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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156895/survival-analysis-of-malignant-epidural-spinal-cord-compression-after-palliative-radiotherapy-using-tokuhashi-scoring-system-and-the-impact-of-systemic-therapy
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Wing Ho Mui, Tai Chung Lam, Frank Chi Sing Wong, Wing King Sze
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have shown similar clinical outcomes of both single and multi-fraction (Fr) radiation therapy among malignant epidural spinal cord compression (MSCC) patients with poor prognosis; whereas, patients expected to have longer survival may require long-course radiotherapy to prevent local failure. However, such a poor prognosis risk group has not yet been clearly identified for use in daily clinical practice. We examined if the known predictive Tokuhashi scoring system could be adapted in MSCC patients treated with palliative radiation therapy...
August 29, 2017: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151292/-the-treatment-and-prognosis-of-peripheral-primitive-neuroectodermal-tumor
#2
B Lan, L Wang, B H Xu, J Huang
Objective: To evaluate the treatment and prognosis of peripheral primitive neuroectodermal tumor (pPNET). Methods: From March 2006 to April 2015, 47 patients with pPNET who had undergone chemotherapy in our hospital were enrolled. The clinical data and survival information of these patients were collected and interpreted retrospectively to analyze the effect of each treatment on the survival of patients. Results: The median overall survival (OS) for whole group was 23.5 months, and 5-year survival rate was 33...
November 23, 2017: Zhonghua Zhong Liu za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Oncology]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147454/late-onset-chemo-radiation-induced-tracheoesophageal-fistula-in-squamous-cell-cancer-of-the-lung
#3
Ashraf Abugroun, Fatima Ahmed, Namrata Singh, Mojtaba Nadiri
We report a 72-year-old male with past medical history of stage IV squamous lung cancer treated with radiation therapy and chemotherapy with gemcitabine/carboplatin. One year later, he presented with hemoptysis treated with another session of palliative radiotherapy. Two weeks later, patient developed aspiration pneumonia and further workup showed trachea-esophageal fistula documented by barium swallow. This case shows a rare complication of chemotherapy and radiation therapy on the setting of primary lung cancer...
October 2017: World Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147444/visceral-crisis-means-short-survival-among-patients-with-luminal-a-metastatic-breast-cancer-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Yassir Sbitti, Khaoula Slimani, Adil Debbagh, Anouar Mokhlis, Habiba Kadiri, Abdelilah Laraqui, Hassan Errihani, Mohamed Ichou
Background: Patients with visceral crisis from luminal metastatic breast cancer (mBC) are often treated with palliative chemotherapy. No studies have analyzed the aggressiveness of the care in visceral crisis from luminal mBC patients. The objective of this study was to assess practices in this setting in a university medical oncology department. Methods: This retrospective study included all patients who were managed for luminal mBC between January 2013 and April 2016...
August 2017: World Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145313/the-importance-of-family-caregiving-to-achieving-palliative-care-at-home-a-case-report-of-end-of-life-breast-cancer-in-an-area-struck-by-the-2011-fukushima-nuclear-crisis-a-case-report
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Akihiko Ozaki, Masaharu Tsubokura, Claire Leppold, Toyoaki Sawano, Manabu Tsukada, Tsuyoshi Nemoto, Kazuhiro Kosugi, Yoshitaka Nishikawa, Shigeaki Kato, Hiromichi Ohira
RATIONALE: The primary setting of palliative care has shifted from inpatient care to patients' residences. Family caregiving is essential for patients with life-limiting illnesses to receive palliative care at home, however little information is available regarding potential interventions to achieve palliative homecare for those without sufficient support from family members in various settings, including disasters. PATIENT CONCERNS: In March 2011, Fukushima, Japan experienced an earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143916/a-real-world-comparison-of-folfirinox-gemcitabine-plus-nab-paclitaxel-and-gemcitabine-in-advanced-pancreatic-cancers
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Ying Wang, Pierre Camateros, Winson Y Cheung
PURPOSE: FOLFIRINOX (FFN), nab-paclitaxel plus gemcitabine (GN), and gemcitabine are three systemic therapies that provide clinically meaningful benefit to patients with unresectable pancreatic cancer (UPC). There are no clinical trials that directly compare the efficacy of all three regimens. In this study, we aim to examine and compare the real-world effectiveness of these treatments. METHODS: Patients diagnosed with UPC who initiated palliative chemotherapy from August 2014 to January 2016 at any one of six cancer centers in British Columbia were identified from the provincial pharmacy...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Gastrointestinal Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143898/the-multidisciplinary-approach-to-localized-pancreatic-adenocarcinoma
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Hiral D Parekh, Jason Starr, Thomas J George
Pancreatic adenocarcinoma 2030 (PCa) is predicted to be the second leading cause of cancer death in USA by 2030. To date, attempts at early detection have been unsuccessful. Therapies for resectable PCa include surgery followed by adjuvant chemotherapy with or without radiotherapy. Unfortunately, most patients with PCa present with advanced disease and thus only 20% of patients are potentially resectable upon presentation. Improved surgical techniques along with adjuvant combination chemotherapy have improved outcomes for patients with resectable disease...
November 16, 2017: Current Treatment Options in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143390/chemotherapy-and-healthcare-utilisation-near-the-end-of-life-in-patients-with-cancer
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K J G Schulkes, I C van Walree, L J R van Elden, F van den Bos, L van Huis-Tanja, J-W J Lammers, D Ten Bokkel Huinink, M E Hamaker
The quality of medical care delivered to patients with cancer near the end of life is a significant issue. Previous studies have defined several areas suggestive of aggressive cancer treatment as potentially representing poor quality care. The primary objective of current analysis was to examine chemotherapy and healthcare utilisation in the last 3 months of life among patients with cancer that received palliative chemotherapy. Patients were selected from the hospital administration database of the Diakonessenhuis Utrecht, the Netherlands...
November 16, 2017: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143282/hypomethylating-agents-for-treatment-and-prevention-of-relapse-after-allogeneic-blood-stem-cell-transplantation
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Thomas Schroeder, Christina Rautenberg, Rainer Haas, Ulrich Germing, Guido Kobbe
Despite the curative potential of allogeneic stem cell transplantation (allo-SCT) in patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), many patients will relapse. Until recently therapeutic options mainly consisted of palliative care, chemotherapy, donor lymphocyte infusions and second transplantation in selected cases. Still many patients either do not tolerate intensive therapies or do not achieve durable remissions and will finally succumb. Given this unmet medical need the hypomethylating agents (HMA), Azacitidine (Aza) and Decitabine (DAC) have been tested as salvage therapy in patients with myeloid malignancies relapsing after allo-SCT...
November 15, 2017: International Journal of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142750/evaluation-of-epidermal-growth-factor-receptor-serum-levels-and-their-association-with-clinicopathological-characteristics-in-patients-with-colorectal-cancer
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Mehmet Karabulut, Cigdem Usul Afsar, Halil Alıs, Ebru Oran, Senem Karabulut, Cevher Akarsu, Nuri Alper Sahbaz, Alpen Yahya Gümüsoglu, Elif Bilgin, Nuri Faruk Aykan
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is a major public health concern and one of the leading causes of cancer-related mortality worldwide. The aim of the present study was to determine the serum epidermal growth factor receptor (sEGFR) levels in healthy volunteers and patients with CRC, to determine the association between tumor marker levels and clinicopathological findings, and investigate its prognostic value. A total of 140 patients with CRC were enrolled in the present study. Pre-treatment sEGFR levels were determined using ELISA...
November 2017: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142749/urine-metabolomics-as-a-predictor-of-patient-tolerance-and-response-to-adjuvant-chemotherapy-in-colorectal-cancer
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Mark A Dykstra, Noah Switzer, Roman Eisner, Victor Tso, Rae Foshaug, Kathleen Ismond, Richard Fedorak, Haili Wang
Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-associated mortality in the western world. The ability to predict a patient's response to chemotherapy may be of great value for clinicians and patients when planning cancer treatment. The aim of the current study was to develop a urine metabolomics-based biomarker panel to predict adverse events and response to chemotherapy in patients with colorectal cancer. A retrospective chart review of patients diagnosed with stage III or IV colorectal cancer between 2008 and 2012 was performed...
November 2017: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142358/transitional-cell-carcinoma-of-urinary-bladder-manifesting-as-extensive-retroperitoneal-and-axillary-lymph-node-metastasis-an-extremely-rare-case-scenario-detected-by-18-f-fluorodeoxyglucose-positron-emission-tomography-scan
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Abhishek Purkayastha, Neelam Sharma, Rekha Vashisth, Braj Kishore
Transitional cell carcinoma (TCC) urinary bladder is known to metastasize to regional lymph nodes (LNs), liver, lung, bone, adrenal glands, and intestine. However, an asymptomatic TCC bladder manifesting as metastatic axillary LN mass and extensive retroperitoneal lymphadenopathy is rarely heard of. A 46-year-old male, smoker, presented with 8 cm × 6 cm right axillary swelling of 1-month duration. Aspiration cytology revealed metastatic deposits of poorly differentiated carcinoma favoring TCC. Metastatic evaluation with (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography ((18)FDG-PET) scan showed mass lesion urinary bladder, conglomerate right axillary mass and extensive retroperitoneal LNs with significant metabolic activity, biopsy from which revealed deposits of TCC...
October 2017: Indian Journal of Nuclear Medicine: IJNM: the Official Journal of the Society of Nuclear Medicine, India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142184/efficacy-of-cell-free-and-concentrated-ascites-reinfusion-therapy-for-palliative-care-in-a-patient-with-malignant-pleural-mesothelioma-a-case-report
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Kakeru Hisakane, Hironobu Ohmatsu, Shigeki Umemura, Keisuke Kirita, Shingo Matsumoto, Kiyotaka Yoh, Seiji Niho, Koichi Goto
Cell-free and concentrated ascites reinfusion therapy (CART) is recognized as a useful treatment to improve the symptoms caused by refractory ascites. Recently, a few clinical studies have reported the effects of CART for malignant ascites, especially in gynecological and gastrointestinal cancers. We report the case of malignant ascites in a patient with malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) whose symptoms were relieved by CART. A 59-year-old Japanese male with MPM who had undergone pleural decortication had pleural and peritoneal recurrence...
2017: Journal of Nippon Medical School, Nippon Ika Daigaku Zasshi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142161/treatment-and-outcomes-of-carcinoma-of-the-external-and-middle-ear-the-validity-of-en-bloc-resection-for-advanced-tumor
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Takuma Matoba, Nobuhiro Hanai, Hidenori Suzuki, Daisuke Nishikawa, Eiji Tachibana, Takeshi Okada, Shingo Murakami, Yasuhisa Hasegawa
Carcinoma of the external and middle ear is a very rare disease. Despite the various treatment modalities available, its prognosis is still poor. We aimed to analyze the treatment modalities, outcomes, and validity of surgical approaches, especially in advanced tumors in the ear. Twenty-five patients with carcinoma of the external and middle ear were retrospectively analyzed. The modified Pittsburgh staging system was used for staging of the patients. Overall and disease-free survival was estimated using of Kaplan-Meier method...
November 15, 2017: Neurologia Medico-chirurgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138610/nab-paclitaxel-carboplatin-induction-in-squamous-nsclc-longitudinal-quality-of-life-while-on-chemotherapy
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Michael Thomas, David R Spigel, Robert M Jotte, Michael McCleod, Mark A Socinski, Ray D Page, Laurent Gressot, Jeanna Knoble, Oscar Juan, Daniel Morgensztern, Dolores Isla, Edward S Kim, Howard West, Amy Ko, Teng Jin Ong, Nataliya Trunova, Cesare Gridelli
Background: Longitudinal data on the impact of treatment on quality of life (QoL) in advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) are limited. In this palliative setting, treatment that does not deteriorate QoL is key. Here we report longitudinal QoL in patients with squamous NSCLC, receiving ≤4 cycles of nab-paclitaxel/carboplatin combination chemotherapy. Methods: Patients received nab-paclitaxel 100 mg/m(2) days 1, 8, 15 + carboplatin area under the curve 6 mg•min/mL day 1 (q3w) for four cycles...
2017: Lung Cancer: Targets and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137884/uptake-and-effectiveness-of-folfirinox-for-advanced-pancreatic-cancer-a-population-based-study
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S Karim, J Zhang-Salomans, J J Biagi, T Asmis, C M Booth
AIMS: Although FOLFIRINOX is a standard treatment option for advanced pancreas cancer, there are few data describing utilisation and effectiveness in routine clinical practice. Here we report practice patterns and outcomes in the general population of Ontario, Canada. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Using the Ontario Cancer Registry and New Drug Funding Program, we identified all patients with pancreas cancer treated with palliative intent gemcitabine or FOLFIRINOX in Ontario during 2006-2014...
November 11, 2017: Clinical Oncology: a Journal of the Royal College of Radiologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134767/availability-and-approval-of-cannabis-based-medicines-for-chronic-pain-management-and-palliative-supportive-care-in-europe-a-survey-of-the-status-in-the-chapters-of-the-european-pain-federation
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N Krcevski-Skvarc, C Wells, W Häuser
BACKGROUND: There is considerable public and political interest in the use of cannabis products for medical purposes. METHODS: The task force of the European Pain Federation (EFIC) conducted a survey with its national chapters representatives on the status of approval of all types of cannabis-based medicines, the covering of costs and the availability of a position paper of a national medical association on the use of medical cannabis for chronic pain and for symptom control in palliative/supportive care...
November 13, 2017: European Journal of Pain: EJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132061/synchronous-peritoneal-metastases-of-small-bowel-adenocarcinoma-insights-into-an-underexposed-clinical-phenomenon
#18
Laura M Legué, Geert A Simkens, Geert-Jan M Creemers, Valery E P P Lemmens, Ignace H J T de Hingh
BACKGROUND: The aim of this population-based study was to provide insight into the incidence, risk factors and treatment-related survival of patients with peritoneal metastases (PM) of small bowel adenocarcinoma (SBA). METHODS: Data from the Netherlands Cancer Registry were used. All patients diagnosed with SBA between 2005 and 2014 were included. The influence of patient and tumour characteristics on the odds of developing PM was analysed. Subsequently, for all further analyses, patients without synchronous PM of SBA were excluded...
November 10, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130008/a-rare-association-of-autoimmune-hemolytic-anemia-with-gastric-adenocarcinoma
#19
Kavita Agrawal, Flores Alfonso
An 80-year-old male presented with dyspnea on exertion for at least two months. He also complained of progressive dysphagia and weight loss of 35 pounds over the last eight months. Initial blood tests showed hemoglobin of 6.1 g/dl, reticulocytes count of 19.7%, total bilirubin of 3.2 mg/dl, lactate dehydrogenase of 600 U/L, and haptoglobin of less than 8 mg/dl, and direct Coombs test was positive for warm immunoglobulin G. The impression was autoimmune hemolytic anemia (AIHA). The evaluation of dysphagia with esophagogastroduodenoscopy revealed a single irregular 4 cm malignant appearing ulcerated mass at the incisura angularis of the stomach...
2017: Case Reports in Oncological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129089/systemic-therapy-for-esophageal-cancer-chemotherapy
#20
Geoffrey Y Ku
As one-half of patients with esophagogastric cancer (EGC) present with metastatic disease and the majority of patients with locally advanced disease will eventually develop metastatic disease despite multimodality therapy, most patients will receive palliative chemotherapy at some point. The reference first-line regimen consists of a fluoropyrimidine/platinum combination, which is the standard in East Asia, where this disease is endemic. Options include infusional 5-fluorouracil (5-FU), capecitabine, S-1 and other oral 5-FU pro-drugs and cisplatin or oxaliplatin...
October 2017: Chinese Clinical Oncology
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