Eline H van Roekel

Eline H van Roekel
Maastricht University | UM · Department of Epidemiology

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Background: Fatigue is often reported by colorectal cancer survivors (CRC) and largely impacts their quality of life. Inflammation has been linked to fatigue mainly in breast cancer patients. Therefore, we investigated how inflammation is longitudinally associated with fatigue in CRC survivors, up to 2 years post-treatment. Methods: A total of 2...
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Background Folate-mediated one-carbon metabolism requires several nutrients, including vitamin B6. Circulating levels of biomarkers indicating high vitamin B6 status are associated with a reduced risk of colorectal cancer (CRC). However, little is known about the effect of B6 status in relation to clinical outcomes in CRC patients. Objectives We i...
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Fatigue is a distressing complaint with high detriment to quality of life that persists in one-third of colorectal cancer survivors after cancer treatment. Previous studies in mixed groups of cancer patients have suggested sleep quality is associated with fatigue. We aimed to investigate this association in colorectal cancer survivors up until two...
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Post-treatment adherence to the World Cancer Research Fund/American Institute for Cancer Research (WCRF/AICR) lifestyle recommendations were associated with health-related quality of life (HRQoL), fatigue, and chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) in colorectal cancer (CRC) survivors. In a prospective cohort among CRC survivors (n = 459...
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Background: The increasing colorectal cancer (CRC) survivor population highlights the need for dietary recommendations in order to enhance health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and alleviate symptoms of fatigue, chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) and gastro-intestinal problems. Objectives: Because of the therapeutic potential of...
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We undertook a systematic review and appraised the evidence for an effect of circulating sex steroid hormones and sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) on breast cancer risk in pre- and postmenopausal women. Systematic searches identified prospective studies relevant to this review. Meta-analyses estimated breast cancer risk for women with the highes...
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The effect of physical activity on breast cancer risk may be partly mediated by sex steroid hormones. This review synthesized and appraised the evidence for an effect of physical activity on sex steroid hormones. Systematic searches were performed using MEDLINE (Ovid), EMBASE (Ovid), and SPORTDiscus to identify experimental studies and prospective...
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Epidemiologic research suggests that physical activity is associated with a reduced risk of breast cancer, but the causal nature of this link is not clear. Investigating mechanistic pathways can provide evidence of biological plausibility and improve causal inference. This project will examine three putative pathways (sex steroid hormones, insulin...
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Purpose The aim of this study is to assess the societal burden of colorectal cancer (CRC) survivorship 2–10 years post-diagnosis in terms of (1) societal costs, and (2) quality of life/utilities, and to analyze associated patient characteristics. Methods This is a cross-sectional, bottom-up prevalence-based burden of disease study, conducted from...
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We investigated longitudinal associations of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) and light-intensity physical activity (LPA) with plasma concentrations of 138 metabolites after colorectal cancer (CRC) treatment. Self-reported physical activity data and blood samples were obtained at 6 weeks, and 6, 12 and 24 months post-treatment in stage...
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Dysregulation of tryptophan metabolism has been linked to colorectal tumorigenesis, however, epidemiological studies investigating tryptophan metabolites in relation to colorectal cancer risk are limited. We studied associations of plasma tryptophan, serotonin, and kynurenine with colon cancer risk in two studies with cancer patients and controls,...
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Colorectal cancer (CRC) survivors need evidence-based guidelines pertaining to post-treatment body composition, which could benefit health-related quality of life (HRQoL). We aimed to describe the course of several body composition measures, and to assess longitudinal associations of these measures with HRQoL, fatigue and chemotherapy-induced perip...
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Introduction: Given the growing population of colorectal cancer (CRC) survivors, identifying ways to enhance health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and alleviate complaints of fatigue and chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) is essential. Purpose: We aimed to assess longitudinal associations of sedentary behaviour (SB) and moderate-...
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Background The mechanisms underlying the obesity-cancer relationship are incompletely understood. This study aimed to characterise metabolic signatures of greater body size and to investigate their association with two obesity-related malignancies, endometrial and colorectal cancers, and with weight loss within the context of an intervention study....
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Background: B vitamins have been associated with the risk and progression of colorectal cancer (CRC), given their central roles in nucleotide synthesis and methylation, yet their association with quality of life in established CRC is unclear. Objectives: To investigate whether quality of life 6 months postdiagnosis is associated with: 1) circula...
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Background: Colorectal cancer (CRC) survivors need evidence-based guidelines pertaining to post-treatment body composition, which could benefit health-related quality of life (HRQoL). We aimed to describe the course of several body composition measures, and to assess longitudinal associations of these measures with HRQoL, fatigue and chemotherapy-i...
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PurposeEvidence from cross-sectional studies suggests that higher levels of light-intensity physical activity (LPA) are associated with better health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in colorectal cancer (CRC) survivors. However, these associations have not been investigated in longitudinal studies that provide the opportunity to analyse how within-...
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Demographic, lifestyle and biospecimen-related factors at the time of blood collection can influence metabolite levels in epidemiological studies. Identifying the major influences on metabolite concentrations is critical to designing appropriate sample collection protocols and considering covariate adjustment in metabolomics analyses. We examined t...
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Background: Vitamin D status may be an important determinant of health-related quality of life of colorectal cancer (CRC) survivors. The current study investigated longitudinal associations between serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 (25OHD3) concentrations and quality of life in stage I-III CRC survivors up to 2 years post-treatment. Methods: CRC patien...
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B-vitamins involved in one-carbon metabolism have been implicated in the development of inflammation- and angiogenesis-related chronic diseases, such as colorectal cancer. Yet, the role of one-carbon metabolism in inflammation and angiogenesis among colorectal cancer patients remains unclear. The objective of this study was to investigate associati...
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Vitamin D metabolites, including 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 (25(OH)D3), may inhibit colorectal cancer (CRC) progression. Here we investigated cross-sectional and longitudinal associations of demographic, lifestyle and clinical characteristics with 25(OH)D3 serum concentrations in CRC patients at diagnosis and six months later. In 1,201 newly-diagnosed st...
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Background: Food frequency questionnaires (FFQs) are a commonly used method to assess dietary intake in epidemiological studies. It is important to evaluate the validity of FFQs in the population of interest. Objective: To evaluate the validity of an FFQ for measuring dietary intake in survivors of colorectal cancer (CRC), relative to a 7-day di...
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Colorectal cancer is the second most common cause of cancer‐related death globally, with marked differences in prognosis by disease stage at diagnosis. We studied circulating metabolites in relation to disease stage to improve the understanding of metabolic pathways related to colorectal cancer progression. We investigated plasma concentrations of...
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The application of metabolomics technology to epidemiological studies is emerging as a new approach to elucidate disease etiology and for biomarker discovery. However, analysis of metabolomics data is complex and there is an urgent need for the standardization of analysis workflow and reporting of study findings. To inform the development of such g...
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Background The application of metabolomics to epidemiologic studies is increasing. Aim of Review Here, we describe the challenges and opportunities facing early-career epidemiologists aiming to apply metabolomics to their research. Key Scientific Concepts of Review Many challenges inherent to metabolomics may provide early-career epidemiologists...
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Background & aims: Supplement use among colorectal cancer (CRC) survivors is common, yet evidence supporting its beneficial health effects is mostly lacking and cancer-specific lifestyle guidelines advise against the use of supplements. We aimed to describe the use of supplements by CRC survivors from diagnosis to 2 years post-treatment and invest...
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Introduction: Physical activity may affect health via DNA methylation. The epigenetic influences of sedentary behaviours such as television viewing are unknown. We performed a genome-wide study of DNA methylation in peripheral blood in relation to physical activity and television viewing time. Methods: DNA methylation was measured using the Illu...
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Purpose of review: This review provides an up-to-date overview of the evidence relating to how physical inactivity ameliorates cancer-related fatigue. A summary of the postulated biological mechanisms underpinning the relationship is presented. Recent findings: Systematic reviews and meta-analyses synthesising the results of randomised controlle...
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Identifying the metabolites associated with alcohol consumption may provide insights into the metabolic pathways through which alcohol may affect human health. We studied associations of alcohol consumption with circulating concentrations of 123 metabolites among 2974 healthy participants from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and...
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The lifestyle recommendations of the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF)/American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) are primarily intended for cancer prevention. In the absence of specific recommendations for cancer survivors, we investigated adherence of colorectal cancer (CRC) survivors to the WCRF/AICR lifestyle recommendations and associations...
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The World Cancer Research Fund International and the University of Bristol have developed a novel framework for providing an overview of mechanistic pathways and conducting a systematic literature review of the biologically plausible mechanisms underlying exposure-cancer associations. Two teams independently applied the two-stage framework on mecha...
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Purpose: Increased visceral adiposity (visceral obesity) and muscle wasting (sarcopenia) at colorectal cancer (CRC) diagnosis, quantified by computed tomography (CT) image analysis, have been unfavorably associated with short-term clinical outcomes and survival, but associations with long-term health-related quality of life (HRQoL) have not been i...
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Sedentary behavior (sitting/lying at low energy expenditure while awake) is emerging as an important risk factor that may compromise the health-related quality of life (HRQoL) of colorectal cancer (CRC) survivors. We examined associations of sedentary time with HRQoL in CRC survivors, 2–10years post-diagnosis. In a cross-sectional study, stage I–II...
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Purpose Previous research indicates that sedentary behavior is unfavorably associated with health-related quality of life (HRQoL) of colorectal cancer (CRC) survivors. Using isotemporal substitution modeling, we studied how substituting sedentary behavior with standing or physical activity was associated with HRQoL in CRC survivors, 2–10 years post...
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Implications for practice: More and more people now survive a diagnosis of colorectal cancer. The quality of life of these cancer survivors is threatened by health problems persisting for years after diagnosis and treatment. Early identification of survivors at risk of experiencing low quality of life in the future is thus important for taking pre...
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Physical activity has been demonstrated to be a safe, feasible and efficacious intervention to improve quality of life in cancer survivors. For colorectal cancer survivors, specifically, the evidence is less clear. Whilst observational studies suggest that physical activity is positively associated with quality of life in this population, the findi...
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p>The population of colorectal cancer (CRC) survivors is growing and many survivors experience deteriorated health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in both early and late post-treatment phases. Identification of CRC survivors at risk for HRQoL deterioration can be improved by using prediction models. However, such models are currently not available...
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Emerging evidence suggests that light physical activity (LPA), besides moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA), may beneficially influence physical functioning of colorectal cancer survivors, but its relation with other health-related outcomes is unknown. We applied a biopsychosocial approach to investigate independent associations between se...
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Background: Well-designed studies on lifestyle and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in colorectal cancer survivors based on a bio-psychosocial instead of a traditional biomedical approach are warranted. We report on the applicability of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) as useful bio-psychosocial fra...
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Smoking is a strong risk factor of bladder cancer (BC), but it is currently unclear whether smoking is also associated with severity of BC at diagnosis. We performed a large hospital-based case-comparison study, examining the relation between smoking and clinical characteristics of BC at diagnosis. A total of 1,544 cases from participating hospital...
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Objectives: To compare patient and tumour characteristics at presentation from two large bladder cancer cohorts, with recruitment separated by 15-20 years To identify significant differences in the West Midlands' urothelial cancer of the bladder (UCB) population during this period. Patients and methods: Data were collected prospectively from 147...
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During the past few decades, the incidence of skin melanoma has increased greatly in the Netherlands. At the same time, the mortality from skin melanoma has increased, especially amongst older men. Because of the strong association between disease stage and prognosis, screening and an increase in awareness would appear to be good strategies for ear...