Yue-Ping Liu

Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, New York, United States

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    ABSTRACT: To evaluate the dosimetric superiority, efficacy, toxicity and quality of life (QOL) data of intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) in patients with primary gastric diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (PG-DLBCL).
    No preview · Article · Jan 2016 · International journal of radiation oncology, biology, physics
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose: To map the location of metastatic supraclavicular (SCV) lymph nodes (LNMs) in breast cancer patients with SCV node involvement and determine whether and where the radiation therapy clinical target volume (CTV) of this region could be modified in high-risk subsets. Methods and materials: Fifty-five patients with metastatic SCV LNMs were eligible for geographic mapping and atlas coverage analysis. All LNMs and their epicenters were registered proportionally by referencing the surrounding landmarks onto simulation computed tomography images of a standard patient. CTVs based on selected SCV atlases, including the one by the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) were contoured. A modified SCV CTV was tried and shown to have better involved-node coverage and thus theoretically improved prophylaxis in this setting. Results: A total of 50 (91%) and 45 (81.8%) patients had LNMs in the medial and lateral SCV subregions, respectively. Also, 36 patients (65.5%) had LNMs located at the junction of the jugular-subclavian veins. All nodes were covered in only 25.5% to 41.8% of patients by different atlases. The RTOG atlas covered all nodes in 25.5% of patients. Stratified by the nodes in all the patients as a whole, 49.2% to 81.3% were covered, and the RTOG atlas covered 62.6%. The lateral and posterior borders were the most overlooked locations. Modification by extending the borders to natural anatomic barriers allowed the new CTV to cover all the nodes in 81.8% of patients and encompass 96.1% of all the nodes. Conclusions: According to the distribution of SCV LNMs, the extent of existing atlases might not be adequate for potential metastatic sites in certain groups of patients. The extension of the lateral and posterior CTV borders in high-risk or recurrent patients might be a reasonable approach for increasing coverage. However, additional data in more homogeneous populations with localized disease are needed before routine application.
    No preview · Article · Sep 2015 · International journal of radiation oncology, biology, physics
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    ABSTRACT: Background: The aim of this study was to evaluate the survival outcomes and toxicity of postoperative chemoradiotherapy with capecitabine and concurrent intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) or three-dimensional conformal radiotherapy (3D-CRT) in patients with stage II and III rectal cancer. Patients: We recruited 184 patients with pathologically proven, stage II or III rectal cancer. Following total mesorectal excision (TME), the patients were treated with capecitabine and concurrent IMRT/3D-CRT. The treatment regimen consisted of two cycles of oral capecitabine (1600 mg/m2/day), administered twice daily from day 1-14 of radiotherapy, followed by a 7-day rest. The median pelvic dose was 50 Gy in 25 fractions. Oxaliplatin-based adjuvant chemotherapy was administered after the chemoradiotherapy. Results: The 5-year overall survival, disease-free survival and locoregional control (LRC) rates were 85.1%, 80% and 95.4%, respectively. Grade 3 and 4 toxicities were observed in 28.3% of patients during treatment. Grade 3 or 4 late toxicity, including neurotoxicity or gastrointestinal toxicity, was only observed in nine patients (4.9%). Conclusions: This study demonstrated that capecitabine chemotherapy with concurrent IMRT/3D-CRT following TME is safe, is well tolerated and achieves superior LRC and favorable survival rates, with acceptable toxicity.
    Preview · Article · Apr 2015 · PLoS ONE
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    ABSTRACT: The current study is the first to examine the effectiveness and toxicity of postoperative intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) in the treatment of intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (ICC) abutting the vasculature. Specifically, we aim to assess the role of IMRT in patients with ICC undergoing null-margin (no real resection margin) resection. Thirty-eight patients with ICC adherent to major blood vessels were included in this retrospective study. Null-margin resection was performed on all patients; 14 patients were further treated with IMRT. The median radiation dose delivered was 56.8 Gy (range, 50-60 Gy). The primary endpoints were overall survival (OS) and disease-free survival (DFS). At a median follow-up of 24.6 months, the median OS and DFS of all patients (n=38) were 17.7 months (95% CI, 13.2-22.2) and 9.9 months (95% CI, 2.8-17.0), respectively. Median OS was 21.8 months (95% CI, 15.5-28.1) among the 14 patients in the postoperative IMRT group and 15.0 months (95% CI, 9.2-20.9) among the 24 patients in the surgery-only group (P=0.049). Median DFS was 12.5 months (95% CI, 6.8-18.2) in the postoperative IMRT group and 5.5 months (95% CI, 0.7-12.3) in the surgery-only group (P=0.081). IMRT was well-tolerated. Acute toxicity included one case of Grade 3 leukopenia; late toxicity included one case of asymptomatic duodenal ulcer discovered through endoscopy. The study results suggest that postoperative IMRT is a safe and effective treatment option following null-margin resections of ICC. Larger prospective and randomized trials are necessary to establish postoperative IMRT as a standard practice for the treatment of ICC adherent to major hepatic vessels.
    No preview · Article · Apr 2015 · Journal of gastrointestinal oncology
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    ABSTRACT: Objectives We sought to evaluate the efficacy and safety of a hypofractionated intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) regimen for pelvic-confined prostate cancer in prostate-specific antigen (PSA)-unscreened Chinese patients. Methods We prospectively enrolled 140 prostate cancer patients (T1-4N0-1M0) on a phase II protocol who were then treated with hypofractionated IMRT (2.7 Gy × 25 fractions; total 67.5 Gy). High-risk patients (≥30 % probability of pelvic nodal involvement, 55 patients) and patients with pelvic nodal enlargement (25 patients) also received 50 Gy in 25 fractions to the pelvic lymph nodes. Outcomes and toxicity data were analyzed for all patients at a median follow-up of 35 months. Results The 3-year overall survival and biochemical recurrence-free survival (bRFS) rates were 94.6 and 89.1 %, respectively. The bRFS at 3 years was 100 % for low/intermediate-risk patients, 89.6 % for high-risk patients, 82.5 % for very high risk patients, and 73.5 % for those with N1 disease. Cumulative grade ≥2 Radiation Therapy Oncology Group late gastrointestinal (GI) and genitourinary (GU) toxicity at 3 years was 26.4 and 18.6 %, respectively. There were four grade 3 GI and seven grade 3 GU events and one grade 4 GI and one grade 4 GU event. At the last follow-up, 8.5 and 9.3 % of patients had late grade ≥2 GI and GU toxicity, respectively, and 1.4 and 2.9 % patients had late grade ≥3 GI and GU toxicity, respectively. Conclusion Moderately hypofractionated IMRT for prostate cancer is efficacious and well-tolerated in this predominantly high-risk, locally advanced, or N1 Chinese patients and is associated with low rates of severe late toxicity during early follow-up.
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    ABSTRACT: Aims: The use of radiotherapy to treat early stage breast cancer following breast-conserving surgery has markedly increased. The study aimed to evaluate the clinical practice of radiotherapy in China. Materials and methods: A survey concerning the characteristics of breast-conserving radiotherapy for early stage breast cancer was distributed to all radiotherapy departments in mainland China in 2009. The results were analyzed. Results: Three hundred and ninety-six departments replied (41.6%), and 328 (34.4%) launched breast-conserving radiotherapy. Adjuvant chemotherapy followed by radiotherapy was the most common combination and was performed in 55.2% of the responding centers. The median time from surgery to radiotherapy was 9 weeks. Three hundred and nineteen (97.3%) centers treated the whole breast, 273 (83.2%) the supraclavicular area, 138 (43.3%) the axilla, and 85 (26.8%) the internal mammary region; 97.5% (310/319) of all centers performed irradiation of the whole breast in all candidates. One hundred and fourteen (41.8%) treated the supraclavicular area, and 37 (26.8%) treated the axilla in 1-3 positive lymph nodes. Eighty-six (31.5%) and 40 (29.0%) performed the corresponding irradiation in N 2-3 patients. Fifty-six (72.9%) treated the internal mammary region for tumors of the center or inner quadrant. The conformal technique was used in 51.8% of the centers. Conclusions: Although a consensus has been reached, debate still exists about the target of postoperative radiotherapy in early stage breast cancer.
    No preview · Article · Sep 2014
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose To investigate, in a large cohort of patients, the immunophenotypic and clinical differences of nasal and extranasal extranodal nasal-type natural killer/T-cell lymphoma of the upper aerodigestive tract (UADT-NKTCL) and examine the relevance of the immunophenotype on the clinical behavior, prognosis, and treatment. Methods and Materials A total of 231 patients with UADT-NKTCL were recruited. One hundred eighty-one patients had primary location in the nasal cavity (nasal UADT-NKTCL), and 50 patients had primary extranasal UADT-NKTCL. Results Patients with extranasal UADT-NKTCL had more adverse clinical features, including advanced-stage disease, regional lymph node involvement, B symptoms, and poor performance status, than patients with nasal UADT-NKTCL. In addition, CD56 and granzyme B were less frequently expressed in extranasal UADT-NKTCL. The 5-year overall survival rate was 74.1% for the entire group and 76.0% for early-stage disease. The 5-year overall survival rate for extranasal UADT-NKTCL was similar or superior to that of nasal UADT-NKTCL for all disease stages (76.9% vs 73.4%, P=.465), stage I disease (75.9% vs 79.2%, P=.786), and stage II disease (83.3% vs 50.3%, P=.018). CD56 expression and a Ki-67 proliferation rate ≥50% predicted poorer survival for extranasal UADT-NKTCL but not for nasal UADT-NKTCL. Conclusions Patients with nasal and extranasal UADT-NKTCL have significantly different clinical features, immunophenotypes, and prognosis. Extranasal UADT-NKTCL should be considered as a distinct subgroup apart from the most commonly diagnosed prototype of nasal UADT-NKTCL.
    No preview · Article · Mar 2014 · International journal of radiation oncology, biology, physics
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    ABSTRACT: To determine the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) and dose-limiting toxicity (DLT) of capecitabine combined with postoperative radiotherapy for gastric cancer. We enrolled patients with any T stage and node-positive gastroesophageal or gastric adenocarcinoma after complete resection with negative margins (R0) or microscopic (R1) or macroscopic (R2) resection. Intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) using a five-to-seven-field, coplanar, sliding window technique was delivered to the tumor bed (T4b), anastomosis site, duodenal stump and regional lymph nodes (LNs) to a total dose of 45 Gy (1.8 Gy/fraction, 5 d/wk). Patients with R1 or R2 resection received 10.8 Gy as a boost. Capecitabine was administered twice daily on every radiotherapy treatment day in a dose-escalation schedule (mg/m(2)) of 625 (level I, n = 6), 700 (level II, n = 6), 800 (level III, n = 6), 900 (level IV, n = 0) and 1000 (level V, n = 0). DLT was defined as grade 4 leukopenia or neutropenia, grade 3-4 thrombocytopenia or anemia and grade 3-4 non-hematological toxicity. Between October 2007 and August 2009, 18 patients (12 men, 6 women; median age, 54 years) were enrolled in the study. The median number of positive LNs was 6, and total number of resected LNs was 19. Twelve patients underwent R0 resection (66.7%). Fifteen patients received adjuvant chemotherapy under the leucovorin, fluorouracil and oxaliplatin (FOLFOX4) regimen. Six patients each were enrolled at dose levels I, II and III. Grade 1-3 leukopenia (16 patients, 88.9%), anorexia (15, 83.3%) and nausea (15, 83.3%) were the most common toxicities. Grade 3 anorexia/nausea and grade 4 vomiting occurred in one level-I patient. Grade 3 anorexia and nausea occurred in one level-II patient. One level-III patient developed grade 4 neutropenia, while another developed grade 3 radiation esophagitis. No abnormal liver or renal function examinations were observed. Three patients did not finish chemoradiotherapy because of DLTs and two without DLTs received sequential boosts (total dose, 55.8 Gy). The MTD of capecitabine was 800 mg/m(2) twice daily concurrent with IMRT for gastric cancer after surgery. The DLTs were anorexia/nausea, vomiting, neutropenia and radiation esophagitis.
    No preview · Article · Jan 2014 · World Journal of Gastroenterology
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    ABSTRACT: To assess the dosimetric benefit, treatment outcome, and toxicity of high-dose and extended-field intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) in patients with early-stage NK/T-cell lymphoma of Waldeyer's ring (WR-NKTCL). Thirty patients with early-stage WR-NKTCL who received extended-field IMRT were retrospectively reviewed. The prescribed dose was 50 Gy to the primary involved regions and positive cervical lymph nodes (planning target volume requiring radical irradiation [PTV50]) and 40 Gy to the negative cervical nodes (PTV40). Dosimetric parameters for the target volume and critical normal structures were evaluated. Locoregional control (LRC), overall survival (OS), and progression-free survival (PFS) were calculated using the Kaplan-Meier method. The median mean doses to the PTV50 and PTV40 were 53.2 Gy and 43.0 Gy, respectively. Only 1.4% of the PTV50 and 0.9% of the PTV40 received less than 95% of the prescribed dose, indicating excellent target coverage. The average mean doses to the left and right parotid glands were 27.7 and 28.4 Gy, respectively. The 2-year OS, PFS, and LRC rates were 71.2%, 57.4%, and 87.8%. Most acute toxicities were grade 1 to 2, except for grade ≥3 dysphagia and mucositis. The most common late toxicity was grade 1-2 xerostomia, and no patient developed any ≥grade 3 late toxicities. A correlation between the mean dose to the parotid glands and the degree of late xerostomia was observed. IMRT achieves excellent target coverage and dose conformity, as well as favorable survival and locoregional control rates with acceptable toxicities in patients with WR-NKTCL.
    No preview · Article · Oct 2013 · International journal of radiation oncology, biology, physics
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to analyze outcomes in adult patients with early stage systemic anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) treated with doxorubicin-based chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Forty-six adult patients with early stage systemic ALCL received chemotherapy followed by radiotherapy. All patients except two received chemotherapy with CHOP (cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine and prednisone) or a CHOP-like regimen. Twenty patients had stage I disease and 26 patients had stage II disease. The 5-year overall survival (OS), progression-free survival (PFS) and local control rates for all patients were 84.4%, 63.6%, and 90.8%, respectively. The 5-year OS and PFS rates were 95.0% and 77.4% for Ann Arbor stage I disease, and 75.1% and 51.7% for stage II disease, respectively. Lymph node involvement was the main pattern of disease progression or relapse for these patients. Adult patients with early stage systemic ALCL treated with doxorubicin-based chemotherapy and radiotherapy had a favorable prognosis. © 2013 John Wiley & Sons A/S.
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose: The value of intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) after doxorubicin-based chemotherapy in primary mediastinal large B-cell lymphoma (PMBCL) is unknown. We assessed the dosimetric parameters, treatment outcomes, and toxicity of IMRT in PMBCL. Methods and materials: Forty-one PMBCL patients underwent mediastinal IMRT after doxorubicin-based chemotherapy. Thirty-eight patients had stage I-II disease, and 3 patients had stage III-IV disease. Most patients presented with bulky mediastinal disease (65.9%) and local invasion (82.9%). The dose-volume histograms of the target volume and critical normal structures were evaluated. Results: The average planning target volume (PTV) mean dose was 39 Gy. Only 0.5% and 1.4% of the PTV received <90% and <95% of the prescribed dose, respectively, indicating excellent target coverage. The median mean lung dose and percentage lung volume receiving 20 Gy (V20) were 16.3 Gy and 30.6%. The 5-year overall survival (OS) and local control (LC) were 95.1% and 89.8%. After chemotherapy, consolidation radiation therapy in patients with complete/partial response resulted in significantly better survival than salvage radiation therapy in patients with stable/progressive disease (3-year OS 100% vs 75%; 3-year LC 96.6% vs 62.5%). No grade 4 or 5 acute or late toxicities occurred. Conclusions: Mediastinal IMRT after doxorubicin-based chemotherapy can be safely and efficiently delivered, and it provides favorable outcomes in PMBCL patients with a large target volume and high-risk features.
    No preview · Article · Dec 2012 · International journal of radiation oncology, biology, physics
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract The aim of this study was to evaluate the prognostic importance of rituximab and radiotherapy in patients with primary mediastinal large B-cell lymphoma (PMBCL) receiving doxorubicin-containing chemotherapy. Seventy-nine patients with PMBCL received CHOP chemotherapy with (n = 39) or without rituximab (n = 40), and 60 patients received additional radiotherapy. Patients treated with R-CHOP had significantly superior survival rates. The 5-year overall survival (OS) and progression-free (PFS) rates were 83.7% and 76.7% for R-CHOP, compared with 48.3% (P=0.011) and 44.2% (P=0.012) for CHOP, respectively. Similarly, the 5-year OS and PFS rates for early stage patients were 93.8% and 84.6% with R-CHOP, and 52.0% (P=0.002) and 46.6% (P=0.003) with CHOP, respectively. Patients treated with chemotherapy and radiotherapy had better survival and local control (LC) rates compared with chemotherapy alone. The 5-year OS, PFS and LC rates for early stage patients were 73.6%, 69.9% and 92.6% for chemotherapy and radiotherapy, and 50.8% (P = 0.076), 36.9% (P = 0.008) and 56.4% (P<0.001) for chemotherapy alone, respectively. Early stage patients treated with R-CHOP and radiotherapy had 5-year OS, PFS and LC rates of 96.4%, 85.9% and 93.1%. R-CHOP plus consolidation radiotherapy was associated with excellent survival and LC rates.
    No preview · Article · Nov 2012 · Leukemia & lymphoma
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    ABSTRACT: The purposes of this study are to evaluate prognosis in patients with locoregionally recurrent extranodal nasal-type NK/T cell lymphoma (NKTCL) and to determine the value of salvage radiotherapy. Forty-two patients with NKTCL who developed first locoregional recurrence with (n = 13) or without (n = 29) systemic failure were reviewed. Retreatment included chemotherapy (n = 20), radiotherapy (n = 13), and radiotherapy plus chemotherapy (n = 9). Fifteen patients were reirradiated for localized recurrent disease. The 5-year overall survival (OS) rate after recurrence was 40 %, with a median survival of 26 months. The 2-year OS rate and median OS were 68 % and 36 months for locoregional recurrence only, compared with 31 % and 14 months for both locoregional and systemic recurrence, respectively (p = 0.034). Subgroup analysis for patients with localized recurrent disease revealed an improved OS with radiotherapy. The 2-year and 5-year OS rates were 77 and 69 % for radiotherapy, respectively, compared with a 2-year OS rate of 50 % and median OS of 16 months for chemotherapy alone (p = 0.006). Patients with localized recurrence had a better prognosis than those with systemic recurrence. Salvage radiotherapy or reirradiation resulted in a favorable prognosis for patients with localized recurrent disease.
    No preview · Article · Oct 2012 · Annals of Hematology
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose: Early stage peripheral T-cell lymphoma, not otherwise specified (PTCL-NOS) is rare. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the outcome of treatment as well as the potential role of radiation therapy in PTCL-NOS. Methods and materials: Thirty-five patients with early stage PTCL-NOS were included. There were 13 patients with stage I disease and 22 with stage II. All patients except 1 received doxorubicin-based chemotherapy alone (n=13) or a combination of chemotherapy and radiation therapy (CMT) (n=21). Results: The 3-year overall survival (OS) and progression-free survival (PFS) rates for the entire group were 41.3% and 25.7%, respectively. The addition of radiation therapy to chemotherapy significantly improved OS and PFS in early stage PTCL-NOS. The 3-year OS and PFS rates were 49.7% and 33.3% for CMT, compared with 23.1% (P=.042) and 15.4% (P=.035) for chemotherapy alone, respectively. The prognosis for patients who achieved a complete response (CR) was significantly better than that observed in those who did not achieve a CR. Conclusions: Despite the aggressive clinical course of early stage PTCL-NOS, additional radiation therapy has a significant impact on outcome. The integration of local radiation therapy into more effective systemic therapies may further improve survival.
    No preview · Article · Sep 2012 · International journal of radiation oncology, biology, physics
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    ABSTRACT: Objectives: This study aimed to compare the clinical characteristics and prognosis of Waldeyer ring extranodal nasal-type natural killer (NK)/T-cell lymphoma (WR-NKTCL) and Waldeyer ring diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (WR-DLBCL). Methods: Consecutive diagnoses of 122 WR-DLBCL and 44 WR-NKTCL patients, receiving mainly primary radiotherapy in early-stage WR-NKTCL and primary chemotherapy in early-stage WR-DLBCL, were reviewed. Results: WR-NKTCL occurred predominately in young males, as nasopharyngeal stage I disease with B-symptoms, extranodal dissemination, and involving adjacent structures. WR-DLBCL was mainly stage II tonsillar disease with regional lymph node involvement. The 5-year overall survival (OS) and progression-free survival (PFS) rates were 74% and 67% in WR-DLBCL, respectively, and 68% (P=0.468) and 59% (P=0.303) in WR-NKTCL. In stages I and II disease, WR-DLBCL 5-year OS and PFS were 79% and 76% compared with 72% (P=0.273) and 62% (P=0.117) in WR-NKTCL. In stage I disease, WR-DLBCL 5-year OS and PFS were 81% and 81%, compared with 76% (P=0.394) and 63% (P=0.236) in WR-NKTCL. In addition, the prognostic factors and failure patterns in WR-DLBCL and WR-NKTCL differed substantially. Conclusions: These results indicate that remarkable clinical disparities exist between WR-DLBCL and WR-NKTCL; however, different treatment strategies for each can result in similarly favorable prognoses.
    No preview · Article · Sep 2012 · American journal of clinical oncology
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    ABSTRACT: The clinical value of plasma Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) DNA has not been evaluated in patients with early-stage extranodal nasal-type NK/T-cell lymphoma (NKTCL) receiving primary radiotherapy. Fifty-eight patients with stage I disease and 11 with stage II disease were recruited. High pretreatment EBV-DNA concentrations were associated with B-symptoms, elevated lactate dehydrogenase levels, and a high International Prognostic Index score. EBV-DNA levels significantly decreased after treatment. The 3-year overall survival (OS) rate was 82.6% for all patients. Stage I or II patients with a pretreatment EBV-DNA level of ≤ 500 copies/mL had 3-year OS and progression-free survival (PFS) rates of 97.1% and 79.0%, respectively, compared with 66.3% (P = .002) and 52.2% (P = .045) in patients with EBV-DNA levels of > 500 copies/mL. The 3-year OS and PFS rates for patients with undetectable EBV-DNA after treatment was significantly higher than patients with detectable EBV-DNA (OS, 92.0% vs 69.8%, P = .031; PFS, 77.5% vs 50.7%, P = .028). Similar results were observed in stage I patients. EBV-DNA levels correlate with tumor load and a poorer prognosis in early-stage NKTCL. The circulating EBV-DNA level could serve both as a valuable biomarker of tumor load for the accurate classification of early-stage NKTCL and as a prognostic factor.
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    ABSTRACT: This study aimed to evaluate the outcome of patients who had received postmastectomy chest wall radiotherapy using a single electron beam, and to identify the relevant factors that influenced prognosis. The medical records of patients with breast cancer treated with postmastectomy radiotherapy from January 2000 to December 2004 were retrospectively analyzed (n = 328). Two hundred seventy-one (82.6%) patients were staged as (tumor-nodes-metastasis [TNM]) T3-4, any N, M0; or T1-2, N2-3, M0, and 57 (17.4%) patients were staged as T1-2, N1, M0. All patients received chest wall radiation with a 6-10 MeV electron beam. In addition, 327 patients (99.7%) received supraclavicular node radiation, 67 (20.4%) axillary radiation, and 35 (10.7%) internal mammary chain (IMC) radiation. Chemotherapy with anthracycline and taxane was given to 323 patients (98.5%). Of patients with positive hormone receptor, 183 (82.8%) received hormone therapy and 8 patients with negative and 3 patients with unknown hormone receptor received hormone therapy. Locoregional recurrence (LRR), distant metastasis (DM), and overall survival (OS) were calculated using the Kaplan-Meier method, and the differences assessed by log-rank test. The median follow-up time was 78 months (range, 5-123 months) for patients who remained alive. The 5-year LRR, DM, disease-free survival and OS rates were 5.9%, 26.2%, 72.5%, and 83.1%, respectively. LRR occurred in 1 or more sites in 21 patients. The 5-year recurrence rates in the chest wall, supraclavicular node, axilla, and internal mammary chain were 1.9%, 2.3%, 2.9%, and 0%, respectively. In multivariate analysis, hormone therapy was the only independent favorable prognostic factor for LRR (P = .017). LRR was significantly associated with DM and OS. The 5-year DM rate was 82.9% and 22.7% (P < .0001) and the 5-year OS rate was 52.8% and 84.7% (P < .0001) for patients with or without LRR. The treatment-related toxicity was low, with the incidence of symptomatic pneumonitis being 0.3%. Breast cancer patients can be treated with postmastectomy single electron beam radiotherapy with excellent local control and low toxicity.
    No preview · Article · Apr 2012 · Practical Radiation Oncology
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    ABSTRACT: To evaluate the dosimetric and clinical outcomes of involved-field intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IF-IMRT) for patients with early-stage Hodgkin's lymphoma (HL) with mediastinal involvement. Fifty-two patients with early-stage HL that involved the mediastinum were reviewed. Eight patients had Stage I disease, and 44 patients had Stage II disease. Twenty-three patients (44%) presented with a bulky mediastinum, whereas 42 patients (81%) had involvement of both the mediastinum and either cervical or axillary nodes. All patients received combination chemotherapy followed by IF-IMRT. The prescribed radiation dose was 30-40 Gy. The dose-volume histograms of the target volume and critical normal structures were evaluated. The median mean dose to the primary involved regions (planning target volume, PTV1) and boost area (PTV2) was 37.5 Gy and 42.1 Gy, respectively. Only 0.4% and 1.3% of the PTV1 and 0.1% and 0.5% of the PTV2 received less than 90% and 95% of the prescribed dose, indicating excellent PTV coverage. The median mean lung dose and V20 to the lungs were 13.8 Gy and 25.9%, respectively. The 3-year overall survival, local control, and progression-free survival rates were 100%, 97.9%, and 96%, respectively. No Grade 4 or 5 acute or late toxicities were reported. Despite the large target volume, IF-IMRT gave excellent dose coverage and a favorable prognosis, with mild toxicity in patients with early-stage mediastinal HL.
    No preview · Article · Mar 2012 · International journal of radiation oncology, biology, physics
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    ABSTRACT: Nasal diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) is rare. The objective of this study was to evaluate the clinical features and treatment outcomes of patients with nasal DLBCL. Twenty-five patients were included in the study. All patients received combination chemotherapy with or without radiotherapy. Patients with nasal DLBCL usually were older and were predominantly men with early stage disease, low frequency of B symptoms and elevated lactate dehydrogenase (LDH), good performance status, and a low-risk international prognostic index (IPI) score. The overall response rate after initial treatment was 76%, the 3-year overall survival (OS) rate for the whole group was 44%, and the median OS was 35 months. Performance status and IPI were significant prognostic factors for OS. For patients with IPI scores of 0 or 1, the 3-year OS rate was 54%, and the median OS was 52 months compared with 17% and 11 months, respectively, for patients with IPI scores of 2 or 3 (P = .033). The prognosis for patients who achieved a complete response (CR) was significantly better than that for patients who did not achieve a CR. Extranodal spread was the primary pattern of failure. The current results indicated that primary nasal DLBCL appears to have distinct clinical features; its poor outcome and propensity for extranodal failure illustrate the need for innovative therapies.
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    ABSTRACT: This study determined the clinical characteristics and prognosis for patients with extranodal nasal-type natural killer/T-cell lymphoma (NKTCL) with secondary cutaneous involvement. Twenty-eight patients with NKTCL of the upper aerodigestive tract with secondary cutaneous involvement were reviewed. The median overall survival (OS) was 21.5 months from the first diagnosis, and 12.3 months from the presentation of a cutaneous lesion. The 5-year OS rate was 43.1% (median, 28 months) for patients with localized cutaneous disease compared with 0% (median, 3.6 months) for generalized cutaneous disease (p = 0.017). The 2-year OS rates were 67.5% for patients who achieved a complete response (CR) compared with 19.4% (median, 5.2 months) for patients who did not (p = 0.003). Patients with NKTCL with secondary cutaneous dissemination overall have a poor prognosis, but a relatively favorable prognosis was identified for the small subgroup of patients who had localized cutaneous lesions and achieved a CR.
    No preview · Article · Dec 2011 · Leukemia & lymphoma

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  • 2015
    • Weill Cornell Medical College
      New York, New York, United States
  • 2008-2015
    • Peking Union Medical College Hospital
      Peping, Beijing, China
  • 2005-2014
    • Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences
      Peping, Beijing, China
  • 2011
    • Fuda Cancer Hospital
      Shengcheng, Guangdong, China
  • 2010
    • Chongqing Cancer Hospital and Institute
      Ch’ung-ch’ing-shih, Chongqing Shi, China