Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: Wiley

Journal description

The Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology is a multidisciplinary journal of oncology that aims to be a forum for facilitating collaboration and exchanging information on what is happening in different countries of the Asia Pacific region in relation to cancer treatment and care. The Journal publishes pre-clinical studies, translational research, clinical trials and epidemiological studies, describing new findings of clinical significance. Clinical studies, particularly prospectively designed clinical trials, are encouraged. Case reports are generally not considered for publication, only exceptional papers in which Editors find extraordinary oncological value may be considered for review.

Current impact factor: 1.06

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2015
2013 / 2014 Impact Factor 1.058
2012 Impact Factor 0.907
2011 Impact Factor 0.585
2010 Impact Factor 0.296
2009 Impact Factor 0.232

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 0.62
Cited half-life 2.30
Immediacy index 0.18
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.16
Website Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology website
Other titles Asia-Pacific journal of clinical oncology (Online), Asia-Pacific journal of clinical oncology
ISSN 1743-7563
OCLC 61123377
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: As negative feedback regulators of cytokine signaling, suppressor of cytokine signaling proteins are induced by interleukins and various peptide hormones and may prevent sustained activation of signaling pathways. In particular, suppressor of cytokine signaling-3 (SOCS-3) plays pivotal roles in the development and progression of various cancers and exerts pleiotropic effects on cell proliferation and apoptosis. In recent years, abnormal expression of SOCS-3 and its multiple functions have been extensively investigated in human carcinomas, particularly in prostate cancer. SOCS-3 can act as an oncogene or a tumor suppressor depending on the cellular context. In this review, we focus on the role of SOCS-3 in prostate cancer development and prognosis, as well as the potential of SOCS-3 as a therapeutic target and diagnostic marker. © 2015 Wiley Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.
    Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology 04/2015; DOI:10.1111/ajco.12357
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    ABSTRACT: Defining multidisciplinary quality of care indicators (QCIs) for metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) could improve understanding of variations in routine practice care. This may identify areas of below-average performance, which could then be addressed by clinicians to improve the quality of care delivered. This study aimed to define a panel of QCIs in mCRC and, based on these QCIs, to evaluate quality of care across multiple Australian sites. A panel of clinicians with expertise in colorectal cancer defined evidence-based or best practice-based QCIs relevant to the routine multidisciplinary management of mCRC patients through structured consensus discussion. Related data were extracted from the Treatment of Recurrent and Advanced Colorectal Cancer (TRACC) registry, a prospectively maintained database recording comprehensive details on consecutive mCRC patients across multiple Australian hospitals. Variations in QCIs across sites were explored. Of 13 QCIs defined, data related to 10 were reliably extracted from TRACC. Analysis of data on 1276 patients across 10 sites demonstrated low rates of screening for hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer in young patients and significant variation in surveillance-detected recurrences, lung resection rates and palliative chemotherapy use. Exploratory analyses suggested correlation between liver resection rates and survival. We have defined a novel set of mCRC QCIs and have demonstrated wide variation in the quality of care of mCRC across multiple Australian sites. With further validation to confirm a direct correlation between QCI and patient outcomes, these QCIs could be applied to improve the quality of care received by all mCRC patients. © 2015 Wiley Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.
    Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology 04/2015; DOI:10.1111/ajco.12355
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    ABSTRACT: To develop clinical practice guidelines for screening, assessing and managing cancer pain in Australian adults. This three-phase project utilized the ADAPTE approach to adapt international cancer pain guidelines for the Australian setting. A Working Party was established to define scope, screen guidelines for adaptation and develop recommendations to support better cancer pain control through screening, assessment, pharmacological and non-pharmacological management, and patient education. Recommendations with limited evidence were referred to Expert Panels for advice before the draft guidelines were opened for public consultation via the Cancer Council Australia Cancer Guidelines Wiki platform in late 2012. All comments were reviewed by the Working Party and the guidelines were revised accordingly. Screening resulted in six international guidelines being included for adaptation - those developed by the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (2008), National Health Service Quality Improvement Scotland (2009), National Comprehensive Cancer Network (2012), European Society of Medical Oncology (2011), European Association for Palliative Care (2011, 2012) and National Institute of Clinical Excellence (2012). Guideline adaptation resulted in 55 final recommendations. The guidelines were officially launched in November 2013. International guidelines can be efficiently reconfigured for local contexts using the ADAPTE approach. Availability of the guidelines via the Cancer Council Australia Wiki is intended to promote uptake and enable recommendations to be kept up to date. Resources to support implementation will also be made available via the Wiki if found to be effective by a randomized controlled trial commencing in 2015. © 2015 Wiley Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.
    Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology 04/2015; DOI:10.1111/ajco.12352
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    ABSTRACT: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of late-course hypofractionated radiation treatment of muscle-invasive bladder carcinoma after bladder-conserving surgery. Seventy-six patients with transitional cell bladder carcinoma, stage II (T2-4N0M0), after transurethral resection, were enrolled. Pirarubicin was given at 30 mg/m(2) and 100 mL physiological saline once weekly (QW) for 12 weeks through and after intravesical instillation postoperatively. Radiation schedule delivered 46 Gy in 20 fractions for planning target volume, with an additional 20 Gy in five fractions for gross tumor volume as late-course radiation. Chemotherapy was stopped if Radiation Therapy Oncology Group grade 3 or higher bladder or bowel toxicity occurred. The primary end points were acute toxicity, local control and patients' survival. One-, three- and five-year overall survival rates were 98, 78 and 69.5%, respectively. Mean survival time was 58.4 months (95% CI: 52.6, 64.2). In addition, 1-, 3- and 5-year local control rates were 100, 80.5 and 76.1%, respectively. Mean local control time was 60.7 months (95% CI: 55.1, 66.3). The cumulative incidence of local/regional failure and distant failure was 28.9%. The rate of single local/regional failure was 13.2%, but distant failure rate was 21.1%. Concurrent pirarubicin-based late-course hypofractionated radiation therapy showed desirable local control rate and acceptable toxicity. It could be used after bladder-conserving surgery to allow patients to preserve their bladder. © 2015 Wiley Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.
    Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology 04/2015; DOI:10.1111/ajco.12351
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    ABSTRACT: The objective of this study was to evaluate the blood platelet-lymphocyte ratio (PLR) for its prognostic value in patients with metastatic renal cell cancer (RCC). We retrospectively reviewed 100 patients diagnosed with metastatic RCC previously treated with tyrosine kinase inhibitors from three centers. We assessed the prognostic value of pretreatment PLR and other clinical and laboratory parameters based on univariate and multivariate analyses. Median progression-free survival (PFS) was 7.3 months and median overall survival (OS) was 15.3 months. Multivariate analysis revealed that PFS is significantly affected by ECOG PS (P = 0.047), PLR (P = 0.029) and calcium level (P = 0.023). Median PFS was 13.9 versus 5.3 months in patients with PLR ≤ 210 versus PLR > 210 (log rank; P = 0.001). Median OS was 25.9 versus 10.9 months with PLR ≤ 210 versus PLR > 210 (log rank; P = 0.013). This study shows that increased pretreatment PLR is an independent prognostic indicator in patients with metastatic RCC who use tyrosine kinase inhibitors. © 2015 Wiley Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.
    Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology 04/2015; DOI:10.1111/ajco.12358
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    ABSTRACT: The introduction of anti-HER2 therapy with trastuzumab has seen an increase in frequency of central nervous system metastasis as the site of first recurrence. Here, we present a rare case of a 63-year-old woman who presented with an isolated breast carcinoma pituitary metastasis 5 years following treatment for a high-risk breast cancer. This report underscores the changing nature of HER2-positive disease in the post-trastuzumab era. © 2015 Wiley Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.
    Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology 04/2015; DOI:10.1111/ajco.12353
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    ABSTRACT: Tumor BRAF mutation testing is routine for all patients with metastatic melanoma (MM) owing to the availability of agents targeting this intracellular pathway. To test whether there is a difference in radiotherapy (RT) utilization according to BRAF mutation status, we performed a retrospective review of RT utilization in a contemporary cohort undergoing BRAF mutation testing. Clinical records of MM patients undergoing BRAF mutation testing between April 2010 and August 2012 were reviewed. Overall survival (OS) was calculated using Kaplan-Meier methods. Differences between BRAF status were calculated using chi-square tests for categorical variables, median tests for continuous variables and Cox proportional hazards models to compare OS. Up to 158 patients were identified but 17 were excluded due to inadequate clinical data. Of the remaining 141 patients, 69 (49%) tested BRAF mutant (BRAF-m), median age 47 years (range 21-79) with median follow-up of 16.8 months (IQR11.3-25.2). Seventy-two (51%) tested BRAF wild type (BRAF-w), median age 62 years (range 25-84) with median follow-up of 27.1 months (IQR12.5-57.4). Overall, RT utilization was similar: 68% in BRAF-m and 69% in BRAF-w. Mean number of treatment courses was 1.70 for BRAF-m and 2.36 for BRAF-w (Pearson chi-square 3.92, P = 0.05). Up to 51% of BRAF-m and 56% of BRAF-w required ≧2 RT courses. Forty-six percent BRAF-m compared with 29% BRAF-w received brain RT (P = 0.04). Median OS was 17.7 months (IQR7.6-35.5) in BRAF-m and 19 months (IQR7.8-35.1) in BRAF-w (P = 0.99). High RT utilization rates were observed irrespective of BRAF mutation status. Significantly more BRAF-w patients received RT but more BRAF-m patients received brain RT. © 2015 Wiley Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.
    Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology 04/2015; DOI:10.1111/ajco.12345
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    ABSTRACT: Considerable progress in cancer treatment is leading to better outcomes, but the cost of therapy is placing increasing pressure on the health system. Understanding the real-world cost of therapies for each stage will become increasingly important in informing treatment selection and health policy. To explore the cost of treating colorectal cancer in the modern era, data were entered onto a prospective database at four hospitals. We estimated the impact of bevacizumab by using data from July 2009, and projected the likely impact of the recent listing of cetuximab. The utility of these data for estimating the cost-effectiveness of treatment was explored. Cancer stage and age at diagnosis were major determinants of treatment received and the associated cost. The cost of early stage disease has not substantially changed whereas therapies such as oxaliplatin and irinotecan were significant contributors to substantial increases in stage IV disease, now $71 156 per patient. Bevacizumab has added at least $10 247 per patient and we estimate that cetuximab will add a further $12 022. An exploratory analysis of the cost-effectiveness of oxaliplatin for adjuvant therapy of stage III colon cancer suggests that this is well within the accepted range. These data suggest that recent progress in the treatment of later stages of colorectal cancer is being achieved at significant financial cost. The increased costs of managing later stages of disease make an investment in prevention and early detection ever more attractive. © 2015 Wiley Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.
    Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology 04/2015; DOI:10.1111/ajco.12350
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    ABSTRACT: This systematic review and meta-analysis was performed to assess the efficacy and side effects between single-agent and doublet chemotherapy in first-line treatment of advanced non-small cell lung cancer with performance status 2 (PS2). We searched for randomized controlled trials in online electronic databases and extracted data from eligible studies for meta-analysis. Pooled hazard ratio (HR) for overall survival (OS), pooled risk difference (RD) for 1-year survival, pooled risk ratio (RR) for objective response rate (ORR) and adverse effects were calculated using a fixed-effect model. Six trials with 386 participants in the single-agent group and 389 participants in the doublet group were included in this review. Compared with single-agent chemotherapy, doublet significantly improved OS (HR 0.72; 95% CI 0.61-0.84; P < 0.0001) and significantly increased 1-year survival rate (RD -0.09; 95% CI -0.14 to -0.03; P = 0.004) and ORR (RR 0.4; 95% CI 0.30-0.69; P = 0.0002). Doublet chemotherapy also significantly increased the risk of grade 3/4 neutropenia (RR = 4.97; 95% CI 2.93-8.43; P < 0.00001), thrombocytopenia (RR = 10.29; 95% CI 3.80-27.85; P < 0.00001) and anemia (RR = 2.50; 95% CI 1.27-4.90; P = 0.008). Our study implies that carboplatin-containing doublet chemotherapy improved OS, 1-year survival rate and ORR, but increased the risk of grade 3/4 hematotoxicity. Carboplatin-containing doublet may well be superior to non-carboplatin-containing treatment. © 2015 Wiley Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.
    Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology 04/2015; DOI:10.1111/ajco.12359
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    ABSTRACT: To determine the monthly treatment costs for each element of cancer care in patients receiving chemotherapy and to apportion the burden of cost by financing agent (Commonwealth, State government, private health insurer, patient). A cohort of 478 patients (54% breast, 33% colorectal and 13% non-small-cell lung cancer) were recruited from 12 centers representing metropolitan and regional settings in public and private sectors. Primary data were linked to secondary data held in New South Wales state (Admitted Patients and Emergency Department Data) and Commonwealth (Medicare and Pharmaceutical Benefits) databases. The monthly treatment costs of each element of care and the funding agent were calculated from secondary health data. Across all tumor types, the mean monthly treatment cost was $4162 (10%-90% quantiles $1018-$8098; range $2853 [adjuvant colorectal] to $5622 [metastatic lung]), with 54% of this cost borne by Commonwealth government, 26% by private health insurers, 14% by State government and 6% by patients. The mean monthly costs of treating metastatic disease were $1415 greater than those for adjuvant therapy. The mean monthly costs were contributed to by inpatient care ($1657, 40%), chemotherapy prescriptions ($1502, 36%), outpatient care ($452, 11%) and administration of chemotherapy ($364, 9%). All four funders have a shared incentive to reduce absolute monthly treatment costs since their proportional contribution is relatively constant for most tumor types and stages. There are opportunities to reduce cancer care costs by minimizing the risk of inpatient hospital admissions that arise from chemotherapy administration and by recognizing incentives for cost-shifting. © 2015 Wiley Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.
    Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology 04/2015; DOI:10.1111/ajco.12354
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    ABSTRACT: Androgen-deprivation therapy (ADT) is a main treatment option for patients with prostate cancer (PCa), but its effect on cognition remains unclear. The primary purpose of this cross-sectional case-control study was to evaluate the effects of ADT on cognition in Chinese PCa patients. Participants included PCa patients who had undergone ADT (ADT group, n = 33) and patients who did not undergo ADT (non-ADT group, n = 32), as well as age- and education-matched healthy controls (HC group, n = 35). All participants were examined using the neuropsychological battery aimed at assessing several cognitive domains including attention, memory and information processing performance. The ADT group obtained significantly worse scores than the non-ADT and HC groups in the following neuropsychological tests: Recognition (P < 0.01), WAIS Digit Span forward (P < 0.05), Trailmaking B (P < 0.01) and Stroop Interference test (P < 0.01). No significant difference was found between the non-ADT and HC groups (P > 0.05). Chinese PCa patients receiving ADT showed cognitive impairments in several domains including memory, attention and information processing performance. © 2015 Wiley Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.
    Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology 04/2015; DOI:10.1111/ajco.12347
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    ABSTRACT: Prostate cancer, and in particular the management options for patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC), remains an important health issue. The approval of cabazitaxel provides a new treatment option for patients who have progressed despite docetaxel therapy. Clinical use of cabazitaxel in mCRPC is based on the results of the TROPIC study, which demonstrated an approximately 30% reduction in the risk of death compared with mitoxantrone. In this paper, we draw on accumulating clinical experience with cabazitaxel in Australia to discuss important questions such as how to select the right patient for treatment and how to proactively prevent and manage toxicities associated with this therapy. Recognizing the need for a multidisciplinary approach to patient care, opinion and insight has been sought from medical oncologists, nurses and pharmacists. While lack of trial data means that a number of questions remain unanswered, local clinical experience has helped to guide treatment decisions and refine management protocols. Appropriate patient selection, careful ongoing monitoring and proactive management of adverse events will ensure optimal treatment of patients. Nurses in particular play an important role in educating patients and identifying patients at increased risk of developing adverse events with cabazitaxel. The oncology team must work together to educate patients; taking a proactive approach to issues such as adverse events will help maximize the clinical outcome of cabazitaxel treatment and impact positively on the patient's quality of life. © 2015 Wiley Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.
    Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology 04/2015; DOI:10.1111/ajco.12343
  • Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology 04/2015; DOI:10.1111/ajco.12341
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    ABSTRACT: Adjuvant chemotherapy is recommended for gastric cancer after a gastrectomy with D2 dissection. However, its survival benefit in elderly patients is unclear. Here we investigated the use of adjuvant chemotherapy in patients ≥70 years old with stage II or III gastric cancer. Patients ≥70 years old diagnosed with stage II or III gastric cancer at Ulsan University Hospital were identified. A retrospective analysis of electronic and paper patient records was performed. From 2008 to 2012, 277 patients ≥70 years old underwent gastrectomy with D2 dissection. Of these patients, 94 were pathologically diagnosed with stage II or III; 55 of these patients (58.5%) received adjuvant chemotherapy and 39 received regular checkups without chemotherapy. Fluoropyrimidine-alone regimens, including TS-1 composed of tegafur, gimestat and otastat potassium (n = 26) and doxifluridine (n = 22), were more commonly used than fluoropyrimidine-platinum combination regimens (n = 7). With a median follow-up of 30.9 (range 0.8-65.5) months, the median relapse-free survival of patients with adjuvant chemotherapy or regular follow-up only was 35.5 and 20.4 months, respectively (P = 0.030). Multivariate analysis revealed that adjuvant chemotherapy is associated with longer relapse-free survival (hazard ratio 0.50; 95% confidence interval 0.27-0.96). There was a trend toward an improved overall survival in the adjuvant chemotherapy group compared with the follow-up only group (P = 0.242). Although well-designed prospective studies are required, adjuvant chemotherapy may confer a potential survival benefit in elderly patients (aged 70 or older) with stage II or III gastric cancer after a gastrectomy with D2 dissection. © 2015 Wiley Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.
    Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology 04/2015; DOI:10.1111/ajco.12349
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    ABSTRACT: Ipilimumab is a human anti-CTLA-4 monoclonal antibody recently approved for the treatment of advanced melanoma. Stimulation of T-cell activity unmasks antitumor activity, but can cause immune-related adverse events. Autoimmune hypophysitis is of particular importance because its presentation can be subtle but life threatening. We present two cases where early recognition of ipilimumab-related autoimmune hypophysitis led to timely intervention and low subsequent morbidity, without compromise of antitumor effects. We provide recommendations for detection and management of this potentially life-threatening complication of ipilimumab. © 2015 Wiley Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.
    Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology 04/2015; DOI:10.1111/ajco.12348
  • Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology 04/2015; 11 Suppl S1(S1):1. DOI:10.1111/ajco.12360
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    ABSTRACT: The two dominant approaches to manipulating cancer immunotherapeutics are active, where the immune system is directly stimulated, and passive, where antitumor antibodies stimulate an indirect immune response. At this point, the active approach is receiving more attention in the arena of lung cancer, with ongoing vaccine clinical trials and studies investigating the role of immune checkpoint inhibitors, in particular those that block the programmed death 1(PD-1) receptor and its ligands. Early results from trials of PD-1/PD-L1 ligand inhibitors in nonsmall cell lung cancer are promising, with patients experiencing rapid and durable responses in the first-, second- and third-line setting as well as in combination with chemotherapy and other immune checkpoint inhibitors. Although the number of patients in these trials is small and the results are preliminary, lung cancer physicians are encouraged that they may soon have agents that confer benefits in excess of those seen with chemotherapy to offer their patients. Further results of ongoing trials are highly anticipated. © 2015 Wiley Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.
    Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology 04/2015; 11(S1). DOI:10.1111/ajco.12361
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    ABSTRACT: AimThere has been growth in the number of clinical trials conducted in the palliative care setting. However, issues exist regarding patient acceptance and vulnerability as well as the appropriateness of conducting trials in the dying patient. This study aimed to investigate the uptake of palliative care clinical trials at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, evaluate patient demographics for those enrolled onto study and assess the proportion of patients who died within 28 days of enrolling on a palliative care clinical trial.MethodA retrospective cohort study of all patients prescreened and enrolled onto palliative care clinical trials by the Palliative Care Clinical Trials Team (PCCTT) at the Royal Melbourne Hospital over a 27-month period was undertaken.ResultsOf 515 patients referred to the PCCTT for consideration of trial enrollment, 64 (12.4%) were subsequently enrolled onto one of six clinical trials open during the study period. About 62.5% were non-cancer patients; 81.3% of all patients completed the trial intervention and 65.6% completed trial follow-up; 28.1% of patients enrolled died within 28 days of trial commencement.Conclusion More than 500 patients were referred for assessment of clinical trial participation perhaps reflecting clinician acceptance of palliative care clinical trials. A number of enrolled patients were involved in trials during their terminal phase, indicating a willingness of participants to be involved, despite poor prognosis.
    Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology 03/2015; 11(1). DOI:10.1111/ajco.12321
  • Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology 03/2015; 11(1):1-3. DOI:10.1111/ajco.12338