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K Blouhos, K A Boulas, A Paraskeva, I Kariotis, N Barettas, A Hatzigeorgiadis
INTRODUCTION: Secondary pancreatic tumors are uncommon and account for 2-5% of pancreatic cancer. Tumors characterized most commonly with pancreatic involvement are lymphoma, renal cell and lung carcinomas. PRESENTATION OF CASE: A 76-year-old female patient with obstructive jaundice as the primary symptom and inguinal lymphadenopathy is presented. Imaging revealed a bulky solitary solid pancreatic head mass along with paraaortic and mesenteric lymphadenopathy. The absence of a previous history of malignancy and the presence of a dominant pancreatic mass along with distal lymphadenopathy confined differential diagnosis to advanced secondary pancreatic lymphoma, which is the most common secondary pancreatic tumor, and locally advanced/metastatic pancreatic adenocarcinoma...
March 7, 2018: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
Ryota Matsuki, Masanori Sugiyama, Shinya Yoshiike, Junji Shibahara, Masaharu Kogure, Masaaki Yokoyama, Yutaka Suzuki, Nobutsugu Abe, Tadahiko Masaki, Toshiyuki Mori
A 72-year-old woman with advanced ascending colon cancer and an intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm (IPMN) of the pancreatic head was treated by right hemicolectomy (RHC) and pylorus-preserving pancreaticoduodenectomy (PpPD). Adjuvant chemotherapy was not administered. Multimodal examinations at 5 months after surgery detected a solitary metastatic liver tumor derived from cancer of the ascending colon. Liver resection proceeded at 7 months after the first surgery. A pathological study of a surgical specimen of the liver identified a necrotic nodule that did not contain viable tumor cells...
March 15, 2018: Clinical Journal of Gastroenterology
Onoufrios Tsavaris, Panagiota Economopoulou, Ioannis Kotsantis, Lazaros Reppas, Chrysanthi Avgerinou, Nikolaos Spathas, Maria Prevezanou, Amanda Psyrri
Chondrosarcoma is a rare malignancy characterized by the production of cartilage matrix, displaying heterogeneous histopathology and clinical behavior. Due to lack of effective treatment for advanced disease, the clinical management of metastatic chondrosarcoma is exceptionally challenging. Chondrosarcomas harbor molecular abnormalities, such as overexpression of platelet-derived growth factor receptor (PDGFR)-alpha and PDGFR-beta, which are required for cancer development, progression, and metastasis. Pazopanib is a potent and selective multitargeted tyrosine kinase inhibitor, which co-inhibits stem cell growth factor receptor (c-KIT), fibroblast growth factor receptor (FGFR), PDGFR, and vascular endothelial growth factor receptor (VEGFR) and has demonstrated clinical activity in patients with advanced previously treated soft tissue sarcoma...
2018: Frontiers in Oncology
Miaomiao Gou, Haiyan Si, Yong Zhang, Niansong Qian, Zhikuan Wang, Weiwei Shi, Guanghai Dai
No definitive treatment strategy has been established for patients with metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) who experienced progression after three or more lines of chemotherapy. A total of 36 mCRC patients were enrolled in this retrospective study who received apatinib therapy under non-clinical trial setting after progression in People's liberation army general Hospital from March 2015 and August 2017. Progression free survival (PFS), overall survival (OS), disease control rate (DCR), objective response rate (ORR) and treatment-related adverse events (AEs) were reviewed and evaluated...
March 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
Paul J Choi, Joe Iwanaga, R Shane Tubbs, Emre Yilmaz
Owing to its rarity, rhabdomyosarcoma of the head and neck (HNRMS) has seldom been discussed in the literature. As most of the data is based only on the retrospective experiences of tertiary healthcare centers, there are difficulties in formulating a standard treatment protocol. Moreover, the disease is poorly understood at its pathological, genetic, and molecular levels. For instance, 20% of all histological assessment is inaccurate; even an experienced pathologist can confuse rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS) with neuroblastoma, Ewing's sarcoma, and lymphoma...
January 9, 2018: Curēus
Nicholas Calvert, Jiansha Wu, Sophie Sneddon, Jennifer Woodhouse, Richard Carey-Smith, David Wood, Evan Ingley
Background: Soft tissue and bone sarcoma represent a broad spectrum of different pathology and genetic variance. Current chemotherapy regimens are derived from randomised trials and represent empirical treatment. Chemosensitivity testing and whole exome sequencing (WES) may offer personalized chemotherapy treatment based on genetic mutations. Methods: A pilot, prospective, non-randomised control experimental study was conducted. Twelve patients with metastatic bone or soft tissue sarcoma that had failed first line chemotherapy treatment were enrolled for this study...
2018: Clinical Sarcoma Research
Tao Zhang, Guannan Zhao, Chuanhe Yang, Peixin Dong, Hidemichi Watari, Lin Zeng, Lawrence M Pfeffer, Junming Yue
Ovarian cancer is one of the most common malignancies in women and has a high mortality rate due to metastatic progression and tumor recurrence. ASAP1 (ArfGAP with SH3 Domain, Ankyrin Repeat and PH Domain 1) is an ADP-ribosylation factor GTPase-activating protein, which is involved in tumor metastasis. However, the role of ASAP1 in ovarian cancer is completely unknown. The present study reported that ASAP1 was highly expressed in ovarian carcinoma, and expression positively-correlated with overall poor survival and prognosis of patients...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Xiao Sun, Tanxiao Huang, Fangsheng Cheng, Kaibing Huang, Ming Liu, Wan He, Mingwei Li, Xiaoni Zhang, Mingyan Xu, Shifu Chen, Ligang Xia
Postoperative monitoring for patients with colorectal cancer (CRC) requires sensitive biomarkers that are associated with medical response and adjuvant therapy following surgery. Conventional tumor biomarkers [including carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA), CA19-9 and CA125] are widely used, but none of the markers provide high sensitivity or specificity. Previous studies indicated that circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) is useful for postoperative monitoring of patients with cancer. However, the majority of previous studies involved patients with lung cancer, and therefore further studies are required which investigate patients with CRC...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Junichiro Kawamura, Fumiaki Sugiura, Yasushi Sukegawa, Yasumasa Yoshioka, Jin-Ichi Hida, Shoichi Hazama, Kiyotaka Okuno
The safety and immunological responsiveness of a peptide vaccine of ring finger protein 43 and 34-kDa translocase of the outer mitochondrial membrane combined with uracil-tegafur/leucovorin (UFT/LV) was previously demonstrated in metastatic colorectal cancer (CRC) in a phase I clinical trial. To clarify the survival benefit of a peptide vaccine combined with UFT/LV as adjuvant treatment, a phase II clinical trial was conducted involving patients with stage III CRC. All enrolled patients, whose human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-A status was double-blinded, were administered the same regime of a peptide vaccine and UFT/LV chemotherapy...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Serdar Surenkok, Emre Tahberer, Ahmet Cinkaya, Hilmi Kodaz, Aysenur Deger
Metaplastic carcinomas of the breast are very rare and constitute less than 0.5% of all breast cancers. Breast metaplastic carcinomas are aggressive.They have worse prognosis compared to other breast cancers. We present a case diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer due to the rare occurrence of these tumours in treatment of which surgical chemotherapy, radiotherapy and hormonotherapy are employed together.
March 2018: JPMA. the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
Jutaek Nam, Sejin Son, Lukasz J Ochyl, Rui Kuai, Anna Schwendeman, James J Moon
Photothermal therapy (PTT) is a promising cancer treatment modality, but PTT generally requires direct access to the source of light irradiation, thus precluding its utility against disseminated, metastatic tumors. Here, we demonstrate that PTT combined with chemotherapy can trigger potent anti-tumor immunity against disseminated tumors. Specifically, we have developed polydopamine-coated spiky gold nanoparticles as a new photothermal agent with extensive photothermal stability and efficiency. Strikingly, a single round of PTT combined with a sub-therapeutic dose of doxorubicin can elicit robust anti-tumor immune responses and eliminate local as well as untreated, distant tumors in >85% of animals bearing CT26 colon carcinoma...
March 14, 2018: Nature Communications
Shrujal Baxi, Annie Yang, Renee L Gennarelli, Niloufer Khan, Ziwei Wang, Lindsay Boyce, Deborah Korenstein
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate rates of serious organ specific immune-related adverse events, general adverse events related to immune activation, and adverse events consistent with musculoskeletal problems for anti-programmed cell death 1 (PD-1) drugs overall and compared with control treatments. DESIGN: Systematic review and meta-analysis. DATA SOURCES: Medline, Embase, Cochrane Library, Web of Science, and Scopus searched to 16 March 2017 and combined with data from ClinicalTrials...
March 14, 2018: BMJ: British Medical Journal
Mi Hwa Heo, Hee Kyung Kim, Hansang Lee, Ji-Yeon Kim, Jin-Seok Ahn, Young-Hyuck Im, Yeon Hee Park
Background/Aims: We conducted a retrospective analysis of the clinical activity of fulvestrant in postmenopausal women with hormone receptor-positive, human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-negative metastatic breast cancer (MBC) previously treated with endocrine therapy and/or chemotherapy. Methods: We reviewed the medical records of all patients with MBC treated at Samsung Medical Center between January 2009 and August 2016. Patients received fulvestrant 250 mg intramuscularly every 28 days (from January 2009 to November 2010) or 500 mg intramuscularly every 28 days (from December 2010 to August 2016)...
March 16, 2018: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
Partha Basu, Ajay Mehta, Minish Jain, Sudeep Gupta, Rajnish V Nagarkar, Subhashini John, Robert Petit
OBJECTIVES: A global unmet medical need exists for effective treatments for persistent, recurrent, or metastatic cervical cancer, as patients have a short life expectancy. Recently, immunotherapies have shown promising survival benefits for patients with advanced forms of cancer. Axalimogene filolisbac (ADXS11-001), a Listeria monocytogenes immunotherapy with a broad effect on the immune system, is under investigation for treatment of human papillomavirus-associated cancers including cervical cancer...
March 14, 2018: International Journal of Gynecological Cancer
Waiel Abusnina, Eric Yiman Auyoung, Mohammed Megri, Toni Pacioles
Small cell carcinomas (SCCs) are aggressive neoplasms commonly associated with a pulmonary origin. However, albeit rare, extrapulmonary SCC can occur in a variety of sites with an incidence in North America approximated to be 0.1% to 0.4%. Among these sites, approximately 10% of extrapulmonary SCC cases occur in the prostate and are associated with a poor mortality with a median survival of 10 months. Because of the rarity of the prostatic SCC, there is no formal treatment protocol. In this case report, we present a patient who was diagnosed with SCC in the prostate as primary origin...
January 2018: Journal of Investigative Medicine High Impact Case Reports
Amruth R Palla, Donald Doll
Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC), a rare skin cancer, is associated with high mortality, especially in a metastatic setting. Though conventional chemotherapy with platinum and etoposide has had high response rates, many of the patients have had early relapse without any effective therapy thereafter. Recently, immune check point inhibitors have shown very good durable responses, leading to the approval of a programmed death-ligand 1 inhibitor Avelumab for these patients. We briefly review the epidemiology and immune basis of the pathogenesis of MCC, which therefore explains the excellent response to check point inhibitors, and throw light on future directions of immunotherapy for this cancer...
2018: ImmunoTargets and Therapy
Yan Ting Shue, Jing Shan Lim, Julien Sage
Small cell lung carcinoma (SCLC) is a fast-growing, highly metastatic form of lung cancer. A major difference between SCLC and other forms of lung cancer is that SCLC tumors often respond well to chemotherapy initially; unfortunately, resistant tumors rapidly recur. In addition, despite a large number of clinical trials with a variety of therapeutic agents, little progress has been achieved in the past three decades in improving the survival of SCLC patients. These clinical observations indicate that SCLC tumors have a high degree of plasticity and rapid adaptability to changes in growth conditions...
February 2018: Translational Lung Cancer Research
Francesco Fiorica, Marco Trovò, Alessandro Ottaiano, Guglielmo Nasti, Ilaria Carandina, Marina Marzola, Paolo De Paoli, Massimiliano Berretta
Background: Although several studies have been carried out to determine the best treatment for gastric carcinoma, the data on survival rate still remain inconclusive. Objective: To evaluate the effects of postoperative radio-chemotherapy on overall and disease-free survival. Data Sources: MEDLINE and CANCERLIT searches of reference lists (for the period 1970 to 2016) were supplemented with hand search of reference lists. Study selection: The present work includes randomized controlled trials comparing postoperative radio-chemotherapy to postoperative chemotherapy or to surgery alone in patients with resected gastric carcinoma without evidence of metastatic disease...
February 13, 2018: Oncotarget
Zhenya Jia, Jian Zhang, Zhonghua Wang, Biyun Wang, Leiping Wang, Jun Cao, Zhonghua Tao, Xichun Hu
Serum lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) level is predictive of prognosis in various malignancies. Nevertheless, the association between the prognosis of patients with advanced triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) and LDH is not well understood. This explorative and retrospective study was conducted to clarify the issue. We found that abnormal baseline LDH levels (> 250 IU/L) were significantly associated with age (> 40 y vs. ≤ 40 y, OR: 0.383, P = 0.031) and number of metastatic sites (2 vs. 1, OR: 4.619, P = 0...
February 13, 2018: Oncotarget
Sinead A Noonan, Maria E Morrissey, Petra Martin, Monika Biniecka, Shane Ó'Meachair, Aoife Maguire, Miriam Tosetto, Blathnaid Nolan, John Hyland, Kieran Sheahan, Diarmuid O'Donoghue, Hugh Mulcahy, David Fennelly, Jacintha O'Sullivan
Despite treatment of patients with metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) with bevacizumab plus chemotherapy, response rates are modest and there are no biomarkers available that will predict response. The aim of this study was to assess if markers associated with three interconnected cancer-associated biological processes, specifically angiogenesis, inflammation and oxidative damage, could stratify the survival outcome of this cohort. Levels of angiogenesis, inflammation and oxidative damage markers were assessed in pre-bevacizumab resected tumour and serum samples of mCRC patients by dual immunofluorescence, immunohistochemistry and ELISA...
February 13, 2018: Oncotarget
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