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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807698/-cross-cultural-adaptation-and-psychometric-evaluation-of-the-turkish-version-of-the-cancer-behavior-inventory-brief-version
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Emine Iyigun, Sevinc Tastan, Elif Gezginci, Serap Korkmaz, Selcuk Demiral, Murat Beyzadeoglu
CONTEXT: Cancer Behavior Inventory-Brief Version is a simple and non-burdensome tool used to evaluate the self-efficacy of the cancer patients. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to examine the psychometric properties of the Turkish version of the Cancer Behavior Inventory-Brief Version. METHODS: This methodological study was conducted on 143 cancer patients who received radiotherapy at the Department of Radiation Oncology at a Training and Research Hospital in Turkey...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802976/prognostic-factors-associated-with-the-accuracy-of-deformable-image-registration-in-lung-cancer-patients-treated-with-stereotactic-body-radiotherapy
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Yasuharu Sugawara, Hidenobu Tachibana, Noriyuki Kadoya, Nozomi Kitamura, Amit Sawant, Keiichi Jingu
We evaluated the accuracy of an in-house program in lung stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) cancer patients, and explored the prognostic factors associated with the accuracy of deformable image registrations (DIRs). The accuracy of the 3 programs which implement the free-form deformation and the B-spline algorithm was compared regarding the structures on 4-dimensional computed tomography (4DCT) image datasets between the peak-inhale and peak-exhale phases. The dice similarity coefficient (DSC) and normalized DSC (NDSC) were measured for the gross tumor volumes from 19 lung SBRT patients...
August 9, 2017: Medical Dosimetry: Official Journal of the American Association of Medical Dosimetrists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802328/hybrid-pet-mri-co-segmentation-based-on-joint-fuzzy-connectedness-and-graph-cut
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Arafet Sbei, Khaoula ElBedoui, Walid Barhoumi, Philippe Maksud, Chokri Maktouf
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Tumor segmentation from hybrid PET/MRI scans may be highly beneficial in radiotherapy treatment planning. Indeed, it gives for both modalities the suitable information that could make the delineation of tumors more accurate than using each one apart. We aim in this work to propose a co-segmentation method that deals with several challenges, notably the lack of one-to-one correspondence between tumors of the two modalities and the boundaries' smoothing. METHODS: The proposed method is designed to surpass these limits, we propose a segmentation method based on the GCsum(max) technique...
October 2017: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802252/exploiting-radiation-induced-signaling-to-increase-the-susceptibility-of-resistant-cancer-cells-to-targeted-drugs-akt-and-mtor-inhibitors-as-an-example
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Iris Eke, Adeola Y Makinde, Molykutty J Aryankalayil, Veit Sandfort, Sanjeewani T Palayoor, Barbara H Rath, Lance Liotta, Mariaelena Pierobon, Emanuel F Petricoin, Matthew F Brown, Jayne M Stommel, Mansoor M Ahmed, C Norman Coleman
Implementing targeted drug therapy in radio-oncologic treatment regimens has greatly improved the outcome of cancer patients. However, the efficacy of molecular targeted drugs such as inhibitory antibodies or small molecule inhibitors essentially depends on target expression and activity, which both can change during the course of treatment. Radiotherapy has previously been shown to activate pro-survival pathways which can help tumor cells to adapt and thereby survive treatment. Therefore, we aimed to identify changes in signaling induced by radiation and evaluate the potential of targeting these changes with small molecules to increase the therapeutic efficacy on cancer cell survival...
August 11, 2017: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796864/individualized-adaptive-stereotactic-body-radiotherapy-for-liver-tumors-in-patients-at-high-risk-for-liver-damage-a-phase-2-clinical-trial
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Mary Feng, Krithika Suresh, Matthew J Schipper, Latifa Bazzi, Edgar Ben-Josef, Martha M Matuszak, Neehar D Parikh, Theodore H Welling, Daniel Normolle, Randall K Ten Haken, Theodore S Lawrence
Importance: Patients with preexisting liver dysfunction could benefit the most from personalized therapy for liver tumors to balance maximal tumor control and minimal risk of liver failure. We designed an individualized adaptive trial testing the hypothesis that adapting treatment based on change in liver function could optimize the therapeutic index for each patient. Objective: To characterize the safety and efficacy of individualized adaptive stereotactic body radiotherapy (SRBT) for liver tumors in patients who have preexisting liver dysfunction...
August 10, 2017: JAMA Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28781156/evaluation-of-deformed-image-based-dose-calculations-for-adaptive-radiotherapy-of-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma
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Miranda Poon, Catherine Holborn, Ka Fai Cheng, Winky Wing Ki Fung, George Chiu
The ultimate goal of adaptive radiotherapy (ART) is to deliver truly customized radiation treatments. Currently, the quality of cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) images is still inferior to that of conventional CT images in contour delineations and dose calculations for replanning purposes. This retrospective study aims to evaluate the dosimetric accuracy of using deformed conventional CT images for dose calculations, in the hope of inferring the feasibility of ART using planning CT (PCT) images that deformed to up-to-date CBCT images for patients with nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC)...
August 3, 2017: Medical Dosimetry: Official Journal of the American Association of Medical Dosimetrists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780524/the-rise-of-reimbursement-based-medicine-the-case-of-bone-metastasis-radiation-treatment
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Marcos Santos, Jan Helge Solbakk, Volnei Garrafa
It has been hypothesised that the reimbursement system pertaining to radiotherapy is influencing prescription practices for patients with cancer with bone metastases. In this paper, we present and discuss the results of an empirical study that was undertaken on patient records, referred to radiotherapy for the treatment of bone metastases, in a medium-size city, in southern Brazil, during the period of March 2006 to March 2014. Our findings seem to confirm this hypothesis: after a change in the reimbursement method, radiation prescriptions were adapted accordingly, in order to maximise profits...
August 5, 2017: Journal of Medical Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28766904/technical-note-trog-15-01-spark-trial-multi-institutional-imaging-dose-measurement
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Kimberley Legge, Peter B Greer, Paul J Keall, Jeremy T Booth, Sankar Arumugam, Trevor Moodie, Doan T Nguyen, Jarad Martin, Daryl John O'Connor, Joerg Lehmann
PURPOSE: The Trans-Tasman Radiation Oncology Group (TROG) 15.01 Stereotactic Prostate Adaptive Radiotherapy utilizing Kilovoltage intrafraction monitoring (SPARK) trial is a multicenter trial using Kilovoltage Intrafraction Monitoring (KIM) to monitor prostate position during the delivery of prostate radiation therapy. KIM increases the accuracy of prostate radiation therapy treatments and allows for hypofractionation. However, an additional imaging dose is delivered to the patient. A standardized procedure to determine the imaging dose per frame delivered using KIM was developed and applied at four radiation therapy centers on three different types of linear accelerator...
August 2, 2017: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28755425/accuracy-of-eight-deformable-image-registration-dir-methods-for-tomotherapy-megavoltage-computed-tomography-mvct-images
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Wannapha Nobnop, Hudsaleark Neamin, Imjai Chitapanarux, Somsak Wanwilairat, Vicharn Lorvidhaya, Taweap Sanghangthum
INTRODUCTION: The application of deformable image registration (DIR) to megavoltage computed tomography (MVCT) images benefits adaptive radiotherapy. This study aims to quantify the accuracy of DIR for MVCT images when using different deformation methods assessed in a cubic phantom and nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) patients. METHODS: In the control studies, the DIR accuracy in air-tissue and tissue-tissue interface areas was observed using twelve shapes of acrylic and tissue-equivalent material inserted in the phantom...
July 29, 2017: Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749375/towards-fast-online-intrafraction-replanning-for-free-breathing-stereotactic-body-radiation-therapy-with-the-mr-linac
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Charis Kontaxis, Gijsbert H Bol, Bjorn Stemkens, Markus Glitzner, Fieke M Prins, Linda G W Kerkmeijer, Jan J W Lagendijk, Bas W Raaymakers
The hybrid MRI-radiotherapy machines, like the MR-linac (Elekta AB, Stockholm, Sweden) installed at the UMC Utrecht (Utrecht, The Netherlands), will be able to provide real-time patient imaging during treatment. In order to take advantage of the system's capabilities and enable online adaptive treatments, a new generation of software should be developed, ranging from motion estimation to treatment plan adaptation. In this work we present a proof of principle adaptive pipeline designed for high precision Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) suitable for sites affected by respiratory motion, like Renal Cell Carcinoma (RCC)...
July 27, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28744863/classification-of-changes-occurring-in-lung-patient-during-radiotherapy-using-relative-%C3%AE-analysis-and-hidden-markov-models
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Nicolas Varfalvy, Ophelie Piron, Marc François Cyr, Anne Dagnault, Louis Archambault
PURPOSE: to present a new automated patient classification method based on relative gamma analysis and hidden Markov models (HMM) to identify patients undergoing important anatomical changes during radiation therapy. METHODS: daily EPID images of every treatment field were acquired for 52 patients treated for lung cancer. In addition, CBCT were acquired on a regular basis. Gamma analysis was performed relative to the first fraction given that no significant anatomical change was observed on the CBCT of the first fraction compared to the planning CT...
July 26, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743829/management-of-intracranial-melanomas-in-the-era-of-precision-medicine
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REVIEW
Grace J Young, Wenya Linda Bi, Winona W Wu, Tanner M Johanns, Gavin P Dunn, Ian F Dunn
Melanoma is the most lethal of skin cancers, in part because of its proclivity for rapid and distant metastasis. It is also potentially the most neurotropic cancer in terms of probability of CNS metastasis from the primary lesion. Despite surgical resection and radiotherapy, prognosis remains guarded for patients with brain metastases. Over the past five years, a new domain of personalized therapy has emerged for advanced melanoma patients with the introduction of BRAF and other MAP kinase pathway inhibitors, immunotherapy, and combinatory therapeutic strategies...
July 13, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743618/deep-architecture-neural-network-based-real-time-image-processing-for-image-guided-radiotherapy
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Shinichiro Mori
INTRODUCTION: To develop real-time image processing for image-guided radiotherapy, we evaluated several neural network models for use with different imaging modalities, including X-ray fluoroscopic image denoising. METHODS & MATERIALS: Setup images of prostate cancer patients were acquired with two oblique X-ray fluoroscopic units. Two types of residual network were designed: a convolutional autoencoder (rCAE) and a convolutional neural network (rCNN). We changed the convolutional kernel size and number of convolutional layers for both networks, and the number of pooling and upsampling layers for rCAE...
July 22, 2017: Physica Medica: PM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741618/the-immune-contexture-in-cancer-prognosis-and-treatment
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REVIEW
Wolf H Fridman, Laurence Zitvogel, Catherine Sautès-Fridman, Guido Kroemer
Immunotherapy is currently the most rapidly advancing area of clinical oncology, and provides the unprecedented opportunity to effectively treat, and even cure, several previously untreatable malignancies. A growing awareness exists of the fact that the success of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, in which the patient's disease can be stabilized well beyond discontinuation of treatment (and occasionally is cured), also relies on the induction of a durable anticancer immune response. Indeed, the local immune infiltrate undergoes dynamic changes that accompany a shift from a pre-existing immune response to a therapy-induced immune response...
July 25, 2017: Nature Reviews. Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740907/functional-imaging-equivalence-and-proof-of-concept-for-image-guided-adaptive-radiotherapy-with-fixed-gantry-and-rotating-couch
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Ilana Feain, Chun-Chien Shieh, Paul White, Ricky O'Brien, Sandra Fisher, William Counter, Peter Lazarakis, David Stewart, Simon Downes, Michael Jackson, Siddhartha Baxi, Brendan Whelan, Kuldeep Makhija, Chen-Yu Huang, Michael Barton, Paul Keall
PURPOSE: The purpose of this article is to present the first imaging experiments to demonstrate the functional equivalence between a conventional rotational gantry and a fixed-beam imaging geometry, and the feasibility of an iterative image-reconstruction technique under gravitational deformation. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Experiments were performed using an Elekta Axesse with Agility MLC and XVI, a custom-built rotating phantom stage, a Catphan QA phantom, and a porcine heart...
October 2016: Advances in Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736809/dose-evaluation-of-grid-therapy-using-a-6-mv-flattening-filter-free-fff-photon-beam-a-monte-carlo-study
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Immaculada Martínez-Rovira, Josep Puxeu, Yolanda Prezado
PURPOSE: Spatially fractionated radiotherapy is a strategy to overcome the main limitation of radiotherapy, i.e., the restrained normal tissue tolerances. A well-known example is Grid Therapy, which is currently performed at some hospitals using megavoltage photon beams delivered by Linacs. Grid Therapy has been successfully used in the management of bulky abdominal tumors with low toxicity. The aim of this work is to evaluate whether an improvement in therapeutic index in Grid Therapy can be obtained by implementing it in a flattening filter-free (FFF) Linac...
July 24, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735685/utilizing-circulating-tumour-dna-in-radiation-oncology
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REVIEW
Ariana Rostami, Scott V Bratman
Emerging technologies for detection of circulating tumour DNA (ctDNA) are expanding the possibilities for clinical impact to patients with localized, potentially curable cancer. For such patients, ctDNA analysis could aid in prognostication, prediction of treatment response, longitudinal monitoring for adaptive treatment, and evaluation of minimal residual disease. Radiation oncologists currently have few tools at their disposal for predicting or rapidly assessing treatment efficacy. By reflecting the genetic and epigenetic makeup of tumours as well as dynamic changes with treatment, ctDNA as a biomarker for radiation response could enable new personalized treatment approaches...
July 20, 2017: Radiotherapy and Oncology: Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731537/frailty-and-cancer-implications-for-oncology-surgery-medical-oncology-and-radiation-oncology
#18
REVIEW
Cecilia G Ethun, Mehmet A Bilen, Ashesh B Jani, Shishir K Maithel, Kenneth Ogan, Viraj A Master
Answer questions and earn CME/CNE The concept of frailty has become increasingly recognized as one of the most important issues in health care and health outcomes and is of particular importance in patients with cancer who are receiving treatment with surgery, chemotherapy, and radiotherapy. Because both cancer itself, as well as the therapies offered, can be significant additional stressors that challenge a patient's physiologic reserve, the incidence of frailty in older patients with cancer is especially high-it is estimated that over one-half of older patients with cancer have frailty or prefrailty...
July 21, 2017: CA: a Cancer Journal for Clinicians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730140/current-advances-in-checkpoint-inhibitors-lessons-from-non-central-nervous-system-cancers-and-potential-for-glioblastoma
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REVIEW
Natasha Lakin, Robert Rulach, Stefan Nowicki, Kathreena M Kurian
The adaptive immune system depends on the sequence of antigen presentation, activation, and then inhibition to mount a proportionate response to a threat. Tumors evade the immune response partly by suppressing T-cell activity using immune checkpoints. The use of cytotoxic T-lymphocyte-associated protein 4 (CTLA-4), programmed cell death 1 (PD-1), and programmed cell death ligand 1 (PD-L1) antibodies counteract this suppression, thereby enhancing the antitumor activity of the immune system. This approach has proven efficacy in melanoma, renal cancer, and lung cancer...
2017: Frontiers in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725253/computed-tomography-based-treatment-planning-for-high-dose-rate-brachytherapy-using-the-tandem-and-ring-applicator-influence-of-applicator-choice-on-organ-dose-and-inter-fraction-adaptive-planning
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REVIEW
Vishruta A Dumane, Yading Yuan, Ren-Dih Sheu, Vishal Gupta
Three dimensional planning for high-dose-rate (HDR) brachytherapy in cervical cancer has been highly recommended by consensus guidelines such as the American Brachytherapy Society (ABS) and the Groupe Européen de Curiethérapie - European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (GEC-ESTRO). In this document, we describe our experience with computed tomography (CT)-based planning using the tandem/ring applicator. We discuss the influence of applicator geometry on doses to organs at risk (OARs), namely the bladder, rectum, and sigmoid...
June 2017: Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy
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