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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229834/-pain-intensity-and-time-to-death-of-cancer-patients-referred-to-palliative-care
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Pedro Barata, Filipa Santos, Graça Mesquita, Alice Cardoso, Maria Paula Custódio, Marta Alves, Ana Luísa Papoila, António Barbosa, Peter Lawlor
INTRODUCTION: Pain is a common symptom experienced by cancer patients, especially in those with advanced disease. Our aim was to describe pain intensity in advanced cancer patients, referred to the palliative care unit, the factors underlying moderate to severe pain and its prognostic values. MATERIAL AND METHODS: This was a prospective observational study. All patients with mestastatic solid tumors and with no specific oncologic treatment were included. Pain intensity was accessed using the pain scale from Edmonton Symptom Assessment Scale, rated from 0 to 10 on a numerical scale, where zero = no pain and 10 = worst possible pain...
November 2016: Acta Médica Portuguesa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219073/relationship-between-pulmonary-adverse-events-and-everolimus-exposure-in-japanese-and-non-japanese-patients-a-meta-analysis-of-oncology-trials
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Shinzaburo Noguchi, Nobuo Shinohara, Tetsuhide Ito, Atsushi Ohtsu, Alain Ravaud, Guy Jerusalem, Nobutsugu Ohno, Jorge Gallo, Emmanuel Bouillaud, Jenna Fan, Norio Nonomura
AIMS: This meta-analysis explores the relationship between the everolimus minimum (Cmin) and maximum (Cmax) exposure and the risk for pulmonary adverse events (AEs) in Japanese versus non-Japanese patients. METHODS: Patient-level data from patients treated with daily everolimus in advanced solid tumor trials were evaluated using a Cox regression model, stratified by cancer type or treatment arm, with log-transformed time-averaged Cmin or Cmax as a time-varying covariate...
February 21, 2017: Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216622/effects-of-gene-polymorphisms-in-the-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-pathway-on-clinical-outcomes-of-chemoradiotherapy-in-chinese-patients-with-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma
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Xiao-Bin Guo, Wan-le Ma, Li-Juan Liu, Yu-Ling Huang, Jing Wang, Li-Hua Huang, Xiang-Dong Peng, Ji-Ye Yin, Jin-Gao Li, Shao-Jun Chen, Guo-Ping Yang, Hui Wang, Cheng-Xian Guo
There is considerable inter-individual variabil¬ity in chemoradiotherapy responses in nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) patients receiv¬ing the same or similar treatment protocols. In this study we evaluated the association between the gene polymorphisms in endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress pathway and chemoradiation responses in Chinese NPC patients. A total of 150 patients with histopathologically conformed NPC and treated with concurrent chemoradiotherapy were enrolled. Genotypes in ER stress pathway genes, including VCP (valosin-containing protein) rs2074549, HSP90B1 rs17034943, CANX (calnexin) rs7566, HSPA5 [heat shock protein family A (Hsp70) member 5] rs430397, CALCR (calcitonin receptor) rs2528521, and XBP1 (X-box binding protein 1) rs2269577 were analyzed by Sequenom MassARRAY system...
February 20, 2017: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212290/defining-clinical-response-criteria-and-early-response-criteria-for-precision-oncology-current-state-of-the-art-and-future-perspectives
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Vivek Subbiah, Hubert H Chuang, Dhiraj Gambhire, Kalevi Kairemo
In this era of precision oncology, there has been an exponential growth in the armamentarium of genomically targeted therapies and immunotherapies. Evaluating early responses to precision therapy is essential for "go" versus "no go" decisions for these molecularly targeted drugs and agents that arm the immune system. Many different response assessment criteria exist for use in solid tumors and lymphomas. We reviewed the literature using the Medline/PubMed database for keywords "response assessment" and various known response assessment criteria published up to 2016...
February 15, 2017: Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211941/upfront-window-vincristine-irinotecan-treatment-of-high-risk-hepatoblastoma-a-report-from-the-children-s-oncology-group-ahep0731-study-committee
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Howard M Katzenstein, Wayne L Furman, Marcio H Malogolowkin, Mark D Krailo, M Beth McCarville, Alexander J Towbin, Greg M Tiao, Milton J Finegold, Sarangarajan Ranganathan, Stephen P Dunn, Max R Langham, Eugene D McGahren, Carlos Rodriguez-Galindo, Rebecka L Meyers
BACKGROUND: The identification of new therapies for high-risk (HR) hepatoblastoma is challenging. Children's Oncology Group study AHEP0731 included a HR stratum to explore the efficacy of novel agents. Herein, the authors report the response rate to the combination of vincristine (V) and irinotecan (I) and the outcome of patients with high-risk hepatoblastoma. METHODS: Patients with newly diagnosed metastatic hepatoblastoma or those with a serum α-fetoprotein (AFP) level <100 ng/mL were eligible...
February 17, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205191/novel-and-expanded-oncology-drug-approvals-of-2016-part-1-new-options-in-solid-tumor-management
#6
REVIEW
Todd C Knepper, James Saller, Christine M Walko
The nonradiologic medical management of solid tumors has evolved from the use of traditional cytotoxic agents to modern targeted therapies, monoclonal antibodies, and immunotherapies. Advances in the understanding of cancer biology and therapeutic strategies have resulted in increasing numbers of new drug applications and approvals. Consequently, practicing oncologists need to learn how the newly available agents function and what toxicities to watch for, as well as ways to optimize the use of both new drugs and previously approved drugs with new indications...
February 15, 2017: Oncology (Williston Park, NY)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202364/fatty-acid-synthase-modern-tumor-cell-biology-insights-into-a-classical-oncology-target
#7
REVIEW
Douglas Buckley, Gregory Duke, Timothy S Heuer, Marie O'Farrell, Allan Wagman, William McCulloch, George Kemble
Decades of preclinical and natural history studies have highlighted the potential of fatty acid synthase (FASN) as a bona fide drug target for oncology. This review will highlight the foundational concepts upon which this perspective is built. Published studies have shown high levels of FASN in patient tumor tissues are present at later stages of disease and this overexpression predicts poor prognosis. Preclinical studies have shown that experimental overexpression of FASN in previously normal cells leads to changes that are critical for establishing a tumor phenotype...
February 12, 2017: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199751/impact-of-polymorphisms-in-angiogenesis-related-genes-on-clinical-outcomes-of-radiotherapy-in-patients-with-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma
#8
Wan-Le Ma, Rong Liu, Li-Hua Huang, Chan Zou, Jie Huang, Jing Wang, Shao-Jun Chen, Xiang-Guang Meng, Jing-Ke Yang, Han Li, Guo-Ping Yang, Cheng-Xian Guo
PURPOSE: To assess the relationship between gene polymorphism in angiogenesis-related genes and radiation responses in nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) patients. METHODS: The genotypes of 180 NPC patients were analyzed by Sequenom MassARRAY. The Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors were used for assessing efficacies. And The criteria of Radiation Therapy Oncology Group or European Organization for Research & Treatment of Cancer were utilized for evaluating acute toxic reactions in response to radiation...
February 15, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194276/a-case-report-of-concurrent-embryonal-rhabdomyosarcoma-and-diffuse-large-b-cell-lymphoma-in-an-adult-without-identifiable-cancer-predisposition
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M D Mathias, M V Ortiz, H Magnan, S R Ambati, E K Slotkin, A J Chou, M F Walsh, K Offit, C Moskowitz, A Kentsis, L H Wexler
BACKGROUND: Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) is the most common form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Rhabdomyosarcoma, the most common soft tissue sarcoma of childhood. makes up less than 1% of solid malignancies in adults with around 400 new cases each year in the United States. They have not previously been reported concurrently. CASE PRESENTATION: A 37 year old woman presented with painful enlarging leg mass. Biopsy of the mass was consistent with embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma...
2017: Biomarker Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193528/cellular-acidification-as-a-new-approach-to-cancer-treatment-and-to-the-understanding-and-therapeutics-of-neurodegenerative-diseases
#10
REVIEW
Salvador Harguindey, Daniel Stanciu, Jesús Devesa, Khalid Alfarouk, Rosa Angela Cardone, Julian David Polo Orozco, Pablo Devesa, Cyril Rauch, Gorka Orive, Eduardo Anitua, Sébastien Roger, Stephan J Reshkin
During the last few years, the understanding of the dysregulated hydrogen ion dynamics and reversed proton gradient of cancer cells has resulted in a new and integral pH-centric paradigm in oncology, a translational model embracing from cancer etiopathogenesis to treatment. The abnormalities of intracellular alkalinization along with extracellular acidification of all types of solid tumors and leukemic cells have never been described in any other disease and now appear to be a specific hallmark of malignancy...
February 10, 2017: Seminars in Cancer Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168937/outcomes-of-spatially-fractionated-radiotherapy-grid-for-bulky-soft-tissue-sarcomas-in-a-large-animal-model
#11
Michael W Nolan, Tracy L Gieger, Alexander A Karakashian, Mariana N Nikolova-Karakashian, Lysa P Posner, Donald M Roback, Judith N Rivera, Sha Chang
GRID directs alternating regions of high- and low-dose radiation at tumors. A large animal model mimicking the geometries of human treatments is needed to complement existing rodent systems (eg, microbeam) and clarify the physical and biological attributes of GRID. A pilot study was undertaken in pet dogs with spontaneous soft tissue sarcomas to characterize responses to GRID. Subjects were treated with either 20 Gy (3 dogs) or 25 Gy (3 dogs), delivered using 6 MV X-rays and a commercial GRID collimator. Acute toxicity and tumor responses were assessed 2, 4, and 6 weeks later...
January 1, 2017: Technology in Cancer Research & Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28165649/intracellular-ph-measured-by-31-p-mr-spectroscopy-might-predict-site-of-progression-in-recurrent-glioblastoma-under-antiangiogenic-therapy
#12
Katharina J Wenger, Elke Hattingen, Kea Franz, Joachim P Steinbach, Oliver Bähr, Ulrich Pilatus
PURPOSE: In solid tumors, changes in the expression/activity of plasma membrane ion transporters facilitate proton efflux and enable tumor cells to maintain a higher intracellular pH (pHi ), while the microenvironment (pHe ) is commonly more acidic. This supports various tumor-promoting mechanisms. We propose that these changes in pH take place before a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-detectable brain tumor recurrence occurs. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We enrolled 66 patients with recurrent glioblastoma, treated with bevacizumab...
February 6, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28165340/targeting-the-adenosine-2a-receptor-enhances-chimeric-antigen-receptor-t-cell-efficacy
#13
Paul A Beavis, Melissa A Henderson, Lauren Giuffrida, Jane K Mills, Kevin Sek, Ryan S Cross, Alexander J Davenport, Liza B John, Sherly Mardiana, Clare Y Slaney, Ricky W Johnstone, Joseph A Trapani, John Stagg, Sherene Loi, Lev Kats, David Gyorki, Michael H Kershaw, Phillip K Darcy
Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cells have been highly successful in treating hematological malignancies, including acute and chronic lymphoblastic leukemia. However, treatment of solid tumors using CAR T cells has been largely unsuccessful to date, partly because of tumor-induced immunosuppressive mechanisms, including adenosine production. Previous studies have shown that adenosine generated by tumor cells potently inhibits endogenous antitumor T cell responses through activation of adenosine 2A receptors (A2ARs)...
February 6, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164761/mitogen-activated-protein-kinase-mapk-interacting-kinases-1-and-2-mnk1-and-mnk2-as-targets-for-cancer-therapy-recent-progress-in-the-development-of-mnk-inhibitors
#14
Agnieszka Dreas, Maciej Mikulski, Mariusz Milik, Charles-Henry Fabritius, Krzysztof Brzózka, Tomasz Rzymski
BACKGROUND: MNK1 and MNK2 are MAP kinase-interacting serine/threonine kinases, which are activated by RAS and MAPK signaling pathways and are involved in regulation of protein translation. Both kinases phosphorylate translation initiation factor eIF4E on a conserved serine 209. Overactivated eIF4E can act as an oncogene and contribute to the transformation both in vitro and in vivo and is highly expressed in diverse types of cancer. Interestingly, knockout mice that lack both Mnk1 and Mnk2 do not have any apparent phenotype...
February 3, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164427/application-of-circulating-tumor-dna-in-prospective-clinical-oncology-trials-standardization-of-pre-analytical-conditions
#15
Lisanne F van Dessel, Nick Beije, Jean C A Helmijr, Silvia R Vitale, Jaco Kraan, Maxime P Look, Ronald de Wit, Stefan Sleijfer, Maurice P H M Jansen, John W M Martens, Martijn P J K Lolkema
Circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) has emerged as a potential new biomarker with diagnostic, predictive and prognostic applications for various solid tumor types. Before beginning large prospective clinical trials to prove the added value of utilizing ctDNA in clinical practice, it is essential to investigate the effects of various pre-analytical conditions on the quality of cell-free DNA (cfDNA) in general and of ctDNA in particular in order to optimize and standardize these conditions. Whole blood samples were collected from patients with metastatic cancer bearing a known somatic variant...
February 6, 2017: Molecular Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161563/single-center-experience-with-a-targeted-next-generation-sequencing-assay-for-assessment-of-relevant-somatic-alterations-in-solid-tumors
#16
Aino Paasinen-Sohns, Viktor H Koelzer, Angela Frank, Julian Schafroth, Aline Gisler, Melanie Sachs, Anne Graber, Sacha I Rothschild, Andreas Wicki, Gieri Cathomas, Kirsten D Mertz
Companion diagnostics rely on genomic testing of molecular alterations to enable effective cancer treatment. Here we report the clinical application and validation of the Oncomine Focus Assay (OFA), an integrated, commercially available next-generation sequencing (NGS) assay for the rapid and simultaneous detection of single nucleotide variants, short insertions and deletions, copy number variations, and gene rearrangements in 52 cancer genes with therapeutic relevance. Two independent patient cohorts were investigated to define the workflow, turnaround times, feasibility, and reliability of OFA targeted sequencing in clinical application and using archival material...
February 2, 2017: Neoplasia: An International Journal for Oncology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156650/organizational-factors-influencing-specialty-palliative-care-utilization-at-academic-cancer-centers
#17
Michael W Rabow, Megan Crowley-Makota, Mallory Marie Waters, Michelle Nkumsah, Douglas B White, Edward Chu, Cardinale B Smith, Robert Arnold
: 109 Background: Rates of early specialty palliative care utilization remain low, despite increasing familiarity and favorable attitudes amongst cancer center oncologists. In this context, understanding organizational barriers to specialty palliative care use becomes critical. METHODS: We conducted a qualitative interview study with 74 medical oncologists practicing at 3 U.S. academic cancer centers with well-established specialty palliative care clinics. The in-depth interview guide elicited experiences and views related to outpatient palliative care...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156590/healthcare-utilization-among-cancer-patients-prior-to-hospice
#18
Richard F Riedel, Christel N Rushing, Anthony N Galanos
: 135 Background: The integration of palliative medicine in oncologic care has become increasingly recognized and supported. We have previously reported improved health system and quality of care outcomes for solid tumor patients admitted to our novel, fully-integrated palliative care (PC) and medical oncology inpatient service at Duke University Medical Center (DUMC). In this study, we explored healthcare utilization in patients specifically discharged to hospice pre- and post-PC integration...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156576/embedded-palliative-medicine-model-for-inpatient-solid-tumor-oncology-patients-utilizing-corounding-and-consultation-criteria-a-quality-improvement-pilot
#19
Bassam N Estfan, Alberto J Montero
: 148 Background: Hospitalized patients (pts) on solid tumor oncology (STO) services have palliative needs including pain management. This quality improvement project sought to establish a new STO-specific co-rounding PM consult service, evaluate the use of consult criteria for STO inpatients, assess the impact/interest in an embedded service, improve access to PM for STO pts and improve palliative education to STO teams. METHODS: During October 2015 to January 2016, a new PM consult service was established for the 2 STO inpatient services at Cleveland Clinic...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156547/psychological-distress-and-communication-with-children-about-a-parent-s-advanced-cancer-a-mixed-methods-study
#20
Justin M Yopp, Allison Mary Deal, Deborah Mayer, Katherine Elizabeth Reeder-Hayes, Laura C Hanson, Gili Grunfeld, Donald L Rosenstein, Eliza M Park
: 236 Background: Cancer affects 1.6 million parents with dependent children in the United States, many of whom experience heightened distress related to the impact of their illness on children. Palliative medicine and oncology providers frequently recommend open communication with children. However, there is little empirical research on the relationship between illness-related communication with children and parental psychological distress. The objective of this study was to explore the association between parental psychological distress and communication with children about a parent's advanced cancer...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
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