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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918909/progesterone-analogues-reduce-plasma-epstein-barr-virus-dna-load-and-improve-pain-control-in-recurrent-metastatic-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma-patients-under-supportive-care
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Chia-Yen Hung, Tung-Liang Lin, Yung-Chia Kuo, Chia-Hsun Hsieh, Hung-Ming Wang, Cheng-Lung Hsu
BACKGROUND: Progesterone analogues, such as megestrol acetate (MA) and medroxyprogesterone (MPA), have been used for the palliative care of cancer cachexia for decades and have proven to increase body weight and improve quality of life and performance status. The objective of this study was to determine the effect of progesterone analogue use on quality of life in terms of pain control, performance status, body weight gain, and Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) DNA load in recurrent/metastatic nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) patients...
August 2017: Biomedical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917648/challenges-of-conducting-a-prospective-clinical-trial-for-older-patients-lessons-learned-from-ncctg-n0949-alliance
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Nadine J McCleary, Joleen Hubbard, Michelle R Mahoney, Jeffrey A Meyerhardt, Daniel Sargent, Alan Venook, Axel Grothey
OBJECTIVES: While the risk of developing colorectal cancer increases with age, there are limited prospective data regarding best treatment in the older adult population. We launched a phase III trial to evaluate difference in treatment outcome for older adults (aged ≥70years) with advanced colorectal cancer. Here we review the challenges faced and reasons for poor accrual to N0949. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We describe the conceptualization, development and limited results of N0949, a randomized phase III study of fluoropyrimidine/bevacizumab with or without oxaliplatin (mFOLFOX7 or XELOX) as first line chemotherapy for metastatic colorectal cancer...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Geriatric Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915886/prognostic-factors-in-patients-with-loco-regionally-advanced-gastric-cancer
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Bo Hultman, Ulf Gunnarsson, Peter Nygren, Magnus Sundbom, Bengt Glimelius, Haile Mahteme
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to investigate epidemiologic and prognostic factors relevant to the treatment of loco-regionally advanced gastric cancer (GC). METHODS: Two hundred and fifty-five patients with GC were identified in Uppsala County between 2000 and 2009. Patient records were analyzed for loco-regionally advanced GC defined as tumor with peritoneal involvement, excluding serosal invasion from the primary tumor only, at primary diagnosis or during follow-up...
September 15, 2017: World Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915584/a-phase-1-dose-escalation-study-of-the-oral-histone-deacetylase-inhibitor-abexinostat-in-combination-with-standard-hypofractionated-radiotherapy-in-advanced-solid-tumors
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Eric Deutsch, Elizabeth Cohen-Jonathan Moyal, Vanesa Gregorc, Paolo Andrea Zucali, Jean Menard, Jean-Charles Soria, Ioana Kloos, Jeff Hsu, Ying Luan, Emily Liu, Remus Vezan, Thorsten Graef, Sofia Rivera
Current treatments for advanced solid tumors tend to be only palliative. Although radiotherapy is administered with a curative intent, radioresistance and dose-limiting toxicities pose limitations to treatment. Abexinostat, an oral pan-histone deacetylase inhibitor, demonstrated enhanced sensitivity to radiation in various solid tumor cell lines. We conducted an exploratory, phase 1, dose-escalation study of abexinostat in combination with standard hypofractionated radiotherapy in patients with advanced solid tumors treated in a palliative setting...
August 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911342/efficacy-and-safety-of-transcatheter-arterial-chemoembolization-and-transcatheter-arterial-chemotherapy-infusion-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Xinyang Liu, Zhichao Wang, Zongwei Chen, Longzi Liu, Lijie Ma, Liangqing Dong, Zhao Zhang, Shu Zhang, Liuxiao Yang, Jieyi Shi, Jia Fan, Xiaoying Wang, Qiang Gao
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a worldwide health threat with increasing incidence and high mortality rate. Most HCCpatients are diagnosed at an advanced stage, and are unable to undergo potential curative surgery. Transcatheter arterial chemoembolization (TACE) and transcatheter arterial chemotherapy infusion (TACI) are two main palliative treatments for advanced HCC patients. The clinical efficacy and safety of TACE and TACI are controversial. For this reason, we conducted the current systematic review and meta-analysis to summarize current evidence...
September 14, 2017: Oncology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903837/impact-of-different-treatment-modalities-on-the-outcome-of-pancreatic-cancer
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Misbah Khan, Muhammad Ijaz Ashraf, Aamir Ali Syed, Faisal Hanif
OBJECTIVE: To analyze overall survival patterns of our pancreatic cancer patient population managed with a curative or palliative intent. STUDY DESIGN: Analytical study. PLACE AND DURATION OF STUDY: Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre, Lahore, from January 2000 till February 2015. METHODOLOGY: Aretrospective review of the data of all of our pancreatic cancer patients was performed, using the hospital information system...
August 2017: Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons—Pakistan: JCPSP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900996/-clinicopathologic-characteristics-and-prognosis-of-gastric-hepatoid-adenocarcinoma
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Rongfei Zhao, Xinxin Wang, Xin Lan, Mingsen Li
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the clinicopathological characteristics, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis of gastric hepatoid adenocarcinoma(HAS). METHODS: Retrospective analysis of clinicopathological data of 24 cases with gastric HAS diagnosed by surgery and pathology in Chinese PLA General Hospital from January 2013 to May 2016 were carried out. All the patients underwent preoperative serum alpha fetoprotein (AFP), carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA), endoscopy and imaging examination (CT or B-mode ultrasonography), and those with elevated AFP were excluded from liver cancer, cirrhosis, endodermal sinus tumor and other diseases...
September 25, 2017: Zhonghua Wei Chang Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900499/profiling-chemotherapy-associated-myelotoxicity-among-chinese-gastric-cancer-population-receiving-cytotoxic-conventional-regimens-epidemiological-features-timing-predictors-and-clinical-impacts
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Ci Zhu, Yan Wang, Xicheng Wang, Chunmei Bai, Dan Su, Bing Cao, Jianming Xu
Objectives: We aim to evaluate the epidemiological features, timing, predictors and clinical impacts of chemotherapy-associated myelotoxicity in Chinese gastric cancer population receiving six established cytotoxic conventional regimens (CF/XP, EC(O)F/EC(O)X, DC(O)F/DC(O)X, PC(O)F/PC(O)X, FOLFOX4, or mFOLFOX7/XELOX). Patients and methods: A 4-year multicenter, prospective, observational study was conducted in multiple hospitals/institutes spanning three major regions in China. A total of 1,285 patients with gastric cancer, treated with six selected regimens between 2010 and 2014 were included...
2017: Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900339/metastatic-primary-angiosarcoma-of-the-breast-can-we-tame-it-the-metronomic-way
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Raja Pramanik, Ajay Gogia, Prabhat Singh Malik, Ramana Gogi
Primary angiosarcoma of the breast is a highly aggressive but rare malignant neoplasm. Palliative chemotherapy with different agents and combinations has been tried in the metastatic setting with poor results. We present the case of a young woman with this disease describing her aggressive course. We used a metronomic combination of oral drugs due to her poor general condition and achieved disease stabilization although not durable.
April 2017: Indian Journal of Medical and Paediatric Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893026/superior-vena-cava-as-gateway-to-heart-metastatic-breast-carcinoma-causing-ball-in-a-loop-metastasis-to-right-atrium
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Harpreet Singh Sandhu, Sampath Kumar Mahadevappa Mahendrakar, Sulaiman Sadruddin Ladhani, Azizullah Hafizullah Khan, Yunus Shafi Loya
Breast carcinoma is the most common invasive cancer in women worldwide. It metastasizes commonly to bone, lungs, regional lymph nodes and brain. Cardiac metastasis of lung and breast cancers is a known but rare complication of advanced disease with tumour metastasising to pericardium via the locoregional lymphatic system. Here we present a case of 59-year-old female presenting with right upper limb oedema, facial puffiness and features of Superior Vena Cava (SVC) syndrome 15 years after mastectomy and adjuvant chemotherapy, radiotherapy for carcinoma of the right breast...
July 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892215/living-with-life-prolonging-chemotherapy-control-and-meaning-making-in-the-tension-between-life-and-death
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K Kvåle, O Synnes
Chemotherapy, radiotherapy, hormone therapy and immune therapy have made many cancers chronic, potential curable diseases rather than inevitably fatal, but the treatments are often both mentally and physically stressful even if the side effects varies. The right use of palliative chemotherapy is a complex issue and there are many aspects to take into consideration. The aim of the study was to gain insight into the illness narratives of cancer patients, from the day they suspected that something was wrong up to the present day where they are living with incurable cancer, undergoing life-prolonging chemotherapy...
September 11, 2017: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28890822/utilization-and-trends-in-palliative-therapy-for-stage-iv-pancreatic-adenocarcinoma-patients-a-u-s-population-based-study
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Audrey S Kulaylat, Katelin A Mirkin, Christopher S Hollenbeak, Joyce Wong
BACKGROUND: Pancreatic adenocarcinoma is an aggressive malignancy, with most patients diagnosed with advanced or metastatic disease. Palliative therapies comprise an important, but underutilized, aspect of care. This aim of this study was to characterize the trends, factors, and outcomes associated with utilization of palliative therapies. METHODS: Patients with stage IV pancreatic adenocarcinoma from the 2003-2011 U.S. National Cancer Database were identified and stratified by receipt of palliative therapy...
August 2017: Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28890815/the-role-of-neoadjuvant-radiotherapy-for-locally-advanced-rectal-cancer-with-resectable-synchronous-metastasis
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Croix C Fossum, Jasim Y Alabbad, Lindsay B Romak, Christopher L Hallemeier, Michael G Haddock, Marianne Huebner, Eric J Dozois, David W Larson
BACKGROUND: Although neoadjuvant radiotherapy is typically administered for locally-advanced rectal cancer to reduce local recurrence (LR), its role for patients who present with synchronous resectable liver and/or lung metastasis is not well defined. The aim of this study was to evaluate the role of neoadjuvant radiotherapy for patients with stage IV rectal cancer undergoing curative-intent surgery. METHODS: This study is a retrospective review of a prospectively maintained surgical registry of all consecutive adult patients who underwent curative-intent resection at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, from January 1990 until December 2014 with a median follow-up time of 43 (IQR 16-67) months...
August 2017: Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28890671/current-management-of-peritoneal-carcinomatosis-from-colorectal-cancer-the-role-of-cytoreductive-surgery-and-hyperthermic-peritoneal-chemoperfusion
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Ibrahim Nassour, Patricio M Polanco
Peritoneal carcinomatosis (PC) from colorectal cancer (CRC) is a disease with a poor prognosis, often thought to be a terminal illness with no hope except for palliative treatment. New therapeutic modalities combining cytoreductive surgery (CRS) and hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) have shown favorable outcomes and may provide a significant survival benefit in a selected group of patients. The main rational for CRS is to remove all visible tumor burden to allow for the chemotherapeutic agent (HIPEC) to eradicate any microscopic residual disease...
April 2017: Current Colorectal Cancer Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28888554/how-to-treat-pancreatic-adenocarcinoma-in-elderly-how-far-can-we-go-in-2017
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REVIEW
Marine Gilabert, Jean Luc Raoul, Frederique Rousseau
Pancreatic adenocarcinoma is one of the most fatal cancers that frequently affects older patients. Limited data suggest that older patients are as likely to benefit from surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy as younger patients. The only potentially curative approach for pancreatic cancer is surgery but this is only performed in less than 20% of patients considered resectable. With improvements in surgical techniques, older patients without major comorbidities show a course of disease after resection similar to that of younger patients...
September 6, 2017: Journal of Geriatric Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886134/clinical-utility-of-the-modified-glasgow-prognostic-score-in-lung-cancer-a-meta-analysis
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Jing Jin, Kejia Hu, Yongzhao Zhou, Weimin Li
OBJECTIVE: To perform a meta-analysis of prospective and retrospective studies exploring the association of the modified Glasgow prognostic score (mGPS) with overall survival (OS) in patients with lung cancer. METHODS: Relevant studies were identified by searching the Cochrane Library, Web of Science, Embase and PubMed until April 16, 2017. We combined hazard ratios (HRs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) to assess the correlation between mGPS and OS in patients with lung cancer...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28875882/osteosarcoma-patient-outcomes-at-a-south-african-tertiary-hospital
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L Lisenda, Z A Linda, F P J Snyman, R D Kyte, M Lukhele
BACKGROUND: Osteosarcoma is the most common primary malignant bone tumour. There is a high incidence of late presentation in the developing world, posing additional challenges in the treatment of this aggressive disease. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate clinical outcomes of patients with osteosarcoma at Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital (CMJAH), a tertiary hospital in South Africa, and compare these with similar studies in the developing world. METHODS: This was a retrospective study of 61 patients treated at CMJAH between 2007 and 2011, with a minimum follow-up of 1...
August 25, 2017: South African Medical Journal, Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28874892/treatment-patterns-and-trends-in-patients-dying-of-prostate-cancer-in-quebec-a-population-based-study
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A Dragomir, J Rocha, M Vanhuyse, F L Cury, W Kassouf, J Hu, A G Aprikian
INTRODUCTION: Since just after the year 2000 in Quebec, the management of metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mcrpc) has evolved considerably, with the inclusion of docetaxel-based chemotherapy, bone-targeted therapies (zoledronic acid and denosumab), and more recently, abiraterone, enzalutamide, and cabazitaxel for docetaxel-refractory patients. In the present study, we aimed to analyze contemporary mcrpc management patterns and therapy utilization trends in Quebec. METHODS: The study cohort consisted of patients dying of prostate cancer (pca) between January 2001 and December 2013, selected from Quebec public health care insurance databases...
August 2017: Current Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28874619/surgical-management-of-primary-and-recurrent-carcinoma-showing-thymous-like-elements-castle
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Federico Attene, Ilia Patrizia Pisano, Carlo Pala, Antonio Marrosu, Corrado Bozzo, Fabrizio Scognamillo
INTRODUCTION: Carcinoma showing thymous-like elements (CASTLE) is a rare tumor with only a few cases described in the scientific literature. The aim of the present review is to analyze the data available on the therapeutic options employed in CASTLE tumors and to outline the best surgical management to adopt. MATERIALS AND METHODS: English-language articles published from 1985 through November 2016, and related to CASTLE cases were retrieved using the Pubmed database and specific key-words...
2017: Annali Italiani di Chirurgia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28871275/radiation-treatment-in-women-with-ovarian-cancer-past-present-and-future
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REVIEW
Emma C Fields, William P McGuire, Lilie Lin, Sarah M Temkin
Ovarian cancer is the most lethal of the gynecologic cancers, with 5-year survival rates less than 50%. Most women present with advanced stage disease as the pattern of spread is typically with dissemination of malignancy throughout the peritoneal cavity prior to development of any symptoms. Prior to the advent of platinum-based chemotherapy, radiotherapy was used as adjuvant therapy to sterilize micrometastatic disease. The evolution of radiotherapy is detailed in this review, which establishes radiotherapy as an effective therapy for women with micrometastatic disease in the peritoneal cavity after surgery, ovarian clear cell carcinoma, focal metastatic disease, and for palliation of advanced disease...
2017: Frontiers in Oncology
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