Clinical Oncology Journal Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: Royal College of Radiologists (Great Britain), WB Saunders

Journal description

Clinical Oncology is: a well established journal covering all aspects of the clinical management of cancer patients reflecting the current multi-disciplinary approach to therapy: a journal of the Royal College of Radiologists

Current impact factor: 3.40

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2016
2014 Impact Factor 3.398
2013 Impact Factor 2.826
2012 Impact Factor 2.858
2011 Impact Factor 2.072
2010 Impact Factor 2.294
2009 Impact Factor 2.846
2008 Impact Factor 2.184
2007 Impact Factor 1.561
2006 Impact Factor 1.471
2005 Impact Factor 1.288
2004 Impact Factor 0.91
2003 Impact Factor 0.923
2002 Impact Factor 0.771
2001 Impact Factor 0.804

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 2.97
Cited half-life 5.90
Immediacy index 0.93
Eigenfactor 0.01
Article influence 1.06
Website Clinical Oncology website
Other titles Clinical oncology (Royal College of Radiologists (Great Britain): Online)
ISSN 1433-2981
OCLC 50820375
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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WB Saunders

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Publications in this journal

  • Clinical Oncology 11/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.clon.2015.10.005
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    ABSTRACT: Aims: In locally advanced cervical cancer, the dose delivered results from the sum of external beam radiotherapy and brachytherapy, and is limited by the surrounding organs at risk. The balance between both techniques influences the total dose delivered to the high-risk clinical target volume (HR-CTV). The aim of the present study was to compare the ability of reaching different planning aims after external beam radiotherapy pelvic doses of 45 Gy in 25 fractions or 50.4 Gy in 28 fractions, both considered as standard prescriptions. Materials and methods: The optimised plans of 120 patients treated with pelvic chemoradiation followed by magnetic resonance image-guided intracavitary brachytherapy were reviewed. The doses per pulse were calculated, and the number of pulses required to reach the planning aims, or a limiting dose constraint to organs at risk, was calculated. All doses were converted to 2-Gy equivalents. Three scenarios were applied consisting of different sets of planning aims: 85 and 60 Gy for the HR-CTV and the intermediate-risk CTV (IR-CTV) D90 (minimal dose received by 90% of the volume) in scenario 1, 90 and 60 Gy, respectively, for scenarios 2 and 3. For organs at risk, dose constraints were 90, 75 and 75 Gy to the bladder, rectum and sigmoid D2cm(3), respectively, in scenarios 1 and 2, and 80, 65 and 70 Gy in scenario 3. Results: A similar HR-CTV D90 could have been reached in scenarios 1 and 2 according to both pelvic doses. In scenario 3, a higher mean HR-CTV could have been reached in the 45 Gy arm (83.5 ± 8.0 versus 82.4 ± 8.0, P < 0.0001). The mean D2cm(3) of organs at risk was systematically and significantly increased after a delivery of 50.4 Gy to the pelvis, from 0.9 to 2.89 Gy. The proportions of plans reaching planning aims were 85.8, 72.5 and 42.5% after 45 Gy and 85.5, 67.5 and 33.3% after 50.4 Gy according to scenarios 1, 2 and 3, respectively. According to scenario 3, 50.4 Gy, the reachable HR-CTV D90 was higher in 30% of the cases, by 2 Gy in two cases. Those cases were unpredictable and due to unfavourable organs at risk topography and poor response to external beam radiotherapy. Conclusion: The delivery of 45 Gy in 25 fractions to the pelvis before brachytherapy warrants a higher probability to reach brachytherapy planning aims, in comparison with 50.4 Gy in 28 fractions.
    Clinical Oncology 11/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.clon.2015.10.008

  • Clinical Oncology 11/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.clon.2015.09.004
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    ABSTRACT: Aims: International collaboration allows for enhanced accrual and more generalisable results of phase III randomised controlled trials (RCTs). The impact of geographic region on the outcomes of new anticancer agents is unclear. Materials and methods: International RCTs evaluating approved systemic therapy for advanced solid tumours that reported efficacy of new anticancer drugs based on geographic regions were eligible. Data for overall (OS) or progression-free survival (PFS) were pooled in a meta-analysis. The primary analysis was the comparison of developed versus developing countries. A meta-regression analysis explored the impact of differences in gross national income (GNI) per capita on the hazard ratio comparing developed and developing countries. Secondary analyses compared geographic regions irrespective of GNI. Results: Of the 63 identified studies, 12 independent RCTs were eligible; five reported data for OS and nine for PFS. Improvements in overall survival were greater in developed as compared with developing countries (hazard ratio 0.82, 95% confidence interval 0.68-0.99, P = 0.04). This effect was seen only among studies of cytotoxic chemotherapy and not among those of targeted agents. No difference was seen for PFS (hazard ratio 0.93, 95% confidence interval 0.79-1.09, P = 0.36). Meta-regression showed a significant negative association between GNI per capita and overall survival, but a non-significant negative association with PFS (β = -0.774, P = 0.05 and β = -0.211, P = 0.29, respectively). No differences were observed in PFS between Asian and non-Asian countries or North America and Western Europe. Conclusion: Compared with patients from developing countries, those from developed countries derive greater improvement in overall survival from cytotoxic chemotherapy, but similar benefit from targeted drugs.
    Clinical Oncology 11/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.clon.2015.09.010

  • Clinical Oncology 11/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.clon.2015.10.006
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to determine if patients with cancer who participate in group-based self-management programmes have better physical and psychological outcomes than patients with cancer who do not participate in group-based self-management programmes. A literature search was conducted in Ovid MEDLINE, Embase, PsycINFO, CINAHL, CENTRAL, Web of Science and ProQUEST using the terms 'self-management' OR 'self-care' AND 'cancer' OR 'neoplasm'. Randomised controlled trials comparing outcomes for people with cancer participating in group-based self-management programmes with those not participating in these programmes were selected after screening by two reviewers. Initial searches yielded 563 articles. Two reviewers independently extracted data using piloted forms and assessed risk of bias using Cochrane's tool. Standard mean differences were calculated for continuous outcomes. The percentage of variability due to heterogeneity was assessed using I(2). A subgroup analysis was carried out where possible. Six trials were included in the review after 141 full-text articles were screened. Group-based self-management programmes were found to improve physical function [standard mean difference (95% confidence interval) = 0.34 (0.02, 0.65), P = 0.04]. No significant results were found between groups for quality of life [0.48 (-0.16, 1.11), P = 0.14] and physical activity level [0.21 (-0.07, 0.5), P = 0.15] outcomes. Group-based self-management programmes for individuals with cancer resulted in improvements in physical outcomes. However, considerable heterogeneity was found between the included studies and the quality of evidence was very low for all main outcomes. Therefore the results should be viewed with caution.
    Clinical Oncology 11/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.clon.2015.10.003

  • Clinical Oncology 11/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.clon.2015.10.004
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    ABSTRACT: Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has in recent years progressively established itself as one of the most valuable modalities for the diagnosis, staging and response assessment of rectal cancer and its use has largely focused on accurate morphological assessment. The potential of MRI, however, extends beyond detailed anatomical depiction: aspects of tissue physiology, such as perfusion, oxygenation and water molecule diffusivity, can be assessed indirectly. Functional MRI is rapidly evolving as a promising non-invasive assessment tool for tumour phenotyping and assessment of response to new therapeutic agents. In spite of promising experimental data, the evidence base for the application of functional MRI techniques in rectal cancer remains modest, reflecting the relatively poor agreement on technical protocols, image processing techniques and quantitative methodology to date, hampering routine integration into clinical management. This overview outlines the established strengths and the critical limitations of anatomical MRI in rectal cancer; it then introduces some of the functional MRI techniques and quantitative analysis methods that are currently available, describing their applicability in rectal cancer and reviewing the relevant literature; finally, it introduces the concept of a multi-parametric quantitative approach to rectal cancer.
    Clinical Oncology 11/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.clon.2015.10.010

  • Clinical Oncology 10/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.clon.2015.10.002
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    ABSTRACT: Aims: We studied if post-radiation plasma Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) DNA predicted local clinical remission after radical intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) for nasopharyngeal carcinoma. Materials and methods: Patients with non-metastatic nasopharyngeal carcinoma with baseline and serial plasma EBV DNA were treated with radical IMRT ± adjunct chemotherapy. Eight weeks after IMRT, they had plasma EBV DNA and routine six-site random nasopharyngeal biopsies on the same day. A repeat biopsy was carried out every 2 weeks if residual tumours were noted in previous biopsies until 12 weeks after IMRT when local persistence was defined. Correlation of undetectable plasma EBV DNA with local clinical remission was carried out. Results: Two hundred and sixty patients with serial plasma EBV DNA completed IMRT, after a median follow-up of 3.1 years. Only one (0.4%) suffered from local persistence. Area under the curve values of receiver operating characteristics of undetectable plasma EBV DNA for negative biopsy at 8 weeks and local persistence were 0.642 and 0.439, respectively. They increased to 0.856 (P = 0.007) and 0.952 (P = 0.119), respectively, when combined with age <65 years and T1/T2 stage. Conclusions: Post-treatment plasma EBV DNA was not useful to predict local clinical remission in this study, probably because of excellent local control after IMRT. However, it may serve as a reference for high-risk patients treated with older radiation techniques.
    Clinical Oncology 10/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.clon.2015.09.009

  • Clinical Oncology 10/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.clon.2015.10.001
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    ABSTRACT: Aims: To report outcomes for the first UK cohort treated for early stage peripheral lung cancer using stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR). Materials and methods: Patients were included who received SABR between May 2009 and May 2012. Electronic medical records were reviewed for baseline characteristics, treatment details and outcomes. Patients were treated according to the UK SABR Consortium Guidelines. Univariate and multivariate Cox regression was used to determine factors that influenced overall survival and local control. Results: In total, 273 patients received SABR for 288 lesions in the time period examined. The median follow-up was 19.7 months. The median overall survival for all patients was 27.3 months, with 1, 2 and 3 year overall survival of 78.0, 54.9 and 38.6%, respectively. The 1, 2 and 3 year rates of local control were 98.2, 95.7 and 95.7%, respectively. All patients completed the planned course of treatment and rates of Common Toxicity Criteria grade 3+ toxicity were low. On multivariate analysis, patients with Medical Research Council (MRC) breathlessness scores of 3-5 had worse overall survival compared with patients with scores of 1-2 (hazard ratio: 2.10; 95% confidence interval: 1.25-3.59) and the presence of histological diagnosis conferred improved overall survival (hazard ratio: 0.54; 95% confidence interval: 0.31-0.93), probably reflecting that patients who are considered well enough to undergo biopsy are generally fitter overall. No factors were identified that significantly influenced local control. Conclusions: SABR is an effective and well-tolerated treatment option for patients with early stage peripheral lung cancer who are not suitable for surgery. No patient cohort was identified in whom SABR was considered inappropriate. This series adds to the existing positive data that support SABR for this patient group.
    Clinical Oncology 10/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.clon.2015.09.007
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    ABSTRACT: Aims: Treatment intensification either by using concurrent chemoradiotherapy (CCRT) or altered fractionation radiotherapy (AFRT) improves outcomes of locoregionally advanced head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). The superiority of one approach over the other, however, remains to be firmly established. The aim of the present study was to compare outcomes of CCRT versus AFRT in the definitive non-surgical management of locoregionally advanced HNSCC for evidence-based decision making. Materials and methods: An electronic search of Medline via PubMed was conducted with no language, year, or publication status restrictions. The Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) and Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effectiveness (DARE) were also searched electronically. Only randomised controlled trials assigning HNSCC patients randomly to conventionally fractionated CCRT or AFRT alone were included. Data were extracted independently by two reviewers and pooled using the Cochrane methodology for meta-analysis and expressed as a hazard ratio with 95% confidence intervals. Overall survival was the primary outcome of interest, whereas disease-free survival, locoregional control and toxicity were secondary end points. Results: Five randomised controlled trials (involving 1117 patients and 627 deaths) directly comparing conventionally fractionated CCRT with AFRT alone were included. The risk of bias in included studies was low for efficacy outcomes, but high for toxicity outcomes. The overall pooled hazard ratio of death was 0.73 (95% confidence interval = 0.62-0.86), which significantly favoured conventionally fractionated CCRT over AFRT alone (P < 0.0001). Similarly, disease-free survival (hazard ratio = 0.79, 95% confidence interval = 0.68-0.92; P = 0.002) and locoregional control (hazard ratio = 0.71, 95% confidence interval = 0.59-0.84; P < 0.0001) were significantly improved with CCRT. There were no significant differences in the incidence of severe acute toxicity (dermatitis and mucositis) between the two approaches of treatment intensification. Late xerostomia was significantly increased with CCRT. Significant haematological toxicity and nephrotoxicity were seen exclusively with chemotherapy. Conclusion: There is moderate quality evidence that conventionally fractionated CCRT improves survival outcomes compared with AFRT alone in the definitive radiotherapeutic management of locoregionally advanced HNSCC. No form of acceleration can potentially compensate fully for the lack of concurrent chemotherapy.
    Clinical Oncology 10/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.clon.2015.09.002

  • Clinical Oncology 10/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.clon.2015.09.008
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    ABSTRACT: Aims: To investigate variation in tumour breathing motion (TBM) between the planning four-dimensional computed tomograph (4DCT) and treatment itself for primary or secondary lung tumours undergoing stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR). Materials and methods: Sixteen consecutive patients underwent planning 4DCT at least 1 week after implantation of a fiducial marker. The maximal extent of breathing motion of the intra-tumoural fiducial was measured at 4DCT and again at delivery of each SABR fraction on the linac using stereoscopic kilovoltage imaging. Displacements of the fiducial beyond planned limits were measured in three dimensions and represented as vectors. Variation in breathing motion between the planning 4DCT and treatment, and between individual SABR fractions was analysed. Results: Although TBM at treatment exceeded planned tumour motion limits for at least part of the course for all patients, 31% of patients remained consistently within 1 mm, 50% within 2 mm and 69% consistently within 3 mm of planned parameters. However, 19% of patients experienced TBM variation 5 mm or more beyond planned limits for at least one fraction. For all patients, the median displacement vector at treatment beyond the planned motion envelope was 1.0 mm (mean 2.0 mm, range 0-12.7 mm). Variation in TBM at treatment from 4DCT correlated neither with the magnitude of TBM at 4DCT nor with planning target volume size (rs = 0.13, P = 0.62; rs = 0.02, P = 0.94, respectively). Nor was TBM variation related to tumour type or lobar position (P = 0.35, P = 0.06, respectively). Inter-fraction TBM variation was modest, with an average standard deviation of 1.7 mm (0.3-8.7 mm). Conclusions: TBM variation between 4DCT and treatment and between SABR fractions was modest for most patients. However, 19% of patients experienced significant TBM variation that could be clinically relevant for those most severely affected. It seems prudent to carry out on-couch assessment of TBM at each SABR fraction to identify such patients who might benefit from respiratory gating or adaptive radiotherapy to maintain tumour motion within the planned limits.
    Clinical Oncology 10/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.clon.2015.08.010

  • Clinical Oncology 09/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.clon.2015.09.001
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    ABSTRACT: Aims: The aim of this observational study was the evaluation of toxicity, local control and overall survival in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) oligometastatic patients who had undergone stereotactic ablative body radiotherapy (SABR) for lung metastatic lesions. Materials and methods: SABR was carried out in oligometastatic patients with controlled primary tumour (adequate pulmonary function). We adopted the following dose prescriptions according to the site and the maximum diameter of the lung lesions: 60 Gy in three fractions for peripheral lesions with diameter ≤2 cm, 48 Gy in four fractions for peripheral lesions between 2 and 5 cm and 60 Gy in eight fractions for central lesions. A radiological response was defined according to RECIST criteria. Toxicity was recorded according to the Common Toxicity Criteria version 4.0. Results: Between October 2010 and December 2014, 60 NSCLC patients with 90 lung lesions in total were treated at our institution. A radiological response was obtained in most patients. No pulmonary toxicity grade 4, chest pain or rib fracture occurred. The median follow-up from diagnosis was 28 months (range 5.4-104.5 months). The local control at 2 years was 88.9%. Overall survival at 1 and 2 years was 94.5 and 74.6%, respectively. Conclusion: SABR is well tolerated with a good radiological response and toxicity profile. Discussion within a multidisciplinary team is crucial to identify the oligometastatic patients who would probably benefit from ablative local therapy.
    Clinical Oncology 09/2015; DOI:10.1016/j.clon.2015.08.011