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Guideline radiotherapy

Rudolph M Navari
The approach to the treatment of nausea and vomiting in a cancer patient should begin with a complete assessment, including the frequency, duration, and intensity of the nausea/vomiting; associated activities; and whether anorexia or cachexia is present. It is important to determine whether the nausea and vomiting is related to treatment (chemotherapy, radiation) or is independent of cancer treatment. Nausea/vomiting unrelated to chemotherapy and/or radiation may have an etiology for which there is a specific and potentially successful intervention...
March 15, 2018: Oncology (Williston Park, NY)
Mark T Corkum, Wei Liu, David A Palma, Glenn S Bauman, Robert E Dinniwell, Andrew Warner, Mark V Mishra, Alexander V Louie
BACKGROUND: Cancer patients frequently search the Internet for treatment options, and hospital websites are seen as reliable sources of knowledge. Guidelines support the use of proton radiotherapy in specific disease sites or on clinical trials. This study aims to evaluate direct-to-consumer advertising content and claims made by proton therapy centre (PTC) websites worldwide. METHODS: Operational PTC websites in English were identified through the Particle Therapy Co-Operative Group website...
March 15, 2018: Radiation Oncology
Luc Beaulieu, Dee-Ann Radford, J Eduardo Villarreal-Barajas
The Canadian Organization of Medical Physicists (COMP), in close partnership with the Canadian Partnership for Quality Radiotherapy (CPQR) has developed a series of Technical Quality Control (TQC) guidelines for radiation treatment equipment. These guidelines outline the performance objectives that equipment should meet in order to ensure an acceptable level of radiation treatment quality. The TQC guidelines have been rigorously reviewed and field tested in a variety of Canadian radiation treatment facilities...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
Junchao Chen, Clara Oromendia, Joshua A Halpern, Karla V Ballman
PURPOSE: Recent years have brought many changes in the management of localized prostate cancer as national screening guidelines have been updated and diagnostic practice patterns evolved. We sought to better understand how the changing landscape influenced treatment utilization in the United States. METHODS: We used the SEER database in this retrospective analysis of patients with clinically localized prostate cancer between 2004 and 2013. We evaluated utilization of primary treatment modalities over time with descriptive and trend analyses, and examined treatment utilization by cancer risk group and age at diagnosis...
March 14, 2018: Prostate
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
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
Bernadette Brown, Jane Young, David P Smith, Andrew B Kneebone, Andrew J Brooks, Sam Egger, Miranda Xhilaga, Amanda Dominello, Dianne L O'Connell, Mary Haines
BACKGROUND: This study assessed whether a theoretically conceptualised tailored intervention centred on multidisciplinary teams (MDTs) increased clinician referral behaviours in line with clinical practice guideline recommendations. METHODS: Nine hospital Sites in New South Wales (NSW), Australia with a urological MDT and involvement in a state-wide urological clinical network participated in this pragmatic stepped wedge, cluster randomised implementation trial...
March 12, 2018: Implementation Science: IS
Sunil W Dutta, Kristine Bauer-Nilsen, Jason C Sanders, Daniel M Trifiletti, Bruce Libby, Donna H Lash, Melody Lain, Deborah Christodoulou, Constance Hodge, Timothy N Showalter
PURPOSE: To evaluate the delivery cost of frequently used radiotherapy options offered to patients with intermediate- to high-risk prostate cancer using time-driven activity-based costing and compare the results with Medicare reimbursement and relative value units (RVUs). METHODS AND MATERIALS: Process maps were created to represent each step of prostate radiotherapy treatment at our institution. Salary data, equipment purchase costs, and consumable costs were factored into the cost analysis...
March 5, 2018: Brachytherapy
Brigid K Killelea, Jessica B Long, Weixiong Dang, Sarah S Mougalian, Suzanne B Evans, Cary P Gross, Shi-Yi Wang
PURPOSE: To examine the associations between sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) and complications among older patients who underwent breast-conserving surgery (BCS) for ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS). METHODS: We identified women from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results-Medicare dataset aged 67-94 years diagnosed during 1998-2011 with DCIS who underwent BCS as initial treatment. We assessed incidence of complications, including lymphedema, wound infection, seroma, or pain, within 9 months of diagnosis...
March 7, 2018: Annals of Surgical Oncology
D Nashan, S Dengler
The spectrum of dermato-oncological emergencies is multifaceted. They are particularly observed in cases with malignant melanoma due to the large number of patients and prolonged survival rates that are associated with new therapies for advanced disease. Dermato-oncological patients present to the hospital with symptoms like nausea and emesis, unexpected neurological deficits, various gastrointestinal problems, and even acute abdomen, acute breathlessness, or hemoptysis. Furthermore, emergencies can be caused by hematological problems like anemia and leukopenia...
March 7, 2018: Der Hautarzt; Zeitschrift Für Dermatologie, Venerologie, und Verwandte Gebiete
Fanny Guglielmucci, Isabella G Franzoi, Michela Bonafede, Francesca V Borgogno, Federica Grosso, Antonella Granieri
Aim: A cancer diagnosis-and in particular a Malignant Mesothelioma (MM) one-breaks the somatopsychic balance of the individual, compromising the quality of residual life and giving rise to many negative emotions difficult to integrate and to elaborate (such as depression, fears, anxieties, hopelessness, guilt, shame, and rage). Several national and international guidelines acknowledged the importance of evaluating psychological and socio-relational features in MM patients and their caregiver. However, only few studies have investigated the subjective experience of MM patients and even less research has focused on the caregivers' experience...
2018: Frontiers in Psychology
Marie Cantaloube, Laurence Moureau-Zabotto, Lena Mescam, Audrey Monneur, Valeria Deluca, Jerome Guiramand, Delphine Perrot, François Bertucci
Pulmonary artery intimal sarcoma (PAIS) is a very rare tumour with a very poor prognosis. In advanced stages, chemotherapy and radiotherapy are poorly efficient, and no standard chemotherapy guideline is currently available. Here, we report on a 37-year-old woman with PAIS initially treated with surgical resection who developed metastatic relapse refractory to anthracycline-based chemotherapy, then trabectedin, then pazopanib. The patient was then given carboplatin-vinorelbine chemotherapy. The treatment was well tolerated, and, rapidly, a CT scan showed an objective response that lasted 8 months despite the 4th therapeutic line...
January 2018: Case Reports in Oncology
Ali Ajdari, Archis Ghate, Minsun Kim
Recent theoretical research on spatiobiologically integrated 
 radiotherapy has focused on optimization models that adapt fluence-maps to the 
 evolution of tumor state, for example, cell densities, as observed in quantitative 
 functional images 
 acquired over the treatment course. We propose an optimization 
 model that adapts the length of the treatment course as well as the fluence-maps 
 to such imaged tumor state. Specifically, after observing the tumor cell 
 densities at the beginning of a session, the treatment planner solves a group of convex optimization problems to determine an optimal number of remaining treatment sessions, and a corresponding optimal fluence-map for each of these sessions...
March 7, 2018: Physics in Medicine and Biology
Jean-Pierre Bissonnette
The Canadian Organization of Medical Physicists, in close partnership with the Canadian Partnership for Quality Radiotherapy has developed a series of Technical Quality Control (TQC) guidelines for radiation treatment equipment. These guidelines outline the performance objectives that equipment should meet in order to ensure an acceptable level of radiation treatment quality. The TQC guidelines have been rigorously reviewed and field tested in a variety of Canadian radiation treatment facilities. The development process enables rapid review and update to keep the guidelines current with changes in technology...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
M Kunkiel, M Maczkiewicz, A Jagiełło-Gruszfeld, Z Nowecki
Angiosarcomas of the breast are rare parenchymal malignancies of the chest wall. Surgery is the main treatment modality with chemotherapy and radiotherapy used in case of recurrence. With generally unfavourable prognosis and lack of clear treatment guidelines due to its rarity and scarcity of available data, angiosarcoma of the breast is a challenging clinical situation for both oncologist and patient. We present here the results of a series of 11 consecutive primary angiosarcoma cases treated at our institute between 2000 and 2015...
February 2018: Current Oncology
Kendra L Schwartz, Michael S Simon, Lauren C Bylsma, Julie J Ruterbusch, Jennifer L Beebe-Dimmer, Neil M Schultz, Scott C Flanders, Arie Barlev, Jon P Fryzek, Ruben G W Quek
BACKGROUND: The current study was performed to describe patient characteristics, treatment patterns, survival, health care resource use (HRU), and costs among older women in the United States with advanced (American Joint Committee on Cancer stage III/IV) triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) in the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER)-Medicare database. METHODS: Women who were aged ≥66 years at the time of diagnosis and diagnosed with advanced TNBC between January 1, 2007, and January 1, 2011, in the SEER-Medicare database and who were followed for survival through December 31, 2013, were eligible...
March 5, 2018: Cancer
Kelly C Gast, Paul V Viscuse, Somaira Nowsheen, Tufia C Haddad, Robert W Mutter, Andrea E Wahner Hendrickson, Fergus J Couch, Kathryn J Ruddy
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation carriers can be at increased cardiovascular risk. The goal of this review is to provide information about factors associated with increased cardiovascular risk, methods to prevent cardiovascular toxicities, and recommended screening guidelines. RECENT FINDINGS: BRCA1/2 mutation carriers who are diagnosed with cancer are often exposed to chemotherapy, chest radiotherapy, and/or HER2 directed therapies, all of which can be cardiotoxic...
March 1, 2018: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
Shreyas S Joshi, Elizabeth Handorf, David Strauss, Andres F Correa, Alexander Kutikov, David Y T Chen, Rosalia Viterbo, Richard E Greenberg, Robert G Uzzo, Marc C Smaldone, Daniel M Geynisman
Importance: Penile cancer is an uncommon disease with minimal level I evidence to guide therapy. The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) guidelines advocate a lymph node dissection (LND) or radiotherapy with consideration of perioperative chemotherapy for all patients with lymph node-positive (LN+) penile cancer without metastasis. Objectives: To determine temporal trends in use of chemotherapy for patients with LN+ penile cancer without metastasis and to evaluate outcomes between those who did or did not receive LND, chemotherapy, and radiotherapy...
March 1, 2018: JAMA Oncology
Haibo Qiu, Zhiwei Zhou
The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) issued the clinical practice guidelines for gastric cancer 2017 edition version 5, which has been fully updated for the treatment of gastric cancer, including systematic treatment, surgery and radiotherapy. This article review and summarize the updated NCCN clinical practice guidelines for gastric cancer in 2017 and try to interpret it. (1)Biomarkers: mismatch repair defect (dMMR) or high microsatellite instability (MSI-H), programmed death ligand 1 (PD-L1) and tumor Epstein Barr virus (EBV) status should be considered for patients with gastric cancer...
February 25, 2018: Zhonghua Wei Chang Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
Han Jie Lee, Alvin Lee, Hong Hong Huang, Weber Kam On Lau
PURPOSE: Primary ADT (pADT) monotherapy is used significantly for patients with clinically localised disease in Asia and is acceptable even by guidelines, especially in intermediate- and high-risk disease. This occurs despite controversy in the West and data suggesting association with adverse effects, notably cardiovascular events. We therefore sought to assess the impact of pADT on all-cause mortality and prostate cancer-specific mortality (PCSM) in Asian men with high-risk and unfavourable intermediate-risk PCa...
February 28, 2018: International Urology and Nephrology
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