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chemotherapy and quality of life

Xavier Thomas, Caroline Le Jeune
Advances in acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) therapy has led to long-term survival rates in children. However, only 30%-40% of adults achieve long-term disease-free survival. After relapse, the outcome of salvage chemotherapy is very disappointing with less than 10% of long survival. Novel agents are therefore desperately required to improve response rates and survival, but also the quality of life of patients. Areas covered. The following review is a comprehensive summary of various novel options reported over the past few years in the therapeutic area of adult ALL...
October 19, 2016: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
P Fabbrini, K Finkel, M Gallieni, G Capasso, M Cavo, A Santoro, S Pasquali
Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a frequent complication of multiple myeloma and is associated with increased short-term mortality. Additionally, even a single episode of AKI can eventually lead to end-stage renal disease (ESRD), significantly reducing quality of life and long-term survival. In the setting of multiple myeloma, severe AKI (requiring dialysis) is typically secondary to cast nephropathy (CN). Renal injury in CN is due to intratubular obstruction from precipitation of monoclonal serum free light chains (sFLC) as well as direct tubular toxicity of sFLC via stimulation of nuclear factor (NF)κB inflammatory pathways...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Nephrology
Saverio Cinieri, Arlene Chan, Kadri Altundag, An Vandebroek, Nicole Tubiana-Mathieu, Agusti Barnadas, Patricia Dodyk, Silvia Lazzarelli, Michiel Botha, Daniel Rauch, Gustavo Villanova, Ugur Coskun
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of 3 first-line chemotherapy combination regimens for HER2-negative metastatic breast cancer (mBC). PATIENTS AND METHODS: In this open-label, 3-arm, randomized phase II trial, patients were randomized to all-oral NORCAP (vinorelbine/capecitabine), GEMPAC (gemcitabine/paclitaxel), or GEMDOC (gemcitabine/docetaxel) as first-line chemotherapy for HER2-negative mBC. Stratification factors were center, previous (neo)adjuvant anthracycline, and age...
June 25, 2016: Clinical Breast Cancer
Felice N van Erning, Maryska L G Janssen-Heijnen, Johannes A Wegdam, Gerrit D Slooter, Jan H Wijsman, Art Vreugenhil, Tonneke A J M Beijers, Lonneke V van de Poll-Franse, Valery E P P Lemmens
INTRODUCTION: Among the elderly, the impairment of functional capacities due to neuropathy can have a significant impact. The aim of the present study was to investigate the course of neuropathic symptoms among elderly patients with stage III colon cancer treated with CAPOX (capecitabine, oxaliplatin), capecitabine monotherapy, or no adjuvant chemotherapy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The Netherlands Cancer Registry was used to select patients with stage III colon cancer and aged ≥ 70 years...
September 17, 2016: Clinical Colorectal Cancer
G F Medley, H C Turner, R F Baggaley, C Holland, T D Hollingsworth
Diagnostics play a crucial role in determining treatment protocols and evaluating success of mass drug administration (MDA) programmes used to control soil-transmitted helminths (STHs). The current diagnostic, Kato-Katz, relies on inexpensive, reusable materials and can be used in the field, but only trained microscopists can read slides. This diagnostic always underestimates the true prevalence of infection, and the accuracy worsens as the true prevalence falls. We investigate how more sensitive diagnostics would impact on the management and life cycle of MDA programmes, including number of mass treatment rounds, health impact, number of unnecessary treatments and probability of elimination...
2016: Advances in Parasitology
Heung Yong Jin, Na Young Lee, Hyun A Ko, Kyung Ae Lee, Tae Sun Park
Although diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) and chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) are different disease entities, they share similar neuropathic symptoms that impede quality of life for these patients. Despite having very similar downstream effects, there have been no direct comparisons between DPN and CIPN with respect to symptom severity and therapeutic responses. We compared peripheral nerve damage due to hyperglycemia with that caused by paclitaxel (PAC) treatment as represented by biochemical parameters, diverse sensory tests, and immunohistochemistry of cutaneous and sciatic nerves...
October 18, 2016: Somatosensory & Motor Research
Jacqueline R Kelly, Zain A Husain, Barbara Burtness
Increasingly, squamous cell carcinoma of the oropharynx (OPSCC) is attributable to transformation resulting from high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. Such cancers are significantly more responsive to treatment than traditional tobacco- and alcohol-associated squamous cell cancers of the head and neck. Conventional management with definitive chemoradiation, surgery and adjuvant radiation, or radiation given with altered fractionation schemes, while effective, incurs long-term morbidity that escalates with treatment intensity and significantly impairs quality of life...
October 15, 2016: European Journal of Cancer
Alessia Pepe, Fausto Pizzino, Paola Gargiulo, Pasquale Perrone-Filardi, Christian Cadeddu, Donato Mele, Ines Monte, Giuseppina Novo, Concetta Zito, Gianluca Di Bella
Chemotherapy-induced cardiotoxicity (CTX) is a determining factor for the quality of life and mortality of patients administered potentially cardiotoxic drugs and in long-term cancer survivors. Therefore, prevention and early detection of CTX are highly desirable, as is the exploration of alternative therapeutic strategies and/or the proposal of potentially cardioprotective treatments. In recent years, cardiovascular imaging has acquired a pivotal role in this setting. Although echocardiography remains the diagnostic method most used to monitor cancer patients, the need for more reliable, reproducible and accurate detection of early chemotherapy-induced CTX has encouraged the introduction of second-line advanced imaging modalities, such as cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) and nuclear techniques, into the clinical setting...
May 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
Irina A Tikhonova, Martin W Hoyle, Tristan M Snowsill, Chris Cooper, Joanna L Varley-Campbell, Claudius E Rudin, Ruben E Mujica Mota
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) invited the manufacturer of azacitidine (Celgene) to submit evidence for the clinical and cost effectiveness of this drug for the treatment of acute myeloid leukaemia with more than 30 % bone marrow blasts in adults who are not eligible for haematopoietic stem cell transplantation, as part of the NICE's Single Technology Appraisal process. The Peninsula Technology Assessment Group was commissioned to act as the Evidence Review Group (ERG). The ERG produced a critical review of the evidence contained within the company's submission to NICE...
October 17, 2016: PharmacoEconomics
Bang Wool Eom, Young-Woo Kim, Byung-Ho Nam, Keun Won Ryu, Hyun-Yong Jeong, Young-Kyu Park, Young-Joon Lee, Han-Kwang Yang, Wansik Yu, Jeong-Hwan Yook, Geun Am Song, Sei-Jin Youn, Heung Up Kim, Sung-Hoon Noh, Sung Bae Park, Doo-Hyun Yang, Sung Kim
PURPOSE: This study aimed to establish a large-scale database of patients with gastric cancer to facilitate the development of a national-cancer management system and a comprehensive cancer control policy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: An observational prospective cohort study on gastric cancer was initiated in 2010. A total of 14 cancer centers throughout the country and 152 researchers were involved in this study. Patient enrollment began in January 2011, and data regarding clinicopathological characteristics, life style-related factors, quality of life, as well as diet diaries were collected...
September 2016: Journal of Gastric Cancer
Carmine Pinto, Francesca Di Fabio, Gerardo Rosati, Ivan R Lolli, Enzo M Ruggeri, Libero Ciuffreda, Daris Ferrari, Giovanni Lo Re, Giovanni Rosti, Paolo Tralongo, Raimondo Ferrara, Oscar Alabiso, Silvana Chiara, Giovanni P Ianniello, Antonio Frassoldati, Domenico Bilancia, Giovanna A Campanella, Carlo Signorelli, Patrizia Racca, Elena Benincasa, Maria Elena Stroppolo, Francesco Di Costanzo
Cetuximab improves efficacy when added to chemotherapy for metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC). Effective management of skin reactions from cetuximab improves quality of life (QoL), and treatment compliance in clinical trials. No data are available from real-world settings. The ObservEr observational, multicenter, prospective study evaluated QoL, the incidence of skin reactions, and management of chemotherapy plus cetuximab in first-line for mCRC. The primary endpoint was QoL measured with the Dermatology Life Quality Index (DLQI) and EORTC QLQ-C30...
October 17, 2016: Cancer Medicine
Rebecca Krochmal, Chakravarthy Reddy, Lonny Yarmus, Neeraj R Desai, David Feller-Kopman, Hans J Lee
BACKGROUND: Malignant pleural effusions (MPEs) represent advanced stage disease with potentially significant patient discomfort due to dyspnea. Palliative management options include repetitive thoracenteses, placement of a tunneled pleural catheter (TPC), chemical pleurodesis, or some combination of these procedures. The rapid pleurodesis procedure combines thoracoscopic talc pleurodesis and insertion of a TPC at the same time with the goals of reducing both the length of hospitalization and the duration of catheter use...
September 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
Gustavo Dos Santos Fernandes, Luiza D Batista Bugiato Faria, Isadora de Assis Pereira, Natália C Moreira Neves, Yasmine Oliveira Vieira, Alessandro I Cavalcanti Leal
Gastric metastasis is rare but it can be the initial symptom of cancer. The second leading cause of this type of metastasis is breast cancer. A lack of clinical signs and nonspecific side effects of the treatment of primary tumors can lead to the misdiagnosis of metastatic gastric cancer. Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy with biopsy and immunohistochemistry should be used for diagnosis. Treatment is palliative; it includes chemo, endocrine, and radiation therapies. Four patients with breast cancer and gastric metastasis were identified...
September 5, 2016: Rare Tumors
Rebecca B Goody, Helen MacKay, Bethany Pitcher, Amit Oza, Lillian L Siu, John Kim, Rebecca K S Wong, Eric Chen, Carol Swallow, Jennifer Knox, Zahra Kassam, Bernard Cummings, Ron Feld, David Hedley, Geoffrey Liu, Monika K Krzyzanowska, Robert Dinniwell, Anthony M Brade, Laura A Dawson, Melania Pintilie, Jolie Ringash
PURPOSE: Locoregional recurrence is common after surgery for gastric cancer. Adjuvant therapy improves outcomes but with toxicity. This phase 1/2 study investigated infusional 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) in combination with biweekly cisplatin delivered concurrently with image guided high-precision radiation therapy. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Eligible patients had completely resected stage IB to IV (Union for International Cancer Control TNM 6th edition) nonmetastatic gastric adenocarcinoma...
August 31, 2016: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
Chengyu Wang, Yin Cheng, Hongyi Liu, Yaping Xu, Hu Peng, Juntian Lang, Jianchun Liao, Haibin Liu, Huanhai Liu, Jingping Fan
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Nasopharyngeal cancer (NPC) is one of the common human malignant diseases all over the world, and chemotherapy remains the main therapy for NPC. However, the survival and life quality of NPC patients are still very poor. Thus, novel and selective anti-tumor agents are pressingly needed. Our previous study identified pectolinarigenin as a novel effective anti-tumor drug candidate for NPC. In this study, we further investigated its anti-tumor activities and explored the potential molecular mechanism...
October 17, 2016: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Georg Dimcevski, Spiros Kotopoulis, Tormod Bjånes, Dag Hoem, Jan Schjøt, Bjørn Tore Gjertsen, Martin Biermann, Anders Molven, Halfdan Sorbye, Emmet McCormack, Michiel Postema, Odd Helge Gilja
BACKGROUND: The primary aim of our study was to evaluate the safety and potential toxicity of gemcitabine combined with microbubbles under sonication in inoperable pancreatic cancer patients. The secondary aim was to evaluate a novel image-guided microbubble-based therapy, based on commercially available technology, towards improving chemotherapeutic efficacy, preserving patient performance status, and prolonging survival. METHODS: Ten patients were enrolled and treated in this Phase I clinical trial...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
Martine Extermann, Christiaan Leeuwenburgh, Laila Samiian, Marina Sehovic, Jinze Xu, Christopher Cubitt, Paul B Jacobsen, Marco Pahor, Stephen R Grobmyer, Todd M Manini
OBJECTIVE: Chemotherapy is less often prescribed in older individuals due to concerns about post-treatment morbidity and quality of life. We evaluated the physical performance of breast cancer survivors treated with and without adjuvant chemotherapy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We conducted a case-control study in 56 estrogen receptor positive breast cancer survivors (BCS) on adjuvant aromatase inhibitors 1-2years after definitive surgery. Cases had received adjuvant chemotherapy (n=27; age 70...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Geriatric Oncology
Tarek Assi, Elie El Rassy, Tony Ibrahim, Tania Moussa, Aline Tohme, Fadi El Karak, Fadi Farhat, Salma Faddoul, Marwan Ghosn, Joseph Kattan
INTRODUCTION: One major health care issue encountered in elderly cancer patients is the alteration of the quality of life. The purpose of our study is to evaluate the administration of chemotherapy in the last month of life (CLML) and to evaluate the impact of the palliative care consult (PCC) in the elderly patients. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective observational study that included elderly patients diagnosed with an end-stage cancer and who were deceased between the 1st of January 2012 and the 31st of December 2015...
October 13, 2016: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
Honglei Tu, Bo Lei, Shan Meng, Hailing Liu, Yongchang Wei, Aili He, Wanggang Zhang, Fuling Zhou
We assessed the clinical effectiveness and safety of CKI (compound Kushen injection) plus standard induction chemotherapy for treating adult acute leukemia (AL). We randomly assigned 332 patients with newly diagnosed AL to control (n = 165, receiving DA (daunorubicin and cytarabine) or hyper-CVAD (fractionated cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and dexamethasone)) or treatment (n = 167, receiving CKI and DA or hyper-CVAD) groups. Posttreatment, treatment group CD3+, CD4+, CD4+/CD8+, natural killer (NK) cell, and immunoglobulin (IgG, IgA, and IgM) levels were significantly higher than those of the control group (p < 0...
2016: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
Benjamin Sueur, Olivier Pellerin, Thibault Voron, Anne L Pointet, Julien Taieb, Simon Pernot
The objective of the treatment of colorectal cancer patients with unresectable liver metastases should be clearly defined at the outset. Potentially resectable patients should be distinguished from clearly unresectable patients. In defining resectability, it is important to take into account both anatomic characteristics and patient characteristic (comorbidities, symptoms, age). According to this evaluation, treatment should be tailored to each patient. The most widely accepted standard is doublet cytotoxic regimen plus biotherapy (anti-EGFR or anti- VEGF antibodies according to RAS status, but some patients could benefit from an intensified regimen, as triplet chemotherapy +/- bevacizumab, or intraarterial treatments (hepatic arterial infusion, radioembolization or chemoembolization), in order to allow resectability...
October 12, 2016: Minerva Chirurgica
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