Tuesday, January 12, 2010
"New research by Samir Hanash, Ross Prentice and colleagues, recently published in Genome Medicine, suggests that the different proteomic effects of estrogen-alone and estrogen plus progestin treatments may explain the distinctive clinical effects of each therapy."
UC Academic Health News : Findings: UC Gynecologic Cancer Team Expands Services to Northern Kentuck-Dayton
"His goal is to recruit three additional double board-certified gynecologic oncologists who are qualified to perform both cancer care as well as advanced pelvic surgery. This team will cover a wide range east and west of the I-75 stretch between Northern Kentucky and Dayton."
abstract: Identification of an ovarian clear cell carcinoma gene signature that reflects inherent disease biology and the carcinogenic processes
definitions we need to know when reading this abstract:
1) microenvironment: a specific set of physical, biological, and chemical factors immediately surrounding the organism;
2) epigenetic: - something that affects a cell, organ or individual without directly affecting its DNA.
"Conclusions: The rates of optimal cytoreduction vary among surgeons. A universally applicable clinical model that can predict which patients will undergo optimal cytoreduction remains elusive. More research is needed to devise a set of uniform criteria that can be used to predict ovarian cancer resectability among different patient populations."
June 17-19, 2010
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
The Biennial Cancer Survivorship Research Conference, initiated in 2002 by the National Cancer Institute’s Office of Cancer Survivorship and the American Cancer Society’s Behavioral Research Center, brings together investigators, clinicians, and survivors to share and learn about the most up-to-date cancer survivorship research. In 2010, the 5th biennial conference is co-sponsored by the National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society, LIVESTRONG, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
press release: Nektar Announces Positive Topline Results for NKTR-102 From First Stage of Phase 2 Study in Platinum-Resistant Ovarian Cancer
"The first stage of the NKTR-102 Phase 2 study showed an overall GCIG response rate of 32% (6/19) in the once every 14 days (q14 day) dose schedule and 35% (7/20) for the once every 21 days (q21 day) dose schedule.
Confirmed objective response rates using RECIST were 21% (4/19) and 22% (4/18) for the q14 day and q21 day dose schedules, respectively.
CA-125 response rates were 31% (5/16) and 38% (6/16), for each dose schedule, respectively.
The Phase 2 study has now completed enrollment with a total of 71 patients. Approximately one-third of the patients in the study remain on NKTR-102 treatment, including a number of patients in the first stage of the study."
abstract: Generational risks for cancers not related to tobacco, screening, or treatment in the United States
Despite declining overall cancer death rates, adults are experiencing increased incidence of cancers that are not associated with tobacco or screening relative to their parents. Future research should examine whether similar patterns are exhibited in other modern nations and should identify population-wide avoidable risks that could account for unexplained increases in these residual cancers."
this link is the actual research article and from which the media item was based (abstract/only-pay-per-view)
My response, assuming it gets posted:
"As a cancer (ovarian) survivour, the value of the research and 'weight' concerns are ever present. However, at this very moment weight issues in cancer are primarily a health issue with many unknowns as it relates to specific implications in specific cancers. I see many websites/programs who arbitrarily have included 'weight' issues as a risk factor. Until the exact mechanisms and results are known, I urge great caution as this adds to significant burdens on patients who at this very moment are fighting to survive. It is not ethically or morally appropriate to add to these burdens for those dying of cancer."
It should be emphasized that the FDA release focuses solely on patients with chronic renal disease, not cancer. It's a different population, so nothing in this release applies to the anemia of chemotherapy or patients with myelodysplastic syndrome. Right now, the ASCO/ASH ESA guideline committee is looking at present data to see if they need to make any modifications in the guidelines for the use of ESAs. The NCCN modified its guideline about a year ago and agree with the FDA recommendations that ESAs shouldn't be used in a standard fashion in patients being treated for curative intent. That's become standard of care, and for patients on chemotherapy, nothing has changed in the past year.
- Samuel Silver, MD, PhD
HemOnc Today Editorial Board member"
Special Report: NCI Cancer Bulletin - Ovarian Cancer
Depression assessment and classification in palliative cancer patients: a systematic literature review
"The full range of the DSM-IV diagnostic criteria was seldom assessed,i.e. less than one-third of the assessments in the review tookinto account the duration of symptoms and 18% assessed consequences and impact upon patient functioning. A diversity of assessment methods had been used. Few studies classified depression byreferring to a diagnostic system or by using cut-off scores.Evidently, there is a need for a consensus on how to assessand conceptualize depression and related conditions in palliative care."