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Palliative therapy

Devin Vaswani, Adam N Wallace, Preston S Eiswirth, Thomas P Madaelil, Randy O Chang, Anderanik Tomasian, Jack W Jennings
PURPOSE: To evaluate the effectiveness of percutaneous image-guided thermal ablation in achieving local tumor control and pain palliation of sarcoma metastases within the musculoskeletal system. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Retrospective review of 64 sarcoma metastases within the musculoskeletal system in 26 women and 15 men (total = 41) treated with ablation between December 2011 and August 2016 was performed. Mean age of the cohort was 42.9 years ± 16.0 years...
March 14, 2018: Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology
Muhammad Shuja, Ayman A Elghazaly, Asif Iqbal, Reham Mohamed, Amal Marie, Mutahir A Tunio, Moamen M Aly, Ali Balbaid, Mushabbab Asiri
Introduction Bone metastasis (BM) is a major complication of many solid tumors like breast, prostate, lung and renal cancers. BM leads to serious sequelae of pain, fractures, spinal cord compression and hypercalcemia. Radiotherapy has an established role in relieving pain caused by BM. Worldwide different radiotherapy schedules are being used for BM. The aim of this study is to determine the efficacy of single fraction palliative radiotherapy for painful bone metastases. Methods Between April 2014 and April 2017, single fraction radiotherapy was used to treat 73 patients in our institution...
January 8, 2018: Curēus
Michael V Fiandalo, John J Stocking, Elena A Pop, John H Wilton, Krystin M Mantione, Yun Li, Kristopher M Attwood, Gissou Azabdaftari, Yue Wu, David S Watt, Elizabeth M Wilson, James L Mohler
Androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) is palliative and prostate cancer (CaP) recurs as lethal castration-recurrent/resistant CaP (CRPC). One mechanism that provides CaP resistance to ADT is primary backdoor androgen metabolism, which uses up to four 3α-oxidoreductases to convert 5α-androstane-3α,17β-diol (DIOL) to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). The goal was to determine whether inhibition of 3α-oxidoreductase activity decreased conversion of DIOL to DHT. Protein sequence analysis showed that the four 3α-oxidoreductases have identical catalytic amino acid residues...
February 16, 2018: Oncotarget
Sarosh Khan, Maria Ribeiro, Diogo Fernandes, Colin Reid
72 year old man with known systolic & diastolic heart failure presented with congestive cardiac failure symptoms over a period of 6 weeks. Successful resection of left upper lobe lung adenocarcinoma 4 years prior. Poor response to optimal medical therapy and IV diuresis. Repeat echocardiogram elicited rare images (Videos 1, 2 and 3) of a significant invasive pericardial tumour involving myocardium and endocardium (Figure 1). Comparative CT thorax images are also provided (Figure 2a & Figure 2b). The importance of cardiac silhouette evaluation on CXR's for interval change is highlighted with 6 month retrospective review in this case (Figure 3)...
March 14, 2018: Echo Research and Practice
L Tagliaferri, C Casà, G Macchia, A Pesce, G Garganese, B Gui, G Perotti, S Gentileschi, F Inzani, R Autorino, S Cammelli, A G Morganti, V Valentini, M A Gambacorta
OBJECTIVE/PURPOSE: Extramammary Paget disease (EMPD) is a rare neoplasm of the skin generally affecting the anogenital area. Because of the low-frequency of the disease, no specific guidelines about the treatment strategy are available. Surgery is the recommended therapy for resectable and localized disease, but several other local treatments have been reported such as radiotherapy (RT). Most articles report small retrospective studies, referring to patients treated decades ago with large heterogeneity in terms of RT dose and technique...
March 17, 2018: International Journal of Gynecological Cancer
Mary McGunigal, Ariel Pollock, John T Doucette, Jerry Liu, Manjeet Chadha, Tamara Kalir, Vishal Gupta
OBJECTIVES: Randomized trials have shown a local control benefit with adjuvant radiotherapy (RT) in high-intermediate-risk endometrial cancer patients, although not all such patients receive RT. We reviewed the National Cancer Data Base to investigate which patient/tumor-related factors are associated with delivery of adjuvant RT. METHODS: The National Cancer Data Base was queried for patients diagnosed with International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics 2009 stage I endometrioid adenocarcinoma from 1998 to 2012 who underwent surgery +/- adjuvant RT...
March 14, 2018: International Journal of Gynecological Cancer
Patrizia Ciammella, Giorgia Timon, Alessio Bruni, Davide Franceschini, Paolo Borghetti, Nicolò Giaj-Levra, Carlo Greco, Vieri Scotti, Marco Trovo
INTRODUCTION: Radiation therapy plays an important role in the management of SCLC both in curative and palliative setting, however, conflicting data from clinical trials incite debate over the appropriate use of radiation therapy regarding prophylactic cranial irradiation (PCI) and/or thoracic consolidative in extensive-stage SCLC (ES-SCLC). This survey is conducted to evaluate the current pattern of care among Italian radiation oncologists. METHODS: In June 2016, all Italian radiation oncologists were invited to a web-based survey...
March 13, 2018: La Radiologia Medica
Fabiola Fuchs, Martin Robausch
BACKGROUND: The topic of "medical oversupply at the end-of-life" is being discussed intensively internationally. The aim of this paper is to present the data of end-of-life care in one region in Austria (Lower Austria). METHODS: The data basis for the end-of-life indicators was the routine data (secondary data analysis) of the Lower Austrian District Health Insurance Fund (NÖGKK) from 2015. The basic population consisted of persons with inpatient hospitalization with a cancer diagnosis...
March 13, 2018: Wiener Medizinische Wochenschrift
Andrew J Benjamin, Mary M Buschmann, Shuang Qin Zhang, Kristen Wroblewski, Hedy L Kindler, Kevin K Roggin, William Dale
OBJECTIVE: Sarcopenia is associated with poor outcomes in patients undergoing surgery for pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC). However, few studies have assessed changes in sarcopenia during multimodality therapy or its effect on overall survival (OS). METHODS: Computed tomography (CT) total psoas area index (TPAI) and weighted average Hounsfield units (HU) were measured at each treatment interval in patients with resectable PDAC. Four cohorts were compared: 1...
March 10, 2018: Journal of Geriatric Oncology
M Stanik, A Poprach, D Macik, I Capak, D Maluskova, N Mareckova, R Lakomy, J Jarkovsky, J Dolezel
Patients with clinically node-positive bladder cancer have a poor prognosis, with many receiving only palliative chemo- therapy. We evaluated oncological results in bladder cancer patients with clinically regional and supraregional lymph- adenopathy treated with induction chemotherapy (IC) and consolidative cystectomy. Twenty-five patients with clinically node-positive bladder cancer (including pelvic and retroperitoneal nodes) were treated with 2-4 cycles of IC followed by consolidative cystectomy between 2010 and 2016...
2018: Neoplasma
G Rossi, M Salerno, D Granchi, E Cenni, G Facchini, N Baldini
Arterial embolization, aimed at the mechanical occlusion of tumor-feeding vessels, represents a satisfactory palliative therapy for bone metastases. In this study, we evaluated if the circulating levels of three factors related to the metastatic process change in response to embolization. Seven patients who underwent embolization of a single skeletal metastasis from carcinomas were analyzed prospectively. Circulating levels of Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor A (VEGF-A), Fibroblast Growth Factor 2 (FGF-2), and Tartrate-Resistant Acid Phosphatase-5b Isoform (TRACP5b) were evaluated before and after embolization at 1, 3, and 6 months...
2018: Neoplasma
Taro Funakoshi, Takahiro Horimatsu, Michio Nakamura, Koichi Shiroshita, Koichi Suyama, Masashi Mukoyama, Takuro Mizukami, Tsutomu Sakurada, Eishi Baba, Kazuhiko Tsuruya, Akira Nozaki, Kensei Yahata, Yukinori Ozaki, Yoshifumi Ubara, Hisateru Yasui, Akihiro Yoshimoto, Shingo Fukuma, Naoya Kondo, Takeshi Matsubara, Kazuo Matsubara, Shunichi Fukuhara, Motoko Yanagita, Manabu Muto
Background: Cancer is a major cause of death in patients undergoing haemodialysis. However, information about the actual clinical practice of chemotherapy for patients with cancer undergoing haemodialysis is lacking. We conducted a nationwide survey using questionnaires on the clinical practice of chemotherapy for such patients. Patients and methods: The nationwide survey included patients undergoing haemodialysis who were subsequently diagnosed with cancer in 20 hospitals in Japan from January 2010 to December 2012...
2018: ESMO Open
Kathleen Oare Lindell, Mehdi Nouraie, Melinda J Klesen, Sara Klein, Kevin F Gibson, Daniel J Kass, Margaret Quinn Rosenzweig
Introduction: Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), a progressive life-limiting lung disease affects approximately 128 000 newly diagnosed individuals in the USA annually. IPF, a disease of ageing associated with intense medical and financial burden, is expected to grow in incidence globally. Median survival from diagnosis is 3.8 years, and many of these patients succumb to a rapid death within 6 months. Despite the fatal prognosis, we have found that patients and caregivers often fail to understand the poor prognosis as the disease relentlessly progresses...
2018: BMJ Open Respiratory Research
Myrick C Shinall, E Wesley Ely, Mohana Karlekar, Samuel G Robbins, Rameela Chandrasekhar, Sara F Martin
BACKGROUND: The Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy-Palliative (FACIT-Pal) 14 instrument measures the quality of life in palliative care patients but its psychometric properties are not well characterized. OBJECTIVES: To establish the reliability and validity of the FACIT-Pal 14 in an outpatient palliative care clinic population. METHODS: The FACIT-Pal 14 was administered to 227 patients in an outpatient palliative care clinic at a large, urban academic medical center...
January 1, 2018: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
Takashi Kuragaichi, Yuma Kurozumi, Shogo Ohishi, Yasuo Sugano, Akihiro Sakashita, Norihiko Kotooka, Makoto Suzuki, Taiki Higo, Dai Yumino, Yasuko Takada, Seiko Maeda, Saori Yamabe, Koichi Washida, Tomonori Takahashi, Tomohito Ohtani, Yasushi Sakata, Yukihito Sato
BACKGROUND: Palliative care for heart failure (HF) patients is recommended in Western guidelines, so this study aimed to clarify the current status of palliative care for HF patients in Japan.Methods and Results:A survey was sent to all Japanese Circulation Society-authorized cardiology training hospitals (n=1,004) in August 2016. A total of 544 institutions (54%) returned the questionnaire. Of them, 527 (98%) answered that palliative care is necessary for patients with HF. A total of 227 (42%) institutions held a palliative care conference for patients with HF, and 79% of the institutions had <10 cases per year...
March 10, 2018: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
Katsunori Matsueda, Tatsuya Toyokawa, Masahiro Sakata, Isao Fujita, Jouichiro Horii
This case report refers to a 31-year-old patient with an 11-year history of Crohn's disease. The patient presented with an edematous elevated lesion in the splenic flexure. Two histological analyses revealed no signs of obvious dysplasia, and the patient subsequently began infliximab treatment. Nine months later, a worsening of the stricture of the edematous elevated lesion was observed in the splenic flexure, and transverse colonic resection was performed. A histological investigation of the lesion in the splenic flexure revealed advanced adenocarcinoma...
March 9, 2018: Internal Medicine
Sanders Chang, Peter May, Nathan E Goldstein, Juan Wisnivesky, Doran Ricks, David Fuld, Melissa Aldridge, Kenneth Rosenzweig, R Sean Morrison, Kavita V Dharmarajan
CONTEXT: Palliative radiation therapy (PRT) is a highly effective treatment in alleviating symptoms from bone metastases; however, currently used standard fractionation schedules can lead to costly care, especially when patients are treated in an inpatient setting. The Palliative Radiation Oncology Consult (PROC) service was developed in 2013 to improve appropriateness, timeliness, and care value from PRT. OBJECTIVE: Our primary objective was to compare total costs among two cohorts of inpatients with bone metastases treated with PRT before, or after, PROC establishment...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
Melissa L Lynn, Sarah J Lehman, Jil C Tardiff
This article focuses on three "bins" that comprise sets of biophysical derangements elicited by cardiomyopathy-associated mutations in the myofilament. Current therapies focus on symptom palliation and do not address the disease at its core. We and others have proposed that a more nuanced classification could lead to direct interventions based on early dysregulation changing the trajectory of disease progression in the preclinical cohort. Continued research is necessary to address the complexity of cardiomyopathic progression and develop efficacious therapeutics...
April 2018: Heart Failure Clinics
Ai-Wen Wu, Yong Cai, Yong-Heng Li, Lin Wang, Zhong-Wu Li, Ying-Shi Sun, Jia-Fu Ji
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to retrospectively analyze the pattern and the management of recurrence of rectal cancer treated with 22-fraction intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT). PATIENTS AND METHODS: This study included patients who underwent IMRT with gross tumor volume of 50.6 Gy in 22 fractions with concurrent capecitabine treatment over a period of 30 days, after which the patients underwent total mesorectal excision at Peking University Cancer Hospital (2007-2015)...
March 7, 2018: Clinical Colorectal Cancer
Lionel Kankeu Fonkoua, Nelson S Yee
Palliative chemotherapy is the mainstay of treatment of advanced gastric carcinoma (GC). Monoclonal antibodies including trastuzumab, ramucirumab, and pembrolizumab have been shown to provide additional benefits. However, the clinical outcomes are often unpredictable and they can vary widely among patients. Currently, no biomarker is available for predicting treatment response in the individual patient except human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) amplification and programmed death-ligand 1 (PD-L1) expression for effectiveness of trastuzumab and pembrolizumab, respectively...
March 9, 2018: Biomedicines
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