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Tokunaga T.,Nagoya University | Shimada K.,Nagoya University | Yamamoto K.,Aichi Cancer Center | Chihara D.,Aichi Cancer Center | And 16 more authors.
Blood | Year: 2012

Angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma (AITL) is a major type of peripheral T-cell lymphoma (PTCL). To elucidate the clinicopathologic characteristics and prognosis of AITL in Japan, we retrospectively analyzed 207 patients with AITL. The median patient age was 67 years (range, 34-91 years), with 73% of patients older than 60 years. With a median follow-up of 42 months in surviving patients, 3-year overall survival (OS) was 54% and progression-free survival (PFS) was 38%. The International Prognostic Index (IPI) and the prognostic index for PTCL, not otherwise specified (PIT) were predictive for OS in this analysis. Multivariate analysis found that age older than 60 years, elevated white blood cell (WBC) and IgA levels, the presence of anemia and thrombocytopenia, and extranodal involvement at > 1 site were significant prognostic factors for OS, and IgA, anemia, and mediastinal lymphadenopathy were significant prognostic factors for PFS. A novel prognostic model consisting of the prognostic factors for OS was successfully constructed. In conclusion, IPI and PIT were still useful for prognostication of AITL, and other factors, including those not used in IPI, such as IgA, anemia, WBC count, thrombocytopenia, and mediastinal lymphadenopathy, also significantly affected prognosis. Future investigations for IgA as a unique prognostic factor are warranted. © 2012 by The American Society of Hematology. Source


Takahashi Y.,Okayama University of Science | Takata K.,Okayama University of Science | Kato S.,Nagoya University | Sato Y.,Okayama University of Science | And 10 more authors.
Cancer Science | Year: 2014

Primary cutaneous γδ T-cell lymphoma (PCGD-TCL) is an aggressive lymphoma consisting of clonal proliferation of mature activated γδ T-cells of a cytotoxic phenotype. Because primary cutaneous γδ T-cell lymphoma is a rare disease, there are few clinicopathological studies. In addition, T-cell receptor (TCR) γδ cells are typically immunostained in frozen sections or determined by TCRβ negativity. We retrospectively analyzed 17 primary cutaneous T-cell lymphomas of the γδ phenotype (CTCL-γδ) in a clinicopathological and molecular study using paraffin-embedded sections. Among 17 patients, 11 had CTCL-γδ without subcutaneous panniculitis-like T-cell lymphoma (SPTCL) features and six had CTCL-γδ with SPTCL features. Immunophenotypically, some significant differences were found in CD8 and CD56 positivity between our patient series of CTCL-γδ patients with SPTCL features and SPTCL-γδ patients described in the previous literature. A univariate analysis of 17 CTCL-γδ patients showed that being more than 60 years old, presence of visceral organ involvement, and small-to-medium cell size were poor prognostic factors. In addition, the 5-year overall survival rate was 42.4% for the CTCL-γδ patients without SPTCL features and 80.0% for those with SPTCL features. Consequently, there was a strikingly significant difference in overall survival among SPTCL, CTCL-γδ with SPTCL features and CTCL-γδ without SPTCL features (P = 0.0005). Our data suggests that an indolent subgroup may exist in CTCL-γδ. Studies on more cases, including those from other countries, are warranted to delineate the clinicopathological features and the significance in these rare lymphomas. We retrospectively analyzed 17 primary cutaneous T-cell lymphomas of the γδ phenotype (CTCL-γδ) in a clinicopathological and molecular study using paraffin-embedded sections. The univariate analysis of 17 CTCL-γδ patients showed that more than 60 years old age, presence of visceral organ involvement, and small-to-medium cell size were poor prognostic factors. There was a strikingly significant difference in overall survival among SPTCL, CTCL-γδ with SPTCL features and CTCL-γδ without SPTCL features (P = 0.0005). © 2014 The Authors. Cancer Science published by Wiley Publishing Asia Pty Ltd on behalf of Japanese Cancer Association. Source


Ohki T.,Chugoku Central Hospital
Kyobu geka. The Japanese journal of thoracic surgery | Year: 2013

The autonomy Laparo-angle needle holder is a flexible device which has several articulating parts facilitating some traditionally difficult way of suture passage. This device is often used for laparoscopic surgery, and there have been few reports for video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS). We used this device for complete VATS lobectomy and segmentectomy, and it enables us to suture a bronchus with the optimal direction even in the deep surgical field on complete VATS lobectomy and segmentectomy. Although some training may be needed to freely manipulate this device, it can be useful for minimallyinvasive video-assisted thoracic surgery. Source


Murase R.,Ehime University | Tanaka H.,Ehime University | Hamakawa T.,Ehime University | Goda H.,Ehime University | And 6 more authors.
International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery | Year: 2015

Oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) frequently metastasizes to cervical lymph nodes, which is the most known prognostic factor. Screening methods to identify sentinel lymph nodes (SLNs) are therefore of great interest for the management of potential neck metastasis. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the clinical benefit of double SLN mapping with indocyanine green (ICG) and 99m-technetium-tin colloid (99mTc-tin colloid) for sentinel node navigation surgery (SNNS). Between 2007 and 2010, 16 patients diagnosed with OSCC were investigated by SLN biopsy using the double mapping method. 99mTc-tin colloid was injected into the peri-tumoural region on the preoperative day, and ICG was administered intraoperatively in the same position to assist in detecting nodes during surgery. Based on the gamma-ray signal and near-infrared (NIR) fluorescence of ICG, SLNs were identified and thereafter assessed pathologically and genetically for cancer involvement. Radio-guided detection was successful for all patients. ICG mapping identified a relatively larger number of nodes, suggesting that several non-SLNs were potentially involved. The double mapping method assisted surgeons to explore SLNs. Since the ICG fluorescence was shielded by the subcutaneous fatty tissue and the muscle layer including platysma and sternocleidomastoid, it was necessary to retract the tissue away from nodes. © 2015 International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. Source


Takeshita A.,Hamamatsu University School of Medicine | Shinagawa K.,Okayama University | Adachi M.,Hamamatsu University School of Medicine | Ono T.,Hamamatsu University School of Medicine | And 2 more authors.
Expert Opinion on Orphan Drugs | Year: 2014

Introduction: Acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) is characterized by a reciprocal translocation between chromosomes 15 and 17 yielding the PML-RARA fusion gene, which deregulates cell proliferation and blocks granulocyte differentiation. All-trans retinoic acid (ATRA) dramatically improved the prognosis of APL, but relatively, small number of relapsing patients achieves second remission with ATRA alone.Areas covered: Tamibarotene, a new synthetic retinoid, is about 10 times more potent than ATRA, chemically more stable than ATRA, with low affinity for cellular RA-binding protein and no detectable binding to RA receptor-γ. Tamibarotene has a significant effect on ATRA-resistant APLs. Some arsenic trioxide (ATO) and gemtuzumab ozogamicin-resistant APLs are reportedly tamibarotene-sensitive.Expert opinion: Tamibarotene was tested in APL-relapsed patients after ATRA-induced complete remission (CR), and 14/24 patients (58%) achieved CR. In an independent trial, 24/39 (61.5%) APL patients achieved CR including 5 newly diagnosed patients and 13 patients who had relapsed twice or more. A prospective randomized study compared tamibarotene with ATRA as maintenance therapy. Four-year relapse-free survival rate was 84% (ATRA) and 91% (tamibarotene) (p = 0.095). In high-risk patients, this became significant (58% ATRA, 87% tamibarotene, p = 0.028). These results suggest tamibarotene should be tested in induction or consolidation therapy and in combination with ATO. © 2014 Informa UK, Ltd. Source

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