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Heng D.Y.C.,University of Calgary | Wells J.C.,University of Calgary | Rini B.I.,Cleveland Clinic | Beuselinck B.,University Hospitals Leuven | And 16 more authors.
European Urology | Year: 2014

Background The benefit of cytoreductive nephrectomy (CN) for overall survival (OS) is unclear in patients with synchronous metastatic renal cell carcinoma (mRCC) in the era of targeted therapy. Objective To determine OS benefit of CN compared with no CN in mRCC patients treated with targeted therapies. Design, setting, and participants Retrospective data from patients with synchronous mRCC (n = 1658) from the International Metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma Database Consortium (IMDC) were used to compare 982 mRCC patients who had a CN with 676 mRCC patients who did not. Outcome measurements and statistical analysis OS was compared and hazard ratios (HRs) adjusted for IMDC poor prognostic criteria. Results and limitations Patients who had CN had better IMDC prognostic profiles versus those without (favorable, intermediate, or poor in 9%, 63%, and 28% vs 1%, 45%, and 54%, respectively). The median OS of patients with CN versus without CN was 20.6 versus 9.5 mo (p < 0.0001). When adjusted for IMDC criteria to correct for imbalances, the HR of death was 0.60 (95% confidence interval, 0.52-0.69; p < 0.0001). Patients estimated to survive <12 mo may receive marginal benefit from CN. Patients who have four or more of the IMDC prognostic criteria did not benefit from CN. Data were collected retrospectively. Conclusions CN is beneficial in synchronous mRCC patients treated with targeted therapy, even after adjusting for prognostic factors. Patients with estimated survival times <12 mo or four or more IMDC prognostic factors may not benefit from CN. This information may aid in patient selection as we await results from randomized controlled trials. Patient summary We looked at the survival outcomes of metastatic renal cell carcinoma patients who did or did not have the primary tumor removed. We found that most patients benefited from tumor removal, except for those with four or more IMDC risk factors. © 2014 Published by Elsevier B.V. on behalf of European Association of Urology.


Whelan T.J.,McMaster University | Pignol J.-P.,Odette Cancer Center | Levine M.N.,McMaster University | Julian J.A.,McMaster University | And 10 more authors.
New England Journal of Medicine | Year: 2010

BACKGROUND: The optimal fractionation schedule for whole-breast irradiation after breast-conserving surgery is unknown. METHODS: We conducted a study to determine whether a hypofractionated 3-week schedule of whole-breast irradiation is as effective as a 5-week schedule. Women with invasive breast cancer who had undergone breast-conserving surgery and in whom resection margins were clear and axillary lymph nodes were negative were randomly assigned to receive whole-breast irradiation either at a standard dose of 50.0 Gy in 25 fractions over a period of 35 days (the control group) or at a dose of 42.5 Gy in 16 fractions over a period of 22 days (the hypofractionated-radiation group). RESULTS: The risk of local recurrence at 10 years was 6.7% among the 612 women assigned to standard irradiation as compared with 6.2% among the 622 women assigned to the hypofractionated regimen (absolute difference, 0.5 percentage points; 95% confidence interval [CI], -2.5 to 3.5). At 10 years, 71.3% of women in the control group as compared with 69.8% of the women in the hypofractionated-radiation group had a good or excellent cosmetic outcome (absolute difference, 1.5 percentage points; 95% CI, -6.9 to 9.8). CONCLUSIONS: Ten years after treatment, accelerated, hypofractionated whole-breast irradiation was not inferior to standard radiation treatment in women who had undergone breast-conserving surgery for invasive breast cancer with clear surgical margins and negative axillary nodes. (ClinicalTrials.gov number, NCT00156052.) Copyright © 2010 Massachusetts Medical Society.


Donnelly B.J.,Tom Baker Cancer Center | Saliken J.C.,Nanaimo Regional Hospital | Brasher P.M.A.,Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation | Ernst S.D.,London Regional Cancer Center | And 5 more authors.
Cancer | Year: 2010

BACKGROUND: Localized prostate cancer can be treated several different ways, but head-to-head comparisons of treatments are infrequent. The authors of this report conducted a randomized, unblinded, noninferiority trial to compare cryoablation with external beam radiotherapy in these patients. METHODS: From December 1997 through February 2003, 244 men with newly diagnosed localized prostate cancer were assigned randomly to receive either cryoablation or radiotherapy (122 men in each arm). All received neoadjuvant antiandrogen therapy. The primary endpoint was disease progression at 36 months based on a trifecta definition: 1) radiologic evidence of metastatic disease, or 2) initiation of further antineoplastic therapy, or 3) biochemical failure. Two definitions of biochemical failure were used: 1) 2 consecutive rises in prostate-specific antigen (PSA) with a final value >1.0 ng/mL, and 2) a rise above PSA nadir + 2 ng/mL. Secondary endpoints included overall survival, disease-specific survival, and prostate biopsy at 36 months. RESULTS: The median follow-up was 100 months. Disease progression at 36 months was observed in 23.9% (PSA nadir + 2 ng/mL, 17.1%) of men in the cryoablation arm and in 23.7% (PSA nadir + 2 ng/mL, 13.2%) of men in the radiotherapy arm. No difference in overall or disease-specific survival were observed. At 36 months, more patients in the radiotherapy arm had a cancer-positive biopsy (28.9%) compared with patients in the cryoablation arm (7.7%). CONCLUSIONS: The observed difference in disease progression at 36 months was small, 0.2%; however, because of the wide confidence interval, from -10.8% to 11.2%, it was not possible to rule out inferiority (defined a priori as a 10% difference). With longer term follow-up, the trend favors cryoablation. Significantly fewer positive biopsies were documented after cryoablation than after radiotherapy. © 2010 American Cancer Society.


Bauman G.,University of Western Ontario | Rumble R.B.,Cancer Care Ontarios Program in Evidence based Care | Chen J.,London Regional Cancer Center | Loblaw A.,Sunnybrook Health science Center | Warde P.,Radiation Treatment Program
Clinical Oncology | Year: 2012

Three-dimensional conformal radiotherapy (3DCRT) as the primary treatment for prostate cancer has improved outcomes compared with conventional radiotherapy, but with an associated increase in toxicity due to radiation effects on the bladder and rectum. Intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) is a newer method of radiotherapy that uses intensity-modulated beams that can provide multiple intensity levels for any single beam direction and any single source position allowing concave dose distributions and dose gradients with narrower margins than those possible using conventional methods. IMRT is ideal for treating complex treatment volumes and avoiding close proximity organs at risk that may be dose limiting and provides increased tumour control through an escalated dose and reduces normal tissue complications through organ at risk sparing. Given the potential advantages of IMRT and the availability of IMRT-enabled treatment planning systems and linear accelerators, IMRT has been introduced in a number of disease sites, including prostate cancer. This systematic review examined the evidence for IMRT in the treatment of prostate cancer in order to quantify the potential benefits of this new technology and to make recommendations for radiation treatment programmes considering adopting this technique. The findings were in favour of recommending IMRT over 3DCRT in the radical treatment of localised prostate cancer where doses greater than 70 Gy are required, based on a review of 11 published reports including 4559 patients. There were insufficient data to recommend IMRT over 3DCRT in the postoperative setting. Future research should examine image-guided IMRT in the post-prostatectomy setting, with altered fractionation, and in combination with hormone and chemotherapy. © 2012.


Ko J.J.,University of Calgary | Xie W.,Dana-Farber Cancer Institute | Kroeger N.,University of Greifswald | Lee J.-L.,University of Ulsan | And 16 more authors.
The Lancet Oncology | Year: 2015

Background: Previous prognostic models for second-line systemic therapy in patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma have not been studied in the setting of targeted therapy. We sought to validate the International Metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma Database Consortium (IMDC) model in patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma receiving next-line targeted therapy after progression on first-line targeted therapy. Methods: In this population-based study, we analysed patients who received second-line targeted therapy for metastatic renal cell carcinoma at 19 centres in Canada, USA, Greece, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, and Denmark. The primary endpoint was overall survival since the initiation of second-line therapy. We compared the prognostic performance of the IMDC model with the three-factor MSKCC model used for previously treated patients for overall survival since the start of second-line targeted therapy. Findings: Between Jan 1, 2005, and Nov 30, 2012, we included 1021 patients treated with second-line targeted therapy. Median overall survival since the start of second-line targeted therapy was 12·5 months (95% CI 11·3-14·3). Five of six predefined factors in the IMDC model (anaemia, thrombocytosis, neutrophilia, Karnofsky performance status [KPS] <80, and <1 year from diagnosis to first-line targeted therapy) were independent predictors of poor overall survival on multivariable analysis. The concordance index using all six prognostic factors (ie, also including hypercalcaemia) was 0·70 (95% CI 0·67-0·72) with the IMDC model and was 0·66 (95% CI 0·64-0·68) with the three-factor MSKCC model. When patients were divided into three risk categories using IMDC criteria, median overall survival was 35·3 months (95% CI 28·3-47·8) in the favourable risk group (n=76), 16·6 months (14·9-17·9) in the intermediate risk group (n=529), and 5·4 months (4·7-6·8) in the poor risk group (n=261). Interpretation: The IMDC prognostic model can be applied to patients previously treated with targeted therapy, in addition to previously validated populations in first-line targeted therapy. The IMDC prognostic model in the second-line targeted therapy setting has an improved prognostic performance and is applicable to a more contemporary patient cohort than that of the three-factor MSKCC model. Funding: DF/HCC Kidney Cancer SPORE P50 CA101942-01, Kidney Cancer Research Network of Canada, Canadian Institute for Health Research, Trust Family, Loker Pinard, Michael Brigham, and Gerald DeWulf. © 2015 Elsevier Ltd.


Castellano D.,University Hospital 12 Of Octubre | Bajetta E.,Instituto Of Oncologia | Panneerselvam A.,Novartis | Saletan S.,Novartis | And 4 more authors.
Oncologist | Year: 2013

Introduction. The incidence of colorectal neuroendocrine tumors(NETs) is increasing,andpatients with this disease have particularly poor prognoses. Treatment options are limited, and survival times have not improved in the past decade. Methods. A post hoc analysis of the efficacy and tolerability of everolimus plus octreotide long-acting repeatable (LAR) was conducted in patients with colorectal NETs enrolled in the phase III RAD001 in Advanced Neuroendocrine Tumors, Second Trial (RADIANT-2) study. The primary endpoint (progression- free survival [PFS]), secondary endpoints (including objective response rate), and safety were assessed. Results. Patients with colorectal NETs receiving everolimus plus octreotide LAR had a significantly longer median PFS (29.9 months; n=19) than did those receiving placebo plus octreotide LAR (6.6 months; n = 20). Everolimus plus octreotide LAR treatment also significantly reduced the risk for disease progression (hazard ratio: 0.34; 95% confidence interval: 0.13- 0.89; p=.011). Although no objective responses were observed, tumor shrinkage was more frequently noted in theeverolimusplusoctreotideLARarmthanintheplaceboplus octreotide LAR arm (67% vs. 37%, respectively). The combination of everolimus plus octreotideLARwasgenerally well tolerated by patients with colorectal NETs; rash and stomatitis were the most commonly reported adverse events. Conclusions. Everolimus plus octreotide LAR treatment had significant benefits and improved outcomes for patients with advanced colorectal NETs compared with placebo plus octreotide LAR treatment. Results of this exploratory analysis are consistent with those reported from the RADIANT-2 primary analysis. These findings support additional investigations of everolimus plus octreotide LAR in patients with colorectal NETs. © AlphaMed Press.


Coughlan N.,University of Western Ontario | Coughlan N.,London Regional Cancer Center | Thillainadesan G.,University of Western Ontario | Thillainadesan G.,London Regional Cancer Center | And 4 more authors.
Biochimica et Biophysica Acta - Molecular Cell Research | Year: 2013

The steroid receptor coactivator p/CIP, also known as SRC-3, is an oncogene commonly amplified in breast and ovarian cancers. p/CIP is known to associate with coactivator arginine methyltransferase 1 (CARM1) on select estrogen responsive genes. We have shown, using a ChIP-on-chip approach, that in response to stimulation with 17β-estradiol (E2), the p/CIP/CARM1 complex is recruited to 204 proximal promoters in MCF-7 cells. Many of the complex target genes have been previously implicated in signaling pathways related to oncogenesis. Jak2, a member of the Jak/Stat signaling cascade, is one of the direct E2-dependent targets of the p/CIP/CARM1 complex. Following E2-treatment, histone modifications at the Jak2 promoter are reflective of a transcriptionally permissive gene, and modest changes in RNA and protein expression lead us to suggest that an additional factor(s) may be required for a more notable transcriptional and functional response. Bioinformatic examination of the 204 proximal promoter sequences of p/CIP/CARM1 targets supports the idea that transcription factor crosstalk is likely the favored mechanism of E2-dependent p/CIP/CARM1 complex recruitment. This data may have implications towards understanding the oncogenic role of p/CIP in breast cancer and ultimately allow for the identification of new prognostic indicators and/or viable therapeutic targets. © 2013.


Younus J.,London Regional Cancer Center | Verma S.,The Ottawa Hospital Cancer Center | Franek J.,McMaster University | Coakley N.,London Regional Cancer Center
Current Oncology | Year: 2010

Question Is sunitinib malate-marketed as Sutent (Pfizer Canada, Kirkland, QC)-superior to placebo or other interventions for primary outcomes of interest in adult patients with gastrointestinal stromal tumour (gist) who have developed resistance or who exhibit intolerance to imatinib mesylate (im)? Background In patients with resectable disease, surgery is the mainstay of treatment for gist; in patients with unresectable or metastatic disease, the tyrosine kinase inhibitor im is the therapy of choice. However, some patients have primary resistance or intolerance to im, or they progress after optimal exposure (including an escalated dose). Here, we review the evidence for treating im-resistant gist with sunitinib malate. Methods Studies of sunitinib malate were identified through medline, embase, the Cochrane Library databases, and Web sites of guideline organizations. Outcomes of interest included time to progression, progression-free survival, overall survival, and toxicity. Results One phase iii randomized controlled trial, and one abstract and presentation describing that trial, served as the evidentiary base for this clinical practice guideline. Trial data confidently show that both time to progression and progression-free survival are highly statistically significant (p < 0.0001) in favour of sunitinib malate over placebo. Overall survival was improved with sunitinib malate (hazard ratio: 0.49; 95% confidence interval: 0.29 to 0.83; p = 0.007; absolute difference in weeks not reported). The most frequent of all adverse effects (experienced in greater proportion by patients on sunitinib malate) were grades 1 and 2 leucopenia (52% vs. 5% with placebo), neutropenia (43% vs. 4%), and thrombocytopenia (36% vs. 4%). Grade 3 hematologic adverse events were also reported more frequently in the sunitinib malate group, including leucopenia (4% vs. 0%), neutropenia (8% vs. 4%), lymphopenia (9% vs. 2%), and thrombocytopenia (4% vs. 0%). Toxicity comparisons did not include p values. The incidence of grades 1-3 fatigue was greater for the sunitinib malate group (34% vs. 22% with placebo). Other grade 3 nonhematologic treatment-related adverse events that occurred more frequently on sunitinib malate included hand-foot syndrome (4% vs. 0%), diarrhea (3% vs. 0%), and hypertension (3% vs. 0%). No grade 4 adverse events were observed. Conclusions In the target population, sunitinib malate is the recommended option for second-line therapy of metastatic gist.©2010 Multimed Inc.


Ezeife D.A.,Tom Baker Cancer Center | Truong T.H.,University of Calgary | Heng D.Y.C.,Tom Baker Cancer Center | Bourque S.,British Columbia Cancer Agency | And 2 more authors.
Cancer | Year: 2015

BACKGROUND The drug approval timeline is a lengthy process that often varies between countries. The objective of this study was to delineate the Canadian drug approval timeline for oncology drugs and to compare the time to drug approval between Health Canada (HC) and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). METHODS In total, 54 antineoplastic drugs that were approved by the FDA between 1989 and 2012 were reviewed. For each drug, the following milestones were determined: the dates of submission and approval for both the FDA and HC and the dates of availability on provincial drug formularies in Canadian provinces and territories. The time intervals between the aforementioned milestones were calculated. RESULTS Of 54 FDA-approved drugs, 49 drugs were approved by HC at the time of the current study. The median time from submission to approval was 9 months (interquartile range [IQR], 6-14.5 months) for the FDA and 12 months (IQR, 10-21.1 months) for HC (P < .0006). The time from HC approval to the placement of a drug on a provincial drug formulary was a median of 16.7 months (IQR, 5.9-27.2 months), and there was no interprovincial variability among the 5 Canadian provinces that were analyzed (P = .5). CONCLUSIONS The time from HC submission to HC approval takes 3 months longer than the same time interval for the FDA. To the authors' knowledge, this is the first documentation of the time required to bring an oncology drug from HC submission to placement on a provincial drug formulary. Cancer 2015;121:1688-1693. © 2015 American Cancer Society.


Leong H.S.,London Regional Cancer Center | Chambers A.F.,London Regional Cancer Center | Lewis J.D.,University of Alberta
Methods in Molecular Biology | Year: 2012

Cell migration and metastasis are key features of aggressive tumors. These processes can be difficult to study, as they often occur deep within the body of a cancer patient or an experimental animal. In vitro assays are able to model some aspects of these processes, and a number of assays have been developed to assess cancer cell motility, migration, and invasion. However, in vitro assays have inherent limitations that may miss important aspects of these processes as they occur in vivo. The chick embryo provides a powerful model for studying these processes in vivo, facilitated by the external and accessible nature of the chorioallantoic membrane (CAM), a well-vascularized tissue that surrounds the embryo. When coupled with multiple fluorescent approaches to labeling both cancer cells and the embryonic vasculature, along with image analysis tools, the chick CAM model offers cost-effective, rapid assays for studying cancer cell migration and metastasis in a physiologically-relevant, in vivo setting. Here, we present recent developments of detailed procedures for using shell-less chick embryos, coupled with fluorescent labeling of cancer cells and/or chick vasculature, to study cancer cell migration and metastasis in vivo. © 2012 Springer Science+Business Media New York.

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