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Chemo Secrets From a Breast Cancer Survivor

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Adjuvant Chemotherapy

It is well known that despite complete resections for curative intent, patients can subsequently present with local disease, peritoneal carcinomatosis, or distant metastases. Over the years, various neoadjuvant and adjuvant strategies have been investigated with the intent of treating microscopic residual disease post-surgery. Meta-analysis have suggested benefit to adjuvant chemotherapy but more recently, the Intergroup 0116 Study reported information with improved disease-free and overall survival with combination chemoradiotherapy, which will be discussed in detail subsquently (127). Initial adjuvant chemotherapy trials revealed less than encouraging data. The Gastrointestinal Tumor Study Group published a positive trial looking at methyl-CCNU with 5FU (128). The median survival was reported at 33 mo in those who did not receive postoperative chemotherapy the median survival in the chemotherapy arm was more than 4 yr. Unfortunately, these results were not confirmed in a larger...

Combined Locoregional And Systemic Chemotherapy

The rationale for combining locoregional and systemic chemotherapy in advanced col-orectal cancer with metastases to the liver only is based on the following issues 1. Locoregional chemotherapy has a well-defined activity in these patients and is possibly superior, as reported above, to systemic treatment (at least when traditional agents are administered intravenously). 2. Again in Germany, Safi et al. (18) included 45 cases in a small controlled clinical trial in which a combination of intraarterial FUDR (0.2 mg kg d x 14 d every 4 wk) and the same drug given intravenously (0.09 mg kg d in the same period) was evaluated in comparison with FUDR administered only intraarterially at the same dose as above. In this study a response rate of 48 was obtained with the combined strategy and the percentage of extrahepatic spread of cancer during therapy seemed of interest in comparison to that observed with locoregional treatment only (33 vs 61 , even though without statistical significance...

Systemic Chemotherapy

In order to understand the current literature in the neoadju-vant and adjuvant settings, a review of chemotherapy agents in the metastatic disease will be discussed. As with many cancers, gastric cancer was thought to be relatively insensitive to chemotherapy. Most agents used in gastric cancer did not induce a complete response, responses in general were poor, and time to progression was short. Table 1 shows a list of singleagent drugs with activity in gastric cancer.

Ipsi and contralateral breast cancer recurrences

Lumpectomy followed by radiation therapy, i.e. the conservative management of breast cancer, has been accepted as a standard of care for the majority of women with early breast cancer. Long-term follow-up data have consistently shown a risk of ipsilateral breast tumour recurrence (IBTR) of 0.5-2 per year (Recht et al., 1988 Fourquet et al., 1989 Kurtz et al., 1989 Fisher et al., 1991 Veronesi et al., 1995), but breast cancer survival was not significantly affected by IBTR when compared with patients undergoing a radical mastectomy (Haffty et al., 1991a Fisher et al., 1995 Jacobson et al., 1995 Veronesi et al., 1995 Winchester et al., 1997). Early age of onset is associated with an increased risk of IBTR (Schnitt et al., 1984 Haffty et al., 1991b de la Rochefordiere et al., 1993), but an association was not consistently found when the patient reported a positive family history of breast cancer (Chabner et al., 1998 Harrold et al., 1998). Young age at primary breast cancer diagnosis, a...

TrWeighted Breast Cancer DCEMRI

A large body of literature has shown that breast cancer enhance earlier and to a greater extent than benign breast diseases on Trweighted DCE-MRI. This difference is most marked in the early period (1-3 min) after bolus contrast medium administration (Kaiser and Zeitler 1989 Flickinger et al. 1993 Gilles et al. 1993 Boetes et al. 1994). However, other investigators have demonstrated that there is an overlap in the enhancement rates of benign and malignant lesions (Heywang et al. 1989 Fobben et al. 1995 Stomper et al. 1995). Thus, any kinetic parameter used for tissue characterisation has to take into consideration the relative contrast medium behaviour in different tissues.

Promoter Hypermethylation Of Cancer Related Genes In Breast Cancer

Cancer is the result from a multistep process characterized by the accumulation of genetic and epigenetic hits leading to uncontrolled growth and ultimately to the acquisition of metastatic potential (Figure 1B). Three types of genes are involved in carcinogenesis oncogenes, tumor suppressor genes (TSGs) and stability (caretaker) genes. These cancer related genes are involved in a series of pathways that control the basic function of the cell proliferation, communication with neighboring cells and with extra cellular matrix, senescence and programmed cell death (apoptosis) (71, 72). It is now becoming clear that there are many fewer pathways than genes, and they cross talk to one another forming a complex network of intracellular signals (72). Gene silencing by CpG promoter hypermethylation can modulate these pathways by acting directly on tumor suppressor genes and stability genes and indirectly on oncogenes through their regulators (Table 1). The analysis of methylation profiles in...

Pathology of breast cancers in mutation carriers

There are a number of published studies indicating that breast cancers arising in mutation carriers are of higher grade than sporadic cancers (Bignon et al., 1995 Jacquemier et al., 1995 Eisinger et al., 1996 Marcus et al., 1996). Eisenger et al. studied 27 BRCA1-associated breast cancers from 14 families and compared these to sporadic breast cancers, matching for grade. They found an excess of grade III carcinomas in the BRCA1-associated group. Marcus et al. reported the first large series of the pathology of BRCA1-related tumours. They had 90 BRCA1-related breast cancers assigned to the group on the basis of linkage to chromosomes 17q and or the presence of ovarian cancer and male breast cancer. The control set comprised 187 predominantly non-familial cases. They reported that BRCA1-associated tumours were more likely to be of medullary or atypical medullary type, to be of higher grade, to be aneuploid, and to have a higher tumour cell proliferation rate. When adjusted for age, the...

Genes implicated in breast cancer predisposition

More than 500 sequence variations have been identified in BRCA1, and of these, more than 80 of all BRCA1 mutations are frameshift or nonsense mutations that alter the codon reading frame and result in a 'stop' codon producing a premature protein termination (Futreal et al., 1994 Gayther et al., 1995 FitzGerald et al., 1996 Szabo and King, 1997 Liede et al., 1999). Genetic susceptibility to breast cancer is thought to occur when one BRCA1 allele is inactivated in the germline Collaborative studies by the Breast Cancer Linkage Consortium (BCLC) have examined multiple families with germline mutations in BRCA1 and BRCA2 to establish the penetrance of mutations in these genes and the risks of other cancers (Ford et al., 1994 Ford et al., 1998 Puget et al., 1999a) (Figure 2.1). These studies suggest that carriers of mutations in BRCA1 have an associated cumulative breast cancer risk of 80-85 by age 80 years. Once affected with a first breast cancer, such gene carriers have a subsequent risk...

Do ovarian and breast cancer belong to the tumour spectrum of HNPCC

There is no agreement on whether breast cancer belongs to the tumour spectrum of HNPCC. Watson and Lynch (1993) reported 19 cases of breast cancer (mean age 51 years) in 23 HNPCC families (observed expected ratio 0.9, NS). Risinger performed molecular genetic studies in five cases of breast cancer from HNPCC families, one with an identified mutation in MLH1 (Risinger et al., 1996). In three out of the five tumours, widespread MSI was observed, and in the family with the known mutation, expression of only the mutant allele was observed in the breast cancer tissue. Aarnio reported a SIR for breast cancer in 183 mutation carriers of 1.4 (95 CI 0.4-3.7) (Aarnio et al., 1999). Boyd described a male member of a large HNPCC family affected by breast and colorectal cancer (Boyd et al., 1999). This patient was found to harbour a germline mutation of the MLH1 gene, and the breast tumour exhibited reduction to homozygosity for the MLH1 mutation and MSI. Recently, Scott et al. evaluated the...

Combination Chemotherapy

A basic limitation of cancer therapy is the resistance of tumors to cytotoxic drugs (I. C. Henderson et al. 1988). Combination chemotherapy developed as a way to overcome resistance. By the 1970s, it had been shown that metastatic breast cancer was moderately sensitive to single-agent chemotherapy (DeVita and Schein 1973). Several groups of cytotoxic agents were identified as active against metastatic breast cancer, including the alkylating agents (cyclophosphamide, thiotepa, L-phenylalanine mustard) the antimetabolites (5-fluorouracil, methotrexate) the vinca alkaloids (vincristine and vinblastine) and the antitumor antibiotics (doxorubicin, mitomycin, and others) (Hortobagyi 2000). Soon after, the superiority of combinations over single-agent drugs was demonstrated. The Cooper regimen, consisting of cyclophosphamide, methotrexate, 5-fluorouracil, vincristine, and prednisone (CMFVP) and its derivatives (CMF and CMFP), were generally accepted as active and well tolerated. The...

Breast Cancer and Its Treatment

It is the second leading cause of cancer death among women (representing 15 of all cancer deaths), compared to 25 of cancer deaths from lung cancer (American Cancer Society ACS 2004). Estimated deaths from breast cancer in 2003 were 39,800 for women and 400 for men. Mortality rates for breast cancer declined significantly in recent years, mostly among young women, both white and black, falling 1.4 annually in 1989-1995 and then at a rate of 3.2 annually. Survival for women with breast cancer varies as a function of the stage of the disease at diagnosis. The ACS data show 5-year relative survival rates of 86 for all stages, 97 for local, 78 for regional, and 23 for distant (or metastasized) cancers. The ACS, relying on the SEER staging system of the National Cancer Institute, defines local-stage tumors as cancers that are confined to the breast regional-stage tumors have spread to surrounding tissue or nearby lymph nodes and distant-stage tumors have...

Cpg Island Hypermethylation In Breast Cancer Progression And Metastasis

Abstract Breast cancer is the most common malignancy in women and comprises 18 of all female cancers. The incidence of breast cancer increases with age and in the western countries the disease is the single most common cause of death among women aged 40-50, accounting for about a fifth of all deaths in this age group. The advent of mammography screening has led to an increased detection of pre-invasive mammary lesions and a better elucidation of the pathological events that precede the development of invasive breast carcinoma. Invasive breast cancer is classified in two main morphological subtypes ductal carcinoma representing about 80 of breast malignancy, and lobular carcinoma that accounts for approximately 10 of breast cancers. Among pre-invasive breast lesions, the hyperplasia of the usual type (HUT) is morphologically and phenotypically heterogeneous, whereas atypical ductal hyperplasia (ADH) and ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) are homogenous in cell type and marker expression....

Antibiotics red cell transfusions and chemotherapy dose intensity

There were no significant differences in the average duration of fever, antibiotic usage or hospitalization between the two groups (Table 17.54). Patients randomized to receive GMCSF had a greater requirement for packed red cell transfusions (2 units versus 1 unit). Interval between chemotherapy cycles was similar and no differences in

Benefit of adding chemotherapy to radiotherapy

The first randomized trial in medulloblastoma was conducted by the Southwest Oncology Study Group and is described under Study 9 in this chapter. In this study van Eys et al. evaluated the efficacy of the addition of vincristine (intravenous) and intrathecal hydrocortisone and methotrexate compared to radiation therapy alone. The doses of radiation given were 50 Gy to the primary site and 35 Gy whole brain and spine. Of the 34 children randomized, 8 of the 16 who received chemotherapy died, and 5 of the 18 who did not receive chemotherapy died, therefore showing no benefit to this chemotherapy. There were two toxic deaths and it was identified that the risk of administering intrathecal methotrexate in children with potential for meningeal disease has some risk of developing leukoencephalopa-thy. However, based on the randomized results of the study, there was no benefit to delivering the chemotherapy. Possibly, the toxic death and small number of patients obscured the small benefit of...

Molecular pathology of BRCAl2associated breast cancers

Since its discovery in 1960, oestrogen receptor (ER) has become an important prognostic and predictive marker for breast cancer (Osborne, 1998). ER expression is inversely correlated with tumour grade (Henderson and Patek, 1998) hence, BRCA-associated tumours, which are more often of a higher grade than those of sporadic breast cancer, would be predicted to be more often ER-negative. Many studies have shown low levels of ER expression in familial breast cancers (Johannsson et al., 1997 Osin et al., 1998a,b Robson et al., 1998 Armes et al., 1999). This is also true when ER expression in fiRCA-associated tumours is compared with a grade-matched control group (Osin et al., 1998a). In contrast, the expression of ER in BRCA2 tumours appears to be similar to that in sporadic breast cancer tumours (Osin et al., 1998a,b). The detection of ERs immunohis-tochemically does not necessarily reflect their functional competence, and a percentage of cancers expressing ER are known to be resistant to...

High Dose Chemotherapy

The appropriate dosage for cancer chemotherapy has long been debated within oncology. In 1980, Frei and Canellos argued that the importance of the dose of chemotherapy drugs was insufficiently appreciated. Chemotherapy drugs were so toxic that any suggestion that the dose-response curve was not steep or that lower doses were as effective as higher ones led oncologists to administer lower doses. They argued that the toxicity of antitumor agents was strongly dose related for both tumor and normal cells, and that the dose-response curve was steep for the majority of such agents. A few randomized studies had examined dose as a variable, and most had found a dose-response curve, especially for Hodgkin's disease, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, oat (small) cell carcinoma of the lung, and acute lymphocytic leukemia (Frei and Canellos 1980). Few of the studies in these sensitive cancers had established proof of principle. Even so, higher doses for these sensitive tumors were at most twice that of...

Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy

The rationale for preoperative neoadjuvant chemotherapy is based on treating an intact vascular tumor with no reason for treatment induced resistance for a better response rate de novo. There have always been arguments that responses are improved with the fibrotic remodeling of the tumor bed following surgical There have been extensive debates in the literature as to the utility of neoadjuvant chemotherapy in the treatment of any cancer. In locoregionally advanced rectal cancers, neo-adjuvant radiotherapy has been considered superior to surgery alone or followed by adjuvant radiotherapy in terms of risk of locoregioanl relapse (142,143). Neoadjuvant chemotherapy is also used in inflammatory breast cancer as well as osteo-sarcoma (144,145). There are several issues as to the use of neoadjuvant chemotherapy in gastric cancer. The decision for adjuvant treatment is often made based on the final pathological diagnosis and features postoperatively the decision to perform or not a...

Concurrent Chemotherapy And Radiation

Radiation alone has been compared with radiation with concurrent cisplatin and 5-FU chemotherapy in an Intergroup study enrolling 129 patients with carcinoma of the thoracic esophagus (45). Eighty-eight percent had squamous histology, 12 had adenocarcinomas. The total radiation dose was 64 Gy for radiation alone and decreased to 50 Gy when delivered with concurrent chemotherapy. The chemotherapy consisted of cisplatin at 75 mg m2 on the first day with continuous infusion 5-FU at 1 gm m2 on days 1-4. Two cycles of chemotherapy were delivered with thoracic radiation during weeks 1 and 5. Two additional cycles were then delivered after radiation during weeks 8 and 11. Concurrent chemoradiation was morbid with 44 severe and 20 life-threatening side effects. Hematological side effects were the most common 33 severe, 13 life-threatening. Mucositis of the oral cavity, pharynx, and esophagus was severe in 26 , life-threatening in 13 .

Breast Cancer Resistance Protein Bcrp

BCRP is a new member of the ABC transporter superfamily initially cloned from a doxorubicin-resistant breast cancer cell line (MCF-7 AdrVp) selected with a combination of adriamycin and verapamil.229 Two other groups also independently identified this transporter from human placenta230 and human colon carcinoma cells (S1-M1-80),231 and named the protein ABCP (ABC transporter in placenta) and MXR (mitoxantrone resistance-associated protein), respectively. Molecular characterization revealed that BCRP consists of 655 amino acids with a molecular weight of 72.1 kDa. In contrast to P-glycoprotein and MRP1 or MRP2, which contain a typical core structure of 12 transmembrane domains and 2 ATP binding sites, BCRP only has 6 transmembrane domains and 1 ATP binding site (Figure 18.1), and therefore appears to be a half ABC transporter.230 BCRP is the second member of the ABCG subfamily, containing members such as drosophila white, brown, and scarlet genes, and thus, ABCG2 was recommended by the...

From the Normal Breast to Cancer the Concept of Breast Cancer Stem Cell

It is now well established that breast cancer originates from the TDLU, but it is not clear which are the cells targeted by tumorigenesis (6-10). A recent interesting hypothesis based on experimental evidence from tumor subpopulation transplantation and animal models suggests that mammary tumors may derive from adult breast stem cells (2, 11). The involvement of stem cells in carcinogenesis was suggested more than 30 years ago (10, 1214), but only recently the tools of stem cell biology were applied to the study of carcinogenesis (14). Adult stem cells are defined by their ability for self-renewal and differentiation into cell lineages present in the specific tissue. Self-renewal ensures propagation of the stem cell compartment, which sustains morphogenesis, tissue repair and maintenance, whereas differentiation generates the specialized cells that constitute each organ (7, 15-17) (Figure 1A). The adult mammary gland requires stem cells or stem cells like activity to fulfill the...

Chemotherapy For Esophageal Cancer

The use of chemotherapy combined with surgery and or radiation for locoregional disease has been discussed. Still, as many as 50 of patients with esophagus cancer will present with metastatic disease. Further, most patients treated with curative intent will ultimately develop locoregionally recurrent or metastatic disease. Most single agents of chemotherapy have response rates of 15-25 against esophagus cancer (Table 3) (65). The use of chemotherapy in this population is palliative with most patients receiving therapy living less than 1 yr. Any hoped for benefit from therapy, therefore, must be weighed against the potential morbidity of side effects in these patients with limited life spans. Certainly patients with good performance status and limited weight loss are the best candidates for further therapy. Combination chemotherapy generally has higher response rates but may have greater toxicity. In a randomized phase II trial, the combination of cisplatin plus continuous infusion...

Studies of familial breast cancer

It has been recognized for many years that there is an association in certain families between breast and ovarian cancer. The risk for epithelial ovarian cancer was found to be significantly elevated in patients with first-degree relatives affected with breast cancer (twice the population risk) (Muderspach, 1994 Claus et al., 1996). Similarly, the risk for breast cancer was found to be elevated in patients who had first-degree relatives with ovarian cancer. Following international studies of large families with an excess of both early-onset breast cancer and of ovarian cancers, Mary Clair King's group demonstrated linkage between inherited susceptibility to early-onset breast cancer and a polymorphic marker on chromosome 17q21.3 (Hall et al., 1990). Predisposition to breast and ovarian cancer was also found with this locus in many families around the world, but it was also clear that other families existed with an excess of early-onset breast cancer that did not segregate with this...

Breast Cancer and Angiogenesis

In solid tumours, growth beyond a millimetre cannot occur without vascular support (Folkman 1996). Transgenic animal tumour model experiments have shown that progression from an in-situ to invasive cancer is accompanied by the onset of angiogenesis (Rak et al. 1995). There are a number of clinical examples where vascularization has been related to tumour progression (e.g., in the change from breast ductal carcinoma in-situ to invasive cancer (Gilles et al. 1995) Bose et al. 1996). Immunohistochemical techniques show changes consistent with this observation for example, expression of the endothelial cell-specific tyrosine kinase receptor, Tie-2 (TEK) is increased during the transition from benign to invasive breast cancer (Bernsen et al. 1998). The most potent pro-angiogenic factor in breast tumours is vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), initially termed vascular permeability factor due to its hyperpermeable effect on vessels (Senger et al. 1983). VEGF leads to endothelial cell...

History Of Cancer Chemotherapy And Reflection Thereon

Originally, cancer chemotherapy started with nitrogen mustard, a derivative of poisonous gas yperite, a by-product in World War II. The pharmacological action of nitrogen mustard consists in cytotoxicities (e.g., leukopenia, diarrhea, and stomatitis) to the organism, and attempts were made to utilize these toxicities to obtain anticancer activity. Namely, the modality consisted in cancer therapy using toxicities to the organism that were inherent to nitrogen mustard. From the standpoint of establishing cancer chemotherapy that is ideally based on the premise that only the tumor should be attacked with the least damage to the organism, therefore, we cannot but consider that the approach was the tail wagging the dog (misoriented rescuing). A concept of high-dose chemotherapy, i.e., an anticancer agent fails to be effective unless provoking considerable adverse reactions, still remains at present when half a century has elapsed since the introduction of nitrogen mustard. The concept of...

Chemotherapy treatment

The chemotherapy treatment schema is shown in Table 17.32. Following induction of remission chemotherapy, SR patients received oral 6 mercaptopurine (25 mg m2 day) and two doses of intravenous high dose methotrexate (2 g m2) while HR patients received nine cycles of chemotherapy as consolidation therapy. IR patients, who achieved complete clinical remission after induction of remission therapy, proceeded to phase 2 of the treatment schedule. During this phase of treatment, IR patients were randomized to receive or not prophylactic GCSF. The phase 2 block was count dependent and chemotherapy was withheld or delayed if either the neutrophil count (ANC) and or the platelet count were

Family history as an indicator of predisposition to breast cancer

A history of breast cancer among relatives has been found, in epidemiological studies, to be an indication of breast cancer risk. Familial breast cancer is characterized by a younger age at diagnosis than sporadic forms, increasing numbers of affected family members, an increased risk of bilateral breast cancer, and a strong association with ovarian cancer. Table 2.1. Genetic syndromes associated with breast cancer susceptibility Table 2.1. Genetic syndromes associated with breast cancer susceptibility Site-specific hereditary breast cancer If a woman has a first-degree relative (mother, sister or daughter) who has developed breast cancer before the age of 50 years, her own risk of developing the disease is increased two-fold or greater, and the younger the relative the greater is the risk. If a woman has two first-degree relatives with the disease, her risk may be increased four- to six-fold, and again, the younger the relative the greater is the risk (Claus et al., 1996 McPherson et...

Trials to determine best chemotherapy regimen

Several studies have randomized to determine the better of two chemotherapy regimens for treatment of medulloblastoma. One early study (Study 6) was carried out by the POG and reported in 1984. This early study was conducted in the current patients and randomized between MOPP chemotherapy versus the same regimen without nitrogen mustard (OPP) in children with recurrent brain tumors. The main outcome measure was clinical response. This was actually a randomized response study, and not a two-phase trial, therefore the results are not as conclusive. The numbers are very small and demonstrated 4 out of 9 patients with medulloblastoma had complete or Based on these early studies, Study 5 in this chapter, reported by Seltzer et al. for the CCG was conducted between 1986 and 1992. This study compared chemotherapy with an 8-in-1 regimen to adjuvant vincristine, CCNU and prednisone in medulloblastoma. Patients up to age 21 years were eligible in high risk grouping and identified as M1-M4...

Late Phase Ii Clinical Trial Of S1 In Breast Cancer

This clinical trial was conducted to examine the antitumor activity and toxicities of S-1. Eligibility required advanced and or recurrent breast cancer which was verified by histopathological or cytological evidence. However, postoperative adjuvant chemotherapy for advanced or metastatic cancer, which was conducted six or more months prior to this clinical trial, was not counted as a regimen. S-1 was administered orally at a dose of 40 mg m2, with at least four courses, each of which consisted of twice-a-day (once each after breakfast and dinner) 28-d consecutive oral administration and of 14-d withdrawal two courses were repeated every 6 wk unless the disease progressed. As shown in Table 10, there were six complete response cases and 28 partial response cases among 81 cases which were evaluable for response, with an overall response rate of 42.0 . As shown in Fig. 14, the median survival time was 910 d. The adverse events that were assessed to be Grade 3 or Response Rate in the Late...


The role of chemotherapy has been the subject of most cooperative group studies in high grade glioma of children throughout the world. The results of randomized clinical trials related to the use of chemotherapy in supratentorial high grade glioma in childhood are difficult to interpret because of small numbers, changing neuropathological classification systems and discrepancy in diagnosis between neuropathology reviewers. These problems are most apparent in Study 3, a report by Sposto et al. for the CCG. Seventy-two children aged 2-21 years with high grade glioma were enrolled over a 5-year period between 1976 and 1981. This was the first randomized study in pediatric high grade glioma at a time when chemotherapy was not well accepted as a treatment for brain tumors in children. Therefore, only a small percentage of high grade gliomas diagnosed at CCG institutions were enrolled on this study. Thirteen patients were excluded for various appropriate reasons, leaving only 58 patients to...

Breast Cancer

Although a number of multi-centre studies of breast cancer diagnosis or screening are in progress using dynamic contrast agent MRI, few have published details of the protocol and methodology to be employed. Heywang-KoBRunneR et al. (2001) have reported a trial conducted at 11 centres using Siemens 1.0-T or 1.5-T scanners to improve standardisation and optimise interpretation guidelines for dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI. This study employed an 87-s 3D fast low-angle shot (FLASH) sequence repeated once before and five times after a standardised bolus of 0.2 mmol Gd-DTPA kg. Imaging findings were correlated retrospectively with histopathology in 512 histologically correlated lesions. By setting specificity thresholds of 30 , 50 and 64 -71 , sensitivities of respectively 98 , 97 or 96 at 1.0 T and 96 , 93 and 86 at 1.5 T were reported. The best results were obtained by combining up to five wash in or wash out descriptors. The UK study of contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging as a...

Data from Chemoprevention Trials Using Antiestrogens

The results from the three TAM chemoprevention trials were reported at interim analysis, and are shown in Table 1. The largest of the three trials, the NSABP P-1 Breast Cancer Prevention Trial, was stopped early, because results of an interim analysis showed a significant reduction in the incidence of BC in women taking TAM, compared to those who took placebo (116). In this trial, over 13,000 women at high risk of developing BC (e.g., women who had greater or equal to the risk of a 60-yr-old women as determined by the Gail model 120 ), were treated with either TAM or placebo for a planned period of 5 yr. At interim analysis, the women had received an average of 4 yr of study drug. The analysis at time of publication demonstrated a 49 reduction in the incidence of BC in the women who took TAM (see Table 1). These results were highly significant, and represent the most convincing evidence that antiestrogens suppress the development or clinical appearance of BC in women without a...

Tam As An Antitumor Agent

TAM is the endocrine agent of choice for the treatment of all stages of BC. However, two features of the drug have set it apart from other anticancer agents. First, adjuvant TAM is the only single agent that confers a survival advantage with a minimum of side effects. Second, women who have had one BC are at increased risk for a second BC in the opposite breast, but TAM is the only agent that has been shown to decrease the incidence of contralateral BC. The process of proving the efficacy of TAM has involved numerous randomized clinical trials, with different designs (plus minus chemotherapy) in different countries over the past twenty 20 yr. Fortunately, it is now easy to evaluate the impact of TAM as a BC therapy. All of the world's randomized clinical trials are periodically reviewed at Oxford, and the resulting reports provide clinicians with an overview analysis as a guide for the standards of patient care.

Proximal Colon Cancer

The hormone receptor status of the proximal colon tumors maybe relevant to our understanding of the tumorigenic process in the colon, as is the case for other hormone-driven cancers. To date, very few studies have examined the patterns of expression of the male or female steroid receptors and their isoforms along the gastrointestinal tract. Interestingly, ERp, which is also the main estrogen receptor expressed in the male urogenital tract, is the predominant estrogen receptor expressed in the colonic epithelium, and its levels of expression have been shown to be reduced in female colon cancers (Widschwendter et al. 2004). It has been proposed that activation by estrogens of this receptor may mediate antimitogenic signals as was observed in breast cancer cells (Cross et al. 2004).


Consequently, more detailed analyses of clinical specimens, particularly of samples from patients before and after antiestrogen treatment, need to be performed. to determine if estrogens can really regulate EGFR and ERBB2 expression. This has become a pressing issue, given the publicity that has surrounded the administration of TAM prophylatically to women with a genetic predisposition to breast cancer. If these women are to be properly counseled about the relative risks of their genetic inheritance vs the possible side effects of the long-term use of this drug, then it is vital to determine the true in vivo effect of estrogens on the expression levels of these proto-oncogenes.


These findings disagree with two other reports (21,24), in which ERBB2 promoter activity did appear to be suppressed by estrogens. It is likely, however, that this reflects differences in the experimental systems used. One study examined the rodent neu promoter activity in NIH-3T3 mouse fibroblasts and CV-1 monkey fibroblasts co-transfected with an ER expression plasmid (21). Because the neu promoter is not well conserved with its human counterpart, e.g., it lacks a TATA box, this may account for the discrepancy. The use of fibroblasts, rather than breast epithelial cells, is probably also significant. The second experimental system also employed the ERBB2 promoter and an ER-positive breast cancer cell line, but transcriptional repression by estrogens could only be shown when ER levels were raised further by co-transfection of an ER expression construct (24). Those authors have more recently (26) localized the estrogen-responsive sequence in their experiments to the binding site for...


TAM has been extensively tested in clinical trials of adjuvant therapy for 20 yr. It is clear that TAM benefits the treatment of BC unlike anly other breast cancer agent, as demonstrated in the recent Overview Analysis (Table 3). The value of a long duration of treatment is most important for the premenopausal patient (Fig. 2). This latter finding is new, because the results for premenopausal women could not be ascertained with certainty in earlier overviews. The Oxford Overview Analysis has established the veracity of the laboratory concepts that TAM would be most effective in ER-positive disease, longer duration would be more beneficial, and TAM would prevent primary BC, in this case contralateral disease.


The short arm of human chromosome 9, which is lost in many human malignancies, harbors the CDKN2A tumor-suppressor gene encoding two structurally and functionally unrelated tumor suppressors, the p16INK4A and the ARF protein, also referred to as p14ARF. The two alternative transcripts of the CDKN2A locus are initiated from separate promoters, and have distinct first exons, which splice into common downstream exons that are translated in alternative reading frames. Both of these proteins are involved in cell cycle regulation, and exert their effects on two of the most important tumor suppressors, RB1 and TP53. p16INK4A prevents the inactivation of RB1 by blocking the ability of cyclin D-dependent kinases to phosphorylate RB1. The ARF protein activates TP53 by binding to the MDM 2 protein, thus preventing the MDM 2-mediated degradation of TP53. Despite their shared genetic material and close proximity in the genome, these two isoforms are independently regulated, and may be...

Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian cancers can also occur in the context of hereditary cancer syndromes such as HNPCC (Watson and Lynch 1993) and in hereditary breast-ovarian cancer in women with BRCA1 and BRCA2 germ-line mutations (Claus et al. 1996). Silencing of MLH1 and BRCA1, respectively, by aberrant DNA methylation occurs in these syndromes as well as in a small number of sporadic ovarian cancers. Hypermethylation and silencing of the MLH1 gene occurs in 10 of sporadic ovarian cancers (Strathdee et al. 1999,2001), while approximately 17 of all ovarian cancers have methylation of the BRCA1 gene (Baldwin et al. 2000 Catteau et al. 1999 Esteller et al. 2000a, 2001a Rathi et al. 2002 Ibanez de Caceres et al. 2004 Strathdee et al. 2001 Wang et al. 2004). MLH1 hypermethylation is associated with MSI and resistance to chemotherapy (Strathdee et al. 1999). Concordant methylation of multiple genes has been also reported in ovarian cancers. However, it has been proposed that more than one CIMP phenomena may be...

Details of the study

Eligibility included patients aged from 1-15 years with unilateral non-metastatic Wilms' tumor. Excluded were patients deemed to have very large tumors, in whom initial surgery was felt to be impossible without undue risk. Patients were excluded from the chemotherapy trial if they had marked intolerance to the first course of acti-nomycin D and also those in whom postoperative treatment could not be initiated 3 weeks after nephrectomy.

Primary Nursing Diagnosis

Mohs surgery is microsurgery involving serial (step-by-step) removal of tissue. Topical chemotherapy with 5-fluorouracil interferes with the cells' ability to use essential metabolites. Chemotherapeutic agents destroy the life cycles of cells. Low-dose particulate-electromagnetic radiation to the specific carcinoma destroys the affected cells without destroying the normal cells. Chemosurgery consists of periodically applying fixative pastes such as zinc chloride and then removing fixed pathological tissue until the tumor is completely removed.

Surveillance recommendations

There is also consensus that female members from families with PJ syndrome and Cowden syndrome have an increased risk of developing breast cancer. The surveillance protocol that is usually recommended in high-risk families includes annual mammography, biannual palpation of the breasts by a physician and monthly self-breast examination. As most studies do not indicate that breast cancer is part of the tumour spectrum of HNPCC, surveillance of the breasts appears not to be justified. On the other hand, clinicians managing HNPCC patients should always be alert when the patient exhibits unusual symptoms. Boyd J, Rhei E, Federici MG, et al. (1999). Male breast cancer in the hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer syndrome. Breast Cancer Res Treat 53 87-91. Risinger JI, Barrett JC, Watson P, Lynch HT and Boyd J (1996). Molecular genetic evidence of the occurrence of breast cancer as an integral tumor in patients with the hereditary non-polyposis colorectal carcinoma syndrome. Cancer 77...

Gender Ethnicracial And Life Span Considerations

Colorectal cancer affects men and women fairly equally. The incidence of colorectal cancer is exceeded only by lung cancer in both men and women and by prostate cancer in men and breast cancer in women. There is a slight predominance of colon cancer in women and rectal cancer in men. The incidence increases after age 40 and begins to decline after age 75, although 90 of all newly diagnosed cancers are in people older than 50. Colorectal cancer can be diagnosed in individuals of any age, but malignancies that occur around age 20 to 30 are usually difficult to control and signify a poor prognosis. It is also more common in persons of Jewish or Eastern European descent.

Gridbased Analysis of Tandem Mass Spectrometry Data in Clinical Proteomics

Studying proteins is a particularly challenging task. Unlike genes, proteins are neither homogenous nor static. Genes are confined in the cell nucleus, while proteins are present in all cell compartments, on the cell surface and even in extra-cellular fluids. Gene patterns are fairly constant while protein patterns mirror even small changes in their environmental changes including pathological and physiological developments. Great hopes are placed in protein separation techniques associated with mass spectrometry in order to discover potential diagnostic markers and therapeutic targets. They allow the rapid detection of proteomic biomarkers by comparing case and control samples such as cancer and non-cancer samples. Examples for biomarkers at the genomic level are single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) 10 or DNA methylation 4 , and at the proteomic level, protein abundance or protein post-translational modifications. Proteomic biomarkers additionally provide the possibility to monitor...

Prognostic factors and treatment groups

Data from the early days of chemotherapy treatment for trophoblast disease show clearly that there is a relationship between the level of elevation of hCG at presentation, the presence of distant metastases and the reducing chances of cure with single-agent chemotherapy. This relationship and the impact on treatment choice and cure rate were first codified by the Bagshawe scoring system published in 1976 8 . Subsequently there have been a number of revisions and parallel systems introduced that are broadly similar to this original. In Table 15.2 the revised 2000 FIGO prognostic score table is shown. From assessment of these parameters, an estimate of the risk category can be obtained and patients offered initial treatment either with single-agent chemotherapy if their score is 6 or less or multiagent combination chemotherapy for scores of seven and over 9 .

Linkagebased studies and survival

In two of the three linkage-based studies (Table 6.3), BRCA1-linked cases were found to have a better prognosis than controls (Porter et al., 1994 Marcus et al., 1996). In the first study, 35 breast cancer patients from eight BRCA1-linked families had an 83 5-year survival (Porter et al., 1994). The survival for age-matched controls was 61 . Similarly, Lynch and colleagues reported a 5-year survival of 67 in BRCA1-linked cases and 63 in the BRCA2 other gene-linked group, compared with 59 in controls (Marcus et al., 1996). However, after correcting for age and stage, the adjusted crude death HR for BRCA1- and BRCA2 other gene-linked cases was 1.7 (P 0.12) and 1.4 (P 0.18), respectively. The third linkage-based study examined 42 BRCA2-linked breast cancer patients from five families in Iceland (Sigurdsson et al., 1996). The 10-year overall survival was 45 in cases, compared with 65 in controls (P

Highrisk disease management

Historical data from before the introduction of multiagent chemotherapy schedules demonstrated that only 31 of the high-risk patients would be cured with single-agent therapy 11 . The introduction of combination chemotherapy treatments in the 1970s transformed this situation and our recent series shows a cure rate for high risk patients of 86 using EMA CO chemotherapy 12,13 . This combination delivers a dose intense treatment with the five chemotherapy agents, delivered in two groups 1 week apart as shown in Table 15.3b. This approach to chemotherapy, rather than the more usual 3 or 4 weekly cycles used in other malignancies, appears to be the most effective approach to this rapidly proliferating malignancy. However, these drugs are fairly myelosuppressive and G-CSF (granulocyte stimulating factor) support is frequently helpful. Fortunately serious or life-threatening Approximately 4 of patients presenting with tro-phoblast disease have cerebral metastases at the time of diagnosis. In...

Tissue Targeting and Activation at the Site of Action

Tumor Hypoxia and Bioreductive Activation of Anticancer Prodrugs Solid tumors often contain regions which are subject to chronic or transient deficiencies of blood flow and, therefore, to the development of chronic or acute hypoxia owing to the primitive state of tumor vasculature.24 Hypoxic cells in a solid tumor frequently constitute 10-20 and occasionally over half of the total viable tumor cell population. Agents that are active against proliferating cells are relatively ineffective against these hypoxic tumor cells, which are not actively replicating at the time of treatment but are capable of commencing proliferation at a later time and causing the tumor to regrow. Hypoxic cells also may be resistant to conventional chemotherapy due to pharmacodynamic considerations.24 To produce a therapeutic response, appropriate drug concentrations must be reached. Drugs that have physicochemical properties not conducive to diffusion into tumor tissue, or that are unstable or...

The management of placental site trophoblast disease

The management depends on careful staging. When the disease is limited to the uterus curative treatment can be achieved with hysterectomy alone. For patients with disseminated disease we recommend treatment with EP EMA chemotherapy, which is continued for 6-8 weeks after the normalization of the hCG level. Following successful chemotherapy treatment we usually recommend hysterectomy. Our data for patients with PSTT treated Table 13.3c EP EMA chemotherapy For the majority of patients with trophoblast disease who achieve a serological remission the outlook is very bright in terms of future risks of relapse, the possibility of further pregnancy and only modest long-term health risks from the chemotherapy exposure. Once the hCG has fallen to normal, the risk of relapse is less than 5 for patients treated with the low-risk protocols and only 3 for patients treated with the high-risk EMA CO regimen. Generally these recurrences occur within the first 12 months after treatment but may occur...

Predicting Treatment Outcome Lymphoma

Our group studied 58 DLBCL patients uniformly treated with standard cyclophos-phamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisolone (CHOP) chemotherapy, where long-term clinical follow-up was available (48). These patients fell into two groups, including those with cured disease and those with fatal-refractory disease. They used supervised learning to determine differential treatment outcome on the basis of primary tumor gene expression profiles.

Mutationbased studies and survival

The mutation-based studies (Table 6.4) can be divided into four categories based on the study population selected. Five papers reported studies from a broad population of women with BRCA1 mutations (Gaffney et al., 1998 Johannsson et al., 1998 Verhoog et al., 1998) or BRCA2 mutations (Verhoog et al., 1999 Loman et al., 2000), five studies looked at specific founder BRCA1 2 mutations in Ashkenazi Jewish women (Foulkes et al., 1997 Robson et al., 1998 Lee et al., 1999 Robson et al., 1999 Chappuis et al., 2000b), five studies reflected the experience of referral cancer clinics (Garcia-Patino et al., 1998 Wagner et al., 1998 Hamann and Sinn, 2000 Pierce et al., 2000 Stoppa-Lyonnet et al., 2000), one study selected BRCA1 germline mutation carriers with early-onset breast cancer (Ansquer et al., In a previous review of the impact of familial and hereditary factors on breast cancer survival (Chappuis et al., 1999), we noted that 2 out of 10 studies showed a worse survival for women carrying...

Determinants Of Fasmediated Apoptosis In Human Colon Carcinoma Cell Lines

In a series of 10 human colon carcinoma cell lines, four were sensitive to the anti-Fas Ab CH-11, and six were resistant (61). In nine lines expressing Fas PCR-sequencing indicated the death domains to be of wt sequence. Downstream of Fas, expression of FADD, procas-pase-8, sFas, FAP-1, Bcl-2 (61), and DcR3, c-FLIP, and SADS (unpublished) demonstrated no correlation between levels of expression and sensitivity to anti-Fas. However, levels of the Fas antigen varied by 1,000-fold, and correlated with the sensitivity of the lines to CH-11. Fas expression is relatively high in TS- cells (29), whereas Fas-mediated apoptosis may be limited in other colon carcinoma cell lines because of reduced expression of Fas, but may be elevated following treatment with the cytokine recombinant human IFN-y (29,43,61). In HT29 cells, four-fold elevation in Fas expression in the presence of IFN-y (100 IU mL non-cytotoxic) caused a synergistic effect when combined with CH-11 (50-200 ng mL noncyto-toxic) in...

Perspectives and conclusion

Based on experimental and clinical data, breast cancer among BRCA1 2 mutation carriers is at least as radiosensitive as sporadic breast cancer, as demonstrated by similar rates of IBTR in both groups. In the absence of increased risk of early IBTR or proof of contribution of radiotherapy to the significantly increased rates of contralateral breast cancer observed in this subgroup of patients, breast conservative therapy followed by radiation is a valid option of treatment for early-stage breast cancer. Tamoxifen chemoprevention, as well as other options such as prophylactic oophorectomy, should be discussed in the counselling process of breast cancer patients who carry BRCA1 2 mutations. A better evaluation of the risks for ipsi- and contralateral breast cancer development, efficiency of the preventive procedures and new screening tools should be evaluated in prospective studies. Some of the discrepancies in the outcome of hereditary breast cancer noted through the literature may be...

Properties of the Genome

Drug used in conjunction with interferon a may resolve the polyclonal B cell lymphomas found in transplant recipients but in this group withdrawal or reduction in immunosuppression is more effective. Although chemotherapy is extremely effective against BL, recent epidemiological evidence shows that the incidence of disease can be significantly reduced by malaria eradication. NPC can be successfully treated by surgery and local radiotherapy only at early stages of the disease. Early diagnosis using serologic screening for EBV-specific IgA antibodies and CAT scans has helped in identifying those patients with treatable disease. Combined chemotherapy is successful in 70 of HD patients. The EBV-positive form of HD may be more difficult to treat and thus the early identification of these cases using EBV-specific monoclonal antibodies could be useful.

Role Of P53 In The Mechanism Of 5fu Action

The relationship between apoptosis, p53, and the sensitivity of cancer cells to chemother-apeutic agents has been the subject of considerable debate (reviewed in ref. 67). The relationship between wtp53 and induction of apoptosis following DNA damage has been well established, particularly in oncogenically transformed normal cells, which appear to have a lower threshold for apoptosis induction following drug treatment, as well as in tissues of lymphoid origin (68). Loss of wtp53 function is considered the most common genetic abnormality in human cancers, and a major predictor of failure to respond to chemotherapy. However, for nonhematologic malignancies, this relationship is not clear (67). Furthermore, increasing evidence indicates that p53 status may determine the threshold and kinetics of drug-induced apoptosis but not overall survival in a treated-cell population (67). For 5-FU there is evidence that the presence of a functional wtp53 gene enhances the sensitivity of cultured...

Other Tests For Sperm

DNA damage may be found in sperm from both fertile and infertile men. Therefore, further investigation is required if this test is abnormal. Some causes of abnormal sperm DNA may be cancer treatments (radiation or chemotherapy) or varicocele (a group of dilated veins in the scrotum). Although rare, the sperm DNA may spontaneously revert back to normal. Other times, surgical or medical treatment is effective in returning the sperm DNA to normal.

Detection Of Parasite Nucleic Acids In Clinical Samples

The identification of infection and disease. 16 Recent efforts have been undertaken to apply molecular identification methods for direct detection of parasite RNA or DNA in clinical samples by Southern Northern blotting or PCR. 17 These molecular methods have been used mainly in the clinical context for the primary diagnostic identification of parasite materials in biological specimens resected or biopsied from patients, and also for the assessment of the viability of parasite samples after chemotherapy or other treatment. Detection of parasite nucleic acids in clinical samples from AE or CE patients has been substantially improved by the use of the PCR. Generation of specific primers and their use in PCR and RT-PCR allows the detection of minute amounts of parasite RNA DNA collected during surgical removal of cyst material or by fine needle aspiration biopsy (FNAB).

Health Insurance and Medicine in the 1980s

Elsewhere in health plan evidence of coverage documents, there are often additional exclusionary provisions that not only provide a general exclusion for experimental or investigational services (as specifically defined) but also exclude specific medical interventions or services, such as cosmetic surgery, dental implants, or in some cases during the 1990s, HDC ABMT for breast cancer. A key point is that when coverage is excluded by benefit design (coverage categories) or by specific line item exclusions, medical necessity is irrelevant as coverage will always be excluded. Denials of specific services on the basis of the experimental or investigational exclusion or based on medical necessity, however, could be challenged on the basis of the process and the rationale for the decision. We discuss this in detail regarding HDC ABMT litigation in chapters 3 and 4.

Solid Renal and Juxtarenal Lesions

Physical examination classically reveals a firm, fixed lesion that is nodular to palpation and may cross the midline (Fig. 8.10). Children with neuroblastoma typically look unwell, are pale and cachectic compared to their rather robust appearing counterparts with Wilms tumor. Other differentiating features are summarized in Table 8.3. Investigations include cross-sectional imaging, complete blood work, serum and urine catechol-amine levels including vanillylmandelic acid (VMA) and metanephrines, and bone marrow cytopathology. Surgical resection is the primary treatment for those with localized disease. Adjuvant chemotherapy and radiotherapy is added depending on disease stage and patient age. Overall, the prognosis is good however, those with advanced disease tend to do poorly despite aggressive multimodal therapy (Haase et al. 1999). Appropriate metastatic evaluation includes complete blood work as well as cross-sectional imaging including the thorax. CT or MRI usually reveals a...

Borderline ovarian neoplasms and in situ lesions in women with and without BRCA germline mutations

Approximately 20 of all ovarian neoplasms are categorized as borderline ovarian neoplasms, otherwise known as 'tumours of low-grade malignancy', and a large proportion of these are serous lesions. Hence, they constitute an important clinical problem. The current data suggest that germline mutations in BRCA genes do not predispose individuals to the development of borderline neoplasms. This is demonstrated most convincingly in two manuscripts. Firstly, Gotlieb et al. (1998) found that only one out of 46 Ashkenazi Jewish patients with frequently occurring BRCA mutations in this population had a borderline neoplasm. This contrasted the finding of 17 carriers of the 18delTAG-BRCA1 2 carriers of the 6174delT-BRCA2 mutations in a group of 59 patients with invasive carcinoma. Furthermore, in this study one patient with a borderline tumour, who had a family history of ovarian and breast cancer, which co-segregated with a 185delAG-BRCA1 mutation, was not a carrier for this mutation. Secondly,...

Different basis for risk prediction

Without consideration of family history or other risk factors, lifetime risk for breast cancer for an individual can be estimated by using the cumulative risk of breast cancer in the general population, which varies considerably between countries. It is 10 in the UK female population or approximately 1 in 10. The longer a woman lives without cancer, the lower is her risk of developing breast cancer in the remainder of her lifetime. Menstrual and reproductive history, such as early age at menarche, late age at menopause, nulliparity or late age at first birth, as well as family history of breast cancer and history of benign breast disease, have been shown in epidemiological studies to increase the risk of breast cancer in women relative to those without these characteristics. Risk prediction models accounting for some of these factors have been developed. The Gail model was based on data from the Breast Cancer Detection and Demonstration Project - a large mammographic screening...

Summary Of Issues In Design And Analysis

To characterize gene expression patterns in human breast cancer, investigators have studied array profiles of breast epithelial cell cultures, breast cancer cell lines, and primary human breast tumors. Most papers describing array data using primary human tumor material include some histopathological characteristics of the tumors and or clinical information on the patient. Aside from ER status of the specimens, which is generally indicated, studies vary widely in the amount of additional clinical information reported (see Table 1). There is also considerable variation in the source of patient tissue samples, including clinical trial participants, frozen tissue tumor banks, as well as unselected samples. Summary of Microarray Analyses in Breast Cancer Summary of Microarray Analyses in Breast Cancer

Clinical Consequences Of The Dual Nature Of 5fu

CI 5-FU plus MTX was ineffective as first line chemotherapy in a small phase II study (56). In addition, a number of small studies done just prior the to advent of CPT-11 and oxaliplatin indicated high activity of CI 5-FU plus LV when protracted 5-FU infusion times (longer than

Genetic analysis mutation screening

Screening for mutation in the two highly penetrant breast cancer susceptibility genes, BRCA1 and BRCA2, in affected family members is the preferred method for obtaining a more accurate risk estimate for unaffected women in high-risk families. The identification of a functionally relevant mutation in an affected woman will permit differentiation between gene carrier and non-gene carrier status in family members tested for the identified mutation and thus more accurate quantification of risk for the unaffected family members. Women with an inherited mutation in either BRCA1 or BRCA2 have an equally high lifetime risk of developing breast cancer. The estimates of risk range between 40 and 85 , depending upon the population and the type of families studied (Easton et al., 1995 Struewing et al., 1997 Ford et al., 1998 Thorlacius et al., 1998 Hopper et al., 1999). Generally, risk estimates obtained from analysis of breast cancer patients unselected for family history were lower than those...

Results Of Array Studies

Mammary epithelial cells (HMEC) and 13 breast tumors. Clustering of co-expressed genes with consistent patterns of gene expression in breast tumors revealed two different gene expression parameters, expression levels of the genes in a proliferation cluster and an interferon (IFN)-regulated cluster. In previous studies, STAT1 and STAT3 genes had been shown to have high levels of protein expression in primary breast tumors (69). Perou et al. also demonstrated that a subset of breast cancer tumors had high levels of STAT1 expression due to induction of IFN-regulated genes and subsequently showed high level of STAT3 protein expression in these tumors. In the histo-logically complex breast carcinomas, the authors also identified gene clusters for nonepithelial cells such as stromal cells and B lymphocytes that contributed to the gene expression patterns of the breast specimens. In a more recent study, Ross et al. used cDNA microarrays to classify cancer cell lines according to their tissue...

Is the calculated carrier probability valid for the prediction of mutations

In most countries, a woman has to have a certain level of risk before testing for mutations in the BRCA genes is considered. Women from low-risk families rarely test positive due to the low prevalence of BRCA mutations in the population (Peto et al., 1999 Hopper et al., 1999) thus a negative test will not provide important information about the breast cancer risk. Some of the indications for carrying a BRCA mutation are multiple early-onset breast cancer (under 50 years) in the family, ovarian cancer in addition to breast cancer in the family, breast and ovarian cancer in a woman, male breast cancer, and Ashkenazi ancestry. We have shown that the complete pedigree could provide more valuable information therefore, the carrier probability may be useful in the prediction of mutation. To evaluate this, we applied different models empirically to estimate the probability of carrying a breast cancer susceptibility gene for women with a family history of the disease, and compared these...

The Evaluation of New Treatments

Cancer chemotherapy drugs are evaluated somewhat differently from other drugs. Determinations about effectiveness require judgment about how much damage to normal cells can be tolerated in the effort to kill cancerous cells. Consequently, phase 1 studies in oncology, which test the allowable level of toxicity, typically involve patients with a cancer for which no effective treatment exists or for whom treatment has failed (or predictably will fail). Healthy volunteers are ruled out on ethical grounds as most chemotherapy drugs are toxic and cause harm. Phase 2 studies of new anticancer agents test for therapeutic effect, typically tumor response, in sick patients for whom standard therapy is known to be ineffective or nonexistent. Phase 3 studies in cancer, usually large, randomized trials, evaluate the risk-benefit relationship between toxicity and outcomes of treatment, which include tumor response (both complete response and partial response), overall survival, event-free or...

The Future Unresolved Questions

An unresolved question is whether ER- cells are derived from ER+ progenitors or whether both types are derived from normal populations that diverged during differentiation. Most mammary epithelial cells do not express ER, yet most primary breast carcinomas are ER+. Tamoxifen-resistant ER- cells may arise from estrogen-nonre-sponsive normal cells or may be derived from ER+ breast cancer cells during tumori-genesis. Further studies will be required to resolve these issues.

Recognition of a New Procedure

In the case of HDC ABMT for breast cancer, the new treatment became visible to insurers quickly as it was substantially more costly than existing treatments, and the number of potential patients was very large. As early as 1988, some patients, assisted by transplanters, had begun to seek insurance coverage for HDC ABMT, and some physicians had begun to bill insurers for the procedure. As is often true for new procedures, billing used existing procedure codes or components of existing procedures. Often, there was legitimate confusion on how to bill. Some billings revealed to insurers that a new and expensive procedure was being used to treat breast cancer patients. Dr. Wade Aubry, then senior vice president and medical director for Blue Shield of California, recalls receiving the first requests for ABMT coverage in late 1988 (Aubry 2002). Initially, these requests were not recognized as ABMT some were seen as high-dose chemotherapy, some as harvesting of bone marrow, and some as...

Fibrocystic Breast DRG Category 276

The College of American Pathologists has categorized the types of fibrocystic breast condition according to the associated increased risk for subsequent invasive breast cancer and the particular histologic (microscopic) change that is present. These types include the following no increased risk (nonproliferative changes, including microcysts, adenosis, mild hyperplasia, fibroadenoma, fibrosis, duct, apocrine metaplasia, and gross cysts) slightly increased risk (relative risk, 1.5 to 2 proliferative changes without atypia, including moderate hyperplasia and papilloma) moderately increased risk (relative risk, 4 to 5 proliferative changes with atypia or atypical hyperplasia) and significantly increased risk (relative risk, 8 to 10 ductal and lobular carcinoma in situ).

Health Insurers and Randomized Clinical Trials

Health insurers were not ambivalent about the need for randomized trials to provide the evidence that HDC ABMT was effective treatment. Their assessments of the medical literature concluded that the existing data did not justify the provision of HDC ABMT outside clinical trials. Most were adamant that they had no obligation to pay for patient care costs of such trials. Whereas costs for standard chemotherapy for metastatic breast cancer might run as high as 30,000 to 40,000 per patient, HDC ABMT charges could easily run as high as 150,000, with a potential for going much higher if complications occurred, as they required weeks and sometimes months of hospitalization, more highly trained professional staff, and the complicated administration of bone marrow transplantation.

Immunoproliferative Small Intestinal Disease

For more advanced disease, chemotherapy and or radiation therapy, often combined with nutritional support, are commonly used treatment regimens. Response rates range from 33 to 71 (59). In two reports, patients receiving combination chemotherapy with tetracycline, mainly to control diarrhea, have had response rates around 70 , higher than in previous studies (58,60). Aggressive chemotherapy is the mainstay of treatment. The risk of tumor-lysis syndrome is high in theses patients resulting from high tumor burden. Long-term cure rates range from 50 to 90 depending on the stage of the disease (65). In patients with advanced disease, autologous bone marrow transplant can be of value. In patients with HIV infection, the long-term prognosis has improved with the introduction of highly active antiretroviral therapy.

Future Perspectives

Better understanding of the molecular pathogenesis of HSV infections along with the role of HSV immunity in protection remain the principal goals for future research efforts. Vaccines that prevent infection and recurrent disease and are free of oncogenic DNA are currently under development. Further research must also focus on the mechanism of latency establishment and virus reactivation to develop improved antiviral chemotherapy and overcome problems of drug resistance. Antisense technology permits the design of drugs that can specifically inhibit critical HSV genes and can be modified to overcome resistance causing mutations. Significant progress may be achieved by developing novel delivery vectors that increase the intracellular levels of antisense oligo-

What next after induction

AML-10 (Study 3) had a different design, in that after four courses of induction intensification patients were randomized to receive high dose therapy and ASCR as a fifth consolidation course or to stop treatment. The full results of this trial comprising both children and adults showed that ASCR was associated with a lower relapse rate in all age groups.13 However, survival in children was not improved by ASCR (Study 3), since children who relapsed after ASCR had a worse survival than those receiving four courses of chemotherapy. Recent improvements in EFS have been achieved in many patients without recourse to allo-SCT in first remission. While a minority of patients have a histocompatible sibling donor, allo-SCT from alternative stem cell sources has become more widely available and safer. However, in general allo-SCT is associated with a higher risk of treatment related death than chemotherapy and an increased risk of late effects of treatment, in particular in respect of growth...

Enteropathyassociated Tcell Lymphoma

Prognosis for patients EATL is poor, because most tumors show high-grade histology at presentation. Even with aggressive multidrug regimens such as CHOP, 5-yr survival is less than 10 (72,73). The poor nutritional status of these patients can make completion of chemotherapy difficult, and parenteral nutrition is frequently needed. Because the prognosis is so poor in patients with EATL, earlier diagnosis and treatment of patients with refractory sprue and ulcerative enteritis (jejunitis) may be warranted.

Posttransplant Lymphoproliferative Disorders

PTLD can be widespread at the time of diagnosis, and the GI tract is a frequent site of secondary involvement. Primary gastric or small bowel PTLD has been reported but is less common. Initial treatment of PTLD usually consists of withdrawal of immunosuppression. If this is unsuccessful, chemotherapy is often tried. Surgery and radiation therapy may be helpful for localized disease. Rituximab has been used in PTLD and initial results are promising (75). HIV-associated lymphomas are of the high-grade B-cell type, and are often widespread at the time of diagnosis. The GI tract is primarily or secondarily involved in 10-20 of cases, with the anorectum and small bowel being common sites (Fig. 5) (78). Prognosis is poor as treatment with chemotherapy is often diffi cult for patients with AIDS to tolerate. More recently with use of highly active antiretroviral therapy and the higher CD4+ T-cell counts that result, patients are better able to tolerate treatment with chemotherapy and the...

Illustrative Examples

Breast Cancer Breast cancer remains the most common cause of cancer among women in the United States, and it results in more deaths from cancer among women than any other type of cancer, except lung cancer. Over 40,000 women die from breast cancer in the United States each year. A long history of research, now coupled with the new information emerging from the field of molecular genetics, is beginning to explain the basic steps leading to breast cancer, and it will enable the development of novel treatment and prevention strategies. Almost all breast cancers begin in the glandular structures in the breast that, during lactation, produce milk. These mammary glands are under the control of reproductive hormones that stimulate the monthly cycle of gland expansion and shrinkage, which is a feature of the regular menstrual cycle. Many of the factors associated with the development of breast cancer appear to have their effect through interaction with the hormonal stimulation of these...

Overall Conclusions And Future Directions

The noninvasive methods provide objective (evidence-based) measurements on the fate of 5-FU in a given subject. They can therefore help in understanding the mechanisms of action of this drug, thereby guiding its proper use. They can assess whether a combination of 5-FU and other drugs act synergistically or additively, and the degree to which the targeting of 5-FU to tumors occurs in a given individual. And, perhaps most importantly, they can be used to predict whether a given patient is likely to respond to chemotherapy and to monitor whether the effect of treatment is changing the tumoral characteristics and how long a given tumor remains responsive to treatment with 5-FU. Noninvasive methods may thereby both help to individualize chemotherapy and to enhance the effectiveness of this drug by allowing administration of the correct dose and dose rate needed by a given patient.

Randomized Clinical Trials Are Authorized

Payment for clinical research was a discussion in the abstract until HDC ABMT came into focus, Sue Gleeson of the BCBSA recalled (Gleeson 2002). A series of meetings in 1988-1990 forged a response to the specific issues raised by the new procedure. The medical directors of the Blue Cross Blue Shield plans met in fall 1988. Guests included Robert Wittes and Mary McCabe from the NCI and Karen Antman of Dana-Farber, who spoke about breast cancer and ABMT (Aronson 2002). Antman's message was that ABMT was an effective therapy that was not being covered and was thus unavailable to patients. Naomi Aronson, then a TEC staff professional and later its director, recalled Antman's presentation as compelling. The NCI was actually in something of a box. Unknown to the insurers, in late June the NCI had asked the cancer cooperative groups to formulate proposals for participation in a high-priority national clinical trial to test the effectiveness of tamoxifen in preventing breast cancer (Cancer...

Prevention and Control

As a generalization, prevention and control of herpesvirus infections are now based on chemotherapy or prevention. Therapy is dependent upon the use of the human antiviral compounds acyclovir and related agents as well as several newer compounds. Toxicity, resistance and lack of detailed study in the use of these agents in veterinary medicine makes selection and usage questionable.

Gene identification by array CGH

Haploinsufficiency of specific genes is a known cause of disease, both in acquired (cancerous) and congenital disorders. Haploinsufficiency can be brought about by single-base changes or deletions of stretches of DNA. The genome-wide detection of DNA alterations by array CGH can mark genomic sites where genes associated with a particular disease may be located. Previously, Albertson et al. (38) used this approach to identify ZNF217 and CYP24 as putative oncogenes in breast cancer. Similarly, we narrowed down the critical region of deletion for the gene(s) causing congenital aural atresia, located on chromosome 18q22.3-q23 (21). More recently, we have applied this approach successfully to identify the causative gene for

Future Directions in Diagnosis and Treatment

The increased knowledge of cancer at the biochemical and genetic level has led to many advances toward better diagnosis and treatment of cancer, including the design of more specific drugs that are less toxic to normal tissue. This includes the use of antisense molecules, which are nucleic acid sequences that are complementary to the mRNA of a target gene. As the two sequences are complementary, they anneal and thus the mRNA is blocked from being translated into a protein, resulting in less of that particular protein being produced (such as growth factor receptors). Drugs specific in blocking angiogenesis are able to control the growth and spread of tumors, especially when used in combination with other treatments. see also Ames Test Antisense Nucleotides Apoptosis Breast Cancer Carcinogens Cell Cycle Colon Cancer DNA Repair Mutagen Mutation Oncogenes Signal Transduction Telomere Tumor Suppressor Genes.

The Ambivalent Commitment of Medicine to the Gold Standard

Documented the complex process by which randomized trials came to be adopted as a guide to clinical practice in oncology, especially in the challenge by Bernard Fisher to the Halstead radical mastectomy in breast cancer. Phase 3 randomized trials are clearly difficult to mount (as we discuss in chapter 8). An oft-cited figure is that only 3 -5 of adult cancer patients are entered into randomized clinical trials. This is due to many factors, prominent among them patient resistance to randomization. On the one hand, ineffective standard therapy may encourage patients to seek experimental treatment outside of trials. Patients with a terminal illness, such as stage IV breast cancer, may say that they have nothing to lose from seeking access to new treatments, further complicating efforts to conduct randomized trials. On the other hand, some patients may be unwilling to risk exposure to the experimental procedure within a trial, viewing the untested negatively. Physician incentives to...

Applications of Folate Mediated Drug Delivery

In the remainder of this chapter, we shall illustrate the techniques of folate-targeted radiodiagnostic imaging, chemotherapy, and immunotherapy. However, the reader is encouraged to review the listed references if information on other folate conjugates is desired. Folate-Targeted Chemotherapy The fundamentals of folate-cytotoxin therapy were first illustrated by the targeted killing of FR-positive cells in vitro using folate conjugates of numerous protein synthesis-inhibiting enzymes.92 For example, folate conjugates of cell-impermeant, ribosome-inactivating proteins (e.g., momordin, saporin, gelonin, ricin A) were found to kill cultured FR-positive malignant cells without harming receptor-negative normal cells. The selectivity of this approach was confirmed by many important controls which demonstrated that (1) an excess of free folic acid quantitatively blocked folate-cytotoxin cell killing,

Presymptomatic Testing

Name implies, these are genes that make a person susceptible to developing a disorder, but do not guarantee it. An example of this is breast cancer. When deciding whether or not to test for such a disorder, it is important to ask how it would feel to test positive for a susceptibility gene for a serious genetic disorder that may never develop.

Deregulation and Cancer

There is much evidence to suggest that cyclins can act as oncogenes to induce cells to become cancerous. In particular the G1 cyclins, cyclin D1, and cyclin E have been implicated in the development of cancer. Overexpression of the cyclin D1 protein is frequently detected in human breast cancer, and increasing evidence suggests that cyclin E overexpression plays an important role in the pathogenesis of breast cancer.

Classificationprognostic Indicators

Until the last decade, the management of gastric cancer for curative intent was with surgery chemotherapy, and radiotherapy were generally used for palliation. With newer chemotherapy and radiotherapy techniques, multimodality approaches are now coming into existence, with newer data suggesting curative benefit.

Discharge And Home Healthcare Guidelines

Although they are cured of the disease, patients who survive Hodgkin's disease continue to have immune defects that persist throughout life. Defects include transiently depressed antibody production, decreased polymorphonuclear chemotaxis, decreased antigen-induced T-cell proliferation, and changes in delayed hypersensitivity. Coupled with the sometimes lingering aftereffects of radiation and chemotherapy, the patient needs to maintain infection vigilance even after remission is obtained. Teach the patient lifelong strategies to avoid infection. Patients may have other complications for up to 25 years after mantle radiation therapy, including hypothyroidism, Graves' disease, and thyroid cancer. Irradiation can also cause pulmonary and pericardial fibrosis and coronary artery changes, and it may increase the risk for the development of solid tumors such as lung cancer, breast cancer, and others. Explain the presenting symptoms of the disorder, provide written information for the...

Lung Tumor Collection Processing And Models

NSCLC is typically a slow growing tumor where surgical resection may benefit patients, making tumor collection quite feasible. Nevertheless, when comparing expression profiles of lung tumors one needs to be aware that differences observed could be due to the evolution of the tumor and disease progression, which may be altered following radiation or chemotherapy.

Biological Basis Of Hdgc Syndrome

E-cadherin is a 120-kDa calcium-dependent transmembrane glycoprotein localized in lateral cell-cell contacts and enriched in the zonula adherens junctions. 1 The intact function of this adhesion molecule is crucial for the establishment and maintenance of epithelial tissue polarity, structural integrity, and cellular differentiation.1-1,2-1 It has five tandemly repeated extracellular domains that mediate intercellular adhesion through homophilic cellular interactions, and a cytoplas-mic domain that is responsible for the adhesive function of E-cadherin to the actin cytoskeleton through a complex with a, b, and g catenins. 2 E-cadherin mutations have been described for breast, gastric, endometrium, ovary, and thyroid carcinomas. However, frequent somatic mutations in CDH1 have been particularly implicated in the carcinogenesis of gastric carcinomas (in 40-83 of sporadic diffuse-type gastric cancer, but not in sporadic intestinal-type gastric cancer. 3,4 )...

Comparison of Temporary Drainage Techniques

Among 101 patients with extrinsic ureteral obstruction, Chung and colleagues evaluated their 15-year experience with retrograde ureteral stenting (Chung et al. 2004). The etiology of extrinsic obstruction was metastatic cancer in 89 (90 101 patients) and at a mean followup of 5.8 months after stenting, 32.2 of these patients had died. Overall, stent failure occurred in 58 renal units. For 40 renal units, salvage percutaneous nephrostomy tubes were placed at a mean follow-up of 40 days. In 18 of the 40 renal units, a nephrostomy tube was placed as salvage therapy less than 1 week from retrograde stenting. In the remaining renal units not salvaged by nephrostomy tube placement, the mean time to failure was 52.4 days. In a multivariate analysis model, the following factors were suggestive of retrograde stent failure diagnosis of cancer, baseline renal insufficiency, and metastatic disease requiring chemotherapy or radiation therapy.

Clinical manifestation

Disseminated zoster generalized eruption of more than 15-25 extradermatomal vesicles, occurring 7-14 days after the onset of dermatomal disease occurs rarely in the general population, but commonly in elderly, hospitalized, or immunocompromised patients often an indication of depressed cell-mediated immunity caused by various underlying clinical situations, including malignancies, radiation therapy, cancer chemotherapy, organ transplants, and chronic use of systemic corticosteroids dissemination sometimes includes involvement of the lungs and central nervous system

Multimodality Therapy

The treatment of gastric cancer with potential curative resection has become a question of multidisciplinary management. The roles of surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy and their sequence in treatment is still evolving. New treatment regimens based on novel cytotoxic agents such as docetaxel, paclitaxel, irinotecan, and biological agents such as epidermal growth factor receptor inhibitors and antiangiogenesis might find a role in the management of gastric cancer, either in the neoadjuvant, adjuvant, or combined modality setting. The limited benefit from adjuvant therapy in many trials to date might be owing to residual tumor burden after sugery, delay in the administration of chemotherapy, insufficient activity of current chemotherapy, inadequate sample sizes of treatable patients, or the need for better local therapies with combination radiation chemotherapy. Optimal surgical intervention needs to be better defined as well. Thus, much work remains in determining the best strategies...

Hepatic Artery Infusion

Liver is the most frequent site of metastasis of patients with colorectal cancer. In patients with disease confined to the liver, surgery must be performed whenever possible, but most of the patients have nonresectable lesions. Hepatic artery infusion (HAI) chemotherapy is an attempt to deliver high dose chemotherapy directly to the liver without toxicity due to systemic effects of the drug that is eliminated by the liver. HAI of fluoropyrimidines leads to a high concentration of fluorouracil in the tumor bed (30), and the concentration of fluoropyrimidines in the liver is even higher with 5-fluoro-2'-deoxyuridine (FUDR) than with 5-FU (31). The meta-analysis of randomized trials comparing HAI to intravenous 5-FU was published in 1996 (9), and included all trials having started accruing patients before January 1989. Five trials (391 patients) compared HAI and IVC. FUDR was used in both the HAI and IV arms in three trials. The other two trials compared HAI FUDR to intravenous 5-FU. Two...

An Intriguing Patent Problem

Infectious organism is often compartmentalized in particular tissues such as the tonsils and the prostate gland. An antibiotic that can penetrate and sustain therapeutic levels in those diseased tissues would actually be more useful than one that was largely in the blood serum. This concept is also true of cancer chemotherapy agents, which need to accumulate in the tumor cells rather than in the bloodstream or healthy tissue. Scientists at Sour Pliva in Zagreb, in what was then Yugoslavia,14 and at Pfizer in Groton, Connecticut,15 were able, almost simultaneously and concurrently to solve the tissue penetration problems and acid instability issues by cleverly adding an additional basic nitrogen atom in a Beckman rearrangement process followed by reduction. Almost simultaneously and the resulting blockbuster drug, azithromycin (VIII), is the subject of two U.S. composition of matter patents Although Pliva filed their patent more than a year earlier, Pfizer's patent was issued seven...

Tumour Staging Tumour Volume Determination Multicentricity and Multifocality

An accurate assessment of the primary tumour extent is crucial for deciding the best management for breast cancer patients. It is particularly important when considering the feasibility of breast-conserving surgery as inaccurate assessment could lead to incomplete tumour excision will result in the need for a second surgical procedure or a high rate of recurrence following apparent curative surgery. Unfortunately, clinical examination, mammogra-phy and breast ultrasonography are poor at accurately defining the primary tumour extent and are capable of both overestimating and underestimating the histologically defined tumour size (Pain et al. 1992 Allen et al. 2001 Pritt et al. 2004 SNelliNg et al. 2004). MRI in this setting has been shown to be superior to both mammography and ultrasonography (Boetes et al. 1995 Davis et al. 1996 Yang et al. 1997 Esserman et al. 1999). When comparing the largest pathological cancer diameter with the tumour size defined by each technique, Davies et al....

Data From Randomized Clinical Trials

To address this issue, a large randomized trial, the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) was designed to assess the role of HRT for primary prevention of CVD (7,86). The WHI was a randomized controlled primary prevention trial in 16,608 healthy postmenopausal women aged 55-79 (mean age 63.7) years, based on oral combined continuous HRT (CCE 0.625 mg plus MPA 2.5 mg) daily compared with placebo. Another arm of the study, which is still continuing, addresses the effects of estrogen alone in women with previous hysterectomy. Although originally designed to run for 8.5 years, the study was stopped early, after 5.2 years follow-up, based on an assessment of greater risk than benefit. Although its primary outcome was nonfatal MI and coronary death, the trial was stopped as a result of a significant but small increased risk of invasive breast cancer (8 cases per 10,000 women), which exceeded the stopping boundaries. This excess risk increased with duration of treatment. For CVD there was an...

Monitoring Response to Treatment and Assessing Residual Disease

It is now well established that wide local excision of breast cancer followed by adjuvant breast irradiation gives the same outcome in terms of survival as mastectomy and, as such, breast conservation is the treatment of choice for many women with breast cancer (Fisher et al. 2002). For some women, however, breast conservation is not possible due to the size, position or multifocal multicentric disease. Neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC), also termed primary systemic therapy, is chemotherapy delivered prior to definitive surgery and aims to both down stage the primary tumour and treat potential micro-metastatic disease. It also has the added advantage of allowing an assessment of tumour chemo-respon-siveness as the tumour remains in situ during therapy. For inoperable breast cancers (locally advanced or inflammatory) a high tumour regression rate (approximately 70 ) has established NAC as the standard treatment option for this patient group (Kaufmann et al. 2003). A number studies have...

Monitoring Tumour Response

Pre-treatment kinetic MRI parameters obtained by T1 and T2* weighted techniques as discussed in Sect. 10.3 and 10.4 do not in themselves appear to predict for eventual response to NAC (Ah-See et al. 2003). Recently, it has been suggested that the morphological MRI appearances of breast cancer prior to therapy (circumscribed mass, nodular tissue infiltration, diffuse tissue infiltration, patchy enhancement, and septal spread) can predict likelihood of response but this has not been verified by other workers (Esserman et al. 2001). MRI evaluates response on the basis of the changes in tumour size and on the amount and speed of enhancement. The value of DCE-MRI as an early predictor of the efficacy of NAC in patients with breast cancer has not been fully assessed. Both Knopp et al. (1994) and Hayes et al. (2002) have shown that successful treatment causes decreases in the rate and magnitude of enhancement and that poor response results in persistent abnormal enhancement (Fig. 10.11 and...

Surveillance and Treatment

The major cancer morbidity from Cowden syndrome is secondary to breast cancer. Breast cancer surveillance should commence at age 20 yr (monthly self-exam and yearly physician exam and mammography 12 ). Annual thyroid exams are recommended to start in the teens. No guidelines regarding GI screening or surveillance have been established (102). On diagnosis, it makes sense to perform upper and lower GI endoscopy to look for GI polyps. Among individuals with GI polyps, regular surveillance and polypectomy is likely wise. Those without polyps initially might undergo screening colonoscopy starting at age 40, with repeat exams every 3-5 yr.

Evaluating Residual Disease

Tumour size is used to assess the volume of residual disease after treatment (either by clinical examination, X-ray mammography or ultrasound). Each of these techniques, however, overestimates the extent of residual disease at the end of treatment (FeldmaN et al. 1986 Helvie et al. 1996 Vinnicombe et al. 1996 Herrada et al. 1997 Fiorentino et al. 2001). Clinical palpation is an imperfect evaluation method because of intervening skin and soft tissue and is unable to distinguish active disease from post-chemotherapy fibrosis. Assessments by X-ray mammography are hampered by radiographic magnification and it may be difficult to distinguish residual tumour from post-chemotherapy fibrosis (Helvie et al. 1996 Vinnicombe et al. 1996). It is also well-recognised that some tumours are simply not visualised in patients with radiographically dense breasts. In some patients, ultrasound appears better in assessing tumour response and Doppler ultrasound of residual disease is being evaluated...

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