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M Preusser
Immune checkpoint inhibitors have shown significant antitumor activity and good tolerability in a number of cancer types and have entered the everyday oncological practice. This article briefly summarizes the mode of action of immune checkpoint inhibitors to provide a basis for the understanding of their clinical activity, radiological response patterns and adverse event profile.
August 14, 2017: Der Radiologe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795915/where-teachers-are-few-documenting-available-faculty-in-five-tanzanian-medical-schools
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Charles A Mkony, Ephata E Kaaya, Alex J Goodell, Sarah B Macfarlane
Background Faced with one of the lowest physician-to-population ratios in the world, the Government of Tanzania is urging its medical schools to train more physicians. The annual number of medical students admitted across the country rose from 55 in the 1990s to 1,680 approved places for the 2015/16 academic year. These escalating numbers strain existing faculty. Objective To describe the availability of faculty in medical schools in Tanzania. Design We identified faculty lists published on the Internet by five Tanzanian medical schools for the 2011/12 academic year and analyzed the appointment status, rank, discipline, and qualifications of faculty members...
December 2016: Global Health Action
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782081/student-perspectives-on-oncology-curricula-at-united-states-medical-schools
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Brandon C Neeley, Daniel W Golden, Jeffrey V Brower, Steve E Braunstein, Ariel E Hirsch, Malcolm D Mattes
Delivering a cohesive oncology curriculum to medical students is challenging due to oncology's multidisciplinary nature, predominantly outpatient clinical setting, and lack of data describing effective approaches to teaching it. We sought to better characterize approaches to oncology education at US medical schools by surveying third and fourth year medical students who serve on their institution's curriculum committee. We received responses from students at 19 schools (15.2% response rate). Key findings included the following: (1) an under-emphasis of cancer in the curriculum relative to other common diseases; (2) imbalanced involvement of different clinical subspecialists as educators; (3) infrequent requirements for students to rotate through non-surgical oncologic clerkships; and (4) students are less confident in their knowledge of cancer treatment compared to basic science/natural history or workup/diagnosis...
August 7, 2017: Journal of Cancer Education: the Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780728/predictive-model-of-complexity-in-early-palliative-care-a-cohort-of-advanced-cancer-patients-palcom-study
#4
Albert Tuca, Mónica Gómez-Martínez, Aleix Prat
PROPOSAL: Model of early palliative care (PC) integrated in oncology is based on shared care from the diagnosis to the end of life and is mainly focused on patients with greater complexity. However, there is no definition or tools to evaluate PC complexity. The objectives of the study were to identify the factors influencing level determination of complexity, propose predictive models, and build a complexity scale of PC. PATIENTS AND METHOD: We performed a prospective, observational, multicenter study in a cohort of advanced cancer patients with an estimated prognosis ≤ 6 months...
August 6, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748626/combining-bottom-up-and-top-down-approaches-to-assess-the-impact-of-food-and-gastric-ph-on-pictilisib-gdc-0941-pharmacokinetics
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Tong Lu, Grazyna Fraczkiewicz, Laurent Salphati, Nageshwar Budha, Gena Dalziel, Gillian S Smelick, Kari M Morrissey, John D Davis, Jin Y Jin, Joseph A Ware
Pictilisib, a weakly basic compound, is an orally administered, potent, and selective pan-inhibitor of phosphatidylinositol 3-kinases for oncology indications. To investigate the significance of high-fat food and gastric pH on pictilisib pharmacokinetics (PK) and enable label recommendations, a dedicated clinical study was conducted in healthy volunteers, whereby both top-down [Population PK, (PopPK)] and bottom-up [physiologically-based PK, (PBPK)] approaches were applied to enhance confidence of recommendation and facilitate the clinical development through scenario simulations...
July 27, 2017: CPT: Pharmacometrics & Systems Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747054/towards-the-centralization-of-digestive-oncologic-surgery-changes-in-activity-techniques-and-outcome
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Cristian Tebé, Roger Pla, Josep Alfons Espinàs, Julieta Corral, Elisa Puigdomenech, Josep Maria Borràs, Joan M V Pons, Mireia Espallargues
The objective of the present study was to examine changes in the activity, surgical techniques and results from the process of centralization of complex digestive oncologic surgery in 2005-2012 as compared to 1996-2000. A retrospective cohort study employing the minimum basic data set of hospital discharge (MBDSHD 1996-2012) from public centers in Catalonia (Spain) was performed. The population consisted of individuals aged > 18 who underwent digestive oncologic surgery (esophagus, pancreas, liver, stomach or rectum)...
July 27, 2017: Revista Española de Enfermedades Digestivas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28745676/-anxiety-in-women-undergoing-surgical-treatment-of-breast-cancer
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G Ch Geraybeyli, G F Mamedzade, N V Gasimov, T S Guliyeva, K Munir
AIM: To assess anxiety level and factors contributing to its development in patients undergoing surgical treatment for breast cancer. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The subjects of the study were 72 women, aged 20-80 years, with the diagnosis of primary breast cancer. The Basic Psycho-Oncological Documentation Scale (PO-BADO), the European Organization for Research, and the Treatment of Cancer Quality of Life Questionnaire and its Breast Cancer Module (EORTC QLQ-C30; BR-23), the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) were used...
2017: Zhurnal Nevrologii i Psikhiatrii Imeni S.S. Korsakova
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28744322/visualization-of-tumor-immune-interaction-target-specific-imaging-of-s100a8-a9-reveals-pre-metastatic-niche-establishment
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Michel Eisenblaetter, Fabian Flores-Borja, Jae Jin Lee, Christina Wefers, Hannah Smith, Rebekka Hueting, Margaret S Cooper, Philip J Blower, Dominic Patel, Manuel Rodriguez-Justo, Hanna Milewicz, Thomas Vogl, Johannes Roth, Andrew Tutt, Tobias Schaeffter, Tony Ng
Background Systemic cancer spread is preceded by the establishment of a permissive microenvironment in the target tissue of metastasis - the premetastatic niche. As crucial players in establishment of the pre-metastatic niche, myeloid derived suppressor cells (MDSC) release S100A8/A9, an exosomal protein that contributes to metastasis, angiogenesis, and immune suppression. We report the application of antibody-based single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) for detection of S100A8/A9 in vivo as an imaging marker for pre-metastatic tissue priming...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739433/pain-management-the-rising-role-of-interventional-oncology
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D Filippiadis, S Tutton, A Kelekis
Patients with early or metastatic cancer may suffer from pain of different origins. The vast majority of these patients are not adequately treated by means of systemic analgesia and radiotherapy. Percutaneous neurolysis is performed using chemical agents or thermal energy upon sympathetic nervous system plexus for pain reduction and life quality improvement. Ablation and vertebral augmentation are included in clinical guidelines for metastatic disease. As far as the peripheral skeleton is concerned bone augmentation and stabilization can be performed by means of cement injection either solely performed or in combination to cannulated screws or other metallic or peek implants...
July 21, 2017: Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739028/incident-learning-systems-for-radiation-oncology-development-and-value-at-the-local-national-and-international-level
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T Pawlicki, M Coffey, M Milosevic
AIMS: To discuss the background for incident reporting and learning systems, as well as the infrastructure and operational aspects to run them. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Information from peer-reviewed literature, online resources and the authors' experience synthesised into a concise understanding of the topic. RESULTS: Incident learning systems can be local, national or international, each having the same basic goals but facilitating different audiences and environments...
July 21, 2017: Clinical Oncology: a Journal of the Royal College of Radiologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737972/identifying-health-information-technology-needs-of-oncologists-to-facilitate-the-adoption-of-genomic-medicine-recommendations-from-the-2016-american-society-of-clinical-oncology-omics-and-precision-oncology-workshop
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Kevin S Hughes, Edward P Ambinder, Gregory P Hess, Peter Paul Yu, Elmer V Bernstam, Mark J Routbort, Jean Rene Clemenceau, John T Hamm, Phillip G Febbo, Susan M Domchek, James L Chen, Jeremy L Warner
At the ASCO Data Standards and Interoperability Summit held in May 2016, it was unanimously decided that four areas of current oncology clinical practice have serious, unmet health information technology needs. The following areas of need were identified: 1) omics and precision oncology, 2) advancing interoperability, 3) patient engagement, and 4) value-based oncology. To begin to address these issues, ASCO convened two complementary workshops: the Omics and Precision Oncology Workshop in October 2016 and the Advancing Interoperability Workshop in December 2016...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731941/the-biology-of-aging-and-cancer-frailty-inflammation-and-immunity
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Xinwen Zhang, Xin Meng, Yiyin Chen, Sean X Leng, Haiyan Zhang
The majority of patients with common malignancies are older adults. Intrinsic complex biological changes of aging along with inflammation, immunosenescence, age-associated chronic diseases, and extrinsic environmental and psychosocial factors have significant impact on not only development and behavior of individual malignancies, but also physiologic reserve and vulnerability of older patients who suffer from them. As a result, clinical practice of geriatric oncology demands integration of careful geriatric assessment and management...
July 2017: Cancer Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729414/methods-of-academic-course-planning-for-cancer-biology-ph-d-students-to-enhance-knowledge-of-clinical-oncology
#13
Malcolm D Mattes, Elizabeth Swart, Steven M Markwell, Sijin Wen, Linda C Vona-Davis
Little is known about how clinical oncology concepts are taught to Ph.D. students or the most effective methods of doing so. In this study, electronic surveys were sent to faculty and students at Ph.D. training programs, assessing their institution's methods of clinical oncology education and their perspective on optimal approaches to clinical oncology education. Only 40.0% of students reported any clinical oncology component to their institution's training, and only 26.5% had a clinician on their graduate advisory committee...
July 20, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729121/multiple-myeloma-genomics-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Casey J Weaver, Joseph D Tariman
OBJECTIVES: This integrative review describes the genomic variants that have been found to be associated with poor prognosis in patients diagnosed with multiple myeloma (MM). Second, it identifies MM genetic and genomic changes using next-generation sequencing, specifically whole-genome sequencing or exome sequencing. DATA SOURCE: A search for peer-reviewed articles through PubMed, EBSCOhost, and DePaul WorldCat Libraries Worldwide yielded 33 articles that were included in the final analysis...
July 18, 2017: Seminars in Oncology Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721291/basic-issues-concerning-health-related-quality-of-life
#15
Roman Sosnowski, Marta Kulpa, Urszula Ziętalewicz, Jan Karol Wolski, Robert Nowakowski, Robert Bakuła, Tomasz Demkow
INTRODUCTION: Chronic diseases such as cancer have a strong influence on both physical health and quality of life, which together comprise the concept of health-related quality of life (HRQoL) - in other words, the complete state of physical, social, and psychological functioning. Herein, we review the literature on the theory of HRQoL in relation to oncological diseases. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A literature search of English-language publications that included an analysis of the conceptual models of HRQoL was performed using PubMed...
June 30, 2017: Central European Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717717/management-and-care-of-women-with-invasive-cervical-cancer-american-society-of-clinical-oncology-resource-stratified-clinical-practice-guideline
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Linus T Chuang, Sarah Temin, Rolando Camacho, Alfonso Dueñas-Gonzalez, Sarah Feldman, Murat Gultekin, Vandana Gupta, Susan Horton, Graciela Jacob, Elizabeth A Kidd, Kennedy Lishimpi, Carolyn Nakisige, Joo-Hyun Nam, Hextan Yuen Sheung Ngan, William Small, Gillian Thomas, Jonathan S Berek
PURPOSE: To provide evidence-based, resource-stratified global recommendations to clinicians and policymakers on the management and palliative care of women diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer. METHODS: ASCO convened a multidisciplinary, multinational panel of cancer control, medical and radiation oncology, health economic, obstetric and gynecologic, and palliative care experts to produce recommendations reflecting resource-tiered settings. A systematic review of literature from 1966 to 2015 failed to yield sufficiently strong quality evidence to support basic- and limited-resource setting recommendations; a formal consensus-based process was used to develop recommendations...
October 2016: Journal of Global Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713771/integrating-hyperthermia-into-modern-radiation-oncology-what-evidence-is-necessary
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REVIEW
Jan C Peeken, Peter Vaupel, Stephanie E Combs
Hyperthermia (HT) is one of the hot topics that have been discussed over decades. However, it never made its way into primetime. The basic biological rationale of heat to enhance the effect of radiation, chemotherapeutic agents, and immunotherapy is evident. Preclinical work has confirmed this effect. HT may trigger changes in perfusion and oxygenation as well as inhibition of DNA repair mechanisms. Moreover, there is evidence for immune stimulation and the induction of systemic immune responses. Despite the increasing number of solid clinical studies, only few centers have included this adjuvant treatment into their repertoire...
2017: Frontiers in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711306/can-the-aviation-industry-be-useful-in-teaching-oncology-about-safety
#18
J M Davies, G Delaney
Healthcare practitioners have long considered aviation as a domain from which much can be learned about safety. Over the past 30 years, attempts have been made to apply aviation safety-related concepts to healthcare. Although some applications have been successful, a few decades later, many healthcare safety experts have learned that the appeal of the aviation-healthcare analogy is an illusion. Both domains are so basically dissimilar that simple adoption of aviation concepts will not be successful. However, what has succeeded is healthcare's adaptation of specific aviation safety concepts...
July 12, 2017: Clinical Oncology: a Journal of the Royal College of Radiologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711110/psychometric-properties-of-the-french-adaptation-of-the-basic-documentation-for-psycho-oncology-po-bado-a-distress-screening-tool
#19
Nena Stadelmaier, Kamel Gana, Yaël Saada, Odile Duguey-Cachey, Bruno Quintard
We translated and adapted the French version of the Basic Documentation for Psycho-Oncology (Po-Bado standard version) and we report its psychometric properties. The Po-Bado is a 12-item documentation instrument that measures psychosocial burden in cancer patients (all types and stages). The intensity of a patient's psychological suffering is evaluated by a health care professional (e.g., doctor, psychologist, nurse) in a semiguided interview. Overall, 252 cancer patients (Mage = 57 years, SD = 12.8 years) participated, completing the Po-Bado during a supportive care consultation following initial diagnosis...
September 2017: Behavior Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708234/physicists-views-on-hadrontherapy-a-survey-of-members-of-the-italian-association-of-medical-physics-aifm
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Tommaso Giandini, Chiara Tenconi, Mauro Carrara, Mario Ciocca, Stefania Russo, Costanza M V Panaino, Federica Cattani, Delia Ciardo, Sara Morlino, Barbara Avuzzi, Nice Bedini, Sergio Villa, Giulia Marvaso, Paola Romanelli, Azusa Hasegawa, Barbara Vischioni, Francesca Valvo, Barbara A Jereczek-Fossa, Roberto Orecchia, Riccardo Valdagni, Emanuele Pignoli
BACKGROUND: This study was based on a survey to investigate perceptions of hadrontherapy of the members of the Italian Association of Medical Physics (AIFM). The survey was digitally submitted to the 991 members between the end of January and the beginning of April 2016. METHODS: A 19-item questionnaire was designed focusing on advantages and disadvantages of hadrontherapy, current status and possible future improvements, and need and opportunities for future investments in Italy and abroad...
July 8, 2017: Tumori
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