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Laugsand E.A.,Levanger Hospital | Laugsand E.A.,Norwegian University of Science and Technology | Skorpen F.,Norwegian University of Science and Technology | Kaasa S.,Norwegian University of Science and Technology | And 5 more authors.
Clinical and Translational Gastroenterology | Year: 2015

OBJECTIVES: To examine whether the inter-individual variation in constipation among patients receiving opioids for cancer pain is associated with genetic or non-genetic factors. METHODS: Cancer patients receiving opioids were included from 17 centers in 11 European countries. Intensity of constipation was reported by 1,568 patients on a four-point categorical scale. Non-genetic factors were included as covariates in stratified regression analyses on the association between constipation and 75 single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) within 15 candidate genes related to opioid- or constipation-signaling pathways (HTR3E, HTR4, HTR2A, TPH1, ADRA2A, CHRM3, TACR1, CCKAR, KIT, ARRB2, GHRL, ABCB1, COMT, OPRM1, and OPRD1). RESULTS: The non-genetic factors significantly associated with constipation were type of laxative, mobility and place of care among patients receiving laxatives (N=806), in addition to Karnofsky performance status and presence of metastases among patients not receiving laxatives (N=762) (P<0.01). Age, gender, body mass index, cancer diagnosis, time on opioids, opioid dose, and type of opioid did not contribute to the inter-individual differences in constipation. Five SNPs, rs1800532 in TPH1, rs1799971 in OPRM1, rs4437575 in ABCB1, rs10802789 in CHRM3, and rs2020917 in COMT were associated with constipation (P<0.01). Only rs2020917 in COMT passed the Benjamini-Hochberg criterion for a 10% false discovery rate. CONCLUSIONS: Type of laxative, mobility, hospitalization, Karnofsky performance status, presence of metastases, and five SNPs within TPH1, OPRM1, ABCB1, CHRM3, and COMT may contribute to the variability in constipation among cancer patients treated with opioids. Knowledge of these factors may help to develop new therapies and to identify patients needing a more individualized approach to treatment. © 2015 the American College of Gastroenterology All rights reserved 2155-384X/15. Source

Afshar-Oromieh A.,University of Heidelberg | Giesel F.L.,University of Heidelberg | Linhart H.G.,German Cancer Research Center | Haberkorn U.,University of Heidelberg | And 5 more authors.
European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging | Year: 2012

Purpose: PET imaging with somatostatin receptor ligands, such as 68Ga-DOTATOC, is a well-established method for detection and target volume definition of meningiomas prior to radiotherapy. Since DOTATOC PET delivers a higher contrast between meningiomas and surrounding tissues than MRI, we conducted a retrospective analysis to compare the diagnostic accuracy of contrast-enhanced MRI (CE-MRI) with 68Ga-DOTATOC PET/CT in patients with cranial meningiomas prior to radiotherapy. Methods: Over a period of 6 years, 134 patients (20-82 years of age, 107 women and 27 men) underwent cranial CE-MRI and 68Ga-DOTATOC PET/CT. To compare the two methods, the lesions considered typical of meningiomas visually were counted and analysed with respect to their location and SUVmax. Results: In the 134 patients investigated by both modalities, 190 meningiomas were detected by 68Ga-DOTATOC PET/CT and 171 by CE-MRI. With knowledge of the PET/CT data, the MRI scans were reinvestigated, which led to the detection of 4 of the 19 incidental meningiomas, resulting in an overall detection rate of 92 % of the meningioma lesions that were found by PET/CT. Conclusion: Ga-DOTATOC PET/CT demonstrated an improved sensitivity in meningioma detection when compared to CE-MRI. Tumours adjacent to the falx cerebri, located at the skull base or obscured by imaging artefacts or calcification are particularly difficult to detect by MRI. Therefore 68Ga-DOTATOC PET/CT may provide additional information in patients with uncertain or equivocal results on MRI or could help to confirm a diagnosis of meningioma based on MRI or could help to confirm MRI-based diagnosis of meningiomas in cases of biopsy limitations. It is possible that not only radiotherapy and surgical planning, but also follow-up strategies would benefit from this imaging modality. © 2012 Springer-Verlag. Source

Hoffmann R.T.,University Hospital of Dresden | Paprottka P.,Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich | Jakobs T.F.,Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich | Trumm C.G.,Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich | Reiser M.F.,Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich
Abdominal Imaging | Year: 2011

Treatment of primary and secondary hepatic malignancies with transarterial chemoembolization (TACE) represents an essential component of interventional oncology known for many years and performed by many interventional radiologists first in primary liver tumors and nowadays even in metastases of different origins. Radioembolization (RE) has been introduced to the clinical arsenal of cytoreductive modalities in recent years. There is growing evidence for efficiency in liver tumors of various entities, with the most prominent ones being hepatocellular carcinoma, colorectal cancer, and neuroendocrine tumors. Hepatic metastases of other tumor entities (breast cancer, malignant melanoma, and pancreatic cancer) are treatment-sensitive. This article focuses on procedural and technical aspects for selection, preparation, and performance of treatment as well as the results in metastatic breast cancer, neuroendocrine tumors, melanoma, and pancreatic cancer giving an overview of the results after RE, transarterial embolization, or TACE. © 2011 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC. Source

Budach V.,Charite - Medical University of Berlin | Stromberger C.,Charite - Medical University of Berlin | Poettgen C.,University of Duisburg - Essen | Baumann M.,University Hospital of Dresden | And 6 more authors.
International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics | Year: 2015

Purpose To report the long-term results of the ARO 95-06 randomized trial comparing hyperfractionated accelerated chemoradiation with mitomycin C/5-fluorouracil (C-HART) with hyperfractionated accelerated radiation therapy (HART) alone in locally advanced head and neck cancer. Patients and Methods The primary endpoint was locoregional control (LRC). Three hundred eighty-four patients with stage III (6%) and IV (94%) oropharyngeal (59.4%), hypopharyngeal (32.3%), and oral cavity (8.3%) cancer were randomly assigned to 30 Gy/2 Gy daily followed by twice-daily 1.4 Gy to a total of 70.6 Gy concurrently with mitomycin C/5-FU (C-HART) or 16 Gy/2 Gy daily followed by twice-daily 1.4 Gy to a total dose of 77.6 Gy alone (HART). Statistical analyses were done with the log-rank test and univariate and multivariate Cox regression analyses. Results The median follow-up time was 8.7 years (95% confidence interval [CI]: 7.8-9.7 years). At 10 years, the LRC rates were 38.0% (C-HART) versus 26.0% (HART, P=.002). The cancer-specific survival and overall survival rates were 39% and 10% (C-HART) versus 30.0% and 9% (HART, P=.042 and P=.049), respectively. According to multivariate Cox regression analysis, the combined treatment was associated with improved LRC (hazard ratio [HR]: 0.6 [95% CI: 0.5-0.8; P=.002]). The association between combined treatment arm and increased LRC appeared to be limited to oropharyngeal cancer (P=.003) as compared with hypopharyngeal or oral cavity cancer (P=.264). Conclusions C-HART remains superior to HART in terms of LRC. However, this effect may be limited to oropharyngeal cancer patients. © 2015 Elsevier Inc. Source

Vogelberg C.,University Hospital of Dresden | Stensvold C.R.,Statens Serum Institute | Monecke S.,TU Dresden | Ditzen A.,University of Kiel | And 3 more authors.
Parasitology International | Year: 2010

Blastocystis is a common unicellular intestinal parasite in humans. Its clinical relevance is still subject to discussion with numerous conflicting reports on its ability to cause disease. A remarkable genetic heterogeneity among isolates suggests an association between distinct subtypes (STs) and pathogenicity, although a clear correlation between symptoms and subtype is lacking. Here, we report on a clinical case which possibly links Blastocystis sp. ST2 infection with the simultaneous occurrence of gastrointestinal illness and generalized chronic urticaria. Despite repeated chemotherapy with different antimicrobial drugs, both the gastrointestinal and cutaneous disorders reoccurred after short symptom-free intervals. Eradication of the parasite and permanent resolution of the patient's medical condition was finally achieved with the combined application of metronidazole and paromomycin. © 2010 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. Source

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