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Nagoya-shi, Japan

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Nagoya-shi, Japan
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Shimizu H.,Aichi Cancer Center Central Hospital
Nihon Hoshasen Gijutsu Gakkai zasshi | Year: 2016

Although much evidence about the helical tomotherapy system are available, there is not a document about the procedure of quality assurance (QA) for changing the beam model. This study establishes the commissioning procedure for modifying the beam model of helical tomotherapy. Firstly, some intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) plans were created, and compared them with the calculated dose and the measured dose. Secondly, the absorbed doses to water in the machine-specific reference field and the plan-class specific reference field with a protocol in Japan; Standard Dosimetry of Absorbed Dose to Water in External Beam Radiotherapy (Standard Dosimetry 12) were measured. Thirdly, we reconfirmed patient-specific quality assurance. The recommended commissioning procedure after the change of the beam model was shown through three verification processes. This report would be helpful for not only changing the beam model of helical tomotherapy but also introducing Standard Dosimetry 12 to a clinic.


PubMed | Danish Cancer Society, Dr. Horst Schmidt Kliniken Wiesbaden, Duke University, Cedars Sinai Medical Center and 23 more.
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Oncotarget | Year: 2016

Women with epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) are usually treated with platinum/taxane therapy after cytoreductive surgery but there is considerable inter-individual variation in response. To identify germline single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) that contribute to variations in individual responses to chemotherapy, we carried out a multi-phase genome-wide association study (GWAS) in 1,244 women diagnosed with serous EOC who were treated with the same first-line chemotherapy, carboplatin and paclitaxel. We identified two SNPs (rs7874043 and rs72700653) in TTC39B (best P=7x10-5, HR=1.90, for rs7874043) associated with progression-free survival (PFS). Functional analyses show that both SNPs lie in a putative regulatory element (PRE) that physically interacts with the promoters of PSIP1, CCDC171 and an alternative promoter of TTC39B. The C allele of rs7874043 is associated with poor PFS and showed increased binding of the Sp1 transcription factor, which is critical for chromatin interactions with PSIP1. Silencing of PSIP1 significantly impaired DNA damage-induced Rad51 nuclear foci and reduced cell viability in ovarian cancer lines. PSIP1 (PC4 and SFRS1 Interacting Protein 1) is known to protect cells from stress-induced apoptosis, and high expression is associated with poor PFS in EOC patients. We therefore suggest that the minor allele of rs7874043 confers poor PFS by increasing PSIP1 expression.


Kato K.,National Cancer Center Hospital | Tahara M.,National Cancer Center Hospital East | Hironaka S.,Shizuoka Cancer Center | Muro K.,Aichi Cancer Center Central Hospital | And 5 more authors.
Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology | Year: 2011

Purpose: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of weekly paclitaxel (Taxol®) in patients with advanced or recurrent esophageal cancer. Methods: Fifty-three patients with recurrent or advanced esophageal cancer who had previously received platinum-based chemotherapy were treated with paclitaxel 100 mg/m2 once weekly by 1-h infusion on days 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, and 36 of a 49-day cycle. Fifty-two patients were evaluable for efficacy and 53 for safety. Forty-one (77%) patients had recurrent, and 12 (23%) had advanced disease. Most patients (52/53) had squamous cell carcinoma, and one had adenocarcinoma. Results: A median of 2 cycles was delivered (range 1-8). The overall response rate was 44.2% (23/52; 95% confidence interval (CI) 30.5, 58.7%), with 4 patients (7.7%) achieving complete response. The median duration of response was 4.8 months, and median overall survival was 10.4 months. The most common Grade 3 or 4 adverse events were neutropenia (52.8%), leukopenia (45.3%), anorexia (9.4%), and fatigue (9.4%). Adverse events resulted in treatment discontinuation in 34.0% of patients and dose reductions in 43.4%. There were no treatment-related deaths. Conclusions: Weekly paclitaxel demonstrated efficacy and manageable toxicity in patients with advanced or recurrent esophageal cancer and may be a treatment option for this population. © 2010 Springer-Verlag.


Ito A.,Aichi Cancer Center Research Institute | Ito A.,Meijo University | Ito Y.,Aichi Cancer Center Central Hospital | Matsushima S.,Aichi Cancer Center Central Hospital | And 7 more authors.
Gastric Cancer | Year: 2014

Background: Peritoneal metastasis is the most frequent pattern of recurrence after curative surgery for gastric cancer. However, such a recurrence is difficult to detect by conventional computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) at an early stage. To improve the sensitivity and specificity of diagnostic imaging for peritoneal metastasis, we developed a new type of multimodality imaging combining fluorescence imaging with near-infrared fluorophore (NIR)-labeled antibodies and MRI. Methods: Dual optical imaging of peritoneal metastasis was carried out using luciferase-tagged gastric cancer cell lines and XenoLight CF750 or indocyanine green (ICG)-labeled anti-human epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) or CEA antibody as a probe in mice with Ivis in vivo imaging system. Results: This whole-body fluorescent imaging system sensitively detected metastatic foci <1 mm in diameter in the peritoneal cavity noninvasively. Fluorescence imaging proved to be specific because the fluorescence signal was abolished by blocking with excess unlabeled antibody. Although this fluorescence imaging had higher sensitivity for detection of small-sized peritoneal metastases than MRI, it proved difficult to accurately determine organ distribution of the metastasis. We thus developed a multimodality imaging system by the fusion of the three-dimensional fluorescence image with the MRI image and demonstrated its improved diagnostic accuracy over either method alone. Conclusion: The present results suggest that multimodality imaging consisting of fluorescence imaging with NIR-labeled EGFR or CEA antibody and MRI allows sensitive, specific, and anatomically accurate detection of peritoneal metastasis noninvasively at an early stage. © 2013 The International Gastric Cancer Association and The Japanese Gastric Cancer Association.


Okochi-Takada E.,National Cancer Center Research Institute | Hattori N.,National Cancer Center Research Institute | Tsukamoto T.,Aichi Cancer Center Research Institute | Miyamoto K.,National Hospital Organization Kure Medical Center | And 8 more authors.
Oncogene | Year: 2014

Tumor suppressors with extracellular function are likely to have advantages as targets for cancer therapy, but few are known. Here, we focused on angiopoietin-like 4 (ANGPTL4), which is a secreted glycoprotein involved in lipoprotein metabolism and angiogenesis, is methylation-silenced in human cancers, but has unclear roles in cancer development and progression. We found a deletion mutation in its coiled-coil domain at its N-terminal in human gastric cancers, in addition to hypermethylation of the ANGPTL4 promoter CpG islands. Forced expression of wild-type ANGPTL4, but not ANGPTL4 with the deletion, at physiological levels markedly suppressed in vivo tumorigenicity and tumor angiogenesis, indicating that the latter caused the former. Tumor-derived ANGPTL4 suppressed in vitro vascular tube formation and proliferation of human umbilical vascular endothelial cells, partly due to suppression of ERK signaling. These showed that ANGPTL4 is a genetically and epigenetically inactivated secreted tumor suppressor that inhibits tumor angiogenesis. © 2014 Macmillan Publishers Limited. All rights reserved.

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