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Arigami T.,Breast and Thyroid Surgery | Arigami T.,Kagoshima University | Uenosono Y.,Kagoshima University | Ishigami S.,Breast and Thyroid Surgery | And 9 more authors.
Oncology (Switzerland) | Year: 2012

Objective: We investigated stanniocalcin 1 (STC 1) expression to assess its clinical utility as a blood marker in patients with gastric cancer and evaluated its biological impact in terms of tumor aggressiveness. Methods: Blood specimens from 93 patients with gastric cancer and 21 normal healthy volunteers were assessed by quantitative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction for STC 1 mRNA expression. Results: The relative numbers of STC 1 mRNA copies were significantly higher in gastric cancer cell lines and in blood specimens from patients with gastric cancer than in blood specimens from healthy volunteers (p = 0.0001 and p = 0.003, respectively). The sensitivity and specificity of STC 1 mRNA expression for discriminating patients with gastric cancer from healthy volunteers were 69.9 and 71.4%, respectively. Furthermore, the sensitivity for STC 1 mRNA was higher than that for serum carcinoembryonic antigen and carbohydrate antigen 19-9. The presence of STC 1 expression was significantly correlated with depth of tumor invasion and tumor stage (p = 0.032 and p = 0.013, respectively). Conclusion: Our data strongly suggest that STC 1 is a potentially useful blood marker for predicting biological tumor aggressiveness in patients with gastric cancer. Copyright © 2012 S. Karger AG, Basel. Source

Kurahara H.,Breast and Thyroid Surgery | Takao S.,Kagoshima University | Maemura K.,Breast and Thyroid Surgery | Mataki Y.,Breast and Thyroid Surgery | And 10 more authors.
Pancreas | Year: 2013

OBJECTIVE: Tumor-associated macrophages (TAMs) are reportedly involved in lymphangiogenesis in primary tumors, playing a crucial role in lymphatic metastasis. Furthermore, nodal lymphangiogenesis precedes and promotes regional lymph node (RLN) metastasis. We investigated the relationship of M2-polarized TAM infiltration of the RLNs, nodal lymphangiogenesis, and occult nodal involvement in pN0 pancreatic cancer. METHODS: Hematoxylin-eosin-stained primary tumor and regional LN specimens from 40 patients diagnosed with pN0 pancreatic cancer according to the pathological TNM classification were assessed. To evaluate lymphangiogenesis, lymphatic vessel density was measured by using D2-40 antibody. CD163 and cytokeratin AE1/AE3 antibodies were used to detect M2-polarized TAMs and isolated tumor cells in the RLNs, respectively. RESULTS: The nodal lymphatic vessel density had a strong association with the M2-polarized TAM density in the RLNs (P < 0.0001). Most of these TAMs expressed vascular endothelial growth factor C. Furthermore, in the RLNs, the M2-polarized TAM density was significantly associated with the incidence of isolated tumor cells (P = 0.0477). CONCLUSIONS: M2-polarized TAM infiltration of RLNs is significantly associated with nodal lymphangiogenesis and occult nodal involvement in pN0 pancreatic cancer. Node-infiltrating M2-polarized TAMs may facilitate nodal lymphangiogenesis via the production of vascular endothelial growth factor C and thus promote RLN metastasis. Copyright © 2012 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Source

Megumi K.,Breast and Thyroid Surgery | Okumura H.,Breast and Thyroid Surgery | Shimonosono M.,Breast and Thyroid Surgery | Ijichi T.,Breast and Thyroid Surgery | And 11 more authors.
Gan to kagaku ryoho. Cancer & chemotherapy | Year: 2015

A 68-year-old woman was diagnosed with advanced esophageal cancer with lymph node metastasis, for which she received neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy. During therapy, she had loss of appetite and weight; therefore, we inserted a nasal feeding tube for her nutrition, after which, she gained weight soon. After therapy, she had a high fever with lymphocytopenia and was diagnosed with cytomegalovirus infection because of significantly high CMV antigenemia. Ganciclovir was administered immediately, and she recovered soon. Two months later, we performed esophagectomy, and she recovered without complications. Immediate diagnosis of CMV infection, ganciclovir administration, and nutrition through a feeding tube were useful for the esophageal cancer patient in this report who had immunosuppression and malnutrition during chemoradiation. Source

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