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Hidehiro Tajima, Mitsuyoshi Okazaki, Takahisa Yamaguchi, Yoshinao Ohbatake, Koichi Okamoto, Shinichi Nakanuma, Shiro Terai, Seisho Sakai, Jun Kinoshita, Isamu Makino, Keishi Nakamura, Hironori Hayashi, Katsunobu Oyama, Masafumi Inokuchi, Tomoharu Miyashita, Hiroyuki Takamura, Itasu Ninomiya, Sachio Fushida, Tetsuo Ohta
The prognosis of patients with unresectable or recurrent pancreatic cancers is very poor. Prior to development of nab-paclitaxel (PTX) plus gemcitabine (GEM) therapy and FOLFIRINOX therapy, there was no recommended third-line chemotherapy after 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) and GEM-based regimens. The present study conducted a Phase I clinical trial of weekly low-dose PTX as a third-line palliative chemotherapy for patients with pancreatic cancer. PTX was administered on days 1, 8, 15, and 22 of each cycle, repeated twice as follows: Level 1, 40 mg/m2 (n=6); Level 2, 50 mg/m2 (n=4)...
April 2018: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
Feng Wang, Xuquan Jing, Bo Liu, Xue Meng, Xindong Sun, Yongsheng Gao, Linlin Wang, Zheng Fu
Primary non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) of the vagina is uncommon. The present case study reports the case of a 54-year-old female with a palpable mass between the rectum and vagina. The patient presented with symptoms consistent with vaginal cancer but lacked any of the 'B' symptoms often associated with systemic lymphoma, including fever, weight loss, night sweats and fatigue. The mass was resected under anesthesia. Immunohistochemistry and biopsy confirmed diffuse large B-cell NHL (DLBCL). Following surgery, six cycles of chemotherapy with rituximab, cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine and prednisone were administered...
March 2018: Oncology Letters
Brigette Ma, Edwin P Hui, Ann King, Sing F Leung, Michael Km Kam, Frankie Mo, Leung Li, Ki Wang, Herbert Loong, Ashley Wong, Charles Ml Chan, K C Allen Chan, S C Cesar Wong, Y M Dennis Lo, Anthony Tc Chan
BACKGROUND: Plasma Epstein-Barr virus (pEBV) DNA and fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission (PET) reflect tumour burden in advanced NPC. This study hypothesised that a dual endpoint based on assessing pEBV DNA clearance and PET response could predict early drug response. METHODS: Eligible patients underwent a computed tomography (CT) scan and dual PET-CT at baseline, a PET-CT at 4 weeks, and then a CT scan at 10 weeks after starting palliative or induction chemotherapy...
March 20, 2018: British Journal of Cancer
Tetsuo Saito, Ryo Toya, Tomohiko Matsuyama, Satoshi Ninomura, Natsuo Oya
PURPOSE: As predictors of hematologic toxicity (HT) after palliative radiotherapy (RT) have been studied insufficiently, we explored predictors of leukopenia, neutropenia, and thrombocytopenia attributable to palliative RT. METHODS: We retrospectively assessed patients with various solid tumors who had received palliative RT at our institution. Excluded from our study were patients who had undergone chemotherapy from one month before to one month after the start of RT...
January 2018: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
Vassilis Kouloulias, Evridiki Patriki, Eftychia Mosa, Kalliopi Platoni, John Georgakopoulos, Anna Zygogianni, Maria Dilvoi, George Patatoukas, Christos Antypas, Christina Armpilia, Nikolaos Trogkanis, Eyfrosini Kypraiou, Stella Nikoloudi, George Giannakouras, Efstathios Efstathopoulos, Nikolaos Kelekis, John Kouvaris
PURPOSE: To evaluate in an observational way the clinical impact of a hypofractionated irradiation schedule in patients with unresectable non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). METHODS: Forty elderly patients (24 men/16 women) diagnosed with unresectable stage IIIb/IV NSCLC unfit for chemotherapy, were treated with once-a-week hypofractionation schedule. All patients had a poor performance status. A dose of 255 Gy in 3 weekly fractions was prescribed while a 3D conformal technique (3D-CRT) was used for irradiation...
January 2018: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
Hesham Mostafa Zakaria, Lara Massie, Azam Basheer, David Boyce-Fappiano, Erinma Elibe, Lonni Schultz, Ian Lee, Brent Griffith, Farzan Siddiqui, Victor Chang
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: The current standard of care for prediction of survival of cancer staging is based on TNM staging. However, for patients with spinal metastasis, who all have identical stage IV disease, identifying accurate prognostic markers of survival would allow better treatment stratification between more aggressive treatment strategies or palliation. Analytic morphometrics enables physicians to quantify patient frailty by measuring lean muscle mass. Morphometrics also predicts survival in patients with lung cancer metastases to the spine...
March 14, 2018: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
K Blouhos, K A Boulas, A Paraskeva, I Kariotis, N Barettas, A Hatzigeorgiadis
INTRODUCTION: Secondary pancreatic tumors are uncommon and account for 2-5% of pancreatic cancer. Tumors characterized most commonly with pancreatic involvement are lymphoma, renal cell and lung carcinomas. PRESENTATION OF CASE: A 76-year-old female patient with obstructive jaundice as the primary symptom and inguinal lymphadenopathy is presented. Imaging revealed a bulky solitary solid pancreatic head mass along with paraaortic and mesenteric lymphadenopathy. The absence of a previous history of malignancy and the presence of a dominant pancreatic mass along with distal lymphadenopathy confined differential diagnosis to advanced secondary pancreatic lymphoma, which is the most common secondary pancreatic tumor, and locally advanced/metastatic pancreatic adenocarcinoma...
March 7, 2018: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
Helena S Gouveia, Sílvia O Lopes, Ana Luísa Faria
Tumour lysis syndrome (TLS) is a rare oncological emergency in solid tumours. Because it is associated with bad short-term prognosis, early recognition and treatment are mandatory. This case refers to a middle-aged woman who presented with stage IV colon cancer, with massive hepatic involvement. After three cycles of first-line FOLFOX (folinic acid, 5-fluorouracil and oxaliplatin), she developed acute kidney injury and hyperkalaemia that did not respond to standard measures. High suspicion of TLS prompted further corroborating investigations and early intensive care unit admission...
March 15, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
Shu-Qiang Yuan, Run-Cong Nie, Yong-Ming Chen, Hai-Bo Qiu, Xiao-Ping Li, Xiao-Jiang Chen, Li-Pu Xu, Li-Fang Yang, Xiao-Wei Sun, Yuan-Fang Li, Zhi-Wei Zhou, Shi Chen, Ying-Bo Chen
The Glasgow Prognostic Score (GPS) has been shown to be associated with survival rates in patients with advanced cancer. The present study aimed to compare the GPS with the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group Performance Status (ECOG PS) in patients with gastric cancer with peritoneal seeding. For the investigation, a total of 384 gastric patients with peritoneal metastasis were retrospectively analyzed. Patients with elevated C-reactive protein (CRP; >10 mg/l) and hypoalbuminemia (<35 mg/l) were assigned a score of 2...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Vanessa Trieu, Harlan Pinto, Jonathan W Riess, Ruth Lira, Richard Luciano, Jessie Coty, Derek Boothroyd, A Dimitrios Colevas
LESSONS LEARNED: Chemotherapy for recurrent, metastatic squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck need not be known for extreme toxicity.The weekly regimen studied here has been demonstrated to be tolerable and effective. BACKGROUND: The objective of this study was to establish the response rate, progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS), and safety profile of weekly docetaxel, platinum, and cetuximab (TPC) in patients with relapsed or metastatic squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (SCCHN)...
March 14, 2018: Oncologist
Mary McGunigal, Ariel Pollock, John T Doucette, Jerry Liu, Manjeet Chadha, Tamara Kalir, Vishal Gupta
OBJECTIVES: Randomized trials have shown a local control benefit with adjuvant radiotherapy (RT) in high-intermediate-risk endometrial cancer patients, although not all such patients receive RT. We reviewed the National Cancer Data Base to investigate which patient/tumor-related factors are associated with delivery of adjuvant RT. METHODS: The National Cancer Data Base was queried for patients diagnosed with International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics 2009 stage I endometrioid adenocarcinoma from 1998 to 2012 who underwent surgery +/- adjuvant RT...
March 14, 2018: International Journal of Gynecological Cancer
Patrizia Ciammella, Giorgia Timon, Alessio Bruni, Davide Franceschini, Paolo Borghetti, Nicolò Giaj-Levra, Carlo Greco, Vieri Scotti, Marco Trovo
INTRODUCTION: Radiation therapy plays an important role in the management of SCLC both in curative and palliative setting, however, conflicting data from clinical trials incite debate over the appropriate use of radiation therapy regarding prophylactic cranial irradiation (PCI) and/or thoracic consolidative in extensive-stage SCLC (ES-SCLC). This survey is conducted to evaluate the current pattern of care among Italian radiation oncologists. METHODS: In June 2016, all Italian radiation oncologists were invited to a web-based survey...
March 13, 2018: La Radiologia Medica
Fabiola Fuchs, Martin Robausch
BACKGROUND: The topic of "medical oversupply at the end-of-life" is being discussed intensively internationally. The aim of this paper is to present the data of end-of-life care in one region in Austria (Lower Austria). METHODS: The data basis for the end-of-life indicators was the routine data (secondary data analysis) of the Lower Austrian District Health Insurance Fund (NÖGKK) from 2015. The basic population consisted of persons with inpatient hospitalization with a cancer diagnosis...
March 13, 2018: Wiener Medizinische Wochenschrift
Andrew J Benjamin, Mary M Buschmann, Shuang Qin Zhang, Kristen Wroblewski, Hedy L Kindler, Kevin K Roggin, William Dale
OBJECTIVE: Sarcopenia is associated with poor outcomes in patients undergoing surgery for pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC). However, few studies have assessed changes in sarcopenia during multimodality therapy or its effect on overall survival (OS). METHODS: Computed tomography (CT) total psoas area index (TPAI) and weighted average Hounsfield units (HU) were measured at each treatment interval in patients with resectable PDAC. Four cohorts were compared: 1...
March 10, 2018: Journal of Geriatric Oncology
M Stanik, A Poprach, D Macik, I Capak, D Maluskova, N Mareckova, R Lakomy, J Jarkovsky, J Dolezel
Patients with clinically node-positive bladder cancer have a poor prognosis, with many receiving only palliative chemo- therapy. We evaluated oncological results in bladder cancer patients with clinically regional and supraregional lymph- adenopathy treated with induction chemotherapy (IC) and consolidative cystectomy. Twenty-five patients with clinically node-positive bladder cancer (including pelvic and retroperitoneal nodes) were treated with 2-4 cycles of IC followed by consolidative cystectomy between 2010 and 2016...
2018: Neoplasma
S Dueland, A Foss, J M Solheim, M Hagness, P-D Line
BACKGROUND: Liver transplantation is considered the standard of care for patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) within the Milan criteria. Liver transplantation in patients with unresectable colorectal cancer with liver-only disease has been shown to be associated with a 5-year overall survival rate of 56 per cent, compared with 9 per cent in patients receiving standard palliative chemotherapy. The aim of the present study was to compare disease-free (DFS) and overall (OS) survival after liver transplantation in patients with HCC and those with colorectal metastases...
March 13, 2018: British Journal of Surgery
Taro Funakoshi, Takahiro Horimatsu, Michio Nakamura, Koichi Shiroshita, Koichi Suyama, Masashi Mukoyama, Takuro Mizukami, Tsutomu Sakurada, Eishi Baba, Kazuhiko Tsuruya, Akira Nozaki, Kensei Yahata, Yukinori Ozaki, Yoshifumi Ubara, Hisateru Yasui, Akihiro Yoshimoto, Shingo Fukuma, Naoya Kondo, Takeshi Matsubara, Kazuo Matsubara, Shunichi Fukuhara, Motoko Yanagita, Manabu Muto
Background: Cancer is a major cause of death in patients undergoing haemodialysis. However, information about the actual clinical practice of chemotherapy for patients with cancer undergoing haemodialysis is lacking. We conducted a nationwide survey using questionnaires on the clinical practice of chemotherapy for such patients. Patients and methods: The nationwide survey included patients undergoing haemodialysis who were subsequently diagnosed with cancer in 20 hospitals in Japan from January 2010 to December 2012...
2018: ESMO Open
Zhe Zhang, Meng-Lei Chen, Xiao-Li Gu, Ming-Hui Liu, Wei-Wei Zhao, Wen-Wu Cheng
BACKGROUND: Although palliative chemotherapy during end-of-life (EOL) care is used to relieve symptoms in patients with metastatic cancer, chemotherapy may lead to more aggressive EOL care. We evaluated the use of and variables associated with chemotherapy at EOL. METHODS: This study included data from patients who died from advanced cancer and underwent palliative chemotherapy between April 2007 and May 2017 at the Department of Palliative Care of Fudan University, Shanghai Cancer Center...
January 1, 2018: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
Katsunori Matsueda, Tatsuya Toyokawa, Masahiro Sakata, Isao Fujita, Jouichiro Horii
This case report refers to a 31-year-old patient with an 11-year history of Crohn's disease. The patient presented with an edematous elevated lesion in the splenic flexure. Two histological analyses revealed no signs of obvious dysplasia, and the patient subsequently began infliximab treatment. Nine months later, a worsening of the stricture of the edematous elevated lesion was observed in the splenic flexure, and transverse colonic resection was performed. A histological investigation of the lesion in the splenic flexure revealed advanced adenocarcinoma...
March 9, 2018: Internal Medicine
Lionel Kankeu Fonkoua, Nelson S Yee
Palliative chemotherapy is the mainstay of treatment of advanced gastric carcinoma (GC). Monoclonal antibodies including trastuzumab, ramucirumab, and pembrolizumab have been shown to provide additional benefits. However, the clinical outcomes are often unpredictable and they can vary widely among patients. Currently, no biomarker is available for predicting treatment response in the individual patient except human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) amplification and programmed death-ligand 1 (PD-L1) expression for effectiveness of trastuzumab and pembrolizumab, respectively...
March 9, 2018: Biomedicines
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