American journal of clinical oncology Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: American Radium Society, Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins

Journal description

Current impact factor: 2.61

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2015
2013 / 2014 Impact Factor 2.611
2012 Impact Factor 2.552
2011 Impact Factor 2.005
2010 Impact Factor 1.768
2009 Impact Factor 2.206
2008 Impact Factor 1.792
2007 Impact Factor 1.551
2006 Impact Factor 1.224
2005 Impact Factor 1.615
2004 Impact Factor 1.703
2003 Impact Factor 1.369
2002 Impact Factor 1.136
2001 Impact Factor 0.929
2000 Impact Factor 0.952
1999 Impact Factor 0.956
1998 Impact Factor 0.867
1997 Impact Factor 0.769
1996 Impact Factor 0.921
1995 Impact Factor 0.754
1994 Impact Factor 0.737
1993 Impact Factor 0.925
1992 Impact Factor 0.689

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 1.81
Cited half-life 7.60
Immediacy index 0.17
Eigenfactor 0.01
Article influence 0.54
Other titles American journal of clinical oncology (Online), American journal of clinical oncology, Am j clin oncol
ISSN 1537-453X
OCLC 47641066
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: To evaluate disease control and survival after stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) for lung metastases from colorectal cancer and to identify prognostic factors after treatment. Patients with metastatic colorectal cancer to the lungs treated with SBRT from 2002 to 2013 were identified from a prospectively maintained database. Patients may have received prior systemic therapy, radiotherapy to nonthoracic sites and/or resection of thoracic and/or nonthoracic metastases. Endpoints were timed from end of SBRT and included overall survival (OS), progression-free survival, distant metastases-free survival, and local failure-free survival. Univariate and multivariate analysis using Cox proportional hazard modeling was used to identify prognostic factors. Sixty-five patients were identified. Before SBRT, 69.2% and 33.8% of patients received systemic therapy and lung-directed local therapy, respectively, for metastatic disease. At the time of SBRT, 64.6% had lung-only involvement. Median survivals were: OS of 20.3 months (95% confidence intervals [CI], 15.9-27.0 mo), progression-free survival of 5.7 months (95% CI, 3.2-7.0 mo), distant metastases-free survival of 5.8 months (95% CI, 3.2-7.6 mo), and local failure-free survival of 15.4 months (95% CI, 8.5-21.1 mo). Nearly all (98%) patients developed distant progression. Extra lung and liver involvement at the time of initial metastases (hazard ratios [HR] 2.10) and extra lung involvement at SBRT (HR 2.67) were the only independent predictors of OS. Net gross target volume of >14.1 mL (HR 2.49) was the only independent predictor of local failure-free survival. Reasonable survival and local control can be achieved with SBRT. We identified several prognostic factors testable in future prospective trials that may help improve patient selection.
    American journal of clinical oncology 08/2015; DOI:10.1097/COC.0000000000000220
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    ABSTRACT: We analyzed the outcomes of patients with benign nonacoustic schwannomas treated with fractionated radiation therapy (RT). Between October 1987 and March 2013, 11 patients with benign nonacoustic schwannomas diagnosed radiographically (n=3) or pathologically (n=8) were treated with fractionated RT with curative intent at the University of Florida. We reviewed patients' medical records to assess outcomes and toxicities from treatment. The median follow-up for all patients was 8.2 years (range, 2.2 to 22.7 y) and 8 years for all living patients (range, 2.2 to 22.7 y). Of the 11 patients included in the analysis, 8 (73%) were treated solely with RT, 1 (9%) was treated with postoperative RT after subtotal resection, and 2 (18%) were treated with postoperative RT after recurrence following initial surgical resection. The 5-year overall survival, disease-free survival, and local control rates were 100%. There were no grade 2 to 5 treatment toxicities. RT for benign nonacoustic schwannoma may be effective when used alone or in addition to surgery. Irradiation should be considered in patients for whom resection is likely to result in one or more neurological deficits. Fractionated RT to a total dose of 50 Gy provides excellent local control and minimal morbidity.
    American journal of clinical oncology 08/2015; DOI:10.1097/COC.0000000000000219
  • American journal of clinical oncology 08/2015; DOI:10.1097/COC.0000000000000223
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this study is to characterize the changes in the incidence, presentation, surgical treatment, and survival of patients with appendiceal mucinous neoplasm (AMN) over the past 4 decades using nationwide cancer surveillance data. Patients with the diagnosis of AMN were identified in the Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) database. Information on demographics, disease characteristics, and surgical treatment was collected. Temporal changes in AMN incidence, characteristics of cases, and survival were analyzed from 1973 to 2011. Determinants of overall survival (OS) were examined using both crude and multivariable Cox proportional hazard models. The overall incidence rate of AMN increased on average 3.1%/1,000,000 persons-years (P<0.001). A significant decline in the age at diagnosis was observed (P=0.014). The proportion of patients presenting with distant disease at diagnosis also significantly increased (P=0.004). Five-year survival of patients with distant stage AMN increased at a rate of 3.5%/y between 1984 and 2006 (P<0.001). Median OS was not reached for localized and regional stage disease. Median OS for distant stage disease was 42 months. There has been an increase in the overall incidence of AMN with an observed increase in the proportion of younger age and distant stage at diagnosis. The OS has improved over time.
    American journal of clinical oncology 08/2015; DOI:10.1097/COC.0000000000000210
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    ABSTRACT: To report survival outcomes and local control in patients with solitary fibrous tumors (SFT) treated using surgery and radiation therapy (RT). We reviewed the medical records of 31 consecutive patients definitively treated for SFT with surgery and RT between 1982 and 2012. The median age was 51 years (range, 23 to 88 y) and tumors were evenly distributed between the head and neck (n=9, 29%), trunk (n=10, 32%), and lower extremities (n=9, 29%). The majority of tumors were large (>5 cm) (n=23, 72%). Specimens had a median of 2 mitoses/10 HPF (range, 0 to 8). Nearly half the cases were treated with postoperative RT (n=14, 45%; median dose, 58 Gy) and the other 17 patients (55%) received preoperative RT (median dose, 50 Gy). Median follow-up time was 59 months (range, 18 to 349 mo). The 5-year rates of local control, overall survival, and distant metastatic-free survival were 100%, 95%, and 92%, respectively. There were no local or nodal relapses and the 10-year complication rate was 6% (n=2). Treatment of soft tissue SFT using combined surgery and RT results in excellent local control.
    American journal of clinical oncology 08/2015; DOI:10.1097/COC.0000000000000218
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    ABSTRACT: Primary carcinoid tumors of the lung are rare tumors which comprise approximately 0.5% to 5% of all lung malignancies in adults and roughly 20% to 30% of all carcinoid tumors. The purpose of this retrospective, descriptive study was to describe the incidence, characteristics, and outcomes of patients treated for primary pulmonary carcinoid tumor at a single institution. All patients with a diagnosis of primary pulmonary carcinoid tumor treated from 1989 to 2009 were reviewed. Data collected included demographics, pathology, tobacco use, clinical presentation, tumor location, tumor spread, treatment, and survival. There were 59 cases of pulmonary carcinoid tumors: 47 typical (80%) and 12 atypical (20%). All but 4 patients underwent surgery, including 54 (92%) lung-sparing resections and 1 pneumonectomy. Five of 55 patients received concurrent adjuvant chemoradiation therapy; 4 patients with atypical and 1 with typical histology. Three additional patients with atypical carcinoid were treated only with adjuvant radiotherapy, palliative radiotherapy, or palliative chemotherapy, respectively. The Kaplan-Meier 5- and 10-year overall survivals were both 80% within the entire population. In the 88% of patients who achieved complete remission, disease-free survival was 98%. A review of a large series from the literature is also presented. Surgical resection was primary and adequate therapy for most typical carcinoid tumors with high overall survival and disease-free survival. Adjuvant chemotherapy or radiotherapy might be considered for patients with atypical carcinoid tumors who present with adverse pathologic findings.
    American journal of clinical oncology 08/2015; DOI:10.1097/COC.0000000000000221
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    ABSTRACT: This study was performed to determine the clinical significance of the Ki-67 labeling index (LI) for local control (LC) in patients with World Health Organization (WHO) grade II meningioma. We also tried to discern the effect of postoperative radiotherapy (PORT) on LC depending upon the Ki-67 LI value. The medical records and values of Ki-67 LIs were retrospectively reviewed for 50 patients who underwent surgical resection of intracranial WHO grade II meningiomas at Samsung Medical Center from May 2001 to December 2012. Forty-three patients (86%) were treated with immediate PORT. The median total radiation dose was 60 Gy (range, 54 to 60 Gy). The median follow-up was 47.4 months. The mean Ki-67 LI was 13% (range, 1% to 47%). Twelve patients (24.0%) showed local failure, and 8 patients (16.0%) experienced local failure even after PORT. The mean Ki-67 LI was 15% in patients with local failure (n=12) and 12% in patients without local failure (n=38). The 3-year actuarial LC was 80.5%. The 3-year overall survival was 89.5%. Ki-67 LI>13% and PORT were significant prognostic factors for LC (P=0.015 and 0.009, respectively). In patients with Ki-67 LI>13% (n=17), PORT (n=14) improved LC (P<0.001). However, PORT (n=29) did not affect LC (P=0.412) for patients with Ki-67 LI≤13% (n=33). Ki-67 LI can be a useful prognostic factor for LC in WHO grade II meningioma. In patients with Ki-67 LI>13%, PORT should be recommended to improve LC.
    American journal of clinical oncology 08/2015; DOI:10.1097/COC.0000000000000224
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    ABSTRACT: To assess whether sparing neck-level IB in target delineation of node-positive (N+) oropharyngeal carcinoma (OPC) can improve xerostomia outcomes without compromising locoregional control (LRC). A total of 125 N+ OPC patients with a median age of 57 years underwent chemoradiation between May 2010 and December 2011. A total of 74% of patients had T1-T2 disease, 26% T3-T4, 16% N1, 8% N2A, 48% N2B, 28% N2C; 53% base of tongue, 41% tonsil, and 6% other. Patients were divided into those who had target delineation sparing of bilateral level IB (the spared cohort) versus no sparing (the treated cohort). Sparing of contralateral high-level II nodes was also performed more consistently in the spared cohort. A prospective xerostomia questionnaire (patient reported) was given at each patient follow-up visit to this cohort of patients to assess late xerostomia. Clinical assessment (observer rated) at each patient follow-up visit was also recorded. The 2-year LRC for the spared and treated cohorts was 97.5% and 93.8%, respectively (median follow-up, 23.2 mo). No locoregional failures occurred outside of treatment fields. The spared cohort experienced significant benefits in patient-reported xerostomia summary scores (P=0.021) and observer-rated xerostomia scores (P=0.006). In addition, there were significant reductions in mean doses to the ipsilateral submandibular gland (63.9 vs. 70.5 Gy; P<0.001), contralateral submandibular gland (45.0 vs. 56.2 Gy; P<0.001), oral cavity (35.9 vs. 45.2 Gy; P<0.001), and contralateral parotid gland (20.0 vs. 24.4 Gy; P<0.001). Target delineation sparing of bilateral level IB nodes in N+ OPC reduced mean doses to salivary organs without compromising LRC. Patients with reduced target volumes had better patient-reported xerostomia outcomes.
    American journal of clinical oncology 08/2015; 38(4):343-7. DOI:10.1097/COC.0000000000000064
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    ABSTRACT: We evaluated outcomes in patients with high-grade neuroendocrine (HGNE) carcinoma of the anorectum treated with pelvic chemoradiation. Between January 1, 2000 and February 17, 2013, 10 patients were confirmed to have HGNE carcinoma of the rectum or anal canal and treated with pelvic chemoradiation (radiation dose ≥45 Gy). Overall survival (OS), locoregional control (LRC), progression-free survival (PFS), and patterns of failure were evaluated. Eight had pure HGNE carcinoma and 2 had HGNE carcinoma with minor component of adenocarcinoma. Median age was 62 years. Median follow-up was 15 months (range, 3 to 128 mo). Tumor stages included TxN0M0 (1), II (1), III (4), and IV (4) including 2 with only inguinal involvement. Median tumor size was 5.5 cm (range, 3 to 7 cm). Patients received postoperative chemoradiation (1), preoperative chemoradiation (2), and chemoradiation without surgery (7). Median dose was 50.4 Gy (range, 45 to 60 Gy). All patients received chemotherapy before or after chemoradiation. Seven had pelvic LRC; 2 had possible and 1 had confirmed local progression. Both patients who had preoperative chemoradiation only had microscopic focus of residual carcinoma at surgery. Seven had disease progression; of which all developed distant progression, with distant progression occurring as the first event in 6 (liver, lung, bone, and abdominal nodes). Actuarial 2-year PFS and OS were 30% and 46%, respectively. One patient received prophylactic cranial irradiation; only one of the other 9 patient developed brain metastasis. Pelvic chemoradiation provided LRC for the majority of the patients' lifetime. Most patients had distant failure, but patterns of distant failure do not support routine prophylactic cranial irradiation.
    American journal of clinical oncology 07/2015; 90(1). DOI:10.1097/COC.0000000000000211
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    ABSTRACT: To examine the impact of positive surgical margin (PSM) laterality on failure after radical prostatectomy (RP). A PSM can influence local recurrence and outcomes after salvage radiation. Unlike intrinsic risk factors, a PSM is caused by intervention and thus iatrogenic failures may be elucidated by analyzing margin laterality as surgical approach is itself lateralized. We reviewed 226 RP patients between 1991 and 2013 with PSM. Data includes operation type, pre/postoperative PSA, surgical pathology, and margin type (location, focality, laterality). The median follow-up was 47 months. Biochemical recurrence after RP was defined as PSA≥0.1 ng/mL or 2 consecutive rises above nadir. Ninety-two patients received salvage radiation therapy (SRT). Failure after SRT was defined as any PSA≥0.2 ng/mL or greater than presalvage. Kaplan-Meier and Cox multivariate analyses compared relapse rates. The majority of PSM were iatrogenic (58%). Laterality was associated with differences in median relapse: right 20 versus left 51 versus bilateral 14 months (P<0.01). Preoperative PSA, T-stage, Gleason grade, and laterality were associated with biochemical progression on univariate and multivariate analyses. Right-sided margins were more likely to progress than left (hazard ratio, 1.67; P=0.04). More right-sided margins were referred for SRT (55% right vs. 23% left vs. 22% bilateral), but were equally salvaged. Only T-stage and pre-SRT PSA independently influenced SRT success. Most PSM are iatrogenic, with right-sided more likely to progress (and sooner) than left sided. Margin laterality is a heretofore unrecognized independent predictor of biochemical relapse and hints at the need to modify the traditional unilateral surgical technique.
    American journal of clinical oncology 07/2015; DOI:10.1097/COC.0000000000000216
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    ABSTRACT: Pelvic and abdominal recurrences in stage I/II endometrial carcinoma are associated with poor outcomes, yet prognostic factors for survival after recurrence are not well described. Herein, we identify patients with pelvic or abdominal recurrence after surgery for stage I/II endometrial carcinoma and describe symptoms at presentation, prognostic factors, and salvage treatment toxicity. This is a retrospective cohort of 20 consecutively treated patients with recurrence after treatment for stage I/II endometrial carcinoma followed by our Institution's Radiation Oncology Department from 1998 to 2015. The median time to pelvic or abdominal recurrence was 18.1 months (range, 4.2 to 59.6 mo), with 50% of recurrences at extranodal locations. Two-year progression-free survival (PFS) was 44% and 2-year overall survival (OS) was 82%. Salvage treatments varied widely, including chemotherapy and radiotherapy (RT) (7), surgery and RT (3), and surgery, chemotherapy, and RT (3). On univariate analysis of PFS, symptoms at recurrence (P=0.04) and extranodal recurrences (P<0.01) were found to be statistically significant negative prognosticators for PFS. On univariate analysis of OS, increasing age at recurrence and presence of symptoms were found to have a trend toward statistically significant association with negative OS outcomes (P=0.08 and P=0.10, respectively). Our study demonstrates that long-term survival for pelvic or abdominal recurrences is possible with curative salvage therapy. The presence of symptoms is a negative prognostic factor in treatment outcome, and imaging may be effective for diagnosis in symptomatic and asymptomatic patients. Larger studies need to be performed to confirm these findings.
    American journal of clinical oncology 07/2015; DOI:10.1097/COC.0000000000000212
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    ABSTRACT: Predictors of acute hematologic toxicities during definitive chemoradiation for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) are incompletely defined. We retrospectively analyzed 604 patients treated with definitive platinum-based doublet chemoradiation therapy for stage III NSCLC. The outcome of interest was grade ≥3 acute hematologic toxicities, specifically white blood cell, hemoglobin, platelet, neutrophil, and lymphocyte decrease during chemoradiation therapy. We assessed the association between any grade ≥3 acute hematologic toxicity with patient demographic, disease, radiation factors (specifically modality and dose), and chemotherapy agents via stepwise multivariate logistic regression. Survival was compared via log-rank and univariate Cox regression analyses. There was no significant association between radiation modality and any hematologic toxicity on multivariate analysis. However, use of etoposide was found to be significantly associated with white blood cell, platelet, and neutrophil decrease compared with paclitaxel and docetaxel (all P<0.05). No differences were found between platinum agents. Overall survival (OS) and event-free survival (EFS) were significantly worse in patients who experienced grade ≥3 hemoglobin (OS: hazard ratio [HR]=1.5; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.05-2.26; P=0.03, EFS: HR=1.7; 95% CI, 1.2-2.4; P=0.0032) and lymphocyte (OS: HR=1.5; 95% CI, 1.1-2.1; P=0.01, EFS: HR=1.4; 95% CI, 1.1-1.9; P=0.02) decreases. Chemotherapy identity, specifically the nonplatinum agent, was significantly associated with grade ≥3 hematologic toxicities, whereas radiation modality was not.
    American journal of clinical oncology 07/2015; DOI:10.1097/COC.0000000000000206
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    ABSTRACT: Salvage radiation therapy (SRT) is an effective treatment for recurrent prostate cancer (PCa) after radical prostatectomy. We report the long-term outcome of men who developed biochemical recurrence (BCR) after SRT and were treated >14 years ago. In total, 61 patients treated with SRT from 1992 to 2000 at our institution were identified. Survival was calculated by Kaplan-Meier method. Log-rank test and Cox regression were used to determine significance of clinical parameters. The median follow-up was 126 months (interquartile range, 66-167 mo). Thirty-four (56%) had prostate-specific antigen (PSA) failure after SRT. At 10 years, overall survival (OS) was 67%, freedom from PSA failure (FFPF) was 33%, prostate cancer-specific survival (PCSS) was 84%, and distant metastases-free survival (DMFS) was 84%. Pathologic T-stage, Gleason score, seminal vesicle involvement, and pre-SRT PSA were associated with FFPF. For patients who failed SRT, the median time to BCR after SRT was 30 mo. A total of 19 (68%) received androgen deprivation therapy. The median OS was 13.6 years. At 10 years from time of BCR, OS was 59%, PCSS was 73%, DMFS was 75%, and castration-resistant-free survival was 70%. Early SRT failure correlated with significantly decreased DMFS and PCSS. Ten-year DMFS from SRT was 43% (BCR≤1 y) versus 91% (BCR>1 y). Extended follow-up demonstrates that despite SRT failure, PCSS remains high in select patients. Early failure (≤1 y after SRT) predicted for significantly worse outcome and may represent a subgroup with more aggressive disease that may be considered for further prospective clinical studies.
    American journal of clinical oncology 07/2015; DOI:10.1097/COC.0000000000000207
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    ABSTRACT: Definitive chemoradiotherapy for unresectable pancreatic cancer has traditionally involved 5-fluorouracil-based chemotherapy. Our institution has a long history of combining gemcitabine and radiotherapy (RT), and performed a retrospective review of all patients treated in this manner. We reviewed the records of 180 patients treated from 1999 to 2012. Mean RT dose was 40.9 Gy in 2.2-Gy fractions, and targeted only radiographically apparent disease. Ninety-six percent of patients received full-dose gemcitabine-based chemotherapy with RT. Kaplan-Meier was used to analyze time-to-event endpoints, and Cox regression models were used to assess significant prognostic variables. Eighty-nine percent of patients completed RT without a toxicity-related treatment break. Median follow-up was 10.2 months. Twenty-nine percent of patients had a radiographic decrease in primary tumor size following treatment. Median overall survival was 11.8 months, time to distant metastasis (TDM) was 6.7 months, and time to local recurrence (TLR) was 8.3 months. On multivariate analysis, male sex, lower performance status, and higher posttreatment CA 19-9 level predicted for worse overall survival. Posttreatment, CA 19-9 was also associated with TDM and TLR, and radiographic tumor response was associated with better TLR. Definitive chemoradiation using full-dose gemcitabine is well tolerated and achieves survival outcomes comparable to reported trials in the literature.
    American journal of clinical oncology 07/2015; DOI:10.1097/COC.0000000000000200
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    ABSTRACT: FOLFIRINOX is a first-line treatment option for patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer (MPC) and is associated with improved survival yet significantly more toxicities than standard gemcitabine. Our aim was to determine the proportion of patients with MPC who would be eligible for FOLFIRINOX based upon the pivotal ACCORD study criteria. Patients with confirmed MPC at the time of referral to the BC Cancer Agency between 2004 and 2007 were identified from the Gastrointestinal Cancers Outcomes Unit Database (GICOU). Proportion of patients that met the ACCORD study eligibility criteria was determined by chart review. Criteria for FOLFIRINOX exclusion were assessed using descriptive statistics. A total of 100 consecutive patients with complete chart records and MPC were identified. Fifty-two (52%) were male and the median age was 68 years (range, 42 to 98 y). The most common sites of metastases were liver (63%) and peritoneum (22%). Only 26 patients fulfilled the ACCORD study eligibility criteria. The most common reasons for FOLIFIRINOX exclusion per ACCORD were poor Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group score of ≥2 (64%), age of 76 years or greater (22%), elevated bilirubin (22%), and inadequate renal function (6%). Despite the proven survival benefit of FOLFIRINOX, only approximately one quarter of patients in the real-world setting with MPC would have been considered eligible for such therapy based upon the ACCORD eligibility criteria. Careful patient selection and more tolerable therapies are required.
    American journal of clinical oncology 07/2015; DOI:10.1097/COC.0000000000000205
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    ABSTRACT: Patients with clinically localized prostate cancer but markedly elevated prostate-specific antigen (PSA) are often treated with systemic agents alone. We hypothesized that they would benefit from radiation therapy. We utilized the Survival, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) Database for patients diagnosed with nonmetastatic prostate cancer from 2004 to 2008. Patients treated surgically or with brachytherapy were excluded. Survival was analyzed using the Kaplan-Meier method and Cox proportional hazard models. Propensity score was used to adjust for the nonrandomized assignment of local therapies. A total of 75,539 nonmetastatic prostate cancer patients were identified who received either radiotherapy or no local treatment. Median age was 70 years. Median follow-up of alive subjects was 60 months, with an interquartile range of 47 to 77 months. Estimated 4-year overall survival of entire population was 88%. Significant prognostic variables for overall survival on multivariate analysis included age, grade, PSA level, T stage, and use of radiation therapy. Use of radiation therapy was the most powerful predictor of both cause-specific and overall survival (HR=0.41 and 0.46, respectively, P<0.001). The benefit conferred by local treatment was seen even in subjects with PSA≥75 ng/mL. Four-year cancer-specific survival was 93.8% in those receiving radiation treatments versus 76.5% in those who did not receive any local treatment. Survival was significantly improved by radiotherapy for localized prostate cancer. Extremely high PSA levels (≥25 ng/mL) should not be considered a contraindication to local treatment.
    American journal of clinical oncology 06/2015; DOI:10.1097/COC.0000000000000201
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    ABSTRACT: There is limited evidence to inform the management of patients with endometrial cancer who are not candidates for hysterectomy, and treatment alternatives have not been compared directly in randomized trials. We analyzed the prognostic factors and outcomes for patients with stage I or II endometrial adenocarcinoma in the National Cancer Institute's Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results public database. We identified a cohort of patients with stage I-II endometrial adenocarcinoma who were managed without hysterectomy and who were diagnosed during 1989 to 2010. Patients with prior primary tumors were excluded. Statistical analyses were performed to test associations between patient characteristics, radiotherapy modality, and overall and endometrial cancer-specific survival. Multivariable analyses were performed to evaluate the impact of radiation therapy (RT) type on survival outcomes after adjusting for other factors. Among the 997 women included in the analyses, 605 received no RT (60.7%), 207 (20.8%) received external-beam radiation therapy (EBRT) alone, and 185 (18.6%) received brachytherapy, either alone or in combination with EBRT. After adjusting for other tumor and demographic factors, RT type was not associated with overall or endometrial cancer-specific survival. Significant predictors of survival included: tumor stage and grade, age at diagnosis, and marital status. For patients in this population-based cohort with early-stage endometrial cancer managed without hysterectomy, the delivery of brachytherapy was not associated with improved survival, compared with EBRT alone. It seems worthwhile to pursue future clinical trials to evaluate definitive EBRT-alone strategies, omitting brachytherapy, for selected patients with medically inoperable endometrial cancer.
    American journal of clinical oncology 06/2015; DOI:10.1097/COC.0000000000000204
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    ABSTRACT: It is controversial whether concurrent chemoradiotherapy (CRT) with temozolomide is feasible and beneficial in elderly patients with glioblastoma. Retrospective analysis of 74 elderly glioblastoma patients (65 y and above) treated with concurrent CRT with temozolomide. Factors influencing prognosis and feasibility of CRT were investigated. The median overall survival was 11.3 months. Univariate analysis showed a significant difference in median overall survival for cumulative dose of concurrent temozolomide (optimal cutoff, 2655 mg/m; 13.9 mo for >2655 mg/m vs. 4.9 mo for ≤2655 mg/m; P=0.0216, adjusted for multiple testing). Furthermore, cumulative dose of concurrent temozolomide >2655 mg/m was a significant independent prognostic parameter in multivariate analysis (hazard ratio, 0.33; P=0.002). Hematotoxicity was the most common cause of treatment interruption or discontinuation in patients with an insufficient cumulative temozolomide dose. Prognostic factors for successful performance of CRT with a cumulative dose of concurrent temozolomide >2655 mg/m were female sex (odds ratio [OR], 0.174; P=0.006), age (OR, 0.826 per year; P=0.017), and pretreatment platelet count (OR, 1.013 per 1000 platelets/µL; P=0.001). For easy clinical application of the model an online calculator was developed, which is available at The probability of successful performance of concurrent CRT with temozolomide can be estimated based on the patient's age, sex, and pretreatment platelet count using the model developed in this study. Thus, a subgroup of elderly glioblastoma patients suitable for chemoradiation with temozolomide can be identified.
    American journal of clinical oncology 05/2015; DOI:10.1097/COC.0000000000000198
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    ABSTRACT: To investigate the oncologic outcome of ypT1-2N0 mid and lower rectal cancer after chemoradiotherapy (CRT) compared with pT1-2N0 rectal cancer. We compared the oncologic outcome of patients with mid and lower rectal cancer who underwent preoperative CRT and who did not, between February 2005 and August 2012. Compared with patients who did not receive preoperative CRT, patients who received preoperative CRT did not have significantly different clinicopathologic features except clinical stage and distal resection margin. The 5-year disease-free survival (DFS) rates were lower in patients who received preoperative CRT than those who did not (84.4% vs. 95.5%, P=0.029). Preoperative CRT was a prognostic factor affecting 5-year DFS in patients with pathologically proven stage T1N0 mid and lower rectal cancer (HR, 11.157; 95% CI, 1.735-71.762; P=0.011) CONCLUSIONS:: ypT2N0 rectal cancer after neoadjuvant CRT showed shorter DFS compared with pT2N0 rectal cancer.
    American journal of clinical oncology 05/2015; DOI:10.1097/COC.0000000000000196