Changing Cancer Care, So Patients No Longer Feel Like a Number

“Having cancer is terrifying. It’s scary. And going to the hospital—I really felt like a number,” says Marc Hulett, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2004. Hulett had surgery to remove his prostate and has been on hormone therapy for 17 years. Every three months, he gets a blood test to monitor his progress, but he no longer feels like a number. He drives from his home in Palm Springs, Calif., to Los Angeles—which can take up to six hours—to see his oncologist, Dr. David Agus, at the Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine. As the name suggests, the Institute isn’t just another cancer clinic. Agus founded it with a grand vision for changing the way cancer patients get their care, in the hopes of evolving away from decades-old notions about the kinds of treatments cancer patients get, and how it’s delivered. [time-brightcove not-tgx=”true”] The experience starts, says Hulett, as patients walk in the door. The Institute boasts innovative art installations, from a Picasso to Koons sculptures, plus a zen garden and several outdoor spaces that replace the sterile white-walled waiting rooms in most hospitals. An active research lab serves as the core of the facility, located physically at the heart of the building and encased in glass windows so patients going to their appointments can see researchers working on what might be the next new cancer therapy for them. Patients are encouraged to treat the researche...
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Key Points• It is mandatory to evaluate the image quality of a prostate MRI scan, and to mention this quality in the report.• PI-QUAL v1 is an essential starting tool to standardize the evaluation of the quality of prostate MR-images as objectively as possible.• PI-QUAL will step by step develop into a reliable quality assessment tool to ensure that the first step of the MRI pathway is as accurate as possible.
Source: European Radiology - Category: Radiology Source Type: research
ConclusionThe DCE-MRI radiomics model, especially image features extracted from the delayed phases, can help improve the performance in predicting TILs. The radiomics nomogram is effective in predicting TILs in breast cancer.Key Points•Radiomics features extracted from DCE-MRI, especially delayed phase images, help predict TIL levels in breast cancer.•We developed a nomogram based on MRI to predict TILs in breast cancer that achieved the highest AUC of 0.950.
Source: European Radiology - Category: Radiology Source Type: research
ConclusionCTPA was the primary modality for confirming PE in all trimesters of pregnancy, although its proportional use was higher in later stages of pregnancy.Key Points•Computed tomography pulmonary angiography (CTPA) was the primary modality of diagnosis in all trimesters of pregnancy among patients with confirmed pulmonary embolism, even in the first trimester.•From the first trimester of pregnancy to postpartum period, there was a linear increase in the proportion of patients with pulmonary embolism who were diagnosed based on CTPA.•In the postpartum period, use of CTPA as the modality to confirm pulmon...
Source: European Radiology - Category: Radiology Source Type: research
ConclusionWe observed strong reproducibility in the assessment of PI-QUAL between two radiologists with high expertise in prostate mpMRI. At present, PI-QUAL offers clinicians the only available tool for evaluating and reporting the quality of prostate mpMRI in a systematic manner but further refinements of this scoring system are warranted.Key Points•Inter-reader agreement for each single Prostate Imaging Quality (PI-QUAL) score (i.e., PI-QUAL 1 to PI-QUAL 5) was strong, with weighted kappa = 0.85 (95% confidence intervals: 0.51 – 1) and percent agreement = 84%.• Interobserver  agreement was strong wh...
Source: European Radiology - Category: Radiology Source Type: research
This study was designed to compare the detection of subtle lesions (calcification clusters or masses) when using the combination of digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) and synthetic mammography (SM) with digital mammography (DM) alone or combined with DBT.MethodsA set of 166 cases without cancer was acquired on a DBT mammography system. Realistic subtle calcification clusters and masses in the DM images and DBT planes were digitally inserted into 104 of the acquired cases. Three study arms were created: DM alone, DM with DBT and SM with DBT. Five mammographic readers located the centre of any lesion within the images that s...
Source: European Radiology - Category: Radiology Source Type: research
AbstractObjectivesTo evaluate the correlation between liver enhancement on hepatobiliary phase and liver function parameters in a multicenter, multivendor study.MethodsA total of 359 patients who underwent gadoxetic acid –enhanced MRI using a standardized protocol with various scanners within a prospective multicenter phase II trial (SORAMIC) were evaluated. The correlation between liver enhancement on hepatobiliary phase normalized to the spleen (liver-to-spleen ratio, LSR) and biochemical laboratory parameters, clinical findings related to liver functions, liver function grading systems (Child-Pugh and Albumin-Bili...
Source: European Radiology - Category: Radiology Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants - Category: Primary Care Tags: Quick Recertification Series Source Type: research
The number of people living with chronic immunosuppression is increasing in the United States. Patients with HIV, those who have had bone marrow or solid organ transplants, and patients taking biologics for autoimmune diseases are at increased risk for skin cancer. Skin cancer in these patients is more aggressive and more likely to metastasize and cause death. Medications and individual risk factors such as sex, age, and ethnicity are independent risk factors for the development of skin cancer. Routine screening and aggressive treatment of actinic keratoses and nonmelanoma skin cancers can reduce patients' skin cancer burd...
Source: Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants - Category: Primary Care Tags: CME: Primary Care Source Type: research
Using tofacitinib to treat rheumatoid arthritis increases the risk of developing cancer by 48% vs a TNF inhibitor, according to a safety analysis published in The New England Journal of Medicine.Reuters Health Information
Source: Medscape Orthopaedics Headlines - Category: Orthopaedics Tags: Rheumatology News Source Type: news
Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases, Published online: 28 January 2022; doi:10.1038/s41391-021-00334-3Prostate Cancer: a comparison of focal therapy and radical prostatectomy
Source: Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases - Category: Urology & Nephrology Authors: Source Type: research
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