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Germ cell cancer

I Nikas, A Hapfelmeier, M Mollenhauer, D Angermeier, M Bettstetter, R Götz, M Schmidmayr, V Seifert-Klauss, A Muckenhuber, U Schenck, Gregor Weirich
Pathogenic microbes may colonize the female genital tract via sexual transmission and cause health issues like inflammation or malignancy, summarized as sexually transmitted disease (STD). A major representative of such pathogens is Trichomonas vaginalis (T.v.), whose role in the etiology of cervical cancer remains elusive. Traditional morphologic screening of cervical smears is able to detect T.v., although its identification may be complicated by look-alikes such as degenerated granulocytes and basal cells...
March 17, 2018: Parasitology Research
Meghan Mastrangelo
BACKGROUND: Cisplatin-based chemotherapy regimens are the backbone of chemotherapy for germ cell testicular cancer. Cisplatin is administered for five days, causing an overlap of acute and delayed chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV). Although CINV is widely researched, studies involving multiday chemotherapy regimens are limited. OBJECTIVES: This article synthesizes the research in antiemetics used in multiday cisplatin-based chemotherapy regimens and provides recommendations to optimize antiemetic therapy...
April 1, 2018: Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing
Anna Hartmann Schmidt, Morten Høyer, Bent Frode Skov Jensen, Mads Agerbaek
BACKGROUND: Resection of residual masses after chemotherapy plays a crucial role in management of patients with germ cell tumours (GCTs). The extent of surgery is controversial and we present the experiences from Aarhus University Hospital over a 20-year period. The aim was to evaluate survival, complications, working ability and quality of life (QOL) following a limited surgical procedure performed to resect residual masses in non-seminomatous testicular cancer patients after chemotherapy...
March 14, 2018: Acta Oncologica
Sumeya A Kheiri, Abdelillah Kunna, Ali Yousif Babiker, Sultan A Alsuhaibani, Rami Yousif Ahmed, Mohamed Alkhatim Alsammani
INTRODUCTION: Ovarian cancer is the cause of a high case-fatality ratio, and most of the cases are diagnosed in late stages. OBJECTIVES: To determine the histopathological types, age distribution, and ovarian tumour stages among diagnosed with ovarian cancer at Al - Amal Tower a multi-referral polyclinic of Radiology & Isotope Center Khartoum (RICK), Sudan. METHODS: All histopathology reports patients' case from January to June 2015 were reviewed...
February 15, 2018: Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences
Ewa Rajpert-De Meyts, Rolf I Skotheim
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March 9, 2018: European Urology
Weijun Liang, Liuying Song, Zheng Peng, Yan Zou, Shengming Dai
BACKGROUND: A number of studies have investigated the association between androgenic alopecia (AGA) and cancer risk, but they have yielded inconsistent results. Therefore, this study was conducted to explore this controversial subject. METHODS: A literature database search was performed according to predefined criteria. An odds ratio (OR) or a hazard ratio (HR) with 95% confidence intervals (CIs) was retained to evaluate the relationship between the incidence of cancer or cancer-specific mortality and categories of AGA...
March 12, 2018: BMC Cancer
Nicola Nicolai, Davide Biasoni, Mario A Catanzaro, Maurizio Colecchia, Annalisa Trama
Germ-cell tumours (GCT) of the testis and penile squamous cell carcinoma (PeSCC) are a rare and a very rare uro-genital cancers, respectively. Both tumours are well defined entities in terms of management, where specific recommendations - in the form of continuously up-to-dated guide lines-are provided. Impact of these tumour is relevant. Testicular GCT affects young, healthy men at the beginning of their adult life. PeSCC affects older men, but a proportion of these patients are young and the personal consequences of the disease may be devastating...
February 14, 2018: European Journal of Surgical Oncology
Christoph Oing, Christoph Seidel, Carsten Bokemeyer
Most germ cell cancer patients with metastatic disease are cured by cisplatin-based combination chemotherapy. 30% of metastatic patients will develop relapse or progress despite adequate first-line treatment and will require salvage therapy, with about 10% of metastasized patients ultimately developing platinum-resistant and fatal disease. Areas covered: Based on a comprehensive literature search of MEDLINE, EMBASE and conference proceedings of ESMO, ASCO and EAU meetings, this review provides an overview on current and potential future treatment options for platinum-refractory germ cell cancer patients including cytostatics and molecularly targeted therapies...
March 8, 2018: Expert Review of Anticancer Therapy
Joshua L Pierce, A Lindsay Frazier, James F Amatruda
Germ cell tumors (GCTs) arising in infants, children, and adolescents present a set of special challenges. GCTs make up about 3% of malignancies in children aged 0-18 and nearly 15% of cancers in adolescents. Epidemiologic and molecular evidence suggests that GCTs in young children likely represent a distinct biologic group as compared to GCTs of older adolescents and adults. Despite this difference, pediatric GCTs are typically treated with cisplatin-based multiagent regimens similar to those used in adults...
2018: Advances in Urology
Axel John, André Baumgart, Thomas Worst, Julia Heinzelbecker
OBJECTIVE: The study aimed to calculate direct medical costs (DMC) during the first year of diagnosis and to evaluate the impact of guideline changes on treatment costs in clinical stage (CS) I testicular germ cell tumor (TGCT) patients in a German healthcare system. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Healthcare expenditures as DMC during the first year of diagnosis for 307 TGCT patients in CS I treated at our institution from 1987 to 2013 were calculated from the statutory health insurance perspective using patient level data...
March 7, 2018: Urologia Internationalis
Katherine A McGlynn, Jessica L Petrick, Michael Gamborg, Julie Aarestrup, Jennifer L Baker
Increased adult stature has been associated with risk of testicular germ call tumors (TGCT) in a number of studies. Whether childhood stature is also associated with TGCT is unclear as no studies of measured childhood height and TGCT have been reported. Thus, associations between TGCT in adulthood and childhood height and growth between ages 7 and 13 years were examined in a cohort from the Copenhagen School Health Records Register. Analyses included 162,607 boys born during the years 1930-1989. Development of TGCT was determined via linkage to the Danish Cancer Registry...
March 6, 2018: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
Briony K Varda, Patricia Cho, Andrew A Wagner, Richard S Lee
BACKGROUND: In adult urologic oncology the use of robotics has become commonplace; in pediatric urology it is rare. Herein, we describe a collaboration between an adult and a pediatric urologist performing robotic surgery for children and young adults with suspicious or cancerous genitourinary (GU) lesions. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate clinical and oncologic outcomes in children and young adults undergoing robotic surgery for suspicious or cancerous lesions of the GU tract; to describe our collaborative model between an adult and pediatric surgeon at a free-standing children's hospital...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Urology
Nicholas Isom, Aniket S Rali, Ivan Damjanov, Kevin Hubbard, Joel Grigsby, Kamal Gupta
BACKGROUND Cardiac involvement by a malignant tumor is rare. However, this is a case of right heart failure due to cardiac metastasis from a yolk sac tumor. Although a few case reports of cardiac metastasis from yolk sac tumors have been published, to our knowledge this is the first instance of multiple metastases to the right ventricular of yolk sac tumor in an adult male. CASE REPORT The patient is a 46-year-old male with a history of testicular cancer that presented with dyspnea on exertion. He was found to have two large right sided intracardiac masses on echocardiography...
March 2, 2018: American Journal of Case Reports
Michael Jurewicz, Joel Hillelsohn, Sandeep Mehta, Bruce R Gilbert
Children diagnosed with cancer continue to have improved survival due to advances in effective treatment options. Increased attention is therefore now focused on quality of life issues once they are cured. Fertility preservation is of paramount concern since gonadotoxic treatments, especially radiation and chemotherapy, often impair future fertility. The importance of family counseling and having an informed discussion about the potential for treatment to impair fertility and the options available for fertility preservation is crucial...
March 2018: Pediatric Endocrinology Reviews: PER
Brian Hu, Siamak Daneshmand
Reducing the long-term morbidity in testicular cancer survivors represents a major area of interest. External beam radiation therapy and systemic chemotherapy are established treatments for seminoma; however, they are associated with late toxicities such as cardiovascular disease, insulin resistance, and secondary malignancy. Retroperitoneal lymph node dissection (RPLND) is a standard treatment for nonseminomatous germ cell tumors (NSGCT) that has minimal long-term morbidity. Given the efficacy of RPLND in management of NSGCT, interest has developed in this surgery as a front-line treatment for seminoma with isolated lymph node metastasis to the retroperitoneum...
2018: Advances in Urology
Norbert Bannert, Henning Hofmann, Adriana Block, Oliver Hohn
Initial indications that retroviruses are connected to neoplastic transformation were seen more than a century ago. This concept has also been tested for endogenized retroviruses (ERVs) that are abundantly expressed in many transformed cells. In healthy cells, ERV expression is commonly prevented by DNA methylation and other epigenetic control mechanisms. ERVs are remnants of former exogenous forms that invaded the germ line of the host and have since been vertically transmitted. Several examples of ERV-induced genomic recombination events and dysregulation of cellular genes that contribute to tumor formation have been well documented...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Christian Daniel Fankhauser, Sophia Sander, Lisa Roth, Oliver Gross, Daniel Eberli, Tullio Sulser, Burkhardt Seifert, Joerg Beyer, Thomas Hermanns
BACKGROUND: The prognostic utility of systemic inflammatory markers has so far not been investigated in patients with metastatic testicular germ cell tumours (GCTs). METHODS: International Germ Cell Cancer Cooperative Group (IGCCCG) risk groups and blood-based systemic inflammatory markers (haemoglobin, leukocytes, platelets (P), neutrophils (N), lymphocytes (L), C-reactive protein (CRP) and albumin) of 146 patients undergoing first-line chemotherapy for GCT were retrieved...
February 27, 2018: British Journal of Cancer
Michal Chovanec, Zuzana Cierna, Viera Miskovska, Katarina Machalekova, Katarina Kalavska, Katarina Rejlekova, Daniela Svetlovska, Dusan Macak, Stanislav Spanik, Karol Kajo, Pavel Babal, Ugo De Giorgi, Michal Mego, Jozef Mardiak
BACKGROUND: We evaluated systemic immune-inflammation index (SII) and its association with patient outcome in germ-cell tumours (GCTs). METHODS: Two independent cohorts of patients were analysed; the discovery set (n=171) from a single institution and the validation set (n=181) previously included in a study evaluating PD-L1 in GCTs. The SII was calculated using platelet (P), neutrophil (N) and lymphocyte (L) counts before chemotherapy and correlated with survival using regression analyses and Kaplan-Meier method...
February 27, 2018: British Journal of Cancer
Fikret Gevrek, Fikret Erdemir
Objective: Cisplatin is an effective antineoplastic agent used in cancer therapy. However, the use of cisplatin is restricted due to its toxic side effects. Alleviation of its side effects which restricts cisplatin use is highly important. We aimed to investigate the effects of curcumin, vitamin E and their combination in cisplatin induced testicular apoptosis. Material and methods: Thirty-five Wistar albino male adult rats, weighing 300-350 g were divided randomly into five groups including seven rats in each as control, cisplatin, curcumin, vitamin E, and curcumin + vitamin E...
January 2018: Turkish Journal of Urology
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