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Grozinsky-Glasberg S.,Neuroendocrine Tumor Unit | Bloom A.I.,Hebrew University of Jerusalem | Lev-Cohain N.,Hebrew University of Jerusalem | Klimov A.,Hebrew University of Jerusalem | And 2 more authors.
European Journal of Endocrinology | Year: 2017

Background: Liver metastases are relatively common in patients with metastatic medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC), carrying a negative impact on disease prognosis. The options for selective therapy of liver metastases in MTC patients are limited to catheter-guided procedures such as trans-arterial chemoembolization (TACE). Data regarding the effectiveness and safety of this procedure in MTC are limited. Aim: To explore the clinical outcome, survival and safety profile of TACE for liver metastases in a group of MTC patients. Methods: Retrospective case series of patients treated at a single tertiary University Medical Center from 2005 to 2015. Results: Seven consecutive patients (mean age 64.5 ± 10.9 years, 5 females) with histologically confirmed MTC with liver metastases were included. Metastatic involvement of the liver was less than 50% of the liver volume in all patients. The median size of the largest liver lesion was 40 ± 6.9 mm. The patients underwent in total 20 sessions of TACE. Clinical improvement as well as tumor response (PR) were observed in all patients. The median time to tumor progression was 38 months (range 8-126). Three patients were still alive at the end of the follow-up period (a median overall survival rate of 57 ± 44 months). Conclusion: TACE in MTC patients with hepatic metastases is usually well tolerated and induces both clinical improvement and tumor response for prolonged periods of time in the majority of patients. This therapeutic option should always be considered, irrespective of the presence of extrahepatic metastasis. © 2017 European Society of Endocrinology.


Grozinsky-Glasberg S.,Neuroendocrine Tumor Unit | Alexandraki K.I.,National and Kapodistrian University of Athens | Barak D.,Neuroendocrine Tumor Unit | Doviner V.,Hebrew University of Jerusalem | And 3 more authors.
Neuroendocrinology | Year: 2013

We evaluated the latest pathological criteria for completion right hemicolectomy (RHC) in patients with appendiceal neuroendocrine tumors (ANETs) with emphasis on the size of the primary tumor. Data of 28 consecutive patients who underwent RHC for ANETs in three tertiary hospitals were reviewed retrospectively to assess the indications for completion RHC. 10/28 patients were found to have residual disease (36%). In 8/28 patients (29%), the tumor diameter was <1 cm (mean 0.7 ± 0.2 cm, range 0.5-0.9 cm); the indications for RHC included: tumor presence in surgical margins (1 patient), extensive mesoappendiceal invasion (EMI) (1 patient), vascular invasion (VI) (3 patients), Ki-67 ≥2% (3 patients); residual disease was present in 1 patient (3.5%). In 13/28 patients (46%), the tumor diameter was ≥1 and <2 cm (mean 1.30 ± 0.2 cm, range 1.0-1.8 cm); the indications for RHC were: EMI (2 patients), VI (2 patients), Ki-67 ≥2% (2 patients); residual disease was present in 5 patients (18%). In 7/28 patients (25%), the tumor diameter was ≥2 cm (mean 2.5 ± 0.7 cm, range 2.0-4.0 cm). In this final subgroup, RHC was an accepted practice irrespective of other pathologic findings: the tumor was present in surgical margins in 2 patients, in 5 patients VI was demonstrated, and Ki-67 ≥2% was found in 5 patients; residual disease was present in 4 patients (14%). Using the latest European Neuroendocrine Tumor Society criteria for RHC, residual disease may be missed in 18% of ANET patients. Copyright © 2012 S. Karger AG, Basel.


PubMed | Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Neuroendocrine Tumor Unit
Type: | Journal: Endocrinology, diabetes & metabolism case reports | Year: 2016

A 55-year-old woman diagnosed with sporadic MTC underwent total thyroidectomy 20 years ago. After the first surgery, elevated calcitonin levels in parallel with local disease persistence were noted and therefore she underwent repeated neck dissections. During follow-up, multiple foci of metastatic disease were noted in the neck and mediastinal lymph nodes, lungs and bones; however, the disease had an indolent course for a number of years, in parallel with a calcitonin doubling time of more than two years and without significant symptoms. During a routine follow-up visit 2 years ago, findings suggestive of Cushings syndrome were observed on physical examination. The biochemical evaluation demonstrated markedly elevated serum calcitonin level, in parallel with lack of cortisol suppression after an overnight 1mg dexamethasone suppression test, lack of cortisol and ACTH suppression after high-dose IV dexamethasone 8mg, elevated plasma ACTH up to 79pg/mL (normal <46pg/mL) and elevated 24-h urinary free cortisol up to 501g/24h (normal 9-90g/24h). After a negative pituitary MRI, she underwent IPSS, which was compatible with EAS. Whole-body CT demonstrated progressive disease at most of the tumor sites. Treatment with vandetanib at a dosage of 200mg/day was commenced. The patient showed a significant, rapid and consistent clinical improvement already after two months of treatment, in parallel with biochemical improvement, whereas a decrease in tumor size was demonstrated on follow-up CT.Ectopic Cushings syndrome due to ectopic ACTH secretion (EAS) by MTC is an uncommon and a poor prognostic event, being associated with significant morbidity and mortality.We demonstrate that vandetanib is effective in controlling the signs and symptoms related to the EAS in patients with advanced progressive MTC.We demonstrate that vandetanib is effective in decreasing tumor size and in inducing tumor control.

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