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Cancer Biology & Medicine

Da-Lin Gao, Qian-Qian Fu, Tian-Tian Zhang, Lin Sun, Yi Pan, Qiong-Li Zhai
Lymphoma rarely occurs during pregnancy, making this condition difficult to define. Lymphomas that occur in reproductive organs during pregnancy exhibit unique clinical characteristics. Among the limited cases, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) shows a considerably higher incidence rate than Hodgkin's lymphoma (HL); NHL also displays clinical characteristics, such as high aggressiveness, advanced stage, and poor outcome. This study reports on four cases of lymphomas in non-gonadal organs (HL, n=2; NHL, n=2) during pregnancy...
September 2016: Cancer Biology & Medicine
Teimuraz Kochoyan, Mobil Akhmedov, Alexander Shabanov, Ilya Terekhov
Sarcoidosis is a benign systematic granulomatous disorder of unknown etiology and is associated with various malignancies. However, granulomatous and metastatic lymph node lesions are difficult to distinguish even when using precise and modern diagnostic methods, such as positron emission tomography. Thus, histological verification is the only method that can be used to accurately describe the nature of this disease. In this article, we report a case of non-luminal HER-2/neu-positive breast cancer in a patient without history of sarcoidosis and suspected to have metastatic disease...
September 2016: Cancer Biology & Medicine
Ji-Yuan Sun, Wondwossen Gebre, Yi-Min Dong, Xiao Shaun, Rachel Robbins, Alida Podrumar
Primary peritoneal carcinoma (PPC) is a type of rare malignant epithelial tumor. Metastasis from PPC to breast has been rarely reported. PPC originates de novo from the peritoneal tissues rather than invasion or metastasis from adjacent or remote organs. PPCs have been implicated in many cases of carcinomas of unknown primary origin. It is similar to ovarian cancer (OvCa), because it shares the same common embryonic origin, the coelomic epithelium (mesodermal origin). The mechanism of oncogenesis remains elusive...
September 2016: Cancer Biology & Medicine
Manel Dridi, Nesrine Mejri, Soumaya Labidi, Mehdi Afrit, Houda El Benna, Khaoula Ben Miled, Hamouda Boussen
OBJECTIVE: Implantable port thrombosis (IPT) in cancer patients is a relatively rare but severe complication. Several factors are reportedly associated with the occurrence of thrombosis. We aimed to describe the prevalence and the anatomoclinical features of IPT observed in cancer patients who were treated in a medical oncology department in Tunisia. METHODS: A total of 600 cancer patients who had port implantation from January 2013 to December 2015 were retrospectively identified...
September 2016: Cancer Biology & Medicine
Siaw Sze Tiong, Colleen Dickie, Rick L Haas, Brian O'Sullivan
The combination of radiotherapy (RT) and function-preserving surgery is the most usual contemporary approach in the management of soft tissue sarcomas (STS). Pre- and postoperative RT result in similar local control rates, as shown by a landmark trial in extremity STS. In this review, the role of RT in the management of extremity STS will be discussed, but STS in other sites, including retroperitoneal STS, will also be addressed. The focus will consider various aspects of RT including strategies to reduce the volume of tissue being irradiated, dose, scheduling, and the possible of omission of RT in selected cases...
September 2016: Cancer Biology & Medicine
Joseph A Clara, David A Sallman, Eric Padron
The myelodysplastic/myeloproliferative neoplasms (MDS/MPNs) are a unique group of hematologic malignancies characterized by concomitant myelodysplastic and myeloproliferative features. According to the 2008 WHO classification, the category includes atypical chronic myeloid leukemia (aCML), chronic myelomonocytic leukemia (CMML), juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia (JMML), MDS/MPN-unclassifiable (MDS/MPN-U), and the provisional entity refractory anemia with ring sideroblasts and thrombocytosis (RARS-T). Although diagnosis currently remains based on clinicopathologic features, the incorporation of next-generation platforms has allowed for the recent molecular characterization of these diseases which has revealed unique and complex mutational profiles that support their distinct biology and is anticipated to soon play an integral role in diagnosis, prognostication, and treatment...
September 2016: Cancer Biology & Medicine
Chuang Gao, Zi-Jian Deng, Dong Peng, Yu-Shen Jin, Yan Ma, Yan-Yan Li, Yu-Kun Zhu, Jian-Zhong Xi, Jie Tian, Zhi-Fei Dai, Chang-Hui Li, Xiao-Long Liang
Objective: Photoacoustic (PA) tomography (PAT) has attracted extensive interest because of its optical absorption contrast and ultrasonic detection. This study aims to develop a biocompatible and biodegradable PA contrast agent particularly promising for clinical applications in human body. Methods: In this study, we presented a PA contrast agent: 1, 2-distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphoethanolamine- N-[methoxy (polyethylene glycol)] (DSPE-PEG)-coated superparamagnetic iron oxide (SPIO) nanoparticles (NPs) loaded with indocyanine green (ICG)...
September 2016: Cancer Biology & Medicine
Xue Li, Xue-Ning Zhang, Xiao-Dong Li, Jin Chang
Accurate diagnosis of tumors needs much detailed information. However, available single imaging modality cannot provide complete or comprehensive data. Nanomedicine is the application of nanotechnology to medicine, and multimodality imaging based on nanoparticles has been receiving extensive attention. This new hybrid imaging technology could provide complementary information from different imaging modalities using only a single injection of contrast agent. In this review, we introduce recent developments in multifunctional nanoparticles and their biomedical applications to multimodal imaging and theragnosis as nanomedicine...
September 2016: Cancer Biology & Medicine
Guo-Yun Wan, Yang Liu, Bo-Wei Chen, Yuan-Yuan Liu, Yin-Song Wang, Ning Zhang
Sonodynamic therapy (SDT) is an emerging approach that involves a combination of low-intensity ultrasound and specialized chemical agents known as sonosensitizers. Ultrasound can penetrate deeply into tissues and can be focused into a small region of a tumor to activate a sonosensitizer which offers the possibility of non-invasively eradicating solid tumors in a site-directed manner. In this article, we critically reviewed the currently accepted mechanisms of sonodynamic action and summarized the classification of sonosensitizers...
September 2016: Cancer Biology & Medicine
Lei Fu, Heng-Te Ke
Nanotechnology provides various nanomaterials with tremendous functionalities for cancer diagnostics and therapeutics. Recently, theranostics has been developed as an alternative strategy for efficient cancer treatment through combination of imaging diagnosis and therapeutic interventions under the guidance of diagnostic results. Ultrasound (US) imaging shows unique advantages with excellent features of real-time imaging, low cost, high safety and portability, making US contrast agents (UCAs) an ideal platform for construction of cancer theranostic agents...
September 2016: Cancer Biology & Medicine
Chao-Feng He, Shun-Hao Wang, Ying-Jie Yu, He-Yun Shen, Yan Zhao, Hui-Ling Gao, Hai Wang, Lin-Lin Li, Hui-Yu Liu
Photothermal cancer therapy is an alternative to chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and surgery. With the development of nanophotothermal agents, this therapy holds immense potential in clinical translation. However, the toxicity issues derived from the fact that nanomaterials are trapped and retained in the reticuloendothelial systems limit their biomedical application. Developing biodegradable photothermal agents is the most practical route to address these concerns. In addition to the physicochemical properties of nanomaterials, various internal and external stimuli play key roles on nanomaterials uptake, transport, and clearance...
September 2016: Cancer Biology & Medicine
Zhi-Fei Dai
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September 2016: Cancer Biology & Medicine
Mohamed R Elshafey, Rehab A Ahmed, Mohamed I Mourad, Essam T Gaballah
OBJECTIVE: Mucoepidermoid carcinoma (MEC) is the most common primary malignancy of the salivary glands. Insulin-like growth factor-II mRNA-binding protein-3 (IMP3) is an important prognostic factor in some cancers and a tool that differentiates between benign and malignant pancreatic lesions. This study aimed to identify a relationship between the expression of IMP3 and the outcome of salivary gland MEC, as well as to differentiate MEC from pleomorphic adenoma (PA). METHODS: Tissue specimens from 70 cases of salivary gland MEC, 40 cases of PA, and 10 cases with normal salivary gland were examined immunohistochemically for IMP3...
June 2016: Cancer Biology & Medicine
Wei Liao, Sanjai Sharma
OBJECTIVE: Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) cells over-express a guanine exchange factor (GEF), Rasgrf-1. This GEF increases active Ras as it catalyzes the removal of GDP from Ras so that GTP can bind and activate Ras. This study aims to study the mechanism of action of Rasgrf-1 in B-cell malignancies. METHODS: N-terminus truncated Rasgrf-1 variants have a higher GEF activity as compared to the full-length transcript therefore a MCL cell line with stable over-expression of truncated Rasgrf-1 was established...
June 2016: Cancer Biology & Medicine
Anna Carolina Batista Dantas, Marco Aurelio Santo, Roberto de Cleva, Rubens Antônio Aissar Sallum, Ivan Cecconello
Esophageal and gastric cancer (GC) are related to obesity and bariatric surgery. Risk factors, such as gastroesophageal reflux and Helicobacter pylori, must be investigated and treated in obese population. After surgery, GC reports are anecdotal and treatment is not standardized. This review aims to discuss GC related to obesity before and after bariatric surgery.
June 2016: Cancer Biology & Medicine
Wen-Ya Zhou, Hong Zheng, Xiao-Ling Du, Ji-Long Yang
The fibroblast growth factor receptor (FGFR) family plays important roles in regulating cell growth, proliferation, survival, differentiation and angiogenesis. Deregulation of the FGF/FGFR signaling pathway has been associated with multiple development syndromes and cancers, and thus therapeutic strategies targeting FGFs and FGFR in human cancer are currently being explored. However, few studies on the FGF/FGFR pathway have been conducted in sarcoma, which has a poor outcome with traditional treatments such as surgery, chemotherapy, and radiotherapy...
June 2016: Cancer Biology & Medicine
Hong-Sheng Zhou, Bing Z Carter, Michael Andreeff
Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is characterized by the accumulation of circulating immature blasts that exhibit uncontrolled growth, lack the ability to undergo normal differentiation, and have decreased sensitivity to apoptosis. Accumulating evidence shows the bone marrow (BM) niche is critical to the maintenance and retention of hematopoietic stem cells (HSC), including leukemia stem cells (LSC), and an increasing number of studies have demonstrated that crosstalk between LSC and the stromal cells associated with this niche greatly influences leukemia initiation, progression, and response to therapy...
June 2016: Cancer Biology & Medicine
Robert L Hollis, Charlie Gourley
Epithelial ovarian cancer represents the most lethal gynecological malignancy in the developed world, and can be divided into five main histological subtypes: high grade serous, endometrioid, clear cell, mucinous and low grade serous. These subtypes represent distinct disease entities, both clinically and at the molecular level. Molecular analysis has revealed significant genetic heterogeneity in ovarian cancer, particularly within the high grade serous subtype. As such, this subtype has been the focus of much research effort to date, revealing molecular subgroups at both the genomic and transcriptomic level that have clinical implications...
June 2016: Cancer Biology & Medicine
Dimitrios Zardavas, Martine Piccart-Gebhart
The implementation of molecular profiling technologies in oncology deepens our knowledge for the molecular landscapes of cancer diagnoses, identifying aberrations that could be linked with specific therapeutic vulnerabilities. In particular, there is an increasing list of molecularly targeted anticancer agents undergoing clinical development that aim to block specific molecular aberrations. This leads to a paradigm shift, with an increasing list of specific aberrations dictating the treatment of patients with cancer...
June 2016: Cancer Biology & Medicine
Jay Hocking, Sridurga Mithraprabhu, Anna Kalff, Andrew Spencer
Circulating free nucleic acids; cell free DNA and circulating micro-RNA, are found in the plasma of patients with hematologic and solid malignancies at levels higher than that of healthy individuals. In patients with hematologic malignancy cell free DNA reflects the underlying tumor mutational profile, whilst micro-RNAs reflect genetic interference mechanisms within a tumor and potentially the surrounding microenvironment and immune effector cells. These circulating nucleic acids offer a potentially simple, non-invasive, repeatable analysis that can aid in diagnosis, prognosis and therapeutic decisions in cancer treatment...
June 2016: Cancer Biology & Medicine
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