WellCare president in Kentucky after cancer: 'It's real hard to depress me'

A chest muscle injury was what originally sent Bill Jones to his doctor's office. What the doctor found in what was supposed to be a routine CT scan would alter the path of his career. "They said it was a stage-one tumor … and that I was the luckiest man in the man in the world," Jones said. Doctors removed a roughly 1-inch cancerous tumor from his kidney. Jones said he was lucky because the doctors had found the cancer early. In August, he will celebrate 10 years of being can cer-free. Now, Jones…
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Jalil Ur Rehman, Muhammad Isa, Nisar Ahmad, Gulfam Nasar, H M. Noor Ul Huda Khan Asghar, Zaheer Abbas Gilani, James C. L. Chow, Muhammad Afzal, Geoffrey S IbbottJournal of Medical Physics 2018 43(2):129-135This analysis estimated secondary cancer risks after volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) and compared those risks to the risks associated with other modalities of head-and-neck (H&N) radiotherapy. Images of H&N anthropomorphic phantom were acquired with a computed tomography scanner and exported via digital imaging and communications in medicine (DICOM) standards to a treatment planning system. Treatment plan...
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Conclusion 18F-FDG PET/CT showed higher diagnostic accuracy in predicting LN metastasis than CECT in patients with resectable pancreatic cancer. Only the LN/tumor SUV ratio of 18F-FDG PET/CT was an independent prognostic variable in both DFS and OS.
Source: Nuclear Medicine Communications - Category: Nuclear Medicine Tags: Original Articles Source Type: research
Conclusion: Radiation attenuation was associated with overall and grade 3 –5 postoperative morbidity after neoadjuvant chemoradiation and non-laparoscopic resection for rectal cancer. Sarcopenic obesity was associated with overall complications.Dig Surg
Source: Digestive Surgery - Category: Surgery Source Type: research
Conclusions Hepatocellular carcinoma with high vascularization in metabolic active areas as assessed by combined FEC PET/CT and Tc-MAA SPECT/CT represents an unfavorable subgroup with reduced overall survival after radioembolization.
Source: Clinical Nuclear Medicine - Category: Nuclear Medicine Tags: Original Articles Source Type: research
Selective internal radiation therapy using 90Y spheres is a treatment option for patients with primary or secondary liver cancer. To avoid complications, screening using 99mTc macroaggregated albumin is performed to identify lung shunting and extrahepatic depositions. For the latter, deposition after the anterior abdominal wall is frequently attributed to a patent falciform artery, although the vessel itself is rarely visible on SPECT/CT scans. We demonstrate that retrospective SPECT/MRI fusion clearly attributes the nuclide accumulation to a patent falciform artery. During selective internal radiation therapy, ice packs w...
Source: Clinical Nuclear Medicine - Category: Nuclear Medicine Tags: Interesting Images Source Type: research
We report on an incidental detection of a meningioma on [18F]-2′-fluoro-5-methyl-1-beta-D-arabinofuranosyluracil (18F-FMAU) PET/CT scan that was performed during a prospective investigation of 18F-FMAU PET/CT for targeted biopsy of potential sites of tumor in men with suspected prostate cancer based on elevated prostate-specific antigen level. Neither prostate multiparamteric MRI nor 18F-FMAU PET/CT localized small volume Gleason 3 + 3 tumor deposits. However, an incidental focal high accumulation of 18F-FMAU was observed in high right parietal lobe that displayed characteristics of a meningioma on a subsequent brain MRI.
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We report a new case of this disease. A 35-year-old man, presented with flank pain, episodic gross hematuria and a painless palpable mass in left abdominal quadrant. Computed tomography scan identified a left renal tumor with 20 cm, with no evidence of regional or metastatic spread disease. The patient underwent radical nephrectomy. The immunohistopathological diagnosis was mesenchymal chondrosarcoma of the kidney. At 18 months of follow-up, there was no evidence of recurrence or distant metastasis. Primary renal chondrosarcoma is so rare that its prognosis is unknown. Disease recurrence is unpredictable and when it is det...
Source: Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Source Type: research
This study included 74 CRC patients who had undergone preoperative [18F]FDG PET/CT. A total of 65 PET/CT-related features including intensity, volume-based, histogram, and textural features were calculated. High-resolution melting methods were used for genetic mutation analysis.ResultsGenetic mutants were found in 21KRAS tumors (28  %), 31TP53 tumors (42  %), and 17APC tumors (23  %). Tumors with a mutatedKRAS had an increased value at the 25th percentile of maximal standardized uptake value (SUVmax) within their metabolic tumor volume (MTV) (P 
Source: Molecular Imaging and Biology - Category: Molecular Biology Source Type: research
Conclusions: Using lower milli Amperes and higher kilo voltage peak as well as minimizing scan area and number of slices should be considered for more reduction in patients' dose.
Source: Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Source Type: research
Conclusion: Findings of the present study showed that if the density and homogeneity of the low-density polymer gel dosimeters are equal to those of the normal lung tissue, it may be used to measure the three dimensional dose distributions in lung tissue during radiation therapy.
Source: Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Source Type: research
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