Heterogeneity in renal cell carcinoma In recent years, molecular characterization of renal cell carcinoma has facilitated the identification of driver genes, specific molecular pathways, and characterization of the tumor microenvironment, which has led to a better understanding of the disease. This comprehension has revolutionized the treatment for patients with metastatic disease, but despite these advancements many patients will develop resistance leading to treatment failure. A primary cause of this resistance and subsequent treatment failure is tumor heterogeneity.
Genome-wide copy number analysis reveals candidate gene loci that confer susceptibility to high-grade prostate cancer Two key issues in prostate cancer (PCa) that demand attention currently are the need for a more precise and minimally invasive screening test owing to the inaccuracy of prostate-specific antigen and differential diagnosis to distinguish advanced vs. indolent cancers. This continues to pose a tremendous challenge in diagnosis and prognosis of PCa and could potentially lead to overdiagnosis and overtreatment complications. Copy number variations (CNVs) in the human genome have been linked to various carcinomas including PCa.
Physical activity patterns and associations with health-related quality of life in bladder cancer survivors Physical activity has been shown to significantly improve health-related quality of life (HRQOL) and survivorship in a variety of patients with cancer . However, little is known about the physical activity patterns of bladder cancer survivors and how these are related to HRQOL in the United States. Our objective was to describe self-reported physical activity patterns and HRQOL and examine the association between these measures in a large cohort of bladder cancer survivors.
Advances in medical imaging for the diagnosis and management of common genitourinary cancers Medical imaging of the 3 most common genitourinary (GU) cancers—prostate adenocarcinoma, renal cell carcinoma, and urothelial carcinoma of the bladder—has evolved significantly during the last decades. The most commonly used imaging modalities for the diagnosis, staging, and follow-up of GU cancers are computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and positron emission tomography (PET). Multiplanar multidetector computed tomography and multiparametric MRI with diffusion-weighted imaging are the main imaging modalities for renal cell carcinoma and urothelial carcinoma, and although multiparametric MRI is rapidly becoming the main imaging tool in the evaluation of prostate adenocarcinoma, biopsy is still required for diagnosis.
Enriching gene expression profiles will help personalize prostate cancer management for African-Americans: A perspective Prostate cancer (PCa) remains the most common form of cancer affecting men in the Western Hemisphere. Mortality rate is 130% higher among African-American men (AAM) than Caucasian-American men. As this trend is not new nor changing, there is an urgent need to identify markers with the ability to specifically distinguish aggressive PCa in the context of race. Gene expression patterns have been used as a tool to identify prognostic biomarkers for PCa to help reduce this disparity. Gene expression profiles reveal molecular mechanisms useful in understanding the biologic basis of tumorigenesis.
Restrictive transfusion in radical cystectomy is safe Perioperative blood transfusion (PBT) is commonplace in radical cystectomy (RC) and has been linked to poorer oncologic outcomes. Limiting PBT in this largely elderly and comorbid population has not been studied. Herein, we first investigate the safety of a restrictive transfusion protocol (RTP) in patients undergoing RC for urothelial carcinoma and then compare oncologic outcomes between patients who did and did not receive PBT.
Regionalization of radical cystectomy in the United States Radical cystectomy (RC) has become increasingly regionalized to high-volume hospitals. Our objective was to describe changes in regional market concentration and the distribution of RCs among hospitals, and examine how these changes affect patient travel distance to surgery.
Alkaline phosphatase velocity predicts overall survival and bone metastasis in patients with castration-resistant prostate cancer Identifying patients with prostate cancer (CaP) who will ultimately develop bone metastasis (BM) or die of disease is essential. Alkaline phosphatase velocity (APV) has been shown to predict overall survival (OS) and bone metastasis–free survival (BMFS) in an earlier study of an equal access military patient cohort of patients with castrate-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC). To confirm these findings, we examined a cohort of patients from a high-volume cancer center to validate a previous observation that faster alkaline phosphatase (AP) kinetics are predictive of OS and BMFS in this second cohort of patients.
Targeted therapies in the treatment of urothelial cancers Progress has been slow in systemic management of locally advanced and metastatic bladder cancer over the past 20 years. However, the recent approval of immunotherapy with atezolizumab and nivolumab for second-line salvage therapy may usher in an era of more rapid improvement. Systemic treatment is suboptimal and is an area of substantial unmet medical need. The recent findings from The Cancer Genome Atlas project revealed promising pathways that may be amenable to targeted therapies. Promising results with treatment using vascular endothelial growth factor inhibitors such as ramucirumab, sunitinib or bevacizumab, and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 targeted therapies, epidermal growth factor receptor inhibitors, and fibroblast growth factor receptor inhibitors, are undergoing clinical trials and are discussed later.
Clinical comparison of noninvasive urine tests for ruling out recurrent urothelial carcinoma Patients with urothelial carcinoma (UC) undergo rigorous surveillance for recurrence. Noninvasive urine tests are not currently recommended by guideline panels owing to insufficient clinical benefit. The objective of this study was to prospectively compare the performance of the Cxbladder Monitor test to other commonly available urine markers and cytology for surveillance of patients with UC.
Clin Cancer Res. 2004 Sep 15; 10(18 Pt 2):6371S-6376S. Current standard treatments for patients with metastatic (stage IV) renal cell carcinoma involve both surgical removal of tumors and treatment with biological agents such as interleukin 2 or IFN-α. Unfortunately, such approaches are inadequate for most patients with stage IV disease; the result is a median time to progression of 2 to 4 months and an overall survival of 6 to 17 months. Standard chemotherapy has been uniformly disappointing in this disorder. It is clear that new therapies are needed to approach these patients.
Galectin-9 as a prognostic and predictive biomarker in bladder urothelial carcinoma Galectin-9, a member of the “tandem repeat” type galectins performing as animal lectins with an affinity for β-galactosides, has been well documented to exert crucial functions in immunomodulation, survival, and growth of various tumors. This study aims to reveal the clinical significance of galectin-9 in urothelial carcinoma of the bladder (UCB) postoperatively.
Genitourinary paraganglioma: Demographic, pathologic, and clinical characteristics in the surveillance, epidemiology, and end results database (2000–2012) Extra-adrenal paragangliomas (PGLs) are infrequent, benign, and neuroendocrine tumors arising from chromaffin cells of the autonomic nervous system. Most PGLs are sporadic, but up to 32% are associated with inherited syndromes such as neurofibromatosis type 1, von Hippel-Lindau disease, and familial PGL. Although most PGLs develop above the umbilicus, they have been reported in the genitourinary (GU) tract. Owing to the paucity of literature on the rates of GU PGL, the objective of our study is to describe the demographic, pathologic, and clinical characteristics of GU PGL, and compare them to non-GU sites of PGL using the surveillance, epidemiology, and end results (SEER) database.
Is The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) bladder cancer cohort representative of invasive bladder cancer? The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) Research Consortium has conducted a comprehensive molecular characterization of invasive bladder cancer (BCa). This open-access dataset has become the critical reference for studying biomarkers and mechanisms of disease in BCa. In order for this data to be considered representative, and to allow comparisons of markers between cohorts, clinicopathologic characteristics of this cohort need to conform to those established for this disease state. The aim of this study was to critically evaluate clinicopathologic characteristics and outcomes of the TCGA BCa cohort in comparison with published cystectomy series.
GSTM1 genotype is an independent prognostic factor in clear cell renal cell carcinoma Owing to dual functionality of cytosolic glutathione S-transferases (GSTs), they might affect both the development and the progression of renal cell carcinoma (RCC). However, the data on the prognostic value of GST polymorphism in patients with RCC are scarce. Hence, we evaluated the effect of GST gene variants on both the risk of RCC development and the postoperative prognosis in patients with clear cell RCC (ccRCC).
Inhibition of hTERT expression by MAP kinase inhibitor induces cell death in renal cell carcinoma Human telomerase reverse transcriptase (hTERT) is one of the components of telomerase enzyme and its activity is associated with cell proliferation and differentiation. Extracellular signal regulated kinase (ERK)-mitogen activated protein kinase signaling pathway play an important role in hTERT expression. The present study was conducted to ascertain hTERT messenger RNA (mRNA) expression in renal cell carcinoma (RCC) and its association with clinicopathological characteristics. Further, we also explored hTERT targeting as possible tumor therapeutic.
Current guidelines do not sufficiently discriminate venous thromboembolism risk in urology Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is the leading cause of noncancer death following major cancer surgery. Current thromboprophylaxis guidelines do not address procedure-specific risk of venous thromboembolism for urological patients. This project was created to determine the risk and timing of VTE after major urological surgery and to evaluate if surgical procedure was an independent risk factor for VTE after adjusting for previously established risk factors.
A prospective study of health-related quality-of-life outcomes for patients with low-risk prostate cancer managed by active surveillance or radiation therapy Patients with low-risk prostate cancer (PCa) often have excellent oncologic outcomes. However, treatment with curative intent can lead to decrements in health-related quality of life (HRQoL). Patients treated with radical prostatectomy have been shown to suffer declines in urinary and sexual HRQoL as compared to those managed with active surveillance (AS). Similarly, patients treated with external-beam radiation therapy (EBRT) are hypothesized to experience greater declines in bowel HRQoL. As health-related quality-of-life (HRQoL) concerns are paramount when selecting among treatment options for low-risk PCa, this study examined HRQoL outcomes in men undergoing EBRT as compared to AS in a prospective, racially diverse cohort.
External histopathological validation of the surface-intermediate-base margin score The surface, intermediate, and basis (SIB) is a system based on surgeon׳s visual assessment of the thickness of healthy parenchyma remaining on the intrarenal portion of the tumor. This system has been proposed to standardize the nomenclature of the resection technique (RT) during partial nephrectomy (PN). Our study aims at evaluating whether the SIB score visually assigned is related to the thickness of parenchyma measured by microscopy.
Does teaching of robotic partial nephrectomy affect renal function and perioperative outcomes? Partial nephrectomy (PN) represents the treatment of choice for localized renal tumor<7cm. Minimally invasive approaches are considered standard of care in many institutions. Maintaining acceptable warm ischemic time (WIT) while teaching robotic PN (RPN) remains challenging. The goal of the present study was to assess the effect of teaching RPN on WIT and renal function in patients undergoing RPN.
Quality indicators in the management of bladder cancer: A modified Delphi study Survival in patients with bladder cancer has only moderately improved over the past 2 decades. A potential reason for this is nonadherence to clinical guidelines and best practice, leading to wide variations in care. Common quality indicators (QIs) are needed to quantify adherence to best practice and provide data for benchmarking and quality improvement.
Utilization of perioperative systemic chemotherapy in upper tract urothelial carcinoma Evidence for the use of perioperative chemotherapy (PC) in upper tract urothelial carcinoma (UTUC) is largely derived from level I evidence for invasive urothelial carcinoma of the bladder (UCB). There has been an increase in PC for urothelial carcinoma of the bladder, as it has disseminated into clinical practice. Therefore, we sought to not only analyze trends in the utilization of PC in UTUC, but also assess factors associated with its use in a large cancer registry database.
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