Tick box questionnaire could significantly improve esophageal cancer survival rates


(University College London) A simple health questionnaire could be a highly effective tool to pre-screen people for early signs of esophageal cancer, enabling much earlier diagnosis and treatment, finds a UCL-led study published in Lancet Digital Health.

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ConclusionWe hereby demonstrate that EUS-B fine needle aspiration from ascites fluid is feasible and appears to be safe.

Conditions:   Clinical Stage IV Esophageal Adenocarcinoma AJCC v8;   Clinical Stage IV Esophageal Squamous Cell Carcinoma AJCC v8;   Clinical Stage IV Gastric Cancer AJCC v8;   Clinical Stage IV Gastroesophageal Junction Adenocarcinoma AJCC v8;   Clinical Stage IVA Esophageal Adenocarcinoma AJCC v8;   Clinical Stage IVA Esophageal Squamous Cell Carcinoma AJCC v8;   Clinical Stage IVA Gastric Cancer AJCC v8;   Clinical Stage IVA Gastroesophageal Junction Adenocarcinoma AJCC v8;   Clinical Stage IVB Esophageal Adenocarcin…

Source: ClinicalTrials.govCategory: Research Source Type: clinical trials

We present 2 cases of malignant peritoneal mesothelioma (MPM) characterized by a localized solid mass without ascites and showing 18F-FDG uptake. A 79-year-old man with a history of asbestos exposure suffered from an epithelioid MPM originating from the hepatoduodenal ligament with FDG uptake (SUVmax 16.8). Another 80-year-old man with esophageal cancer showed desmoplastic MPM of the small bowel mesentery with FDG uptake (SUVmax 4.0). Desmoplastic MPM is more aggressive and yields poorer prognosis compared with the epithelioid type. However, the present desmoplastic MPM case showed mild FDG uptake because of rich fibrosis.

CONCLUSION: Pretreatment texture parameters are associated with survival time, and the combination of post volume performed better in survival models.
PMID: 31903981 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]

Source: Cancer BiomarkersCategory: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Cancer Biomark Source Type: research

Conclusions: Readmission within 30 days after esophagectomy was determined to be related to postoperative anastomotic leakage and wound problems whereas the vocal cord palsy was not.
PMID: 31903259 [PubMed]

Authors: Chen LC, Li SH, Lo CM, Chen YH, Huang SC, Wang YM, Chou SY, Lu HI
Background: Systemic inflammation response is a crucial prognostic factor for various cancers. The neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) and platelet-to-lymphocyte ratio (PLR) are two inflammation-based prognostic scores. The significance of preoperative NLR and PLR in patients with esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) receiving curative esophagectomy remains largely undefined. Hence, this study aimed to evaluate the significance of preoperative NLR and PLR in patients with ESCC receiving curative esophagectomy in southern Taiwa…

Conclusions: Concurrent nab-paclitaxel, carboplatin, and thoracic radiotherapy was shown to be an effective regimen for patients with unresectable locally advanced squamous cell lung cancer; however, further study should exercise caution due to the severe radiation esophagitis.
PMID: 31903241 [PubMed]

Conclusions: Modified McKeown minimally invasive esophagectomy (MIE) with uniportal thoracoscopy seems to be a feasible option for patients with upper or middle esophageal cancer. Larger studies with longer follow-up are needed to further investigate this approach.
PMID: 31903238 [PubMed]

ConclusionsThe analysis revealed that the 50.4  Gy group had a non-inferior outcome in comparison with the 60 Gy group for stages I, II/III and IV thoracic esophageal cancer. These results were obtained from a large database for the first time in Japan.

Source: EsophagusCategory: Gastroenterology Source Type: research

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