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Shiromani Janki, Evalyn E A P Mulder, Jan N M IJzermans, T C Khe Tran
BACKGROUND: Since the introduction of minimally invasive surgery, surgeons appear to be experiencing more occupational musculoskeletal injuries. The aim of this study is to investigate the current frequency and effects of occupational musculoskeletal injuries on work absence. METHODS: An online questionnaire was conducted among all surgeons affiliated to the Dutch Society for Endoscopic Surgery, Gastrointestinal Surgery, and Surgical Oncology. In addition, this survey was conducted among surgeons, gynaecologists, and urologists of one cluster of training hospitals in the Netherlands...
October 17, 2016: Surgical Endoscopy
Jason Zhu, John H Strickler
"Liquid biopsies" are blood based assays used to detect and analyze circulating tumor products, including circulating tumor cells (CTCs), circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA), circulating messenger RNA (mRNA), circulating microRNA (miRNA), circulating exosomes, and tumor educated platelets (TEP). For patients with gastrointestinal (GI) malignancies, blood based biopsies may offer several advantages. First, tumor tissue samples are often challenging to procure, and when obtainable, are often insufficient for genomic profiling...
October 2016: Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology
M P Economides, P Mahale, A Kyvernitakis, F Turturo, H Kantarjian, A Naing, J Hosry, T L Shigle, A Kaseb, H A Torres
BACKGROUND: Antiviral therapy improves hepatic outcomes in hepatitis C virus (HCV)-infected cancer patients. However, such patients are not treated simultaneously with antivirals and chemotherapy, owing to overlapping toxicities with previous standard of care treatment of pegylated interferon and ribavirin. AIM: To examine the safety and clinically-significant drug-drug interactions observed in patients who received simultaneous treatment with direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) and chemotherapy...
October 11, 2016: Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Hasitha Diana Manohar, Shalini Adiga, Joseph Thomas, Ajitha Sharma
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to analyze the adverse drug reaction (ADR) profile of microtubule-damaging antineoplastic drugs (taxanes and vinca alkaloids) and to look for unexpected ADRs among the local population. Focused study on these drugs, rampantly used in oncology department for a wide variety of tumors including early and advanced malignancies, would enable better treatment care by physicians. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Data on ADRs were collected from the cancer patients belonging to both gender and of all ages, on taxanes- or vinca-based cancer chemotherapy and reported in the Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission form...
September 2016: Indian Journal of Pharmacology
James D Mitchell, Thomas J Chesnut, David V Eastham, Carlo N Demandante, David J Hoopes
PURPOSE: In 2012, we instituted detailed prospective peer review of new cases. We present the outcomes of peer review on patient management and time required for peer review. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Peer review rounds were held 3 to 4 days weekly and required 2 physicians to review pertinent information from the electronic medical record and treatment planning system. Eight aspects were reviewed for each case: 1) workup and staging; 2) treatment intent and prescription; 3) position, immobilization, and simulation; 4) motion assessment and management; 5) target contours; 6) normal tissue contours; 7) target dosimetry; and 8) normal tissue dosimetry...
August 31, 2016: Practical Radiation Oncology
Sophia Taylor, Weyinmi Demeyin, Ann Muls, Catherine Ferguson, Damian J J Farnell, David Cohen, Jervoise Andreyev, John Green, Lesley Smith, Sam Ahmedzai, Sara Pickett, Annmarie Nelson, John Staffurth
INTRODUCTION: Radiotherapy treatment for prostate cancer can cause bowel problems, which may lead to severe difficulties for cancer survivors including limiting travel, work or socialising. These symptoms can appear at any time following radiotherapy. This study focuses on the early identification and protocol-based management of effects known to cause long-term, or even permanent, changes to the well-being of prostate cancer survivors. The rationale of this study is to improve the care offered to men and their families following pelvic radiotherapy for prostate cancer...
October 3, 2016: BMJ Open
J McDonald, N Swami, B Hannon, C Lo, A Pope, A Oza, N Leighl, M Krzyzanowska, G Rodin, L W Le, C Zimmermann
BACKGROUND: Early palliative care improves the quality of life (QOL) and satisfaction with care of patients with advanced cancer, but little is known about its effect on caregivers. Here we report outcomes of caregiver satisfaction with care and QOL from a trial of early palliative care. PATIENT AND METHODS: Twenty-four medical oncology clinics were cluster-randomised, stratified by tumour site (lung, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, breast, gynaecological), to early palliative care team referral, or to standard oncology care with palliative care only as needed...
September 29, 2016: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
Hui-Yi Feng, Yang-Chao Chen
The role of bile acids in colorectal cancer has been well documented, but their role in pancreatic cancer remains unclear. In this review, we examined the risk factors of pancreatic cancer. We found that bile acids are associated with most of these factors. Alcohol intake, smoking, and a high-fat diet all lead to high secretion of bile acids, and bile acid metabolic dysfunction is a causal factor of gallstones. An increase in secretion of bile acids, in addition to a long common channel, may result in bile acid reflux into the pancreatic duct and to the epithelial cells or acinar cells, from which pancreatic adenocarcinoma is derived...
September 7, 2016: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
Giancarlo D'Andrea, Lucia Palombi, Giuseppe Minniti, Alessandro Pesce, Paolo Marchetti
OBJECTIVE: Brain metastases occur between 10 and 40% of patients with cancer and are more common than primary brain tumors (30-40%) and their incidence is growing because of the improvements in control of systemic disease, the prolonged survival and the better radiological detection. Modern treatment of brain metastases dramatically changed their expected prognosis that traditionally has been considered very poor referring such patients only to palliation because their terminal stage, and new prognostic indexes have been proposed to evaluate them...
September 22, 2016: World Neurosurgery
MaryAnn B Wilbur, Diana B Mannschreck, Ana M Angarita, Rayna K Matsuno, Edward J Tanner, Rebecca L Stone, Kimberly L Levinson, Sarah M Temkin, Martin A Makary, Curtis A Leung, Amy Deutschendorf, Peter J Pronovost, Amy Brown, Amanda N Fader
OBJECTIVES: Thirty-day readmission is used as a quality measure for patient care and Medicare-based hospital reimbursement. The primary study objective was to describe the 30-day readmission rate to an academic gynecologic oncology service. Secondary objectives were to identify risk factors and costs related to readmission. METHODS: This was a retrospective, concurrent cohort study of all surgical admissions to an academic, high volume gynecologic oncology service during a two-year period (2013-2014)...
September 21, 2016: Gynecologic Oncology
Geoffrey Bellini, Annabelle Teng, Nisha Kotecha, Elie Sutton, Chun Kevin Yang, Michael Passeri, David Y Lee, Keith Rose
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to examine the incidence and factors associated with occurrence of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in patients undergoing major gastrointestinal (GI) surgery for malignancy. METHODS: The American College of Surgeon's National Surgical Quality Improvement Program, Participant User File database was queried from 2005 to 2012 to study major GI operations performed for cancer. Predictors of VTE and their relation to survival were studied...
October 2016: Journal of Surgical Research
Vyacheslav Bard, Nikolai Menasherov, Sara Morgenstern, Riad Haddad, Hanoch Kashtan
BACKGROUND: Surgical resection is considered to be the best treatment for gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST), the most common mesenchymal tumor of the gastrointestinal tract. Tumor size, mitotic rate, and anatomic locations are directly related to the potential malignancy, surgical approach, oncological treatment, and recurrence rate. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a retrospective study of 40 patients who underwent surgical resection of histologically or immunohistochemistry-proven GIST of the stomach at the Rabin and Kaplan Medical Center between 2004 and 2013...
October 2016: Surgical Laparoscopy, Endoscopy & Percutaneous Techniques
Alexis Colley, Jodi Halpern, Steven Paul, Guy Micco, Maureen Lahiff, Fay Wright, Jon D Levine, Judy Mastick, Marilyn J Hammer, Christine Miaskowski, Laura B Dunn
OBJECTIVE: Oncology patients are increasingly encouraged to play an active role in treatment decision making. While previous studies have evaluated relationships between demographic characteristics and decision-making roles, less is known about the association of symptoms and psychological adjustment characteristics (eg, coping styles and personality traits) and decision-making roles. METHODS: As part of a larger study of symptom clusters, patients (n = 765) receiving chemotherapy for breast, gastrointestinal, gynecological, or lung cancer provided information on demographic, clinical, symptom, and psychological adjustment characteristics...
September 20, 2016: Psycho-oncology
Thomas B Brunner, Thomas Seufferlein
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August 2016: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Gastroenterology
Sami A Chadi, Abe Fingerhut, Mariana Berho, Steven R DeMeester, James W Fleshman, Neil H Hyman, David A Margolin, Joseph E Martz, Elisabeth C McLemore, Daniela Molena, Martin I Newman, Janice F Rafferty, Bashar Safar, Anthony J Senagore, Oded Zmora, Steven D Wexner
Anastomotic leaks represent one of the most alarming complications following any gastrointestinal anastomosis due to the substantial effects on post-operative morbidity and mortality of the patient with long-lasting effects on the functional and oncologic outcomes. There is a lack of consensus related to the definition of an anastomotic leak, with a variety of options for prevention and management. A number of patient-related and technical risk factors have been found to be associated with the development of an anastomotic leak and have inspired the development of various preventative measures and technologies...
September 16, 2016: Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery: Official Journal of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
Chun Yuet Khoo, Brian K P Goh, Alvin K H Eng, Weng-Hoong Chan, Melissa C C Teo, Alexander Y F Chung, Hock-Soo Ong, Wai-Keong Wong
BACKGROUND: Laparoscopic wedge resection (LWR) for small gastric gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST) is now widely accepted, but its application for large GISTs remains controversial. This study aims to evaluate the feasibility and safety of LWR for suspected large (≥5 cm) gastric GISTs. METHODS: Retrospective review of 82 consecutive patients who underwent attempted LWR for suspected gastric GIST. LWR for large (≥5 cm) (n = 23) tumors was compared with LWR for small (<5 cm) tumors (n = 59)...
September 8, 2016: Surgical Endoscopy
Manon C W Spaander, Todd H Baron, Peter D Siersema, Lorenzo Fuccio, Brigitte Schumacher, Àngels Escorsell, Juan-Carlos Garcia-Pagán, Jean-Marc Dumonceau, Massimo Conio, Antonella de Ceglie, Janusz Skowronek, Marianne Nordsmark, Thomas Seufferlein, André Van Gossum, Cesare Hassan, Alessandro Repici, Marco J Bruno
This Guideline is an official statement of the European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ESGE), endorsed by the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO), the European Society of Digestive Endoscopy (ESDO), and the European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN). The Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development, and Evaluation (GRADE) system was adopted to define the strength of recommendations and the quality of evidence. Main recommendations for malignant disease 1 ESGE recommends placement of partially or fully covered self-expandable metal stents (SEMSs) for palliative treatment of malignant dysphagia over laser therapy, photodynamic therapy, and esophageal bypass (strong recommendation, high quality evidence)...
October 2016: Endoscopy
Ser Yee Lee, Brian K P Goh, Eran Sadot, Rahul Rajeev, Vinod P Balachandran, Mithat Gönen, T Peter Kingham, Peter J Allen, Michael I D'Angelica, William R Jarnagin, Daniel Coit, Wai Keong Wong, Hock Soo Ong, Alexander Y F Chung, Ronald P DeMatteo
BACKGROUND: The surgical management of duodenal gastrointestinal stromal tumors (DGIST) is poorly characterized. Limited resection may be technically feasible and oncologically safe, but anatomic considerations may compromise the resection margins due to the proximity of critical structures, thereby necessitating more extensive resections such as pancreaticoduodenectomy. METHODS: Patients undergoing surgery for DGIST at two institutions from 1994 to 2014 were identified...
September 13, 2016: Annals of Surgical Oncology
Catalina Mosquera, Nicholas J Koutlas, Kimberly C Edwards, Ashley Strickland, Nasreen A Vohra, Emmanuel E Zervos, Timothy L Fitzgerald
BACKGROUND: The accurate diagnosis of malnutrition is imperative if we are to impact outcomes in the malnourished. The American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) and Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), in an attempt to address this issue, have provided evidence-based criteria to diagnose malnutrition. The purpose of this study was to validate the ASPEN/AND criteria in a cohort of patients from a single high-volume surgical oncology unit. METHODS: Patients undergoing major abdominal surgery from June 2013 to March 2015 were classified by their nutritional status using the ASPEN/AND criteria...
September 2016: Journal of Surgical Research
Heather L Yeo, Paul R A O'Mahoney, Mark Lachs, Fabrizio Michelassi, Jialin Mao, Emily Finlayson, Jonathan S Abelson, Art Sedrakyan
BACKGROUND: As the population ages, an increasing number of older patients are undergoing major surgery. We examined the impact of advanced age on outcomes following major gastrointestinal cancer surgery in an era of improved surgical outcomes. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a population-based, retrospective cohort study using the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program database. We evaluated patients undergoing major abdominal gastrointestinal cancer surgery from 2005-2012...
September 2016: Journal of Surgical Research
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