• Circulating tumour cells in lung cancer

      Chemi, Francesca; Mohan, Sumitra; Brady, Ged; Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology Group, Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute, University of Manchester, Alderley Park, Macclesfield, SK10 4TG, UK (2020)
    • Histologic features associated with an invasive component in lentigo maligna lesions

      Moreno, A; Manrique-Silva, E; Viros, Amaya; Requena, C; Sanmartin, O; Traves, V; Nagore, E; School of Medicine, Universidad Catolica de Valencia San Vicente Martir, Valencia, Spain (2019)
      Importance: Lentigo maligna (LM) presents an invasive component in up to 20% of biopsied cases, but to date the histologic features useful in detecting this invasive component have not been described. Some histologic characteristics are hypothesized to contribute to the progression of LM invasion. Objective: To identify the histologic characteristics associated with lentigo maligna melanoma (LMM) in patients with LM diagnosed by a partial diagnostic biopsy. Design, Setting, and Participants: A retrospective cross-sectional study of patients treated between January 1, 2000, and December 31, 2017, was conducted in a referral oncology center in València, Spain. Data and specimens of patients (n?=?96) with a diagnosis of primary cutaneous melanoma in the form of either LM or LMM who had undergone surgical treatment, a complete histologic examination of the whole tumor, and an initial diagnostic partial biopsy of LM were included in the study. Histologic assessment was blinded to the presence of an invasive component. Interventions: All biopsy specimens were evaluated for the presence of certain histologic characteristics. Main Outcomes and Measures: Comparisons between invasive samples and samples without an invasive component were performed. The differences in the distribution of variables between the groups were assessed using the ?2 and Fisher exact tests, and the degree of association of the relevant variables was quantified by logistic regression models. A classification and regression tree analysis was performed to rank the variables by importance. Results: In total, 96 patients had sufficient histologic material that could be evaluated. The patients were predominantly male (56 [58.3%]) and had a mean (SD) age at diagnosis of 72 (12) years. Of these patients, 63 (65.6%) had an LM diagnosis and 33 (34.4%) had an LMM diagnosis (an invasive component). The histologic variables associated with the presence of an invasive component were melanocytes forming rows (odds ratio [OR], 11.5; 95% CI, 1.4-94.1; P?=?.02), subepidermal clefts (OR, 2.8; 95% CI, 1.0-7.9; P?=?.049), nests (OR, 3.0; 95% CI, 1.1-8.6; P?=?.04), and a lesser degree of solar elastosis (OR, 0.4; 95% CI, 0.1-1.1; P?=?.07). A classification and regression tree analysis of the relevant histologic features was able to accurately identify lentigo maligna with an invasive component (LMM) in more than 60% of patients. Conclusions and Relevance: These findings may be useful in classifying early LM specimens at higher risk of invasion, which may eventually be relevant in identifying the most appropriate management for LM.
    • Association between dietary patterns and keratinocyte cancers in organ transplant recipients

      Shao, E; Miura, K; Green, Adele C; Faculty of Medicine, University of Queensland, Brisbane,Queensland, Australia (2019)
    • Author correction: Association analyses of more than 140,000 men identify 63 new prostate cancer susceptibility loci.

      Schumacher, FR; Olama, AAA; Berndt, SI; Benlloch, S; Ahmed, M; Saunders, EJ; Dadaev, T; Leongamornlert, D; Anokian, E; Cieza-Borrella, C; et al. (2019)
      In the version of this article initially published, the name of author Manuela Gago-Dominguez was misspelled as Manuela Gago Dominguez. The error has been corrected in the HTML and PDF version of the article.
    • Melanoma incidence in Australian commercial pilots, 2011-2016

      Olsen, CM; Miura, K; Dusingize, JC; Hosegood, I; Brown, R; Drane, M; Clem, P; Marsden, J; Tinker, R; Karipidis, K; et al. (2019)
      OBJECTIVES: Occupational exposure to cosmic and ultraviolet radiation may increase airline pilots' risk of cutaneous melanoma. Meta-analyses of available data show a higher than average incidence of melanoma in airline pilots, but the most recent systematic review revealed that few contemporary data are available. Moreover, all relevant studies have been conducted in Northern Hemisphere populations. We therefore aimed to examine if Australian commercial pilots have a raised incidence of melanoma compared with the general population. METHODS: We examined all melanoma histologically diagnosed among Australian-licensed commercial pilots in the period 2011-2016 by manually reviewing de-identified data in the medical records system of the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority. We estimated age-specific incidence rates and compared these with corresponding population rates using standardised incidence ratios (SIRs) as measures of relative risk. Expected numbers were calculated by multiplying age- and calendar period-specific person-years (PYs) with corresponding rates from the entire Australian population; 95% CI were calculated assuming a Poisson distribution of the observed cases. RESULTS: In this cohort of Australian-licensed commercial pilots observed for 91 370 PYs, 114 developed a melanoma (51 invasive, 63 in situ). More than 50% of melanomas occurred on the trunk, and the predominant subtype was superficial spreading melanoma. The SIR for invasive melanoma was 1.20 (95% CI 0.89 to 1.55) and for melanoma in situ, 1.39 (95% CI 1.08 to 1.78). CONCLUSION: Australian-licensed commercial pilots have a modestly raised risk of in situ melanoma but no elevation of invasive melanoma compared with the general population.
    • Single-cell imaging of CAR T cell activity in vivo reveals extensive functional and anatomical heterogeneity

      Cazaux, M; Grandjean, CL; Lemaitre, F; Garcia, Z; Beck, RJ; Milo, I; Postat, J; Beltman, JB; Cheadle, Eleanor, J; Bousso, P; et al. (2019)
      CAR T cells represent a potentially curative strategy for B cell malignancies. However, the outcome and dynamics of CAR T cell interactions in distinct anatomical sites are poorly understood. Using intravital imaging, we tracked interactions established by anti-CD19 CAR T cells in B cell lymphoma-bearing mice. Circulating targets trapped CAR T cells in the lungs, reducing their access to lymphoid organs. In the bone marrow, tumor apoptosis was largely due to CAR T cells that engaged, killed, and detached from their targets within 25 min. Notably, not all CAR T cell contacts elicited calcium signaling or killing while interacting with tumors, uncovering extensive functional heterogeneity. Mathematical modeling revealed that direct killing was sufficient for tumor regression. Finally, antigen-loss variants emerged in the bone marrow, but not in lymph nodes, where CAR T cell cytotoxic activity was reduced. Our results identify a previously unappreciated level of diversity in the outcomes of CAR T cell interactions in vivo, with important clinical implications.
    • Risk of melanoma recurrence After diagnosis of a high-risk primary tumor

      von Schuckmann, LA; Hughes, MCB; Ghiasvand, R; Malt, M; van der Pols, JC; Beesley, VL; Khosrotehrani, K; Smithers, BM; Green, Adele C; Population Health Department, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, Brisbane, Australia (2019)
      Importance: With emerging new systemic treatments for metastatic melanoma, early detection of disease recurrence is increasingly important. Objective: To investigate the risk of melanoma recurrence in patients with a localized melanoma at a high risk of metastasis. Design, Setting, and Participants: A total of 1254 patients with newly diagnosed, histologically confirmed tumor category T1b to T4b melanoma in Queensland, Australia, were recruited prospectively between October 1, 2010, and October 1, 2014, for participation in a cohort study. Data analysis was conducted from February 8, 2018, to February 20, 2019. We used Cox proportional hazards regression analysis to examine associations between patient and tumor factors and melanoma recurrence. Exposures: Disease-free survival (DFS) by melanoma tumor category defined by the 7th vs 8th editions of the AJCC Cancer Staging Manual (AJCC 7 vs AJCC 8). Main Outcomes and Measures: Melanoma recurrences were self-reported through follow-up questionnaires administered every 6 months and confirmed by histologic or imaging findings. Results: Of 1254 patients recruited, 825 individuals (65.8%) agreed to participate. Thirty-six were found to be ineligible after providing consent and a further 89 patients were excluded after reclassifying tumors using AJCC 8, leaving 700 participants with high-risk primary melanoma (mean [SD] age, 62.2 [13.5] years; 410 [58.6%] men). Independent predictors of recurrence were head or neck site of primary tumor, ulceration, thickness, and mitotic rate greater than 3/mm2 (hazard ratio, 2.36; 95% CI, 1.19-4.71). Ninety-four patients (13.4%) developed a recurrence within 2 years of diagnosis: 66 tumors (70.2%) were locoregional, and 28 tumors (29.8%) developed at distant sites. After surgery for locoregional disease, 37 of 64 patients (57.8%) remained disease free at 2 years, 7 patients (10.9%) developed new locoregional recurrence, and 20 patients (31.3%), developed distant disease. Two-year DFS was similar when comparing AJCC 7 and AJCC 8, for T1b (AJCC 7, 253 [93.3% DFS]; AJCC 8, 242 [93.0% DFS]) and T4b (AJCC 7 and AJCC 8, 50 [68.0% DFS] category tumors in both editions. Patients with T2a to T4a tumors who did not have a sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) at diagnosis had lower DFS than patients with the same tumor category and a negative SLNB (T2a: 136 [91.1%; 95% CI, 86.4-95.9] vs 96 [96.9%; 95 % CI, 93.4-100.0]; T4a: 33 [78.8%; 95% CI, 64.8-92.7] vs 6 [83.3; 95% CI, 53.5-100.0]). Conclusions and Relevance: These findings suggest that 13.4% of patients with a high-risk primary melanoma will experience disease recurrence within 2 years. Head or neck location of initial tumor, SLNB positivity, and signs of rapid tumor growth may be associated with primary melanoma recurrence.
    • Optical coherence tomography to detect acute esophageal radiation-induced damage in mice: a validation study

      Jelvehgaran, P; de Bruin, DM; Khmelinskii, A; Borst, G; Steinberg, JD; Song, JY; de Vos, J; van Leeuwen, TG; Alderliesten, T; de Boer, JF; et al. (2019)
      Radiation therapy for patients with non-small-cell lung cancer is hampered by acute radiation-induced toxicity in the esophagus. This study aims to validate that optical coherence tomography (OCT), a minimally invasive imaging technique with high resolution (~10 ?m), is able to visualize and monitor acute radiation-induced esophageal damage (ARIED) in mice. We compare our findings with histopathology as the gold standard. Irradiated mice receive a single dose of 40 Gy at proximal and distal spots of the esophagus of 10.0 mm in diameter. We scan mice using OCT at two, three, and seven days post-irradiation. In OCT analysis we define ARIED as a presence of distorted esophageal layering, change in backscattering signal properties, or change in the esophageal wall thickness. The average esophageal wall thickness is 0.53 mm larger on OCT when ARIED is present based on histopathology. The overall sensitivity and specificity of OCT to detect ARIED compared to histopathology are 94 % and 47 %, respectively. However, the overall sensitivity of OCT to assess ARIED is 100% seven days post-irradiation. We validated the capability of OCT to detect ARIED induced by high doses in mice. Nevertheless, clinical studies are required to assess the potential role of OCT to visualize ARIED in humans. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
    • Cancer stem cell mobilization and therapeutic targeting of the 5T4 oncofetal antigen.

      Harrop, R; O'Neill, E; Stern, Peter L; Oxford BioMedica plc, Windrush Court, Transport Way, Oxford, OX4 6LT, UK (2019)
      Cancer stem cells (CSCs) can act as the cellular drivers of tumors harnessing stem cell properties that contribute to tumorigenesis either as founder elements or by the gain of stem cell traits by the malignant cells. Thus, CSCs can self-renew and generate the cellular heterogeneity of tumors including a hierarchical organization similar to the normal tissue. While the principle tumor growth contribution is often from the non-CSC components, it is the ability of small numbers of CSCs to avoid the effects of therapeutic strategies that can contribute to recurrence after treatment. However, identifying and characterizing CSCs for therapeutic targeting is made more challenging by their cellular potency being influenced by a particular tissue niche or by the capacity of more committed cells to regain stem cell functions. This review discusses the properties of CSCs including the limitations of the available cell surface markers, the assays that document tumor initiation and clonogenicity, the roles of epithelial mesenchymal transition and molecular pathways such as Notch, Wnt, Hippo and Hedgehog. The ability to target and eliminate CSCs is thought to be critical in the search for curative cancer treatments. The oncofetal tumor-associated antigen 5T4 (TBGP) has been linked with CSC properties in several different malignancies. 5T4 has functional attributes that are relevant to the spread of tumors including through EMT, CXCR4/CXCL12, Wnt, and Hippo pathways which may all contribute through the mobilization of CSCs. There are several different immunotherapies targeting 5T4 in development including antibody-drug conjugates, antibody-targeted bacterial super-antigens, a Modified Vaccinia Ankara-basedvaccine and 5T4-directed chimeric antigen receptor T-cells. These immune therapies would have the advantage of targeting both the bulk tumor as well as mobilized CSC populations.
    • Comparing long-term local recurrence rates of surgical and non-surgical management of close anterior margins in breast conserving surgery

      Boundouki, G; Wong, Sik Hee JR; Croghan, N; Stocking, K; Pieri, A; Critchley, A; Kirwan, Cliona C; Harvey, James R; Nightingale Breast Centre, Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, Southmoor Road, Manchester, M23 9LT, UK. (2019)
      PURPOSE: While it is known that histologically involved margins lead to a higher local recurrence rate, re-excision of anterior margins is less common than that of radial margins. However, there are minimal long-term data on the oncological safety of non-surgical management of anterior margins. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A retrospective study was performed of all patients who underwent breast conserving surgery for breast cancer between 2000 and 2008 at two tertiary referral centres. A close margin was defined as disease within two mm of the resection margin (including disease at the margin). RESULTS: 6922 patients underwent surgery for invasive or in situ breast cancer of whom 277 patients had a close anterior margin alone after breast conserving surgery. Two hundred and twenty patients had non-surgical management of their margins, while 57 had re-excision surgery. Overall, there were 4/57 local recurrences in the surgical management group and 12/220 in the non-surgical management group. The local recurrence-free survival rate at 5 years was 98.2% (1 recurrence, 95% CI 87.8-99.7) in the surgical management group and 97.2% (6 recurrences, 95% CI 93.8-98.7) in the non-surgical management group. At 10 years, the rates were 92.2% (4 recurrences, 95% CI 80.3-97.0) in the surgical management group and 93.9% (12 recurrences, 95% CI 89.4-96.5) in the non-surgical management group. There was no significant difference found in the local recurrence rate between management groups (HR 1.24, 95% CI 0.40, 3.85; p?=?0.71). CONCLUSIONS: Local recurrence rates are acceptable and similar in both the surgically and non-surgically managed groups. Non-surgical management of close anterior margins appears oncologically safe when combined with appropriate adjuvant therapy.
    • FKBPL and its peptide derivatives inhibit endocrine therapy resistant cancer stem cells and breast cancer metastasis by downregulating DLL4 and Notch4

      McClements, L; Annett, S; Yakkundi, A; O'Rourke, M; Valentine, A; Moustafa, N; Alqudah, A; Simoes, Bruno M; Furlong, F; Short, A; et al. (2019)
      BACKGROUND: Optimising breast cancer treatment remains a challenge. Resistance to therapy is a major problem in both ER- and ER+ breast cancer. Tumour recurrence after chemotherapy and/or targeted therapy leads to more aggressive tumours with enhanced metastatic ability. Self-renewing cancer stem cells (CSCs) have been implicated in treatment resistance, recurrence and the development of metastatic disease. METHODS: In this study, we utilised in vitro, in vivo and ex vivo breast cancer models using ER+ MCF-7 and ER- MDA-MB-231 cells, as well as solid and metastatic breast cancer patient samples, to interrogate the effects of FKBPL and its peptide therapeutics on metastasis, endocrine therapy resistant CSCs and DLL4 and Notch4 expression. The effects of FKBPL overexpression or peptide treatment were assessed using a t-test or one-way ANOVA with Dunnett's multiple comparison test. RESULTS: We demonstrated that FKBPL overexpression or treatment with FKBPL-based therapeutics (AD-01, pre-clinical peptide /ALM201, clinical peptide) inhibit i) CSCs in both ER+ and ER- breast cancer, ii) cancer metastasis in a triple negative breast cancer metastasis model and iii) endocrine therapy resistant CSCs in ER+ breast cancer, via modulation of the DLL4 and Notch4 protein and/or mRNA expression. AD-01 was effective at reducing triple negative MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cell migration (n???3, p?<?0.05) and invasion (n???3, p?<?0.001) and this was translated in vivo where AD-01 inhibited breast cancer metastasis in MDA-MB-231-lucD3H1 in vivo model (p?<?0.05). In ER+ MCF-7 cells and primary breast tumour samples, we demonstrated that ALM201 inhibits endocrine therapy resistant mammospheres, representative of CSC content (n???3, p?<?0.05). Whilst an in vivo limiting dilution assay, using SCID mice, demonstrated that ALM201 alone or in combination with tamoxifen was very effective at delaying tumour recurrence by 12 (p?<?0.05) or 21?days (p?<?0.001), respectively, by reducing the number of CSCs. The potential mechanism of action, in addition to CD44, involves downregulation of DLL4 and Notch4. CONCLUSION: This study demonstrates, for the first time, the pre-clinical activity of novel systemic anti-cancer therapeutic peptides, ALM201 and AD-01, in the metastatic setting, and highlights their impact on endocrine therapy resistant CSCs; both areas of unmet clinical need. KEYWORDS: AD-01; ALM201; Breast cancer stem cells; DLL4; Endocrine therapy; Estrogen receptor; FKBPL; Letrozole; Metastasis; Notch4; Tamoxifen; Triple negative breast cancer
    • Runx/Cbfbeta complexes protect group 2 innate lymphoid cells from exhausted-like hyporesponsiveness during allergic airway inflammation.

      Miyamoto, C; Kojo, S; Yamashita, M; Moro, K; Lacaud, Georges; Shiroguchi, K; Taniuchi, I; Ebihara, T; Laboratory for Transcriptional Regulation, RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences (IMS), 1-7-22 Suehiro-cho, Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama, 230-0045, Japan (2019)
      Group 2 innate lymphoid cells (ILC2s) have tissue-resident competence and contribute to the pathogenesis of allergic diseases. However, the mechanisms regulating prolonged ILC2-mediated TH2 cytokine production under chronic inflammatory conditions are unclear. Here we show that, at homeostasis, Runx deficiency induces excessive ILC2 activation due to overly active GATA-3 functions. By contrast, during allergic inflammation, the absence of Runx impairs the ability of ILC2s to proliferate and produce effector TH2 cytokines and chemokines. Instead, functional deletion of Runx induces the expression of exhaustion markers, such as IL-10 and TIGIT, on ILC2s. Finally, these 'exhausted-like' ILC2s are unable to induce type 2 immune responses to repeated allergen exposures. Thus, Runx confers competence for sustained ILC2 activity at the mucosa, and contributes to allergic pathogenesis
    • Keratinocyte cancer excisions in Australia: who performs them and associated costs

      Thompson, BS; Pandeya, N; Olsen, CM; Dusingize, JC; Green, Adele C; Neale, RE; Whiteman, DC; Department of Population Health, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, Herston, Queensland, Australia (2019)
      BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVE: To describe the clinical settings in which keratinocyte cancers are excised in Queensland and describe the types of practitioners who excise them; to examine costs; and to identify predictors of hospital admission. METHODS: We used linked data for participants from the QSkin study (n = 43 794), including Medicare claims and Queensland hospital admissions relating to treatment episodes for incident keratinocyte cancers from July 2011 to June 2015. We used multinomial logistic regression to measure associations between demographic and clinical characteristics and treatment setting. The median costs of Medicare claims (AU$) were calculated. RESULTS: During 4 years of follow-up, there were 18 479 skin cancer excision episodes among 8613 people. Most excisions took place in private clinical rooms (89.7%), the remainder in hospitals (7.9% private; 2.4% public). Compared with other anatomical sites, skin cancers on the nose, eyelid, ear, lip, finger or genitalia were more likely to be treated in hospitals than in private clinical rooms (public hospital OR 5.7; 95%CI 4.5-7.2; private hospital OR 8.3; 95%CI 7.3-9.4). Primary care practitioners excised 83% of keratinocyte cancers, followed by plastic surgeons (9%) and dermatologists (6%). The median Medicare benefit paid was $253 in private clinical rooms and $334 in private hospitals. Out-of-pocket payments by patients treated in private hospitals were fourfold higher than those in private clinical rooms ($351 vs $80). CONCLUSIONS: Most keratinocyte cancers are excised in primary care, although more than 10% of excisions occur in hospital settings.
    • Opportunities to improve immune-based prevention of HPV-associated cancers

      Stern, Peter L; Roden, RB; Division of Molecular & Clinical Cancer Sciences, School of Medical Sciences, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, Manchester Cancer Research Centre, University of Manchester, Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M20 4BX, (2019)
      Immunization of adolescent girls with VLP vaccines, made of L1 proteins from the most medically significant high risk HPV types, is a major strategy for prevention of cervical cancer plus other HPV-associated cancers. Maximal population impact, including through herd immunity, requires high vaccination coverage. However, protection of unvaccinated women requires secondary prevention through cytology screening. Unfortunately in countries with the highest incidence/mortality due to cervical cancer HPV vaccination (or cytology screening) is not sufficiently available. Vaccination programme costs and a lack of accessibility of the populations for immunization remain significant hurdles. Several approaches could increase effective implementation of HPV vaccination. 1) Use of a single immunization of the current VLP vaccines. 2) Vaccination bundled with other paediatric vaccines with lower dosage to facilitate delivery, improve coverage and reduce costs through established logistics. 3) Local manufacture with lower cost systems (e.g. bacteria) for VLP or capsomer based vaccine production and utilization of additional protective epitopes (e.g L2) for increasing breadth of protection. However, all the latter need appropriate clinical validation. Gender neutral vaccination and extending routine vaccination strategies to women up to age 30 years in combination with at least one HPV screening test can also hasten impact on cancer incidence.
    • Publisher correction: Novel pleiotropic risk loci for melanoma and nevus density implicate multiple biological pathways.

      Duffy, DL; Zhu, G; Li, X; Sanna, M; Iles, MM; Jacobs, LC; Evans, DM; Yazar, S; Beesley, J; Law, MH; et al. (2019)
      The original version of this Article contained errors in the spelling of the authors Fan Liu and M. Arfan Ikram, which were incorrectly given as Fan Lui and Arfan M. Ikram. In addition, the original version of this Article also contained errors in the author affiliations which are detailed in the associated Publisher Correction.
    • Molecular landmarks of tumor hypoxia across cancer types.

      Bhandari, V; Hoey, C; Liu, LY; Lalonde, E; Ray, J; Livingstone, J; Lesurf, R; Shiah, YJ; Vujcic, T; Huang, X; et al. (2019)
      Many primary-tumor subregions have low levels of molecular oxygen, termed hypoxia. Hypoxic tumors are at elevated risk for local failure and distant metastasis, but the molecular hallmarks of tumor hypoxia remain poorly defined. To fill this gap, we quantified hypoxia in 8,006 tumors across 19 tumor types. In ten tumor types, hypoxia was associated with elevated genomic instability. In all 19 tumor types, hypoxic tumors exhibited characteristic driver-mutation signatures. We observed widespread hypoxia-associated dysregulation of microRNAs (miRNAs) across cancers and functionally validated miR-133a-3p as a hypoxia-modulated miRNA. In localized prostate cancer, hypoxia was associated with elevated rates of chromothripsis, allelic loss of PTEN and shorter telomeres. These associations are particularly enriched in polyclonal tumors, representing a constellation of features resembling tumor nimbosus, an aggressive cellular phenotype. Overall, this work establishes that tumor hypoxia may drive aggressive molecular features across cancers and shape the clinical trajectory of individual tumors.
    • Keratinocyte carcinomas: current concepts and future research priorities

      Nagarajan, P; Asgari, MM; Green, Adele C; Guhan, SM; Arron, ST; Proby, CM; Rollison, DE; Harwood, CA; Toland, AE; Department of Pathology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas (2019)
      Cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (cSCC) and basal cell carcinoma (BCC) are keratinocyte carcinomas, the most frequently diagnosed cancers in fair-skinned populations. Ultraviolet radiation (UVR) is the main driving carcinogen for these tumors, but immunosuppression, pigmentary factors, and aging are also risk factors. Scientific discoveries have improved the understanding of the role of human papillomaviruses (HPV) in cSCC as well as the skin microbiome and a compromised immune system in the development of both cSCC and BCC. Genomic analyses have uncovered genetic risk variants, high-risk susceptibility genes, and somatic events that underlie common pathways important in keratinocyte carcinoma tumorigenesis and tumor characteristics that have enabled development of prediction models for early identification of high-risk individuals. Advances in chemoprevention in high-risk individuals and progress in targeted and immune-based treatment approaches have the potential to decrease the morbidity and mortality associated with these tumors. As the incidence and prevalence of keratinocyte carcinoma continue to increase, strategies for prevention, including effective sun-protective behavior, educational interventions, and reduction of tanning bed access and usage, are essential. Gaps in our knowledge requiring additional research to reduce the high morbidity and costs associated with keratinocyte carcinoma include better understanding of factors leading to more aggressive tumors, the roles of microbiome and HPV infection, prediction of response to therapies including immune checkpoint blockade, and how to tailor both prevention and treatment to individual risk factors and needs.
    • First in human phase 1/2a study of PEN-221 somatostatin analog (SSA)-DM1 conjugate for patients (PTS) with advanced neuroendocrine tumor (NET) or small cell lung cancer (SCLC): phase 1 results

      Halperin, DM; Johnson, ML; Meyer, T; Fojo, AT; Cook, Natalie; Blaszkowsky, LS; Schlechter, BL; Chan, J; Yao, JC; Jemiai, Y; et al. (2019)
    • The effects of a multidisciplinary high-throughput skin clinic on healthcare costs of organ transplant recipients.

      Gordon, LG; Rodriguez-Acevedo, AJ; Papier, K; Khosrotehrani, K; Isbel, N; Campbell, S; Griffin, A; Green, Adele C; QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, Population Health Department, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia (2019)
      BACKGROUND: A long-term complication among organ transplant recipients (OTRs) is skin malignancies which are associated with level and duration of immunosuppressive treatment, sun exposure and age. Dermatological surveillance is recommended for OTRs at high risk of skin malignancies, but evidence is lacking on the benefits of such services. OBJECTIVE: To examine the economic impact on patients and on the hospital service of a multidisciplinary high-throughput skin cancer Clinic in Brisbane, Australia, dedicated to dermatological and surgical care of high-risk OTRs. METHODS: In a pre-post design, hospital admission and cost data were obtained for 101 consecutively-enrolled study participants from 12 months prior to the introduction of the Clinic (to February 2016), the 3-month 'run-in' period (March to May 2016), and 12 months subsequent (to June 2017). Differences between pre- and post-Clinic hospital costs were tested using non-parametric bootstrapping and interrupted time series analysis. A survey of patient out-of-pocket costs and perceived financial burden was also undertaken during the Clinic. RESULTS: Overall hospital costs were higher after the Clinic but 3-monthly hospital costs for skin procedures trended downwards. Despite 3-monthly mean hospital visits increasing from 85 to 314, mean 3-monthly costs reduced by AU$1,491 (p<0.001) indicating greater cost-efficiency. Total patient out-of-pocket costs were AU$18,377 over 3 months. CONCLUSION: Clinical costing data revealed higher, more rapid throughput, and significantly lower per patient costs pre- and post- establishment of a multidisciplinary skin cancer Clinic for OTRs.
    • Multi-parametric and multi-regional histogram analysis of MRI: modality integration reveals imaging phenotypes of glioblastoma.

      Li, C; Wang, S; Serra, A; Torheim, T; Yan, JL; Boonzaier, NR; Huang, Y; Matys, T; McLean, MA; Markowetz, Florian; et al. (2019)
      OBJECTIVES: Integrating multiple imaging modalities is crucial for MRI data interpretation. The purpose of this study is to determine whether a previously proposed multi-view approach can effectively integrate the histogram features from multi-parametric MRI and whether the selected features can offer incremental prognostic values over clinical variables. METHODS: Eighty newly-diagnosed glioblastoma patients underwent surgery and chemoradiotherapy. Histogram features of diffusion and perfusion imaging were extracted from contrast-enhancing (CE) and non-enhancing (NE) regions independently. An unsupervised patient clustering was performed by the multi-view approach. Kaplan-Meier and Cox proportional hazards regression analyses were performed to evaluate the relevance of patient clustering to survival. The metabolic signatures of patient clusters were compared using multi-voxel spectroscopy analysis. The prognostic values of histogram features were evaluated by survival and ROC curve analyses. RESULTS: Two patient clusters were generated, consisting of 53 and 27 patients respectively. Cluster 2 demonstrated better overall survival (OS) (p?=?0.007) and progression-free survival (PFS) (p?<?0.001) than Cluster 1. Cluster 2 displayed lower N-acetylaspartate/creatine ratio in NE region (p?=?0.040). A higher mean value of anisotropic diffusion in NE region was associated with worse OS (hazard ratio [HR]?=?1.40, p?=?0.020) and PFS (HR?=?1.36, p?=?0.031). The seven features selected by this approach showed significantly incremental value in predicting 12-month OS (p?=?0.020) and PFS (p?=?0.022). CONCLUSIONS: The multi-view clustering method can provide an effective integration of multi-parametric MRI. The histogram features selected may be used as potential prognostic markers. KEY POINTS: • Multi-parametric magnetic resonance imaging captures multi-faceted tumor physiology. • Contrast-enhancing and non-enhancing tumor regions represent different tumor components with distinct clinical relevance. • Multi-view data analysis offers a method which can effectively select and integrate multi-parametric and multi-regional imaging features.