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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339318/predictors-for-lymph-nodes-involvement-in-low-risk-endometrial-cancer
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Yfat Kadan, Abdul Saied Calvino, Andrew Katz, Steven Katz, Richard G Moore
Neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) and BMI were examined as pre-operative predictors for lymph node metastases in patients with low-risk endometrial cancer. The study was a retrospective analysis of 534 endometrial cancer patients that underwent hysterectomy and lymph node dissection. Included subjects had a preoperative diagnosis of a grade 1 or 2 endometrioid carcinoma and no macroscopic extrauterine disease. We compared node-negative to node-positive patients to identify correlates of node-positive disease...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339289/the-role-of-delineation-education-programs-for-improving-interobserver-variability-in-target-volume-delineation-in-gastric-cancer
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Cem Onal, Mustafa Cengiz, Ozan Cem Guler, Yemliha Dolek, Serdar Ozkok
OBJECTIVE: To assess whether delineation courses for radiation oncologists improve interobserver variability in target volume delineation for postoperative gastric cancer radiotherapy planning. METHODS: Twenty-nine radiation oncologists delineated target volumes in a gastric cancer patient. An experienced radiation oncologist lectured about delineation based on contouring atlas and delineation recommendations. After course, the radiation oncologists provided delineation for the same patient blind to the previous delineation...
March 24, 2017: British Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338376/pembrolizumab-for-the-treatment-of-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Mirte Muller, Robert D Schouten, Cornedine J De Gooijer, Paul Baas
In the last years, a spectacular development of immunotherapeutic agents aimed at the PD-1/PD-L1 axis has taken place. This development of these checkpoint inhibitors has greatly influenced our approach to the treatment of lung cancer in first and second line. The limited toxicity profile and the ability to treat for prolonged periods, even in smokers, is a welcome expansion of the therapeutic arsenal of the oncologist. Areas Covered: This review highlights the results of recent clinical trials on pembrolizumab for the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer...
March 24, 2017: Expert Review of Anticancer Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338306/implantation-of-a-biodegradable-rectum-balloon-implant-tips-tricks-and-pitfalls
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Ben G L Vanneste, Kees van De Beek, Ludy Lutgens, Philippe Lambin
INTRODUCTION: A rectum balloon implant (RBI) is a new device to spare rectal structures during prostate cancer radiotherapy. The theoretical advantages of a RBI are to reduce the high radiation dose to the anterior rectum wall, the possibility of a post-implant correction, and their predetermined shape with consequent predictable position. OBJECTIVE: To describe, step-by-step, our mini-invasive technique for hands-free transperineal implantation of a RBI before start of radiotherapy treatment...
March 24, 2017: International Braz J Urol: Official Journal of the Brazilian Society of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337818/exploration-of-information-and-support-needs-in-relation-to-health-concerns-diet-and-physical-activity-in-colorectal-cancer-survivors
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S J Hardcastle, C Maxwell-Smith, M S Hagger, M O'Connor, C Platell
The purpose of the current study was to explore colorectal cancer survivors' information and support needs in relation to health concerns and health behaviour change. Face-to-face interviews were conducted with participants who had completed active treatment for cancer within the previous 2 years. Participants were colorectal cancer survivors (N = 24, men = 11, women = 13 M, age = 69.38 years, SD = 4.19) recruited from a hospital in Perth, Australia on the basis that they had existing morbidities that put them at increased risk of cardiovascular disease...
March 24, 2017: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337813/health-care-experiences-among-women-diagnosed-with-gestational-breast-cancer
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K Hammarberg, E Sullivan, N Javid, G Duncombe, L Halliday, F Boyle, C Saunders, A Ives, J E Dickinson, J Fisher
Gestational breast cancer (GBC) presents many challenges for women and the clinicians who care for them. The aim of this study was to explore the health care experiences of women diagnosed with GBC to inform and improve clinical care of women in this predicament. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 17 women who had been diagnosed with GBC in the previous 5 years. The overarching themes for perceived quality of care were "communication" and "comprehensive care." "Communication" had two sub themes: "interdisciplinary communication" (the way health professionals from different disciplines communicated with each other about the management of the woman's care) and "patient communication" (how they communicated this to the woman)...
March 24, 2017: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335780/considerable-interobserver-variation-in-delineation-of-pancreatic-cancer-on-3dct-and-4dct-a-multi-institutional-study
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Eva Versteijne, Oliver J Gurney-Champion, Astrid van der Horst, Eelco Lens, M Willemijn Kolff, Jeroen Buijsen, Gati Ebrahimi, Karen J Neelis, Coen R N Rasch, Jaap Stoker, Marcel van Herk, Arjan Bel, Geertjan van Tienhoven
BACKGROUND: The delineation of pancreatic tumors on CT is challenging. In this study, we quantified the interobserver variation for pancreatic tumor delineation on 3DCT as well as on 4DCT. METHODS: Eight observers (radiation oncologists) from six institutions delineated pancreatic tumors of four patients with (borderline) resectable pancreatic cancer. The study consisted of two stages. In the 3DCT-stage, the gross tumor volume (GTV) was delineated on a contrast-enhanced scan...
March 23, 2017: Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333850/multimodality-ocular-imaging-in-a-case-report-of-hyperviscosity-syndrome-associated-with-lymphoplasmacytic-leukemia-the-images-tell-the-story
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Rene Y Choi, Rachel Jacoby, Akbar Shakoor
PURPOSE: To report the clinical course of a patient with ocular manifestations of hyperviscosity syndrome associated with Waldenström macroglobulinemia, and for the first time, video imaging of mobile emboli in the conjunctival and retinal vasculature. METHODS AND PATIENT: A 60-year-old woman with newly diagnosed Waldenström macroglobulinemia, with no visual complaints was evaluated by the Ophthalmology service for a baseline ocular examination. RESULTS: At presentation, ocular examination revealed a visual acuity of 20/25 in each eye...
March 22, 2017: Retinal Cases & Brief Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332946/ethnic-differences-in-psychosocial-services-use-among-non-latina-white-and-latina-breast-cancer-survivors
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Rosario Costas-Muñiz, Migda Hunter-Hernández, Olga Garduño-Ortega, Jennifer Morales-Cruz, Francesca Gany
Background This study examined the use of psychosocial services (i.e. social work, psychiatric, psychological, and spiritual/pastoral services) among Latina and Non-Latina White breast cancer survivors. Methods Survivors who received treatment in a Comprehensive Cancer Center in New York completed a mailed questionnaire about interest in help for distress, and psychosocial service use. Descriptive and non-parametric statistics were used to explore ethnic differences in use of, and interest in, psychosocial services...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331981/vaccination-in-oncology-practice-and-predictors
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Ali Alkan, Ebru Karcı, Arzu Yaşar, Gülseren Tuncay, Elif Berna Köksoy, Muslih Ürün, Filiz Çay Şenler, Ahmet Demirkazık, Güngör Utkan, Hakan Akbulut, Yüksel Ürün
PURPOSE: Despite, vaccination is a highly effective and widely recommended for prevention of certain infections, vaccination coverage is very low. The purposes of this study were to evaluate the attitudes of medical oncologists towards vaccination and to identify predictors of intention to recommend vaccination in patients with cancer. METHODS: A structured questionnaire is formed to evaluate the daily practice of vaccination. Turkish medical oncologists were invited to this study via email, SMS, or phone call...
March 22, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330704/an-update-on-non-extremity-soft-tissue-sarcomas
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S J Ford, L M Almond, A Gronchi
The management of soft tissue sarcoma is challenging and varied. Centralisation of management in high volume specialist centres has revolutionised outcomes. Surgery remains the mainstay of treatment and is currently the only potentially curative therapy. Retroperitoneal soft tissue sarcoma presents a particular challenge to the surgical oncologist and the concept of extended resection to include surrounding expendable organs taken en bloc with the tumour has now largely been adopted. The use of neoadjuvant and adjuvant therapies for retroperitoneal soft tissue sarcoma is still to be established, although they are employed on a case-specific basis...
March 19, 2017: Clinical Oncology: a Journal of the Royal College of Radiologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330611/rationale-for-cardio-oncology-units
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Lara F Nhola, Hector R Villarraga
With the rapidly rising number of patients surviving cancer, often in the setting of new or pre-existing cardiovascular disease and risk factors, a need has arisen for a specialty within the realm of cardiovascular care that can evaluate and manage these patients along with our colleagues in oncology and hematology. By the same token, all health care providers involved in the care of cancer patients with heart disease must be fully aware of the impact of adverse cardiovascular effects on the survival of these patients...
March 16, 2017: Revista Española de Cardiología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328309/ibpro-a-novel-short-duration-teaching-course-in-advanced-physics-and-biology-underlying-cancer-radiotherapy
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Michael C Joiner, Monica W Tracey, Sara E Kacin, Jay W Burmeister
This article provides a summary and status report of the ongoing advanced education program IBPRO - Integrated course in Biology and Physics of Radiation Oncology. IBPRO is a five-year program funded by NCI. It addresses the recognized deficiency in the number of mentors available who have the required knowledge and skill to provide the teaching and training that is required for future radiation oncologists and researchers in radiation sciences. Each year, IBPRO brings together 50 attendees typically at assistant professor level and upwards, who are already qualified/certified radiation oncologists, medical physicists or biologists...
March 22, 2017: Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327965/carbon-dating-cancer-defining-the-chronology-of-metastatic-progression-in-colorectal-cancer
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H Lote, I Spiteri, L Ermini, A Vatsiou, A Roy, A McDonald, N Maka, M Balsitis, N Bose, M Simbolo, A Mafficini, A Lampis, J C Hahne, F Trevisani, Z Eltahir, G Mentrasti, C Findlay, Eaj Kalkman, M Punta, B Werner, S Lise, A Aktipis, C Maley, M Greaves, C Braconi, J White, M Fassan, A Scarpa, A Sottoriva, N Valeri
Background: HASH(0x34e1420) Patients often ask oncologists how long a cancer has been present before causing symptoms or spreading to other organs. The evolutionary trajectory of cancers can be defined using phylogenetic approaches but lack of chronological references makes dating the exact onset of tumours very challenging. Patients and Methods: HASH(0x34e4950) Here we describe the case of a colorectal cancer patient presenting with synchronous lung metastasis and metachronous thyroid, chest wall and urinary tract metastases over the course of five years...
February 23, 2017: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326837/checkpoint-inhibitors-in-the-treatment-of-brain-metastases-of-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-and-melanoma
#15
Hampig Raphael Kourie, Hassan Kanaan, Gil Awada, Ahmad Hussein Awada
Brain metastases (BMs) are representing a new challenge for the oncologist; their incidence is increasing due to the better overall survival and systemic disease control in many malignancies, consequent to new potent cytotoxic and targeted therapies. In the era of immunotherapies, checkpoint inhibitors are representing a new therapeutic option in different solid tumors and settings; preliminary results showed potential activity of these agents in patients with BM, when administered as single agent or in combination with radiation therapy...
February 28, 2017: Future Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325583/optimizing-endometrial-cancer-follow-up-and-survivorship-care-for-rural-and-other-underserved-women-patient-and-provider-perspectives
#16
Teresa L Rutledge, Miria Kano, Dolores Guest, Andrew Sussman, Anita Y Kinney
OBJECTIVES: This study describes patient and provider attitudes on transitioning cancer surveillance visits and treatment of comorbid conditions to the primary care setting in a rural patient population as a strategy for minimizing financial and travel related barriers for patients while simultaneously enhancing quality and availability of health care options. METHODS: Focus group discussions and telephone interviews were conducted with endometrial cancer (EC) survivors and primary care providers (PCPs) to provide insights into post-treatment follow-up practices and the acceptability of transitioning follow-up to primary care setting utilizing a cancer survivorship care plan model...
March 18, 2017: Gynecologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325055/-experience-with-hepatoblastoma-treatment-in-small-children-the-use-of-preoperative-3d-virtual-analysis-mevis-for-liver-resections
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J Janek, P Bician, P Kenderessy, P Kothaj, K Novotná, J Koňarčík, Ľ Laca, J Ulianko, I Dedinská
INTRODUCTION: Hepatoblastoma is an uncommon but most frequent liver cancer in infants and children. The therapy is complex, including neoadjuvant, surgical, and adjuvant therapy. For surgery, the presence of a specialized surgeon and an anaesthesiologist is required. For planning the surgery, the 3D analysis MeVis is currently available. The objective of the work is the assessment of a group of children operated for a liver hepatoblastoma and the assessment of contribution of a pre-surgery virtual 3D analysis MeVis for a surgeon...
2017: Rozhledy V Chirurgii: Měsíčník Československé Chirurgické Společnosti
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321817/adverse-events-in-cancer-immunotherapy
#18
Noha Abdel-Wahab, Anas Alshawa, Maria E Suarez-Almazor
Cancer immunotherapy has resulted in durable responses in patients with metastatic disease, unseen with traditional chemotherapy. Several therapies have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of various cancers, including: immune checkpoint inhibitors, cytokines - interleukin 2 (IL-2) and interferon alpha (IFN), and the cancer vaccine sipuleucel-T. These therapies upregulate the immune system to enhance antitumor responses. As a consequence, they can cause inflammatory and immune-related adverse events that can affect one or more organs, can be serious, and on occasion lifethreatening...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318936/vector-model-supported-approach-in-prostate-plan-optimization
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Eva Sau Fan Liu, Vincent Wing Cheung Wu, Benjamin Harris, Margot Lehman, David Pryor, Lawrence Wing Chi Chan
Lengthy time consumed in traditional manual plan optimization can limit the use of step-and-shoot intensity-modulated radiotherapy/volumetric-modulated radiotherapy (S&S IMRT/VMAT). A vector model base, retrieving similar radiotherapy cases, was developed with respect to the structural and physiologic features extracted from the Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) files. Planning parameters were retrieved from the selected similar reference case and applied to the test case to bypass the gradual adjustment of planning parameters...
March 17, 2017: Medical Dosimetry: Official Journal of the American Association of Medical Dosimetrists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318935/vector-model-supported-optimization-in-volumetric-modulated-arc-stereotactic-radiotherapy-planning-for-brain-metastasis
#20
Eva Sau Fan Liu, Vincent Wing Cheung Wu, Benjamin Harris, Matthew Foote, Margot Lehman, Lawrence Wing Chi Chan
Long planning time in volumetric-modulated arc stereotactic radiotherapy (VMA-SRT) cases can limit its clinical efficiency and use. A vector model could retrieve previously successful radiotherapy cases that share various common anatomic features with the current case. The prsent study aimed to develop a vector model that could reduce planning time by applying the optimization parameters from those retrieved reference cases. Thirty-six VMA-SRT cases of brain metastasis (gender, male [n = 23], female [n = 13]; age range, 32 to 81 years old) were collected and used as a reference database...
March 17, 2017: Medical Dosimetry: Official Journal of the American Association of Medical Dosimetrists
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