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gastrointestinal oncology

Nelson S Yee
Progress has been made in the treatment of gastrointestinal cancers through advances in systemic therapies, surgical interventions, and radiation therapy. At the Multi-Disciplinary Patient Care in Gastrointestinal Oncology conference, the faculty members of the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center presented a variety of topics that focused on this sub-specialty. This conference paper highlights the new development in systemic treatment of various malignant diseases in the digestive system. Results of the recent clinical trials that investigated the clinical efficacy of pegylated hyaluronidase, napabucasin, and L-asparaginase in pancreatic carcinoma are presented...
March 16, 2018: Biomedicines
Eric S Zhou, Karen Clark, Christopher J Recklitis, Richard Obenchain, Matthew Loscalzo
PURPOSE: Cancer patients are likely to experience sleep problems. Understanding their perception of sleep problems is important as subjective symptom experience is associated with treatment-seeking behavior. We explored the prevalence of sleep problems and its correlates in a large sample of cancer patients at an important but understudied stage of their cancer journey: prior to initiating treatment. METHODS: Cancer patients (5702) (67.5% female; 76.9% White; 23...
March 15, 2018: International Journal of Behavioral Medicine
Jeff M Michalski, Jennifer Moughan, James Purdy, Walter Bosch, Deborah W Bruner, Jean-Paul Bahary, Harold Lau, Marie Duclos, Matthew Parliament, Gerard Morton, Daniel Hamstra, Michael Seider, Michael I Lock, Malti Patel, Hiram Gay, Eric Vigneault, Kathryn Winter, Howard Sandler
Importance: Optimizing radiation therapy techniques for localized prostate cancer can affect patient outcomes. Dose escalation improves biochemical control, but no prior trials were powered to detect overall survival (OS) differences. Objective: To determine whether radiation dose escalation to 79.2 Gy compared with 70.2 Gy would improve OS and other outcomes in prostate cancer. Design, Setting, and Participants: The NRG Oncology/RTOG 0126 randomized clinical trial randomized 1532 patients from 104 North American Radiation Therapy Oncology Group institutions March 2002 through August 2008...
March 15, 2018: JAMA Oncology
X W Xu, R C Zhang, Y P Mou, Z Y Qian, C J Huang, Q C Zhu, W W Jin, Y C Zhou
Objective: To evaluate the safety and feasibility of laparoscopic radical antegrade modular pancreatosplenectomy(Lap-RAMPS) for left-sided pancreatic adenocarcinoma. Methods: Clinical data of total 12 patients underwent Lap-RAMPS for left-sided pancreatic adenocarcinoma at Department of Gastrointestinal and Pancreatic Surgery, Zhejiang Provincial People's Hospital from March 2016 to August 2017 were reviewed retrospectively.There were 7 male patients and 5 female patients, with median age of 60.5 years old(47-68 years old)...
March 1, 2018: Zhonghua Wai Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Surgery]
D Nashan, S Dengler
The spectrum of dermato-oncological emergencies is multifaceted. They are particularly observed in cases with malignant melanoma due to the large number of patients and prolonged survival rates that are associated with new therapies for advanced disease. Dermato-oncological patients present to the hospital with symptoms like nausea and emesis, unexpected neurological deficits, various gastrointestinal problems, and even acute abdomen, acute breathlessness, or hemoptysis. Furthermore, emergencies can be caused by hematological problems like anemia and leukopenia...
March 7, 2018: Der Hautarzt; Zeitschrift Für Dermatologie, Venerologie, und Verwandte Gebiete
Jana Taron, Jonas Johannink, Michael Bitzer, Konstantin Nikolaou, Mike Notohamiprodjo, Rüdiger Hoffmann
BACKGROUND: To investigate the added diagnostic value of diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) of the liver and its impact on therapy decisions in patients with hepatic malignancy. METHODS: Interdisciplinary gastrointestinal tumorboard cases concerning patients with hepatic malignancies discussed between 11/2015 and 06/2016 were included in this retrospective, single-center study. Two radiologists independently reviewed the respective liver MR-examination first without, then with DWI...
March 7, 2018: Cancer Imaging: the Official Publication of the International Cancer Imaging Society
Nina Moroz, Robert Sitarz, Andrzej Mruk, Robert Bakalarz, Ewa Maciąg, Jakub Litwiński, Ryszard Wierzbicki
ntroduction: One of the most important goals of preparing a patient for elective gastrointestinal cancer surgery is prevention of postoperative complications. The literature gives many ways to prepare for surgery, but only a few suggests that pre-operative use of rifaximin provides benefits in the form of fewer perioperative complications and reduces the severity of pain during this period. O bjective: The presented project is a retrospective analysis of the effectiveness of rifaximin in the prevention of perioperative complications in patients treated in the Unit of General Surgery with the Orthopedic and Urology in the Hospital of the Ministry of the Interior and Administration in Lublin, and a review of international literature in this subject...
February 28, 2018: Polski Przeglad Chirurgiczny
Florin Achim, Silviu Constantinoiu
The treatment of esophageal cancer has become more effective due to advances in surgical techniques, multidisciplinary approach, appropriate use of neoadjuvant therapy and perioperative care at centers of excellence in esophageal surgery. Esophagectomy is one of the most complicated and demanding procedures among all gastrointestinal surgeries with a very long learning curve in which excellence can only be achieved through improvement during all the surgical career. The results of esophagectomy are related not only to the volume of cases operated but also to the experience of surgeons in the management of postoperative complications...
January 2018: Chirurgia
Kerstin Artzner, Nisar Peter Malek
Treatment for gastrointestinal malignancies has evolved over the past two decades. Long-term outcomes have considerably improved, however a high rate of recurrence persists. With the exception of colon cancer, clear consensus strategies with regards to post-treatment surveillance are lacking. Current surveillance practices in non-colon cancer cases are inadequately based on retrospective case analyses and expert recommendations which are not uniformly consistent.This article presents the key follow-up aspects such as recurrence frequency, timing, localization, and therapeutic efficacy for the most common gastrointestinal tumors, and summarizes current recommendations for early detection of recurrence...
March 2018: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
Ferenc Jakab
Numerous outstanding summarizing publications on the milestones of the rapid development of liver surgery in the twentieth century came to light around the year 2000, therefore in this summary only the newest principles and novelties of liver surgery after the second millennium are presented. Among the new principles, the newest indications, the bloodless surgery and the vascular exclusion of the liver, the "associating liver partition and portal vein occlusion for staged hepatectomy" (ALPPS) - as presently the fastest and most successful method for liver regeneration, and the "downsizing of tumors" treatment for the interest of resection of unresectable tumours are analyzed and evaluated...
March 2018: Orvosi Hetilap
Melanie C Bois, Michael D Eckhardt, Vincent M Cracolici, Matthew J Loe, Joseph J Ocel, William D Edwards, Robert D McBane, Thomas C Bower, Joseph J Maleszewski
OBJECTIVE: Arterial neoplastic emboli are uncommon, accounting for <1% of thromboemboli in the current literature. Nonetheless, this event may be associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Herein, we report a series of 11 cases of arterial neoplastic emboli from a single tertiary care center along with a comprehensive review of the literature to date. The aim of this study was to document the incidence, clinical presentations, and complications of arterial neoplastic emboli as well as to highlight the importance of routine histologic examination of thrombectomy specimens...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Vascular Surgery
Omer M Toor, Zaheer Ahmed, Waled Bahaj, Urooge Boda, Lee S Cummings, Megan E McNally, Kevin F Kennedy, Timothy J Pluard, Arif Hussain, Janakiraman Subramanian, Ashiq Masood
Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) of cancer tissues is increasingly being carried out to identify somatic genomic alterations that may guide physicians to make therapeutic decisions. However, a single tissue biopsy may not reflect complete genomic architecture due to the heterogeneous nature of tumors. Circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) analysis is a robust noninvasive method to detect and monitor genomic alterations in blood in real time. We analyzed 28 matched tissue NGS and ctDNA from gastrointestinal and lung cancers for concordance of somatic genomic alterations, driver and actionable alterations...
March 2, 2018: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
Yu-Lin Lin, Ruey Kuen Hsieh, Chao-Hsiun Tang
AIM: Pain assessment and management have been important criteria in hospital accreditation in Taiwan since 2007. We used a Taiwanese health insurance database to determine factors influencing patterns of strong opioid use in cancer patients in their final 12 months of life. METHODS: Data from patients with cancer in Taiwan outpatient clinics with cancer-related deaths between 2008 and 2011 were included in the analysis. Strong opioid prescription data from the last 12 months of each patient's life, as well as patient, physician, and hospital characteristics, were collected from the National Health Insurance Research Database...
March 2, 2018: Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology
Jiankun Hu, Weihan Zhang, Xinzu Chen
Neoadjuvant chemotherapy combined with radical gastrectomy is one of the most important parts of the multimodality therapy strategies for locally advanced gastric cancer. With the development of laparoscopic technique in recent decades, laparoscopic technique plays a more and more important role in the surgical treatment of gastric cancer. Neoadjuvant chemotherapy, as a part of comprehensive treatment of gastric cancer, has gained more and more clinical supports and been recommended for guidelines. With the development of laparoscopic technique and clinical evidence, laparoscopic operation for advanced gastric cancer has been applied more and more widely...
February 25, 2018: Zhonghua Wei Chang Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
Valérie Fonteyne, Camille Sarrazyn, Martijn Swimberghe, Gert De Meerleer, Elke Rammant, Barbara Vanderstraeten, Frank Vanpachtenbeke, Nicolaas Lumen, Karel Decaestecker, Roos Colman, Geert Villeirs, Piet Ost
PURPOSE: Hypofractionated radiation therapy (HFRT) for localized prostate cancer is safe and effective. The question that remains is which hypofractionation schedule to implement. We compared 2 different HFRT regimens in the present study. METHODS AND MATERIALS: From June 2013 to July 2016, 160 patients with prostate cancer were randomly assigned (1:1), within this single-center phase III trial, to 56 Gy (16 fractions of 3.5 Gy; arm A) or 67 Gy (25 fractions of 2...
March 15, 2018: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
Casey M Hay, Joseph L Kelley, Robert P Edwards, Kathleen M Pombier, John T Comerci
Super-utilizers account for many emergency department visits (EDV) and hospitalizations. Among Medicare/Medicaid patients, 5% to 10% account for >50% of spending. Little is known about super-utilization in gynecologic oncology. Charts of 64 gynecologic oncology patients with ≥3 EDV and/or admissions over 12 months were reviewed retrospectively. Cancer type distribution was 47% ovarian, 23% cervical, 23% endometrial, and 6% vulvar. Treatment at index visit was 61% chemotherapy, 16% no treatment, 8% recent surgery, and 6% radiation...
February 1, 2018: American Journal of Medical Quality: the Official Journal of the American College of Medical Quality
Zhi Yang, Runxiang Yang, Min Ji Kwak, Aiham Qdaisat, Junzhong Lin, Charles E Begley, Cielito C Reyes-Gibby, Sai-Ching Jim Yeung
BACKGROUND: Although cancer patients (CPs) are increasingly likely to visit emergency department (ED), no population-based study has compared the characteristics of CPs and non-cancer patients (NCPs) who visit the ED and examined factors associated with hospitalization via the ED. In this study, we (1) compared characteristics and diagnoses between CPs and NCPs who visited the ED in a cancer center or general hospital; (2) compared characteristics and diagnoses between CPs and NCPs who were hospitalized via the ED in a cancer center or general hospital; and (3) investigated important factors associated with such hospitalization...
2018: PloS One
Christina L Roland, Brian K Bednarski, Kelsey Watson, Keila E Torres, Janice N Cormier, Wei-Lien Wang, Alexander J Lazar, Neeta Somaiah, Kelly K Hunt, Barry W Feig
BACKGROUND: The role of surgical resection in the treatment of patients with metastatic/recurrent gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST) is unclear. The aim of this study was to identify preoperative factors associated with oncologic outcomes for recurrent/metastatic GIST after tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) therapy. METHODS: We identified 107 patients with metastatic or recurrent GIST treated with TKIs and surgical resection (2002-2012). Patients that underwent palliative or incomplete resection were excluded...
February 15, 2018: Journal of Surgical Oncology
Jing Yang
RATIONALE: Leiomyosarcoma (LMS) is a common type of soft tissue sarcoma. Primary colonic LMS in general is a very rare entity, accounting for 1% to 2% of gastrointestinal malignancies. PATIENT CONCERNS: We report a case of 55-year-old female who presented with a sudden onset of sharp right lower quadrant abdominal pain. Electronic colonoscopy showed a normal lumen. However, an abdominal computed tomography scan revealed a mass of soft tissue attenuation inseparable from the ascending colon which appeared as a gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST)...
February 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Hiromitsu Iwata, Hitoshi Ishikawa, Masaru Takagi, Tomoaki Okimoto, Sigeyuki Murayama, Tetsuo Akimoto, Hitoshi Wada, Takeshi Arimura, Yoshitaka Sato, Masayuki Araya, Jun-Etsu Mizoe, Masahiko Gosho, Katsumasa Nakamura, Hiroki Shirato, Hideyuki Sakurai
This is the first multi-institutional retrospective survey of the long-term outcomes of proton therapy (PT) for prostate cancer in Japan. This retrospective analysis comprised prostate cancer patients treated with PT at seven centers between January 2008 and December 2011 and was approved by each Institutional Review Board. The NCCN classification was used. Biochemical relapse was based on the Phoenix definition (nadir + 2.0 ng/mL). Toxicities were evaluated with the Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events version 4...
February 14, 2018: Cancer Medicine
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