Volume 2 (2016) - Issue 2, Jul-Dec
PALLIATIVE CHEMORADIOTHERAPY VERSUS RADIOTHERAPY ALONE FOR MANAGEMENT OF LOCALLY ADVANCED HEAD & NECK CARCINOMA PATIENTS WITH POOR PERFORMANCE STATUS
Introduction: Palliative external beam radiotherapy (EBRT) and chemotherapy is commonly practiced for management of locally advanced head & neck carcinoma (LAHNC) patients with poor performance status. This study compares EBRT alone and EBRT along with low dose Gemcitabine. Method: Study was conducted in Department of Radiotherapy, PGIMS Rohtak, in 2008-09; on histopathologically proven, untreated 60 cases of LAHNC, having KPS 60-70. Patients were randomly assigned either control group (n=30), given EBRT alone as 20Gy/5Fr/5days or study group (n=30), given EBRT as 20Gy/ 5Fr/ 5days and Gemcitabine 200 mg/m2 i.v. 2 hour prior to radiotherapy on day 1. Mean age was 53 years (26-84 years). Male:female ratio was 5:1. Most common primary site was base of tongue followed by larynx. Major symptoms were pain, difficulty in swallowing and altered voice. Patients were staged as per AJCC 2002; 2/3rd were stage IVA and 1/3rd were IVB. Despite randomization, there was no significant difference between two groups in age, sex, primary site, stage, and performance status. The side effects were graded as per RTOG criteria. Results: Objective response, 3 months post-treatment, in the chemoradiotherapy and radiotherapy alone group respectively was: CR 7% vs 0%; PR 30% vs 33%; stable disease 56% vs 46% and progressive disease 7% vs 20%. Subjective response, similarly was better in study group through out; even significantly better in dysphagia at 3 months follow up. Acute skin reactions were: Grade I- 73% vs 47% at 2 weeks and 60% vs 40% at 1 month respectively. Acute mucosal reactions were: Grade I- 30% vs 17%, Grade II- 43% vs 17% respectively. No hematological and grade III/IV skin or mucosal reactions observed. Differences in reactions were not statistically significant. Conclusion: In management of LAHNC patients with poor performance status, addition of low dose Gemcitabine to palliative radiotherapy gives better disease control and symptomatic relief without unmanageable side...
ROLE OF PHYSIOTHERAPY IN PREVENTION AND MANAGEMENT OF LYMPHEDEMA IN POST-OPERATIVE BREAST CANCER PATIENTS
After surgery for breast cancer, the most common postoperative complication is secondary lymphedema which may sometimes be more challenging to manage than the disease itself. This systematic literature review aims to highlight the role of physiotherapy in management of secondary lymphedema in post-operative patients of breast cancer and its current status. The literature review has been conducted using available textbooks and online database of PubMed, Medline, SciELO, LILACS (Latin American and Caribbean Literature) and EMBASE. Online search has been made through English literature mainly, from 1990 to 2015 and focused on research or review articles. Review found physiotherapy; with appropriate combination of techniques, started early; has been very effective in prevention and management of lymphedema in post-operative breast cancer...
Primary renal Non-hodgkin lymphoma is rare. Most of the cases are unilateral though bilateral cases have been reported. Extrarenal involvement is to be excluded by imaging/ staging laprotomy for definitive diagnosis. We are presenting a case of 40-year-old Indian female who was attended with history of right flank pain for 3 years, found to have right renal mass on CT scan, underwent right radical nephrectomy and six courses of chemotherapy with CHOP (Cyclophosphamide, Doxorubicin, Vincristine, Prednisolone) regimen subsequent to histo-pathological confirmation. Patient is asymptomatic on follow up of 18...