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Spaceoar To Improve Dosimetric Outcomes For Monotherapy High-Dose-Rate Prostate Implantation In A Patient With Ulcerative Colitis., Michael Trager, Benjamin Greenberger, Amy S. Harrison, James Keller, Robert B. Den 2018 Thomas Jefferson University

Spaceoar To Improve Dosimetric Outcomes For Monotherapy High-Dose-Rate Prostate Implantation In A Patient With Ulcerative Colitis., Michael Trager, Benjamin Greenberger, Amy S. Harrison, James Keller, Robert B. Den

Department of Radiation Oncology Faculty Papers

High-dose-rate (HDR) brachytherapy is an attractive option for patients receiving definitive radiation therapy for prostate cancer with decreased overall dose to the pelvis. However, ulcerative colitis increases rectal toxicity risk and may be a contraindication. A synthetic hydrogel, SpaceOAR (Augmentix Inc., Waltham, MA, USA), can facilitate the use of HDR brachytherapy for patients where rectal toxicity is a limiting factor. SpaceOAR gel (13.19 cc) was utilized in a monotherapy HDR prostate treatment with Ir-192 under transrectal ultrasound guidance, with the intention of decreasing rectal dose. SpaceOAR gel was inserted transperineally into the patient 18 days prior to the procedure ...


Implementation And Utilization Of Hypofractionation For Breast Cancer, P. Gilbo, L. Potters, L. Lee 2018 Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Implementation And Utilization Of Hypofractionation For Breast Cancer, P. Gilbo, L. Potters, L. Lee

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© 2018 The Authors Purpose: Hypofractionation (HF) of whole breast irradiation has become a standard treatment regimen because randomized trials continue to demonstrate equivalence in survival and local control compared with conventional fractionation. In 2011, the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) adopted clinical guidelines on the proper selection of HF. Nevertheless, utilization remains lower than predicted. We evaluate the effects of clinical directives that serve as default treatment decisions and prospective contouring rounds on the implementation of HF in a large, multicenter radiation oncology department. Methods and materials: In 2010, we implemented consensus-driven and evidence-based clinical directives to guide treatment ...


Pdz-Rhogef Is A Signaling Effector For Troy-Induced Glioblastoma Cell Invasion And Survival, Z. Ding, H. Dhruv, A. Kwiatkowska-Piwowarczyk, R. Ruggieri, J. Kloss, M. Symons, P. Pirrotte, J. M. Eschbacher, N. L. Tran, J. C. Loftus 2018 Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Pdz-Rhogef Is A Signaling Effector For Troy-Induced Glioblastoma Cell Invasion And Survival, Z. Ding, H. Dhruv, A. Kwiatkowska-Piwowarczyk, R. Ruggieri, J. Kloss, M. Symons, P. Pirrotte, J. M. Eschbacher, N. L. Tran, J. C. Loftus

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© 2018 The Authors Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is the most common type of malignant brain tumors in adults and has a dismal prognosis. The highly aggressive invasion of malignant cells into the normal brain parenchyma renders complete surgical resection of GBM tumors impossible, increases resistance to therapeutic treatment, and leads to near-universal tumor recurrence. We have previously demonstrated that TROY (TNFRSF19) plays an important role in glioblastoma cell invasion and therapeutic resistance. However, the potential downstream effectors of TROY signaling have not been fully characterized. Here, we identified PDZ-RhoGEF as a binding partner for TROY that potentiated TROY-induced nuclear factor kappa ...


Reducing Seed Waste And Increasing Value Of Dynamic Intraoperative Implantation Of Pd-103 Seeds In Prostate Brachytherapy, P. K. Taylor, A, C. Riegel 2018 Northwell Health

Reducing Seed Waste And Increasing Value Of Dynamic Intraoperative Implantation Of Pd-103 Seeds In Prostate Brachytherapy, P. K. Taylor, A, C. Riegel

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© 2018 The Authors. Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. on behalf of American Association of Physicists in Medicine. Several nomograms exist for ordering palladium-103 seeds for permanent prostate seed implants (PSI). Excess seeds from PSIs pose additional radiation safety risks and increase the cost of care. This study compared five nomograms to clinical data from dynamic modified-peripheral intraoperative PSI to determine (a) the cause of excess seeds and (b) the optimal nomogram for our institution. Pre- and intraoperative patient data were collected for monotherapy PSIs and compiled into a clinical database. All patients were prescribed ...


Intermediate-Risk Meningioma: Initial Outcomes From Nrg Oncology Rtog 0539, L. Rogers, P. Zhang, M. A. Vogelbaum, A. Perry, L. S. Ashby, J. M. Modi, A. M. Alleman, J. Galvin, J. P. S. Knisely, M. P. Mehta, +5 additional authors 2018 Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Intermediate-Risk Meningioma: Initial Outcomes From Nrg Oncology Rtog 0539, L. Rogers, P. Zhang, M. A. Vogelbaum, A. Perry, L. S. Ashby, J. M. Modi, A. M. Alleman, J. Galvin, J. P. S. Knisely, M. P. Mehta, +5 Additional Authors

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Restricted Single Isocenter For Multiple Targets Dynamic Conformal Arc (Rsimt Dca) Technique For Brain Stereotactic Radiosurgery (Srs) Planning., J. Chang, A. G. Wernicke, S. C. Pano 2018 Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Restricted Single Isocenter For Multiple Targets Dynamic Conformal Arc (Rsimt Dca) Technique For Brain Stereotactic Radiosurgery (Srs) Planning., J. Chang, A. G. Wernicke, S. C. Pano

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In stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), the multiple isocenters for multiple targets dynamic conformal arc (MIMT DCA) technique is traditionally used to treat multiple brain metastases, with one isocenter for each target. The single isocenter for multiple targets (SIMT) technique has recently been adopted to reduce the treatment time at the cost of plan quality. The objective of this study was to develop a restricted single isocenter for multiple targets DCA (RSIMT DCA) technique that can significantly reduce the treatment time but still maintain similar plan quality as the MIMT DCA technique.Treating multiple brain metastases with a single isocenter poses a ...


Outlier Identification In Radiation Therapy Knowledge-Based Planning: A Study Of Pelvic Cases., Yang Sheng, Yaorong Ge, Lulin Yuan, Taoran Li, Fang-Fang Yin, Qingrong Jackie Wu 2017 Duke University Medical Cente; Duke University

Outlier Identification In Radiation Therapy Knowledge-Based Planning: A Study Of Pelvic Cases., Yang Sheng, Yaorong Ge, Lulin Yuan, Taoran Li, Fang-Fang Yin, Qingrong Jackie Wu

Department of Radiation Oncology Faculty Papers

PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to apply statistical metrics to identify outliers and to investigate the impact of outliers on knowledge-based planning in radiation therapy of pelvic cases. We also aimed to develop a systematic workflow for identifying and analyzing geometric and dosimetric outliers.

METHODS: Four groups (G1-G4) of pelvic plans were sampled in this study. These include the following three groups of clinical IMRT cases: G1 (37 prostate cases), G2 (37 prostate plus lymph node cases) and G3 (37 prostate bed cases). Cases in G4 were planned in accordance with dynamic-arc radiation therapy procedure and include 10 ...


Microtubule-Targeting Agents Can Sensitize Cancer Cells To Ionizing Radiation By An Interphase-Based Mechanism, D. Markowitz, G. Ha, R. Ruggieri, M. Symons 2017 Northwell Health

Microtubule-Targeting Agents Can Sensitize Cancer Cells To Ionizing Radiation By An Interphase-Based Mechanism, D. Markowitz, G. Ha, R. Ruggieri, M. Symons

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Nfatc3 And Vip In Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis And Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, A. M. Szema, E. Forsyth, B. Ying, S. A. Hamidi, J. J. Chen, S. Hwang, J. C. Li, D. S. Dwyer, J. M. Ramiro-Diaz, L. V. Gonzalez Bosc, +1 additional author 2017 Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Nfatc3 And Vip In Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis And Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, A. M. Szema, E. Forsyth, B. Ying, S. A. Hamidi, J. J. Chen, S. Hwang, J. C. Li, D. S. Dwyer, J. M. Ramiro-Diaz, L. V. Gonzalez Bosc, +1 Additional Author

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Novel Wavelet-Based Segmentation Of Prostate Cbct Images With Implanted Calypso Transponders., Y. Liu, Z. Saleh, Y. Song, M. Chan, X. Li, C. Shi, X. Qian, X. Tang 2017 Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Novel Wavelet-Based Segmentation Of Prostate Cbct Images With Implanted Calypso Transponders., Y. Liu, Z. Saleh, Y. Song, M. Chan, X. Li, C. Shi, X. Qian, X. Tang

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Segmentation of prostate Cone Beam CT (CBCT) images is an essential step towards real-time adaptive radiotherapy (ART). It is challenging for Calypso patients, as more artifacts generated by the beacon transponders are present on the images. We herein propose a novel wavelet-based segmentation algorithm for rectum, bladder, and prostate of CBCT images with implanted Calypso transponders. For a given CBCT, a Moving Window-Based Double Haar (MWDH) transformation is applied first to obtain the wavelet coefficients. Based on a user defined point in the object of interest, a cluster algorithm based adaptive thresholding is applied to the low frequency components of ...


Long-Term Outcome Of 487 Patients With Early-Stage Extra-Nodal Marginal Zone Lymphoma, S. Teckie, S. Qi, M. Chelius, S. Lovie, M. Hsu, A. Noy, C. Portlock, J. Yahalom 2017 Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Long-Term Outcome Of 487 Patients With Early-Stage Extra-Nodal Marginal Zone Lymphoma, S. Teckie, S. Qi, M. Chelius, S. Lovie, M. Hsu, A. Noy, C. Portlock, J. Yahalom

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Combined-Modality Hypofractionated Radiotherapy For Elderly Patients With Glioblastoma: Setting A New Standard., B. A. Vellayappan, L. M. Halasz, J. P. S. Knisely, E. L. Chang, S. S. Lo 2017 Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Combined-Modality Hypofractionated Radiotherapy For Elderly Patients With Glioblastoma: Setting A New Standard., B. A. Vellayappan, L. M. Halasz, J. P. S. Knisely, E. L. Chang, S. S. Lo

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Repurposing Mebendazole As A Replacement For Vincristine For The Treatment Of Brain Tumors, M. De Witt, A. Gamble, D. Hanson, D. Markowitz, C. Powell, S. Al Dimassi, M. Atlas, J. Boockvar, R. Ruggieri, M. Symons 2017 Northwell Health

Repurposing Mebendazole As A Replacement For Vincristine For The Treatment Of Brain Tumors, M. De Witt, A. Gamble, D. Hanson, D. Markowitz, C. Powell, S. Al Dimassi, M. Atlas, J. Boockvar, R. Ruggieri, M. Symons

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Screening For Depression In Cancer Patients Receiving Radiotherapy: Feasibility And Identification Of Effective Tools In The Nrg Oncology Rtog 0841 Trial, L. I. Wagner, S. L. Pugh, W. Small, J. Kirshner, K. Sidhu, M. J. Bury, A. S. DeNittis, T. E. Alpert, B. F. Bloom, D. W. Bruner, +6 additional authors 2017 Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Screening For Depression In Cancer Patients Receiving Radiotherapy: Feasibility And Identification Of Effective Tools In The Nrg Oncology Rtog 0841 Trial, L. I. Wagner, S. L. Pugh, W. Small, J. Kirshner, K. Sidhu, M. J. Bury, A. S. Denittis, T. E. Alpert, B. F. Bloom, D. W. Bruner, +6 Additional Authors

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The More Igrt Systems, The Merrier?, B. Sun, J. Chang, Y. Rong 2017 Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

The More Igrt Systems, The Merrier?, B. Sun, J. Chang, Y. Rong

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Ncrp Program Area Committee 7: Radiation Education, Risk Communication, Outreach, And Policy, S. M. Becker, P. A. Locke 2016 Old Dominion University

Ncrp Program Area Committee 7: Radiation Education, Risk Communication, Outreach, And Policy, S. M. Becker, P. A. Locke

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Recognizing the central importance of effective communication, education, and policy across all of the domains of radiation safety and radiation protection, the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) established a new committee in 2013. Program Area Committee 7 (PAC 7) was created to develop projects and provide guidance on Radiation Education, Risk Communication, Outreach, and Policy. After identifying individuals with relevant expertise who were willing to serve, the Committee held its inaugural meeting in 2014. In 2015, the Committee increased its membership and began carrying out an expanded program of activities. One area of activity has involved providing ...


Effect Of The Normalized Prescription Isodose Line On The Magnitude Of Monte Carlo Vs. Pencil Beam Target Dose Differences For Lung Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy, D. Zheng, Q. Zhang, X. Liang, X. Zhu, V. Verma, S. Wang, S. Zhou 2016 Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Effect Of The Normalized Prescription Isodose Line On The Magnitude Of Monte Carlo Vs. Pencil Beam Target Dose Differences For Lung Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy, D. Zheng, Q. Zhang, X. Liang, X. Zhu, V. Verma, S. Wang, S. Zhou

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© This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. In lung stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) cases, the pencil beam (PB) dose calculation algorithm is known to overestimate target dose as compared to the more accurate Monte Carlo (MC) algorithm. We investigated whether changing the normalized prescription isodose line affected the magnitude of MC vs. PB target dose differences. Forty-eight patient plans and twenty virtual-tumor phantom plans were studied. For patient plans, four alternative plans prescribed to 60%, 70%, 80%, and 90% isodose lines were each created for 12 patients who previously received lung SBRT treatments. Using ...


Target Dose Conversion Modeling From Pencil Beam (Pb) To Monte Carlo (Mc) For Lung Sbrt, D. Zheng, X. Zhu, Q. Zhang, X. Liang, W. Zhen, C. Lin, V. Verma, S. Wang, A. Wahl, C. Zhang, +2 additional authors 2016 Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Target Dose Conversion Modeling From Pencil Beam (Pb) To Monte Carlo (Mc) For Lung Sbrt, D. Zheng, X. Zhu, Q. Zhang, X. Liang, W. Zhen, C. Lin, V. Verma, S. Wang, A. Wahl, C. Zhang, +2 Additional Authors

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© 2016 The Author(s). Background: A challenge preventing routine clinical implementation of Monte Carlo (MC)-based lung SBRT is the difficulty of reinterpreting historical outcome data calculated with inaccurate dose algorithms, because the target dose was found to decrease to varying degrees when recalculated with MC. The large variability was previously found to be affected by factors such as tumour size, location, and lung density, usually through sub-group comparisons. We hereby conducted a pilot study to systematically and quantitatively analyze these patient factors and explore accurate target dose conversion models, so that large-scale historical outcome data can be correlated with ...


Quinomycin A Targets Notch Signaling Pathway In Pancreatic Cancer Stem Cells, S. Ponnurangam, P. R. Dandawate, A. Dhar, O. W. Tawfik, R. R. Parab, P. D. Mishra, P. Ranadive, R. Sharma, G. Mahajan, D. Subramaniam, +7 additional authors 2016 Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Quinomycin A Targets Notch Signaling Pathway In Pancreatic Cancer Stem Cells, S. Ponnurangam, P. R. Dandawate, A. Dhar, O. W. Tawfik, R. R. Parab, P. D. Mishra, P. Ranadive, R. Sharma, G. Mahajan, D. Subramaniam, +7 Additional Authors

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Cancer stem cells (CSCs) appear to explain many aspects of the neoplastic evolution of tumors and likely account for enhanced therapeutic resistance following treatment. Dysregulated Notch signaling, which affects CSCs plays an important role in pancreatic cancer progression. We have determined the ability of Quinomycin to inhibit CSCs and the Notch signaling pathway. Quinomycin treatment resulted in significant inhibition of proliferation and colony formation in pancreatic cancer cell lines, but not in normal pancreatic epithelial cells. Moreover, Quinomycin affected pancreatosphere formation. The compound also decreased the expression of CSC marker proteins DCLK1, CD44, CD24 and EPCAM. In addition, flow cytometry ...


Predicting Treatment Related Imaging Changes (Trics) After Radiosurgery For Brain Metastases Using Treatment Dose And Conformality Metrics., B. F. Taylor, J. P. Knisely, J. M. Qian, J. B. Yu, V. L. Chiang 2016 Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Predicting Treatment Related Imaging Changes (Trics) After Radiosurgery For Brain Metastases Using Treatment Dose And Conformality Metrics., B. F. Taylor, J. P. Knisely, J. M. Qian, J. B. Yu, V. L. Chiang

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Purpose: Treatment-related imaging changes (TRICs) after stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) involves the benign transient enlargement of radiographic lesions after treatment. Identifying the radiation dose volumes and conformality metrics associated with TRICs for different post-treatment periods would be helpful and improve clinical decision making.

Methods: 367 metastases in 113 patients were treated using Gamma Knife SRS between 1/1/2007-12/31/2009. Each metastasis was measured at each imaging follow-up to detect TRICs (defined as ≥ 20% increase in volume). Fluctuations in small volume lesions (less than 108 mm

Results: From 0-6 months, all measures correlated with the incidence of TRICs (p

Conclusions ...


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