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melanoma and pregnancy

Elvira Larqué, Eva Morales, Rosaura Leis, José E Blanco-Carnero
BACKGROUND: To what extent does the circulating 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25[OH]D) concentration help to meet the physiological needs of humans is an ongoing subject of debate. Remaining unexposed to the sun to reduce melanoma cancer risk, current lifestyle with less out door activities, and increasing obesity rates, which in turn increases the storage of vitamin D in the adipose tissue, are presumably factors that contribute to the substantial upsurge in the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in humans...
March 13, 2018: Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism
Georgi Tchernev, Gabriela Atanasova Dzhelyatova, Uwe Wollina, Ilia Lozev, Torello Lotti
BACKGROUND: Congenital melanocytic nevi (CMN) are pigmented skin lesions usually present at birth. Rare varieties can develop and become clinically very large. Although they are benign nevomelanocytic neoplasms, all CMN may be precursors of the melanoma, regardless of their size. Individual risk of malignant transformation of melanocyte is determined by simultaneous action of exogenous and endogenous factors. The major exogenous risk factor is ultraviolet radiation. Leading roles among the endogenous factors are attributed to skin phenotype, gene mutation, sex hormones and their significance...
January 25, 2018: Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences
Gisele Alborghetti Nai, Andressa Bazan, Caroline Andrade Rocha, Juliana Souza Nagy, Isadora Tanaka Campos
Melanomas of the female genital tract may occur in the vulva, the vagina, the ovary or the cervix. Pregnancy has been considered an aggravating factor in the evolution and prognosis of melanoma. A 35-year-old female presented with vaginal bleeding 2 months after a term cesarean delivery. An endovaginal ultrasound revealed a lesion in the uterine cervix. The pathological report revealed a small round-cell neoplasm, and the immunohistochemistry confirmed the diagnosis of malignant melanoma. A positron emission tomography revealed an expansive hypermetabolic lesion centered on the cervix, and hypermetabolic lesions in the liver and right kidney...
February 23, 2018: Revista Brasileira de Ginecologia e Obstetrícia
Fernando Bermejo, Mariam Aguas, María Chaparro, Eugeni Domènech, Ana Echarri, Esther Garcia-Planella, Iván Guerra, Javier P Gisbert, Antonio López-Sanromán
Thiopurines (azathioprine and mercaptopurine) are widely used in patients with inflammatory bowel disease. In this paper, we review the main indications for their use, as well as practical aspects on efficacy, safety and method of administration. They are mainly used to maintain remission in steroid-dependent disease or with ciclosporin to control a severe ulcerative colitis flare-up, as well as to prevent postoperative Crohn's disease recurrence, and also in combination therapy with biologics. About 30-40% of patients will not respond to treatment and 10-20% will not tolerate it due to adverse effects...
January 18, 2018: Gastroenterología y Hepatología
Christopher A Natale, Jinyang Li, Junqian Zhang, Ankit Dahal, Tzvete Dentchev, Ben Z Stanger, Todd W Ridky
Female sex and history of prior pregnancies are associated with favorable melanoma outcomes. Here, we show that much of the melanoma protective effect likely results from estrogen signaling through the G protein-coupled estrogen receptor (GPER) on melanocytes. Selective GPER activation in primary melanocytes and melanoma cells induced long-term changes that maintained a more differentiated cell state as defined by increased expression of well-established melanocyte differentiation antigens, increased pigment production, decreased proliferative capacity, and decreased expression of the oncodriver and stem cell marker c-Myc...
January 16, 2018: ELife
Gwénaëlle Duhil de Bénazé, Hélène Pacquement, Cécile Faure-Conter, Catherine Patte, Daniel Orbach, Nadège Corradini, Claire Berger, Hélène Sudour-Bonnange, Cécile Vérité, Hélène Martelli, Brice Fresneau
METHODS: French patients (≤18years) treated for dysgerminoma between 1985 and 2005 in TGM-85, 90, 95 protocols were included. Treatment was based on primary unilateral oophorectomy followed by prophylactic lymph node irradiation (1985-1998) or a wait-and-see strategy (1998-2005) for localised completely resected tumours (pS1) or by platinum-based chemotherapy for advanced diseases. RESULTS: Forty-eight patients (median age 12.8 years) were included. Six patients had gonadal dysgenesis...
March 2018: European Journal of Cancer
Zarqa Ali
Background Asthma is a serious global health issue and the most prevalent chronic disorder among Danish pregnant women. Exacerbations of asthma during pregnancy have been associated with increased risk of adverse pregnancy and perinatal outcomes, and by that making asthma a potential serious medical condition during pregnancy. Monitoring of asthma every four to six weeks is recommended during pregnancy, although evidence is lacking that following this recommendation will improve pregnancy outcome and, not least, be beneficial for all pregnant women with asthma...
December 2017: Danish Medical Journal
Shay Warren, Meenal Kheterpal, Patricia L Myskowski, Alison Moskowitz, Steven M Horwitz, Melissa P Pulitzer
BACKGROUND: Immunodeficiency (ID) correlates with worse outcomes and decreased immune checkpoint molecule expression in melanoma. The impact of ID in mycosis fungoides (MF) is unknown. OBJECTIVE: Our goal was to evaluate the impact of ID in MF. METHODS: We conducted a case-control study of 17 patients with MF and ID versus age-, stage-, and race-matched controls as a subset of a comparative analysis of 23 patients with MF with ID (prior lymphoma, recent/current pregnancy, HIV, hypogammaglobulinemia, and prior chemotherapy) versus without ID...
November 10, 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Rebecca Still, Shaun Brennecke
Melanoma is one of the most common cancers diagnosed in pregnancy and has a high metastatic potential. As the incidence of melanoma increases, careful clinical evaluation of suspicious skin lesions remains the mainstay of early diagnosis. There is controversy in the literature as to whether pregnancy-associated melanoma has worse survival than other melanomas. Any changing-pigmented lesion should be biopsied, regardless of pregnancy hyperpigmentation. Increased lymphangiogenesis in pregnancy is associated with increased metastasis - timely diagnosis is therefore imperative...
September 2017: Obstetric Medicine
Lei L Chen, Jing Zhu, Jonathan Schumacher, Chongjuan Wei, Latha Ramdas, Victor G Prieto, Arnie Jimenez, Marco A Velasco, Sheryl R Tripp, Robert H I Andtbacka, Launce Gouw, George M Rodgers, Liansheng Zhang, Benjamin K Chan, Pamela B Cassidy, Robert S Benjamin, Sancy A Leachman, Marsha L Frazier
We demonstrate that SCF-KIT signaling induces synthesis and secretion of endothelin-3 (ET3) in human umbilical vein endothelial cells and melanoma cells in vitro, gastrointestinal stromal tumors, human sun-exposed skin, and myenteric plexus of human colon post-fasting in vivo. This is the first report of a physiological mechanism of ET3 induction. Integrating our finding with supporting data from literature leads us to discover a previously unreported pathway of nitric oxide (NO) generation derived from physiological endothelial NO synthase (eNOS) or neuronal NOS (nNOS) activation (referred to as the KIT-ET3-NO pathway)...
2017: PloS One
Rana'a T Al-Jamal, Hardeep Singh Mudhar, Zanna Currie, Ian G Rennie, Sachin M Salvi
PURPOSE: To describe the clinical and histopathological features of a conjunctival melanoma (CM) during early pregnancy. PROCEDURES: A 37-year-old, 20-week pregnant primigravida was referred to the Sheffield Ocular Oncology Service with a rapidly growing lesion arising from the right superior conjunctival fornix, noted from the first trimester of pregnancy. This was associated with pain and bloody discharge. Incisional biopsy confirmed the clinical suspicion of invasive CM...
July 2017: Ocular Oncology and Pathology
Kathleen P Hartnett, Kevin C Ward, Michael R Kramer, Timothy L Lash, Ann C Mertens, Jessica B Spencer, Amy Fothergill, Penelope P Howards
It is unclear whether cancer and its treatments increase the risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes. Our aim was to examine whether cancer survivors have higher risks of poor outcomes in pregnancies conceived after diagnosis than women without cancer, and whether these risks differ by cancer type and race. Diagnoses from cancer registries were linked to pregnancy outcomes from birth certificates in three U.S. states. Analyses were limited to the first, live singleton birth conceived after diagnosis. Births to women without a previous cancer diagnosis in the registry were matched to cancer survivors on age at delivery, parity, race/ethnicity and education...
December 1, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
Martin Kömhoff, Kamel Laghmani
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Antenatal Bartter syndrome (aBS) is a heterogenous disease resulting from defective ion transport in the thick ascending limb of the loop of Henle. Novel insights into the pathophysiology, as well as the recent identification of a novel genetic cause of aBS, merit an update on this topic. RECENT FINDINGS: In aBS, severe salt losing is further aggravated by defective salt sensing in the macula densa, where a reduced tubular salt concentration is perceived and glomerular filtration is increased instead of decreased...
September 2017: Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension
Elsa Mendizábal, Juan De León-Luis, Natalia R Gómez-Hidalgo, Laura Joigneau, Pilar Pintado, Patricia Rincón, Virginia Ortega, Santiago Lizarraga
OBJETIVES: Melanoma is one of the most frequent malignancies during gestation. However, oncological and perinatal management is still challenging. Our first objective is to describe the cases of pregnancy-associated melanoma (PAM) diagnosed in our centre between January-2004 and May-2015. Secondly, to perform a systematic review of the published articles analysing the maternal-perinatal outcomes of patients diagnosed with PAM. DESIGN, POPULATION AND METHODS: Obstetrical, oncological and perinatal variables were recorded in the case series...
July 2017: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
Emi Dika, Pier Alessandro Fanti, Sabina Vaccari, Elisa Capizzi, Alessio Degiovanni, Agnese Gobbi, Bianca Maria Piraccini, Simone Ribero, Carlotta Baraldi, Giulia Maria Ravaioli, Michelangelo Fiorentino, Annalisa Patrizi
The effect of hormonal stimulation and fertility treatments, on the development of malignant melanoma (MM) remains to be determined. The aim of this study was to investigate the presence of oestrogen receptor alpha (ERα) and progesterone receptor (PR) in MM and nevi after hormonal stimulation. Immunohistochemical analyses were performed utilizing antibodies specifically directed against ERα and PR in MM and atypical nevi specimens from patients: (1) diagnosed during pregnancy, (2) diagnosed in the six months following delivery, or (3) who had undergone repetitive cycles of hormonal stimulation for in vitro fertilization (IVF) in the year that preceded MM diagnosis...
June 1, 2017: European Journal of Dermatology: EJD
Sarah P Todd, Marcia S Driscoll
Approximately one third of women who are diagnosed with malignant melanoma are of childbearing age. Therefore, it is not surprising that some studies have found malignant melanoma to be one of the most common malignancies diagnosed in pregnant women. The impact of pregnancy-related hormonal changes on melanoma development and progression remains controversial. Women undergo immunologic changes during pregnancy that may decrease tumor surveillance. Additionally, hormone receptors are found on some melanomas...
March 2017: International Journal of Women's Dermatology
Mi Ryung Roh, Philip Eliades, Sameer Gupta, Jane M Grant-Kels, Hensin Tsao
BACKGROUND: Gender disparity in melanoma outcome is consistently observed, suggesting that gender is as an important prognostic factor. However, the source of this gender disparity in melanoma remains unclear. OBJECTIVE: This article reviews advances in our understanding of gender differences in melanoma and how such differences may contribute to outcomes. METHODS: A broad literature search was conducted using the PubMed database, with search terms such as 'gender differences in melanoma' and 'sex differences in melanoma...
March 2017: International Journal of Women's Dermatology
Roberto Anaya-Prado, Elodia Noemi Ruvalcaba-Soto, Michelle Marie Anaya-Fernández, Juan Antonio Delgado-Vazquez, Francisco Gil-Villarreal, Miguel A Guerrero-Palomera, Shamandra Marquí Aguilar-Córdova, Francisco Godinez-Plascencia
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May 4, 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
M Fábián, F Rencz, T Krenács, V Brodszky, J Hársing, K Németh, P Balogh, S Kárpáti
BACKGROUND: The hormone sensitivity of melanoma and the role of 'classical' oestrogen receptor (ER) α and β in tumour progression have been intensively studied with rather contradictory results. The presence of 'non-classical' G protein-coupled oestrogen receptor (GPER) has not been investigated on human melanoma tissues. OBJECTIVE: To analyse the expression of GPER, ERα and ERβ in pregnancy-associated (PAM) and in non-pregnancy-associated (NPAM) melanomas in correlation with traditional prognostic markers and disease-free survival (DFS)...
May 3, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
Maris S Jones, Jihey Lee, Stacey L Stern, Mark B Faries
BACKGROUND: Melanoma is the most common malignancy encountered during pregnancy. Conflicting data have led to ongoing confusion regarding pregnancy-associated melanoma (PAM) in the media and among the public. The objective of this study was to better characterize both the clinical presentation of PAM and its prognostic implications. STUDY DESIGN: Female patients of reproductive age, with stage 0 to IV cutaneous melanoma, were identified from our prospectively maintained database...
July 2017: Journal of the American College of Surgeons
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