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Tomas Vedin, Sebastian Svensson, Marcus Edelhamre, Mathias Karlsson, Mikael Bergenheim, Per-Anders Larsson
PURPOSE: Head trauma is common in the emergency department. Identifying the few patients with serious injuries is time consuming and leads to many computerized tomographies (CTs). Reducing the number of CTs would reduce cost and radiation. The aim of this study was to evaluate the characteristics of adults with head trauma over a 1-year period to identify clinical features predicting intracranial hemorrhage. METHODS: Medical record data have been collected retrospectively in adult patients with traumatic brain injury...
March 17, 2018: European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery: Official Publication of the European Trauma Society
Sweet Ping Ng, Joseph M Herman
Pancreatic cancer is a devastating disease with poor survival outcomes. Recent studies have shown that the addition of radiotherapy to chemotherapy in the setting of locally advanced pancreatic cancer did not improve overall survival outcome. These studies commonly utilize conventional radiotherapy treatment fractionation and technique (typically 3-D conformal radiotherapy or intensity modulated radiotherapy). Although no clear benefit in overall survival was demonstrated in those studies, those who received radiotherapy did have a clear benefit in terms of local control...
March 16, 2018: Cancers
O S Eng, R A Nelson, I Konstantinidis, J Chao, L Erhunmwunsee, D J Raz, J Y Kim
Trimodality therapy with neoadjuvant chemoradiation followed by surgery has emerged as the standard of care for the treatment of locally advanced esophageal cancer. Yet, there is considerable variation in survival within this population. We sought to analyze factors associated with survival after trimodality therapy in esophageal adenocarcinoma. We identified 4,679 patients from the National Cancer Database (NCDB) of the American College of Surgeons who received chemotherapy and radiation prior to surgery for esophageal adenocarcinoma from 2006 to 2013...
March 8, 2018: Diseases of the Esophagus: Official Journal of the International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus
Maxine D Fisher, Ancilla W Fernandes, Temitope O Olufade, Paul J Miller, Mark S Walker, Moon Fenton
PURPOSE: The goal of this study was to describe patient characteristics, health resource utilization (HRU), and costs associated with treating recurrent or refractory head and neck cancer (HNC) among patients with disease progression in the community oncology setting. METHODS: This retrospective observational study was conducted by using data from the Vector Oncology Data Warehouse. Patients had been diagnosed with locally advanced or metastatic (stage III-IVc) HNC between January 1, 2007, and October 1, 2015...
March 9, 2018: Clinical Therapeutics
Adam Mutsaers, Hanbo Chen, Alexander V Louie
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Significant advances have been made in the field of stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR) for the treatment of pulmonary neoplasms in recent years. This review aims to summarize recent salient evidence on SABR for early-stage nonsmall cell lung cancer (ES-NSCLC). RECENT FINDINGS: In medically inoperable patients, SABR remains the standard of care. The optimal SABR dosing regimen is being studied. Comparisons with non-SABR radiotherapy regimens with lower doses per fraction revealed benefit of SABR...
March 7, 2018: Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine
Anthony Pham, Becky Lee, Eric L Chang
Brain metastases are the most common intracranial tumors in the adult population and have been historically treated with whole brain radiation therapy (WBRT). However, as medical advances improve life expectancy, stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) has replaced WBRT as the standard of care for limited (one to three) brain metastases due to the relative sparing of neurocognitive function (NCF) and therefore quality of life (QoL). The use of SRS has been less documented in the case of multiple (four or more) brain metastases, with literature limited to non-randomized studies showing comparable survival and local control...
December 28, 2017: Curēus
Chinedu Cletus Ude, Azizi Miskon, Ruszymah Bt Hj Idrus, Muhamad Bin Abu Bakar
The dynamic nature of modern warfare, including threats and injuries faced by soldiers, necessitates the development of countermeasures that address a wide variety of injuries. Tissue engineering has emerged as a field with the potential to provide contemporary solutions. In this review, discussions focus on the applications of stem cells in tissue engineering to address health risks frequently faced by combatants at war. Human development depends intimately on stem cells, the mysterious precursor to every kind of cell in the body that, with proper instruction, can grow and differentiate into any new tissue or organ...
February 26, 2018: Military Medical Research
Pierce K H Chow, Mihir Gandhi, Say-Beng Tan, Maung Win Khin, Ariunaa Khasbazar, Janus Ong, Su Pin Choo, Peng Chung Cheow, Chanisa Chotipanich, Kieron Lim, Laurentius A Lesmana, Tjakra W Manuaba, Boon Koon Yoong, Aloysius Raj, Chiong Soon Law, Ian H Y Cua, Rolley R Lobo, Catherine S C Teh, Yun Hwan Kim, Yun Won Jong, Ho-Seong Han, Si-Hyun Bae, Hyun-Ki Yoon, Rheun-Chuan Lee, Chien-Fu Hung, Cheng-Yuan Peng, Po-Chin Liang, Adam Bartlett, Kenneth Y Y Kok, Choon-Hua Thng, Albert Su-Chong Low, Anthony S W Goh, Kiang Hiong Tay, Richard H G Lo, Brian K P Goh, David C E Ng, Ganesh Lekurwale, Wei Ming Liew, Val Gebski, Kenneth S W Mak, Khee Chee Soo
Purpose Selective internal radiation therapy or radioembolization (RE) shows efficacy in unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) limited to the liver. This study compared the safety and efficacy of RE and sorafenib in patients with locally advanced HCC. Patients and Methods SIRveNIB (selective internal radiation therapy v sorafenib), an open-label, investigator-initiated, phase III trial, compared yttrium-90 (90 Y) resin microspheres RE with sorafenib 800 mg/d in patients with locally advanced HCC in a two-tailed study designed for superiority/detriment...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
Chao Rong, Étienne Fasolt Richard Corvin Meinert, Jochen Hess
Numerous studies have established a proof of concept that abnormal expression and function of estrogen receptors (ER) are crucial processes in initiation and development of hormone-related cancers and also affect the efficacy of anti-cancer therapy. Radiotherapy has been applied as one of the most common and potent therapeutic strategies, which is synergistic with surgical excision, chemotherapy and targeted therapy for treating malignant tumors. However, the impact of ionizing radiation on ER expression and ER-related signaling in cancer tissue, as well as the interaction between endocrine and irradiation therapy remains largely elusive...
March 2, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Edward P Retzbach, Stephanie A Sheehan, Evan M Nevel, Amber Batra, Tran Phi, Angels T P Nguyen, Yukinari Kato, Soly Baredes, Mahnaz Fatahzadeh, Alan J Shienbaum, Gary S Goldberg
Oral cancer has become one of the most aggressive types of cancer, killing 140,000 people worldwide every year. Current treatments for oral cancer include surgery and radiation therapies. These procedures can be very effective; however, they can also drastically decrease the quality of life for survivors. New chemotherapeutic treatments are needed to more effectively combat oral cancer. The transmembrane receptor podoplanin (PDPN) has emerged as a functionally relevant oral cancer biomarker and chemotherapeutic target...
March 2018: Oral Oncology
Timothy B Legare, Oteni Hamilton, Sarah Dhannoon, Sayed Ali
Non-islet cell tumor hypoglycemia (NICTH) is a rare paraneoplastic condition caused most commonly by metastatic mesenchymal tumors. A 74-year-old non-diabetic male with an eight-year history of metastatic sarcomatoid lung cancer presented with altered mental status. His previous treatment included a lobectomy and radiation. Laboratory investigations were significant for blood glucose of 28 mg/dL, confirming hypoglycemia. He was hypokalemic, a condition seen in approximately 50% of patients with NICTH, at 2...
December 20, 2017: Curēus
Basem A Dahshan, Malcolm D Mattes, Sanjay Bhatia, Mary Susan Palek, Christopher P Cifarelli, Joshua D Hack, John A Vargo
The role of stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) in the treatment of multiple brain metastases is controversial. While whole brain radiation therapy (WBRT) has historically been the mainstay of treatment, its value is increasingly being questioned as emerging data supports that SRS alone can provide comparable therapeutic outcomes for limited (one to three) intracranial metastases with fewer adverse effects, including neurocognitive decline. Multiple recent studies have also demonstrated that patients with multiple (> 3) intracranial metastases with a low overall tumor volume have a favorable therapeutic response to SRS, with no significant difference compared to patients with limited metastases...
December 19, 2017: Curēus
Hannah Linney, Sarah Barrett
AIM: Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) is emerging as a new treatment option for early-stage prostate cancer, theoretically providing clinical and economic benefits compared to conventionally fractionated external-beam radiation therapy (CF-EBRT). This review aimed to evaluate available published data to determine if the proposed theoretical benefits translate clinically. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A systematic search strategy was employed across three databases using predefined search terms, inclusion and exclusion criteria to identify relevant articles...
March 2018: Anticancer Research
William Sperduto, David M King, Yoichi Watanabe, Emil Lou, Paul W Sperduto
Long-term survival for melanoma patients with multiple brain metastases is rare. A review of the literature reveals only three reported melanoma patients with multiple brain metastases who survived more than 10 years. We present a patient who is recurrence-free 11 years after the diagnosis of three brain metastases. Her treatment consisted of cytokine (interferon and interleukin-2) and chemotherapy nine months prior to developing brain and soft tissue metastases, which were treated with stereotactic radiosurgery and stereotactic ablative radiotherapy, respectively, followed by six months of chemotherapy...
December 14, 2017: Curēus
Paul Lesueur, François Chevalier, Elias A El-Habr, Marie-Pierre Junier, Hervé Chneiweiss, Laurent Castera, Etienne Müller, Dinu Stefan, Yannick Saintigny
Despite continuous improvements in treatment of glioblastoma, tumor recurrence and therapy resistance still occur in a high proportion of patients. One underlying reason for this radioresistance might be the presence of glioblastoma cancer stem cells (GSCs), which feature high DNA repair capability. PARP protein plays an important cellular role by detecting the presence of damaged DNA and then activating signaling pathways that promote appropriate cellular responses. Thus, PARP inhibitors (PARPi) have recently emerged as potential radiosensitizing agents...
February 26, 2018: Scientific Reports
Moyed Miften, Yevgeniy Vinogradskiy, Vitali Moiseenko, Jimm Grimm, Ellen Yorke, Andrew Jackson, Wolfgang A Tomé, Randall K Ten Haken, Nitin Ohri, Alejandra Méndez Romero, Karyn A Goodman, Lawrence B Marks, Brian Kavanagh, Laura A Dawson
Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) has emerged as an effective, noninvasive treatment option for primary liver cancer and metastatic disease occurring in the liver. Although SBRT can be highly effective for establishing local control in hepatic malignancies, a tradeoff exists between tumor control and normal tissue complications. The objective of the present study was to review the normal tissue dose-volume effects for SBRT-induced liver and gastrointestinal toxicities and derive normal tissue complication probability models...
January 6, 2018: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
John A Vargo, Vitali Moiseenko, Jimm Grimm, Jimmy Caudell, David A Clump, Ellen Yorke, Jinyu Xue, Yevgeniy Vinogradskiy, Eduardo G Moros, Panayiotis Mavroidis, Sheena Jain, Issam El Naqa, Lawrence B Marks, Dwight E Heron
PURPOSE: Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) has emerged as a viable reirradiation strategy for locally recurrent previously-irradiated head and neck cancer. Doses in the literature have varied, which challenges clinical application of SBRT as well as clinical trial design. MATERIAL & METHODS: A working group was formed through the American Association of Physicists in Medicine to study tumor control probabilities for SBRT in head and neck cancer. We herein present a systematic review of the available literature addressing the dose/volume data for tumor control probability with SBRT in patients with locally recurrent previously-irradiated head and neck cancer...
January 31, 2018: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
Gustavo T Stock, Renata R C Colombo Bonadio, Gilberto de Castro
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Oropharyngeal cancer (OPC) incidence is increasing worldwide, especially in developed countries where it seems to be etiologically related to the elevating rates of high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. Considered a distinct disease because of its weak correlation with the traditional risk factors (tobacco use and alcohol), it has different patterns of survival outcomes, locoregional and distant failure, generally with better prognosis independently of the treatment...
February 22, 2018: Current Opinion in Oncology
Soundararajan Hema, Selvarathinam Thambiraj, Dhesingh Ravi Shankaran
Cancer is the second leading causes of death worldwide and it is one of the fatal diseases that kill millions of people every year. It is characterized by uncontrolled proliferation of cells and loss of apoptosis that generates an abnormal mass of cells or tumors. Prostate cancer (PCa) is one of the most common cancers in men and the risk is higher over the age of 55-65. Currently, PCa is the second most common cancer, which causes death in men has a high prevalence with relatively lower cancer mortality risk compared to lung and colon cancer...
August 1, 2018: Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
B Jones, S J McMahon, K M Prise
With the current UK expansion of proton therapy there is a great opportunity for clinical oncologists to develop a translational interest in the associated scientific base and clinical results. In particular, the underpinning controversy regarding the conversion of photon dose to proton dose by the relative biological effectiveness (RBE) must be understood, including its important implications. At the present time, the proton prescribed dose includes an RBE of 1.1 regardless of tissue, tumour and dose fractionation...
February 15, 2018: Clinical Oncology: a Journal of the Royal College of Radiologists
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