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Veronika Huntosova, Katarina Stroffekova
Photosensitizers (PSs) in photodynamic therapy (PDT) are, in most cases, administered systemically with preferential accumulation in malignant tissues; however, exposure of non-malignant tissues to PS may also be clinically relevant, when PS molecules affect the pro-apoptotic cascade without illumination. Hypericin (Hyp) as PS and its derivatives have long been studied, regarding their photodynamic and photocytotoxic characteristics. Hyp and its derivatives have displayed light-activated antiproliferative and cytotoxic effects in many tumor cell lines without cytotoxicity in the dark...
October 14, 2016: Cancers
Daniel Corrigan, Christiana Prucnal, Christopher Kabrhel
The diagnosis or exclusion of pulmonary embolism (PE) remains challenging for emergency physicians. Symptoms can be vague or non-existent, and the clinical presentation shares features with many other common diagnoses. Diagnostic testing is complicated, as biomarkers, like the D-dimer, are frequently false positive, and imaging, like computed tomography pulmonary angiography, carries risks of radiation and contrast dye exposure. It is therefore incumbent on emergency physicians to be both vigilant and thoughtful about this diagnosis...
September 2016: Clin Exp Emerg Med
Oliver Sartor
Radiopharmaceuticals used in the treatment of castrate-resistant prostate cancer are reviewed herein with an emphasis on sequential and combination therapies. Four bone-seeking radiopharmaceuticals had been approved in the United States. Three of these are β-emitters (phosphorus-32, strontium-89, samarium-153-ethylenediaminetetramethylene-phosphonic acid) that are approved for palliative purposes. One α-emitter (radium-223 [Ra]) is approved for prolongation of survival in bone metastatic castrate-resistant prostate cancer...
September 2016: Cancer Journal
Lelin Hu, Hao Wang, Li Huang, Yong Zhao, Junjie Wang
Autophagy induced by radiation is critical to cell fate decision. Evidence now sheds light on the importance of autophagy induced by cancer radiotherapy. Traditional view considers radiation can directly or indirectly damage DNA which can activate DNA damage the repair signaling pathway, a large number of proteins participating in DNA damage repair signaling pathway such as p53, ATM, PARP1, FOXO3a, mTOR and SIRT1 involved in autophagy regulation. However, emerging recent evidence suggests radiation can also cause injury to extranuclear targets such as plasma membrane, mitochondria and endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and induce accumulation of ceramide, ROS, and Ca2+ concentration which activate many signaling pathways to modulate autophagy...
October 5, 2016: International Journal of Oncology
Paola Friedrich, Catherine G Lam, Geetinder Kaur, Elena Itriago, Raul C Ribeiro, Ramandeep S Arora
BACKGROUND: Understanding and addressing treatment abandonment (TxA) is crucial for bridging the pediatric cancer survival gap between high-income (HIC) and low-and middle-income countries (LMC). In childhood cancer, TxA is defined as failure to start or complete curative cancer therapy and known to be a complex phenomenon. With rising interest on causes and consequences of TxA in LMC, this study aimed to establish the lay-of-the-land regarding determinants of TxA globally, perform and promote comparative research, and raise awareness on this subject...
2016: PloS One
M Roskies, E Kay-Rivest, M A Mascarella, K Sultanem, A Mlynarek, M Hier
BACKGROUND: A commonly employed treatment for advanced staged oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (OPSCC) is concurrent radiation and chemotherapy with cisplatin as the gold standard. Carboplatin is reported to have the same radiopotentiation properties and a superior side effect profile; however, its use in head and neck cancer has been limited due to the paucity of data and reported hematologic side effects. In this study, we describe our institution's experience with carboplatin, paclitaxel and radiation in the treatment of oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma over a 10 year period...
October 10, 2016: Journal of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
Jason R Cuomo, Gyanendra K Sharma, Preston D Conger, Neal L Weintraub
Radiation-induced cardiovascular disease (RICVD) is the most common nonmalignant cause of morbidity and mortality among cancer survivors who have undergone mediastinal radiation therapy (RT). Cardiovascular complications include effusive or constrictive pericarditis, cardiomyopathy, valvular heart disease, and coronary/vascular disease. These are pathophysiologically distinct disease entities whose prevalence varies depending on the timing and extent of radiation exposure to the heart and great vessels. Although refinements in RT dosimetry and shielding will inevitably limit future cases of RICVD, the increasing number of long-term cancer survivors, including those treated with older higher-dose RT regimens, will ensure a steady flow of afflicted patients for the foreseeable future...
September 26, 2016: World Journal of Cardiology
Daniele Bordoni, Pierfrancesco Cadenelli, Giuseppe Falco, Nicola Rocco, Paola Manna, Ariel Tessone, Matteo Ornelli, Cesare Magalotti
INTRODUCTION: So called "extreme oncoplastic surgery" is emerging as a new promising concept in breast cancer surgery allowing successful breast conservation in selected patients with multicentric tumors. PRESENTATION OF CASE: We report the case of a 48-year-old woman presenting with a multicentric breast cancer and successfully treated with an oncoplastic technique consisting in three radical lumpectomies followed by breast reshaping and simultaneous contralateral symmetrization...
September 28, 2016: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
Shilpa Gupta, Guru Sonpavde
Penile squamous cell carcinoma (PSCC) is a rare cancer, but is more common in developing countries. Locally advanced and metastatic PSCC is associated with significant morbidity and mortality, with the prognosis remaining extremely poor. The authors searched PubMed and published abstracts for metastatic PSCC studies to describe emerging therapies. Multimodality treatment using chemotherapy, radiation, and consolidative surgery are standard of care. Utilizing anti-EGFR therapies and novel immunotheraputic approaches may help improve outcomes in PSCC...
November 2016: Urologic Clinics of North America
Adam C Millar, Dean S Elterman, Larry Goldenberg, Brandon Van Asseldonk, Ashley Curtis, Keith Jarvi
INTRODUCTION: Attitudes regarding the safety of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) in hypogonadal men with prostate cancer (PCa) have changed over the past few years with the emergence of case studies suggesting a low risk of cancer progression and a better understanding of the interaction of different levels of androgen with prostate cellular metabolism. This new view has the potential to change clinical practice. METHODS: Active members of the Canadian Urological Association were surveyed about their opinions on the safety of TRT in men with low-risk PCa, as well as their current prescribing habits...
May 2016: Canadian Urological Association Journal, Journal de L'Association des Urologues du Canada
Ilma Xhaferllari, Omar El-Sherif, Stewart Gaede
Volumetric-modulated arc therapy (VMAT) is emerging as a leading technology in treating early-stage, non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR). However, two other modalities capable of deliver-ing intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) include fixed-beam and helical TomoTherapy (HT). This study aims to provide an extensive dosimetric compari-son among these various IMRT techniques for treating early-stage NSCLC with SABR. Ten early-stage NSCLC patients were retrospectively optimized using three fixed-beam techniques via nine to eleven beams (high and low modulation step-and-shoot (SS), and sliding window (SW)), two VMAT techniques via two partial arcs (SmartArc (SA) and RapidArc (RA)), and three HT techniques via three different fan beam widths (1 cm, 2...
2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
Bin Xiang, Lichi Han, Xinyue Wang, Ling Tang, Kailiang Li, Xiuxiu Li, Xibo Zhao, Miaomiao Xia, Xixi Zhou, Fuyin Zhang, Ke Jian Liu
PURPOSE: Radiation therapy for head and neck cancer commonly leads to radiation sialadenitis. Emerging evidence has indicated that phenylephrine pretreatment reduces radiosensitivity in the salivary gland; however, the underlying cytoprotective mechanism remains unclear. Nicotinamide phosphoribosyltransferase (NAMPT) is not only a key enzyme for the nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide salvage pathway, but also a cytokine participating in cell survival, metabolism, and longevity, with a broad effect on cellular functions in physiology and pathology...
November 1, 2016: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
Lili He, Jian Gu, Lee Y Lim, Zhi-Xiang Yuan, Jingxin Mo
Accumulating evidences have suggested the existence of breast cancer stem cells (BCSCs), which possess the potential of both self-renewal and differentiation. The origin of BCSCs might have relationship to the development of normal mammary stem cells. BCSCs are believed to play a key role in the initiation, recurrence and chemo-/radiotherapy resistances of breast cancer. Therefore, elimination of BCSCs is crucial for breast cancer therapy. However, conventional chemo and radiation therapies cannot eradicate BCSCs effectively...
2016: Frontiers in Pharmacology
B W Maidment, W Watkins, C Hodge, N A Faria, A D Harrell, P W Read
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 1, 2016: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
S Velázquez, E Montero, M Rubio, M Ortiz
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 1, 2016: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
B S Chera, A Yechoor, L Stravers, J Camporeale, M E Fleming, L Terzo, M Troxler, E Roth, X Tan, L Mazur, L Brown, M Pignone, L B Marks
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 1, 2016: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
Marcus A Mall, Mirjam Stahl, Simon Y Graeber, Olaf Sommerburg, Hans-Ulrich Kauczor, Mark O Wielpütz
Recent imaging studies using chest computed tomography (CT) in presymptomatic infants and young children with cystic fibrosis (CF) diagnosed by newborn screening presented compelling evidence of early onset and progression of structural lung damage in CF. These data argue persuasively that non-invasive outcome measures for early detection and sensitive monitoring of lung disease applicable in the clinical setting will be instrumental for further improvement of clinical care and the development of early intervention therapies that have the potential to prevent irreversible lung damage...
October 2016: Pediatric Pulmonology
Zhonglin Hao, Ibrahim Sadek
As a multitargeted kinase inhibitor, sunitinib has carved its way into demonstrating itself as a most effective tyrosine kinase inhibitor in the treatment of metastatic renal cell carcinoma. Mechanistically, sunitinib inhibits multiple receptor tyrosine kinases, especially those involved in angiogenesis, that is, vascular endothelial growth factor receptor, platelet-derived growth factor receptor, and proto-oncogene cKIT. Sunitinib has also been implicated in enhancing cancer invasiveness and metastasis. Mechanisms of resistance are poorly understood, but both intrinsic and acquired mechanisms are thought to be involved...
2016: OncoTargets and Therapy
S Incerti, M Douglass, S Penfold, S Guatelli, E Bezak
Emerging radiotherapy treatments including targeted particle therapy, hadron therapy or radiosensitisation of cells by high-Z nanoparticles demand the theoretical determination of radiation track structure at the nanoscale. This is essential in order to evaluate radiation damage at the cellular and DNA level. Since 2007, Geant4 offers physics models to describe particle interactions in liquid water at the nanometre level through the Geant4-DNA Package. This package currently provides a complete set of models describing the event-by-event electromagnetic interactions of particles with liquid water, as well as developments for the modelling of water radiolysis...
September 19, 2016: Physica Medica: PM
Fei Dong, Qian Li, JianJun Wu, MinMing Zhang, GuangQiang Zhang, Bin Li, Kai Jin, Jie Min, WeiRen Liang, Ming Chao
INTRODUCTION: Carotid blowout syndrome (CBS) secondary to radiation therapy is life-threatening and requires emergency treatment. More recently, endovascular treatment has provided an effective way to control CBS-related bleeding. CASE DESCRIPTION: We present a case of CBS with a rupture of the internal carotid artery (ICA) pseudo-aneurysm after Gamma Knife radiation therapy for nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC). The patient was a 55-year-old man who was transferred to our hospital with severe repetitive epistaxis...
2016: SpringerPlus
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