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Mac Manus M.P.,Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute
Quarterly Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging | Year: 2010

Positron emission tomography (PET) and more recently PET/computed tomography (CT) scanning represent major advances in the imaging of lung cancer and have an especially high impact on the management of patients who are candidates for potentially curative or "radical" radiotherapy (RT). This article reviews the current status of PET and PET/ CT for staging patients before RT and considers the use of PET and PET/CT images for target volume definition. The relevant literature on the use of PET for staging lung cancer is reviewed and placed in the context of patients who are candidates for RT. Research that specifically considers the use of PET for RT planning is considered critically and some promising areas for future research are discussed. The available literature is almost exclusively devoted to non small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with few relevant studies of small cell lung cancer (SCLC). The primary PET radiopharmaceutical shown to have value for staging and RT planning is 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG). In prospective studies where PET imaging was used to stage radical RT candidates, 25-30% of patients were excluded from radical therapy because of PET detected advanced disease. In all studies where "PET-assisted" and conventional target or treatment volumes were compared, there were major differences between PET and conventional volumes. Because PET-assisted staging is proven to be significantly more accurate than conventional staging and because all studies show major differences between PET-assisted and conventional treatment volumes in NSCLC, routine use of PET/CT for RT planning is recommended. Source

Trainer A.H.,Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute
Discovery medicine | Year: 2011

Breast cancer affects around 12% of women in the Western world, but individual lifetime risks vary significantly within any population. Currently, familial cancer services assess and manage familial breast cancer risk based on the presence of a family history of the condition or the identification of high-risk breast cancer susceptibility alleles. This model of clinical care provides an accurate genetic risk assessment for only the minority of families referred to these services. With increasing access to technologies that interrogate human variation at the genome-wide level, it is envisaged that familial breast cancer risk assessments will in the future assume a genome-first approach. This review discusses and highlights the different components of familial breast cancer risk, which will need to be integrated to make this new model of clinical risk assessment possible. Source

Yates L.L.,Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute
Organogenesis | Year: 2011

The clinical burden of both adult and neonatal lung disease worldwide is substantial; in the UK alone, respiratory disease kills one in four people. It is increasingly recognized that genes and pathways that regulate lung development, may be aberrantly activated in disease and/or reactivated as part of the lungs' intrinsic repair mechanisms. Investigating the genes and signaling pathways that regulate lung growth has led to significant insights into the pathogenesis of congenital and adult lung disease. Recently, the planar cell polarity (PCP) pathway has been shown to be required for normal lung development, and data suggests that this signaling pathway is also involved in the pathogenesis of some lung diseases. In this review, we summarize current evidence indicating that the PCP pathway is required for both lung development and disease. Source

Peter Maccallum Cancer Institute and Research & Innovation | Date: 2013-09-06

The present disclosure relates to the prevention and/or treatment of metastatic cancer. Certain example embodiments of the present disclosure provide a method for preventing and/or treating a metastatic cancer in a subject. The method comprises administering to the subject a therapeutically effective amount of an inhibitor of a chemokine receptor CCX-CKR.

Peter Maccallum Cancer Institute | Date: 2013-08-21

Compounds of formula (1a) and pharmaceutically acceptable salts, solvates, and hydrates thereof and related methods of modulatin perforin activity on a cell: wherein Ring A is selected from a 6-10 membered aryl, 5-6 membered cycloalkyi, 5-6 membered heteroaryl or 5-6 membered heterocyclyl, wherein the heteroaryl and heterocyclyl rings comprise at least one heteroatom selected from N, O or S; and wherein the aryl, cycloalkyi, heteroaryl or heterocyclyl rings are optionally substituted with 1 to 3 substituents selected from halo, nitro, C

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