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BMC Cancer

Medical and radiation oncology

Section edited by Dirk Vordermark

This section focuses on clinical research that impacts on the treatment of cancer using systemic chemotherapy, targeted therapy, and radiation.

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  1. Content type: Case report

    Primary hepatic angiosarcoma (PHA) is a rare and aggressive solid tumor, with high rates of local recurrence and distant metastasis, and poor prognosis. There are no established treatment guidelines for PHA.

    Authors: Yu Qiao, Jihong Yang, Lili Liu, Yixin Zeng, Jie Ma, Jing Jia, Li Zhang, Xiaoguang Li, Peihong Wu, Wenchao Wang, Dongge Liu, Huan Chen, Yunbo Zhao, Huan Xi and Yao Wang

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:212

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  2. Content type: Study protocol

    Gamma Knife radiosurgery (GKRS) is increasingly applied in patients with multiple brain metastases and is expected to have less adverse effects in cognitive functioning than whole brain radiation therapy (WBRT...

    Authors: Wietske C. M. Schimmel, Eline Verhaak, Patrick E. J. Hanssens, Karin Gehring and Margriet M. Sitskoorn

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:218

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Patient characteristics and survival outcomes in randomized trials may be different from those in real-life clinical practice. The objective of this study was to describe treatment pathways, safety, drug costs...

    Authors: Rana Maroun, Laura Mitrofan, Laure Benjamin, Gaelle Nachbaur, Franck Maunoury, Philippe Le Jeunne and Isabelle Durand-Zaleski

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:214

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Survival advantage following trans-arterial chemoembolization (TACE) is variable in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). We combined pre-TACE radiologic features to derive a novel prognostic signature...

    Authors: David J. Pinato, Madhava Pai, Isabella Reccia, Markand Patel, Alexandros Giakoustidis, Georgios Karamanakos, Azelea Rushd, Shiraz Jamshaid, Alberto Oldani, Glenda Grossi, Mario Pirisi, Paul Tait and Rohini Sharma

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:211

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  5. Content type: Research article

    To evaluate the prevalence of metastatic tumors involving the myocardium and study their presentation in order to increase awareness to their existence.

    Authors: Ivana Burazor, Sarit Aviel-Ronen, Massimo Imazio, Orly Goitein, Marina Perelman, Natalia Shelestovich, Ninoslav Radovanovic, Vladimir Kanjuh, Iris Barshack and Yehuda Adler

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:202

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Bladder cancer is the 7th cause of death from cancer in men and 10th in women. Metastatic patients have a poor prognosis with a median overall survival of 14 months. Until recently, vinflunine was the only sec...

    Authors: Marina Pulido, Guilhem Roubaud, Anne-Laure Cazeau, Hakim Mahammedi, Lionel Vedrine, Florence Joly, Loic Mourey, Christian Pfister, Alejandro Goberna, Barbara Lortal, Carine Bellera, Philippe Pourquier and Nadine Houédé

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:194

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Radiological monitoring of malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) using modified RECIST criteria is limited by low sensitivity and inter-observer variability. Serial serum mesothelin measurement has shown utilit...

    Authors: Duneesha de Fonseka, David T. Arnold, Louise Stadon, Anna Morley, Emma Keenan, Michael Darby, Lynne Armstrong, Paul Virgo and Nick A. Maskell

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:199

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  8. Content type: Study protocol

    The aim of the present trial is to investigate a new option of skin protection in order to reduce the rate of grade ≥ 2 skin toxicity in patients receiving radiotherapy alone or radiochemotherapy for locally a...

    Authors: Carlos Narvaez, Claudia Doemer, Christian Idel, Cornelia Setter, Denise Olbrich, Zaza Ujmajuridze, Jesper Hansen Carl and Dirk Rades

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:197

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  9. Content type: Research article

    RECORD-4 assessed everolimus in patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma (mRCC) who progressed after 1 prior anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) or cytokine and reinforced the clinical benefit ...

    Authors: Lin Yang, Anna Alyasova, Dingwei Ye, Antonia Ridolfi, Luca Dezzani and Robert J. Motzer

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:195

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  10. Content type: Research article

    To evaluate survival data and local tumor control after transarterial chemoembolization in two groups with different embolization protocols for the treatment of HCC patients.

    Authors: Tatjana Gruber-Rouh, Cornelia Schmitt, Nagy N. N. Naguib, N. A. Nour-Eldin, Katrin Eichler, Martin Beeres and Thomas J. Vogl

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:188

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Serious neurological adverse events (NAE) have occurred during treatment with high-dose thiotepa regimens of children with high-risk solid tumours. The objective was to assess the incidence of NAE related to h...

    Authors: Christophe Maritaz, Francois Lemare, Agnes Laplanche, Sylvie Demirdjian, Dominique Valteau-Couanet and Christelle Dufour

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:177

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  12. Content type: Research article

    The clinical utility and prognostic impact of presumed primary breast or ovarian cancer among patients with an unfavorable subset of cancer of unknown primary site (CUP) remains unclear. We aimed to evaluate t...

    Authors: Makoto Kodaira, Kan Yonemori, Tatsunori Shimoi, Akihiko Yoshida, Masayuki Yoshida, Atsuko Kitano, Akihiko Shimomura, Mayu Yunokawa, Chikako Shimizu, Yuichi Takiguchi, Yasuhiro Fujiwara and Kenji Tamura

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:176

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Patients with advanced lung cancer (LC) or malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) exhibit limitation of exercise capacities and alteration of quality of life (QoL) induced by cancer and its treatment. Few studie...

    Authors: Cecile Olivier, Jean-Marie Grosbois, Alexis B. Cortot, Sophie Peres, Christophe Heron, Julie Delourme, Marianne Gierczynski, Anne Hoorelbeke, Arnaud Scherpereel and Olivier Le Rouzic

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:178

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  14. Content type: Study protocol

    Recent studies demonstrated the efficacy of S-1-based adjuvant chemotherapy administered for six months after curative surgery for stage III gastric cancer; however, it is unproven whether this type of combina...

    Authors: Tsutomu Namikawa, Hiromichi Maeda, Hiroyuki Kitagawa, Koji Oba, Akihito Tsuji, Takaki Yoshikawa, Michiya Kobayashi and Kazuhiro Hanazaki

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:186

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  15. Content type: Case report

    Brain metastases from gastric cancer are difficult to treat and their prognosis is poor. Despite various possible treatments, the survival rate of such patients is still unsatisfactory; therefore, new treatmen...

    Authors: Min-joo Ahn, Kanghan Lee, Kyung Hwa Lee, Jin Woong Kim, In-Young Kim and Woo Kyun Bae

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:173

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  16. Content type: Research article

    The optimal first-line chemotherapy for ovarian carcinosarcoma has not yet been determined. We therefore sought to determine the progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) for patients with ovar...

    Authors: Melissa Brackmann, Marina Stasenko, Shitanshu Uppal, Jake Erba, R. Kevin Reynolds and Karen McLean

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:172

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  17. Content type: Case report

    Metastases to the thyroid gland are more frequent than previously thought, although most of them are occult or not clinically relevant. Overall, only 42 cases of metastases to thyroid from breast cancer have b...

    Authors: Matilde Pensabene, Brigida Stanzione, Ivana Cerillo, Giuseppe Ciancia, Immacolata Cozzolino, Raffaella Ruocco, Caterina Condello, Giuseppe Di Lorenzo, Mario Giuliano, Valeria Forestieri, Grazia Arpino, Sabino De Placido and Rossella Lauria

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:146

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  18. Content type: Study protocol

    Due to the ageing population and improving diagnostics and treatments, the number of cancer patients and cancer survivors is increasing. Policymakers, patients and professionals advocate a transfer of (part of...

    Authors: I. A. A. Perfors, C. W. Helsper, E. A. Noteboom, E. van der Wall, N. J. de Wit and A. M. May

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:132

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