1. Recent Articles

    1. Evaluation of the utility of 99mTc-MDP bone scintigraphy versus MIBG scintigraphy and cross-sectional imaging for staging patients with neuroblastoma

      Accurate staging of neuroblastoma requires multiple imaging examinations. The purpose of this study was to determine the relative contribution of 99mTc-methylene diphosphonate (MDP) bone scintigraphy (bone scan) versus metaiodobenzylguanidine scintigraphy (MIBG scan) for accurate staging of neuroblastoma.

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      Mentions: Staging Imaging MIBG
    2. A phase 1 study of the c-Met inhibitor, tivantinib (ARQ197) in children with relapsed or refractory solid tumors: A Children's Oncology Group study phase 1 and pilot consortium trial (ADVL1111)

      The c-Met receptor tyrosine kinase is dysregulated in many pediatric cancers. Tivantinib is an oral small molecule that inhibits the c-Met receptor tyrosine kinase. A phase 1 and pharmacokinetic (PK) trial evaluating tivantinib was conducted in children with relapsed/refractory solid tumors.

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      Mentions: COG Refractory
    3. Fighting cancer with immunotherapy: Signaling molecule causes regression of blood vessels

      Fighting cancer with immunotherapy: Signaling molecule causes regression of blood vessels

      Immunotherapy with T-cells offers great hope to people suffering from cancer. Some initial successes have already been made in treating blood cancer, but treating solid tumors remains a major challenge. The signaling molecule interferon gamma, which is produced by T-cells, plays a key role in the therapy. It cuts off the blood supply to tumors, as a new study reveals.

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    4. Fighting cancer with immunotherapy: Signaling molecule causes regression of blood vessels

      Fighting cancer with immunotherapy: Signaling molecule causes regression of blood vessels

      Immunotherapy with T-cells offers great hope to people suffering from cancer. Some initial successes have already been made in treating blood cancer, but treating solid tumors remains a major challenge. The signaling molecule interferon gamma, which is produced by T-cells, plays a key role in the therapy. It cuts off the blood supply to tumors, as a new study in the journal Nature reveals.

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    5. HSD17B12 gene rs11037575 C>T polymorphism confers neuroblastoma susceptibility in a Southern Chinese population.

      HSD17B12 gene rs11037575 C>T polymorphism confers neuroblastoma susceptibility in a Southern Chinese population.

      Onco Targets Ther. 2017;10:1969-1975

      Authors: Zhang Z, Zou Y, Zhu J, Zhang R, Yang T, Wang F, Xia H, He J, Feng Z

      Abstract A previous genome-wide association study (GWAS) identified four genetic polymorphisms (rs1027702 near DUSP12, rs10055201 in IL31RA, rs2619046 in DDX4, and rs11037575 in HSD17B12 gene) that were associated with neuroblastoma susceptibility, especially for low-risk subjects. The aim of this study was to examine the association between these four polymorphisms and neuroblastoma susceptibility in a Southern Chinese population composed of 256 cases ...

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    6. Phase I study of bortezomib in combination with irinotecan in patients with relapsed/refractory high-risk neuroblastoma.

      Phase I study of bortezomib in combination with irinotecan in patients with relapsed/refractory high-risk neuroblastoma.

      Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2017 Apr 24;:

      Authors: Mody R, Zhao L, Yanik GA, Opipari V

      Abstract PURPOSE: Prognosis for relapsed/refractory high-risk neuroblastoma (HR-NBL) remains poor. Bortezomib, a proteasome inhibitor, has shown preclinical activity against NBL as a single agent and in combination with cytotoxic chemotherapy including irinotecan.

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    7. Image-defined risk factors in unresectable neuroblastoma: SIOPEN study on incidence, chemotherapy-induced variation, and impact on surgical outcomes

      To evaluate the impact of image-defined risk factor (IDRF) modification after chemotherapy on surgical outcomes, event-free survival (EFS), and overall survival (OS) among patients enrolled in the European Unresectable Neuroblastoma (EUNB) study.

      IDRFs were assigned according to the corresponding surgical risk factors list reported in the database. Surgical outcomes, EFS, and OS were related to IDRF modification with chemotherapy.

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      Mentions: SIOPEN Chemotherapy
    8. Phase I study of bortezomib in combination with irinotecan in patients with relapsed/refractory high-risk neuroblastoma

      Prognosis for relapsed/refractory high-risk neuroblastoma (HR-NBL) remains poor. Bortezomib, a proteasome inhibitor, has shown preclinical activity against NBL as a single agent and in combination with cytotoxic chemotherapy including irinotecan.

      Eighteen HR-NBL patients with primary refractory (n = 8) or relapsed (n = 10) disease were enrolled in a Phase I study using modified Time To Event Continual Reassessment Method.

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    9. In vitro assay for measuring real time topotecan release from liposomes: release kinetics and cellular internalization.

      In vitro assay for measuring real time topotecan release from liposomes: release kinetics and cellular internalization.

      Drug Deliv Transl Res. 2017 Apr 21;:

      Authors: Gilabert-Oriol R, Chernov L, Anantha M, Dragowska WH, Bally MB

      Abstract Topotecan is a drug that is under investigation for the treatment of neuroblastoma and has been encapsulated into liposomes to improve its therapeutic efficacy.

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      Mentions: Treatment
    10. A Phase I Study of the CDK4/6 Inhibitor Ribociclib (LEE011) in Pediatric Patients with Malignant Rhabdoid Tumors, Neuroblastoma, and Other Solid Tumors.

      A Phase I Study of the CDK4/6 Inhibitor Ribociclib (LEE011) in Pediatric Patients with Malignant Rhabdoid Tumors, Neuroblastoma, and Other Solid Tumors.

      Clin Cancer Res. 2017 Apr 21;:

      Authors: Geoerger B, Bourdeaut F, DuBois SG, Fischer M, Geller JI, Gottardo NG, Marabelle A, Pearson ADJ, Modak S, Cash T, Robinson GW, Motta M, Matano A, Bhansali SG, Dobson JR, Parasuraman S, Chi SN

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    11. Immunoassays for the quantification of ALK and phosphorylated ALK support the evaluation of on-target ALK inhibitors in neuroblastoma.

      Immunoassays for the quantification of ALK and phosphorylated ALK support the evaluation of on-target ALK inhibitors in neuroblastoma.

      Mol Oncol. 2017 Apr 22;:

      Authors: Tucker ER, Tall JR, Danielson LS, Gowan S, Jamin Y, Robinson SP, Banerji U, Chesler L

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      Mentions: ALK
    12. Iodine-131-meta-iodobenzylguanidine therapy for patients with newly diagnosed high-risk neuroblastoma.

      Iodine-131-meta-iodobenzylguanidine therapy for patients with newly diagnosed high-risk neuroblastoma.

      Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2017 Apr 21;4:CD010349

      Authors: Kraal KC, van Dalen EC, Tytgat GA, Van Eck-Smit BL

      Abstract BACKGROUND: Patients with newly diagnosed high-risk (HR) neuroblastoma (NBL) still have a poor outcome, despite multi-modality intensive therapy.

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      Mentions: MIBG
    13. Tolcapone induces oxidative stress leading to apoptosis and inhibition of tumor growth in Neuroblastoma.

      Tolcapone induces oxidative stress leading to apoptosis and inhibition of tumor growth in Neuroblastoma.

      Cancer Med. 2017 Apr 21;:

      Authors: Maser T, Rich M, Hayes D, Zhao P, Nagulapally AB, Bond J, Saulnier Sholler G

      Abstract Catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) is an enzyme that inactivates dopamine and other catecholamines by O-methylation.

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    14. Clinical development of fenretinide as an antineoplastic drug: Pharmacology perspectives.

      Clinical development of fenretinide as an antineoplastic drug: Pharmacology perspectives.

      Exp Biol Med (Maywood). 2017 Jan 01;:1535370217706952

      Authors: Cooper JP, Reynolds CP, Cho H, Kang MH

      Abstract Fenretinide (4-HPR) is a synthetic retinoid that has cytotoxic activity against cancer cells.

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    15. Combined ALK and MDM2 inhibition increases antitumor activity and overcomes resistance in human ALK mutant neuroblastoma cell lines and xenograft models.

      Combined ALK and MDM2 inhibition increases antitumor activity and overcomes resistance in human ALK mutant neuroblastoma cell lines and xenograft models.

      Elife. 2017 Apr 20;6:

      Authors: Wang HQ, Halilovic E, Li X, Liang J, Cao Y, Rakiec DP, Ruddy DA, Jeay S, Wuerthner JU, Timple N, Kasibhatla S, Li N, Williams JA, Sellers WR, Huang A, Li F

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      Mentions: ALK MYCN
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