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central nervous system germ cell tumors

Miriam E Wildeman, Matthew J Shepard, Edward H Oldfield, M Beatriz S Lopes
Immunomodulation and tumor-induced tolerance is one of the central mechanisms in the oncogenesis of malignant and benign neoplasms. While numerous pathways have been described, signaling through the programmed death receptor 1 (PD-1) on T lymphocytes, via activation through its ligand, programmed death ligand 1 (PD-L1) expressed on tumor cells is one of the central pathways involved in tumor-induced tolerance. While the neoplastic component of germinomas of the CNS is the germ cell, these tumors also exhibit an abundance of quiescent tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes...
February 5, 2018: Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
Namita Sharma, Ayesha Ahmad, Gull M Bhat, Sheikh A Aziz, Mohammad Maqbool Lone, Nisar A Bhat
Aims: The purpose of this retroprospective study was to study the epidemiological characteristics and outcomes of children with solid tumors at our institution. Subjects and Methods: Three hundred and three pediatrics patients registered at Regional Cancer Centre (RCC), Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), Srinagar, Kashmir, between January 2008 and June 2014, were analyzed with regard to demographic status, presenting complaints, investigations, treatment, morbidity, and outcomes...
October 2017: Indian Journal of Medical and Paediatric Oncology
Avani D Rao, Arif S Rashid, Qinyu Chen, Rosangela C Villar, Daria Kobyzeva, Kristina Nilsson, Karin Dieckmann, Alexey Nechesnyuk, Ralph Ermoian, Sara Alcorn, Shannon M MacDonald, Matthew M Ladra, Eric C Ford, Brian A Winey, Maria Luisa S Figueiredo, Michael J Chen, Stephanie A Terezakis
PURPOSE: Reirradiation has been proposed as an effective modality for recurrent central nervous system (CNS) malignancies in adults. We evaluated the toxicity and outcomes of CNS reirradiation in pediatric patients. METHODS AND MATERIALS: The data from pediatric patients <21 years of age at the initial diagnosis who developed a recurrent CNS malignancy that received repeat radiation therapy (RT) across 5 facilities in an international pediatric research consortium were retrospectively reviewed...
November 1, 2017: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
Mohammad H Abu Arja, Suzanne E Conley, Violeta Salceda, Fahd Al-Sufiani, Daniel R Boué, Jonathan L Finlay
BACKGROUND: Germ cell tumors (GCT) are the most common central nervous system (CNS) tumors in individuals with Down syndrome. Patients with Down syndrome treated with CNS irradiation are at increased risk of developing cerebrovascular complications such as moyamoya disease. Embryonal carcinoma components are recognized to be more resistant to conventional chemotherapy and radiotherapy and confer a very poor prognosis. CD30 is a member of the tumor necrosis factor-receptor superfamily...
April 2018: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
Tsung-Han Hsieh, Yun-Ru Liu, Ting-Yu Chang, Muh-Lii Liang, Hsin-Hung Chen, Hsei-Wei Wang, Yun Yen, Tai-Tong Wong
Background: Pediatric central nervous system germ cell tumors (CNSGCTs) are rare and heterogeneous neoplasms, and they can be divided into germinomas and nongerminomatous GCTs (NGGCTs). NGGCTs are further subdivided into mature teratomas and nongerminomatous malignant GCTs (NGMGCTs). Clinical outcomes suggest that NGMGCTs have poor prognosis and survival, and that they require more extensive radiotherapy and adjuvant chemotherapy. However, the mechanisms underlying this difference are still unclear...
October 3, 2017: Neuro-oncology
Loïc Duron, Flavie Sadones, Philippe Thiesse, Cécile Cellier, Claire Alapetite, François Doz, Didier Frappaz, Hervé J Brisse
PURPOSE: The current staging system of central nervous system (CNS) germ cell tumors (GCT) includes a binary classification in "localized" or "metastatic" disease based on the absence or presence of leptomeningeal dissemination. Loco-regional tumor dissemination has been barely described whereas its accurate definition might be useful in terms of prognosis and treatment, especially for radiation therapy planning. Our purpose was therefore to describe MR patterns and prevalence of loco-regional extensions of these tumors...
September 23, 2017: Neuroradiology
Diana S Osorio, Ira J Dunkel, Kelly Ann Cervone, Rakesh K Goyal, K M Steve Lo, Jonathan L Finlay, Sharon L Gardner
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to determine the feasibility and tolerability of tandem courses of high-dose thiotepa with autologous hematopoietic cell rescue (AHCR) in patients with recurrent, refractory solid tumors who were ineligible for a single course of high-dose therapy due to greater than minimal residual disease. Patients with decreased hearing or poor renal function were eligible. PROCEDURE: Thiotepa was administered intravenously at a dose of 200 mg/m2 /day (6...
January 2018: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
Alejandra Bravo-Balado, Lynda Torres Castellanos, Adriana Carrillo Rodríguez, Daniel Gómez Zapata, Juan Javier Lammoglia Hoyos, Rafael Andrade, Jaime Pérez Niño
Less than 5%-7% of germ cell tumors are extragonadal, with the central nervous system being the most common location in children, followed by retroperitoneum and mediastinum. Only 10% of mediastinal tumors are malignant and one-third of these are pure seminomas (germinomas). We report the case of a 9-year-old boy with development of secondary sexual characteristics. Beta-human chorionic gonadotropin was elevated and a mediastinal mass was found. Final histology showed a pure seminomatous germ cell tumor. To our knowledge, this is the first report of a boy with precocious puberty secondary to a mediastinal germinoma...
September 6, 2017: Urology
Kelly Bridges, Rebecca Sauerwein, Marjorie R Grafe, Vassiliki Liana Tsikitis, Aaron Halfpenny, Ahmed M Raslan
BACKGROUND: Ventriculoperitoneal shunt (VPS) placement has been implicated in extraneural metastasis of many primary central nervous system tumors. Reported cases include, but are not limited to, medulloblastoma, germ cell tumor, astrocytoma, oligodendroglioma, lymphoma, ependymoma, melanoma, and choroid plexus tumors. However, a literature review reveals no reported cases of extraneural metastasis of solitary fibrous tumor/hemangiopericytoma (SFT/HPC). CASE DESCRIPTION: Here we report the case of a 34-year-old man with recurrent intracranial malignant SFT/HPC who had undergone surgical tumor resection and subsequent placement of a VPS for obstructive hydrocephalus in 2004...
November 2017: World Neurosurgery
William G Breen, Miran J Blanchard, Amulya Nageswara Rao, David J Daniels, Jan C Buckner, Nadia N Issa Laack
PURPOSE: To evaluate patterns of failure after multimodality treatment of nongerminomatous germ cell tumors (NGGCTs). MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed records of 34 patients diagnosed with primary intracranial NGGCT between 1988 and 2014. RESULTS: Thirty-four patients received induction chemotherapy followed by radiation with or without surgery. Median follow-up was 11.1 years (0.8-23.3). Outcomes were significantly improved in these 34 patients (5-year overall survival [OS]: 88% versus 50%, P = 0...
November 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
Marlena S Norwood, Philip J Lupo, Eric J Chow, Michael E Scheurer, Sharon E Plon, Heather E Danysh, Logan G Spector, Susan E Carozza, David R Doody, Beth A Mueller
BACKGROUND: The presence of a congenital anomaly is associated with increased childhood cancer risk, likely due to large effects of Down syndrome and chromosomal anomalies for leukemia. Less is known about associations with presence of non-chromosomal anomalies. METHODS: Records of children diagnosed with cancer at <20 years of age during 1984-2013 in Washington State cancer registries were linked to their birth certificates (N = 4,105). A comparison group of children born in the same years was identified...
2017: PloS One
Kota Katanoda, Akiko Shibata, Tomohiro Matsuda, Megumi Hori, Kayo Nakata, Yoshitaka Narita, Chitose Ogawa, Wataru Munakata, Akira Kawai, Hiroshi Nishimoto
Little is known about cancer incidence among children and youths in Japan. We aimed to describe cancer incidence in Japan focusing on childhood, adolescence and young adulthood (AYA). Cancer incidence data were obtained from the Monitoring of Cancer Incidence in Japan project. For the 2009-2011 incidence, the data were collected from 40 prefectures, of which data from 27 prefectures meeting quality standards were analyzed (population coverage: 38.6%). Cancers diagnosed in 0-39 years of age were classified according to the International Classification of Childhood Cancer (version 3)...
August 1, 2017: Japanese Journal of Clinical Oncology
Yun-Sik Dho, Kyu-Won Jung, Johyun Ha, Youngbeom Seo, Chul-Kee Park, Young-Joo Won, Heon Yoo
BACKGROUND: This report aims to provide accurate nationwide epidemiologic data on primary brain and central nervous system (CNS) tumors in the Republic of Korea. We updated the data by analyzing primary brain and CNS tumors diagnosed in 2013 using the data from the national cancer incidence database. METHODS: Data on primary brain and CNS tumors diagnosed in 2013 were collected from the Korean Central Cancer Registry. Crude and age-standardized rates were calculated in terms of gender, age, and histological type...
April 2017: Brain Tumor Research and Treatment
Claire de Oliveira, Karen E Bremner, Ning Liu, Mark L Greenberg, Paul C Nathan, Mary L McBride, Murray D Krahn
BACKGROUND: Childhood and adolescent cancers are uncommon, but they have important economic and health impacts on patients, families, and health care systems. Few studies have measured the economic burden of care for childhood and adolescent cancers. OBJECTIVES: To estimate costs of cancer care in population-based cohorts of children and adolescents from the public payer perspective. METHODS: We identified patients with cancer, aged 91 days to 19 years, diagnosed from 1995 to 2009 using cancer registry data, and matched each to three noncancer controls...
March 2017: Value in Health: the Journal of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research
Brandon C Perry, Francisco A Perez, Jason N Nixon, Bonnie L Cole, Gisele Ishak
Primary intracranial choriocarcinoma (PICCC), a type of germ-cell tumor, is a very rare primary tumor of the central nervous system that generally arises in the pineal or suprasellar region. We present a case of a teenage boy with PICCC of the bilateral basal ganglia, an anatomic site for which we were unable to find the previous reports. We offer discussion of the differential diagnosis, imaging characteristics, and prognosis of PICCC and germ-cell tumors of the basal ganglia, in the hope that it will increase awareness and allow for early detection...
March 2017: Radiology case reports
Hiroshi Arima, Yoshinori Azuma, Yoshiaki Morishita, Daisuke Hagiwara
Central diabetes insipidus (CDI), characterized by polyuria and polydipsia, is caused by deficiency of arginine vasopressin (AVP), an antidiuretic hormone which acts on V2 receptors in kidney to promote reabsorption of free water. CDI is classified into three subtypes; idiopathic, secondary and familial. A previous study suggests that infundibulo-neurohypophysitis might be an underlying cause of idiopathic CDI. Among secondary CDI, the tumors in the central nervous system such as craniopharyngioma and germ cell tumors are the most frequent causes...
December 2016: Nagoya Journal of Medical Science
Isabell Katharina Rumrich, Matti Viluksela, Kirsi Vähäkangas, Mika Gissler, Heljä-Marja Surcel, Otto Hänninen
BACKGROUND: In spite of the well-known harmful effects on the fetus, many women continue smoking during pregnancy. Smoking as an important source of toxic chemicals may contribute to the developmental origin of diseases. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this work was to pursue the possible association between maternal smoking and cancer in early life. Specifically, we wanted to identify the associated early life cancer types, and to quantify the associations. METHODS: In a systematic literature search 825 articles were identified in PubMed and Web of Science, and 55 more through the reference lists...
2016: PloS One
Neimar de Paula Silva, Rejane de Souza Reis, Rafael Garcia Cunha, Júlio Fernando Pinto Oliveira, Marceli de Oliveira Santos, Maria S Pombo-de-Oliveira, Beatriz de Camargo
BACKGROUND: Several maternal and birth characteristics have been reported to be associated with an increased risk of many childhood cancers. Our goal was to evaluate the risk of childhood embryonal solid tumors in relation to pre- and perinatal characteristics. METHODS: A case-cohort study was performed using two population-based datasets, which were linked through R software. Tumors were classified as central nervous system (CNS) or non-CNS-embryonal (retinoblastoma, neuroblastoma, renal tumors, germ cell tumors, hepatoblastoma and soft tissue sarcoma)...
2016: PloS One
Takashi Kawahara, Koji Kawai, Takayuki Yoshino, Atsushi Ikeda, Ryutarou Ishizuka, Shuya Kandori, Ei-Ichirou Takaoka, Takahiro Kojima, Akira Joraku, Takahiro Suetomi, Jun Miyazaki, Hiroyuki Nishiyama
OBJECTIVE: We conducted the present study to elucidate the clinical presentation, treatment outcomes and risk factors for the development of metachronous brain metastasis at a single progressive disease site, the so-called isolated brain metastasis, in patients with testicular germ cell tumors. METHODS: To identify metachronous brain metastasis in a timely manner, brain imaging was performed when the re-elevation of tumor markers was observed during chemotherapy, even in patients who were free from central nervous system symptoms...
August 27, 2016: Japanese Journal of Clinical Oncology
Ashley S Plant, Susan N Chi, Lindsay Frazier
Malignant germ cell tumors (GCT) arise from abnormal migration of primordial germ cells and are histologically identical whether they occur inside or outside the central nervous system (CNS). However, the treatment strategy for GCTs varies greatly depending on the location of the tumor. These differences are in part due to the increased morbidity of surgery in the CNS but may also reflect differential sensitivity of the tumors to chemotherapy and radiation therapy (RT) or not-yet-understood biologic differences between these tumors...
December 2016: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
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