmacoEconomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204992/the-life-experience-of-nutrition-impact-symptoms-during-treatment-for-head-and-neck-cancer-patients-a-systematic-review-and-meta-synthesis
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REVIEW
Valentina Bressan, Annamaria Bagnasco, Giuseppe Aleo, Gianluca Catania, Milko P Zanini, Fiona Timmins, Loredana Sasso
PURPOSE: In the literature, there is limited research about the changed meaning of food, the eating and the eating experience during treatment in patients with head and neck cancer. This systematic review includes findings from a qualitative research synthesis to gain a deeper understanding of the influence and experiences of dysphagia, dysgeusia, oral mucositis and xerostomia in head and neck cancer patients (HNC) and suggests recommendations for care practice. METHOD: A systematic review and meta-synthesis techniques were adopted to identify, appraise and synthesize the relevant literature regarding the experience of nutritional symptoms of HNC patients conducted according to the PRISMA guidelines...
February 15, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204986/validation-workflow-for-a-clinical-bayesian-network-model-in-multidisciplinary-decision-making-in-head-and-neck-oncology-treatment
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Mario A Cypko, Matthaeus Stoehr, Marcin Kozniewski, Marek J Druzdzel, Andreas Dietz, Leonard Berliner, Heinz U Lemke
PURPOSE: Oncological treatment is being increasingly complex, and therefore, decision making in multidisciplinary teams is becoming the key activity in the clinical pathways. The increased complexity is related to the number and variability of possible treatment decisions that may be relevant to a patient. In this paper, we describe validation of a multidisciplinary cancer treatment decision in the clinical domain of head and neck oncology. METHOD: Probabilistic graphical models and corresponding inference algorithms, in the form of Bayesian networks, can support complex decision-making processes by providing a mathematically reproducible and transparent advice...
February 15, 2017: International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198401/enrichment-of-circulating-head-and-neck-tumour-cells-using-spiral-microfluidic-technology
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Arutha Kulasinghe, Thao Huynh Phuoc Tran, Tony Blick, Ken O'Byrne, Erik W Thompson, Majid E Warkiani, Colleen Nelson, Liz Kenny, Chamindie Punyadeera
Whilst locoregional control of head and neck cancers (HNCs) has improved over the last four decades, long-term survival has remained largely unchanged. A possible reason for this is that the rate of distant metastasis has not changed. Such disseminated disease is reflected in measurable levels of cancer cells in the blood of HNC patients, referred to as circulating tumour cells (CTCs). Numerous marker-independent techniques have been developed for CTC isolation and detection. Recently, microfluidics-based platforms have come to the fore to avoid molecular bias...
February 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197773/change-in-tongue-pressure-in-patients-with-head-and-neck-cancer-after-surgical-resection
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Yoko Hasegawa, Kazuma Sugahara, Tatsuyuki Fukuoka, Shota Saito, Ayumi Sakuramoto, Nobuhide Horii, Saori Sano, Kana Hasegawa, Yuta Nakao, Tomoki Nanto, Kanenori Kadoi, Kuniyasu Moridera, Kazuma Noguchi, Kazuhisa Domen, Hiromitsu Kishimoto
Tongue pressure is reportedly associated with dysphagia. This study investigated relationships among characteristics of head and neck cancer, tongue pressure and dysphagia screening tests performed in patients with head and neck cancer during the acute phase after surgical resection. Fifty-seven patients (36 men, 21 women; age range 26-95 years) underwent surgical resection and dysphagia screening tests (Repetitive Saliva Swallowing Test, Water Swallowing Test, Modified Water Swallowing Test and Food Test) and pre- and postoperative measurement of tongue pressure at 5 time points (preoperatively, and 1-2 weeks and 1, 2, and 3 months postoperatively)...
February 14, 2017: Odontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197666/elevated-basal-antibody-dependent-cell-mediated-cytotoxicity-adcc-and-high-epidermal-growth-factor-receptor-egfr-expression-predict-favourable-outcome-in-patients-with-locally-advanced-head-and-neck-cancer-treated-with-cetuximab-and-radiotherapy
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Laura Lattanzio, Nerina Denaro, Daniela Vivenza, Chiara Varamo, Giuliana Strola, Mirella Fortunato, Emmanuel Chamorey, Alberto Comino, Martino Monteverde, Cristiana Lo Nigro, Gerard Milano, Marco Merlano
BACKGROUND: Antibody-dependent cell-mediated cytotoxicity (ADCC) may contribute to the antitumor activity of cetuximab. However, the extent of this contribution is unclear. In this study, we investigated the impact of baseline ADCC on the outcome of patients with locally advanced squamous cell carcinoma treated with cetuximab and radiotherapy. METHODS: We determined baseline ADCC in 28 patients treated with cetuximab and radiotherapy and in 15 patients treated with chemoradiation...
February 14, 2017: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197389/adaptive-resistance-to-anti-pd1-therapy-by-tim-3-upregulation-is-mediated-by-the-pi3k-akt-pathway-in-head-and-neck-cancer
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Gulidanna Shayan, Raghvendra Srivastava, Jing Li, Nicole Schmitt, Lawrence P Kane, Robert L Ferris
Programmed Death 1 (PD-1) and T cell Ig and mucin domain-3 protein (Tim-3) are immune checkpoint receptors that are expressed on tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TIL) in tumor-bearing mice and humans. As anti-PD-1 single agent response rates are only <20% in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) patients, it is important to understand how multiple inhibitory checkpoint receptors maintain suppressed cellular immunity. One such receptor, Tim-3, activates downstream proliferative pathways through Akt/S6, and is highly expressed in dysfunctional TIL...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196873/lymphotoxin-beta-interacts-with-methylated-egfr-to-mediate-acquired-resistance-to-cetuximab-in-head-and-neck-cancer
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Dennis Shin-Shian Hsu, Wei-Lun Hwang, Chiou-Hwa Yuh, Chen-Hsi Chu, Yang-Hui Ho, Pon-Bo Chen, Han-Syuan Lin, Hua-Kuo Lin, Shih-Pei Wu, Chih-Yi Lin, Wen-Hao Hsu, Hsin-Yi Lan, Hsiao-Jung Wang, Shyh-Kuan Tai, Mien-Chie Hung, Muh-Hwa Yang
PURPOSE: In head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC), the incidence of RAS mutation, which is the major cause of cetuximab resistance, is relatively rare compared with the other types of cancers, and the mechanism mediating acquired resistance is unclear compared with the driver gene mutation-mediated de novo resistance. Here we investigated the driver gene mutation-independent mechanism for cetuximab resistance in HNSCC. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: We used the in vitro-selected and in vivo-selected cetuximab-resistant sublines of HNSCC cell lines for investigating the mechanism of acquired resistance to cetuximab...
February 14, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195818/notch1-overexpression-correlates-to-improved-survival-in-cancer-of-the-oropharynx
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Azeem S Kaka, Nicholas B Nowacki, Bhavna Kumar, Songzhu Zhao, Matthew O Old, Amit Agrawal, Enver Ozer, Ricardo L Carrau, David E Schuller, Pawan Kumar, Theodoros N Teknos
Objectives The Notch1 signaling pathway has recently been shown to be highly dysregulated in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma, but the value of Notch1 as a predictive biomarker is yet to be elucidated in oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (OPSCC). The objective of this study is to evaluate Notch1 expression in surgical OPSCC specimens and determine clinicopathologic correlates. Study Design Case series with planned data collection. Setting Tertiary academic medical center. Subjects and Methods Surgical specimens from 181 patients with OPSCC were collected to create a tissue microarray (TMA)...
February 1, 2017: Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195811/determinants-of-patient-centered-financial-stress-in-patients-with-locally-advanced-head-and-neck-cancer
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Jonas A de Souza, Sunny Kung, Jeremy O'Connor, Bonnie J Yap
PURPOSE: To prospectively estimate patient-centered financial stress and its relationship with health care utilization in patients with head and neck cancer. This was a survey-based, longitudinal, prospective study of treatment-naïve patients with stage III, IVa, or IVb locally advanced head and neck cancer at a single-institution tertiary care hospital from May 2013 to November 2014. With 121 patients approached, 73 (60%) agreed to participate. METHODS: Self-reported data were collected on demographics, income, wealth, cost-coping strategies, out-of-pocket costs, supportive medication compliance, and perceived social isolation...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Oncology Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194644/ionizing-radiation-blocks-hair-cell-regeneration-in-zebrafish-lateral-line-neuromasts-by-preventing-wnt-signaling
#19
Rong Li, Guixiang Liao, Guo Yin, Baiyao Wang, Miaohong Yan, Xiaoshan Lin, Wenqing Zhang, Xiaohui Chen, Shasha Du, Yawei Yuan
Loss of hair cells occurs after radiotherapy, which is a major treatment modality for head and neck cancers. In the lateral line neuromasts of zebrafish, hair cells regenerate rapidly from supporting cells after damage from ototoxins. To investigate hair cell regeneration after radiation damage, zebrafish larvae were exposed to radiation, and hair cells were counted and cell proliferation was detected in neuromasts. After irradiation exposure, cell proliferation was inhibited in neuromasts and the number of supporting cells remained stable...
February 13, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194641/unsupervised-exercise-in-survivors-of-human-papillomavirus-related-head-and-neck-cancer-how-many-can-go-it-alone
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Joshua Bauml, Jiyoung Kim, Xiaochen Zhang, Charu Aggarwal, Roger B Cohen, Kathryn Schmitz
PURPOSE: Patients with human papillomavirus (HPV)-related head and neck cancer (HNC) have a better prognosis relative to other types of HNC, making survivorship an emerging and critical issue. Exercise is a core component of survivorship care, but little is known about how many survivors of HPV-related HNC can safely be advised to start exercising on their own, as opposed to needing further evaluation or supervised exercise. METHODS: We utilized guidelines to identify health issues that would indicate value of further evaluation prior to being safely prescribed unsupervised exercise...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
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