Breast Cancer Survivors

Chemo Secrets From a Breast Cancer Survivor

Undergoing chemotherapy can be one of the most terrifying things that you go through in your life. One of the most frightening things about chemotherapy is the lack of real information that most people have about it, and the unknown makes it so much more frightening as a result. This eBook, written by a young cancer survivor gives you the real story about what chemo is all about. The most valuable information you can get about chemotherapy is from someone that has already experienced it. This PDF eBook allows you to download and read it as soon as your order it. You can begin your journey of reassurance as soon as you want! Because that's what this is about: chemo does not have to be a terrifying unknown! Other people have gone through it before, and want to help you through it as well! This eBook is the guide through chemo that many people wish they could have had, and now you can have it yourself! More here...

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Evaluation Of The Biological Activity Of Ip Cytotoxic Chemotherapy In The Management Of Ovarian Cancer

After the completion of phase I studies, which defined the pharmacokinetic properties and safety of both single-agent and several combination chemotherapy IP programs, investigators in several centers and cooperative groups initiated a series of platinum-based phase II IP efficacy trials in patients with ovarian cancer (24,30-40). Treatment of patients with tumor nodules that could be imaged by a CT scan of the abdomen pelvis would likely require IP disease of at least 2 cm in diameter, which is far larger than what existing data would suggest is appropriate for successful use of this route of drug delivery. Given this information, how can the biological activity of IP therapy be evaluated Fortunately, in the management of patients with ovarian cancer, there is long-established and accepted experience, with surgical reassessment after the completion of primary chemotherapy programs ( second-look laparotomy ) (44,45). Thus, in several centers exploring the activity of IP therapy in...

Patient Measurements In Breast Cancer

Ten consecutive breast cancer patients, who were eligible for a sentinel node procedure according to the standard protocol of our hospital 11,14 were asked to cooperate with the measurements. Dose rates were registered at distances of 25, 50, and 100 cm from the injection site within 3 h after a peritumoral injection of 50 5 MBq 99mTc colloidal albumin (Nanocoll , Sorin Radiofarmaci S.r.I., Saluggia, Italy) in 4 mL of saline. Due to injecting the tracer at different depths, the depots will have a varying geometric relation to the dose-rate meter, which may influence the measured dose-rate at short distances. Therefore, the dose rates at 10 and 15 cm were calculated from measurements at 50 cm with multiplication factors of 16.7 and 8.3, respectively. These multiplication factors were obtained from the breast phantom results. The dose rates thus obtained are displayed in Table 2.

Results For Cytoreductive Surgery Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy

Cytoreductive surgery + hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy has been proven effective for the treatment of PC from PMP, appendiceal, and colorectal sources. It has been used increasingly in the treatment for PC from gastric cancer, small bowel tumor, and mesothelioma with encouraging results. The largest amount of data on HIPEC has been in the management of PMP, a rare entity that typically arises from a low-grade mucinous tumor of the appendix that has different biology from other appendiceal or intestinal cancers. CRS + HIPEC is becoming a standard therapy in the management of this disease. Many studies have justified its use in carcinomatosis from colorectal cancer.

Other Reinduction and Salvage Chemotherapy

A variety of high-dose chemotherapy regimens, including cyclophosphamide, etoposide, and BCNU (CBV) (Table 16-13 in Chapter 16) and BCNU, etoposide, Ara-C, and melphalan (BEAM) (Table 16-14 in Chapter 16), are being utilized as preparative regimens for stem cell transplantation. Relapse within 1 year of completion of conventional treatment (except stage I or IIA where only radiotherapy has been employed, in which case the patient can be treated with chemotherapy) For these patients, autologous bone marrow transplantation (AuBMT) or autologous peripheral stem cell rescue may be utilized after two or three cycles of conventional chemotherapy.

Neoadjuvant and adjuvant chemotherapy true and false

Neo-adjuvant chemotherapy Following cystectomy for muscle-invasive bladder carcinoma, up to 50 of patients may develop metastases. This most often occurs within two years.4 Most patients relapse in distant sites, only one-third of patients relapse in the pelvis alone. Response rates of 40-70 with cisplatin-containing combination chemotherapy regimens have led to their use for locally invasive disease in combination with cystectomy or RT, either as neo-adjuvant or adjuvant therapy. 'Neo-adjuvant' chemotherapy is given before cystectomy, or in some instances before RT. This approach has been useful in the treatment of several solid tumours. Patients with operable stages T2-T4a may be candidates for neo-adjuvant chemotherapy. It was devised to eliminate micrometastases present at diagnosis. It has also been used to determine response to chemotherapy, and in some cases to preserve the bladder. The bladder tumour serves as an in-vivo marker to evaluate response to chemotherapy. This may...

Systemic Chemotherapy

Systemic chemotherapy has improved during recent years (17,18). The addition of oxaliplatin or irinotecan to 5-FU and leucovorin has increased the response rate and the median survival in metastatic colorectal cancer. The addition of angiogenesis and epidermal growth factor receptor blockers further improves the effect, and median survival in the region of 24 mo has been reported. For reasons previously mentioned, survival in PC patients is probably somewhat shorter. In colorectal cancer, the cancer volume treated by chemotherapy strongly influences the long-term outcome. In the adjuvant setting in Dukes C colon cancer, when only very small amounts of residual cancer have to be treated, even simple regimens such as 5-FU leucovorin can cure one third of patients. The same schedule never cures any patients with macroscopic disease. This provides the rationale for reduction of tumor load in PC patients by CRS and HIPEC, followed by systemic chemotherapy for the minimal residue. In most...

Modelling the Effect of Chemotherapy on Tumour Growth

In this section we describe the model developed by Cruywagen et al. (1995) and Tracqui et al. (1995) to quantify the effect of chemotherapy on tumour growth. It is based in part on quantitative image analysis of histological sections of a human brain glioma and especially on cross-sectional area volume measurements of serial CT images while the patient was undergoing chemotherapy. We estimated the model parameters using optimization techniques to give the best fit of the simulated tumour area to the CT scan data. We carried out numerical simulations on a two-dimensional domain, which took into account the geometry of the brain (only the ventricles and the skull) and its natural barriers to diffusion. The results were used to determine the effect of chemotherapy on the spatiotemporal growth of the tumour. (Shochat et al. (1999) have used computer-based simulations of various basic ordinary differential equation models to evaluate the efficacy of chemotherapy protocols on breast...

Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy Using The Coliseum Technique

Most cancers that occur within the abdomen or pelvis will disseminate by the following three different routes hematogenous metastases, lymphatic metastases, and implants on the peritoneal surfaces. Significant recent advances have been made in the field of cytotoxic chemotherapy and biological agents in the management of unresectable metastatic gastrointestinal cancers with hematogenous and or lymphatic dissemination. The earliest success with the surgical management of metastatic disease was complete resection of locally recurrent colon and rectal cancer. Next, the resection of liver metastases from the same disease was shown to be of benefit in a selected group of patients. Isolated peritoneal metastases are a common site of recurrence after potentially curative resections of gastrointestinal cancers, and also account for significant morbidity and mortality in this group of patients, as well as those with recurrent gynecological malignancies. Increasingly, the concept of complete...

Early Searches For A Human Breast Cancer Virus

Based on the extensive studies of MMTV, the hypothesis that a retrovirus might also cause human breast cancer was compelling, and rigorously pursued in the 1970s. The methodology at the time included not only electron microscopy, but much more sensitive biochemical techniques for detecting the signature enzyme of retroviruses, RT, as a footprint of a retroviral agent, and a simultaneous detection technique for detecting RT activity in association with the viral 60-70S RNA genome. Using such methodology, evidence accumulated in support of a retroviral agent-human breast cancer link. The findings included detection of type B and D retroviral-like particles in milk of women from familial breast cancer families and certain ethnic groups with high breast cancer incidence (28-30), detection of RT activity in particulate fractions of human milk (31), detection of RNA homologous to MMTV in human breast tumors (32), detection of retrovirus-like particles associated with RT activity in the...

Other Candidate Breast Cancer Agents

Because many of the attempts to find an MMTV-related exogenous human agent have led to endogenous elements with no conspicuous relationship to breast cancer, Pogo and her colleagues have searched for evidence of an agent closely resembling MMTV but with no homology to HERVs. They used the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to probe normal and malignant breast tissue DNAs for a 660-bp sequence with 98 homology to the MMTV env gene and minimal homology to HERVs. They recently reported that 40 of breast cancer patients possessed this sequence compared to only 2 of normal donors (81). In a follow-up study they observed that 66 of the samples positive for the MMTV env DNA sequence also transcribed the sequence (82). Their results have not yet been independently confirmed by any other investigator. The involvement of several other viruses with human breast cancer has also been suggested, but again, the findings have not been confirmed and causal relationships have not been established. The...

Breast Cancer Technical Aspects

The procedure of lymphatic mapping and sentinel lymphadenectomy is more difficult to perform in patients with breast cancer than in patients with melanoma. The injection site, for instance, of the tracers cannot always be determined as precisely as it can for melanoma, due to deeper tumor localization. This may result in reduced sensitivity and selectivity of the method. Injections into 33 and around 34-36 the breast tumor have been applied some authors have even advocated injections into the subcutaneous tissue 37 or into the skin overlying the tumor 38 . The theoretical rationale for these latter two sites is based on the fact that the embryologic origin of the mammary gland is an appendix of the skin. An interesting observation in this regard is that a radiopharmaceutical injected around the tumor and blue dye injected intradermally both drained to the same axillary nodes 38 . The absence of internal mammary drainage after intra-cutaneous injection, however, casts doubt on the...

Platinum Based Chemotherapy With Radiation Sinonasal

Surgery with platinum-based postoperative chemotherapy should be considered the treatment of choice for sinonasal neuroendocrine carcinomas with limited local extent (Perez-Ordonez et al. 1998). According to Galera-Ruiz et al. (2001b), advanced lesions are best treated by a regimen similar to that of small cell lung cancer, which includes a combination of chemotherapy (cisplatin + etopo-side) and radiotherapy. Differently, in the experience of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, a good response was obtained with platinum-based neoad-juvant chemotherapy and radiotherapy followed by surgery (Perez-Ordonez et al. 1998). A similar combination of chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and possibly subsequent surgery has been proposed by Fitzek et al. (2002). In case of disseminated disease, platinum-based chemotherapy is the treatment of choice. Radiotherapy may also have a role in the palliation of non resectable lesions. Due to the aggressiveness of sinonasal undif-ferentiated carcinoma and to...

Breast Cancer and Mammography

Breast cancer is one of the leading causes of death from cancer among women. Early diagnosis can increase the chances of survival. Although mammography is being used for breast cancer screening,3'4 analysis of masses and tumors on mam-mograms is, at times, difficult because developing signs of cancer may be minimal or masked by superimposed tissues, making their visual detection and analysis difficult. Additional diagnostic procedures may be recommended when the original mammogram is equivocal.

Sustainedrelease and infusional intrathecal chemotherapy

Another study reported the results following treatment with sustained-release cytarabine in 43 patients with carcinomatous meningitis from breast cancer.14 Sustained release ara-C 50 mg was administered every two weeks for one month responding patients were then given up to three months of consolidation therapy. The intent-to-treat response rate was 21 (CI 95 1234 ). Median time to neurologic progression was 49 days (range, 1-515+), median survival 88 days (range, 1-515+). The major adverse events were headache and transient arachnoiditis. Headache occurred on 11 of cycles 90 were grade 1 or 2. Transient arachnoiditis occurred on 19 of cycles 88 were grade 1 or 2. 2.3 Systemic chemotherapy There is some evidence that one can produce adequate CSF levels with high dose systemic chemotherapy, at least in the setting of neoplastic meningitis. Cytotoxic levels of MTX can be achieved with systemic administration, although the typical CSF level of MTX is only 3 that of the serum...

Example Epidemiologic Research On The Relation Between Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane Ddt Exposure And Breast Cancer

To illustrate the strategy, if not the complete implementation, of an evaluation of sources of error in epidemiologic studies, the first major epidemiologic study on persistent organochlorides and breast cancer by Wolff and colleagues (1993) is examined. The hypothesis they considered was that persistent organochloride compounds, including the pesticide DDT, its metabolite dichlorodiphenyldi-chloroethane (DDE), and the industrial pollutant, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), might increase the risk of developing breast cancer. A major motivation for such inquiry is the experimental evidence of carcinogenicity of these compounds and the postulated effects of such compounds on estrogenic activity in humans and other species (Davis et al., 1993). Prior to 1993, studies in humans had generally been small and were based largely on comparisons of normal and diseased breast tissue rather than on an evaluation of exposure levels in women with and without breast cancer. Because the report by...

Inferences From Epidemiologic Evidence Efficacy Of Breast Cancer Screening

A specific example illustrates the range of potential questions that can be applied to epidemiologic data (Table 2.1) and how a given study may answer some questions effectively and others rather poorly. Assume that the exposure under study is participation in a regular mammography screening program and the disease of interest is fatal breast cancer. Such a study has potential relevance to many questions. Answering this question requires, at a minimum, accurate data on participation and mortality. Loss to follow up can interfere with the accurate description of the experience of women enrolled in the program, and accurate measurement of breast cancer mortality is required for the mortality rate to be correct. Note that accurate estimation of mortality does not require consideration of confounding, information on breast cancer risk factors, or concern with self-selection for participation in the program. The goal is largely a descriptive one, accurately estimating a rate. 2. Is breast...

Cytotoxic Chemotherapy

Systemic chemotherapy has been administered to patients with DTs continually growing despite treatment with NSAIDs or anti-oestrogens or rapidly increasing in size thus leading to life-threatening complications. However, chemotherapy is rarely employed because of its toxicity. The published reports regard single cases or small numbers of patients. All treated patients were affected with large tumours, had severe symptoms or major complications. The DTs continued to grow even if medically treated and were deemed unresectable. Various types of cytotoxic drugs were adopted 104-112 . The association with doxorubicin and dacarbazine have generally been chosen in recent years (Table 6). More than 50 of the treated patients achieved significant regression of the lesions and some patients were completely cured. The response to the therapy would appear to last a long time. It has been Table 6. Results of chemotherapy for mesenteric desmoid Table 6. Results of chemotherapy for mesenteric...

Techniques For Cytoreductive Surgery And Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy

Careful preoperative planning is needed to confirm relatively normal organ function and minimize operative risks (10). If extensive pelvic dissection is anticipated, cystoscopy and temporary bilateral ureteral catheters will be placed immediately before laparotomy. This speeds up surgery by decreasing the need for mobilization, and also decreases possible tumor seeding and injury to ureters and facilitates bladder resection or repair. CRS requires mobilization and visualization of every abdominal organ. The liver is completely mobilized. This includes resection of the falciform ligament and median suspensory ligaments (often involved with tumor) and division of the right and left triangular ligaments. This is required to provide adequate exposure to the diaphragms (which are often involved with disease) and to permit free circulation of the perfusion fluid. All abdominopelvic recesses are explored and exposed for chemotherapy. This includes full mobilization of the stomach and...

Future Directions In The Use Of Ip Chemotherapy In The Management Of Ovarian Cancer

The results of three large prospective randomized phase III trials have now established IP chemotherapy as the standard of care in the primary chemothe-rapeutic management of small-volume residual advanced ovarian cancer (16,59,62). Much research remains to be done in this arena, including focusing major efforts to improve methods of drug delivery (discussed in Chapter 5), exploring novel antineoplastic agents administered regionally, and developing innovative strategies to enhance drug penetration and distribution. Additional Potential Indications for IP Chemotherapy in the Management of Ovarian Cancer 3. Second-line treatment with microscopic minimal macroscopic residual cancer confirmed at a reassessment surgery in a patient with documented response to primary platinum-based systemic chemotherapy 4. Treatment following a major surgically confirmed response (minimal residual disease) to neoadjuvant chemotherapy.

Function Sparing Approaches With Chemotherapy and Conservative Surgery

Herr et al. further championed the potential for bladder preservation in highly selected patients in a study that examined the role of neo-adjuvant M-VAC chemotherapy after aggressive TUR, and subsequent surgical consolidation via partial cystectomy in a select group of patients that had lesions amenable to this approach.8 In this series, 26 of 111 patients were considered to be candidates for partial cystectomy after TUR and M-VAC chemotherapy. The pre-treatment stage of these patients included 19 T2 and seven T3 tumours. After reviewing the partial cystectomy specimens, the authors noted that 77 of patients were downstaged to

Intrathecal chemotherapy

Combination therapy with intrathecal agents has also been attempted with conflicting results. A trial of intrathecal MTX, thioTEPA and cortisone on Day 1 followed by intrathecal cytarabine, MTX and hydrocortisone on Day 5 weekly in 13 breast cancer patients, with concomitant systemic chemotherapy and whole brain radiotherapy in 7 patients, failed to produce objective responses or improve symptoms.5 However, a comparison of single agent intrathecal MTX (N 29) to a three drug regimen of MTX, cytarabine, and hydrocortisone (N 26) administered twice a week to solid tumor neoplastic meningitis patients showed a higher incidence of cytologic response (38.5 Vs 13.8 , p 0.036) and median survival (18.6 wk Vs 10.4 wk, p 0.029) in the combination therapy arm versus the single agent arm.6

Introduction Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy for Advanced Ovarian Cancer Finally a Standard of Care

Key Words Intraperitoneal chemotherapy, ovarian cancer, IP cisplatin, IP paclitaxel, cancer survival As stated in a 2002 editorial in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, we cannot think of any other setting in oncology where the results of three positive phase III trials have not led to widespread adoption of the superior therapy. The time has come for intraperitoneal (IP) chemotherapy to move beyond the setting of clinical trials and into the standard treatment armamentarium for women with

Timing Of Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy

Could be planned as an interval treatment preceded by neoadjuvant chemotherapy, there may be a theoretical benefit in reduction of morbidity because of a reduced need for extensive cytoreduction. Ovarian cancer would seem to be an ideal disease in which to attempt to address this issue, as over 75 of patients demonstrate initial complete clinical responses after primary therapy. A randomized assessment of hyperthermic chemotherapy perfusion at the time of primary debulking vs at the completion of systemic therapy could be performed to evaluate the relative toxicity and efficacy of each approach. Studies such as this are less applicable in other tumor sites because of the reduced efficacy seen with systemic therapy for patients with abdominal carcinomatosis.

Multiple Agents At Time Of Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy

Clonal variants with different mutations and patterns of resistance. After several cycles of chemotherapy, clinical response may occur, but at the expense of selecting for clonal lines with intrinsic drug resistance. Several first-line treatments for solid tumors of the abdomen include multiple drug regimens, in the hopes of decreasing the production of intrinsic drug resistance and obtaining a complete clinical response.

41 Hyperthermia and Chemotherapy

In recent years, the understanding of the biology of cancer has dramatically increased, leading to renewed interest in developing screening and early detection methods as well as providing new therapeutic targets. In parallel, the discovery of several new chemotherapeutic agents with novel mechanisms of action and promising activity against various types of cancers have renewed interest in combined therapies. Many would argue that chemotherapy for advanced metastatic disease should not be offered because of the relative ineffectiveness of even the best regimens. However, this leaves a large number of patients with only supportive therapy for their disease an unacceptable situation. In clinical studies of melphalan and hyperthermia, we see varied responses. Robins et al., found that melphalan was well tolerated at 41.8 C, and that clinical results were consistent with preclinical predictions providing a foundation for further trials (145). Hafstrom and Naredi reported rather...

Breast Cancer

More prevalent, low penetrance genes contribute to BC susceptibility in a larger population of women and are therefore responsible for a greater proportion of the disease burden.121-123 Recent modelling of breast cancer inheritance in a population where BRCA1 and 2 gene carriers had been excluded from the cohort revealed a model of inheritance that is polygenic and provides an estimate that nearly 90 of all breast cancer cases will occur in an identifiable subset of perhaps half the general population.124 As yet, little is known about low penetrance susceptibility genes which contribute to BC susceptibility and only a few have been identified, including genes involved in carcinogen detoxification and oestrogen metabolism.125-127


Chemotherapy plays an expanding role in the management of recurrent disease and in many newly diagnosed patients. Two anatomic features of the CNS make it unique with respect to the delivery of chemotherapeutic agents The blood-brain barrier inhibits the equilibration of large polar lipid-insoluble compounds between the blood and brain tissue, whereas small nonpolar lipid-solu-ble drugs rapidly equilibrate across the blood-brain barrier. The blood-brain barrier is probably not crucial in determining the efficacy of a particular chemotherapeutic agent, because in many brain tumors the normal blood-brain barrier is impaired. Factors such as tumor heterogeneity, cell kinetics and drug administration, distribution, and excretion play a more significant role in determining the chemotherapeutic sensitivity of a particular tumor than does the blood-brain barrier. Tumors with a low mitotic index and small growth fraction are less sensitive to chemotherapy tumors with a high mitotic index and...

Claire Dallman and Graham Packham

The ability to isolate relatively pure populations of primary normal and malignant lymphocytes has brought studies of lymphoid malignancies to the forefront of cancer research. Apoptosis (programmed cell death) plays a key role in controlling normal B-cell numbers, and resistance to apoptosis contributes to lymphomagenesis and reduces the effectiveness of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Multiple Bcl-2 family proteins orchestrate key life and death decisions in lymphocytes, and the prototypical family member, Bcl-2, is activated by reciprocal translocation in human lymphoma. Here, we describe an immunomagnetic method to isolate and purify malignant B-cells suitable for in vitro analyses from lymph node biopsies. Methods to analyze the expression of Bcl-2 family proteins by immunoblotting also are described.

Why Proteomics Has Not Succeeded In The Past Cancer As An Example

The performance of any biomarker can be described in terms of its specificity and sensitivity. In the context of cancer biomarkers, sensitivity refers to the proportion of case subjects (individuals with confirmed disease) who test positive for the biom-arker, and specificity refers to the proportion of control subjects (individuals without disease) who test negative for the biomarker. An ideal biomarker test would have 100 sensitivity and specificity i.e., everyone with cancer would have a positive test, and everyone without cancer would have a negative test. None of the currently available protein biomarkers achieve 100 sensitivity and specificity. For example, as described above, PSA tests achieve 70 to 90 sensitivity and only about 25 specificity, which results in many men having biopsies when they do not have detectable prostrate cancer. The serum protein biomarker for breast cancer CA15.3 has only 23 sensitivity and 69 specificity. Other frequently used terms are positive...

Other Parenteral Routes of Drug Administration

Venous access ports are totally implanted ports with a self-sealing septum that is attached to a catheter leading to a large vessel, usually the vena cava. These devices are most commonly used for chemotherapy or other long-term therapy and require surgical insertion and removal. Drugs are administered through injections made into the portal through the skin. These drugs are administered by the primary care provider or a registered nurse.

Historical Background

Thus, IP chemotherapy became relegated to the setting of occasional use to attempt to control malignant fluid reaccumulation, such as with bleomycin (7). Although successfully employed in many patients for this purpose, and still utilized today, it has never been clear if the observed beneficial outcomes of this strategy have anything to do with direct cytotoxicity of the drugs against the malignant cell population present within the fluid, or are merely the result of a nonspecific sclerosing effect of the agents. (That similar activity is seen when noncytotoxic, but highly irritating, drugs e.g., tetracycline and talc are employed in the management of pleural effusions provides support for the conclusion that the major effect is one of inflammation and sclerosis, and not direct cytotoxicity.)

Human genome amplification

PCR is not the tool of choice for performing exhaustive mutational analyses of large human genes that comprise many exons, such as the cystic fi-brosis or breast cancer genes 24 . Interpretation of NAA test results is not always clear-cut. For example, assays may detect the residual DNA of a pathogenic microorganism even after successful treatment, and it is not clear whether this represents the presence of a small number of viable organisms or amplified DNA from nonviable organisms. PCR tests should not be used to monitor the effectiveness of a course of therapy and physicians must be aware of the laboratory testing procedures. In addition, the meaning of a positive PCR test result has not been validated for all infections. For example, it is uncertain whether a positive PCR test result for cytomegalovirus or Chlamydia from a patient's peripheral blood mononuclear cells or synovial fluid or tissue represents active disease, latent infection, or is reactive. Similarly, detection of...

Clinical Summary of Diffuse Large BCell Lymphoma

Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) is the most common form of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (1) and follows an aggressive course, resulting in the death of patients within months without treatment (2). Researchers, when using anthracycline-based combination chemotherapy, have found that 80 to 85 of patients respond, with more than 50 to 76 achieving a complete response, that is, no disease identifiable 4 or more weeks after the end of treatment (3,4). Unfortunately, in nearly half of responders, their lymphoma returns, with only a minority being cured by more intensive retreatment (5). Thus, at 5 yr from the diagnosis of DLBCL, less than 50 of patients remain alive, disease-free (1). The best, validated predictor of response and outcome to treatment to date is a crude index based upon five clinical variables termed the International

What Are Populations And Samples

The term population refers to a collection of people or objects that share common observable characteristics. For example, a population could be all of the people who live in your city, all of the students enrolled in a particular university, or all of the people who are afflicted by a certain disease (e.g., all women diagnosed with breast cancer during the last five years). Generally, researchers are interested in particular characteristics of a population, not the characteristics that define the population but rather such attributes as height, weight, gender, age, heart rate, and systolic or dias-tolic blood pressure.

Lymphatic Mapping Of The Breast

Over the next 20 years, lymphatic mapping of the breast focused on one of two strategies. The first aimed at determining if lymph nodes draining the breast of patients with breast cancer contained metastatic deposits, and the second was intended to define the distribution of internal mammary nodes as a guide to radiation treatment planning.

Mammary Lymphoscintigraphy

A variety of studies were performed using mammary lymphoscintigraphy with the aim of diagnosing nodal metastases in patients with breast cancer. Tracers were administered in various parts of the breast. In 1981, Gabelle and colleagues studied intratumoral injection of the tracer in 100 patients with breast cancer and counted the number of nodes seen 4 h later on scan 61 . They found that patients with nodal metastases had fewer nodes visualized on average than those who were free of metastases, but the results were not useful in individual patients. Gasparini and colleagues used periareolar injection of radiocolloid in 26 patients with breast cancer and again scans were performed in the search for metastases 63 . The number of nodes visualized in the axilla was compared to pathology, but no useful data were obtained. Terui and Yamamoto studied 100 patients with breast cancer using subperi-osteal injections of radiocolloid and demonstrated both internal mammary and axillary drainage in...

Access to Health Care

A number of reports suggest that access to medical care may be limited for patients with schizophrenia. Multiple factors could contribute to decreased access, including limitations in the communication of symptoms by patients, poor cooperation by psychotic patients, prejudice (based on fear, frustration, or anxiety) against schizophrenic patients, and insufficient attention to medical problems by mental health providers (Adler and Griffith 1991 Druss and Rosenheck 1997 Goldman 1999 Pary and Barton 1988). Dixon et al. (1999) found that less than 70 of the patients with medical problems were receiving treatment for their medical conditions in a survey interview study of 719 patients from the Patient Outcomes Research Team project. Masterson and O'Shea (1984) speculated that inadequate breast examinations and incomplete reporting of breast lumps could have contributed to the increased rate of death from breast cancer in their report. Herrman et al. (1983) suggest that bias against...

Diagnosis And Treatment

No uniform approach to the treatment of PTLD has been defined, and the literature on this subject has been largely anecdotal. However, certain observations can be generalized (Table 4). Treatment must be individualized to the specific clinical situation and to the type of organ transplanted. Reduction in immunosuppression can result in permanent resolution of PTLD. Unlike non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in general, PTLD can be eradicated by surgical resection or by irradiation of unresectable, strictly localized lesions). Chemotherapy has traditionally been viewed as a treatment of last resort owing to a very high morbidity and mortality reported in the past. Cytotoxic chemotherapy Chemotherapy has been viewed as a treatment of last resort for PTLD refractory to a reduction in immunosuppression. A mortality of 70 has been reported for patients presenting at more than 1 yr posttransplant (2,59). Septic and other complications of chemotherapy have been the major problem in some centers, while...

Ovarian Stimulation And Ovarian Cancer

Cases of cancer were determined by record linkage with data from population-based cancer registries. We observed 34 cases of invasive breast cancer and six cases of invasive ovarian cancer. A comparison with the expected numbers derived by applying age-standardized general population rates to the cohort gave SIR for breast cancer of 0.89 (95 CI 0.62-1.56) in the unexposed group. For ovarian cancer, the SIRs were 1.70 (0.55-5.27) and 1.62 (0.52-5.02), respectively. In this large study, we were able to look at the rates of all cancers in these two groups of individuals and not only their rates of breast and ovarian cancers. The rates of all cancers in these two groups of women were not significantly different from the general population rates in Victoria, Australia. This relatively short-term follow-up of patients after HMG treatment for IVF indicates that ovarian stimulation with gonadotropins is not associated with any increased risk of breast cancer. We also found no significant...

Leptomeningeal Metastases From Solid Tumors Meningeal Carcinomatosis

Devastating complication of solid tumors. Improved treatment of primary malignancy and advances in diagnostic imaging have led to an apparent increase in the number of patients diagnosed with LM. Unfortunately, therapeutic options remain limited. Radiotherapy is used to treat bulky tumor and provide symptomatic relief. Intrathecal chemotherapy benefits a selected subset of patients. The challenge to the future is to delineate the molecular mechanisms underlying LM and to develop novel therapeutic or prophylactic modalities to combat LM. Key Words Leptomeningeal metastases breast cancer lung cancer solid tumors intrathecal chemotherapy

Phytoestrogens in the Human Diet

Genistein has been promoted as a possible preventive treatment or therapy for several diseases and conditions. There are claims that it reduces hot flashes associated with menopause, that it can prevent or delay the onset of osteoporosis in post-menopausal women, and that it can lower blood cholesterol levels. In each instance the potential effectiveness of genistein would be attributable to its acting as an estrogen replacement in older women, in whom the level of estradiol is naturally low. Genistein may also be effective in the treatment of certain breast cancers that require estrogen in order to grow. In this case it is theorized that the genistein, with weak estrogen activity, acts to reduce cancer growth by competing with the more potent estradiol for the estrogen receptor. Some of the evidence for the role of phytoes-trogens in women's health is circumstantial. It is based, in part, on observations that women who live in countries such as Japan and China, where soy products are...

Epidemiology of Aging and Infectious Diseases

Throughout recorded history, mankind has always faced the scourges of infectious diseases. Infections were the major causes of mortality prior to the modern era of antimicrobial chemotherapy, and even today, infectious diseases worldwide account for over one-third of the deaths. Until the mid-20th century, such diseases as typhus, plague, typhoid fever, cholera, diphtheria, smallpox, and tuberculosis caused major outbreaks of illnesses and accounted for deaths of millions of people throughout the world. Moreover, rheumatic fever, scarlet fever, measles, mumps, pertussis, poliomyelitis, and syphilis not only resulted in mortality but also caused disability, deformities, limitation in functional capacity, and social rejection (1). During the Civil War, infections caused more deaths than battle injuries for both the Confederate and Union armies similar statistics have been described for combatants in World War II (2). Poor sanitation, close contact, lacking in acquired immunity to...

Medical Image Segmentation

Although a radiologist typically begins an examination of a given medical image by scanning it in its entirety, diagnostic features of interest often manifest in local regions. It is not common for a disease to alter an image over its entire extent. In the context of a breast cancer screening program, the radiologist would scan the entire mammographic image(s) presented, and search for abnormal features that could be associated with disease more attention would then be paid to specific regions of interest (ROIs). In a diagnostic application, the radiologist would concentrate on the region of suspected abnormality, and examine its characteristics to decide if the region exhibits signs related to a particular disease. In the situation of computer-aided diagnosis (CAD), an important role for image processing is to detect the ROIs for the specific application considered.1 ' 2 After the ROIs are detected, the subsequent steps could relate to objective characterization and classification of...

Criteria For Considering Studies For This Review

Only randomized trials comparing standard IV chemotherapy with chemotherapy that included a component of IP administration were considered for this review. We accepted trials comparing regimens, which included IP treatment, with similar regimens that excluded IP treatment. The data included cases of primary peritoneal, fallopian tube, and EOC. The review excluded the trials studying radiocolloids, gene therapy, biologic therapy, radioisotopes, vascular growth factors, immunomodulating drugs, matrix metalloproteinase inhibitors, and radiolabeled monoclonal antibodies.

Description Of Studies

Nine potentially relevant studies were identified and assessed independently by both reviewers. One of the citations compared IP chemotherapy with no further treatment (10), but the types of participants (ovarian cancer patients with a pathologically complete remission after platinum-based IV chemotherapy) did not fit this review's eligibility criteria. Sensitivity analysis was applied to determine if exclusion of this trial would affect the results of the meta-analysis. Data from all randomized patients from the remaining eight trials were made available, and so the main results for this comparison are based on 1,819 patients, which represents 100 of eligible patients from known randomized trials. Overall survival data were extracted from all but one of the trials (11). Four of the seven trials provided hazard ratios of death in the IP group and included covariates in Cox regression analysis (4,6,12,13). Most included age, tumor type and grade, performance status, and residual...

Beneficial And Adverse Effects Of Screening

As mentioned earlier, screening for early disease has some advantages compared to screening for a risk factor. In screening for disease, e.g. breast cancer in women, most of the true positives and perhaps some of the false negatives will develop symptomatic disease. This makes it possible, even though not easy, to evaluate on an individual level the gains and losses that are at stake.

Assess Rates for Diseases Known Not to Be Affected by the Exposure

For example, in a study of the effects of sunscreen use on risk of developing melanoma (an illustration from an oral presentation by Diana Petitti, Kaiser Permanente of Southern California), we would not expect sunscreen use to influence the risk of myocardial infarction, breast cancer, or motor vehicle injury. To determine whether our group of nonusers of sunscreen is a good counterfactual comparison group to the sunscreen users, reflecting the risk that the sunscreen users would have had in the absence of sunscreen use, we might find it useful to examine an array of causes of death that include some that should not differ due to a causal impact of sunscreen use. Even if our assumptions are incorrect in some of the diseases thought to be unrelated to sunscreen use, examination of the overall pattern of results across a range of presumably unrelated diseases would reveal whether a systematic tendency is present for exposed and unex-posed groups to differ. If, for example, we observed...

Certainty of Uncertainty

Scientists are sometimes wrong. They arrive at different conclusions in many different areas the effects of a certain food ingredient or of low-level radioactivity, the role of fats in diets, and so on. Many studies are inconclusive. For example, for decades surgeons believed that a radical mastectomy was the only treatment for breast cancer. More recently, carefully designed clinical trials showed that less drastic treatments seem equally effective.

Ralph S Freedman md phd

Both prophylactic and therapeutic bioimmunotherapeutic strategies require pharmaco-dynamic and immunologic end points that can guide each phase in the development of an effective approach. Review of systemic and intraperitoneal (IP) immunotherapy trials of interferon (IFN) a, IFNy, and interleukin 2 (IL2), as well as newer agents such as IL12 and Flt3 ligand, overall continues to offer promise of a role for bioimmunotherapy in the treatment of ovarian cancer. Future developments lie in the improved target specificity of activated cells and cell-surface-binding molecules and in a systematic plan for combining chemotherapy with cytokines, growth factors, and polyvalent vaccines that are based on the in vivo dynamics of each agent. Another totally different approach, which could set a new paradigm, might be to target cells from the inflammatory immune system, which could contribute to tumor growth, invasion, and metastasis. An important question is whether immunosuppression in cancer...

Cytokines In The Treatment Of Thrombocytopenia

Cytokines that stimulate platelet production may act on early, uncommitted progenitors promoting commitment along the megakaryocytic (MK) lineage or may promote survival so that this commitment can occur without a direct influence. Cytokines with potential activity on platelet production currently available for clinical testing include the following interleukin-3 (IL-3), stem cell factor (SCF), IL-6, IL-11, and thrombopoietin (TPO). IL-11 and TPO have been used in clinical trials to ameliorate chemotherapy-induced thrombocytopenia. However, they have significant side effects and are not routinely used. Trials regarding use of cytokines in treatment of thrombocytopenia are ongoing.

Staging Workup Of The Patient With Aidslymphoma

Gallium-67 scanning can be particularly useful in patients with AIDS-lymphoma, and may differentiate malignant lymphoma from reactive lymphadenopathy (47). High- and intermediate-grade lymphomas are almost always gallium avid, and the gallium scan may be useful in identifying lesions that have not yet caused specific organ or nodal enlargement on CAT scan. Aside from its known sensitivity and specificity in lymphoma, gallium-67 scanning may be particularly useful in the assessment of residual, stable masses after the completion of chemotherapy. These residual masses may occur in as many as 40 of patients with lymphoma who have been successfully treated, and are believed secondary to residual fibrosis in the area.

Molecular Biology and Medicine

An oncologist (a physician who specializes in treating cancer) put Don on an aggressive regimen of chemotherapy. The three drugs Don took were designed to kill dividing cells hopefully in the tumor, but such drugs also affect normal cells. One drug blocked microtubules from forming, thus preventing the mitotic spindle from assembling another inserted into the double helix and damaged DNA replication the third drug inhibited an enzyme involved in nucleotide synthesis. Although the side effects were hard on Don, his white cell count gradually got lower. But after 8 months, the decline stalled at 80,000 cells ml still dangerously high. Worse, most of them were not mature white blood cells, but were undifferentiated cells from bone marrow. The chemotherapy drugs had killed Don's normal bone marrow cells. Without these specialized mature white blood cells, Don would die within months. The development of Gleevec is an opening chapter in the molecular medicine of the future. Unlike...

Deficiency Syndrome Patient

The clinical presentation of LM in AIDS patients is similar to that in immunocompetent patients. The diagnosis of CNS disease also includes neuroimaging studies and CSF analysis. However, unlike immunocompetent patients, there is a strong association between AIDS-related NHL and the presence of Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) DNA in the CSF from these patients. Epstein-Barr virus DNA is present in the CSF in approximately 70-80 of AIDS-related NHL and in virtually 100 of cases of AIDS-related primary CNS lymphoma (PCNSL).28'29'30 Therefore, all AIDS patients with NHL suspected of CNS disease should have their CSF analyzed for the presence of EBV DNA using PCR. The presence of EBV-DNA in the CSF is a strong predictor of LM in AIDS-related NHL. Some investigators have suggested that as the result of this association, those AIDS patients with NHL and positive PCR's for EBV in their CSF should receive prophylactic intrathecal chemotherapy for LM.27 The treatment and response rates for LM in...

Assays For Occult Metastases Rtpcr

Figure 3 Gel of the tyrosinase RT-PCR assay with a positive signal being the 207-bp signal. Lane 9 is a melanoma control cell line that acts as the positive control. Lanes 2-4 are a breast cancer cell line, a colon cancer cell line, and normal lymph node, respectively, all of which are negative. Lanes 5-8 are from mRNA preparations of the sentinel nodes of three patients who were called histologically negative by the pathologist. In 75 , there is evidence of missed micrometastatic disease. Figure 3 Gel of the tyrosinase RT-PCR assay with a positive signal being the 207-bp signal. Lane 9 is a melanoma control cell line that acts as the positive control. Lanes 2-4 are a breast cancer cell line, a colon cancer cell line, and normal lymph node, respectively, all of which are negative. Lanes 5-8 are from mRNA preparations of the sentinel nodes of three patients who were called histologically negative by the pathologist. In 75 , there is evidence of missed micrometastatic disease.

Summary And Concluding Remarks

Two studies, one on diffuse large-B-cell lymphoma after chemotherapy conducted by Rosenwald et al. 23 and another one on lung adenocarcinoma conducted by Beer et al. 5 , are then described in detail as examples of applying the Cox proportional-hazards regression model to the framework of patient survival analysis from gene expression data. In both applications, other techniques, such as the cross-validation scheme and hierarchical clustering method, were also employed to make the analyses more practical, more reliable, and the output model simpler.

One approach to treatment is to modify the phenotype

Metabolic inhibitors also form the basis of chemotherapy for cancer. The strategy is to kill rapidly dividing cells, since rapid cell division is the hallmark of malignancy. But such a strategy is not selective for tumor cells. Many drugs kill dividing cells (Figure 17.19), but most of those drugs also damage other, non-cancerous, dividing cells in the body. Therefore, it is not surprising that people undergoing chemotherapy suffer side effects such as loss of hair (due to damage to the skin epithelium), digestive upsets (gut epithelial cells), and anemia (bone marrow stem cells). The effective dose of these highly toxic drugs for treating the cancer is often just below the dose that would kill the patient, so they must be used with utmost care. Often they can control the spread of cancer, but not cure it.

Clinical features

Pulmonary oedema is a grave complication of severe malaria, with a high mortality (over 80 ). It may appear several days after chemotherapy has been started and at a time when the patient's general condition is improving and the peripheral parasitaemia is diminishing. In most cases there are features of adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), implying increased pulmonary capillary permeability. Pulmonary oedema may also arise iatrogenically from fluid overload. The two conditions are difficult to distinguish clinically and may coexist in the same patient. Pulmonary oedema is often associated with other complications of malaria and may also occur in vivax malaria. The first indication of impending pulmonary oedema is an increase in the respiratory rate, which precedes the development of other chest signs (Fig. 7). The arterial pO2 is reduced.

IL10 Gene Polymorphisms and Cancer

In the following consideration of the studies summarised in Table 2, cutaneous malignant melanoma (CMM), prostate (PC) and breast cancer (BC) are considered first, since angiogen-esis is crucial for the development of these tumors89 and indeed the extent of angiogenesis correlates with the probability of metastasis and or prognosis in these malignancies.90-96

Regeneration of the Peripheral TCell Repertoire

Generation of functional human T cells by means of tissue-engineered thymic organoids, has several potential clinical applications, including the possibility of replacing the T cell regenerating capacity of the thymus, lost as a result of infection, chemotherapy or age-dependent thymic involution (see Chapter 24). In particular, it provides an attractive strategy for the treatment of diseases such as HIV AIDS, and complications arising from the use of chemotherapeutic agents and bone marrow transplantation (14). The application of thymic organoid-based technologies as techniques that mimic thymic generation of lymphocytes would have important advantages over general methods of T-cell expansion and, in particular, the generation of na ve T cells with a broad array of TCR repertoires. Our thymic organoid is of particular interest because it has the potential to generate not only normal autologous T cells but also allogeneic T cells that might be harnessed to mount a graft-vs-leukemia...

Intraoperative Lymphatic Mapping Using A Radiolabeled Colloid

Krag et al. published the first pilot study of sentinel lymphadenectomy in patients with invasive breast cancer 23 . In this study, an unfiltered technetium-99m (99mTc)-labeled colloid was injected 1-9 h prior to surgery and was used to map the lymphatic tract and identify the sentinel node. The sentinel node was identified in 82 of a group of 22 patients using a hand-held gamma-ray counter. The sentinel node proved 100 predictive of the axillary status. This implies that if this node is free of disease, the remainder of the axillary nodes are also free of disease. Krag and co-workers updated their results in 248 cases 24 . The sentinel node was identified in 95.5 of patients with a false-negative rate of 6.5 . This led to the initiation of a multicenter trial to evaluate the success of intraoperative lymphatic mapping and sentinel lymphadenectomy using a radiolabeled colloid. The results of this trial have recently been reported and show a false-negative sentinel lymph node biopsy...

Intraoperative Lymphatic Mapping Using Vital Blue

In 1994, Giuliano and co-workers published their initial work of intraoperative lymphatic mapping with a vital blue dye 26 . A 1 isosulfan blue dye solution (Lymphazurin, Hirsh Industries, Inc., Richmond, VA, U.S.A.) was used to identify the sentinel node in this study of 172 patients (174 lymph node basins). The sentinel node was identified in 66 of patients overall, but the identification rate improved as the investigator became familiar with the nuances of the technique. The 59 rate of sentinel node detection in the first 87 cases increased to 72 in the next 87 cases and the detection rate reached 78 by the last 50 cases in this series. The technique was modeled after the melanoma model, a cutaneous tumor, but had to be adapted to breast cancer, which is a parenchymal tumor. This led to significant changes in the technique. In this study, there were five false-negative cases reported in which the pathology of the sentinel node did not accurately predict the status of the axilla....

Role Of Sentinel Lymphadenectomy In Ductal Carcinoma In Situ

The number of patients diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) has increased dramatically over the last 20 years with the increased use of screening mammography. The treatment of DCIS has ranged from mastectomy to segmental resection. The role of axillary dissection has not been addressed in DCIS. The prognostic importance of axillary nodal metastases has focused on invasive cancer and, therefore, there has been no consensus as to the optimal management of the regional nodes in patients with noninvasive breast cancer.

Clinical Significance Of Occult Metastases

Although the clinical significance of micrometastases in lymph nodes has not been validated in a prospective study, there have been several retrospective studies which have addressed this important question. It is well known that lymph node status is the most important prognostic factor for patients with breast cancer. Despite this observation, 15-20 of node-negative women develop a recurrence within 10 years. It is not clear whether or not the presence of occult dissemination may be a predictor of relapse. To date, the natural history of micrometastases is unknown and the published literature is contradictory. Earlier studies using serial sectioning and H&E staining reported no significant difference in survival between patients with uninvolved nodes and those with occult metastases. However, axillary micrometastases were associated with decreased survival in certain subgroups, including those with T1 tumors or tumors larger than 1.3 mm in diameter. The Ludwig Breast Cancer Study...

Treatment and survival

Currently, the goal of treatment of LM is palliative which often improves or delays progression of neurologic symptoms and signs. The reported median survival after CNS recurrence in NHL ranges between two and six months. The treatment of LM from NHL includes craniospinal irradiation, traditional systemic chemotherapy, intrathecal chemotherapy, and high-dose chemotherapy with hematopoietic stem cell rescue. The reported median patient survival after the development of LM, from both solid and hematologic cancers, is six months.20 Since most CNS disease in NHL occurs in the setting of advanced or relapsed systemic disease, control of local or systemic lymphoma is critical. been a prospective review to demonstrate that patients at such risk might have a prolonged median survival with prophylactic treatment. Moreover, these retrospective studies have shown that patients who did receive either radiation therapy or intrathecal chemotherapy had only improvement or stabilization of their...

Resistance at the Level of the Tumor Cells Themselves

Melanoma in general is quite resistant to killing by cytotoxic chemotherapy and conventional doses of radiation. These clinical observations suggest that mechanisms of resistance to cell death are likely highly active in this tumor type. Several observations in our gene expression profiling experiment support this contention. Highly expressed in many melanoma tumors was the gene encoding anti-apoptotic protein survivin, which has been shown to be correlated with poor clinical outcome in other series 46 . Many melanoma tumors were found to overexpress the Notch transcriptional target Heyl, arguing that Notch signaling is constitutive in those tumors. Notch signaling has been shown to support survival of melanoma tumor cells in vitro, with inhibition of Notch processing leading to melanoma cell apoptosis 47 . An additional factor found to be overexpressed was the serine protease inhibitor SerpinA3. Molecules in the Serpin family have been shown to mediate resistance of target cells to...

Case Study for Chapter

A 68-year-old man receiving chemotherapy for colon cancer experienced the sudden onset of chest discomfort and shortness of breath. His blood pressure is 100 75 mm Hg and his heart rate is 105 beats min. The physical examination is unremarkable except for swelling and tenderness in the left leg, which began about 3 days earlier. The ECG shows no changes suggestive of cardiac ischemia.

Augmenting Immune Mediated Cytotoxicity

Considering TNF-a and FasL, there are major problems of toxicity associated with the direct administration of these death ligands to animals. By contrast, TRAIL is cytotoxic to a number of tumor cells in vitro and in vivo in the absence of major associated toxicities (Almasan and Ashkenazi 2003). Therefore, we have used TRAIL as a model to test our hypothesis that the response of tumor cells to death ligand-mediated apoptosis can be augmented by the administration of sensitizing agents. The proapoptotic activities of TRAIL on cancer cells are known to be enhanced by both radiation and chemotherapy. However, it is hard to envisage how radiation or chemotherapy could be effectively used in combination with immuno-therapy, as both radiation and chemotherapy are quite immunosuppressive. We have therefore chosen to study the efficacy of combining the proteasome inhibitor bortezomib (Velcade) and TRAIL in promoting tumor cell apoptosis. We and others have shown that bortezomib can sensitize...

MDS in Children with Down Syndrome

The DCTER regimen (see Chapter 14 on acute leukemias) is highly effective. However, conventional standard timing of chemotherapy is used that is, after each cycle of chemotherapy the bone marrow should be allowed to recover before starting the subsequent course of chemotherapy. DFS at 4 years is 88 . Generally, supportive treatment is given. In the case of severe organ dysfunction, exchange transfusion, leukapheresis, and chemotherapy are used. Chemotherapies of various intensities with cytosine arabinoside (Ara-C) have been used.

Cerebrospinal fluid studies

There is some controversy about the objective definition of overt CNS leukemia. Traditionally, the diagnosis of CNS leukemia required the presence of greater than 5 CSF leukocytes jaL plus the presence of lymphoblasts on a CSF cytospin. However, several retrospective studies have demonstrated that the presence of any CSF lymphoblasts placed patients at higher risk of subsequent leptomeningeal relapse even if there were fewer than 5 leukocytes iL 12'13 other studies, however, failed to confirm these findings.14 Therefore, in an attempt to clarify the significance of positive CSF cytology despite a low CSF leukocyte count, some current frontline chemotherapy trials have developed a separate treatment stratum, CNS-2 (Table 1) in which children who have fewer than 5 leukocytes (.iL and lymphoblasts receive a more intensive CNS-directed therapy than patients with fewer than 5 leukocytes iL and no lymphoblasts however, it is less intensive in those with greater than 5 leukocytes jiL and...

Cationic Liposomes For Targeted Delivery

In a general perspective, the aim of liposomal drug formulation is to improve parameters like pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, or bioavail-ability of a given compound (37,39). For example, liposomes can be useful to extend circulation times of small hydrophilic molecules, which are otherwise rapidly excreted by the kidneys. Liposomal encapsulation may also protect the active compound from undesired serum interactions and rapid degradation. A key application for liposomes is targeted delivery to a selected type of tissue (39). Such targeted delivery would be particularly desirable in tumor chemotherapy, to enhance delivery of the cytotoxic agent to the tumor and to reduce the cytotoxic burden to healthy tissue (40). Passive targeting of liposomes to a tumor can be obtained through the so-called enhanced permeability and retention effect, which makes use of the observation that tumor tissue displays an elevated permeability for small particles. In this case, it is important that the...

Other Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Like Tumor Antigens 551 Dr Jekyll CEA

In a recently performed clinical study, generation of CEA-specific T cell responses was seen in patients with advanced CEA-expressing tumors who received recombinant vaccinia and subsequently avipox vectors encoding CEA and costimu-latory molecules (e.g. B7.1). Additional supplementation with GM-CSF and low-dose IL-2 increased the number of CEA-specific T cell precursors. Some patients also developed anti-CEA antibodies 85 . In another vaccination study, several patients with advanced colorectal cancer developed responses to CEA after intra-dermally and intravenously administered vaccination with CEA-loaded matured monocyte-derived DCs 86 . CEA-specific CD8+ T cells were detected in post-treatment delayed type hypersensitivity biopsies and in one resected abdominal draining lymph node of one patient. These T cells produced large amounts of IFN-gamma and IL-2, but no IL-4 or IL-10 in response to CEA-peptide loaded target cells. Majority of the patients showed preexisting immunity...

Acute Myeloid Leukemia

Myelodysplastic syndromes and myeloproliferative syndromes (Chapter 13) Exposure to ionizing radiation treatment with chemotherapy agents. The following are chemotherapy agents associated with secondary AML Nitrogen mustard Cyclophosphamide Ifosfamide Chlorambucil Melphalan Etoposide.

Inhibitors of Viral DNA Polymerase

A major breakthrough in antiviral chemotherapy occurred in 1977 when Elion and colleagues developed a prodrug that depends on a viral enzyme to convert it to form. Acycloguanosine, now commonly known as acyclovir, is a guanine derivative with an acyclic side chain, the full chemical name being 9-(2-hydroxyethoxymethyl)guanine Fig. 16-1). Its unique advantage over earlier nucleoside derivatives is that the herpesvirus-encoded enzyme, thymidine kinase (TK), which has broader specificity than cellular TK, is required to phosphorylate acycloguanosine intracellularly to acycloguanosine monophosphate (ACG-P) a cellular GMP kinase then completes the phosphorylation to the active agent, acycloguanosine triphosphate (ACG-PPP) (Fig. 16-2). Further, ACG-PPP inhibits the herpesvirus-encoded DNA polymerase at least 10 times more effectively than it does cellular DNA polymerase a. It acts as both inhibitor and substrate of the viral enzyme, competing with GTPand being incorporated into...

Inhibitors of Reverse Transcriptase Zidovudine and Homologs

Other dideoxynucleosides, such as dideoxycytidine (ddC) and dideox-yinosine (ddl), do not show cross-resistance with AZT, nor do several different types of nonnucleoside inhibitors, such as the TIBO compounds that block HIV RT activities in different ways. Hence, the probability of emergence of drug resistance can be minimized by (1) combined chemotherapy or (2) alternating courses of different drugs, for example, AZT with ddC or interferon a. This regimen also alleviates the problem that the principal serious side effect of prolonged AZT usage is bone marrow toxicity, whereas ddl and ddC tend rather to cause peripheral neuropathy. Further details about the chemoprophylaxis and chemotherapy of AIDS with AZT and other drugs are given in Chapter 35.

Dietary lipids and cancer

There is a large body of evidence on the role of dietary lipids in cancer. It is based on epidemiolo-gical studies of various sorts in humans, and on feeding studies in animals. It should be stressed that the evidence is in all cases somewhat conflicting. In 1997-1998, two major reports on diet and cancer were published in which all existing evidence was reviewed (see Further Reading). The expert groups who compiled these reports assessed the literature and graded the evidence for associations between dietary components and specific cancers on a scale from 'convincing' to 'insufficient'. For dietary fat, no association was found to be convincing, and a few 'possible'. There was considered to be strong evidence, however, for a relationship between obesity (particularly central fat deposition) and risk of both endometrial cancer and breast cancer in post-menopausal women. As reviewed above, the evidence is strong for a link between adiposity and breast cancer and for endometrial cancer,...

Inhibitors of Regulatory Proteins

The majority of the genes of HIV are regulatory genes, the sole or principal function of which is to control the expression of other genes. For example, the protein product of the tat gene binds to a specific responsive element called TAR which is present in both the integrated HIV cDNA and all HIV rmRNAs. This results in augmentation ol the expression of all the HIV genes, including tat itself, thereby constituting a positive feedback loop that enables production of large numbers of progeny virions. Clearly, an agent capable of binding either to the Tat protein or to the TAR nucleotide sequence would be expected to be a most effective inhibitor of HIV replication. Several such agents have been demonstrated to reduce HIV production from chronically infected cells in culture, and the least toxic of them seem likely to undergo clinical trials in the near future. On the reasonable assumption that many or most other viruses will be found to carry regulatory genes, this novel approach to...

Fertility Preservation

Oocytes could be harvested from ovaries of cancer patients after controlled ovarian hyperstimulation. However, there are two major drawbacks associated with conventional IVF first, the time interval needed for IVF ranges from 2 to 6 weeks beginning with the patient's next menstrual period, which may sometimes be too long due to the natural course of the malignant disease without therapy. Second, ovarian hyperstimulation is associated with high estradiol levels which may not be safe in some cases of estrogen-sensitive breast cancer. Ovarian stimulation for oocyte collection could be totally avoided by collecting immature oocytes (51). We recently reported the retrieval of immature oocytes from unstimulated ovaries before gonado-toxic therapy for oocyte vitrification purposes (52). This resulted in the successful preservation of fertility with no delay in chemotherapy, no surgery, and no necessity for hormonal stimulation. Since that report, 26 cancer patients have undergone immature...

Patient Measurements In Melanoma

The measurements in 10 melanoma patients were performed according to the same protocol as in the breast cancer patients. Because the tracer was injected intracutaneously, dose rates at short distances of 10 and 15 cm could be obtained in these patients. The injected dose in the melanoma patients amounted to 19 6 MBq 99mTc nanocolloid in a total volume of 0.4 mL saline. Due to more rapid transportation of the tracer, measurements were obtained within 30 min after injection. Results are displayed in Table 2.

Exposure Of The Surgeon

The total radiation dose received by a surgeon working in a community hospital as a result of sentinel node biopsies in melanoma probably will be minor. In the first place, the incidence of melanoma is far less compared with breast cancer. Second, the time required for excision of the injection site in melanoma is less than for excision of a breast tumor. Moreover, it remains to be established which melanoma patients benefit from sentinel lymphadenectomy 20 .

Onesample Problem With Binary Data

Sample is often large enough so as to produce negligible sampling error in p0). Or we could be concerned with a research question such as Does the side effect (of a certain drug) exceed regulated limit p0 In Exercise 5.5 we compared the incidence of breast cancer among female beauticians (who are frequently exposed to the use of hair dyes) versus a standard level of 7 1000 (for five years) for average American women. The figure 7 1000 is p0 for that example. Example 6.1 A group of investigators wish to explore the relationship between the use of hair dyes and the development of breast cancer in women. A sample of n 1000 female beauticians 40-49 years of age is identified and followed for five years. After five years, x 20 new cases of breast cancer have occurred. It is known that breast cancer incidence over this time period for average American women in this age group is p0 7 1000. We wish to test the hypothesis that using hair dyes increases the risk of breast cancer (a one-sided...

Hematologic abnormalities

Leukopenia in SLE usually represents lymphopenia rather than neutropenia and is not associated with the serious risk for infection that accompanies the leukopenia of cancer chemotherapy. Leukopenia usually does not warrant specific treatment per se, but it does improve when steroids are used to treat other disease manifestations.

Lymphocyte Predominant Hodgkin Disease

Lymphocyte-predominant Hodgkin disease (LPHD) is a relatively uncommon his-tologic subtype of HD. LPHD appears to be distinct from classical HD with regard to clinical and biological features. Most patients present with localized disease (stage I or II) without B symptoms. Patients with LPHD generally have an excellent prognosis when treated on protocols for HD that include chemotherapy and or radiation therapy. However, conventional treatment for HD exposes patients with LPHD to the risk of late effects including second malignant neoplasms as well as cardiac, pulmonary, and endocrine toxicity. There are reports in the literature of patients with LPHD who have been treated with surgery alone some relapsed and received chemotherapy with or without radiotherapy, while others had no evidence of recurrence with long-term follow-up. The following approach for treatment of LPHD is suggested Stage I LPHD may be treated with complete surgical resection alone with long-term observation. At the...

Signaling Pathways that Control Cancer Stem Cell Function

Another example is overexpression of membrane-associated ABC-transporters as regulators in stem and cancer stem cell survival. MDR1, the multidrug resistance P-glycoprotein (P-gp), also called ABCB1, was the first identified drug transporter that effluxes a wide range of diverse substrates 170 . Among the large family of ABC-transporters, the breast cancer resistance protein (BCRP or ABCG2) has been characterized as a novel stem cell-related transporter 171 . ABC transporters can also protect cells from apoptosis induced by a variety of factors, such as TNF-alpha or UV-irradiation, as well as modulate signal transduction pathways 170 that may have a key role in cancer stem cell survival. Bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs) and Wnt signaling act synergistically in decisions about stem cell fate by restricting their activation, self-renewal and maintenance of their multipotency as shown during neurogenesis on neural crest stem cells 172 .

Lymphatic Mapping In Other Neoplasms

With the increased experience with sentinel node technology in melanoma and breast cancer, investigators have begun to apply this technique to the staging of other solid neoplasms. Bilchik et al. reported their experience with the universal application of lymphatic mapping at the John Wayne Cancer Institute 26 . The investigators evaluated their experience with lymphatic mapping in Merkel cell tumors, squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck, thyroid cancer, gastrointestinal malignancies (including small bowel, pancreas, and colon primaries), and vulvar neoplasms. They found the technique to be feasible for solid tumors other than breast and melanoma. Lymphatic mapping may ultimately replace conventional dissection with more accurate staging. Other investigators have confirmed the feasibility of the technique in colon and oral squamous cell carcinoma 27,28 . However, there have been no larger prospective studies in malignancies other than melanoma and breast cancer. At this point,...

Complications from Therapy

The modern treatment of HD, consisting of greater reliance on chemotherapy, reduced doses of radiation, and not doing staging laparotomy as standard care, has resulted in fewer complications from therapy compared to historic regimens of HD treatment. 1. Pulmonary damage (radiation induced and or chemotherapy bleomycin induced) These complications consist of 2. Cardiac damage (radiation induced and or chemotherapy doxorubicin induced) These complications (about 13 of patients) consist of 6. Amenorrhea Radiation-induced ovarian damage can be avoided by performing oophoropexy during laparotomy. Among this group, a number of normal pregnancies and normal offspring have been observed. There has been no increase in fetal wastage or abortions. Chemotherapy (MOPP)-induced ovarian dysfunction and amenorrhea occur in 13 of patients under 25 years of age. The younger the patient is when treated, the higher the probability of maintaining regular menses following treatment. The younger the...

Dental Evaluation and Care

Supervision of oral health care is mandatory for patients who receive chemotherapy or radiotherapy to the neck and particularly if they receive both. All patients must undergo dental evaluation and prophylactic treatment and must receive instructions in home care of the teeth, including the use of fluoride prophylactically. Wisdom teeth, including those that are unerupted, and irreparable carious teeth must be removed. Patients must be followed closely during the second dentition to ensure prompt treatment of oral infections and other complications that can occur during the tooth-shedding process. Dental surveillance must continue after the patient is off therapy.

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Peritoneal Carcinomatosis Of Colorectal Cancer

Second to liver, the peritoneum is the most frequent site of metastases in colorectal cancer. In approximately 10 of patients, peritoneal carcinomatosis (PC) is already present at the time of initial diagnosis (1). PC is found in 30 of patients with recurrent colorectal cancer, either as part of more generalized metastases or as the only site. PC is the only site of tumor activity in 40 of cases (2). This means that approximately 8 of all colorectal cancer patients will have PC as their only site of cancer activity at some stage of their disease. PC is generally considered to represent distant metastasis and is staged as M1. Accordingly, until recently, treatment has been limited to palliative surgery, such as enterostomy or bypass to relieve obstruction, and systemic chemotherapy. There are few studies specifically reporting on the outcome of this approach in PC (3). Most studies on chemotherapy in metastatic colorectal cancer include all sites of metastases, with a dominance of...

Myeloid Suppressor Cells

In cancer patients, MDSCs are defined as cells that express the common myeloid marker CD33 but lack expression of markers of mature myeloid and lymphoid cells and the MHC class II molecule HLA-DR (Almand et al. 2001). An accumulation of MDSCs was associated with the decreased number of DCs in the peripheral blood of patients with head and neck, lung, or breast cancer (Almand et al. 2000). Advanced-stage cancer was found to promote the accumulation of these cells in the peripheral blood, whereas surgical resection of the tumor decreased the number of MDSCs. A similar effect of tumor resection was observed in mouse tumor models (Salvadori et al. 2000).

Management of Relapse

A relapse indicates a poor prognosis, regardless of the site of relapse, tumor histology, other original prognostic factors, prior therapy, or time from diagnosis to relapse. For this reason, the selection of the most effective front-line treatment is critical. Relapsed patients are first treated to induce remission. For lymphoblastic lymphoma and B-cell lymphomas, see Table 16-11. Chemotherapy with ifosfamide, carboplatin, and etoposide (VP-16) is a useful salvage regimen following which autologous stem cell harvest is generally easily achieved. After induction of complete or very good partial remission, consolidation with stem cell transplantation is indicated. Patients who are chemotherapy resistant are unlikely to be cured using autologous stem cell transplantation. Patients with B-lineage lymphomas that are CD20+ may benefit from the addition of rituximab to help induce remission. ALCL may require less aggressive salvage (see Table 16-12). Autologous transplant does not provide...


The antiemetic and antivertigo drugs are contraindicated in patients with known hypersensitivity to these drugs, those in a coma, or those with severe central nervous system (CNS) depression. In general, these drugs are not recommended during pregnancy, lactation, or for uncomplicated vomiting in young children. Metoclopramide is contraindicated in patients with a seizure disorder, breast cancer, pheochromocytoma, or gastrointestinal obstruction. Prochlorperazine is contraindicated in patients with bone marrow depression, blood dyscrasia, Parkinson's

Inhibition of Apoptosis as a Mechanism of Cross Resistance

Many cancer cells are initially sensitive to drug radiation hormonal-mediated apoptosis. However, resistant variants and relapses result in cancer cells that are also resistant to apoptosis-induced by internal cellular cues. Such tumors also become cross-resistant to chemotherapy and immunotherapy. Numerous reports have demonstrated that resistance to chemotherapeutic drugs and immunocytotoxics are related since they induce apoptosis using a similar caspase-dependent pathway 17, 18 . A hierarchical pattern of tumor resistance to various apoptotic stimuli was documented previously using various cell lines 19, 20 .

Richard E Anderson md facp and David B Troxel md facp

Breast cancer is the most common diagnosis in medical malpractice claims in the United States. This chapter analyzes 100 consecutive breast cancer claims from The Doctors Company, a large national medical malpractice insurer. Factors that contribute to this high claims frequency include patient discovery of the breast mass, delay in diagnosis, mammography communication errors, patient age, tumor size, and tumor stage. The potential for computer-aided detection to reduce mammography interpretation errors is discussed. Finally, pathology claims involving breast biopsy and fine needle aspiration are analyzed and strategies are presented to minimize diagnostic error. Key Words Breast cancer breast cancer malpractice breast cancer claims mammography error breast biopsy error breast fine needle aspiration. breast cancer litigation the clinical context Breast cancer is the most common diagnosis in malpractice claims in the United States. There are many reasons for this (1). Breast cancer is...

Discovery of the Mass

Frequently, the patient discovers her own breast cancer. In this series, the patient made the initial finding of a mass in 33 of 46 (72 ) cases where the initial discovery was clearly documented. The average indemnity in this group was 350,000. In the 13 cases where the physician initially detected the mass, the average indemnity was 156,538. Overall, TDC closes more than 80 of its claims without any indemnity payment (5). When cases go to trial, TDC gains a defense verdict four of of five times. However, with breast cancer claims, the defense prevails less often. In this study, indemnity was paid on behalf of the defendant physician 33 of the time, and overall, 45 of breast cancer plaintiffs received payment from at least one physician defendant. The fact that the patient herself so frequently discovers the mass is an important part of the reason for this difference, because any delay in the ultimate diagnosis of cancer is apparent. Moreover, it is the patient herself who has brought...

Use of Liposomes for Localizing the Sentinel Lymph Node

In the last decade, cancer surgeons have become very interested in methods to definitively localize the sentinel lymph node. The sentinel lymph node is the first lymph node that receives lymphatic drainage from the site of a primary tumor. The sentinel node is much more likely to contain metastatic tumor cells than other lymph nodes in the same region. It is believed that the initial draining lymph node (sentinel node) of a tumor may reflect the status of the tumor's spread to the remaining lymphatic bed. Localization of the sentinel lymph node and its close histological assessment following its removal from the body was initially developed as a prognostic indicator in patients with malignant melanoma (51). If no cancer cells are found in the sentinel node on pathologic examination, the prognosis for the patient is greatly improved. After many detailed studies validating the effectiveness of this approach for patient prognosis and as a method to guide future therapy of melanoma...

Intracranial Germ Cell Tumors

Conventional radiotherapy for a CNS germinoma includes doses to the primary tumor of 5000 cGy with 3000 cGy craniospinal therapy. However, several studies have demonstrated the ability to use chemotherapy to reduce the dose of radiation to between 3060 and 5040 cGy to gross tumor only (in nondisseminated disease) depending on response while maintaining outcomes of 90 event-free survival. Nongerminoma germ cell tumors (NGGCTs) respond poorly to radiation therapy but the use of chemotherapy with radiation appears to improve survival substantially. Chemotherapy The germinomas have the best overall survival rate followed by teratomas and pineal parenchymal tumors. NGGCTs such as embryonal carcinoma, endodermal carcinoma, and choriocarcinoma have a worse survival rate. However, preliminary data from recent combined chemotherapy and radiation approaches are encouraging and indicate that survival may now approach 60-80 .

Incidence and Distribution of Cancers

The incidence of specific cancers varies significantly across the world, possibly due to different environmental factors. For example, the incidence of melanoma is 150-fold greater in Australia than in Japan, prostate cancer occurs 70 times more frequently in the U.S. than in China, and liver cancer is 50 times more prevalent in China than in Canada. At the same time, the incidences of certain malignancies such as leukemia, ovarian cancer, and breast cancer are similar in most countries. Even within these general differences, the use of cancer maps has, in certain instances, disclosed some dramatic variations that are likely to be related to local socioeconomic or environmental factors. The lifetime probability of developing a malignancy is 1 in 2 for males and 1 in 3 for females. These numbers increase steadily with age. For example, for males in the 40 to 59-year age bracket there is a 1 in 78 probability for occurrence of prostate cancer which increases to 1 in 6 in the 60 to...

Estrogens And Other Hormone Derivatives

In contrast to these findings high to moderate doses of megestrol acetate have been shown to increase appetite and body weight in women with advanced cancer disease (97,98). Tamoxifen, a partial oestrogen receptor antagonist used in post-menopausal women with breast cancer, also promotes weight gain (99-101), but to a lesser extent when used as monotherapy (102).

Malignant Brain Tumors in Infants and Children Less Than 3 Years of

Infants and very young children with brain tumors have a worse prognosis than older children. They are also at higher risk for neurotoxicity including mental retardation, growth failure, and leukoencephalopathy. Due to these factors there is reluctance to treat infants and young children with radiation therapy. Recent studies have been designed to use chemotherapy and to either withhold radiation therapy or postpone its use to a time when the patient is older. Postoperative chemotherapy with cyclophosphamide, vincristine, cisplatin, and etoposide in children under 36 months of age at diagnosis (Table 17-4) is utilized followed by delayed radiation. Chemotherapy is administered for 48-96 weeks, depending on age at diagnosis, to delay radiation until as close to age 3 as possible or beyond. Ongoing studies are evaluating adding high-dose methotrexate to higher-risk cases. Newer approaches using high-dose chemotherapy with autologous stem cell rescue (Table 17-8) to Average-risk...

Malignant Pituitary Tumors

Recurrent disease after previous radiotherapy presents a difficult management problem with progressive visual loss and neurologic disability proceeding to rapid death in many cases. Careful surveillance with neuroimaging and hormonal assessment is required, particularly to facilitate planning of further intervention and to assess responses to treatment. Commonly, standard three-field external beam irradiation has been delivered, making further treatment of this type limited because of toxicity to the optic chiasm. Salvage stereotactic radiotherapy with the Gamma Knife or sterotactic multi-arc radiotherapy (SMART) may be considered in individual patients. Although no controlled trials have been performed, cytotoxic chemotherapy has also been used in select cases. The response rate is variable, and progressive disease has been observed in most reports (33). Targeted radioisotope treatment, such as 90Y-labelled somatostatin analogs, may have a role in this rare condition in the future.

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