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F Casas, I Henríquez, A Bejar, X Maldonado, A Alvarez, C González-Sansegundo, A Boladeras, F Ferrer, A Hervás, I Herruzo, M Caro, I Rodriguez, C Ferrer
PURPOSE: We compared biochemical control and quality of life with intermittent (6 months) versus continuous (36 months) androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) in a non-inferiority randomized phase 3 trial in patients with biochemical failure (BF) after external beam radical radiotherapy (EBRT). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Patients were stratified according to the Gleason score (GS) and were classified as low risk with a GS < 6 and 7 (3 + 4) and high risk with a GS of 7 (4 + 3) and >7...
October 21, 2016: Clinical & Translational Oncology
A Priezzhev, K Lee
Laser trapping and manipulation of blood cells without mechanical contact have become feasible with implication of laser tweezers. They open up new horizons for the hemorheologic researches, offer new possibilities for studying live cells interactions on individual cell level under the influence of different endogenous and exogenous factors. The operation principle of laser tweezers is based on the property of strongly focused laser beam to act on a dielectric microparticle located in the vicinity of the beam waist with a force that drives the particle to the equilibrium location and holds it there...
October 21, 2016: Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation
P M Jeene, E Versteijne, M I van Berge Henegouwen, J J G H M Bergmann, E D Geijsen, K Muller, H W M van Laarhoven, M C C M Hulshof
The aim of this study was to determine the outcome of salvage definitive chemoradiation (dCRT) for a locoregional recurrence after any prior curative treatment outside previously irradiated areas. Thirty-nine patients treated between January 2005 and December 2014 were reviewed for locoregional recurrent esophageal cancer outside previously irradiated areas. All patients received salvage treatment with external beam radiotherapy (50.4 Gy in 28 fractions) combined with weekly concurrent paclitaxel and carboplatin...
October 21, 2016: Diseases of the Esophagus: Official Journal of the International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus
Annabelle South, Wendy R Parulekar, Matthew R Sydes, Bingshu E Chen, Mahesh K Parmar, Noel Clarke, Padraig Warde, Malcolm Mason
BACKGROUND: Recent trials have shown that the addition of external beam radiotherapy (EBRT) to androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) improves survival among men with locally advanced prostate cancer. OBJECTIVE: To examine the potential impact of these trials on changes in clinical practice and life-years saved. DESIGN SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: A model was developed to examine the impact of changes in clinical practice in the UK. A survey of clinicians who treat men with prostate cancer in the UK and Canada was performed...
August 2016: European Urology Focus
Tatsuaki Daimon, Takeo Kosaka, Mototsugu Oya
Docetaxel chemotherapy for metastatic castration resistant prostate cancer patients has been thought palliative because the radiological response rate is low and durable response is rare. The patient was a 64-year-old man who was diagnosed with cT3aN0M0 prostate cancer and underwent external beam radiation therapy as the initial treatment. He underwent androgen deprivation therapy and 8 cycles of docetaxel chemotherapy. His PSA level decreased and became undetectable and the disease was confirmed to be stable by radiological examination...
2016: American Journal of Clinical and Experimental Urology
Gerard Adams, Matthew Foote, Simon Brown, Bryan Burmeister
Radiotherapy after lymph node dissection is recommended in high-risk melanoma cases. The aim of this study is to assess whether intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) offers advantages over three-dimensional conformal radiotherapy (3DCRT) in the groin nodal basin. Fifteen consecutively treated patients (5 3DCRT and 10 IMRT) were selected. Optimized theoretical plans using the other modality were created - enabling direct comparisons of 3DCRT and IMRT. Target volume and organs at risk constraints were assessed as achieved or as having minor (≤5%) or major (>5%) deviations...
October 19, 2016: Melanoma Research
Michael J Zelefsky, Marisa A Kollmeier, Elan Gorshein, Xin Pei, Marina Torres, Sean McBride, Laura Happersett, Gil'ad N Cohen, Yoshiya Yamada
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: To evaluate the incidence and predictors of hip toxicity postradiotherapy for localized prostate cancer. METHODS AND MATERIALS: 4067 prostate cancer patients were treated with external beam radiotherapy (EBRT; n=2569; 63%) or brachytherapy with or without supplemental EBRT (n=1508; 27%). 43% (n=1738) were treated with neo-adjuvant and concurrent ADT and 57% (n=2329) with radiotherapy alone. Hip toxicity was defined as moderate or severe pain upon ambulation with or without the need for hip-revision surgery...
October 15, 2016: Radiotherapy and Oncology: Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
Saima Riaz, Humayun Bashir, Aamna Hassan, Sajid Mushtaq, Arif Jamshed, Ahmad Murtaza
We report an aggressive papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) with focal undifferentiated component in a 32-year-old female. She had limited disease confined within the thyroid gland at diagnosis. Within 12 months of thyroidectomy and radioiodine ablation, thyroglobulin (Tg) levels were elevated. Second radioiodine ablative dose was given, however, stimulated Tg levels showed an upward trend with negative iodine scan within 12 months. An 18F fludeoxyglucose-avid solitary pulmonary nodule that was detected on positron emission tomography/computed tomography scan was resected followed by empiric radioiodine therapy...
October 5, 2016: Molecular Imaging and Radionuclide Therapy
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
R J Cassidy, X Yang, T Liu, M Thomas, S G Nour, A B Jani
PURPOSE: Sexual dysfunction after radiotherapy for prostate cancer remains an important late adverse toxicity. The neurovascular bundles (NVB) that lie posterolaterally to the prostate are typically spared during prostatectomy, but in traditional radiotherapy planning they are not contoured as an organ-at-risk with dose constraints. Our goal was to determine the dosimetric feasibility of "NVB-sparing" prostate radiotherapy while still delivering adequate dose to the prostate. METHODS: Twenty-five consecutive patients with prostate cancer (with no extraprostatic disease on pelvic magnetic resonance imaging [MRI]) who that were treated with external beam radiotherapy, with the same primary planning target volume margins, to a dose of 79...
October 13, 2016: Medical Dosimetry: Official Journal of the American Association of Medical Dosimetrists
Maria Isabel Martínez-Fernández, Juan Alcalde, Mauricio Cambeiro, German Valtueña Peydró, Rafael Martínez-Monge
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: This study was undertaken to determine the feasibility of salvage surgery and PHDRB in patients with previously irradiated, recurrent head and neck cancer or second primary tumors arising in a previously irradiated field. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Sixty-three patients were treated with surgical resection and PHDRB. The PHDRB dose was 4Gy b.i.d.×8 (32Gy) for R0 resections and 4Gy b.i.d.×10 (40Gy) for R1 resections, respectively. Further external beam radiotherapy or chemotherapy was not given...
October 13, 2016: Radiotherapy and Oncology: Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
Daniel Sagalovich, Michael Leapman, John Sfakianos, Simon Hall, Richard Stock, Nelson Stone
PURPOSE: We aimed to evaluate the impact of timing of androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) on survival in a cohort of patients with biochemical recurrence (BCR) after brachytherapy treatment for prostate cancer. METHODS AND MATERIALS: We retrospectively identified 2366 men receiving permanent prostate brachytherapy with or without external beam radiation therapy. Patients experiencing BCR were stratified by receipt of immediate or delayed (≥3 months) ADT and prostate-specific antigen (PSA) failure threshold of 10 ng/mL...
October 12, 2016: Brachytherapy
Eric Vigneault, Khaly Mbodji, Louis-Gabriel Racine, Eric Chevrette, Marie-Claude Lavallée, André-Guy Martin, Philippe Després, Luc Beaulieu
PURPOSE: To evaluate the long-term outcomes of image-guided high-dose-rate (HDR) brachytherapy boost to the dominant intraprostatic lesion (DIL) using multiparametric magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), including spectroscopy (MRI/magnetic resonance spectroscopy [MRS]). METHODS AND MATERIALS: Between December 2009 and March 2011, 20 patients with intermediate-risk prostate cancer underwent multiparametric MRI/MRS protocol before treatment. All patients were treated with an external beam radiotherapy dose of 40 Gy, combined with an HDR brachytherapy boost of 15 Gy...
October 12, 2016: Brachytherapy
Mohammed Reza M Hashemi, Shang-Hua Yang, Tongyu Wang, Nelson Sepúlveda, Mona Jarrahi
Engineered metamaterials offer unique functionalities for manipulating the spectral and spatial properties of electromagnetic waves in unconventional ways. Here, we report a novel approach for making reconfigurable metasurfaces capable of deflecting electromagnetic waves in an electronically controllable fashion. This is accomplished by tilting the phase front of waves through a two-dimensional array of resonant metasurface unit-cells with electronically-controlled phase-change materials embedded inside. Such metasurfaces can be placed at the output facet of any electromagnetic radiation source to deflect electromagnetic waves at a desired frequency, ranging from millimeter-wave to far-infrared frequencies...
October 14, 2016: Scientific Reports
A H Lopez Gonzales, J C Santos, L Mariano, A Tomal, P R Costa
Ambient dose equivalent H (*)(10) is an operational quantity recommended by the IAEA to establish dose constraints in area monitoring for external radiation. The direct measurement of H (*)(10) is not common due to the complexity in the calibration procedures of radiation monitors involving the use of expanded and aligned radiation fields. Therefore, conversion coefficients are used to assess H (*)(10) from the physical quantity air-kerma. Conversion coefficients published by international commissions, ICRU and ICRP, present a correlation with the radiation beam quality...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Radiological Protection: Official Journal of the Society for Radiological Protection
Samantha D Swisher, Kathryn L Phillips, Jeremy R Tobias, John M Cullen, Tracy L Gieger, Vanessa L Grunkemeyer
Squamous cell carcinoma has been reported in a variety of bird species, most commonly psittacine and gallinaceous birds. The long-term prognosis in nongallinaceous birds is generally poor if complete surgical excision is not possible. Squamous cell carcinoma of the rhinotheca was diagnosed in a 34-year-old timneh African grey parrot (Psittacus timneh) with a 2-year history of beak abnormalities. No evidence of metastasis or local invasion were found on results of radiographs or computed tomography scan. The bird was treated with surgical debulking and palliative megavoltage radiation therapy...
September 2016: Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery
F Barchetti, A Stagnitti, V Megna, N Al Ansari, A Marini, D Musio, M L Monti, G Barchetti, V Tombolini, C Catalano, V Panebianco
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the accuracy of unenhanced whole-body MRI, including whole-body Diffusion Weighted Imaging (DWI), used as a diagnostic modality to detect  pathologic lymph nodes and skeletal metastases in patients with prostate cancer (PCa) undergoing restaging after primary treatment. PATIENTS AND METHODS: 152 male patients with biochemical recurrence after radical prostatectomy (RP) or external beam radiation therapy (EBRT) underwent MRI at a 1...
September 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Caroline Brammer, Sundus Yahya, Dawn Dawson, Carol Glaister, Susan B Merrick
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this feasibility study is to define the resource effectiveness of Cetuximab versus cisplatin given concomitantly with radiotherapy for squamous cell carcinoma within a NHS clinical oncology unit. METHODS: 20 Patients with stage 3 or 4 head and neck squamous cell cancers were randomised to receive either Cetuximab with radiotherapy (ERT) or cisplatin with radiotherapy (CRT) concurrent with external beam radiotherapy 70 Gy in 35 fractions on a 1:1 basis over a 12-month duration...
October 13, 2016: British Journal of Radiology
Yeon-Joo Kim, Joo-Young Kim, Youngkyong Kim, Young Kyung Lim, Jonghwi Jeong, Chiyoung Jeong, Meyoung Kim, Myong Cheol Lim, Sang-Soo Seo, Sang-Yoon Park
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this work was to identify prognostic factors for survival after magnetic resonance image (MRI)-guided brachytherapy combined with external beam radiotherapy for cervical cancer. MATERIAL AND METHODS: External beam radiotherapy of 45-50.4 Gy was delivered by either three-dimensional conformal radiotherapy or helical tomotherapy. Patients also received high-dose-rate MRI-guided brachytherapy of 5 Gy in 6 fractions. RESULTS: We analyzed 128 patients with International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics stage IB-IVB cervical cancer who underwent MRI-guided brachytherapy...
October 12, 2016: Strahlentherapie und Onkologie: Organ der Deutschen Röntgengesellschaft ... [et Al]
Joanna M Laba, Timothy K Nguyen, R Gabriel Boldt, Alexander V Louie
Chylothorax is a rare complication of advanced lymphoma. We present the case of an 80-year-old man diagnosed with B cell lymphoma presenting with a right chylothorax secondary to a large retroperitoneal mass. His disease was not responsive to initial treatment with chemotherapy. Fractionated radiotherapy to a dose of 2,000 cGy in five fractions was delivered to the retroperitoneal mass, and the chylothorax improved significantly within days of initiation of treatment.
August 31, 2016: Curēus
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