Gunita Mitera

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Radiation therapy is a common treatment for cancer patients. One of the most common side effects of radiation is acute skin reaction (radiation dermatitis) that ranges from a mild rash to severe ulceration. Approximately 85% of patients treated with radiation therapy will experience a moderate-to-severe skin reaction. Acute radiation-induced skin reactions(More)
PURPOSE To update the 2005 Cancer Care Ontario practice guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of adult patients with a suspected or confirmed diagnosis of extradural malignant spinal cord compression (MESCC). METHODS A review and analysis of data published from January 2004 to May 2011. The systematic literature review included published randomized(More)
PURPOSE To update the international consensus on palliative radiotherapy endpoints for future clinical trials in bone metastases by surveying international experts regarding previous uncertainties within the 2002 consensus, changes that may be necessary based on practice pattern changes and research findings since that time. METHODS AND MATERIALS A(More)
CONTEXT The Pain Management Index (PMI) is a simple index linking the usual severity of cancer pain with the category of medication prescribed to treat it. Medication categories are derived from the World Health Organization's "analgesic ladder" approach to cancer pain, and the PMI is an indicator of the extent to which the medication prescribed corresponds(More)
AIMS To report pain and functional interference responses in patients radiated for painful spinal metastases, and to determine if location within the vertebral column or dose fractionation are associated with response. MATERIALS AND METHODS Patients treated with palliative radiotherapy for symptomatic spinal metastases from May 2003 to June 2005 were(More)
PURPOSE To correlate computed tomography (CT) imaging features of spinal metastases with pain relief after radiotherapy (RT). METHODS AND MATERIALS Thirty-three patients receiving computed tomography (CT)-simulated RT for spinal metastases in an outpatient palliative RT clinic from January 2007 to October 2008 were retrospectively reviewed. Forty spinal(More)
PURPOSES Determine adequacy of management of pain secondary to bone metastases by physicians referring to specialized outpatient palliative radiotherapy (RT) clinics in Canada; compare geographic differences in adequacy of pain management and pain severity between these cohorts; compare results with published international literature. METHODS(More)
PURPOSE Peer review (PR) of treatment plans has been recognized internationally as a key component of quality care in radiation oncology programs (ROPs). We conducted a survey of Canadian ROPs to describe current PR practices and identify barriers/facilitators to PR optimization. METHODS AND MATERIALS A 42-item e-survey was sent to all Canadian ROPs (n =(More)
INTRODUCTION The primary objective of this pilot study was to examine the inter-rater reliability in scoring the computed tomography (ct) imaging features of spinal metastases in patients referred for radiotherapy (rt) for bone pain. METHODS In a retrospective review, 3 musculoskeletal radiologists and 2 orthopedic spinal surgeons independently evaluated(More)
PURPOSE To investigate the efficacy of palliative radiotherapy (RT) in relieving metastatic bone pain in elderly patients. METHODS AND MATERIALS The response to RT for palliation of metastatic bone pain was evaluated from a prospective database of 558 patients between 1999 and 2008. The pain scores and analgesic intake were used to calculate the response(More)