Associations of early Medicaid expansion with insurance status and stage at diagnosis among cancer patients receiving radiation therapy

ConclusionsFor radiotherapy recipients, early Medicaid expansion was associated with decreased percent uninsured, particularly among low education counties, and earlier stage diagnoses for screenable cancers. Thus, early Medicaid expansion may improve access to care and decrease disparities for radiotherapy recipients.
Source: Practical Radiation Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

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CONCLUSIONS: The first results of treatment with the Axxent eBT device are promising, as no recurrences have been observed and toxicity is very low. eBT is a good alternative for treating cervical cancer in centers without access to conventional HDR. PMID: 31183970 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics - Category: Physics Authors: Tags: J Appl Clin Med Phys Source Type: research
In conclusion, the spatial features of dose distribution extracted by the dosiomics method effectively improves the prediction ability. Introduction Radiation pneumonitis (RP) is one of the major toxicities of thoracic radiation therapy. The clinical symptoms range from fever, cough to pulmonary function failure, which may occur during the first 6 months after irradiation. Reducing the prescription dose could lower the risk of RP incidence, but also impairs tumor control. An accurate RP predictor (or prediction model) is desired to “safely” irradiate the tumor target without increasing the risk of RP in...
Source: Frontiers in Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
This study was supported by the Shanghai Sailing Program [grant number 17YF1425200, 2017]; Chinese National Natural Science Funding [grant number 81702249, 2017]; Science and Technology Commission of Shanghai Municipality [grant number 17511103403, 2017]; The funder has no role in the study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript. Conflict of Interest Statement The authors declare that the research was conducted in the absence of any commercial or financial relationships that could be construed as a potential conflict of interest. Acknowledgments We acknowledge the ex...
Source: Frontiers in Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
Discussion Suppressor of cytokine signaling 1 is an essential molecule for maintaining immune homeostasis and subverting inflammation. Disorders arising from excess inflammation or SOCS1 deficiency can be potentially treated with SOCS1 mimetics (Ahmed et al., 2015). While SOCS1 has promising potential in many disorders, it should be noted that new targets and actions of SOCS1 are still being discovered and not all the effects of this protein are beneficial in autoimmune diseases and cancer. For instance, SOCS1 degrades IRS1 and IRS2, required for insulin signaling, via the SOCS Box domain, thus, limiting its potential in ...
Source: Frontiers in Pharmacology - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research
Rinat Bar-Shalom1, Margalit Bergman2, Shlomo Grossman2, Naiel Azzam1, Lital Sharvit1 and Fuad Fares1* 1Department of Human Biology, Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel 2Faculty of Life Sciences, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the second most common cancer in females and the third in males worldwide. Conventional therapy of CRC is limited by severe side effects and by the development of resistance. Therefore, additional therapies are needed in order to combat the problem of selectivity and drug resistance in CRC patients. Inula viscosa (IV) is a well-...
Source: Frontiers in Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
Authors: Wali LM, Helal AM, Darwesh RM, Attar MA Abstract BACKGROUND: Cervical cancer radiotherapy is usually administrated through 3-Dimensional Conformal Radiation Therapy (3DCRT) followed by a brachytherapy (BT) boost. PURPOSE: To investigate whether Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT) can replace High Dose Rate (HDR) intracavitary BT boost for patients undergoing cervical cancer radiotherapy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Computed Tomography (CT) images for ten patients with tandem and ovoids were included in this study. Target volumes, rectum, bladder, sigmoid, small bowel and both femoral heads were deli...
Source: Journal of X-Ray Science and Technology - Category: Radiology Tags: J Xray Sci Technol Source Type: research
Yikan Cheng1†, Yan Ma1†, Jian Zheng1†, Hua Deng2†, Xueqin Wang3,4, Yewei Li3,4, Xiaolin Pang1, Haiyang Chen1, Fang He1, Lei Wang5*, Jianping Wang5* and Xiangbo Wan1* 1Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of Colorectal and Pelvic Floor Diseases, Department of Radiation Oncology, Guangdong Institute of Gastroenterology, The Sixth Affiliated Hospital, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China 2Department of Radiation Oncology, Banner-University Medical Center Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ, United States 3Department of Statistical Science, Southern China Center for Statistical Science, School of Mathe...
Source: Frontiers in Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
Conclusions: HGI in the VVS can be performed safely and can effectively reduce the bladder dose in BT for uterine cervical cancer patients. PMID: 30911303 [PubMed]
Source: Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy - Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: J Contemp Brachytherapy Source Type: research
This study proposed and evaluated different deformable image registration (DIR) methods for this application. Twenty patients who underwent EBRT and BT for LACC were retrospectively analyzed. Each patient had a pre-BT CT at EBRT boost (without applicator) and a CT and MRI at BT (with applicator). The evaluated DIR methods were the diffeomorphic Demons, commercial intensity and hybrid methods, and three different biomechanical models. The biomechanical models considered different boundary conditions. The impact of the BT devices insertion on the anatomy was quantified. DIR method performances were quantified using geom...
Source: Physics in Medicine and Biology - Category: Physics Authors: Tags: Phys Med Biol Source Type: research
Conclusions: Differences between UD and DIR were small (
Source: Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy - Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: J Contemp Brachytherapy Source Type: research
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