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Jang S.,Inova Dwight and Martha Schar Cancer InstituteFairfax | Zheng C.,Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer CenterGeorgetown UniversityWashington | Tsai H.-T.,Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer CenterGeorgetown UniversityWashington | Fu A.Z.,Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer CenterGeorgetown UniversityWashington | And 5 more authors.
Cancer | Year: 2015

BACKGROUND: Sorafenib and sunitinib are oral vascular endothelial growth factor receptor (VEGFR) tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) approved in 2005 and 2006, respectively, for the treatment of patients with renal cell carcinoma (RCC). A population-based, observational cohort study of the cardiovascular risk of VEGFR TKI therapy in elderly RCC patients was conducted. METHODS: Using the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results-Medicare database, this study analyzed patients who were 66 years old or older and were diagnosed with RCC from 2000 to 2009. The incidence of cardiovascular adverse events, including congestive heart failure and cardiomyopathy (CHF/CM), acute myocardial infarction (AMI), stroke, and cardiovascular deaths, was examined through December 2010. A Cox proportional hazards model was created to calculate the hazard ratio (HR), and adjustments were made for age, sex, comorbidity, and the use of other systemic therapy. RESULTS: A total of 171 of 670 patients who received sunitinib or sorafenib had cardiovascular events. The incidence rates for CHF/CM, AMI, and stroke were 0.87, 0.14, and 0.14 per 1000 person-days, respectively. Sunitinib or sorafenib use was associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular events (HR, 1.38; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.02-1.87) and especially stroke (HR, 2.84; 95% CI, 1.52-5.31) in comparison with 788 patients diagnosed with advanced RCC from 2007 to 2009 who were eligible for Part D but did not receive either agent. In subgroup analyses, patients who were 66 to 74 years old at diagnosis had the highest increased risk of stroke associated with the use of either or both drugs. CONCLUSIONS: Sunitinib and sorafenib might be associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular events and particularly stroke. © 2015 American Cancer Society.

Conway D.I.,A-Life Medical | Brenner D.R.,International Agency for Research on CancerLyon France | Mcmahon A.D.,A-Life Medical | Macpherson L.M.,A-Life Medical | And 55 more authors.
International Journal of Cancer | Year: 2014

Low socioeconomic status has been reported to be associated with head and neck cancer risk. However, previous studies have been too small to examine the associations by cancer subsite, age, sex, global region and calendar time and to explain the association in terms of behavioral risk factors. Individual participant data of 23,964 cases with head and neck cancer and 31,954 controls from 31 studies in 27 countries pooled with random effects models. Overall, low education was associated with an increased risk of head and neck cancer (OR = 2.50; 95% CI = 2.02 - 3.09). Overall one-third of the increased risk was not explained by differences in the distribution of cigarette smoking and alcohol behaviors; and it remained elevated among never users of tobacco and nondrinkers (OR = 1.61; 95% CI = 1.13 - 2.31). More of the estimated education effect was not explained by cigarette smoking and alcohol behaviors: in women than in men, in older than younger groups, in the oropharynx than in other sites, in South/Central America than in Europe/North America and was strongest in countries with greater income inequality. Similar findings were observed for the estimated effect of low versus high household income. The lowest levels of income and educational attainment were associated with more than 2-fold increased risk of head and neck cancer, which is not entirely explained by differences in the distributions of behavioral risk factors for these cancers and which varies across cancer sites, sexes, countries and country income inequality levels. © 2014 UICC.

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