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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532106/hydrogel-loaded-with-self-assembled-dextran-sulfate-doxorubicin-complexes-as-a-delivery-system-for-chemotherapy
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Xiaoyun Niu, Zhiling Zhang, Yinghui Zhong
Standard clinical care for breast cancer includes lumpectomy followed by localized radiotherapy or chemotherapy. However, both therapies cause loss of normal, healthy tissue in addition to tumor tissue, leading to undesirable side effects. In this study, we found that low dose and prolonged treatment with anticancer drug doxorubicin (DOX) can completely eliminate MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cells with low cytotoxicity to NIH 3T3 fibroblasts. We further developed a novel biomaterial-based drug delivery system for controlled and sustained release of low doses of DOX based on self-assembled dextran sulfate (DS)-DOX complexes...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531317/a-diabetes-pay-for-performance-program-and-the-competing-causes-of-death-among-cancer-survivors-with-type-2-diabetes-in-taiwan
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Hui-Min Hsieh, Herng-Chia Chiu, Yi-Ting Lin, Shyi-Jang Shin
Objective: To examine associations between a diabetes pay-for-performance (P4P) program in Taiwan and all-cause of mortality and competing causes of death in cancer survivors with type 2 diabetes. Design: A longitudinal observational intervention and comparison group study design. Setting and participants: Cancer survivors with type 2 diabetes who enrolled in the P4P program compared with survivors who did not participate (non-P4P) under the Taiwan National Health Insurance program...
May 20, 2017: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531278/cardiovascular-toxic-effects-of-targeted-cancer-therapy
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Kazuko Tajiri, Kazutaka Aonuma, Ikuo Sekine
Over the past decade, there has been a major shift in chemotherapy from non-specific cytotoxic drugs to molecular targeted drug therapies. As more molecular targeted therapies are developed, new types of cardiovascular toxicities induced by targeted therapies are a growing problem. Cardiotoxicity induced by the human epidermal growth factor receptor-2 inhibitor trastuzumab manifests as decreased left ventricular ejection fraction. In contrast to anthracycline treatment, most cardiac events occur during trastuzumab treatment, but are reversed quickly when treatment is interrupted and cardiac intervention is established...
May 20, 2017: Japanese Journal of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531247/the-health-cost-of-tobacco-use-in-uganda
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Nigar Nargis, Kellen Nyamurungi, Sebastian Olakira Baine, Daniel Kadobera
The economic cost of tobacco use is well documented in high-income countries. It has been measured in relatively fewer low-and middle-income countries, and much less in sub-Saharan Africa despite the longstanding recognition of significant current and future health risk to people attributed by tobacco use in this region. This article fills this gap by estimating the economic cost of tobacco use in Uganda, a low-income country in sub-Saharan Africa. This study estimates the economic cost of tobacco use in Uganda using the cost-of-illnesses approach based on data collected from a survey of patients and caregivers in four major service centers in Mulago National Referral Hospital, namely, Uganda Cancer Institute, Uganda Heart Institute, Chest Clinic and Diabetic Clinic, key informant interviews and secondary sources for the year 2014...
May 22, 2017: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531205/cost-analysis-of-human-papillomavirus-related-cervical-diseases-and-genital-warts-in-swaziland
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Themba G Ginindza, Benn Sartorius, Xolisile Dlamini, Ellinor Östensson
BACKGROUND: Human papillomavirus (HPV) has proven to be the cause of several severe clinical conditions on the cervix, vulva, vagina, anus, oropharynx and penis. Several studies have assessed the costs of cervical lesions, cervical cancer (CC), and genital warts. However, few have been done in Africa and none in Swaziland. Cost analysis is critical in providing useful information for economic evaluations to guide policymakers concerned with the allocation of resources in order to reduce the disease burden...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530853/designing-clinical-trials-that-accept-new-arms-an-example-in-metastatic-breast-cancer
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Steffen Ventz, Brian M Alexander, Giovanni Parmigiani, Richard D Gelber, Lorenzo Trippa
Purpose The majority of randomized oncology trials are two-arm studies that test the efficacy of new therapies against a standard of care, thereby assigning a large proportion of patients to nonexperimental therapies. In contrast, multiarm studies efficiently share a common control arm while evaluating multiple experimental therapies. A major bottleneck for traditional multiarm trials is the requirement that all therapies-often drugs from different companies-have to be available at the same time when the trial starts...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530522/factors-associated-with-adherence-to-and-treatment-duration-of-erlotinib-among-patients-with-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Lisa M Hess, Anthony Louder, Katherine Winfree, Yajun E Zhu, Ana B Oton, Radhika Nair
BACKGROUND: In lung cancer, there is an increasing number of oral agents available for patients; however, little is known about the factors associated with adherence to and treatment duration on oral medications in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the clinical and demographic factors associated with adherence and treatment discontinuation, respectively, to oral oncolytics among patients with NSCLC. METHODS: A retrospective, claims-based analysis of the Humana Research Database supplemented with medical chart review was conducted among patients with NSCLC who started an oral oncolytic between January 1, 2008, and June 30, 2013...
June 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530494/review-anal-intraepithelial-neoplasia-in-hiv-infected-men-who-have-sex-with-men-is-screening-and-treatment-justified
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Peter Wasserman, David S Rubin, Glenn Turett
Anal squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is the fourth most prevalent cancer in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected men who have sex with men (MSM). Human papillomavirus (HPV) has been detected in over 90% of anal carcinoma biopsy specimens from MSM, and is considered a necessary, but alone, insufficient factor for carcinogenesis. Anal intraepithelial neoplasia (AIN) may be precursive for SCC, and screening cytology with referral of persons with abnormality for high-resolution anoscopy-guided biopsy, and AIN treatment, has been recommended for prevention...
May 22, 2017: AIDS Patient Care and STDs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530256/can-the-onset-of-orbital-cancer-be-the-result-of-a-prosthetic-eye
#9
A Croce, V Mastronardi, M Laus, E Festa Kotelnikova
Orbital exenteration is a disfiguring procedure performed for unresponsive orbital infections and control of recurrent benign tumours and malignancies arising from the eyelids (basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, conjunctival malignant melanoma), lachrymal glands (adenoid cystic carcinoma) or surrounding sinuses. In extremely rare cases the use of a prosthetic eye after enucleation can lead to anophthalmic socket tumours. We report the case of a 54-year-old man who had left eye enucleation due to recurring events of retinal detachment and who developed an invasive fast growing epidermoid carcinoma 30 years later...
May 22, 2017: Acta Otorhinolaryngologica Italica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530251/impact-of-resection-margin-status-on-oncological-outcomes-after-co2-laser-cordectomy
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P Aluffi Valletti, F Taranto, A Chiesa, F Pia, G Valente
The management of positive resection margins in micro-endoscopic glottic laser surgery remains a controversial and critical point. This study aims to assess the impact of margin status after transoral laser surgery on local control, survival and organ preservation rates; the decision- making process and treatment options in cases with positive margins are also discussed. We retrospectively reviewed the clinical and histological records of 308 consecutive patients with primary early glottic carcinoma (T1a, T1b, selected T2) and treated with endoscopic laser cordectomy...
May 22, 2017: Acta Otorhinolaryngologica Italica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530213/-the-model-of-perioperative-risk-assessment-in-elderly-patients-interim-analysis
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Izabela Grabowska, Lucyna Ścisło, Szymon Pietruszka, Elzbieta Walewska, Agata Paszko, Benita Siarkiewicz, Piotr Richter, Andrzej Budzyński, Antoni M Szczepanik
Demographic changes in contemporary society require implementation of proper perioperative care of elderly patients due to an increased risk of perioperative complications in this group. Preoperative assessment of health status identifies risks and enables preventive interventions, improving outcomes of surgical treatment. The Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment contains numerous diagnostic tests and consultations, which is expensive and difficult to use in everyday practice. The development of a simplified model of perioperative assessment of elderly patients will help identifying the group of patients who require further diagnostic workup...
April 21, 2017: Polski Merkuriusz Lekarski: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530118/readmission-to-intensive-care-unit-incidence-risk-factors-resource-use-and-outcomes-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Carolina R Ponzoni, Thiago D Corrêa, Roberto R Filho, Ary Serpa Neto, Murillo Sc Assunção, Andreia Pardini, Guilherme Pp Schettino
RATIONALE: Readmission to intensive care unit (ICU) is associated with poor clinical outcomes, increased length of ICU and hospital stay and higher costs. Nevertheless, knowledge on epidemiology of ICU readmissions, risk factors and attributable outcomes are restricted to developed countries. OBJECTIVES: Determine the effect of ICU readmissions on in-hospital mortality, incidence of ICU readmissions, identify predictors of ICU readmissions and hospital mortality and compare resource use and outcomes between readmitted and nonreadmitted patients in a developing country...
May 21, 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530092/fibroblast-cytophilic-and-hela-cytotoxic-dual-function-carbon-nanoribbon-network-platform
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A K M Rezaul Haque Chowdhury, Bo Tan, Krishnan Venkatakrishnan
Carbon nanomaterials have emerged as a promising material in cancer diagnosis and therapy. Carbon nanomaterials/nanostructures (C-C molecular structure) act as a carrier/skeleton and require further surface modification through functionalization with chemicals or biomolecules to attain a cell response. We report the synthesis of a novel carbon nanoribbon network (CNRN) platform that possesses a combination of C-C and C-O bond architecture. The bioactive CNRN showed enhanced ability for cell adhesion. Most importantly, it induced opposite cell responses from healthy cells and cancerous cells, cytophilic to fibroblasts but cytotoxic to HeLa cells...
May 22, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529902/current-state-of-immunotherapy-for-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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REVIEW
Jyoti Malhotra, Salma K Jabbour, Joseph Aisner
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer mortality and non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) accounts for more than 85% of all lung cancers. Platinum-based doublet chemotherapy is the standard first-line treatment for metastatic NSCLC when genomic testing reveals no targetable alteration such as epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutations, anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) or ROS1 translocation/re-arrangements. But, chemotherapy produces response rates ranging only between 15-30%. For patients whose disease progresses on first-line chemotherapy, second-line therapy historically consists of taxane-based salvage chemotherapy with a response rate of less than 25%...
April 2017: Translational Lung Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529216/what-makes-patient-navigation-most-effective-defining-useful-tasks-and-networks
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Christine Gunn, Tracy A Battaglia, Victoria A Parker, Jack A Clark, Electra D Paskett, Elizabeth Calhoun, Frederick R Snyder, Emily Bergling, Karen M Freund
Given the momentum in adopting patient navigation into cancer care, there is a need to understand the contribution of specific navigator activities to improved clinical outcomes. A mixed-methods study combined direct observations of patient navigators within the Patient Navigation Research Program and outcome data from the trial. We correlated the frequency of navigator tasks with the outcome of rate of diagnostic resolution within 365 days among patients who received the intervention relative to controls. A focused content analysis examined those tasks with the strongest correlations between navigator tasks and patient outcomes...
2017: Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529123/implementing-shared-decision-making-in-denmark-first-steps-and-future-focus-areas
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Karina Dahl Steffensen, Vibe Hjelholt Baker, Mette Marianne Vinter
What about the political climate? Although there is no explicit description of patient involvement in Danish legislation, patient-centred care is on the political agenda in Denmark. It is integrated as one of eight new national indicators of quality in health care, as well as in the most recent national plan for cancer treatment. What about tools for patient decision support? Development of evidence-based patient decision aids (PDAs) are still at an early stage in Denmark, but recent national and private funding has helped push the field forward...
May 18, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Evidenz, Fortbildung und Qualität Im Gesundheitswesen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529098/differences-in-the-economic-valuation-and-determining-factors-of-informal-care-over-time-the-case-of-blood-cancer
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Marta Ortega-Ortega, Roberto Montero-Granados, Juan de Dios Jiménez-Aguilera
OBJECTIVE: To estimate differences in the economic valuation and sociodemographic and clinical factors associated with informal care between phases of the treatment in the case of blood cancer patients. METHODS: 139 haematological cancer patients who underwent a stem cell transplantation completed a longitudinal questionnaire according to 3 phases of the treatment: short-term (pre-transplant), medium-term (1st year post-transplant) and long-term (2nd-6th year post-transplant)...
May 19, 2017: Gaceta Sanitaria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529006/validation-of-a-next-generation-sequencing-pipeline-for-the-molecular-diagnosis-of-multiple-inherited-cancer-predisposing-syndromes
#18
Paula Paulo, Pedro Pinto, Ana Peixoto, Catarina Santos, Carla Pinto, Patrícia Rocha, Isabel Veiga, Gabriela Soares, Catarina Machado, Fabiana Ramos, Manuel R Teixeira
Despite the growing knowledge of the genetic background behind the cancers that occur in a context of hereditary predisposition, personal or family cancer history may not be clear enough to support directional gene testing. Defined targeted next-generation sequencing gene panels allow identification of the causative disease mutations of multigene syndromes and differential diagnosis for syndromes with phenotypically overlapping characteristics. Herein, we established a next-generation sequencing analysis pipeline for the molecular diagnosis of multiple inherited cancer predisposing syndromes using the commercially available target sequencing panel TruSight Cancer...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Molecular Diagnostics: JMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528932/robot-assisted-gynaecological-cancer-surgery-complications-and-prevention
#19
REVIEW
Ka Yu Tse, Hextan Yuen Sheung Ngan, Peter Christopher Lim
Ever since the US Food and Drug Administration approval of the use of da Vinci surgical systems (Intuitive Surgical Inc., Sunnyvale, California) in gynaecology in 2005, robot-assisted surgery has been widely adopted in different countries. Some of the applications in benign and oncological gynaecology include myomectomy, sacrocolpopexy, tubal anastomosis, simple hysterectomy, radical hysterectomy, radical trachelectomy, pelvic and/or para-aortic lymphadenectomy and even debulking surgery for ovarian cancer and pelvic exenteration for recurrent cervical and vaginal cancer...
April 23, 2017: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528753/healthcare-access-and-quality-index-based-on-mortality-from-causes-amenable-to-personal-health-care-in-195-countries-and-territories-1990-2015-a-novel-analysis-from-the-global-burden-of-disease-study-2015
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BACKGROUND: National levels of personal health-care access and quality can be approximated by measuring mortality rates from causes that should not be fatal in the presence of effective medical care (ie, amenable mortality). Previous analyses of mortality amenable to health care only focused on high-income countries and faced several methodological challenges. In the present analysis, we use the highly standardised cause of death and risk factor estimates generated through the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study (GBD) to improve and expand the quantification of personal health-care access and quality for 195 countries and territories from 1990 to 2015...
May 18, 2017: Lancet
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