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Pancreatic Neoplasms: HELP
Articles by Nigel Spry
Based on 3 articles published since 2010
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Between 2010 and 2020, N. Spry wrote the following 3 articles about Pancreatic Neoplasms.
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1 Clinical Trial Impact of gemcitabine chemotherapy and 3-dimensional conformal radiation therapy/5-fluorouracil on quality of life of patients managed for pancreatic cancer. 2013

Short, Michala / Goldstein, David / Halkett, Georgia / Reece, William / Borg, Martin / Zissiadis, Yvonne / Kneebone, Andrew / Spry, Nigel. ·Discipline of Medical Radiation Sciences, University of Sydney, and Department of Medical Oncology, Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. ·Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys · Pubmed #22543205.

ABSTRACT: PURPOSE: To report quality of life (QOL) results for patients receiving chemoradiation therapy for pancreatic cancer. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Eligible patients (n=41 locally advanced, n=22 postsurgery) entered the B9E-AY-S168 study and received 1 cycle of induction gemcitabine (1000 mg/m2 weekly ×3 with 1-week break) followed by 3-dimensional conformal radiation therapy (RT) (54 Gy locally advanced and 45 Gy postsurgery) and concomitant continuous-infusion 5-fluorouracil (5FU) (200 mg/m2/d throughout RT). After 4 weeks, patients received an additional 3 cycles of consolidation gemcitabine chemotherapy. Patients completed the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer QLQ-C30 and QLQ-PAN26 questionnaires at baseline, before RT/5FU, at end of RT/5FU, before consolidation gemcitabine, and at treatment completion. RESULTS: The patterns of change in global QOL scores differed between groups. In the locally advanced group global QOL scores were +13, +8, +3, and +1 compared with baseline before RT/5FU (P=.008), at end of RT/5FU, before consolidation gemcitabine, and at treatment completion, respectively. In the postsurgery group, global QOL scores were -3, +4, +15, and +17 compared with baseline at the same time points, with a significant improvement in global QOL before consolidation gemcitabine (P=.03). No significant declines in global QOL were reported by either cohort. CONCLUSIONS: This study demonstrates that global QOL and associated function and symptom profiles for pancreatic chemoradiation therapy differ between locally advanced and postsurgery patients, likely owing to differences in underlying disease status. For both groups, the treatment protocol was well tolerated and did not have a negative impact on patients' global QOL.

2 Clinical Trial The GOFURTGO Study: AGITG phase II study of fixed dose rate gemcitabine-oxaliplatin integrated with concomitant 5FU and 3-D conformal radiotherapy for the treatment of localised pancreatic cancer. 2012

Goldstein, D / Spry, N / Cummins, M M / Brown, C / van Hazel, G A / Carroll, S / Selva-Nayagam, S / Borg, M / Ackland, S P / Wratten, C / Shapiro, J / Porter, I W T / Hruby, G / Horvath, L / Bydder, S / Underhill, C / Harvey, J / Gebski, V J / Anonymous660712. ·Department of Medical Oncology, Prince of Wales Hospital, High Street, Randwick, New South Wales 2031, Australia. david.goldstein@sesiahs.health.nsw.gov.au ·Br J Cancer · Pubmed #22134511.

ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Locally advanced inoperable pancreatic cancer (LAPC) has a poor prognosis. By increasing intensity of systemic therapy combined with an established safe chemoradiation technique, our intention was to enhance the outcomes of LAPC. In preparation for phase III evaluation, the feasibility and efficacy of our candidate regimen gemcitabine-oxaliplatin chemotherapy with sandwich 5-fluorouracil (5FU) and three-dimensional conformal radiotherapy (3DCRT) needs to be established. METHODS: A total of 48 patients with inoperable LAPC without metastases were given gemcitabine (1000 mg m(-2) d1 + d15 q28) and oxaliplatin (100 mg m(-2) d2 + d16 q28) in induction (one cycle) and consolidation (three cycles), and 5FU 200 mg m(-2) per day over 6 weeks during 3DCRT 54 Gy. RESULTS: Median duration of sustained local control (LC) was 15.8 months, progression-free survival (PFS) was 11.0 months, and overall survival was 15.7 months. Survival rates for 1, 2, and 3 years were 70.2%, 21.3%, and 12.8%, respectively. Global quality of life did not significantly decline from baseline during treatment, which was associated with modest treatment-related toxicity. CONCLUSION: Fixed-dose gemcitabine and oxaliplatin, combined with an effective and safe regimen of 5FU and 3DCRT radiotherapy, was feasible and reasonably tolerated. The observed improved duration of LC and PFS with more intensive therapy over previous trials may be due to patient selection, but suggest that further evaluation in phase III trials is warranted.

3 Article Exercise as medicine in the management of pancreatic cancer: a case study. 2014

Cormie, Prue / Spry, Nigel / Jasas, Kevin / Johansson, Mikael / Yusoff, Ian F / Newton, Robert U / Galvão, Daniel A. ·1Edith Cowan University Health and Wellness Institute, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup, AUSTRALIA; 2Department of Radiation Oncology, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Nedlands, AUSTRALIA; 3Faculty of Medicine, University of Western Australia, AUSTRALIA; 4Department of Medical Oncology, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Nedlands, AUSTRALIA; 5Department of General Surgery, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Nedlands, AUSTRALIA; 6Department of Gastroenterology, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Nedlands, AUSTRALIA. ·Med Sci Sports Exerc · Pubmed #24042308.

ABSTRACT: INTRODUCTION: Given the poor prognosis for patients diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, therapies that enhance the ability to tolerate adjuvant treatments, reduce the loss of physical functioning and optimize quality of life are critically important. Exercise may represent such a therapy; however, no previous research has investigated the potential impact of exercise on outcomes in pancreatic cancer patients. PURPOSE: This study aimed to determine the safety and efficacy of a 6-month supervised exercise program in a pancreatic cancer patient undergoing adjuvant treatment. METHODS: A case study was performed on a 49-yr-old male diagnosed with stage IIb pancreatic cancer. The patient had surgery (Whipple resection) followed by adjuvant chemotherapy (gemcitabine and fluorouracil) and radiotherapy (45 Gy). The patient initiated a supervised exercise program involving twice weekly resistance and aerobic exercise sessions during adjuvant therapy. Outcomes were assessed at baseline and after 3 and 6 months of exercise. RESULTS: The exercise program was well tolerated with 73% attendance throughout the 6 months. No treatment toxicities prevented the patient from complying with adjuvant treatment plans. Considerable improvements were observed at both 3- and 6-month assessment points for all measures of physical capacity and functional ability, lean mass, physical activity levels, general health and disease-specific quality of life, cancer-related fatigue, sleep quality, and psychological distress. CONCLUSIONS: In this first reported clinical case, exercise led to improvements in a variety of patient outcomes during adjuvant therapy for pancreatic cancer. This initial evidence has important clinical implications, indicating that exercise may be an effective adjunct therapy for the management of pancreatic cancer. Future trials are needed to confirm and expand our initial findings.