“Cancer survivors treated with anthracycline-based chemotherapies exhibited poorer performance of certain cognitive skills compared with survivors who received no chemotherapy or other classes of chemotherapies, according to the results of a study published in JAMA Oncology.
“While the study of 62 primary breast cancer survivors is retrospective and small, the results suggest that further studies are needed to understand how the neurologic effects of anthracycline-based chemotherapy agents may be minimized.
“Shelli R. Kesler, PhD, of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, and Douglas W. Blayney, MD, of the Stanford University School of Medicine in Stanford, California, analyzed both cognitive function and resting state functional magnetic resonance brain imaging data from breast cancer survivors who were treated, on average, 2.1 years prior to undergoing the assessments. The patients were all assessed at Stanford University.”
“Using men’s health supplements did not help prevent distant metastases, cancer-related death or adverse events among men undergoing definitive radiation therapy for localized prostate cancer, according to the results of a retrospective study presented at the ASTRO Annual Meeting.
“ ‘Around 50% of the patients we see are on any kind of supplement,’ Nicholas G. Zaorsky, MD, resident physician in radiation oncology at Fox Chase Cancer Center, told HemOnc Today. ‘At least 10% are on men’s health supplements. We wanted to understand whether these supplements actually made a difference in terms of outcomes or side effects.’
“The researchers defined men’s health supplements as supplements specifically labeled and marketed with the terms ‘men’s health’ or ‘prostate health.’ These supplements are frequently labeled as having potential anticancer benefits, although no associations have been proven, according to the researchers.”
“Patients who underwent adjuvant chemotherapy for pulmonary large cell neuroendocrine carcinomas demonstrated poorer 3-year survival than those who did not undergo adjuvant treatment, according to study results presented at the American Association for Thoracic Surgery Annual Meeting.
“ ‘We did not see any particular subset of patients who may benefit from this treatment,’ researcher Pier Luigi Filosso, MD, of the University of Torino in Italy, said during a presentation.
“Filosso and colleagues conducted a retrospective cohort study to determine the impact of adjuvant chemotherapy in patients with resected large cell neuroendocrine carcinomas (LCNEC). The analysis included 400 patients with LCNEC who underwent surgery between 1992 and 2014 at one of 14 institutions worldwide.
“Researchers used the Kaplan-Meier method to estimate OS after resection. Propensity score for the likelihood of receipt of adjuvant chemotherapy was estimated based on patient age, gender, prior malignancy, ECOG performance status, TNM stage and year of surgery.”
Geller AC, Clapp RW, Sober AJ, Gonsalves L, et al. Journal of Clinical Oncology. Sep 16, 2013.
“Purpose: Melanoma is the most commonly fatal form of skin cancer, with nearly 50,000 annual deaths worldwide. We sought to assess long-term trends in the incidence and mortality of melanoma in a state with complete and consistent registration…Conclusion: Unremitting increases in incidence and mortality of melanoma call for a nationally coordinated effort to encourage and promote innovative prevention and early-detection efforts.”
Fowke, JH, Motley, S ... Concepcion, R, Barocas, DA. Cancer Letters. Nov. 5, 2012.
A study of 500 men finds that higher body mass index, leptin blood levels, and waist-hip ratio were significantly associated with higher grade prostate cancer and suggests detection bias during prostate biopsy has resulted in
inconsistent results when the association between obesity and prostate cancer was previously studied.
Liedberg, F, Ahlgren, G, Bratt, O, Bendahl, PO. European Urology. Nov. 2, 2012.
Clinicians advocate for a prostate cancer treatment via pelvic lymph node irradiation strategy for high-risk prostate cancer patients to be based on surgical staging. New techniques of gamma-camera-navigated surgery and fluorescence guidance to the sentinel node could improve the staging.