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Germ cell tumors

Masateru Nagae, Yasuo Mikami, Kentaro Mizuno, Tomohisa Harada, Takumi Ikeda, Hitoshi Tonomura, Ryota Takatori, Hiroyoshi Fujiwara, Toshikazu Kubo
INTRODUCTION: Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) cement is useful for spinal reconstruction, but can cause complications including new vertebral fractures, neurological disorders and pulmonary embolism. We report a case in PMMA cement used for spinal reconstruction after tumor curettage dislodged and penetrated the gastrointestinal tract. DIAGNOSES: The patient was diagnosed with a retroperitoneal extragonadal germ cell tumor at age 27 years. After chemotherapy and tumor resection, the tumor remained...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Behjatolah Monzavi-Karbassi, Fariba Jousheghany, Thomas Kieber-Emmons
Development of cancer vaccines targeting tumor-associated antigens (TAAs) is an alternative approach to chemotherapy with sustained anti-tumor effects. The success of active immunotherapy has been hampered by tumor-induced immune suppressors. Regulatory T cells (Tregs) are a population of immune suppressors with a proven role in regulating anti-tumor immune responses. Removing or subduing Tregs activity leads to more robust anti-tumor immune responses. Here, we used a cell-based vaccination strategy in the 4T1 murine mammary model to examine whether bulk removal of certain TAAs, using their glycan profile, can affect the immunogenicity of the vaccine...
October 19, 2016: Immunological Investigations
Constantinos Miltiadous, Georgios K Dimitriadis, Pavlos Roditis, Christos Kosmas
Salvage high-dose chemotherapy (HDC) and autologous hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) transplantation represents a curative treatment option for patients with relapsed/refractory germ-cell tumors (GCTs). However, an appreciable proportion of these fail to mobilize adequate numbers of hematopoietic progenitors; thus, plerixafor is applied for that purpose. Limited data exist on remobilization of HSCs after previous autografting. Here, we report a unique case that had undergone successful previous tandem HDC for relapsed GCT, and 1 year later required remobilization of HSCs to support two further cycles of HDC after subsequent multiple relapses and refractoriness requiring various salvage regimens...
October 4, 2016: Anti-cancer Drugs
Mehmet I Gokce, Murat Mermerkaya, Evren Süer, Faraj Afandiyev, Sümer Baltaci
BACKGROUND: Primary treatment of choice for advanced germ cell tumors is 3 to 4 cycles of combination PEB chemotherapy. Although most patients treated for advanced germ cell tumors (GCT) will be cured, approximately 30% will fail to achieve a durable complete response (CR). Thrombocytosis has been found to be related with significantly shorter survival in many cancers. However, its role in testicular cancer patients has not been studied previously. The objective of this study was to investigate the relationship between thrombocytosis and chemotherapy response in patients with metastatic testicular cancer...
October 12, 2016: Minerva Urologica e Nefrologica, the Italian Journal of Urology and Nephrology
Zuzana Sestakova, Katarina Kalavska, Lenka Hurbanova, Dana Jurkovicova, Jan Gursky, Michal Chovanec, Daniela Svetlovska, Vera Miskovska, Jana Obertova, Patrik Palacka, Katarina Rejlekova, Zuzana Sycova-Mila, Silvia Cingelova, Stanislav Spanik, Jozef Mardiak, Miroslav Chovanec, Michal Mego
Germ cell tumors (GCTs) are extraordinarily sensitive to cisplatin (CDDP)-based chemotherapy. DNA damage represents one of the most important factors contributing to toxic effects of CDDP-based chemotherapy. This study was aimed to evaluate the prognostic value of DNA damage level in peripheral blood lymphocytes (PBLs) from chemo-naïve GCT patients. PBLs isolated from 59 chemotherapy-naïve GCT patients were included into this prospective study. DNA damage levels in PBLs were evaluated by the Comet assay and scored as percentage tail DNA by the Metafer-MetaCyte analyzing software...
October 7, 2016: Oncotarget
Juan Carlos Manivel
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 6, 2016: Seminars in Diagnostic Pathology
Tibor Vaszkó, János Papp, Csilla Krausz, Elena Casamonti, Lajos Géczi, Edith Olah
Due to its palindromic setup, AZFc (Azoospermia Factor c) region of chromosome Y is one of the most unstable regions of the human genome. It contains eight gene families expressed mainly in the testes. Several types of rearrangement resulting in changes in the cumulative copy number of the gene families were reported to be associated with diseases such as male infertility and testicular germ cell tumors. The best studied AZFc rearrangement is gr/gr deletion. Its carriers show widespread phenotypic variation from azoospermia to normospermia...
2016: PloS One
Pedro Zubizarreta, Ana Rossa, Marcela Bailez, Silvia Gil, Adriana Rose, Walter Cacciavillano
Between September 1995 and December 2010, 99 new consecutive assessable patients with extra-cranial MGCT were treated according to SFOP/SFCE TGM95 Protocol. A "watch and wait" strategy for completely resected stage I-II was observed in cases with preoperative high tumor markers levels. Metastatic disease or alpha fetoprotein levels > 15 000 ng/ml cases were treated by VIP chemotherapy (etoposide, ifosfamide and CDDP) 4-6-courses. All other cases were treated by VBP (vinblastine, bleomycin, and CDDP) 3-5 courses...
2016: Medicina
Roy Mano, Maria F Becerra, Brett S Carver, George J Bosl, Robert J Motzer, Dean F Bajorin, Darren R Feldman, Joel Sheinfeld
PURPOSE: Fibrosis accounts for approximately 50% of histological findings at post-chemotherapy retroperitoneal lymph node dissection (PC-RPLND), and is associated with reported relapse rates of 10%-15%. We aimed to characterize patients with fibrosis at PC-RPLND, and identify predictors of adverse outcome within this group. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We reviewed the medical records of men who underwent PC-RPLND between 1989-2013 with histological findings of necrosis/fibrosis...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Urology
Remko Hersmus, Yolande van Bever, Katja P Wolffenbuttel, Katharina Biermann, Martine Cools, Leendert H J Looijenga
Development of a malignant germ cell tumor, i.e., germ cell cancer (GCC) in individuals with disorders of sex development (DSD) depends on a number of (epi-)genetic factors related to early gonadal- and germ cell development, possibly related to genetic susceptibility. Fetal development of germ cells is orchestrated by strict processes involving specification, migration and the development of a proper gonadal niche. In this review we will discuss the early (epi-)genetic events in normal and aberrant germ cell and gonadal development...
October 7, 2016: Clinical Genetics
Annalisa Trama, Rafael Marcos-Gragera, Maria Josè Sánchez Pérez, Jan Maarten van der Zwan, Eva Ardanaz, Christine Bouchardy, Juan Manuel Melchor, Carmen Martinez, Riccardo Capocaccia, Massimo Vicentini, Sabine Siesling, Gemma Gatta
PURPOSE: Rare cancers represent 22% of all tumors in Europe; however, the quality of the data of rare cancers may not be as good as the quality of data for common cancer. The project surveillance of rare cancers in Europe (RARECARE) had, among others, the objective of assessing rare cancer data quality in population-based cancer registries (CRs). Eight rare cancers were considered: mesothelioma, liver angiosarcoma, sarcomas, tumors of oral cavity, CNS tumors, germ cell tumors, leukemia, and malignant digestive endocrine tumors...
October 3, 2016: Tumori
Ryuya Yamanaka, Azusa Hayano, Tomohiko Kanayama
By conducting a systemic search of the PubMed database, we performed a comprehensive literature review to characterize secondary gliomas following radiotherapy treatment and to determine the most appropriate treatment strategy. Our analysis included 296 cases of radiation-induced gliomas. The primary lesion was characterized as a hematological malignancy in 104 cases (35.1 %), pituitary adenoma in 35 (11.8 %), craniopharyngioma in 19 (6.4 %), medulloblastoma in 38 (12.8 %), germ cell tumor in 13 (4.3 %), low-grade glioma in 28 (9...
October 5, 2016: Neurosurgical Review
Faten Fedhila, Samar Rhayem, Habiba Hafsi, Wiem Douira, Raoudha Doghri, Monia Khemiri, Karima Mrad, Ibtissem Bellagha, Bechir Zouari, Sihem Barsaoui
Background Extracranial Germ cell tumors (GCT) are a rare and a heterogeneous group of pediatric cancers but highly curable. Aim We aimed to review management, outcome and prognostic factors that influence overall survival (OS) in a pediatric Tunisian oncologic unit. Methods We retrospectively evaluated between January 1998 and December 2012, 33 patients affected by extracranial germ cell tumors and treated according to TGM95 protocol established by the SFOPin a pediatric Tunisian oncologic unit. Results Patients had a mean age of 57 months (ranges: 1 day-13 years)...
April 2016: La Tunisie Médicale
Mohammed T Lilo, Derek Allison, Yuting Wang, MingHui Ao, Edward Gabrielson, Susan Geddes, Hui Zhang, Frederic Askin, Qing Kay Li
BACKGROUND: Fine-needle aspiration (FNA) biopsy of lung lesions is a highly accurate method for diagnosing and staging of lung cancers, particularly in patients with advanced cancer. Although, the majority of FNA cases of non-small cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC) can be subclassified by hematoxylin and eosin (H&E) sections, immunohistochemical (IHC) markers are usually necessary for difficult cases. Our previous study has shown that both P40 and P63 demonstrate differential sensitivity and specificity in the subclassification of squamous cell carcinoma (SqCC) using tumor tissue microarrays (TMA)...
May 2016: J Am Soc Cytopathol
Katarina Kalavska, Michal Chovanec, Miriam Zatovicova, Martina Takacova, Paulina Gronesova, Daniela Svetlovska, Magdalena Baratova, Vera Miskovska, Jana Obertova, Patrik Palacka, Jan Rajec, Zuzana Sycova-Mila, Zuzana Cierna, Karol Kajo, Stanislav Spanik, Pavel Babal, Jozef Mardiak, Silvia Pastorekova, Michal Mego
Despite the fact that testicular germ cell tumors (TGCTs) are one of the most chemosensitive solid tumors, a small proportion of patients fail to be cured following cisplatin-based first line chemotherapy. Upregulation of carbonic anhydrase IX (CA IX) in various solid tumors is associated with poor outcome. The current prospective study investigated the prognostic value of serum CA IX level in TGCTs. In total, 83 patients (16 non-metastatic following orchiectomy with no evidence of disease, 57 metastatic chemotherapy-naïve and 10 metastatic relapsed chemotherapy-pretreated) starting adjuvant and/or new line of chemotherapy and 35 healthy controls were enrolled in the study...
October 2016: Oncology Letters
(no author information available yet)
Actionable alterations are present in many patients with cisplatin-resistant germ cell tumors (GCT).
September 30, 2016: Cancer Discovery
Andrea Necchi, Rosalba Miceli, Karima Oualla, Guru Sonpavde, Patrizia Giannatempo, Daniele Raggi, Nicola Nicolai, Roberto Boffi, Alessandra Busia, Luigi Mariani, Roberto Salvioni
BACKGROUND: Limited information is available about the effect of bleomycin administration on the development of pulmonary toxicity in metastatic germ cell tumors (GCT). PATIENTS AND METHODS: A literature search was conducted to identify randomized trials of first-line chemotherapy for GCT. We conducted univariate and multivariate analyses using random effects models to evaluate the predictive role of bleomycin administration in the development of all Grade and Grade 3 to 4 (G3-4) pulmonary toxicity...
September 8, 2016: Clinical Genitourinary Cancer
Gian Piero Guerrini, Felice Lo Faso, Alessio Vagliasindi, Rosalba Lembo, Luciano Solaini, Paolo Soliani, Mario Taviani, Calogero Porrello
INTRODUCTION: The ideal surgical approach for pulmonary metastasectomy remains controversial. Thoracoscopic surgery may offer advantages in quality of life outcomes, with equivalent oncologic long-term results. This study aimed to demonstrate the validity of video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) in the treatment of lung metastases. METHODS: In all 224 patients who underwent 300 VATS metastasectomies from January 2000 to December 2013 were retrospectively reviewed...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Investigative Surgery: the Official Journal of the Academy of Surgical Research
Ralph Kamel, Talal Seoud, Teniola Oluwadamilola, Michael Karass, Emily Grossniklaus, Gabriela Oprea-Ilies, Daniel A Goldstein, Sanjay Jain
Choriocarcinoma, a nonseminomatous germ cell tumor, is a rare type of testicular malignancy that tends to occur in young males. It is, however, exceedingly rare for choriocarcinoma to involve the GI tract. In this article, we present a rare case of a 31-year-old male, diagnosed with choriocarcinoma of the left testes, along with several metastases to distant sites. The patient presented with headaches and severe lower GI bleeding due to metastases to the GI tract, which was eventually controlled with systemic chemotherapy, while requiring several units of packed RBCs during his admission to the hospital...
2016: Case Reports in Oncological Medicine
Y Zhang, N Zhang, R Chen, X Lu, K Hua
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 2015: Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology
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