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Adjuvant therapy in non-small cell lung cancer: is targeted therapy joining the standard of care?

Expert Rev Anticancer Ther 2021 Sep 16. Epub 2021 Sep 16.

Center for Thoracic Oncology, Tisch Cancer Institute, Mount Sinai System & Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai, New York, NY, USA.

Introduction: Surgical resection is the standard of care in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) for early stage disease (stage I-IIIA). Despite the use of adjuvant chemotherapy, the 5- year overall survival (OS) rates remain low. In NSCLC with advanced stages (stage IV), tailored strategies have become the gold standard approach applying precision medicine thanks to the introduction of genomic analysis with next generation sequencing (NGS) and the development of targeted therapy and immunotherapy. Read More

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September 2021

Effect of Berberine on Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors: A Mechanistic Randomized Controlled Trial.

Nutrients 2021 Jul 26;13(8). Epub 2021 Jul 26.

School of Public Health, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China.

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a major contributor to the global burden of disease. Berberine, a long-standing, widely used, traditional Chinese medicine, is thought to have beneficial effects on CVD risk factors and in women with polycystic ovary syndrome. The mechanisms and effects, specifically in men, possibly via testosterone, have not been examined previously. Read More

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Trastuzumab for early-stage, HER2-positive breast cancer: a meta-analysis of 13 864 women in seven randomised trials.


Lancet Oncol 2021 08;22(8):1139-1150

Background: Trastuzumab targets the extracellular domain of the HER2 protein. Adding trastuzumab to chemotherapy for patients with early-stage, HER2-positive breast cancer reduces the risk of recurrence and death, but is associated with cardiac toxicity. We investigated the long-term benefits and risks of adjuvant trastuzumab on breast cancer recurrence and cause-specific mortality. Read More

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Prospective Evaluation of a Circulating Tumor Cell Sensitivity Profile to Predict Response to Cisplatin Chemotherapy in Metastatic Breast Cancer Patients.

Front Oncol 2021 25;11:697572. Epub 2021 Jun 25.

Department of Medical Oncology & Cancer Genomics Netherlands, Erasmus MC Cancer Institute, Erasmus University Medical Center, Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Background: Cisplatin (cDDP) has regained interest for metastatic breast cancer (MBC) patients, given the platinum sensitivity in subtypes and better manageable toxicity. Here, the primary aim was to determine whether molecular characteristics of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) could identify patients responding to cDDP and to describe the outcomes to cDDP monotherapy in a large group of MBC patients pretreated with anthracycline- and taxane-based treatments.

Methods: Based on cell line data, a CTC-cDDP-sensitivity profile was generated. Read More

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Pulmonary TB and chronic pulmonary aspergillosis: clinical differences and similarities.

Int J Tuberc Lung Dis 2021 07;25(7):537-546

Division of Infection, Immunity and Respiratory Medicine, School of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK.

Pulmonary TB (PTB) and chronic pulmonary aspergillosis (CPA) are both progressive and debilitating parenchymal lung diseases with overlapping risk factors, symptomatology and radiological findings that often result in misdiagnosis of either disease. We undertook a narrative review approach to describe the clinical and radiological manifestations of CPA and PTB and highlight the salient features that differentiate these two closely related maladies. CPA is a frequent complication of treated PTB. Read More

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Patients' Preferences for 3 Months vs 6 Months of Adjuvant Chemotherapy for Colon Cancer.

JNCI Cancer Spectr 2021 Feb 28;5(1):pkaa107. Epub 2020 Nov 28.

Australasian Gastro-Intestinal Trials Group, Australia.

Background: SCOT was an international, randomized phase 3 trial of 3 months vs 6 months of adjuvant chemotherapy with oxaliplatin and a fluoropyrimidine in patients with colorectal cancer. We sought patients' preferences for 3 months vs 6 months of adjuvant chemotherapy in the SCOT trial.

Methods: SCOT participants from Australia and New Zealand completed a validated questionnaire (at 3 and 18 months) to elicit the minimum survival benefits judged necessary to make an extra 3 months of adjuvant chemotherapy worthwhile, based on their experience. Read More

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February 2021

Surgical margin clearance and extended chemotherapy defines survival for synchronous oligometastatic liver lesions of the ductal adenocarcinoma of the pancreas.

Int J Clin Oncol 2021 Oct 16;26(10):1911-1921. Epub 2021 Jun 16.

Department of Surgery (A), Medical Faculty, Heinrich-Heine-University and University Hospital Dusseldorf, Moorenstr. 5, 40225, Dusseldorf, Germany.

Background: The role of surgery for circumscribed synchronous hepatic lesions of the pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) remains controversial. Thus, the aim of our study was to compare survival outcome (OS) after surgery of patients with hepatic metastases (M1surg) to patients with only localized disease.

Methods: Correlation analysis of clinicopathological data and OS after resection of M1surg patients and patients with localized PDACs (M0) was performed. Read More

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October 2021

Reply to Neoadjuvant chemotherapy for locoregionally advanced squamous cell carcinoma of the paranasal sinuses-Is it worthwhile?

Cancer 2021 Sep 3;127(17):3265. Epub 2021 Jun 3.

Department of Head and Neck Surgery, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas.

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September 2021

Neoadjuvant chemotherapy for locoregionally advanced squamous cell carcinoma of the paranasal sinuses-Is it worthwhile?

Cancer 2021 Sep 3;127(17):3264. Epub 2021 Jun 3.

Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India.

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September 2021

Tumor-stroma ratio is associated with Miller-Payne score and pathological response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy in HER2-negative early breast cancer.

Int J Cancer 2021 09 5;149(5):1181-1188. Epub 2021 Jun 5.

Department of Surgery, Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden, The Netherlands.

The tumor-stroma ratio (TSR) has proven to be a strong prognostic factor in breast cancer, demonstrating better survival for patients with stroma-low tumors. Since the role of the TSR as a predictive marker for neoadjuvant chemotherapy outcome is yet unknown, this association was evaluated for HER2-negative breast cancer in the prospective DIRECT and NEOZOTAC trials. The TSR was assessed on 375 hematoxylin and eosin-stained sections of pre-treatment biopsies. Read More

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September 2021

Results of redo pulmonary metastasectomy.

J Thorac Dis 2021 Apr;13(4):2669-2685

Tor Vergata University School of Medicine, Rome, Italy.

Repeat surgical resection (redo) for pulmonary metastases is a questionable, albeit intriguing topic. We performed an extensive review of the literature, to specifically analyze results of redo pulmonary metastasectomies. We reviewed a total of 3,523 papers. Read More

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Pernicious anaemia: cause of recurrent cerebral venous thrombosis.

BMJ Case Rep 2021 May 10;14(5). Epub 2021 May 10.

Baroda Medical College, Vadodara, Gujarat, India.

This case of recurrent cerebral venous thrombosis (CVT) highlights hyperhomocysteinemia in pernicious anemia due to vitamin B deficiency. No other risk factors such as trauma, infections, coagulation disorders or autoimmune diseases were present. The patient was cured with vitamin B and anticoagulation therapy. Read More

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Long-term survival after head and neck cancer surgery with immediate free flap reconstruction.

Ann Chir Plast Esthet 2021 Apr 3. Epub 2021 Apr 3.

Department of Oncologic Surgery "Institut de Cancérologie de Lorraine", Nancy, France.

Background: Head and neck cancer is one of the most frequent cancers worldwide. A combination treatment including surgery is known to have a better survival rate than exclusive radiotherapy-chemotherapy. In extreme cases of non-metastatic patients who have voluminous tumor, or complex location, surgery with immediate reconstruction by free flap could be an option to improve long term survival. Read More

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Bottom-up analysis of emergent properties of N-acetylcysteine as an adjuvant therapy for COVID-19.

World J Virol 2021 Mar;10(2):34-52

Division of Research and Academic Affairs, Larkin Health System, South Miami, FL 33143, United States.

N-acetylcysteine (NAC) is an abundantly available antioxidant with a wide range of antidotal properties currently best studied for its use in treating acetaminophen overdose. It has a robustly established safety profile with easily tolerated side effects and presents the Food and Drug Administration's approval for use in treating acetaminophen overdose patients. It has been proven efficacious in off-label uses, such as in respiratory diseases, heart disease, cancer, human immunodeficiency virus infection, and seasonal influenza. Read More

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Loss of BOK Has a Minor Impact on Acetaminophen Overdose-Induced Liver Damage in Mice.

Int J Mol Sci 2021 Mar 23;22(6). Epub 2021 Mar 23.

Institute of Pharmacology, University of Bern, Inselspital, INO-F, 3010 Bern, Switzerland.

Acetaminophen (APAP) is one of the most commonly used analgesic and anti-pyretic drugs, and APAP intoxication is one of the main reasons for liver transplantation following liver failure in the Western world. While APAP poisoning ultimately leads to liver necrosis, various programmed cell death modalities have been implicated, including ER stress-triggered apoptosis. The BCL-2 family member BOK (BCL-2-related ovarian killer) has been described to modulate the unfolded protein response and to promote chemical-induced liver injury. Read More

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Targeting mTOR-CCL20 Signaling May Improve Response to Docetaxel in Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma.

Int J Mol Sci 2021 Mar 17;22(6). Epub 2021 Mar 17.

Kaohsiung Chang Gung Head and Neck Oncology Group, Cancer Center, Kaohsiung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Kaohsiung 83301, Taiwan.

Patients with advanced head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) usually show a dismal prognosis. It is this worthwhile to develop new, effective therapeutic regimens for these patients, such as molecular targeted therapy, which is promising as an alternative or combination treatment for HNSCC. The mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) pathway, which plays an important role in the carcinogenesis of HNSCC, is the most frequently activated, and is thus worthy of further investigation. Read More

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Feasibility and Therapeutic Potential of Combined Peptide Receptor Radionuclide Therapy With Intensive Chemotherapy for Pediatric Patients With Relapsed or Refractory Metastatic Neuroblastoma.

Clin Nucl Med 2021 Jul;46(7):540-548

The Persian Gulf Nuclear Medicine Research Center, Department of Molecular Imaging and Radionuclide Therapy, Bushehr Medical University Hospital, Bushehr University of Medical Sciences, Bushehr.

Background: Recent evidence has demonstrated high expression of somatostatin receptors in neuroblastoma (NB) cells. Because of this, we endeavored to evaluate the diagnostic performance and clinical efficacy of 68Ga-DOTATATE PET/CT and peptide receptor radionuclide therapy (PRRT) using 177Lu-DOTATATE combined with chemotherapy in pediatric NB patients.

Patients And Methods: In total, 14 pediatric patients with histopathologically confirmed NB underwent 68Ga-DOTATATE PET/CT. Read More

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Arch Psychiatr Nurs 2021 04 29;35(2):141-152. Epub 2021 Jan 29.

Psychiatric Nursing and Mental Health Department, Faculty of Nursing, Alexandria University, Egypt. Electronic address:

Experiencing persistent auditory hallucinations may contribute to unproductive struggle and interference with valued living among patients with schizophrenia. Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) represents a new generation of behavior therapies that proposes active acceptance and achievement of worthwhile goals despite experiencing auditory hallucinations. Utilization of acceptance commitment therapy may assist in reducing auditory hallucinations and may increase patient's feeling of control. Read More

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Laser peripheral iridoplasty for chronic angle closure.

Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2021 03 23;3:CD006746. Epub 2021 Mar 23.

Centre for Public Health, Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, UK.

Background: In at least a third of primary angle closure cases, appositional angle closure persists after laser peripheral iridotomy, and further intervention may be considered. Laser peripheral iridoplasty (LPIp) can be used in treating chronic angle closure when angle closure persists after laser peripheral iridotomy. Previous reviews have found insufficient data to determine its clinical effectiveness, compared to other interventions. Read More

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Patients' and clinicians' preferences in adjuvant treatment for high-risk endometrial cancer: Implications for shared decision making.

Gynecol Oncol 2021 Jun 10;161(3):727-733. Epub 2021 Mar 10.

Department of radiation oncology, Leiden University Medical Centre, Leiden, the Netherlands.

Background: Decision making regarding adjuvant therapy for high-risk endometrial cancer is complex. The aim of this study was to determine patients' and clinicians' minimally desired survival benefit to choose chemoradiotherapy over radiotherapy alone. Moreover, influencing factors and importance of positive and negative treatment effects (i. Read More

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Weaning from ventricular assist device support after recovery from left ventricular failure with or without secondary right ventricular failure.

Cardiovasc Diagn Ther 2021 Feb;11(1):226-242

Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, Cardio Centrum Berlin, Berlin, Germany.

Although complete myocardial recovery after ventricular assist device (VAD) implantation is rather seldom, systematic search for recovery is worthwhile because for recovered patients weaning from VADs is feasible and can provide survival benefits with long-term freedom from heart failure (HF) recurrence, even if a chronic cardiomyopathy was the primary cause for the drug-refractory HF necessitating left ventricular (LVAD) or biventricular support (as bridge-to-transplantation or definitive therapy) and even if recovery remains incomplete. LVAD patients explanted for myoacardial recovery compared to those transplanted from LVAD support showed similar survival rates and a significant proportion of explanted patients can achieve cardiac and physical functional capacities that are within the normal range of healthy controls. In apparently sufficiently recovered patients, a major challenge remains still the pre-explant prediction of the weaning success which is meanwhile reliably possible for experienced clinicians. Read More

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February 2021

The Definition and Delineation of the Target Area of Radiotherapy Based on the Recurrence Pattern of Glioblastoma After Temozolomide Chemoradiotherapy.

Front Oncol 2020 22;10:615368. Epub 2021 Feb 22.

Department of Radiation Oncology, The Second Affiliated Hospital, Zhejiang University School of Medicine, Hangzhou, China.

Radiotherapy is an important treatment for glioblastoma (GBM), but there is no consensus on the target delineation for GBM radiotherapy. The Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) and European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) each have their own rules. Our center adopted a target volume delineation plan based on our previous studies. Read More

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February 2021

A living WHO guideline on drugs to prevent covid-19.

BMJ 2021 03 1;372:n526. Epub 2021 Mar 1.

Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City, Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Clinical Question: What is the role of drugs in preventing covid-19? WHY DOES THIS MATTER?: There is widespread interest in whether drug interventions can be used for the prevention of covid-19, but there is uncertainty about which drugs, if any, are effective. The first version of this living guideline focuses on the evidence for hydroxychloroquine. Subsequent updates will cover other drugs being investigated for their role in the prevention of covid-19. Read More

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Isoliquiritigenin Suppresses EMT-Induced Metastasis in Triple-Negative Breast Cancer through miR-200c/C-JUN/[Formula: see text]-Catenin.

Am J Chin Med 2021 25;49(2):505-523. Epub 2021 Feb 25.

State Key Laboratory of Southwestern Chinese Medicine Resources, Chengdu University of Traditional, Chinese Medicine, Chengdu, P. R. China.

Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) is the subtype of breast cancer with more aggressive growth and metastasis and without efficient therapies. Hence, it is worthwhile to search for potential effective drug candidates. According to our previous study, isoliquiritigenin (ISL) exerted a potent anticancer effect on breast cancer proliferation. Read More

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Cediranib in addition to chemotherapy for women with relapsed platinum-sensitive ovarian cancer (ICON6): overall survival results of a phase III randomised trial.

ESMO Open 2021 Apr 18;6(2):100043. Epub 2021 Feb 18.

Medical Research Council Clinical Trials Unit at UCL, London, UK.

Background: Cediranib, an oral anti-angiogenic VEGFR 1-3 inhibitor, was studied at a daily dose of 20 mg in combination with platinum-based chemotherapy and as maintenance in a randomised trial in patients with first relapse of 'platinum-sensitive' ovarian cancer and has been shown to improve progression-free survival (PFS).

Patients And Methods: ICON6 (NCT00532194) was an international three-arm, double-blind, placebo-controlled randomised trial. Between December 2007 and December 2011, 456 women were randomised, using stratification, to receive either chemotherapy with placebo throughout (arm A, reference); chemotherapy with concurrent cediranib, followed by maintenance placebo (arm B, concurrent); or chemotherapy with concurrent cediranib, followed by maintenance cediranib (arm C, maintenance). Read More

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Why comparative epidemiological indicators suggest that New Zealand is unlikely to experience a severe opioid epidemic.

Int J Drug Policy 2021 07 16;93:103166. Epub 2021 Feb 16.

Schools of Population Health and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand.

North America (i.e., the United States and Canada) and select other wealthy Commonwealth countries (e. Read More

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ECLS for Life-Threatening Complications in Mesothelioma's Surgery: Is It Worthwhile?

Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2021 Feb 18. Epub 2021 Feb 18.

Department of Cardiac, Thoracic, Vascular Sciences and Public Health, Thoracic Surgery Unit, Padova University Hospital, Padova, Italy.

Extracorporeal life support (ECLS) is an effective method for bridging patients to recovery in cases of respiratory and/or cardiac failure that are potentially reversible and unresponsive to conventional management. Nevertheless, there have been only few reports about the use of ECLS in oncological patients with complications due to their neoplasm or its treatment. We report the use of veno-arterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation in three cases of severe perioperative complications following surgery for mesothelioma after induction chemotherapy at our Institution. Read More

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February 2021

Comparative effect of physical exercise versus statins on improving arterial stiffness in patients with high cardiometabolic risk: A network meta-analysis.

PLoS Med 2021 02 16;18(2):e1003543. Epub 2021 Feb 16.

Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Health and Social Research Center, Cuenca, Spain.

Background: The comparative analysis of the effect of several doses of statins against different intensities of physical exercise on arterial stiffness (a measure of cardiovascular risk) could shed light for clinicians on which method is most effective in preventing cardiovascular disease (CVD) and be used to inform shared decision-making between doctors and patients. This study was aimed at analyzing the effect, in high cardiometabolic risk patients, of different statins doses and exercise intensities on arterial stiffness (a measure of cardiovascular risk) by integrating all available direct and indirect evidence in network meta-analyses.

Methods And Findings: We systematically searched MEDLINE, Embase, SPORTDiscus, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, and Web of Science databases from their inception to February 28, 2020; for unpublished trials, we also searched ClinicalTrials. Read More

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February 2021

The UrgeRe (Urgenze Ipertensive: Un Progetto Educazionale Fondato Sulla Vita Reale, Hypertensive Urgencies: A Project in the Real World) Project.

High Blood Press Cardiovasc Prev 2021 Mar 5;28(2):151-157. Epub 2021 Feb 5.

Department of Internal Medicine and Public Health, University of Aquila, L'Aquila, Italy.

The approach to hypertensive emergiencies (HE) and urgencies (HU) may be different according to local clinical practice, despite recent guidelines and position papers recommendations. The Italian Society of Hypertension (Società Italiana della Ipertensione Arteriosa, SIIA) developed an online survey, in order to explore the awareness, management and treatment of HU in Italy, sending by e mail a 12 items questionnaire to the members of the SIIA. The results show that the definition of HU was correctly identified by 62% of the responders. Read More

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Sarcosine as an add-on treatment to antipsychotic medication for people with schizophrenia: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.

Expert Opin Drug Metab Toxicol 2021 Apr 16;17(4):483-493. Epub 2021 Feb 16.

Department of Biomedical, Metabolic and Neural Sciences, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Modena, Italy.

: N-methyl-glycine (sarcosine) may improve symptoms of schizophrenia via NMDA-receptor modulation. We undertook a systematic review and meta-analysis to determine the short- and long-term effectiveness of sarcosine for schizophrenia.: The databases Medline, Scopus, EMBASE, Cochrane Library, and PsycINFO were searched. Read More

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