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Jatoi A.,Mayo Medical School | Dakhil S.R.,Wichita Community Clinical | Sloan J.A.,Mayo Medical School | Kugler J.W.,Illinois Oncology Research Association | And 6 more authors.
Supportive Care in Cancer | Year: 2011

Purpose: Previous studies suggest tetracycline and other antibiotics lessen the severity of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) inhibitor-induced rash. This study sought to confirm such findings. Methods: Patients starting an EGFR inhibitor were eligible for this randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled study and had to be rash-free. They were then randomly assigned to tetracycline 500 mg orally twice a day for 28 days versus a placebo. Rash development and severity (monthly physician assessment and weekly patient-reported questionnaires), quality of life (SKINDEX-16), and adverse events were monitored during the 4-week intervention and then for an additional 4 weeks. The primary objective was to compare the incidence of grade 2 or worse rash between study arms; 32 patients per group provided a 90% probability of detecting a 40% difference in incidence with a type I error rate of 0.05 (two-sided). Results: Sixty-five patients were enrolled, and groups were balanced on baseline characteristics. During the first 4 weeks, healthcare provider-reported data found that 27 tetracycline-treated patients (82%) and 24 placebo-exposed patients (75%) developed a rash. This rash was a grade 2+ in 17 (52%) and 14 (44%), respectively (p=0.62). Comparable grade 2+ rash rates were observed during weeks 5 through 8 as well as with patient-reported rash data throughout the study period. Quality of life was comparable across study arms, and tetracycline was well tolerated. Conclusion: Although previous studies suggest otherwise, this randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled study did not find that tetracycline lessened rash incidence or severity in patients who were taking EGFR inhibitors. © 2010 Springer-Verlag.


Meyerhardt J.A.,Dana-Farber Cancer Institute | Sato K.,Dana-Farber Cancer Institute | Niedzwiecki D.,Duke University | Ye C.,Duke University | And 9 more authors.
Journal of the National Cancer Institute | Year: 2012

Background The influence of glycemic load and related measures on survival among colon cancer patients remains largely unknown.MethodsWe conducted a prospective, observational study of 1011 stage III colon cancer patients reporting dietary intake during and 6 months after participation in an adjuvant chemotherapy trial. We examined the influence of glycemic load, glycemic index, fructose, and carbohydrate intakes on cancer recurrence and mortality using Cox proportional hazards regression; all tests of statistical significance were two-sided.ResultsStage III colon cancer patients in the highest quintile of dietary glycemic load experienced an adjusted hazard ratio (HR) for disease-free survival of 1.79 (95% confidence interval [CI] 1.29 to 2.48), compared with those in the lowest quintile (Ptrend across quintiles <.001). Increased glycemic load was associated with similar detriments in recurrence-free (Ptrend across quintiles <.001) and overall survival (Ptrend across quintiles <.001). These associations differed statistically significant by body mass index (BMI) (P interaction .01). Whereas glycemic load was not associated with disease-free survival in patients with BMI < 25kg/m2, higher glycemic load was statistically significant associated with worse disease-free survival among overweight or obese participants (BMI < 25kg/m2; HR 2.26; 95% CI 1.53 to 3.32; Ptrend across quintiles <.001). Increasing total carbohydrate intake was similarly associated with inferior disease-free, recurrence-free, and overall survival (Ptrend across quintiles <.001).ConclusionHigher dietary glycemic load and total carbohydrate intake were statistically significant associated with an increased risk of recurrence and mortality in stage III colon cancer patients. These findings support the role of energy balance factors in colon cancer progression and may offer potential opportunities to improve patient survival. © 2012 The Author.


Ng K.,Dana-Farber Cancer Institute | Ogino S.,Dana-Farber Cancer Institute | Ogino S.,Harvard University | Meyerhardt J.A.,Dana-Farber Cancer Institute | And 16 more authors.
Journal of the National Cancer Institute | Year: 2011

Background Although preclinical and epidemiological data suggest that statins may have antineoplastic properties, the impact of statin use on patient survival after a curative resection of stage III colon cancer is unknown. Methods We conducted a prospective observational study of 842 patients with stage III colon cancer enrolled in a randomized adjuvant chemotherapy trial from April 1999 to May 2001 to investigate the relationship between statin use and survival. Disease-free survival (DFS), recurrence-free survival (RFS), and overall survival (OS) were investigated by Kaplan-Meier curves and log-rank tests in the overall study population and in a subset of patients stratified by KRAS mutation status (n = 394), and Cox proportional hazards regression was used to assess the simultaneous impact of confounding variables. All statistical tests were two-sided. Results Among 842 patients, 134 (15.9%) reported statin use after completing adjuvant chemotherapy. DFS among statin users and nonusers was similar (hazard ratio [HR] of cancer recurrence or death = 1.04, 95% confidence interval [CI] = 0.73 to 1.49). RFS and OS were also similar between statin users and nonusers (adjusted HR of cancer recurrence = 1.14, 95% CI = 0.77 to 1.69; adjusted HR of death = 1.15, 95% CI = 0.77 to 1.71). Survival outcomes were similar regardless of increasing duration of statin use before cancer diagnosis (Ptrend =. 63,. 63, and. 59 for DFS, RFS, and OS, respectively). The impact of statin use did not differ by tumor KRAS mutation status, with similar DFS, RFS, and OS for statin use among mutant and wild-type subgroups (Pinteraction =. 84,. 67, and. 98 for DFS, RFS, and OS, respectively). Conclusion Statin use during and after adjuvant chemotherapy was not associated with improved DFS, RFS, or OS in patients with stage III colon cancer, regardless of KRAS mutation status. © The Author 2011. Published by Oxford University Press.


Ng K.,Dana-Farber Cancer Institute | Meyerhardt J.A.,Dana-Farber Cancer Institute | Chan A.T.,Massachusetts General Hospital | Chan A.T.,Brigham and Women's Hospital | And 17 more authors.
Journal of the National Cancer Institute | Year: 2015

We conducted a prospective, observational study of aspirin and COX-2 inhibitor use and survival in stage III colon cancer patients enrolled in an adjuvant chemotherapy trial. Among 799 eligible patients, aspirin use was associated with improved recurrence-free survival (RFS) (multivariable hazard ratio [HR] = 0.51, 95% confidence interval [CI] = 0.28 to 0.95), disease-free survival (DFS) (HR = 0.68, 95% CI = 0.42 to 1.11), and overall survival (OS) (HR = 0.63, 95% CI = 0.35 to 1.12). Adjusted HRs for DFS and OS censored at five years (in an attempt to minimize misclassification from noncancer death) were 0.61 (95% CI = 0.36 to 1.04) and 0.48 (95% CI = 0.23 to 0.99). Among 843 eligible patients, those who used COX-2 inhibitors had multivariable HRs for RFS, DFS, and OS of 0.53 (95% CI = 0.27 to 1.04), 0.60 (95% CI = 0.33 to 1.08), and 0.50 (95% CI = 0.23 to 1.07), and HRs of 0.47 (95% CI = 0.24 to 0.91) and 0.26 (95% CI = 0.08 to 0.81) for DFS and OS censored at five years. Aspirin and COX-2 inhibitor use may be associated with improved outcomes in stage III colon cancer patients. © The Author 2014. Published by Oxford University Press.


PubMed | Toledo Community Hospital Oncology Program, Mayo Medical School and Alliance Statistics and Data Center
Type: Journal Article | Journal: SOJ anesthesiology & pain management | Year: 2015

Current standard evaluation of Peripheral Neuropathy (PN) is based on an investigator-reported classification system that is commonly unable to correctly reflect the subjective symptoms for patients. Thus more reliable methods to assess PN are needed. This study assessed alternative methods of assessing patient-reported PN in 5 North Central Cancer Treatment Group (NCCTG) clinical trials.Two single-item assessments relating to numbness and tingling were used to measure PN. Patients Quality Of Life (QOL) was also assessed using the Uniscale, Symptom Distress Scale (SDS), Profile of Mood States (POMS), Brief Pain Inventory (BPI) and Subject Global Impression of Change (SGIC). Wilcoxon tests compared QOL scores between patients with PN (score > 50) vs. no PN (score 50). Changes from baseline in QOL were compared by Wilcoxon rank sum test with a 20-point change in PN defined as clinically meaningful. Both distribution-based and anchor-based approaches were used to derive estimates of Minimal Important Differences (MID). Standardized Response Means (SRM), Effect Sizes (ES) and Guyatts responsiveness statistic were used to measure responsiveness.The proportion of patients reporting numbness (tingling) at baseline was 10.7% (10.0%) and 18.4% (17.8%) at last assessment. The correlation between numbness and tingling at baseline was 0.81, and at last assessment was 0.83. Patients with substantial PN reported an average of 10 points lower overall QOL, mood and worse symptom distress and 20 points lower in the BPI interference items. Patients having a 20 point worsening in PN score reported significantly worse in symptom distress and BPI worst pain, but not in POMS or overall QOL. The MID estimates were similar between numbness and tingling items but varied depending on the approach used. Responsiveness statistics indicated that the two PN assessments are sensitive and responsive instruments for cancer patients with PN.The two PN items for numbness and tingling were redundant. Evidence of criterion validity and responsiveness indicates that these simple measures of PN can be used successfully in cancer clinical trials.


McCleary N.J.,Dana-Farber Cancer Institute | Niedzwiecki D.,Duke University | Hollis D.,Duke University | Saltz L.B.,Sloan Kettering Cancer Center | And 6 more authors.
Cancer | Year: 2010

BACKGROUND: Cigarette smoking has been shown to increase the risk of developing colorectal cancer, particularly smoking early in life. Little is known about the impact of tobacco use on colon cancer recurrence among colon cancer survivors. METHODS: The authors prospectively collected lifetime smoking history from stage III colon cancer patients enrolled in a phase 3 trial via self-report questionnaires during and 6 months after completion of adjuvant chemotherapy. Smoking status was defined as never, current, or past. Lifetime pack-years were defined as number of lifetime packs of cigarettes. Patients were followed for recurrence or death. RESULTS: Data on smoking history were captured on 1045 patients with stage III colon cancer receiving adjuvant therapy (46% never smokers; 44% past; 10% current). The adjusted hazard ratio (HR) for disease-free survival (DFS) was 0.99 (95% confidence interval [CI], 0.70-1.41), 1.17 (95% CI 0.89-1.55), and 1.22 (95% CI 0.92-1.61) for lifetime pack-years 0-10, 10-20, and 20+, respectively, compared with never smoking (P = .16). In a preplanned exploratory analysis of smoking intensity early in life, the adjusted HR for 12+ pack-years before age 30 years for DFS was 1.37 (95% CI, 1.02-1.84) compared with never smoking (P = .04). The adjusted HR for DFS was 1.18 (95% CI, 0.92-1.50) for past smokers and 1.10 (95% CI, 0.73-1.64) for current smokers, compared with never smokers. CONCLUSIONS: Total tobacco usage early in life may be an important, independent prognostic factor of cancer recurrences and mortality in patients with stage III colon cancer. © 2010 American Cancer Society.


Miller R.C.,Mayo Medical School | Schwartz D.J.,Minneapolis Radiation Oncology | Sloan J.A.,Mayo Medical School | Griffin P.C.,Upstate Carolina Community Clinic Oncology Program | And 9 more authors.
International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics | Year: 2011

Purpose: A two-arm, double-blind, randomized trial was performed to evaluate the effect of 0.1% mometasone furoate (MMF) on acute skin-related toxicity in patients undergoing breast or chest wall radiotherapy. Methods and Materials: Patients with ductal carcinoma in situ or invasive breast carcinoma who were undergoing external beam radiotherapy to the breast or chest wall were randomly assigned to apply 0.1% MMF or placebo cream daily. The primary study endpoint was the provider-assessed maximal grade of Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events, version 3.0, radiation dermatitis. The secondary endpoints included provider-assessed Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events Grade 3 or greater radiation dermatitis and adverse event monitoring. The patient-reported outcome measures included the Skindex-16, the Skin Toxicity Assessment Tool, a Symptom Experience Diary, and a quality-of-life self-assessment. An assessment was performed at baseline, weekly during radiotherapy, and for 2 weeks after radiotherapy. Results: A total of 176 patients were enrolled between September 21, 2007, and December 7, 2007. The provider-assessed primary endpoint showed no difference in the mean maximum grade of radiation dermatitis by treatment arm (1.2 for MMF vs. 1.3 for placebo; p = .18). Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events toxicity was greater in the placebo group (p = .04), primarily from pruritus. For the patient-reported outcome measures, the maximum Skindex-16 score for the MMF group showed less itching (p = .008), less irritation (p = .01), less symptom persistence or recurrence (p = .02), and less annoyance with skin problems (p = .04). The group's maximal Skin Toxicity Assessment Tool score showed less burning sensation (p = .02) and less itching (p = .002). Conclusion: Patients receiving daily MMF during radiotherapy might experience reduced acute skin toxicity compared with patients receiving placebo. © 2011 Elsevier Inc.


Ogino S.,Dana-Farber Cancer Institute | Ogino S.,Harvard University | Shima K.,Dana-Farber Cancer Institute | Meyerhardt J.A.,Dana-Farber Cancer Institute | And 14 more authors.
Clinical Cancer Research | Year: 2012

Purpose: Alterations in the RAS-RAF-MAP2K (MEK)-MAPK signaling pathway are major drivers in colorectal carcinogenesis. In colorectal cancer, BRAF mutation is associated with microsatellite instability (MSI), and typically predicts inferior prognosis. We examined the effect of BRAF mutation on survival and treatment efficacy in patients with stage III colon cancer. Methods: We assessed status of BRAF c.1799T>A (p.V600E) mutation and MSI in 506 stage III colon cancer patients enrolled in a randomized adjuvant chemotherapy trial [5-fluorouracil and leucovorin (FU/LV) vs. irinotecan (CPT11), FU and LV (IFL); CALGB 89803]. Cox proportional hazards model was used to assess the prognostic role of BRAF mutation, adjusting for clinical features, adjuvant chemotherapy arm, and MSI status. Results: Compared with 431 BRAF wild-type patients, 75 BRAF-mutated patients experienced significantly worse overall survival [OS; log-rank P = 0.015; multivariate HR = 1.66; 95% CI: 1.05-2.63]. By assessing combined status of BRAF and MSI, it seemed that BRAF-mutated MSS (microsatellite stable) tumor was an unfavorable subtype, whereas BRAF wild-type MSI-high tumor was a favorable subtype, and BRAFmutated MSI-high tumor and BRAF wild-type MSS tumor were intermediate subtypes. Among patients with BRAF-mutated tumors, a nonsignificant trend toward improved OS was observed for IFL versus FU/LV arm (multivariate HR=0.52;95% CI: 0.25-1.10). Among patients with BRAF wild-type cancer, IFL conferred no suggestion of benefit beyond FU/LV alone (multivariate HR = 1.02; 95% CI: 0.72-1.46). Conclusions: BRAF mutation is associated with inferior survival in stage III colon cancer. Additional studies are necessary to assess whether there is any predictive role of BRAF mutation for irinotecan-based therapy. ©2011 AACR.


Govindan R.,University of Washington | Morgensztern D.,University of Washington | Kommor M.D.,Consulting in Blood Disorders and Cancer | Herbst R.S.,University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center | And 5 more authors.
Journal of Thoracic Oncology | Year: 2011

Purpose: Currently available agents for the treatment of advanced stage non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) have limited efficacy. S-1 is a novel formulation of oral fluoropyrimidine shown to be tolerable and active in patients with NSCLC in Japan. We conducted a multicenter phase II study in previously treated patients with NSCLC to evaluate the efficacy of single-agent S-1 in a predominantly non-Asian population. PATIENTS AND Methods: Patients with advanced NSCLC and previously treated with only one line of chemotherapy received oral S-1 at 30 mg/m every 12 hours for 14 consecutive days followed by a 7-day rest until meeting discontinuation criteria. The primary end point was to evaluate the overall response rate. Results: Fifty-seven patients were accrued from 21 centers across the United States. Overall response rates and stable disease according to independent review were 7.1% and 48.2%, respectively, with a disease control rate of 55.3%. Progression-free survival was 2.9 months, median overall survival 7.3 months, and 1-year survival 31.6%. There were no significant differences in survival according to histologic subtype. The treatment was well tolerated, with the most common treatment-related side effects being nausea (54%) and diarrhea (49%). Conclusion: Single-agent S-1 is well tolerated and has activity comparable with the other agents approved for use in recurrent/relapsed NSCLC. Copyright © 2011 by the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer.


Ogino S.,Dana-Farber Cancer Institute | Ogino S.,Harvard University | Liao X.,Dana-Farber Cancer Institute | Imamura Y.,Dana-Farber Cancer Institute | And 17 more authors.
Journal of the National Cancer Institute | Year: 2013

Background Somatic mutations in PIK3CA (phosphatidylinositol-4,5- bisphosphonate 3-kinase [PI3K], catalytic subunit alpha gene) activate the PI3K-AKT signaling pathway and contribute to pathogenesis of various malignancies, including colorectal cancer. Methods We examined associations of PIK3CA oncogene mutation with relapse, survival, and treatment efficacy in 627 stage III colon carcinoma case subjects within a randomized adjuvant chemotherapy trial (5-fluorouracil and leucovorin [FU/LV] vs irinotecan [CPT11], fluorouracil and leucovorin [IFL]; Cancer and Leukemia Group B 89803 [Alliance]). We detected PIK3CA mutation in exons 9 and 20 by polymerase chain reaction and pyrosequencing. Cox proportional hazards model was used to assess prognostic and predictive role of PIK3CA mutation, adjusting for clinical features and status of routine standard molecular pathology features, including KRAS and BRAF mutations and microsatellite instability (mismatch repair deficiency). All statistical tests were two-sided. Results Compared with PIK3CA wild-type cases, overall status of PIK3CA mutation positivity or the presence of PIK3CA mutation in either exon 9 or 20 alone was not statistically significantly associated with recurrence-free, diseasefree, or overall survival (log-rank P > .70; P > .40 in multivariable regression models). There was no statistically significant interaction between PIK3CA and KRAS (or BRAF) mutation status in survival analysis (Pinteraction > .18). PIK3CA mutation status did not appear to predict better or worse response to IFL therapy compared with FU/LV therapy (Pinteraction > .16). Conclusions Overall tumor PIK3CA mutation status is not associated with stage III colon cancer prognosis. PIK3CA mutation does not appear to serve as a predictive tumor molecular biomarker for response to irinotecan-based adjuvant chemotherapy. © The Author 2013.

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