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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647432/peer-assisted-learning-intensity-modulated-radiotherapy-transition-in-developing-countries
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I Mohamad, A Salem, T Abu Hejleh, S Wadi-Ramahi, M Qandeel, S El Khatib, W Asha, S Mhied, O Al Saraireh, W Al-Gargaz, H Abdulelah, A Hosni, A Al Mousa
Intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) is not widely used in developing countries due to technical challenges and a lack of expertise and resources. We outline head and neck cancer IMRT implementation challenges and highlight how improvised solutions allowed successful IMRT transition in Jordan. This article showcases a 'peer-assisted learning' model, promoting IMRT transition in other developing countries. Unlike the 'top-down' approach, this model is uncommonly addressed in oncology journals. Developing countries could benefit from this article to enhance the adoption of modern radiotherapy technology...
June 21, 2017: Clinical Oncology: a Journal of the Royal College of Radiologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647069/oncologic-quality-indicators-in-thoracic-surgery
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REVIEW
Jessica Hudson, Tara Semenkovich, Varun Puri
This article outlines a structure for assessing thoracic surgical quality and provides an overview of evidence-based quality metrics for surgical care in both lung cancer and esophageal cancer, with a focus on process and outcome measures in the preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative setting.
August 2017: Thoracic Surgery Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646771/efficacy-of-alectinib-in-central-nervous-system-metastases-in-crizotinib-resistant-alk-positive-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-comparison-of-recist-1-1-and-rano-hgg-criteria
#3
Leena Gandhi, Sai-Hong Ignatius Ou, Alice T Shaw, Fabrice Barlesi, Anne-Marie C Dingemans, Dong-Wan Kim, D Ross Camidge, Brett G M Hughes, James C-H Yang, Javier de Castro, Lucio Crino, Hervé Léna, Pascal Do, Sophie Golding, Walter Bordogna, Ali Zeaiter, Ahmed Kotb, Shirish Gadgeel
BACKGROUND: Central nervous system (CNS) progression is common in patients with anaplastic lymphoma kinase-positive (ALK+) non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) receiving crizotinib. Next-generation ALK inhibitors have shown activity against CNS metastases, but accurate assessment of response and progression is vital. Data from two phase II studies in crizotinib-refractory ALK+ NSCLC were pooled to examine the CNS efficacy of alectinib, a CNS-active ALK inhibitor, using Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumours (RECIST version 1...
June 21, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646744/systematic-biobanking-novel-imaging-techniques-and-advanced-molecular-analysis-for-precise-tumor-diagnosis-and-therapy-the-polish-mobit-project
#4
Jacek Niklinski, Adam Kretowski, Marcin Moniuszko, Joanna Reszec, Anna Michalska-Falkowska, Magdalena Niemira, Michal Ciborowski, Radoslaw Charkiewicz, Dorota Jurgilewicz, Miroslaw Kozlowski, Rodryg Ramlau, Cezary Piwkowski, Miroslaw Kwasniewski, Monika Kaczmarek, Andrzej Ciereszko, Tomasz Wasniewski, Robert Mroz, Wojciech Naumnik, Ewa Sierko, Magdalena Paczkowska, Joanna Kisluk, Anetta Sulewska, Adam Cybulski, Zenon Mariak, Boguslaw Kedra, Jacek Szamatowicz, Paweł Kurzawa, Lukasz Minarowski, Angelika Edyta Charkiewicz, Barbara Mroczko, Jolanta Malyszko, Christian Manegold, Lothar Pilz, Heike Allgayer, Mohammed L Abba, Hartmut Juhl, Frauke Koch
Personalized and precision medicine is gaining recognition due to the limitations by standard diagnosis and treatment; many areas of medicine, from cancer to psychiatry, are moving towards tailored and individualized treatment for patients based on their clinical characteristics and genetic signatures as well as novel imaging techniques. Advances in whole genome sequencing have led to identification of genes involved in a variety of diseases. Moreover, biomarkers indicating severity of disease or susceptibility to treatment are increasingly being characterized...
June 21, 2017: Advances in Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646457/national-survey-among-radiation-oncology-residents-related-to-their-needs-in-geriatric-oncology
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Rachel Leifer, Bonnie Bristow, Martine Puts, Shabbir Alibhai, Xingshan Cao, Barbara-Ann Millar, Meredith Giuliani, Tina Hsu, Maureen Trudeau, Rajin Mehta, Ines Menjak, Mireille Norris, Barbara Liu, Francois Gallant, Ewa Szumacher
Currently, there is no formal curriculum addressing geriatric oncology within Canadian radiation oncology (RO) residency programs. Knowledge related to geriatric medicine may help radiation oncologists modify RT based on frailty status and geriatric considerations. Understanding specific learning needs allow program coordinators to align the current curriculum with residents' geriatric oncology learning needs. The purpose of this study is to determine the geriatric oncology educational needs of the Canadian RO residents and to inform Canadian RO residency training...
June 24, 2017: Journal of Cancer Education: the Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645422/form-of-presentation-natural-history-and-course-of-postoperative-venous-thromboembolism-in-patients-operated-on-for-pelvic-and-abdominal-cancer-analysis-of-the-riete-registry
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Ana Belén Bustos Merlo, Juan Ignacio Arcelus Martínez, Jesús Damián Turiño Luque, Beatriz Valero, Aurora Villalobos, Miguel Ángel Aibar, Manuel Monreal Bosch
INTRODUCTION: Venous thromboembolism (VTE) represents a serious complication after oncologic surgery. Recent studies have shown that the risk of VTE persists several weeks after surgery. This study assesses the form of presentation and time course of VTE after abdominal and pelvic cancer surgery. METHODS: Prospective, multicenter, observational study that analyzes data from an international registry (RIETE) that includes consecutive patients with symptomatic VTE...
June 20, 2017: Cirugía Española
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645325/performance-characteristics-of-prostate-specific-antigen-density-and-biopsy-core-details-to-predict-oncological-outcome-in-patients-with-intermediate-to-high-risk-prostate-cancer-underwent-robot-assisted-radical-prostatectomy
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Masahiro Yashi, Akinori Nukui, Yuumi Tokura, Kohei Takei, Issei Suzuki, Kazumasa Sakamoto, Hideo Yuki, Tsunehito Kambara, Hironori Betsunoh, Hideyuki Abe, Yoshitatsu Fukabori, Yoshimasa Nakazato, Yasushi Kaji, Takao Kamai
BACKGROUND: Many urologic surgeons refer to biopsy core details for decision making in cases of localized prostate cancer (PCa) to determine whether an extended resection and/or lymph node dissection should be performed. Furthermore, recent reports emphasize the predictive value of prostate-specific antigen density (PSAD) for further risk stratification, not only for low-risk PCa, but also for intermediate- and high-risk PCa. This study focused on these parameters and compared respective predictive impact on oncologic outcomes in Japanese PCa patients...
June 23, 2017: BMC Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645304/validation-of-an-automated-technique-for-ovarian-cortex-dissociation-isolation-of-viable-ovarian-cells-and-their-qualification-by-multicolor-flow-cytometry
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Tristan Zver, Elodie Mouloungui, Aurélie Berdin, Christophe Roux, Clotilde Amiot
BACKGROUND: Ovarian tissue cryopreservation is a technique for fertility preservation addressed to prepubertal girls or to patients for whom no ovarian stimulation is possible before initiation of gonadotoxic treatments. Autotransplantation of frozen-thawed ovarian tissue is the only available option for reuse but presents some limitations: ischemic tissue damages post-transplant and reintroduction of malignant cells in cases of cancer. It is therefore essential to qualify ovarian tissue before autograft on a functional and oncological point of view...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Ovarian Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645200/prognostic-awareness-prognostic-communication-and-cognitive-function-in-patients-with-malignant-glioma
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Eli L Diamond, Holly G Prigerson, Denise C Correa, Anne Reiner, Katherine Panageas, Maria Kryza-Lacombe, Justin Buthorn, Elizabeth C Neil, Alex M Miller, Lisa M DeAngelis, Allison J Applebaum
Background: Malignant glioma (MG) is a devastating neuro-oncologic disease with almost invariably poor prognosis. Prognostic awareness (PA) is the awareness of incurable disease and shortened life-expectancy (LE). Accurate PA is associated with favorable psychological outcomes at the end-of-life (EOL) for patients with cancer, however little is known about PA or prognostic communication in MG. Moreover, research has yet to evaluate the impact of cognitive impairment on PA and preferred forms of communication...
June 22, 2017: Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644837/real-world-first-line-treatment-and-overall-survival-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-without-known-egfr-mutations-or-alk-rearrangements-in-us-community-oncology-setting
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Amy P Abernethy, Ashwini Arunachalam, Thomas Burke, Caroline McKay, Xiting Cao, Rachael Sorg, David P Carbone
PURPOSE: To establish a baseline for care and overall survival (OS) based upon contemporary first-line treatments prescribed in the era before the introduction of immune checkpoint inhibitors, for people with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) without common actionable mutations. METHODS: Using a nationally representative electronic health record data from the Flatiron dataset which included 162 practices from different regions in US, we identified patients (≥18 years old) newly diagnosed with stage IV NSCLC initiating first-line anticancer therapy (November 2012- January 2015, with follow-up through July 2015)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644545/robotic-versus-laparoscopic-rectal-surgery-in-high-risk-patients
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Jamil Ahmed, Han Cao, Sofoklis Panteleimonitis, Jim Khan, Amjad Parvaiz
AIM: Laparoscopic rectal surgery is associated with a steep learning curve and high conversion rate despite progress in equipment design and consistent practice. The robotic system has shown the advantage over laparoscopic approach due to stable three-dimensional views, improved dexterity and better ergonomics. These factors make the robotic approach more favourable for rectal surgery. The aim of this study was to compare the perioperative outcomes of laparoscopic and robotic rectal cancer surgery in high-risk patients...
June 23, 2017: Colorectal Disease: the Official Journal of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644156/clinical-case-of-the-month-a-57-year-old-man-with-an-axillary-mass
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Palak Desai, Andrew Myers, Brian Boulmay, Fred A Lopez
A 57-year-old man presented to the surgical oncology clinic with a mildly tender mass under his right arm. Four years prior, the patient had a melanoma removed from his right shoulder along with an ipsilateral right axillary sentinel lymph sampling. Computed tomography (CT) scan was negative for metastatic disease at that time. The patient did not undergo completion axillary node dissection and was lost to follow-up. The patient was originally from Australia, did not tan but reported multiple sunburns before age 18...
May 2017: Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society: Official Organ of the Louisiana State Medical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643731/cardiotoxic-effects-of-radiotherapy-and-strategies-to-reduce-them-in-patients-with-breast-cancer-an-overview
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REVIEW
Katarzyna Rygiel
Cardiotoxicity of various anticancer therapies, including radiotherapy (RT), can lead to cardiovascular (CV) complications, and their severity depends on many factors, including the site of action, the applied dose, the method of administration, the presence of pre-existing CV diseases, or CV risk factors, the individual patient characteristics, and the current or previous use of antineoplastic therapies. Cardiotoxicity can occur immediately upon administration of the anticancer therapy or it may have a delayed onset (months or years after the treatment)...
April 2017: Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643304/-strategy-and-technique-for-simultaneous-resection-of-rectal-cancer-and-liver-metastasis
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Chuangang Fu, Junyi Han
Rectal cancer with simultaneous liver metastasis is very common clinically. R0 surgical resection both for the original and metastatic tumor can achieve much better long-term oncological results. The operation types include traditional open procedures for both rectal cancer and liver metastatic resection; combination of laparoscopic resection of the rectal cancer and open procedure resection of the liver metastatic lesion; traditional laparoscopic-assisted rectal and liver metastatic tumor resection with small abdominal incision and total laparoscopic natural orifice specimen extraction surgery(NOSES) without abdominal incision...
June 25, 2017: Zhonghua Wei Chang Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643300/-advantages-and-disadvantages-of-minimally-invasive-surgery-in-colorectal-cancer-surgery
#15
Minhua Zheng, Junjun Ma
Since the emergence of minimally invasive technology twenty years ago, as a surgical concept and surgical technique for colorectal cancer surgery, its obvious advantages have been recognized. Laparoscopic technology, as one of the most important technology platform, has got a lot of evidence-based support for the oncological safety and effectiveness in colorectal cancer surgery Laparoscopic technique has advantages in terms of identification of anatomic plane and autonomic nerve, protection of pelvic structure, and fine dissection of vessels...
June 25, 2017: Zhonghua Wei Chang Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643075/a-standardized-comparison-of-peri-operative-complications-after-minimally-invasive-esophagectomy-ivor-lewis-versus-mckeown
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Andrew M Brown, Michael J Pucci, Adam C Berger, Talar Tatarian, Nathaniel R Evans, Ernest L Rosato, Francesco Palazzo
BACKGROUND: While our institutional approach to esophageal resection for cancer has traditionally favored a minimally invasive (MI) 3-hole, McKeown esophagectomy (MIE 3-hole) during the last five years several factors has determined a shift in our practice with an increasing number of minimally invasive Ivor Lewis (MIE IL) resections being performed. We compared peri-operative outcomes of the two procedures, hypothesizing that MIE IL would be less morbid in the peri-operative setting compared to MIE 3-hole...
June 22, 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643065/laparoscopic-distal-pancreatectomy-for-pancreatic-cancer-is-safe-and-effective
#17
Marita D Bauman, David G Becerra, E Molly Kilbane, Nicholas J Zyromski, C Max Schmidt, Henry A Pitt, Attila Nakeeb, Michael G House, Eugene P Ceppa
PURPOSE: To compare the short-term and oncologic outcomes of patients with pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) undergoing laparoscopic distal pancreatectomy (LDP) and open distal pancreatectomy (ODP). METHODS: Consecutive cases of distal pancreatectomy (DP) (n = 422) were reviewed at a single high-volume institution over a 10-year period (2005-2014). Inclusion criteria consisted of any patient with PDAC by surgical pathology. Ninety-day outcomes were monitored through a prospectively maintained pancreatic resection database...
June 22, 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643051/long-term-outcomes-by-a-transanal-approach-to-total-mesorectal-excision-for-rectal-cancer
#18
John H Marks, Elizabeth A Myers, Erik L Zeger, Albert S Denittis, Mounica Gummadi, Gerald J Marks
BACKGROUND: The challenge of performing a good total mesorectal excision (TME) dissection, particularly in the distal 1/3 of the rectum, has spurred interest in new techniques. Robotic surgery is advocated by some, and more recently, a "new" approach, the transanal total mesorectal excision, has been popularized to address this problem. While great interest in this technique exists, little long-term outcome data are available. We have been utilizing a transanal abdominal transanal approach to TME in order to facilitate the distal dissection, and here, we provide our long-term outcomes using this approach in the management of rectal cancer...
June 22, 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642480/haralick-texture-features-from-apparent-diffusion-coefficient-adc-mri-images-depend-on-imaging-and-pre-processing-parameters
#19
Patrik Brynolfsson, David Nilsson, Turid Torheim, Thomas Asklund, Camilla Thellenberg Karlsson, Johan Trygg, Tufve Nyholm, Anders Garpebring
In recent years, texture analysis of medical images has become increasingly popular in studies investigating diagnosis, classification and treatment response assessment of cancerous disease. Despite numerous applications in oncology and medical imaging in general, there is no consensus regarding texture analysis workflow, or reporting of parameter settings crucial for replication of results. The aim of this study was to assess how sensitive Haralick texture features of apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) MR images are to changes in five parameters related to image acquisition and pre-processing: noise, resolution, how the ADC map is constructed, the choice of quantization method, and the number of gray levels in the quantized image...
June 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642040/global-geriatric-oncology-achievements-and-challenges
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REVIEW
Enrique Soto-Perez-de-Celis, Nienke A de Glas, Tina Hsu, Ravindran Kanesvaran, Christopher Steer, Ana Patricia Navarrete-Reyes, Nicolo Matteo Luca Battisti, Yanin Chavarri-Guerra, Anita O'Donovan, Jose Alberto Avila-Funes, Arti Hurria
The aging of the population is a global challenge. The number of older adults is rapidly growing, leading to an increase in the prevalence of noncommunicable diseases associated with aging, such as cancer. Worldwide, older adults account for approximately half of all cancer cases, and this proportion is projected to increase globally. Furthermore, the majority of older adults live in less developed regions, where health systems are generally ill-equipped to provide care for complex chronic conditions. Worldwide, there is paucity of geriatric training, and most of the oncology workforce lacks the skills and knowledge to provide comprehensive care for older patients...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Geriatric Oncology
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