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PURPOSE This study investigated the efficacy of the botanical-derived drug, PG2, a partially purified extract of Astragalus membranaceus, as a complementary and palliative medicine for managing cancer-related fatigue (CRF). METHODS Patients with advanced cancer and moderate to severe CRF were randomized to receive either PG2 or a placebo (normal saline,(More)
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE The rhizome of Polygonum cuspidatum SIEB. et ZUCC. (Polygonaceae, PC), a widely used Chinese medicine, is commonly prescribed for the treatments of amenorrhea, arthralgia, jaundice, abscess, scald and bruises. AIM OF THE STUDY PC contains various polyphenols including stilbenes, anthraquinones and flavonoids. This study(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the relation between tumor response, treatment toxicity, and serum cytokine profiles in patients with cervical cancer receiving cisplatin-based chemoradiation. PATIENTS AND METHODS Forty-two patients with cervical carcinoma receiving chemoradiation were recruited. Hemogram, biochemistry profile, cytokine levels, tumor size, and(More)
PURPOSE Point A, used for dose specification for intracavitary brachytherapy for cervical cancer, is the point at which the uterine artery and ureter cross. This study assessed compatibility of commonly used traditional point A (TPA) and actual anatomic point A (APA). METHODS AND MATERIALS We visualized and placed radiopaque clips at the APA during pelvic(More)
A 36-year-old woman was diagnosed with a therapy-refractory cutaneous CD4+ T-cell lymphoma, T3N0M0B0, and stage IIB. Helical irradiation of the total skin (HITS) and dose painting techniques, with 30 Gy in 40 fractions interrupted at 20 fractions with one week resting, 4 times per week were prescribed. The diving suit was dressed whole body to increase the(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE The left anterior descending coronary artery (LAD) and diagonal branches (DBs) are blurred on computed tomography (CT). We aimed to define the LAD region (LADR) with adequate inclusion of the LAD and DBs and contouring consistency. METHODS AND MATERIALS The LADR was defined using coronary CT angiograms. The inclusion ratio was used(More)
OBJECTIVES A previous study has suggested the benefit of sub-renal vein radiotherapy (SRVRT) for pelvic lymph node (PLN)-positive cervical cancer. In order to better select patients for SRVRT, this study aimed to evaluate the value of a risk-based radiation field based on PLN location and number in PLN-positive cervical cancer. METHODS We reviewed 198(More)
Patients with locally advanced cervical cancer (LACC) are at risk of para-aortic lymph node (PALN) metastasis. Pelvic concurrent chemoradiotherapy, the current standard treatment for LACC, has a PALN failure rate of 9% according to the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group Trial 90-01, suggesting that it may not completely eliminate all microscopic tumors in the(More)
OBJECTIVE Haematological toxicity (HT) is common in patients with oesophageal cancer (EC) treated with chemoradiotherapy (CRT). The Quantitative Analysis of Normal Tissue Effects in the Clinic guidelines provide no dose constraints for the bone marrow (BM) to avoid HT. We aimed to determine dosimetric factors associated with HT during CRT for EC. METHODS(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the effects of prophylactic sub-renal vein radiotherapy (SRVRT) using intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) for cervical cancer. METHODS A total of 206 patients with FIGO stage IB2-IVA cervical cancer and negative para-aortic lymph nodes (PALNs) who underwent pelvic IMRT (PRT) or SRVRT between 2004 and 2013 at our institution were(More)
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