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Christina Lau, 20 Apr 2020

Hippocampal avoidance during whole-brain radiotherapy (HA-WBRT), together with memantine, better preserves cognitive function vs WBRT plus memantine in patients with brain metastases, without compromising survival, a multi-institutional phase III trial has shown.

Natalia Reoutova, 20 May 2020

Cancer patients infected with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) appear to be at higher risk of severe outcomes, including death, but cancer type and treatment serve as better predictors, according to recent research presented at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting I.

At the time of writing, COVID-19 has spread to more than 200 countries and territories, affecting an estimated 4.5 million people and killing over 300,000. Cancer, on the other hand, is newly diagnosed in 18 million people and takes the lives of 10 million every year.

“We have invited physician scientists who are at the epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic, taking care of patients with cancer. They gathered prospective information to understand the effects of COVID-19 on patients with cancer, are testing new treatments, and are making this knowledge available to the global research community, so we can all benefit from their experience,” said Professor Antoni Ribas from UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, California, US, chairperson of the COVID-19 and cancer plenary session of the meeting.

4 days ago
Case presentation: The patient is a 46-year-old Korean lady who first presented with aggravating pleuritic chest pain characterised by a stabbing pain in the chest when inhaling and exhaling. A diagnosis of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) was made from computed tomography (CT)-guided needle aspiration biopsy, and the tumour was found to be epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutation-positive (exon 19 deletion). Chest imaging revealed the presence of left-sided pleural seeding nodules. The patient was treated with afatanib with partial response as best response. Ten months after starting treatment, the patient experienced disease progression.

Photodynamic therapy plus aminolevulinic acid may improve cutaneous SCCis

20 Apr 2020

Treatment with photodynamic therapy (PDT) plus aminolevulinic acid (ALA) appears to be effective for some cases of cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma in situ (SCCis), suggests a recent study. In addition, anatomic location, tumour diameter and ALA incubation time contribute to the effectiveness of the combined therapy.

This retrospective review sought to assess the outcomes of SCCis treated with ALA-PDT and examine factors associated with response. Fifty-eight patients with 68 primary SCCis lesions were included, all of whom were treated with ALA-PDT and blue light illumination. The investigators extracted patient demographics, lesion features, treatment details, clinical response and subsequent recurrence from medical record reviews.

The initial complete response upon PDT completion stood at 77.9 percent, and this did not correlate with the number of PDT treatments.

Multivariable analysis revealed that location on the face, tumour diameter <2 cm and longer ALA incubation time were associated with treatment response. Lesions treated with a maximum incubation time of <3 hours showed a lower response rate than that for longer incubation (53.3 percent vs 84.9 percent). Of the 53 cases, seven (13.2 percent) had subsequent recurrence of SCCis during a median time of 11.7 months.

This retrospective review was limited by its lack of systematic follow-up. It was also performed at a single institution only.

“PDT has been reported as a treatment for cutaneous SCCis, but only limited data are available on the effectiveness of ALA-PDT,” the investigators noted.

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Christina Lau, 20 Apr 2020

Hippocampal avoidance during whole-brain radiotherapy (HA-WBRT), together with memantine, better preserves cognitive function vs WBRT plus memantine in patients with brain metastases, without compromising survival, a multi-institutional phase III trial has shown.

Natalia Reoutova, 20 May 2020

Cancer patients infected with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) appear to be at higher risk of severe outcomes, including death, but cancer type and treatment serve as better predictors, according to recent research presented at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting I.

At the time of writing, COVID-19 has spread to more than 200 countries and territories, affecting an estimated 4.5 million people and killing over 300,000. Cancer, on the other hand, is newly diagnosed in 18 million people and takes the lives of 10 million every year.

“We have invited physician scientists who are at the epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic, taking care of patients with cancer. They gathered prospective information to understand the effects of COVID-19 on patients with cancer, are testing new treatments, and are making this knowledge available to the global research community, so we can all benefit from their experience,” said Professor Antoni Ribas from UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, California, US, chairperson of the COVID-19 and cancer plenary session of the meeting.

4 days ago
Case presentation: The patient is a 46-year-old Korean lady who first presented with aggravating pleuritic chest pain characterised by a stabbing pain in the chest when inhaling and exhaling. A diagnosis of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) was made from computed tomography (CT)-guided needle aspiration biopsy, and the tumour was found to be epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutation-positive (exon 19 deletion). Chest imaging revealed the presence of left-sided pleural seeding nodules. The patient was treated with afatanib with partial response as best response. Ten months after starting treatment, the patient experienced disease progression.