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Pancreatic Neoplasms: HELP
Articles by Kara Semotiuk
Based on 4 articles published since 2010
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Between 2010 and 2020, Kara Semotiuk wrote the following 4 articles about Pancreatic Neoplasms.
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1 Article Germline BRCA Mutations in a Large Clinic-Based Cohort of Patients With Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma. 2015

Holter, Spring / Borgida, Ayelet / Dodd, Anna / Grant, Robert / Semotiuk, Kara / Hedley, David / Dhani, Neesha / Narod, Steven / Akbari, Mohammad / Moore, Malcolm / Gallinger, Steven. ·Spring Holter, Ayelet Borgida, Robert Grant, Kara Semotiuk, and Steven Gallinger, Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, Mount Sinai Hospital · Anna Dodd, David Hedley, Neesha Dhani, Malcolm Moore, and Steven Gallinger, McCain Pancreatic Cancer Centre, University Health Network · and Steven Narod and Mohammad Akbari, Women's College Research Institute, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ·J Clin Oncol · Pubmed #25940717.

ABSTRACT: PURPOSE: The main purpose of this study was to determine the prevalence of pathogenic BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations in a consecutively ascertained clinic-based cohort of patients with pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma and describe the clinical and family history characteristics. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Unselected, consecutive, incident patients with pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma were recruited at a single cancer center over a 2-year period. Participants provided blood for DNA analysis and cancer family history, and cancer treatment records were reviewed. DNA from all patients was analyzed by Sanger sequencing and multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification for germline variants in BRCA1 and BRCA2. RESULTS: Three hundred six patients were eligible for analysis. Pathogenic germline BRCA mutations were identified in 14 patients (4.6%; 95% CI, 2.2% to 6.9%), including 11 patients with a BRCA2 mutation and three patients with a BRCA1 mutation. Having a cancer family history that met genetic testing criteria of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network or the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care or self-reporting as Ashkenazi Jewish was significantly associated with BRCA mutation carrier status (P=.02, P<.001, and P=.05, respectively). However, the majority of the BRCA mutation-positive patients did not actually meet these genetic testing criteria. CONCLUSION: Pathogenic BRCA mutations were identified in 4.6% of a large cohort of clinic-based patients. Considering the implications for family members of BRCA carriers, and possibly tailored chemotherapeutic treatment of patients, our finding has implications for broader BRCA genetic testing for patients with pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma.

2 Article Screening for pancreatic cancer in a high-risk cohort: an eight-year experience. 2012

Al-Sukhni, Wigdan / Borgida, Ayelet / Rothenmund, Heidi / Holter, Spring / Semotiuk, Kara / Grant, Robert / Wilson, Stephanie / Moore, Malcolm / Narod, Steven / Jhaveri, Kartik / Haider, Masoom A / Gallinger, Steven. ·Hepatobiliary/Pancreatic Surgical Oncology Program, Division of General Surgery, Department of Surgery, University Health Network, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada. ·J Gastrointest Surg · Pubmed #22127781.

ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Pancreatic adenocarcinoma is the fourth leading cause of cancer death. METHODS: A prospective cohort study was undertaken between 2003 and 2011 at a tertiary care centre in Toronto, Canada. Two hundred and sixty-two subjects were enrolled based on an elevated estimated lifetime risk for pancreatic cancer due to known genetic mutations and/or cancer family history. Subjects underwent annual magnetic resonance imaging, followed by additional investigations if abnormal findings were detected. Evidence of malignancy or suspicious macroscopic abnormalities prompted referral for surgical intervention. RESULTS: Average length of follow-up was 4.2 years, during which 84/262 (32%) subjects demonstrated pancreatic abnormalities. Three participants developed pancreatic adenocarcinoma (one 1.5-cm tumor was resected but recurred, while the other two subjects developed metastatic cancer), and a fourth participant developed a pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor that was resected. Fifteen subjects had radiologic evidence of branch-duct intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms, of which two underwent surgical resection. Sixty-five subjects had simple pancreatic cysts that have remained stable. CONCLUSION: Magnetic resonance imaging can detect small pancreatic tumors and cystic lesions, but further improvement in sensitivity is needed. An understanding of the natural history of pre-invasive lesions in members of high-risk families is necessary for developing a more effective screening program.

3 Article Moderators of cancer-related distress and worry after a pancreatic cancer genetic counseling and screening intervention. 2012

Hart, Stacey L / Torbit, Lindsey A / Crangle, Cassandra J / Esplen, Mary Jane / Holter, Spring / Semotiuk, Kara / Borgida, Ayelet / Ardiles, Paola / Rothenmund, Heidi / Gallinger, Steve. ·Ryerson University, Psychology, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. stacey.hart@psych.ryerson.ca ·Psychooncology · Pubmed #21774034.

ABSTRACT: OBJECTIVES: Although the hereditary breast and ovarian cancer literature has demonstrated short-term gains in psychological adjustment following genetic counseling, there has been limited research examining long-term outcomes and moderators. Moreover, there has been minimal research into the psychological effects of this intervention in populations at high risk for pancreatic cancer. This study examines the long-term effects of pancreatic cancer screening and genetic counseling on cancer-related distress and cancer worry in a high-risk population at 1-year follow-up. Additionally, this study explores potential moderators of the effectiveness of this intervention. METHODS: One hundred twenty-nine participants with familial pancreatic cancer or with the BRCA2 gene mutation completed a baseline questionnaire prior to their first pancreatic cancer screening and genetic counseling session. Participants also completed questionnaires at 3- and 12-month follow-up. RESULTS: Cancer-related intrusive thoughts decreased significantly over time, whereas cancer-related worry decreased at 3 months and showed a small but significant increase at 1 year. Age and baseline distress exhibited moderator effects. Younger individuals showed a significant decrease in cancer-related intrusive thoughts, cancer-related avoidant thoughts, and cancer worry. Additionally, individuals with greater baseline distress showed a significant decrease in cancer-related intrusive thoughts over time. CONCLUSIONS: Analysis of the long-term effects of pancreatic cancer screening and genetic testing reveal psychological gains that are maintained at 1-year follow-up. This intervention is particularly effective for younger participants and individuals with greater baseline distress.

4 Article Pancreatic cancer risk counselling and screening: impact on perceived risk and psychological functioning. 2010

Maheu, Christine / Vodermaier, Andrea / Rothenmund, Heidi / Gallinger, Steve / Ardiles, Paola / Semotiuk, Kara / Holter, Spring / Thayalan, Saumea / Esplen, Mary Jane. ·York University, Toronto, ON, Canada. cmaheu@uhnres.utoronto.ca ·Fam Cancer · Pubmed #20623197.

ABSTRACT: Individuals at increased risk for pancreatic cancer who undergo screening can experience psychological and emotional distress. The objective of this study is to determine whether individuals participating in a pancreatic cancer screening program experience disruptions in risk perception, cancer-related anxiety or emotional distress. A pretestposttest design was used to examine perceived risk and psychological functioning of individuals participating in a pancreatic cancer screening protocol. The screening protocol includes genetic counselling, transcutaneous abdominal ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging, and blood collection and eligible participants included individuals with a family history of pancreatic cancer or BRCA2 mutation carriers. At baseline, participants (n = 198) showed low to moderate levels of risk perception, pancreatic cancer-related anxiety, and general distress. Participants with familial pancreatic cancer (FPC) (n = 131) endorsed higher risk perception of pancreatic cancer than the BRCA2 carriers (n = 67) (perceived lifetime risk 42 vs. 15%), but did not differ on cancer worry or general distress prior to the first study appointment. From baseline to 3 months follow-up, no significant time or time by group interactions emerged on risk perception or general distress, but cancer worry decreased over time for the FPC group regardless of the number of affected relatives. Our findings indicate that participation in a pancreatic cancer screening program does not lead to a significant increase in risk perception, cancer worry, or general distress and that participants with high baseline levels of risk perception and distress may benefit from a more comprehensive risk assessment and psychological support.