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Andrada-Viorela Gheorghe, Mihai Rimbas, Octav Ginghina, Andrada Spanu, Theodor Alexandru Voiosu
BACKGROUND: Gastric neuroendocrine tumors(GI-NETs) are rare lesions, usually discovered incidentally during endoscopy. Based on their pathology, there are 4 types of GI-NETs. Type I are multiple small polypoid lesions with central ulceration located in the gastric body or the fundus, associated with atrophic gastritis usually noninvasive and very rarely metastatic. We report on a rare case of a gastric NET arising from the muscularis propria layer of the pyloric ring. CASE REPORT: We present the case of a 65-year old woman with a history of alcoholic cirrhosis, investigated for melena...
July 14, 2017: Romanian Journal of Internal Medicine, Revue Roumaine de Médecine Interne
Michael S Broder, Beilei Cai, Eunice Chang, Maureen P Neary
OBJECTIVE: To estimate incidence and prevalence of gastrointestinal neuroendocrine tumors (GI NET) in US commercially insured patients. METHODS: Retrospective, cross-sectional study using 2009-2014 data from MarketScan and PharMetrics commercial claims databases. Patients were 18-64 years old, and had 1 inpatient or 2 outpatient claims with GI NET, identified by ICD-9-CM codes. Incidence was calculated as number of patients with NET who were disease-free for 2 years prior, divided by number of enrollees and reported as per million per-years (PMPY)...
July 13, 2017: Endocrine Practice
Sinju Sundaresan, Anthony J Kang, Juanita L Merchant
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) were initially identified as a separate entity in the early 1900s as a unique malignancy that secretes bioactive amines. GI-NETs are the most frequent type and represent a unique subset of NETs, because at least 75% of these tumors represent gastrin stimulation of the enterochromaffin-like cell located in the body of the stomach. The purpose of this review is to understand the specific role of gastrin in the generation of Gastric NETs (G-NETs)...
July 2017: Current Gastroenterology Reports
Patricia Freis, Julien Bollard, Justine Lebeau, Patrick Massoma, Joëlle Fauvre, Cécile Vercherat, Thomas Walter, Serge Manié, Colette Roche, Jean-Yves Scoazec, Carole Ferraro-Peyret
mTOR and Unfolded Protein Response (UPR) are two signaling pathways frequently activated in cancer cells. The mTOR pathway has been shown to be up-regulated in most gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumors. In contrast, little is known about the UPR status in neoplastic neuroendocrine cells. However, these hormone-producing cells are likely to present distinctive adaptations of this pathway, as other secretory cells. We therefore analyzed the status of the three axes of UPR and their relation to mTOR pathway in two gastrointestinal neuroendocrine tumors (GI-NET) cell lines STC-1 and GluTag...
March 28, 2017: Oncotarget
Trilokesh D Kidambi, Christina Pedley, Amie Blanco, Emily K Bergsland, Jonathan P Terdiman
Lower gastrointestinal (GI) neuroendocrine neoplasms (NENs) of the colon and rectum are uncommon and not traditionally associated with hereditary GI cancer syndromes. However, with widespread implementation of colorectal cancer screening programs, lower GI NENs are being identified with increasing frequency. We report the first case series of six patients with lower GI NENs who were diagnosed with hereditary GI cancer syndromes by germline testing. Two patients presented with poorly differentiated rectal neuroendocrine carcinoma (NECs) with colonic polyposis and were found to have Familial Adenomatous Polyposis and MYH-Associated Polyposis, respectively...
March 10, 2017: Familial Cancer
Darya B Rose, Dave Nellesen, Maureen P Neary, Beilei Cai
BACKGROUND: Advanced neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) are a rare malignancy with considerable need for effective therapies. Everolimus is a mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) inhibitor approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and European Medicines Agency (EMA) in 2016 for treatment of adults with progressive, well-differentiated, non-functional NETs of gastrointestinal (GI) or lung origin that are unresectable, locally advanced, or metastatic. OBJECTIVE: To assess the 3-year budget impact for a typical US health plan following availability of everolimus for treatment of GI and lung NETs...
April 2017: Journal of Medical Economics
Changhoon Yoo, Hyungwoo Cho, Min Jeong Song, Seung-Mo Hong, Kyu-Pyo Kim, Heung-Moon Chang, Heejung Chae, Tae Won Kim, Yong Sang Hong, Min-Hee Ryu, Yoon-Koo Kang, Song Cheol Kim, Baek-Yeol Ryoo
PURPOSE: Efficacy of targeted agents, such as everolimus and sunitinib, has been demonstrated in prospective trials on patients with gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (GEP-NETs). Considering the heterogeneous clinicopathological characteristics of neuroendocrine tumors (NETs), evaluation of treatment outcomes in a real-world setting is necessary. METHODS: Clinical records of 44 patients with GEP-NET who were treated with everolimus or sunitinib between March 2007 and October 2014 were retrospectively reviewed...
January 2017: Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology
Yuichi Sato, Satoru Hashimoto, Ken-Ichi Mizuno, Manabu Takeuchi, Shuji Terai
Gastrointestinal neuroendocrine tumors (GI-NETs) are rare neoplasms, like all NETs. However, the incidence of GI-NETS has been increasing in recent years. Gastric NETs (G-NETs) and duodenal NETs (D-NETs) are the common types of upper GI-NETs based on tumor location. G-NETs are classified into three distinct subgroups: type I, II, and III. Type I G-NETs, which are the most common subtype (70%-80% of all G-NETs), are associated with chronic atrophic gastritis, including autoimmune gastritis and Helicobacter pylori associated atrophic gastritis...
August 14, 2016: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
Bita Geramizadeh, Ali Kashkooe, Seyed Ali Malekhosseini
BACKGROUND: Gastrointestinal neuroendocrine tumors (GI-NETs) are potentially malignant tumors, and their most common location of metastasis is the liver. OBJECTIVES: In this report, we will describe our experience with some clinical and pathologic findings of hepatic metastasis in a group of cases of GI-NETs at the largest referral center of GI and liver diseases in south Iran. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this four-year study (2011 - 2014), all GI and liver NETs were extracted from the pathology files of hospitals affiliated with Shiraz University of Medical Sciences...
May 2016: Hepatitis Monthly
Simron Singh, Sylvia L Asa, Chris Dey, Hagen Kennecke, David Laidley, Calvin Law, Timothy Asmis, David Chan, Shereen Ezzat, Rachel Goodwin, Ozgur Mete, Janice Pasieka, Juan Rivera, Ralph Wong, Eva Segelov, Daniel Rayson
The majority of neuroendocrine tumors originate in the digestive system and incidence is increasing within Canada and globally. Due to rapidly evolving evidence related to diagnosis and clinical management, updated guidance on the diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal neuroendocrine tumors (GI-NETs) are of clinical importance. Well-differentiated GI-NETs may exhibit indolent clinical behavior and are often metastatic at diagnosis. Some NET patients will develop secretory disease requiring symptom control to optimize quality of life and clinical outcomes...
June 2016: Cancer Treatment Reviews
Weili Sun, Siyuan Wu, Xiao Han, Chuanhua Yang
Several recent studies have explored efficacy and safety of different endoscopic treatments for gastrointestinal neuroendocrine tumors (GI-NETs). However, there is no definitive consensus regarding the best endoscopic approach for GI-NETs treatment. Therefore, the present study was conducted to investigate the application of various endoscopic techniques for the treatment of GI-NETs according to the previous conclusions and to summarize the optimal endoscopic modalities for GI-NETs. Ninety-eight patients with 100 GI-NETs removed by endoscopic therapies were reviewed...
April 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Yi'nan Wang, Yuan Zhou, Heli Liu, Haiping Pei
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the clinical features, diagnosis, treatments and prognosis for gastrointestinal neuroendocrine tumors (GI-NETs).
 METHODS: Clincal data of 52 patients, who were diagnosed as GI-NETs between January 2004 and October 2014, were reviewed. The patients were divided into a local excision group (n=21) and a transabdominal excision group (n=30), and the major clinical features, treatment modalities and outcomes were analyzed.
 RESULTS: The clinical features of GI-NETs were nonspecific, and most of the clinical manifestation were local invasiveness...
March 28, 2016: Zhong Nan da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Central South University. Medical Sciences
Maja Cigrovski Berković, Tamara Čačev, Tina Catela Ivković, Jasminka Marout, Monika Ulamec, Vanja Zjačić-Rotkvić, Sanja Kapitanović
Gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (GEP-NETs) are highly vascularized neoplasms, capable of synthethisizing VEGF-A, a key mediator of angiogenesis. In pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (pNETs) VEGF expression is higher in benign and low-grade tumors and associated with good prognosis (neuroendocrine paradox) while the VEGF role in gastrointestinal NETs (GI-NETs) is still unclear. In this study, we examined the VEGF-1154A/G polymorphism in 145 GEP-NET patients and 150 controls. Next, we measured VEGF serum levels and VEGF tumor protein expression, comparing it with Ki67 and tumor grade...
April 15, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
Rossana Berardi, Silvia Rinaldi, Mariangela Torniai, Francesca Morgese, Stefano Partelli, Miriam Caramanti, Azzurra Onofri, Vanessa Polenta, Silvia Pagliaretta, Massimo Falconi, Stefano Cascinu
Neuroendocrine tumors of the gastro-entero-pancreatic system (GEP-NETs) are a heterogeneous group of neoplasms, with different malignant potential and behavior. Many treatment options are available. Surgery should be considered for localized tumors and in some selected cases of metastatic disease. Somatostatin analogs, useful for symptoms control in functioning tumors, are also effective to inhibit tumor progression in specific settings. The multi-TKI sunitinib and of the mTOR-inhibitor everolimus are efficacy for metastatic pancreatic NET (P-NET) treatment...
February 2016: Critical Reviews in Oncology/hematology
Andrew S Kennedy
Neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract have a propensity for producing hepatic metastases. Most GI NETs arise from the foregut or midgut, are malignant, and can cause severe debilitating symptoms adversely affecting quality of life. Aggressive treatments to reduce symptoms have an important role in therapy. Patients with GI NETs usually present with inoperable metastatic disease and severe symptoms from a variety of hormones and biogenic amines. This article describes intra-arterial hepatic-directed therapies for metastases from NETs, a group of treatments in which the therapeutic and/or embolic agents are released intra-arterially in specific hepatic vessels to target tumors...
February 2016: Hematology/oncology Clinics of North America
Julien Bollard, Patrick Massoma, Cécile Vercherat, Martine Blanc, Florian Lepinasse, Nicolas Gadot, Christophe Couderc, Gilles Poncet, Thomas Walter, Marie-Odile Joly, Valérie Hervieu, Jean-Yves Scoazec, Colette Roche
Gastro-intestinal neuroendocrine tumors (GI-NETs) are rare neoplasms, frequently metastatic, raising difficult clinical and therapeutic challenges due to a poor knowledge of their biology. As neuroendocrine cells express both epithelial and neural cell markers, we studied the possible involvement in GI-NETs of axon guidance molecules, which have been shown to decrease tumor cell proliferation and metastatic dissemination in several tumor types. We focused on the role of Semaphorin 3F (SEMA3F) in ileal NETs, one of the most frequent subtypes of GI-NETs...
November 3, 2015: Oncotarget
Wen-Kuan Huang, Hui-Tzu Tu, Lai-Chu See
Aspirin has been one of the most widely used medications since its first synthesis more than 100 years ago. In addition to short-term use for pain and fever relief, regular use of aspirin has been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases and strokes. The issue of regular aspirin use in cancer prevention is definitely promising, which has been supported by growing evidence from a number of observational studies and post-trial follow-up data. Among all cancers, aspirin is showing to be the most effective in reducing the risk of colorectal cancer, and even at lower doses demonstrates a 30-40% effectiveness in preventing colorectal cancer...
2015: Current Pharmaceutical Design
Kazuhito Nabeshima, Mifuji Tomioku, Kenji Nakamura, Seiei Yasuda
Combination of laparoscopic and endoscopic approaches to neoplasia with non-exposure technique (CLEAN-NET) was developed to avoid intraoperative tumor dissemination. We report two cases of gastric gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST) with ulceration surgically treated with CLEAN-NET at our institution. The first case was a 55-year-old male with hematemesis. Gastric endoscopy revealed a gastric GIST with ulceration of the fornix. CLEAN-NET was performed with the insertion of five trocars and a liver retractor...
September 2015: Tokai Journal of Experimental and Clinical Medicine
Alexandre How-Kit, Emelyne Dejeux, Bertrand Dousset, Victor Renault, Marion Baudry, Benoit Terris, Jörg Tost
AIM: Most studies have considered gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (GEP-NETs) as a homogenous group of samples or distinguish only gastrointestinal from pancreatic endocrine tumors. This article investigates if DNA methylation patterns could distinguish subtypes of GEP-NETs. MATERIALS & METHODS: The DNA methylation level of 807 cancer-related genes was investigated in insulinomas, gastrinomas, non-functioning pancreatic endocrine tumors and small intestine endocrine tumors...
2015: Epigenomics
Maria Rinzivillo, Gabriele Capurso, Davide Campana, Nicola Fazio, Francesco Panzuto, Francesca Spada, Noemi Cicchese, Stefano Partelli, Paola Tomassetti, Massimo Falconi, Gianfranco Delle Fave
BACKGROUND: The incidence of small intestine neuroendocrine tumors (SI-NETs) is increasing, but few studies have investigated risk factors for their occurrence, suggesting that family history (FH) of any cancer, smoking and previous cholecystectomy are associated with an increased risk. Such studies investigated small series or examined cancer registries without direct interviews. AIM: We therefore aimed at clarifying risk and protective factors for the occurrence of sporadic SI-NETs...
2016: Neuroendocrinology
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