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Eldeeb H.,Northamptonshire Center for Oncology | Abdel-Khalk S.,Mansoura University
Journal of B.U.ON. | Year: 2014

Purpose: In this retrospective study we assessed different factors affecting the outcome of early laryngeal cancer, focusing on the impact of the pretreatment hemoglobin (Hb) level, time interval between diagnosis and start of radiotherapy, as well as treatment interruption during the course of radiotherapy. Methods: We reviewed the hospital records, oncology database and radiotherapy treatment sheets of 88 patients with T1-T3 NOMO squamous cell carcinoma of the larynx who had been treated with radical radiotherapy at Northamptonshire Centre for Oncology during the period from 1st January 1996 till 31st December 2002 inclusive. Patients were followed up for 10 years. Results: There were no significant overall survival differences with regard to sex, stage, radiotherapy dose received, treatment interruption for 1 to 2 days , as well as the delay to start radiotherapy (mean delay 57 days). However, there was statistically significant adverse overall survival outcome with increasing age (p<0.001). On the other hand, patients with pretreatment Hb level >12 g/dl had significant statistical overall survival benefit over those with ≤12 g/dl (p=0.018). Conclusion: Pretreatment Hb level had a significant impact on overall survival in patients with early laryngeal carcinoma treated with radical radiotherapy. Time to start radiation treatment, treatment interruption for 1 or 2 days and different dose/fractionations did not affect the overall survival. Source


Ormerod A.M.,Northamptonshire Center for Oncology | Jessop A.J.,Sheffield Hallam University
Journal of Radiotherapy in Practice | Year: 2015

Purpose This study was designed to evaluate whether radiographer-led on-treatment review clinics are meeting the wider needs of prostate patients receiving radiotherapy. Methods Semi-structured interviews were used to elicit patient and staff perspectives. Interviews are used extensively in qualitative research to produce a breadth and depth of insight into participants' experiences and opinions. Seven patients and two radiographers participated in individual audio-taped interviews. Thematic analysis of the data identified some key themes and their perceived importance within the review service for both patients and staff. Results Semi-structured interviews were used to elicit patient and staff views. Several themes emerged from patient and radiographer perspectives. Radiographers and patients both expressed overall satisfaction with the service. Strengths included staff communication, relaxed environment, individualised support, regular information spread throughout the review pathway and consistency in managing acute side effects. Weaknesses included information and communication gaps at the beginning and end of treatment, information inconsistency between staff groups, gaps in specialist knowledge and a possible gap in skills where staff could train as supplementary prescribers. Conclusion Interviews produced an in-depth view of patient and staff experiences. Staff and patients identified both strengths and areas for improvement within the local service. Study findings support review radiographers in sourcing additional specialist training and a closer collaboration with other staff groups, which will further develop the service. As a next step, triangulation of research methods with questionnaires could be used to evaluate whether this small sample of patients is characteristic of prostate patients in general. © Cambridge University Press 2015. Source


Eldeeb H.,Northamptonshire Center for Oncology | Camileri P.,Northamptonshire Center for Oncology | Mak C.,Northamptonshire Center for Oncology
Archive of Oncology | Year: 2012

Background: This is a retrospective study to assess the effectiveness of consolidation radiotherapy (CRT) following palliative chemotherapy in patients with metastatic or locally advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) who are not suitable for radical treatment. Methods: This study involved retrospective analysis of a prospective database of Northampton Oncology Center from January 2005 through December 2010, 63 patients with advanced / metastatic NSCLC treated at the oncology center were enrolled. Patients were either treated with high dose (39/36 Gy /13-12 fractions, group 1) or low dose (20 Gy /5 fractions, group 2) CRT or there were those who were not offered any CRT (group 3). Results: There was no significant difference between the three groups as regard age, sex, performance status, comorbidities or chemotherapy given. However, there was a statistically significant difference as regard the stage P = 0.009 with more stage IV patients at group II and III compared to group I. The mean survival for the three groups was 27m, 14m & 15m respectively.There was a statistically significant improvement of survival in patients treated with high dose palliative CRT compared to the other two groups (P = 0.006). In multivariate analysis only the radiotherapy dose remains as the only statistical significant factor affecting the survival with hazard ratio 0.372 and confidence interval (0.147-0.726). Conclusion: Despite the limitation of our retrospective study, it is worth considering CRT approach for patients with advanced and metastatic NSCLC - not suitable for radical treatment - who have not progressed on chemotherapy. © 2012, Oncology Institute of Vojvodina, Sremska Kamenica. Source


Eldeeb H.,Northamptonshire Center for Oncology | Macmillan C.,Northamptonshire Center for Oncology | Elwell C.,Northamptonshire Center for Oncology | Hammod A.,Northamptonshire Center for Oncology
Cancer Biology and Medicine | Year: 2012

Objective: To assess the impact of close or positive surgical margins on the outcome, and to determine whether margin status influence the recurrence rate and the overall survival for patients with head and neck cancers. Methods: Records from 1996 to 2001 of 413 patients with primary head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) treated with surgery as the first line treatment were analysed. Of these patients, 82 were eligible for the study. Patients were followed up for 5 years. Results: Patients with margins between 5-10 mm had 50% recurrence rate (RR), those with surgical margins between 1-5 mm had RR of 59% and those with positive surgical margins had RR of 90% (P=0.004). The 5-year survival rates were 54%, 39% and 10%, respectively (P=0.002). Conclusions: Unsatisfactory surgical margin is an independent risk factor for recurrence free survival as well as overall survival regardless of the other tumor and patient characteristics. © 2012 by Cancer Biology & Medicine. Source

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