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Development And Execution Of A Pandemic Preparedness Plan: Therapeutic Medical Physics And Radiation Dosimetry During The Covid-19 Crisis, AC Riegel, H Chou, J Baker, J Antone, L Potters, Y Cao 2020 Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Development And Execution Of A Pandemic Preparedness Plan: Therapeutic Medical Physics And Radiation Dosimetry During The Covid-19 Crisis, Ac Riegel, H Chou, J Baker, J Antone, L Potters, Y Cao

Journal Articles

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The Resilience Of Radiation Oncology In The Covid Era And Beyond, S. Teckie, D. Koffler, L. Potters 2020 Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

The Resilience Of Radiation Oncology In The Covid Era And Beyond, S. Teckie, D. Koffler, L. Potters

Journal Articles

No abstract provided.


Phase Iib, Randomized, Double-Blind Trial Of Gc4419 Versus Placebo To Reduce Severe Oral Mucositis Due To Concurrent Radiotherapy And Cisplatin For Head And Neck Cancer., Carryn M. Anderson, Christopher M Lee, Deborah P. Saunders, Amarinthia Curtis, Neal Dunlap, Chaitali Nangia, Arielle S. Lee, Sharon M. Gordon, Philip Kovoor, Roberto Arevalo-Araujo, Voichita Bar-Ad, Abhinand Peddada, Kyle Colvett, Douglas Miller, Anshu K. Jain, James Wheeler, Dukagjin Blakaj, Marcelo Bonomi, Sanjiv S. Agarwala, Madhur Garg, Francis Worden, Jon Holmlund, Jeffrey M. Brill, Matt Downs, Stephen T. Sonis, Sanford Katz, John M. Buatti 2019 University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

Phase Iib, Randomized, Double-Blind Trial Of Gc4419 Versus Placebo To Reduce Severe Oral Mucositis Due To Concurrent Radiotherapy And Cisplatin For Head And Neck Cancer., Carryn M. Anderson, Christopher M Lee, Deborah P. Saunders, Amarinthia Curtis, Neal Dunlap, Chaitali Nangia, Arielle S. Lee, Sharon M. Gordon, Philip Kovoor, Roberto Arevalo-Araujo, Voichita Bar-Ad, Abhinand Peddada, Kyle Colvett, Douglas Miller, Anshu K. Jain, James Wheeler, Dukagjin Blakaj, Marcelo Bonomi, Sanjiv S. Agarwala, Madhur Garg, Francis Worden, Jon Holmlund, Jeffrey M. Brill, Matt Downs, Stephen T. Sonis, Sanford Katz, John M. Buatti

Department of Radiation Oncology Faculty Papers

PURPOSE: Oral mucositis (OM) remains a common, debilitating toxicity of radiation therapy (RT) for head and neck cancer. The goal of this phase IIb, multi-institutional, randomized, double-blind trial was to compare the efficacy and safety of GC4419, a superoxide dismutase mimetic, with placebo to reduce the duration, incidence, and severity of severe OM (SOM).

PATIENTS AND METHODS: A total of 223 patients (from 44 institutions) with locally advanced oral cavity or oropharynx cancer planned to be treated with definitive or postoperative intensity-modulated RT (IMRT; 60 to 72 Gy [≥ 50 Gy to two or more oral sites]) plus cisplatin (weekly or ...


Combined Modality Therapies For High-Risk Prostate Cancer: Narrative Review Of Current Understanding And New Directions., Benjamin A. Greenberger, Victor E. Chen, Robert B. Den 2019 Thomas Jefferson University

Combined Modality Therapies For High-Risk Prostate Cancer: Narrative Review Of Current Understanding And New Directions., Benjamin A. Greenberger, Victor E. Chen, Robert B. Den

Department of Radiation Oncology Faculty Papers

Despite the many prospective randomized trials that have been available in the past decade regarding the optimization of radiation, hormonal, and surgical therapies for high-risk prostate cancer (PCa), many questions remain. There is currently a lack of level I evidence regarding the relative efficacy of radical prostatectomy (RP) followed by adjuvant radiation compared to radiation therapy (RT) combined with androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) for high-risk PCa. Current retrospective series have also described an improvement in biochemical outcomes and PCa-specific mortality through the use of augmented radiation strategies incorporating brachytherapy. The relative efficacy of modern augmented RT compared to RP is ...


Prediction Of Anal Cancer Recurrence After Chemoradiotherapy Using Quantitative Image Features Extracted From Serial (18)F-Fdg Pet/Ct, Michael Chuong 2019 Baptist Health Medical Group; Miami Cancer Institute

Prediction Of Anal Cancer Recurrence After Chemoradiotherapy Using Quantitative Image Features Extracted From Serial (18)F-Fdg Pet/Ct, Michael Chuong

Michael Chuong

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Recent Updates In The Management Of Merkel Cell Carcinoma, Ahmed Nadeem Abbasi, Syed Mustajab Ahmed, Bilal Mazhar Qureshi 2019 Aga Khan University

Recent Updates In The Management Of Merkel Cell Carcinoma, Ahmed Nadeem Abbasi, Syed Mustajab Ahmed, Bilal Mazhar Qureshi

Department of Radiation Oncology

Merkel cell carcinoma is an aggressive non-melanomatous cutaneous tumour of neuroendocrine origin with an increasing incidence in the recent years. It is a tumour of the elderly and immunosuppressed, which most often appears on sun-exposed areas of the body. The clinical features of the cutaneous or subcutaneous lesions hardly contribute to the diagnosis, and, hence, histopathology and immunohistochemistry play a vital role in diagnosis. The latest staging system by the American Joint Committee on Cancer includes non-nodal invasion to adjacent structures i.e. bone, muscle, fascia, or cartilage into the criteria, in additionto size and depth of invasion. The management ...


Wilms Tumor Survivorship: Does Childhood Cancer Treatment Predict Late-Term Adverse Effects?, Ava Bibergal 2019 DePaul University

Wilms Tumor Survivorship: Does Childhood Cancer Treatment Predict Late-Term Adverse Effects?, Ava Bibergal

Grace Peterson Nursing Research Colloquium

Abstract

Background: Wilms tumor is the leading cancer to affect the kidneys in children most commonly between the age of 3 and 5 years old. Treatment of Wilms tumor typically consists of chemotherapy, radiation, or a combination of the two – which are often successful in eradicating the cancer. However, current treatment options often leave patients with a high risk of late-term adverse effects such as cardiac diseases or secondary cancers later in life. Wilms’ tumor patients currently have a 90% survival rate from their disease, however face a future of indeterminate health problems due to their treatment regimen.

Objectives: The ...


Response Of Human Small Intestinal Epithelium To Fractionated Irradiation: Dynamical Modeling Approach, Francis A. Cucinotta, Olga A. Smirnova 2019 University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Response Of Human Small Intestinal Epithelium To Fractionated Irradiation: Dynamical Modeling Approach, Francis A. Cucinotta, Olga A. Smirnova

Health Physics & Diagnostic Sciences Faculty Publications

A biologically motivated mathematical model of the dynamics of the small intestinal epithelium in humans treated with fractionated radiotherapy has been developed and is further investigated here. This model, originating from our previous work, is implemented as a system of nonlinear ordinary differential equations, in which the variables and parameters have a clear biological meaning. The model also includes, as input, the key parameters of fractionated irradiation. The modeling results on the dynamical response of the human normal small intestinal epithelium to fractionated radiation therapy regimens were in agreement with the corresponding empirical data, which, in turn, demonstrates the capability ...


Meta-Analysis Of Cognitive Performance By Novel Object Recognition After Proton And Heavy Ion Exposures, Eliedonna Cacao, Francis A. Cucinotta 2019 University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Meta-Analysis Of Cognitive Performance By Novel Object Recognition After Proton And Heavy Ion Exposures, Eliedonna Cacao, Francis A. Cucinotta

Health Physics & Diagnostic Sciences Faculty Publications

Experimental studies of cognitive detriments in mice and rats after proton and heavy ion exposures have been performed by several laboratories to investigate possible risks to astronauts exposed to cosmic rays in space travel and patients treated for brain cancers with proton and carbon beams in Hadron therapy. However, distinct radiation types and doses, cognitive tests and rodent models have been used by different laboratories, while few studies have considered detailed dose-response characterizations, including estimates of relative biological effectiveness (RBE). Here we report on the first quantitative meta-analysis of the dose response for proton and heavy ion rodent studies of ...


Fasting Reduces Intestinal Radiotoxicity Enabling Dose-Escalated Radiotherapy For Pancreatic Cancer, Marimar de la Cruz Bonilla 2019 The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Fasting Reduces Intestinal Radiotoxicity Enabling Dose-Escalated Radiotherapy For Pancreatic Cancer, Marimar De La Cruz Bonilla

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Dissertations and Theses (Open Access)

Surgical resection is the only potentially curative treatment for pancreatic cancer, but only 15-20% of patients have resectable tumors. In unresectable cases, stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) may be used to give tumor-directed radiotherapy (RT). Unfortunately, this can cause severe gastrointestinal (GI) toxicity due to proximity of the pancreatic head to the duodenum. Protecting the intestine from the toxic side-effects of radiation may enable dose-escalation that could achieve more effective local control of disease. We and others have previously shown that a fast of 24 hours protects mice from lethal doses of the DNA-damaging agent etoposide. In this study, we demonstrate ...


Modeling Proton Relative Biological Effectiveness Using Monte Carlo Simulations Of Microdosimetry, Mark A. Newpower 2019 The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Modeling Proton Relative Biological Effectiveness Using Monte Carlo Simulations Of Microdosimetry, Mark A. Newpower

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Dissertations and Theses (Open Access)

Proton therapy is a radiotherapy modality that can offer a better physical dose distribution when compared to photon radiotherapy by taking advantage of the Bragg peak, a narrow region of rapid energy loss. Proton therapy is also known to offer an enhanced relative biological effectiveness (RBE) compared to photons. In the current clinical standard, RBE is fixed at 1.1 at all points along the proton beam, meaning protons are assumed to require 10% less dose than photons to achieve target coverage and organ at risk (OAR) sparing. However, there is mounting clinical evidence, and a significant number of in ...


Following The Growth Of Sarah's Baby: An Ipe Activity For Medical Nutrition & Diagnostic Sonography Students, Tanya M. Custer, Megan Timmerman, Cynthia M. Schmidt, Teresa L. Hartman, Harlan Sayles, Kathryn Wampler, Lea Lambing, Kim Michael 2019 University of Nebraska Medical Center

Following The Growth Of Sarah's Baby: An Ipe Activity For Medical Nutrition & Diagnostic Sonography Students, Tanya M. Custer, Megan Timmerman, Cynthia M. Schmidt, Teresa L. Hartman, Harlan Sayles, Kathryn Wampler, Lea Lambing, Kim Michael

Posters and Presentations: Medical Imaging & Therapeutic Sciences

Objectives: Interprofessional education (IPE) involves collaborative learning among students from different professions. While acceptance of these types of activities is increasing, there are opportunities to expand the number of health care professions involved in IPE. The purpose of this study was to explore student perceptions and outcomes after participation in a Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) and Medical Nutrition Education (MNE) interprofessional education activity centered around a clinical case study on fetal growth. Subjects & Methods: The IPE activity was administered to four student cohorts from academic years to 2015-2016 to 2018-2019. Participants included 66 students (n=39 DMS and n=27 ...


Impact Of Peer Review In The Radiation Treatment Planning Process: Experience Of A Tertiary Care University Hospital In Pakistan, Bilal Mazhar Qureshi, Muhammad Atif Mansha, Muneeb Uddin Karim, Asim Hafiz, Nasir Ali, Benazir Mir, Fatima Shaukat, Maria Tariq, Ahmed Nadeem Abbasi 2019 Aga Khan University

Impact Of Peer Review In The Radiation Treatment Planning Process: Experience Of A Tertiary Care University Hospital In Pakistan, Bilal Mazhar Qureshi, Muhammad Atif Mansha, Muneeb Uddin Karim, Asim Hafiz, Nasir Ali, Benazir Mir, Fatima Shaukat, Maria Tariq, Ahmed Nadeem Abbasi

Department of Radiation Oncology

Purpose: To evaluate and report the frequency of changes in radiation therapy treatment plans after peer review in a simulation review meeting once a week.
Materials and Methods: Between July 1 and August 31, 2016, the radiation plans of 116 patients were discussed in departmental simulation review meetings. All plans were finalized by the primary radiation oncologist before presenting them in the meeting. A team of radiation oncologists reviewed each plan, and their suggestions were documented as no change, major change, minor change, or missing contour. Changes were further classified as changes in clinical target volume, treatment field, or dose ...


Report Of The First Patient Treated For Pelvic Sarcoma With A Directional 103pd Brachytherapy Device., Serguei A. Castaneda, Marian Khalili, Jacqueline Emrich, Veronica M Zoghbi, Michael S Weingarten, Mark J Rivard, Wilbur B Bowne, Jaganmohan Poli 2019 Thomas Jefferson University; Drexel University; Hahnemann University Hospital; Christiana Care Health System

Report Of The First Patient Treated For Pelvic Sarcoma With A Directional 103pd Brachytherapy Device., Serguei A. Castaneda, Marian Khalili, Jacqueline Emrich, Veronica M Zoghbi, Michael S Weingarten, Mark J Rivard, Wilbur B Bowne, Jaganmohan Poli

Department of Radiation Oncology Faculty Papers

No abstract provided.


Retrospective Evaluation Of Weight Loss In Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute (Mmcci) Patients Receiving Radiation Treatment For Head And Neck Cancer, Julian Johnson, David Debartolo-Stone, Jessica Moore, Maine Medical Center Radiation Oncology, Ruth Hanselman, Stephen Tyzik, Suneela Nayak, Amy Sparks 2019 Maine Medical Center

Retrospective Evaluation Of Weight Loss In Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute (Mmcci) Patients Receiving Radiation Treatment For Head And Neck Cancer, Julian Johnson, David Debartolo-Stone, Jessica Moore, Maine Medical Center Radiation Oncology, Ruth Hanselman, Stephen Tyzik, Suneela Nayak, Amy Sparks

Operational Excellence

Treatment for head and neck cancer often results in weight loss as a side effect. One option to mitigate this weight loss is placement of a percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) tube placement. Radiation oncologists at a academic tertiary medical center discuss the option of PEG placement during patient consultation.

A retrospective evaluation of weight loss in patients receiving radiation was conducted over a two-year period. The goal of this data collection was to create a standard for oncology consultations regarding PEG tube placement.

Baseline metrics and a root cause analysis drove subsequent data collection steps. After analyzing the raw data ...


Sarcopenia In Lung Cancer: Could Chest Imaging Help?, Jennifer Baima, Elke Sarah Schipani, Wasih Kamran, John M. Varlotto, Lacey J. McIntosh, Karl Uy, Isabel Emmerick, Mathew J. Most 2019 University of Massachusetts Medical School

Sarcopenia In Lung Cancer: Could Chest Imaging Help?, Jennifer Baima, Elke Sarah Schipani, Wasih Kamran, John M. Varlotto, Lacey J. Mcintosh, Karl Uy, Isabel Emmerick, Mathew J. Most

Orthopedics and Physical Rehabilitation Publications

Introduction: Fifteen to seventy percent of cancer patients demonstrate sarcopenia.1-6,[i],[ii],[iii],[iv],[v],[vi],[vii],[viii],[ix],[x],[xi],[xii],[xiii] Analysis of iliopsoas cross-sectional area, a non-invasive surrogate measure for sarcopenia in patients with cancer has been associated with survival.[xiv],[xv],[xvi],[xvii] The pectoralis muscle may be a more accessible target for measuring sarcopenia in lung cancer patients,[xviii] but it is not known if it this correlates with iliopsoas cross-sectional area. Since measurements vary, it is most accurate to use internal controls. We attempted to examine the cross-sectional area of the two muscles ...


Pelvic Prehabilitation: Pelvic Exercises Assist In Minimizing Inter-Fraction Sacral Slope Variability During Radiation Therapy, Jennifer Baima, Lauren O'Loughlin, Alexander Lukez, Yunsheng Ma, Janaki Moni 2019 University of Massachusetts Medical School

Pelvic Prehabilitation: Pelvic Exercises Assist In Minimizing Inter-Fraction Sacral Slope Variability During Radiation Therapy, Jennifer Baima, Lauren O'Loughlin, Alexander Lukez, Yunsheng Ma, Janaki Moni

Orthopedics and Physical Rehabilitation Publications

Introduction: Prehabilitation for radiation therapy is not well studied. Retrospective data shows variability in set-up positioning of patients during daily pelvic RT. We hypothesize that a brief structured daily exercise regimen is feasible for subjects to perform before RT and may minimize variability in positioning as measured by sacral slope angles (SSA) on lateral views. Determining feasibility and effectiveness of these exercises in decreasing set-up variability has clinical implications, both for targeting treatment sites and preventing adverse effects.

Methods: Subjects in the exercise intervention condition (n=8, 8 F) performed a structured daily hip exercise regimen throughout the duration of ...


Development And Long-Term Stability Of A Comprehensive Daily Qa Program For A Modern Pencil Beam Scanning (Pbs) Proton Therapy Delivery System, Suresh Rana, Jaafar Bennouna, Alonso Gutierrez 2019 Miami Cancer Institute

Development And Long-Term Stability Of A Comprehensive Daily Qa Program For A Modern Pencil Beam Scanning (Pbs) Proton Therapy Delivery System, Suresh Rana, Jaafar Bennouna, Alonso Gutierrez

Alonso Gutierrez

No abstract provided.


Development And Long-Term Stability Of A Comprehensive Daily Qa Program For A Modern Pencil Beam Scanning (Pbs) Proton Therapy Delivery System, Suresh Rana, Jaafar Bennouna, Alonso Gutierrez 2019 Miami Cancer Institute

Development And Long-Term Stability Of A Comprehensive Daily Qa Program For A Modern Pencil Beam Scanning (Pbs) Proton Therapy Delivery System, Suresh Rana, Jaafar Bennouna, Alonso Gutierrez

Jaafar Bennouna

No abstract provided.


Development And Long-Term Stability Of A Comprehensive Daily Qa Program For A Modern Pencil Beam Scanning (Pbs) Proton Therapy Delivery System, Suresh Rana, Jaafar Bennouna, Alonso Gutierrez 2019 Miami Cancer Institute

Development And Long-Term Stability Of A Comprehensive Daily Qa Program For A Modern Pencil Beam Scanning (Pbs) Proton Therapy Delivery System, Suresh Rana, Jaafar Bennouna, Alonso Gutierrez

Suresh Rana

No abstract provided.


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