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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429102/improved-systemic-treatment-for-early-breast-cancer-improves-cure-rates-modifies-metastatic-pattern-and-shortens-post-metastatic-survival-35-year-results-from-the-munich-cancer-registry
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Dieter Hölzel, Renate Eckel, Ingo Bauerfeind, Bernd Baier, Thomas Beck, Michael Braun, Johannes Ettl, Ulrich Hamann, Marion Kiechle, Sven Mahner, Christian Schindlbeck, Johann de Waal, Nadia Harbeck, Jutta Engel
PURPOSE: Systemic therapies (ATHs) in early breast cancer have improved the survival of breast cancer (BC) patients in recent decades. The magnitude of the changes in overall, metastasis-free (MFS) and post-metastatic (PMS) survival and in the metastasis (MET) pattern will be described. PATIENT AND METHODS: We analysed 60,227 patients with a diagnosis of T-N-M0 BC between 1978 and 2013 and 11,983 patients with metastases (MET) in the Munich Cancer Registry. Patients will be divided into four time periods to identify relationships between BC and METs...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428907/palliative-care-in-huntington-disease-personal-reflections-and-a-review-of-the-literature
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REVIEW
Christopher G Tarolli, Amy M Chesire, Kevin M Biglan
BACKGROUND: Huntington disease is a fatal, autosomal dominant, neurodegenerative disorder manifest by the triad of a movement disorder, behavioral disturbances, and dementia. At present, no curative or disease modifying therapies exist for the condition and current treatments are symptomatic. Palliative care is an approach to care that focuses on symptom relief, patient and caregiver support, and end of life care. There is increasing evidence of the benefit of palliative care throughout the course of neurodegenerative conditions including Parkinson disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis...
2017: Tremor and Other Hyperkinetic Movements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427420/comparative-study-of-single-center-patients-with-thyroid-metastases-from-colorectal-cancer-and-previously-reported-cases-in-the-literature
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Adili Keranmu, Hongtu Zheng, Yuchen Wu, Jiang Zhao, Xiaolin Xu, Fangqi Liu, Sanjun Cai, Yu Wang, Ye Xu
BACKGROUND: Thyroid metastases from colorectal cancer (CRC) are rare, both in clinical practice and in the literature; hence, their diagnosis, appropriate treatment, and prognostic factors require further investigations. METHODS: A retrospective analysis was performed for four cases of thyroid metastases from CRC, treated in our center between January 2005 and December 2015, and the relevant literature was searched using PubMed, resulting in the identification of 17 patients with detailed information available...
April 20, 2017: World Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426492/clinical-practice-guidelines-for-pancreatic-cancer-2016-from-the-japan-pancreas-society-a-synopsis
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Koji Yamaguchi, Takuji Okusaka, Kyoko Shimizu, Junji Furuse, Yoshinori Ito, Keiji Hanada, Tooru Shimosegawa, Kazuichi Okazaki
OBJECTIVES: Clinical Practice Guidelines for Pancreatic Cancer based on Evidence-Based Medicine 2006 were first published by the Japan Pancreas Society, and they were revised to Clinical Practice Guidelines for Pancreatic Cancer 2009 in July 2009 and were further revised to Clinical Practice Guidelines for Pancreatic Cancer 2013 in October 2013. These guidelines were established according to evidence-based medicine. In October 2016, the Clinical Practice Guidelines for Pancreatic Cancer were newly revised in Japanese...
May 2017: Pancreas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425273/radiation-therapy-for-biliary-tract-tumors-the-joint-experience-of-three-centers
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Mehmet Sinan Karabey, Eda Yirmibeşoğlu Erkal, Ahmet Yolcu, Bekir Hakan Bakkal, Özlem Ay, Maksut Görkem Aksu, Emine Binnaz Sarper, Haldun Şükrü Erkal
BACKGROUND/AIM: This study presents the joint experience of three centers in the treatment of patients with biliary tract tumors with radiation therapy (RT). MATERIALS AND METHODS: The records of 27 patients were retrospectively reviewed. All of the patients who had undergone surgical resection received postoperative adjuvant RT, whereas all of the patients who had not undergone a surgical resection received RT with palliative intent. Twenty patients with adequate performance status were treated with RT and chemotherapy, while the remaining seven patients were treated with RT alone...
April 18, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424084/durable-complete-remission-with-aromatase-inhibitor-therapy-in-a-patient-with-metastatic-uterine-carcinosarcoma-with-poor-performance-status-and-coagulation-disorders-a-case-report
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P Martin-Romano, M Jurado, M A Idoate, L Arbea, J L Hernandez-Lizoain, D Cano, J A Paramo, S Martin-Algarra
BACKGROUND: Chemotherapy is considered the most appropriate treatment for metastatic uterine sarcoma, despite its limited efficacy. No other treatment has been conclusively proved to be a real alternative, but some reports suggest that anti-hormonal therapy could be active in a small subset of patients. We report the case of a patient with metastatic uterine carcinosarcoma with positive hormonal receptors and a complete pathological response. CASE PRESENTATION: A 54-year-old white woman presented to our emergency room with hypovolemic shock and serious vaginal bleeding...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423917/management-of-opioid-induced-constipation-in-hospice-patients
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Leah Sera, Mary Lynn McPherson
BACKGROUND: Constipation is a common symptom in patients with advanced disease taking opioids. Opioid-induced constipation (OIC) is commonly treated with laxatives and stool softeners. Recently, newer agents have come to market which broaden options for patients in whom first-line therapies are not effective. OBJECTIVE: To determine what pharmacologic regimens are currently used in hospice programs to prevent and treat OIC, whether those regimens have changed with the introduction of newer agents and evidence discouraging the use of docusate, and whether hospice programs are standardizing the management of OIC...
January 1, 2017: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421464/a-novel-tp53-mutation-associated-with-twist1-and-sip1-expression-in-an-aggressive-adrenocortical-carcinoma
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Daniel Bulzico, Davi Coe Torres, Gerson Moura Ferreira, Bruno Ricardo Barreto Pires, Paulo Antônio Silvestre de Faria, Rocio Hassan, Eliana Abdelhay, Mario Vaisman, Leonardo Vieira Neto
Adrenocortical carcinomas (ACC) are very rare tumors related to TP53 mutations mostly in childhood onset cases. Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) transcription factors TWIST1 and Smad interacting protein 1 (SIP1) are related to poorer outcomes in other malignancies, but their role in ACC is unknown. We describe a case of an advanced metastatic ACC (Weiss-score of 9) in a patient at age 76. After primary tumor resection, mitotane therapy was started as palliation to low-volume liver metastasis. After a 2-year period of stable disease, the patient died due to brain metastasis...
April 18, 2017: Endocrine Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421240/a-randomised-phase-ii-study-of-repeated-rhenium-188-hedp-combined-with-docetaxel-and-prednisone-versus-docetaxel-and-prednisone-alone-in-castration-resistant-prostate-cancer-crpc-metastatic-to-bone-the-taxium-ii-trial
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Joyce M van Dodewaard-de Jong, John M H de Klerk, Haiko J Bloemendal, Daniela E Oprea-Lager, Otto S Hoekstra, H Pieter van den Berg, Maartje Los, Aart Beeker, Marianne A Jonker, Joe M O'Sullivan, Henk M W Verheul, Alfons J M van den Eertwegh
BACKGROUND: Rhenium-188-HEDP is a beta-emitting radiopharmaceutical used for palliation of metastatic bone pain. We investigated whether the addition of rhenium-188-HEDP to docetaxel/prednisone improved efficacy of chemotherapy in patients with CRPC. METHODS: Patients with progressive CRPC and osteoblastic bone metastases were randomised for first-line docetaxel 75 mg/m(2) 3-weekly plus prednisone with or without 2 injections of rhenium-188-HEDP after the third (40 MBq/kg) and after the sixth (20 MBq/kg) cycle of docetaxel...
April 18, 2017: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420722/low-tumor-mitochondrial-dna-content-is-associated-with-better-outcome-in-breast-cancer-patients-receiving-anthracycline-based-chemotherapy
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Marjolein J A Weerts, Antoinette Hollestelle, Anieta M Sieuwerts, John A Foekens, Stefan Sleijfer, John W M Martens
In this study, we aimed to explore whether low levels of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) content in the primary tumor could predict better outcome for breast cancer patients receiving anthracycline-based therapies. We hypothesized that tumor cells with low mtDNA content are more susceptible to mitochondrial damage induced by anthracyclines, and thus are more susceptible to anthracycline treatment.<br /><br />Experimental Design: We measured mtDNA content by a quantitative PCR approach in 295 primary breast tumor specimens originating from two well-defined cohorts: 174 lymph node-positive patients who received adjuvant chemotherapy and 121 patients with advanced disease who received chemotherapy as first-line palliative treatment...
April 18, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418920/complementary-utility-of-targeted-next-generation-sequencing-and-immunohistochemistry-panels-as-a-screening-platform-to-select-targeted-therapy-for-advanced-gastric-cancer
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Hyo Song Kim, Hanna Lee, Su-Jin Shin, Seung-Hoon Beom, Minkyu Jung, Sujin Bae, Eun Young Lee, Kyu Hyun Park, Yoon Young Choi, Taeil Son, Hyoung-Il Kim, Jae-Ho Cheong, Woo Jin Hyung, Jun Chul Park, Sung Kwan Shin, Sang Kil Lee, Yong Chan Lee, Woong Sub Koom, Joon Seok Lim, Hyun Cheol Chung, Sung Hoon Noh, Sun Young Rha, Hyunki Kim, Soonmyung Paik
We tested the clinical utility of combined profiling of Ion Torrent PGM based next-generation sequencing (NGS) and immunohistochemistry (IHC) for assignment to molecularly targeted therapies. A consecutive cohort of 93 patients with advanced/metastatic GC who underwent palliative chemotherapy between March and December 2015 were prospectively enrolled. Formalin fixed paraffin embedded tumor biopsy specimens were subjected to a 10 GC panels [Epstein Barr virus encoding RNA in-situ hybridization, IHC for mismatch repair proteins (MMR; MLH1, PMS2, MSH2, and MSH6), receptor tyrosine kinases (HER2, EGFR, and MET), PTEN, and p53 protein], and a commercial targeted NGS panel of 52 genes (Oncomine Focus Assay)...
March 21, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415802/application-of-embolization-microspheres-in-interventional-therapy-of-malignant-non-hypervascular-tumor-of-liver
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Huanzhang Niu, Tingwei Du, Quanping Xiao, Xin Hu, Dongmin Li, Chao Wang, Wanqin Gao, Taohong Xing, Xiangmei Xu
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the efficacy and safety of transarterial embolization (TAE) using embolization microspheres in the treatment of non-hypervascular malignant liver tumors. METHODS: Patients with malignant non-hypervascular liver tumors, who were treated with TAE using embolization microspheres, were selected and analyzed retrospectively. The technical success rate, tumor response, and complications were assessed. RESULTS: Six patients were included in the study: 1 patient each with hepatocellular-cholangiocarcinoma, intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma, hepatic metastasis after resection of common bile duct carcinoma, liver metastasis from colon cancer, liver metastasis from esophageal cancer, and liver metastasis from pancreatic cancer...
March 16, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415645/peritoneal-carcinomatosis-limits-of-diagnosis-and-the-case-for-liquid-biopsy
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REVIEW
James R W McMullen, Matthew Selleck, Nathan R Wall, Maheswari Senthil
Peritoneal Carcinomatosis (PC) is a late stage manifestation of several gastrointestinal malignancies including appendiceal, colorectal, and gastric cancer. In PC, tumors metastasize to and deposit on the peritoneal surface and often leave patients with only palliative treatment options. For colorectal PC, median survival is approximately five months, and palliative systemic therapy is able to extend this to approximately 12 months. However, cytoreductive surgery with hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (CRS/HIPEC) with a curative intent is possible in some patients with limited tumor burden...
March 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412586/volume-outcome-relation-in-palliative-systemic-treatment-of-metastatic-oesophagogastric-cancer
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N Haj Mohammad, N Bernards, M van Putten, V E P P Lemmens, M G H van Oijen, H W M van Laarhoven
INTRODUCTION: Palliative systemic therapy has been shown to improve survival in metastatic oesophagogastric cancer. Administration of palliative systemic therapy in metastatic oesophagogastric cancer varies between hospitals. We aimed to explore the association between the annual hospital volume of oesophagogastric cancer patients and survival. METHODS: Patients diagnosed in the Netherlands between 2005 and 2013 with metastatic oesophagogastric cancer were identified in the Netherlands Cancer Registry...
April 13, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409420/single-fraction-spine-stereotactic-ablative-body-radiotherapy-with-volumetric-modulated-arc-therapy
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Matthew M Gestaut, Nitika Thawani, Sangroh Kim, Veera R Gutti, Sameer Jhavar, Niloyjyoti Deb, Andrew Morrow, Russell A Ward, Jason H Huang, Mehul Patel
This study investigated a single institution's experience with volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) directed stereotactic ablative body radiotherapy (SABR) for vertebral metastases. From 2010 to 2014, 95 lesions of spinal metastases in 73 patients were treated with SABR using VMAT. Clinical local control, pain level, and use of steroid medication were employed to evaluate treatment responses. The majority (79%) of patients were treated with a radiation dose of 20 Gy in a single fraction. However, when normal tissue constraints could not be achieved, the dose was reduced to 18 Gy (11%) or 16 Gy (8%) in 1 fraction...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407299/effects-of-ultraviolet-radiation-on-glioma-systematic-review
#16
Savva Pronin, Chan Hee Koh, Mark Hughes
Glioblastoma multiforme is the most aggressive primary brain tumour. Treatment is largely palliative, with current strategies unable to prevent inevitable tumour recurrence. Implantable micro-electromechanical systems are becoming more feasible for the management of several human diseases. These systems may have a role in detecting tumour recurrence and delivering localised therapies. One potential therapeutic tool is ultraviolet (UV) light. This systematic review assesses the effects of UV light on glioma cells...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405328/photodynamic-therapy-with-polyhematoporphyrin-for-malignant-biliary-obstruction-a-nationwide-retrospective-study-of-150-consecutive-applications
#17
Werner Dolak, Hubert Schwaighofer, Brigitte Hellmich, Bernhard Stadler, Georg Spaun, Wolfgang Plieschnegger, Arnold Hebenstreit, Jutta Weber-Eibel, Franz Siebert, Klaus Emmanuel, Peter Knoflach, Michael Gschwantler, Wolfgang Vogel, Michael Trauner, Andreas Püspök
BACKGROUND: Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a palliative treatment for malignant biliary obstruction. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this article is to assess the feasibility and safety of this technique. METHODS: In this nationwide, retrospective study of prospectively collected clinical data, all patients treated with PDT using polyhematoporphyrin in Austria from March 2004 to May 2013 were included. Feasibility, adverse events, stent patency and mortality rates were investigated...
February 2017: United European Gastroenterology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404915/prognostic-significance-of-tumor-infiltrating-immune-cells-and-pd-l1-expression-in-esophageal-squamous-cell-carcinoma
#18
Yubo Jiang, Anthony W I Lo, Angela Wong, Wenfeng Chen, Yan Wang, Li Lin, Jianming Xu
Programmed death-1 receptor (PD-1) and its ligand (PD-L1) play an integral role in regulating the immune response against cancer. This study investigated the prognostic significance of PD-L1 expression on tumor cells and tumor-infiltrating immune cells (TILs) in the tumor microenvironment in Chinese patients with esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC). Archival formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded ESCC samples from treatment-naïve patients with ESCC after surgery or by diagnostic endoscopic biopsy were collected between 2004 and 2014...
February 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404762/implementation-of-systemic-hedgehog-inhibitors-in-daily-practice-as-neoadjuvant-therapy
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REVIEW
Nikki Tang, Desiree Ratner
The most common cancer in both men and women is basal cell carcinoma (BCC). Although most primary and recurrent BCCs have high cure rates with standard therapies, advanced BCCs present a greater treatment challenge, especially in cosmetically and functionally sensitive areas. In patients unable to undergo surgery or radiation therapy, hedgehog inhibitors can be used neoadjuvantly to reduce tumor size, decreasing the extent and complexity of any subsequent surgery and providing either a cure or palliation. The goal of this review is to summarize the pharmacology, efficacy, and safety of systemic hedgehog inhibitors, as well as their role in daily practice as neoadjuvant therapy...
April 2017: Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network: JNCCN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403829/systemic-therapy-in-younger-and-elderly-patients-with-advanced-biliary-cancer-sub-analysis-of-abc-02-and-twelve-other-prospective-trials
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Mairéad Geraldine McNamara, John Bridgewater, Andre Lopes, Harpreet Wasan, David Malka, Lars Henrik Jensen, Takuji Okusaka, Jennifer J Knox, Dorothea Wagner, David Cunningham, Jenny Shannon, David Goldstein, Markus Moehler, Tanios Bekaii-Saab, Juan W Valle
BACKGROUND: Outcomes in younger (<40 years) and elderly (≥70 years) patients with advanced biliary cancer (ABC) receiving palliative chemotherapy are unclear. This study assessed outcomes in those receiving monotherapy or combination therapy in thirteen prospective systemic-therapy trials. METHODS: Multivariable analysis explored the impact of therapy on progression-free (PFS) and overall survival (OS) in two separate age cohort groups: <70 years and ≥70 years, and <40 years and ≥40 years...
April 12, 2017: BMC Cancer
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