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  1. Nodal ratio of positive to excised nodes, but not number of positive lymph nodes is better to predict group to avoid chemotherapy among postmenopausal ER-positive, lymph node-positive T1-T2 breast cancer patients

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    X Q Jia

    2015-01-01

    Conclusion: This retrospective analysis demonstrates that NR of positive to excised nodes, but not number of positive lymph nodes is better to predict group to avoid chemotherapy among postmenopausal ER-positive, lymph node-positive T1-T2 breast cancer patients.

  2. Prognostic factors in patients with node-negative gastric carcinoma: A comparison with node-positive gastric carcinoma

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    Dong Yi Kim; Kyeung Won Seo; Jae Kyoon Joo; Young Kyu Park; Seong Yeob Ryu; Hyeong Rok Kim; Young Jin Kim; Shin Kon Kim

    2006-01-01

    AIM: To identify the clinicopathological characteristics of lymph node-negative gastric carcinoma, and also to evaluate outcome indicators in the lymph node-negative patients.METHODS: Of 2848 gastric carcinoma patients, 1524(53.5%) were lymph node-negative. A statistical analysis was performed using the Cox model to estimate outcome indicators.RESULTS: There was a significant difference in the recurrence rate between lymph node-negative and lymph node-positive patients (14.4% vs 41.0%, P<0.001).The 5-year survival rate was significantly lower in lymph node-positive than in lymph node-negative patients (31.1% vs 77.4%, P<0.001). Univariate analysis revealed that the following factors influenced the 5-year survival rate: patient age, tumor size, depth of invasion,tumor location, operative type, and tumor stage at initial diagnosis. The Cox proportional hazard regression model revealed that tumor size, serosal invasion, and curability were independent, statistically significant, prognostic indicators of lymph node-negative gastric carcinoma.CONCLUSION: Lymph node-negative patients have a favorable outcome attributable to high curability, but the patients with relatively large tumors and serosal invasion have a poor prognosis. Curability is one of the most reliable predictors of long-term survival for lymph nodenegative gastric carcinoma patients.

  3. Video-assisted breast surgery can sample the second and third sentinel nodes to omit axillary node dissection for sentinel-node-positive patients.

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    Yamashita, K; Shimizu, K

    2009-07-01

    The preservation of the axillary node (AN) has become standard therapy for early breast cancer patients with a metastasis-positive sentinel node (SN). However, about half of the patients with metastasis in the SN have no metastasis in the other AN. Late-phase three-dimensional computed tomographic lymphography (3D-CT LG) of the breast can show the axillary lymphatic architecture from the SN into the venous angle. These nodes are classified into five groups. For the sake of aesthetics, video-assisted breast surgery (VABS) was used to sample the second and third nodes shown by 3D-CT LG. For marking the SN on the skin, 3D-CT LG was performed the day before the surgery. Iopamiron 300 (2 ml) was injected subcutaneously. A 16-channel multidetector-row helical CT image was reconstructed to produce a 3D image of the lymph ducts and nodes. A biopsy of the SN was performed by the dye-staining method using Visiport-aided endoscopy for VABS. Stained nodes were located by following the dye in the lymph ducts on a video monitor. For SN-metastasis-positive patients, standard AN dissection was performed under video assistance. Since July 2002, the authors have performed SN biopsy for 186 patients as well as 3D-CT LG and VABS SN biopsy for 146 patients. Five chained-node groups were shown. Even in the multiple SN case, the lymph ducts were converging into the second node. The second and third nodes beyond the SN were detected and sampled in 82 patients (56.2%) by VABS assisted with 3D-CT LG. Sentinel node metastasis (n = 40) involved SN metastasis alone in 21 cases (52.5%) and SN, second-node, and third-node metastasis in eight cases. A reviewed lymphoid path by 3D-CT LG confirmed that metastasis occurred in order of lymph flow. The use of 3D-CT LG-guided VABS SN biopsy of the second and third nodes will predict SN metastasis alone and help to obviate the need for dissection of more nodes.

  4. The value of level III clearance in patients with axillary and sentinel node positive breast cancer.

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    Dillon, Mary F

    2012-02-01

    BACKGROUND: The value of level III axillary clearance is contentious, with great variance worldwide in the extent and levels of clearance performed. OBJECTIVE: To determine rates of level III positivity in patients undergoing level I-III axillary clearance, and identify which patients are at highest risk of involved level III nodes. METHODS: From a database of 2850 patients derived from symptomatic and population-based screening service, 1179 patients who underwent level I-III clearance between the years 1999-2007 were identified. The pathology, surgical details, and prior sentinel nodes biopsies of patients were recorded. RESULTS: Eleven hundred seventy nine patients had level I-III axillary clearance. Of the patients, 63% (n = 747) were node positive. Of patients with node positive disease, 23% (n = 168) were level II positive and 19% (n = 141) were level III positive. Two hundred fifty patients had positive sentinel node biopsies prior to axillary clearance. Of these, 12% (n = 30) and 9% (n = 22) were level II and level III positive, respectively. On multivariate analysis, factors predictive of level III involvement in patients with node positive disease were tumor size (P < 0.001, OR = 1.36; 95% CI: 1.2-1.5), invasive lobular disease (P < 0.001, OR = 3.6; 95% CI: 1.9-6.95), extranodal extension (P < 0.001, OR = 0.27; 95% CI: 0.18-0.4), and lymphovascular invasion (P = 0.04, OR = 0.58; 95% CI: 0.35-1). Lobular invasive disease (P = 0.049, OR = 4.1; 95% CI: 1-16.8), extranodal spread (P = 0.003, OR = 0.18; 95% CI: 0.06-0.57), and having more than one positive sentinel node (P = 0.009, OR = 4.9; 95% CI: 1.5-16.1) were predictive of level III involvement in patients with sentinel node positive disease. CONCLUSION: Level III clearance has a selective but definite role to play in patients who have node positive breast carcinoma. Pathological characteristics of the primary tumor are of particular use in identifying those who are at various risk of level III nodal

  5. Predictive Factors for Nonsentinel Lymph Node Metastasis in Patients With Positive Sentinel Lymph Nodes After Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy: Nomogram for Predicting Nonsentinel Lymph Node Metastasis.

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    Ryu, Jai Min; Lee, Se Kyung; Kim, Ji Young; Yu, Jonghan; Kim, Seok Won; Lee, Jeong Eon; Han, Se Hwan; Jung, Yong Sik; Nam, Seok Jin

    2017-04-06

    Axillary lymph node (ALN) status is an important prognostic factor for breast cancer patients. With increasing numbers of patients undergoing neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC), issues concerning sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) after NAC have emerged. We analyzed the clinicopathologic features and developed a nomogram to predict the possibility of nonsentinel lymph node (NSLN) metastases in patients with positive SLNs after NAC. A retrospective medical record review was performed of 140 patients who had had clinically positive ALNs at presentation, had a positive SLN after NAC on subsequent SLNB, and undergone axillary lymph node dissection (ALND) from 2008 to 2014. On multivariate stepwise logistic regression analysis, pathologic T stage, lymphovascular invasion, SLN metastasis size, and number of positive SLN metastases were independent predictors for NSLN metastases (P Samsung Medical Center NAC nomogram was developed to predict the likelihood of additional positive NSLNs. The Samsung Medical Center NAC nomogram could provide information to surgeons regarding whether to perform additional ALND when the permanent biopsy revealed positive findings, although the intraoperative SLNB findings were negative. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  6. Axillary Irradiation as an Imperative Alternative to Axillary Dissection in Clinically Lymph Node-Negative but Sentinel Node-Positive Breast Cancer Patients?

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    Nitsche, Mirko; Hermann, Robert

    2011-01-01

    At the moment, positive sentinel lymph node dissection (SLND) of the axilla is followed by axillary lymph node dissection (ALND) as standard of care. Recent data proves that omitting ALND after positive SLND in clinically lymph node-negative early stage breast cancer patients is feasible with low recurrence rates. The well known effect of radiotherapy to destroy occult tumor cells highly contributes to these results as a large extent of level I and II lymph nodes are unavoidably included in s...

  7. Risk factors for metastasis to No.14v lymph node and prognostic value of positive 14v lymph node for gastric cancer patients after surgery

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    2015-01-01

    Objective:Lymphadenectomy has been increasingly regarded as standard surgical procedure for advanced gastric cancer (GC), while necessity No.14v lymph node dissection for lower GC is still controversial.Methods: A total of 311 GC patients receiving D1+ (D1+7, 8a, 9) or D2 plus No.14v lymph node dissection in our center were enrolled. Patients were categorized into two groups based on No.14v lymph node status: positive group (PG) and negative group (NG).Results:Fifty patients (16.1%) had No.14v lymph node metastasis. Metastasis to No.4d, No.6 lymph node and distant metastasis were independent variables affecting No.14v lymph node metastasis. Patients with positive No.14v lymph node had a significant lower overall survival (OS) rate than those without (3-year OS, 34.0% vs. 67.0%,P<0.001).Conclusion:GC patients with positive No.4d and No.6 lymph node often metastasis to No.14v lymph node. Status of No.14v lymph node was an independent prognostic factor for GC staged TNM III. Patients with positive No.14v lymph node usually have a poor prognosis, while such patients without distant metastasis may beneift from a curative surgery.

  8. Treatment results of adjuvant radiotherapy and chemotherapy in breast cancer patients with positive axillary nodes

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    Shin, Hyun Soo [College of Medicine, Pochon CHA Univ, Sungnam (Korea, Republic of); Suh, Chang Ok [College of Medicine, Yonsei Univ, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2000-12-01

    Between January 1983 and December 1988, 218 female patients with known breast cancer and positive axillary nodes were treated with adjuvant radiotherapy and chemotherapy following radical mastectomy. Treatment results were retrospectively analysed at the Department of Radiation Oncology, Yonsei Cancer Center, Yonsei University of College of Medicine. The patients were classified into 3 groups; group 1 included 80 patients treated with adjuvant chemotherapy alone; in group 2, 52 patients treated with radiotherapy alone; and in group 3, 86 patients treated with combined chemo-radiotherapy. The mean age was 44 years and ranged from 27 to 70. The median follow-up time was 51 months. Seven-year relapse free and overall survival rates were 56% and 67%; in group 1, 50% and 56%; in group 2, 51% and 65%; and in group 3, 62% and 75% respectively. This difference was not statistically significant(p<0.05). The loco-regional failure rates were 13% and distant failure rates were 33%. There was less risk of loco-regional failure in group 2 and 3 which included radiotherapy (.0<0.05). But there was no significant y difference in the rates of distant failure(p>0.05). By univariate analysis, the only significant prognostic factor affecting relapse-free survival was the percentage of positive axillary nodes; and the overall survival significantly correlated with the primary tumor size, the number or percentage of positive axillary nodes, and stage. But in multivariate analysis, the only significant prognostic factor was treatment modality. By univariate analysis of prognostic factors affecting the rates of overall failure and distant failure, the significant prognostic factors was the percentage of positive axillary nodes; and the risk of the loco-regional failure significantly correlated with the treatment modality. In conclusion, these results suggest a potential for decreasing the risk of loco-regional failure with the addition of postoperative radiotherapy to chemotherapy in the

  9. A new model for predicting non-sentinel lymph node status in Chinese sentinel lymph node positive breast cancer patients.

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    Miao Liu

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Our goal is to validate the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC nomogram and Stanford Online Calculator (SOC for predicting non-sentinel lymph node (NSLN metastasis in Chinese patients, and develop a new model for better prediction of NSLN metastasis. METHODS: The MSKCC nomogram and SOC were used to calculate the probability of NSLN metastasis in 120 breast cancer patients. Univariate and multivariate analyses were performed to evaluate the relationship between NSLN metastasis and clinicopathologic factors, using the medical records of the first 80 breast cancer patients. A new model predicting NSLN metastasis was developed from the 80 patients. RESULTS: The MSKCC and SOC predicted NSLN metastasis in a series of 120 patients with an area under the receiver operating characteristic curve (AUC of 0.688 and 0.734, respectively. For predicted probability cut-off points of 10%, the false-negative (FN rates of MSKCC and SOC were both 4.4%, and the negative predictive value (NPV 75.0% and 90.0%, respectively. Tumor size, Kiss-1 expression in positive SLN and size of SLN metastasis were independently associated with NSLN metastasis (p<0.05. A new model (Peking University People's Hospital, PKUPH was developed using these three variables. The MSKCC, SOC and PKUPH predicted NSLN metastasis in the second 40 patients from the 120 patients with an AUC of 0.624, 0.679 and 0.795, respectively. CONCLUSION: MSKCC nomogram and SOC did not perform as well as their original researches in Chinese patients. As a new predictor, Kiss-1 expression in positive SLN correlated independently with NSLN metastasis strongly. PKUPH model achieved higher accuracy than MSKCC and SOC in predicting NSLN metastasis in Chinese patients.

  10. International multicenter tool to predict the risk of four or more tumor-positive axillary lymph nodes in breast cancer patients with sentinel node macrometastases

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    Meretoja, Tuomo J; Audisio, R A; Heikkilä, P S

    2013-01-01

    to develop a novel international multicenter predictive tool to estimate a patient-specific risk of having four or more tumor-positive axillary lymph nodes (ALN) in patients with macrometastatic sentinel node(s) (SN). A series of 675 patients with macrometastatic SN and completion ALND from five European...... centers were analyzed by logistic regression analysis. A multivariate predictive model was created and validated internally by 367 additional patients and then externally by 760 additional patients from eight different centers. All statistical tests were two-sided. Prevalence of four or more tumor...

  11. Adjuvant endocrine therapy alone in patients with node-positive, luminal A type breast cancer.

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    Park, Sungmin; Lee, Se Kyung; Paik, Hyun-June; Ryu, Jai Min; Kim, Isaac; Bae, Soo Youn; Yu, Jonghan; Kim, Seok Won; Lee, Jeong Eon; Nam, Seok Jin

    2017-06-01

    Luminal A breast cancer has a much better prognosis than other subtypes, with a low risk of local or regional recurrence. However, there is controversy around under- versus overtreatment with regard to adjuvant treatment of node-positive, luminal A breast cancer. The purpose of this study was to identify whether adjuvant systemic chemotherapy has any benefit in node-positive, luminal A breast cancer and to evaluate feasibility of endocrine therapy without chemotherapy in this group.This was a retrospective study of 11,025 patients who were surgically treated for invasive breast cancer at Samsung Medical Center between January 2004 and December 2013. Luminal A subtype was defined as ER+, HER2-, and Ki-67 < 14%. We compared AC based (AC: doxorubicin or epirubicin, plus cyclophosphamide) adjuvant chemotherapy versus endocrine therapy without chemotherapy in patients with node-positive, luminal A breast cancer.We performed 1: n matching, with a maximum n of 8 on endocrine therapy group (n = 50) to chemotherapy group (n = 642). The median age of the patients in each group at the time of surgery was 58.3 ± 9.5 years in the chemotherapy group and 58.7 ± 11.7 in the endocrine therapy only group. The median follow-up time was 51.9 months (range, 1-125 months). In multivariable analysis, omission of adjuvant chemotherapy in luminal A cancer had no influence on OS and DFS. Axillary lymph node metastasis and progesterone receptor (PR) status were significantly different between the endocrine therapy alone group and the chemotherapy group in terms of OS. Nuclear grade, PR status, and adjuvant radiotherapy were significantly different between the endocrine therapy alone group and the chemotherapy group with regard to DFS. In survival analysis, there were no differences in OS (P = .137) and DFS (P = .225) between the 2 groups.Adjuvant chemotherapy could provide little benefit to postmenopausal patients with luminal A, node-positive breast cancer, and

  12. Predictive factors for lymph node positivity in patients undergoing extended pelvic lymphadenectomy during robot assisted radical prostatectomy

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    Vikram Batra

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Pelvic lymphadenectomy during radical prostatectomy (RP improves staging and may provide a therapeutic benefit. However, there is no clear consensus on the selection criteria for subjecting patients to this additional procedure. With a growing adoption of robot assisted radical prostatectomy (RARP in India, it has become imperative to study the incidence and predictive factors for lymph node involvement in our patients. Materials and Methods: From February 2010 to February 2014, 452 RARP procedures were performed at our institution. A total of 100 consecutive patients from July 2011 to August 2012 were additionally subjected to a robotic extended pelvic lymphadenectomy (EPLND. Lymph node positivity rates and lymph node density were analyzed on the basis of preoperative prostate specific antigen (PSA, Gleason score, clinical stage, D′Amico risk category and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI findings. Multivariate analysis was performed to ascertain factors associated with lymph node positivity in our cohort. Results: The mean age of the patients was 65.5 (47-77 years and the body mass index was 26.3 (16.3-38.7 kg/m 2 . The mean console time for EPLND was 45 (32-68 min. A median of 17 (two to 40 lymph nodes were retrieved. Seventeen patients (17% had positive lymph nodes (median of 1, range 1-6. Median lymph node density in these patients was 10%. When stratified by PSA, Gleason score, clinical stage, D′Amico risk category and features of locally advanced disease on MRI, a trend towards increasing incidence of lymph node positivity was observed, with an increase in adverse factors. However, on multivariate analysis, clinical stage > T2a was the only significant factor impacting lymph node positivity in our cohort. Conclusions: A significant proportion of men undergoing RARP in India have positive lymph nodes on EPLND. While other variables may also have a potential impact, a higher clinical stage predisposes to an increased

  13. Axillary Irradiation as an Imperative Alternative to Axillary Dissection in Clinically Lymph Node-Negative but Sentinel Node-Positive Breast Cancer Patients?

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    Nitsche, Mirko; Hermann, Robert

    2011-10-01

    At the moment, positive sentinel lymph node dissection (SLND) of the axilla is followed by axillary lymph node dissection (ALND) as standard of care. Recent data proves that omitting ALND after positive SLND in clinically lymph node-negative early stage breast cancer patients is feasible with low recurrence rates. The well known effect of radiotherapy to destroy occult tumor cells highly contributes to these results as a large extent of level I and II lymph nodes are unavoidably included in standard tangential radiation treatment fields. Reviewing the up to date published data on axillary lymph node treatment with radiotherapy, we hypothesize that full dosage coverage of level I and II of the axilla in early stage breast cancer will improve outcome and should be further evaluated.

  14. The role of FDG-PET/CT in preoperative staging of sentinel lymph node biopsy-positive melanoma patients

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    Frary, Charles; Gad, Dorte; Bastholt, Lars;

    2016-01-01

    BACKGROUND: On April 1, 2015, Odense University Hospital (OUH) began a new diagnostic strategy, wherein all malignant melanoma (MM) patients in the Region of Southern Denmark with a positive sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) underwent FDG-PET/CT preoperatively prior to lymph node dissection (LND...

  15. Supraclavicular nodal failure in patients with one to three positive axillary lymph nodes treated with breast conserving surgery and breast irradiation, without supraclavicular node radiation.

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    Reddy, Shruthi G; Kiel, Krystyna D

    2007-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the risk factors associated with supraclavicular nodal failure (SCF) in patients with one to three positive axillary nodes treated with breast conserving surgery and axillary dissection without supraclavicular node radiation (S/C RT) to aid in the selection of patients for S/C RT. Two hundred two breast conservation patients with one to three positive axillary nodes on axillary dissection treated with breast irradiation without S/C RT and 20 patients with S/C RT between August 1985 and May 2002 were identified and retrospectively evaluated. The Kaplan-Meier method was used to determine SCF-free and overall survival curves. Risk factors for SCF were examined. The median follow-up from surgery was 72 months (range: 4-195). Nine of 202 patients (4%) failed in the ipsilateral breast, 4 (2%) in the ipsilateral supraclavicular lymph nodes, 4 (2%) in the ipsilateral axillary and/or internal mammary nodes and 30 (15%) distantly. The 5- and 10-year SCF-free survival was 97.92%. The overall survival at 5, 10, and 15 years was 91.35%, 75.58%, and 67.18%, respectively. SCFs were associated with high grade or ER negative cancers, but not with number of positive nodes. Two of the four SCFs were associated with distant metastases, and two with local failures. One patient with a SCF was salvaged and is disease-free at 134 months. The overall low incidence of SCF in patients with one to three positive nodes treated with breast radiation alone after breast conserving surgery and adequate axillary dissection suggests that additional S/C RT is unnecessary in this cohort. When it occurs, supraclavicular nodal failure is often associated with distant metastases.

  16. Characterization of the Microenvironment in Positive and Negative Sentinel Lymph Nodes from Melanoma Patients.

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    Meriem Messaoudene

    Full Text Available Melanomas are aggressive skin tumors characterized by high metastatic potential. Our previous results indicate that Natural Killer (NK cells may control growth of melanoma. The main defect of blood NK cells was a decreased expression of activating NCR1/NKp46 receptor and a positive correlation of NKp46 expression with disease outcome in stage IV melanoma patients was found. In addition, in stage III melanoma patients, we identified a new subset of mature NK cells in macro-metastatic Lymph nodes (LN. In the present studies, we evaluated the numbers of NK cells infiltrating primary cutaneous melanoma and analyzed immune cell subsets in a series of sentinel lymph nodes (SLN. First, we show that NKp46+ NK cells infiltrate primary cutaneous melanoma. Their numbers were related to age of patients and not to Breslow thickness. Then, a series of patients with tumor-negative or -positive sentinel lymph nodes matched for Breslow thickness of the cutaneous melanoma was constituted. We investigated the distribution of macrophages (CD68, endothelial cells, NK cells, granzyme B positive (GrzB+ cells and CD8+ T cells in the SLN. Negative SLN (SLN- were characterized by frequent adipose involution and follicular hyperplasia compared to positive SLN (SLN+. High densities of macrophages and endothelial cells (CD34, prominent in SLN+, infiltrate SLN and may reflect a tumor favorable microenvironment. Few but similar numbers of NK and GrzB+ cells were found in SLN- and SLN+: NK cells and GrzB+ cells were not correlated. Numerous CD8+ T cells infiltrated SLN with a trend for higher numbers in SLN-. Moreover, CD8+ T cells and GrzB+ cells correlated in SLN- not in SLN+. We also observed that the numbers of CD8+ T cells negatively correlated with endothelial cells in SLN-. The numbers of NK, GrzB+ or CD8+ T cells had no significant impact on overall survival. However, we found that the 5 year-relapse rate was higher in SLN with higher numbers of NK cells.

  17. Prognostic value of Ki-67 in breast cancer patients with positive axillary lymph nodes: a retrospective cohort study.

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    Feng-yan Li

    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: Ki-67 expression is a biomarker for proliferation. Its prognostic value is recognized in breast cancer (BC patients with negative axillary nodes, but is less clear in BC patients with positive axillary lymph nodes. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of 1131 Chinese BC patients treated from January 2002 to June 2007 and 450 patients met the inclusion criteria: positive nodes, adjuvant therapy, and complete biomarker profile (estrogen receptor (ER, progesterone receptor (PR, HER2, p53, Ki-67. Univariate and multivariate regression analysis were used to correlate biomarkers and tumor characteristics with metastasis free survival (MFS and overall survival (OS. RESULTS: Median follow-up time was 46 months (range 5-76 months. The Ki-67 expression was associated significantly with histological grade, ER, PR, HER2, and P53 status (P<0.05. Tumor stage, nodal stage, and ER status were independent prognostic factors for MFS. Ki-67 status was associated significantly with OS but not MFS. To determine whether the extent of LN involvement in the BC patients influenced the role of Ki-67 in survival rates, we compared these variables in patients with 1-3 positive lymph nodes (N1 to those of patients with ≥ 4 positive lymph nodes. Ki-67 status was an independent prognostic factor for MFS (Hazard Ratio, 3.27, P = 0.026 and overall survival (HR, 10.64, P = 0.007 in patients with 1-3 positive nodes (N1. CONCLUSIONS: The possibility that Ki-67 expression together with clinical factors can improve prediction of the prognosis of BC patients with 1 ∼ 3 positive axillary lymph nodes warrants further studies.

  18. Histologic changes associated with false-negative sentinel lymph nodes after preoperative chemotherapy in patients with confirmed lymph node-positive breast cancer before treatment.

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    Brown, Alexandra S; Hunt, Kelly K; Shen, Jeannie; Huo, Lei; Babiera, Gildy V; Ross, Merrick I; Meric-Bernstam, Funda; Feig, Barry W; Kuerer, Henry M; Boughey, Judy C; Ching, Christine D; Gilcrease, Michael Z

    2010-06-15

    A wide range of false-negative rates has been reported for sentinel lymph node (SLN) biopsy after preoperative chemotherapy. The purpose of this study was to determine whether histologic findings in negative SLNs after preoperative chemotherapy are helpful in assessing the accuracy of SLN biopsy in patients with confirmed lymph node-positive disease before treatment. Eighty-six patients with confirmed lymph node-positive disease at presentation underwent successful SLN biopsy and axillary dissection after preoperative chemotherapy at a single institution between 1994 and 2007. Available hematoxylin and eosin-stained sections from patients with negative SLNs were reviewed, and associations between histologic findings in the negative SLNs and SLN status (true negative vs false negative) were evaluated. Forty-seven (55%) patients had at least 1 positive SLN, and 39 (45%) patients had negative SLNs. The false-negative rate was 22%, and the negative predictive value was 67%. The negative SLNs from 17 of 34 patients with available slides had focal areas of fibrosis, some with associated foamy parenchymal histiocytes, fat necrosis, or calcification. These histologic findings occurred in 15 (65%) of 23 patients with true-negative SLNs and in only 2 (18%) of 11 patients with false-negative SLNs (P = .03, Fisher exact test, 2-tailed). The lack of these histologic changes had a sensitivity and specificity for identifying a false-negative SLN of 82% and 65%, respectively. Absence of treatment effect in SLNs after chemotherapy in patients with lymph node-positive disease at initial presentation has good sensitivity but low specificity for identifying a false-negative SLN.

  19. Risk Factors for Regional Nodal Relapse in Breast Cancer Patients With One to Three Positive Axillary Nodes

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    Yates, Lucy, E-mail: lucy.yates@gstt.nhs.uk [Guy' s, King' s, St Thomas' Cancer Centre, Guy' s Hospital, London (United Kingdom); Kirby, Anna [Guy' s, King' s, St Thomas' Cancer Centre, Guy' s Hospital, London (United Kingdom); Department of Clinical Oncology, Royal Marsden Hospital, Sutton (United Kingdom); Crichton, Siobhan [Department of Statistics, Kings College London (United Kingdom); Gillett, Cheryl [Breast Pathology, Kings College London (United Kingdom); Cane, Paul [Department of Histopathology, Guy' s and St Thomas' Foundation Trust, London (United Kingdom); Fentiman, Ian; Sawyer, Elinor [Guy' s, King' s, St Thomas' Cancer Centre, Guy' s Hospital, London (United Kingdom)

    2012-04-01

    Purpose: In many centers, supraclavicular fossa radiotherapy (SCF RT) is not routinely offered to breast cancer patients with one to three positive lymph nodes. We aimed to identify a subgroup of these patients who are at high risk of supra or infraclavicular fossa relapse (SCFR) such that they can be offered SCFRT at the time of diagnosis to improve long term locoregional control. Methods and Materials: We performed a retrospective analysis of the pathological features of 1,065 cases of invasive breast cancer with one to three positive axillary lymph nodes. Patients underwent radical breast conserving surgery or mastectomy. A total of 45% of patients received adjuvant chest wall/breast RT. No patients received adjuvant SCFRT. The primary outcome was SCFR. Secondary outcomes were chest wall/breast recurrence, distant metastasis, all death, and breast-cancer specific death. Kaplan-Meier estimates were used to calculate actuarial event rates and survival functions compared using log-rank tests. Multivariate analyses (MVA) of factors associated with outcome were conducted using Cox proportional hazards models. Results: Median follow-up was 9.7 years. SCFR rate was 9.2%. Median time from primary diagnosis to SCFR was 3.4 years (range, 0.7-14.4 years). SCFR was associated with significantly lower 10-year survival (18% vs. 65%; p < 0.001). Higher grade and number of positive lymph nodes were the most significant predictors of SCFR on MVA (p < 0.001). 10 year SCFR rates were less than 1% in all patients with Grade 1 cancers compared with 30% in those having Grade 3 cancers with three positive lymph nodes. Additional factors associated with SCFR on univariate analysis but not on MVA included larger nodal deposits (p = 0.002) and proportion of positive nodes (p = 0.003). Conclusions: Breast cancer patients with one to three positive lymph nodes have a heterogenous risk of SCFR. Patients with two to three positive axillary nodes and/or high-grade disease may warrant

  20. A nomogram to predict the probability of axillary lymph node metastasis in early breast cancer patients with positive axillary ultrasound

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    Qiu, Si-Qi; Zeng, Huan-Cheng; Zhang, Fan; Chen, Cong; Huang, Wen-He; Pleijhuis, Rick G.; Wu, Jun-Dong; van Dam, Gooitzen M.; Zhang, Guo-Jun

    2016-01-01

    Among patients with a preoperative positive axillary ultrasound, around 40% of them are pathologically proved to be free from axillary lymph node (ALN) metastasis. We aimed to develop and validate a model to predict the probability of ALN metastasis as a preoperative tool to support clinical

  1. The role of FDG-PET/CT in preoperative staging of sentinel lymph node biopsy-positive melanoma patients

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    Frary, Evan C; Gad, Dorte; Bastholt, Lars;

    2016-01-01

    BACKGROUND: On April 1, 2015, Odense University Hospital (OUH) began a new diagnostic strategy, wherein all malignant melanoma (MM) patients in the Region of Southern Denmark with a positive sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) underwent FDG-PET/CT preoperatively prior to lymph node dissection (LND...... cohort study which included all patients with MM from all hospitals in the Region of Southern Denmark from April 1, 2015 to April 1, 2016 found to be SLNB-positive who subsequently underwent FDG-PET/CT. Patient information was acquired from the Danish Melanoma Database and was cross-referenced with OUH...... or uncover anything else of relevance. FDG-PET/CT did, however, provide false positive findings in 13 % (6/46) of these patients. These scans triggered additional, predominantly invasive, procedures, which did not ultimately have an impact on the therapeutic strategy. Thus, these findings indicate a need...

  2. The Prognosis of Patients with Stage Ib-IIb Node-Positive Cervical Carcinoma after Radical Surgery

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    XiCheng; ShumoCai; ZitingLi; MeiqinTang; MuquanXue; RongyuZang

    2004-01-01

    OBJECTIVE To investigate the influence of positive lymph nodes on the prognosis for patients with stage Ib-IIb cervical carcinoma.METHODS Sixty-six patients with stage Ib-IIb cervical carcinoma who underwent a radical hysterectomy and pelvic lymphadenectomy were analyzed retrospectively. The potential prognostic factors were calculated by the Cox proportional hazard model.RFSULTS The 5-year survival of metastasis was 40.7%. The Coxthe patients with pelvic lymph node proportional hazard model analysis showed that cellular differentiation, the number of positive nodes and adjuvant therapy were independent prognostic factors (PO.05). The 5-year survival of the patients who had no adjuvant therapy (12.6%) was much lower than that(53.7%) of those with adjuvant therapy (P0.05).CONCLUSION The prognosis of patients with stage Ib-IIb node-positive cervical carcinoma who underwent radical surgery was poor. Adjuvant therapy can increase the survival rate, decrease the pelvic recurrence and distant metastasis.

  3. Validation of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center nomogram for predicting non-sentinel lymph node metastasis in sentinel lymph node-positive breast-cancer patients

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    Bi X

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Xiang Bi,1,* Yongsheng Wang,2 Minmin Li,1,* Peng Chen,2 Zhengbo Zhou,2 Yanbing Liu,2 Tong Zhao,2 Zhaopeng Zhang,2 Chunjian Wang,2 Xiao Sun,2 Pengfei Qiu2 1School of Medicine and Life Sciences, University of Jinan-Shandong Academy of Medical Sciences, Shandong Cancer Hospital, 2Breast Cancer Center, Shandong Cancer Hospital, Jinan, People’s Republic of China *These authors contributed equally to this study Background: The main purpose of the study reported here was to validate the clinical value of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC nomogram that predicts non-sentinel lymph node (SLN metastasis in SLN-positive patients with breast cancer. Methods: Data on 1,576 patients who received sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB at the Shandong Cancer Hospital from December 2001 to March 2014 were collected in this study, and data on 509 patients with positive SLN were analyzed to evaluate the risk factors for non-SLN metastasis. The MSKCC nomogram was used to estimate the probability of non-SLN metastasis and was compared with actual probability after grouping into deciles. A receiver-operating characteristic (ROC curve was drawn and predictive accuracy was assessed by calculating the area under the ROC curve. Results: Tumor size, histological grade, lymphovascular invasion, multifocality, number of positive SLNs, and number of negative SLNs were correlated with non-SLN metastasis (P<0.05 by univariate analysis. However, multivariate analysis showed that tumor size (P=0.039, histological grade (P=0.043, lymphovascular invasion (P=0.001, number of positive SLNs (P=0.001, and number of negative SLNs (P=0.000 were identified as independent predictors for non-SLN metastasis. The trend of actual probability in various decile groups was comparable to the predicted probability. The area under the ROC curve was 0.722. Patients with predictive values lower than 10% (97/492, 19.7% had a frequency of non-SLN metastasis of 17.5% (17/97. Conclusion: The

  4. Sentinel Node Biopsy Alone versus Completion Axillary Node Dissection in Node Positive Breast Cancer: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

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    Rachna Ram; Jasprit Singh; Eddie McCaig

    2014-01-01

    Introduction. There has been recent interest in validity of completion axillary node dissection after a positive sentinel node. This systematic review aims to ascertain if sentinel lymph node dissection alone was noninferior to axillary lymph node dissection for breast cancer patients who have a positive sentinel node. Method. A systematic review of the electronic databases Embase, MEDLINE, and Cochrane Register of Controlled Trials was carried out. Only randomised trials that had patients wi...

  5. Characteristics and outcomes of sentinel node-positive breast cancer patients after total mastectomy without axillary-specific treatment.

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    Milgrom, Sarah; Cody, Hiram; Tan, Lee; Morrow, Monica; Pesce, Catherine; Setton, Jeremy; Rogers, Katherine; Arnold, Brittany; Eaton, Anne; Catalano, Jeffrey; McCormick, Beryl; Powell, Simon; Ho, Alice

    2012-11-01

    Regional failure rates are low in patients with a positive sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) who undergo breast-conserving therapy without axillary lymph node dissection (ALND). The applicability of these findings to total mastectomy (TM) patients is not established. Our aims were to evaluate the characteristics and outcomes of SLNB-positive TM patients who did not receive axillary-specific treatment and to compare them to similar patients who underwent breast-conserving surgery (BCS). A total of 535 patients with early-stage breast cancer who underwent definitive breast surgery (210 TM, 325 BCS), had a positive SLNB and did not receive ALND between 1997 and 2009 were identified from an institutional database. Characteristics and outcomes were compared between the TM and BCS groups. Most patients had stage I to IIA, estrogen receptor-positive, progesterone receptor-positive, Her2-negative invasive ductal carcinoma, with minimal nodal disease. Compared to the BCS group, TM patients were younger, had larger tumors, had higher nomogram scores predicting additional axillary disease and were more likely to receive chemotherapy. Ninety-four percent of the BCS cohort and 5 % of the TM cohort received adjuvant radiotherapy. At a median follow-up of 57.8 months, the 4-year local, regional and distant failure rates were 1.7, 1.2 and 0.7 % in the TM group and 1.4, 1.0 and 3.7 % in the BCS group. The 4-year disease-free and overall survival rates were 94.8 and 97.8 % in the TM group and 90.1 and 92.6 % in the BCS group. Early-stage breast cancer patients with minimal sentinel node disease experience excellent outcomes without ALND, whether they undergo BCS or TM.

  6. Noninvasive nodal restaging in clinically node positive breast cancer patients after neoadjuvant systemic therapy: A systematic review

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    Schipper, R.J., E-mail: info@rjschipper.nl [Department of Radiology, Maastricht University Medical Center+, Maastricht (Netherlands); Department of Surgery, Maastricht University Medical Center+, Maastricht (Netherlands); GROW – School for Oncology and Developmental Biology, Maastricht University Medical Center, Maastricht (Netherlands); Moossdorff, M. [Department of Surgery, Maastricht University Medical Center+, Maastricht (Netherlands); GROW – School for Oncology and Developmental Biology, Maastricht University Medical Center, Maastricht (Netherlands); Beets-Tan, R.G.H. [Department of Radiology, Maastricht University Medical Center+, Maastricht (Netherlands); GROW – School for Oncology and Developmental Biology, Maastricht University Medical Center, Maastricht (Netherlands); Smidt, M.L. [Department of Surgery, Maastricht University Medical Center+, Maastricht (Netherlands); GROW – School for Oncology and Developmental Biology, Maastricht University Medical Center, Maastricht (Netherlands); Lobbes, M.B.I. [Department of Radiology, Maastricht University Medical Center+, Maastricht (Netherlands)

    2015-01-15

    Objective: To provide a systematic review of studies comparing the diagnostic performance of noninvasive techniques and axillary lymph node dissection in the identification of initially node positive patients with pathological complete response of axillary lymph nodes to neoadjuvant systemic therapy. Methods: PubMed and Embase databases were searched until May 21st, 2014. First, duplicate studies were eliminated. Next, study abstracts were read by two readers to assess eligibility. Studies were selected based on predefined inclusion criteria. Of these, data extraction was performed by two readers independently. Results: Of the 987 abstracts that were considered for inclusion, four were eligible for final analysis, which included a total of 572 patients. The diagnostic performance of clinical examination, axillary ultrasound, breast MRI, whole body {sup 18}F-FDG PET-CT, and a prediction model to identify patients with pathological complete response were investigated. Studies were often limited by small sample size. Furthermore, systemic therapy regimens and definitions of clinical and pathological complete response were variable, refraining further pooling of data. The reported positive predictive value of different techniques to identify patients with axillary pathological complete response after neoadjuvant systemic therapy varied between 40% and 100%. Conclusion: At present, there is no accurate noninvasive restaging technique able to identify patients with complete axillary response after neoadjuvant systemic therapy.

  7. Polymorphisms in the MTHFR gene are associated with recurrence risk in lymph node-positive breast cancer patients

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    Suner, Ali; Buyukhatipoglu, Hakan; Aktas, Gokmen; Kus, Tulay; Ulasli, Mustafa; Oztuzcu, Serdar; Kalender, Mehmet Emin; Sevinc, Alper; Kul, Seval; Camci, Celaletdin

    2016-01-01

    Purpose The aim of this study is to clarify the relationship between recurrence risk of breast cancer and methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) C677T polymorphisms. Patients and methods Breast cancer patients who had undergone surgery in Gaziantep University Oncology Hospital between June 2005 and June 2012 were followed-up and retrospectively enrolled in this study. Blood samples were collected from all patients to assess MTHFR C677T polymorphisms. Stage according to tumor–node–metastasis system, estrogen receptor, progesterone receptor, human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 status, grade of disease, menopausal status, and administered chemotherapy or hormonal therapy were recorded. Effects of these parameters on recurrence risk were evaluated using univariate analysis and multivariate binary logistic regression model. Results Association of MTHFR C677T polymorphisms with recurrence risk was evaluated in 298 patients whose median age was 47 years (range: 21–79 years). In all patients, age (odds ratio [OR] =0.953, P=0.005) and N3 lymph node status (OR =6.293, P=0.001) were found to affect the recurrence risk. While MTHFR homozygote genotype did not have an effect on recurrence risk in all patients, increased risk was observed in lymph node-positive subgroup (OR =4.271; 95% CI 1.515–12.023; P=0.006). Adjusting for age, tumor size (T), and node status (N), MTHFR homozygote genotype had more statistically significant risk for recurrence (OR =3.255; 95% CI 1.047–10.125; P=0.041). Conclusion MTHFR TT genotype was found to be associated with increased recurrence risk in patients with lymph node-positive breast cancer. PMID:27672331

  8. New models and online calculator for predicting non-sentinel lymph node status in sentinel lymph node positive breast cancer patients

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    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Current practice is to perform a completion axillary lymph node dissection (ALND for breast cancer patients with tumor-involved sentinel lymph nodes (SLNs, although fewer than half will have non-sentinel node (NSLN metastasis. Our goal was to develop new models to quantify the risk of NSLN metastasis in SLN-positive patients and to compare predictive capabilities to another widely used model. Methods We constructed three models to predict NSLN status: recursive partitioning with receiver operating characteristic curves (RP-ROC, boosted Classification and Regression Trees (CART, and multivariate logistic regression (MLR informed by CART. Data were compiled from a multicenter Northern California and Oregon database of 784 patients who prospectively underwent SLN biopsy and completion ALND. We compared the predictive abilities of our best model and the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Breast Cancer Nomogram (Nomogram in our dataset and an independent dataset from Northwestern University. Results 285 patients had positive SLNs, of which 213 had known angiolymphatic invasion status and 171 had complete pathologic data including hormone receptor status. 264 (93% patients had limited SLN disease (micrometastasis, 70%, or isolated tumor cells, 23%. 101 (35% of all SLN-positive patients had tumor-involved NSLNs. Three variables (tumor size, angiolymphatic invasion, and SLN metastasis size predicted risk in all our models. RP-ROC and boosted CART stratified patients into four risk levels. MLR informed by CART was most accurate. Using two composite predictors calculated from three variables, MLR informed by CART was more accurate than the Nomogram computed using eight predictors. In our dataset, area under ROC curve (AUC was 0.83/0.85 for MLR (n = 213/n = 171 and 0.77 for Nomogram (n = 171. When applied to an independent dataset (n = 77, AUC was 0.74 for our model and 0.62 for Nomogram. The composite predictors in our model were the product of

  9. The interval between primary melanoma excision and sentinel node biopsy is not associated with survival in sentinel node positive patients - An EORTC Melanoma Group study.

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    Oude Ophuis, C M C; Verhoef, C; Rutkowski, P; Powell, B W E M; van der Hage, J A; van Leeuwen, P A M; Voit, C A; Testori, A; Robert, C; Hoekstra, H J; Grünhagen, D J; Eggermont, A M M; van Akkooi, A C J

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    Worldwide, sentinel node biopsy (SNB) is the recommended staging procedure for stage I/II melanoma. Most melanoma guidelines recommend re-excision plus SNB as soon as possible after primary excision. To date, there is no evidence to support this timeframe. To determine melanoma specific survival (MSS) for time intervals between excisional biopsy and SNB in SNB positive patients. Between 1993 and 2008, 1080 patients were diagnosed with a positive SNB in nine Melanoma Group centers. We selected 1015 patients (94%) with known excisional biopsy date. Time interval was calculated from primary excision until SNB. Kaplan-Meier estimated MSS was calculated for different cutoff values. Multivariable analysis was performed to correct for known prognostic factors. Median age was 51 years (Inter Quartile Range (IQR) 40-62 years), 535 (53%) were men, 603 (59%) primary tumors were located on extremities. Median Breslow thickness was 3.00 mm (IQR 1.90-4.80 mm), 442 (44%) were ulcerated. Median follow-up was 36 months (IQR 20-62 months). Median time interval was 47 days (IQR 32-63 days). Median Breslow thickness was equal for both melanoma excision until SNB was no prognostic factor for MSS in this SNB positive cohort. This information can be used to counsel patients. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd and British Association of Surgical Oncology/European Society of Surgical Oncology. All rights reserved.

  10. Clinico-pathological features of patients with melanoma and positive sentinel lymph node biopsy: a single institution experience.

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    Homolak, Damir; Šitum, Mirna; Čupić, Hrvoje

    2015-01-01

    Sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) is an established method for the assessment of tumor aggressiveness in patients with primary cutaneous melanoma (PCM). To improve the criteria for the selection of SLNB candidates, the aim of our study was to determine clinico-pathohistological parameters that can serve as predictors of metastatic progression. We retrospectively evaluated all available clinico-pathohistological parameters in 844 patients with PCM diagnosed between January 1, 2005 and December 31, 2010. SLNB was conducted in 484 (57.3%) patients, 122 (14.5%) of whom had a positive node. The association between predictors and SLNB outcomes (positive SLNB and metastatic development) was tested using logistic regression analysis. The main predictors of positive SLNB were Breslow thickness (adjusted odds ratio (AOR)=1.22; 95% confidence interval (CI)=1.11-1.33), Clark levels (AOR=1.78; 95% CI=1.31-2.40), ulceration (AOR=3.1; 95% CI=1.65-5.81), microsatellitosis, gender, and tumor localization. The predictors of metastatic spread were Breslow thickness (AOR=1,69; 95% CI=1.51-1.89), Clark level (AOR=3.59; 95% CI=2.79-4.62), nodular type of melanoma (AOR=8.21; 95% CI=1.70-39.53), ulceration, mitotic rate, microsatellitosis, gender, and tumor localization. It seems that these parameters should be taken into consideration when selecting patients for SLNB since tumor thickness is not a sufficient predictor of SLNB outcome, particularly in case of very thin lesions.

  11. Effects of postmastectomy radiotherapy on prognosis in different tumor stages of breast cancer patients with positive axillary lymph nodes

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    Miao-Miao Jia; Zhi-Jie Liang; Qin Chen; Ying Zheng; Ling-Mei Li; Xu-Chen Cao

    2014-01-01

    Objective: To explore the effects of postmastectomy radiotherapy (PMRT) on the locoregional failure-free survival (LRFFS) and overall survival (OS) of breast cancer patients under different tumor stages and with one to three positive axillary lymph nodes (ALNs). Methods: We conducted a retrospective review of 527 patients with one to three positive lymph nodes who underwent modiifed radical or partial mastectomy and axillary dissection from January 2000 to December 2002. hTe patients were divided into the T1-T2 N1 and T3-T4 N1 groups. hTe effects of PMRT on the LRFFS and OS of these two patient groups were analyzed using SPSS 19.0, Pearson’s χ2-test, Kaplan-Meier method, and Cox proportional hazard model. Results: For T1-T2 N1 patients, no statistical signiifcance was observed in the effects of PMRT on LRFFS [hazard ratio (HR)=0.726; 95% conifdence interval (CI): 0.233-2.265;P=0.582] and OS (HR=0.914; 95% CI: 0.478-1.745;P=0.784) of the general patients. Extracapsular extension (ECE) and high histological grade were the risk factors for LRFFS and OS with statistical significance in multivariate analysis. Stratification analysis showed that PMRT statistically improved the clinical outcomes in high-risk patients [ECE (+), LRFFS:P=0.026, OS:P=0.007; histological grade III, LRFFS:P Conclusion: PMRT could reduce ECE (+), histological grade III-related LRR, and total mortality of T1-T2 N1 patients. T3-T4 N1 patients with ER/PR (-) could beneift from PMRT by improving LRFFS and OS. However, PMRT could only reduce LRR but failed to improve OS for T3-T4 N1 patients with ER/PR (+) who received endocrine therapy.

  12. Polymorphisms in the MTHFR gene are associated with recurrence risk in lymph node-positive breast cancer patients

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    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Ali Suner,1 Hakan Buyukhatipoglu,1 Gokmen Aktas,1 Tulay Kus,1 Mustafa Ulaslı,2 Serdar Oztuzcu,2 Mehmet Emin Kalender,1 Alper Sevinc,1 Seval Kul,3 Celaletdin Camci1 1Division of Medical Oncology, Department of Internal Medicine, Gaziantep Oncology Hospital, University of Gaziantep, Gaziantep, Turkey; 2Department of Medical Biology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Gaziantep, Gaziantep, Turkey; 3Department of Biostatistics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Gaziantep, Gaziantep, Turkey Purpose: The aim of this study is to clarify the relationship between recurrence risk of breast cancer and methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR C677T polymorphisms.Patients and methods: Breast cancer patients who had undergone surgery in Gaziantep University Oncology Hospital between June 2005 and June 2012 were followed-up and retrospectively enrolled in this study. Blood samples were collected from all patients to assess MTHFR C677T polymorphisms. Stage according to tumor–node–metastasis system, estrogen receptor, progesterone receptor, human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 status, grade of disease, menopausal status, and administered chemotherapy or hormonal therapy were recorded. Effects of these parameters on recurrence risk were evaluated using univariate analysis and multivariate binary logistic regression model.Results: Association of MTHFR C677T polymorphisms with recurrence risk was evaluated in 298 patients whose median age was 47 years (range: 21–79 years. In all patients, age (odds ratio [OR] =0.953, P=0.005 and N3 lymph node status (OR =6.293, P=0.001 were found to affect the recurrence risk. While MTHFR homozygote genotype did not have an effect on recurrence risk in all patients, increased risk was observed in lymph node-positive subgroup (OR =4.271; 95% CI 1.515–12.023; P=0.006. Adjusting for age, tumor size (T, and node status (N, MTHFR homozygote genotype had more statistically significant risk for recurrence (OR =3.255; 95

  13. Influence of Lymphatic Invasion on Locoregional Recurrence Following Mastectomy: Indication for Postmastectomy Radiotherapy for Breast Cancer Patients With One to Three Positive Nodes

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    Matsunuma, Ryoichi, E-mail: r-matsunuma@nifty.com [Department of Surgery, Breast Oncology Center, Cancer Institute Hospital of the Japanese Foundation for Cancer Research, Tokyo (Japan); First Department of Surgery, Hamamatsu University School of Medicine, Shizuoka (Japan); Oguchi, Masahiko [Radiation Oncology Department, Breast Oncology Center, Cancer Institute Hospital of the Japanese Foundation for Cancer Research, Tokyo (Japan); Fujikane, Tomoko [Department of Surgery, Breast Oncology Center, Cancer Institute Hospital of the Japanese Foundation for Cancer Research, Tokyo (Japan); Matsuura, Masaaki [Bioinformatics Group, Genome Center of the Japanese Foundation for Cancer Research and Division of Cancer Genomics, Cancer Institute of the Japanese Foundation for Cancer Research, Tokyo (Japan); Sakai, Takehiko; Kimura, Kiyomi; Morizono, Hidetomo; Iijima, Kotaro; Izumori, Ayumi; Miyagi, Yumi; Nishimura, Seiichiro; Makita, Masujiro [Department of Surgery, Breast Oncology Center, Cancer Institute Hospital of the Japanese Foundation for Cancer Research, Tokyo (Japan); Gomi, Naoya [Department of Diagnostic Imaging, Breast Oncology Center, Cancer Institute Hospital of the Japanese Foundation for Cancer Research, Tokyo (Japan); Horii, Rie [Division of Pathology, Cancer Institute Hospital of the Japanese Foundation for Cancer Research, Tokyo (Japan); Akiyama, Futoshi [Division of Pathology, Cancer Institute of the Japanese Foundation for Cancer Research, Tokyo (Japan); Iwase, Takuji [Department of Surgery, Breast Oncology Center, Cancer Institute Hospital of the Japanese Foundation for Cancer Research, Tokyo (Japan)

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    Purpose: The indication for postmastectomy radiotherapy (PMRT) in breast cancer patients with one to three positive lymph nodes has been in discussion. The purpose of this study was to identify patient groups for whom PMRT may be indicated, focusing on varied locoregional recurrence rates depending on lymphatic invasion (ly) status. Methods and Materials: Retrospective analysis of 1,994 node-positive patients who had undergone mastectomy without postoperative radiotherapy between January 1990 and December 2000 at our hospital was performed. Patient groups for whom PMRT should be indicated were assessed using statistical tests based on the relationship between locoregional recurrence rate and ly status. Results: Multivariate analysis showed that the ly status affected the locoregional recurrence rate to as great a degree as the number of positive lymph nodes (p < 0.001). Especially for patients with one to three positive nodes, extensive ly was a more significant factor than stage T3 in the TNM staging system for locoregional recurrence (p < 0.001 vs. p = 0.295). Conclusion: Among postmastectomy patients with one to three positive lymph nodes, patients with extensive ly seem to require local therapy regimens similar to those used for patients with four or more positive nodes and also seem to require consideration of the use of PMRT.

  14. Lack of survival benefit of post-operative radiation therapy in prostate cancer patients with positive lymph nodes.

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    Johnstone, P A S; Assikis, V; Goodman, M; Ward, K C; Riffenburgh, R H; Master, V

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    Randomized data from SWOG 8794 and EORTC 22911 confirm the benefit of post-operative radiation therapy (RT) for selected patients with pT3 prostate cancer (CaP) after radical prostatectomy (RP). However, data regarding the potential benefit of RT for patients post-RP with positive lymph node (+LN) involvement are limited. We analyzed the Surveillance Epidemiology End Results (SEER) registry for population-based data on efficacy of post-operative RT for +LN patients after RP. As LN data have only been captured by SEER since 1988, we analyzed data for 1988-1992, with specific attention to 10-year relative survival (defined as observed survival divided by the survival of a gender-, age- and race-matched population cohort without disease). Specifically analyzed were data for 1921 patients with nonmetastatic prostate cancer who underwent surgery alone, or surgery followed by RT, and who had +LNs documented. SEER does not code the interval between surgery and RT, so the ratio of patients receiving salvage versus adjuvant therapy is unknown. Using follow-up data through 2002, post-diagnosis survival was examined by number of +LNs. There was no significant relative survival benefit for +LN patients receiving post-operative RT (chi(2)P=0.270). These data do not support routine use of post-operative RT for patients with +LNs in the surgical specimen.

  15. DNA methylation profile of triple negative breast cancer-specific genes comparing lymph node positive patients to lymph node negative patients.

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    Mathe, Andrea; Wong-Brown, Michelle; Locke, Warwick J; Stirzaker, Clare; Braye, Stephen G; Forbes, John F; Clark, Susan J; Avery-Kiejda, Kelly A; Scott, Rodney J

    2016-09-27

    Triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) is the most aggressive breast cancer subtype with no targeted treatment available. Our previous study identified 38 TNBC-specific genes with altered expression comparing tumour to normal samples. This study aimed to establish whether DNA methylation contributed to these expression changes in the same cohort as well as disease progression from primary breast tumour to lymph node metastasis associated with changes in the epigenome. We obtained DNA from 23 primary TNBC samples, 12 matched lymph node metastases, and 11 matched normal adjacent tissues and assayed for differential methylation profiles using Illumina HumanMethylation450 BeadChips. The results were validated in an independent cohort of 70 primary TNBC samples. The expression of 16/38 TNBC-specific genes was associated with alteration in DNA methylation. Novel methylation changes between primary tumours and lymph node metastases, as well as those associated with survival were identified. Altered methylation of 18 genes associated with lymph node metastasis were identified and validated. This study reveals the important role DNA methylation plays in altered gene expression of TNBC-specific genes and lymph node metastases. The novel insights into progression of TNBC to secondary disease may provide potential prognostic indicators for this hard-to-treat breast cancer subtype.

  16. Extracapsular extension in positive axillary lymph nodes in female breast cancer patients. Patterns of failure and indications for postoperative locoregional irradiation

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    Stranzl, H.; Mayer, R.; Prettenhofer, U.; Hackl, A. [Dept. of Radiotherapy, Univ. Medical School, Graz (Austria); Ofner, P. [Dept. of Medical Informatics, Statistics and Documentation, Univ. Medical School, Graz (Austria); Peintinger, F. [Div. of Gynecology, Leoben (Austria)

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    Background and purpose: there has been little information regarding lymph node-positive breast cancer patients with extracapsular extension (ECE). The aim of this study was to evaluate the role of ECE in predicting survival and relapse rates. Patients and methods: from 1994-2002, 1,078 lymph node-positive women with breast carcinoma were treated at our institution, whereas 301 patients (27.9%) presented with ECE. 91 patients (30.2%) were identified as having three or less lymph nodes involved, 27.9% patients four to six, 15.6% patients seven to nine, and 26.2% patients ten or more nodes, respectively. The median age was 58.4 years (range: 28-84 years) and the median follow-up 34 months (range: 2-99 months). Nodal irradiation was given to patients with four or more positive lymph nodes. Chemotherapy was administered to 69.8%, hormonal therapy to 53.2%, and combined systemic treatment to 26% of patients. Results: the 1-, 3-, and 5-year overall survival (OS) was 98%, 84%, and 73%, the 1-, 3-, and 5-year disease-free survival (DFS) 95%, 69%, and 58%, and the 1-, 3-, and 5-year metastasis-free survival (MFS) 96%, 73%, and 60%. The relapse rates were 6.6% (local), 0.3% (supraclavicular), 0.7% (isolated axillary), 1% (local + axillary), and 0.7% (local + supraclavicular), respectively. 81 patients (27%) developed distant metastases. In december 2002, 245 patients (81.4%) were alive, 202/245 without progression, 32/245 with distant metastases, 5/245 with local/locoregional recurrence, and 6/245 patients with local and distant failure. Conclusion: isolated axillary nodal failure remains low in lymph node-positive patients with ECE. Balancing the risks and benefits of irradiation, we continue to recommend that complete axillary irradiation is not routinely indicated after adequate axillary dissection. (orig.)

  17. Prognostic Significance of the Number of Positive Lymph Nodes in Women With T1-2N1 Breast Cancer Treated With Mastectomy: Should Patients With 1, 2, and 3 Positive Lymph Nodes Be Grouped Together?

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    Dai Kubicky, Charlotte, E-mail: charlottedai@gmail.com [Department of Radiation Medicine and Knight Cancer Institute, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, Oregon (United States); Mongoue-Tchokote, Solange [Biostatistics Shared Resource, Knight Cancer Institute, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, Oregon (United States)

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    Purpose: To determine whether patients with 1, 2, or 3 positive lymph nodes (LNs) have similar survival outcomes. Methods and Materials: We analyzed the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results registry of breast cancer patients diagnosed between 1990 and 2003. We identified 10,415 women with T1-2N1M0 breast cancer who were treated with mastectomy with no adjuvant radiation, with at least 10 LNs examined and 6 months of follow-up. The Kaplan-Meier method and log–rank test were used for survival analysis. Multivariate analysis was performed using the Cox proportional hazard model. Results: Median follow-up was 92 months. Ten-year overall survival (OS) and cause-specific survival (CSS) were progressively worse with increasing number of positive LNs. Survival rates were 70%, 64%, and 60% (OS), and 82%, 76%, and 72% (CSS) for 1, 2, and 3 positive LNs, respectively. Pairwise log–rank test P values were <.001 (1 vs 2 positive LNs), <.001 (1 vs 3 positive LNs), and .002 (2 vs 3 positive LNs). Multivariate analysis showed that number of positive LNs was a significant predictor of OS and CSS. Hazard ratios increased with the number of positive LNs. In addition, age, primary tumor size, grade, estrogen receptor and progesterone receptor status, race, and year of diagnosis were significant prognostic factors. Conclusions: Our study suggests that patients with 1, 2, and 3 positive LNs have distinct survival outcomes, with increasing number of positive LNs associated with worse OS and CSS. The conventional grouping of 1-3 positive LNs needs to be reconsidered.

  18. Sentinel Node Biopsy Alone versus Completion Axillary Node Dissection in Node Positive Breast Cancer: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

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    Rachna Ram

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. There has been recent interest in validity of completion axillary node dissection after a positive sentinel node. This systematic review aims to ascertain if sentinel lymph node dissection alone was noninferior to axillary lymph node dissection for breast cancer patients who have a positive sentinel node. Method. A systematic review of the electronic databases Embase, MEDLINE, and Cochrane Register of Controlled Trials was carried out. Only randomised trials that had patients with positive sentinel node as the study sample were included in the meta-analysis using the reported hazard ratios with a fixed effect model. Results. Three randomised controlled trials and five retrospective studies were identified. The pooled effect for overall survival was HR 0.94, 95% CI [0.79, 1.19], and for disease free survival was HR 0.83, 95% CI [0.60, 1.14]. The reported rates for locoregional recurrence were similar in both groups. The surgical morbidity was found to be significantly more in patients who had underwent axillary dissection. Conclusion. Amongst patients with micrometastasis in the sentinel node, no further axillary dissection is necessary. For patients with macrometastasis in the sentinel node, it is reasonable to consider omitting axillary dissection to avoid the morbidity of the procedure.

  19. Sentinel Node Biopsy Alone versus Completion Axillary Node Dissection in Node Positive Breast Cancer: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

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    Singh, Jasprit; McCaig, Eddie

    2014-01-01

    Introduction. There has been recent interest in validity of completion axillary node dissection after a positive sentinel node. This systematic review aims to ascertain if sentinel lymph node dissection alone was noninferior to axillary lymph node dissection for breast cancer patients who have a positive sentinel node. Method. A systematic review of the electronic databases Embase, MEDLINE, and Cochrane Register of Controlled Trials was carried out. Only randomised trials that had patients with positive sentinel node as the study sample were included in the meta-analysis using the reported hazard ratios with a fixed effect model. Results. Three randomised controlled trials and five retrospective studies were identified. The pooled effect for overall survival was HR 0.94, 95% CI [0.79, 1.19], and for disease free survival was HR 0.83, 95% CI [0.60, 1.14]. The reported rates for locoregional recurrence were similar in both groups. The surgical morbidity was found to be significantly more in patients who had underwent axillary dissection. Conclusion. Amongst patients with micrometastasis in the sentinel node, no further axillary dissection is necessary. For patients with macrometastasis in the sentinel node, it is reasonable to consider omitting axillary dissection to avoid the morbidity of the procedure. PMID:25383226

  20. The value of ultrasound-guided biopsy of fluorodeoxy-glucose positron emission tomography (FDG-PET)-positive supraclavicular lymph nodes in patients with suspected lung cancer.

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    Werner, Lennart; Keller, Franziska Aebersold; Bhure, Ujwal; Roos, Justus Egidius; Tornquist, Katharina; Del Sol Pèrez-Lago, Maria; Gautschi, Oliver; Strobel, Klaus

    2017-07-11

    Accurate lymph node staging is essential for adequate prognostication and therapy planning in patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). FDG-PET/CT is a sensitive tool for the detection of metastases, including non-palpable supraclavicular lymph node (SCLN) metastases. Histological proof of metastatic spread and mutation analysis is crucial for optimal staging and therapy. The aim of this study was to investigate the value of ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) and core biopsy (CB) of FDG active, non-palpable SCLN's in patients with suspicion for lung cancer. Twelve consecutive patients with suspected lung cancer and FDG-positive SCLN underwent FNAC (n = 11) and/or CB (n = 10) and were included and evaluated retrospectively in this study. Cytologic and/or histologic evaluation was performed to confirm initially suspected diagnosis (lung cancer), to confirm N3 stage, and to screen for driver mutations in lung adenocarcinoma. FNAC alone showed diagnostic success in 11/11 cases (100%), CB alone in 9/10 patients (90%), and the combination of both procedures was successful in 12/12 cases (100%). Lymph node metastases from NSCLC (7 adenocarcinoma, 2 squamous cell carcinoma) could be confirmed in 9 patients. Other diagnoses were small cell lung cancer (SCLC), breast cancer and sarcoidosis. There was enough material for immunhistochemistry in all patients. For molecular testing, material from this lymph node biopsies and lung biopsy was used. In two patients with adenocarcinoma of the lung driver mutations were detected (EGFR Exon 19 deletion and ALK rearrangement) out of the lymph node metastasis. US-guided combined FNAC and CB of FDG positive supraclavicular lymph nodes in patients with suspected lung cancer is a safe and effective procedure to confirm N3-stage and to obtain representative material for molecular testing.

  1. Prognosis of residual axillary disease after neoadjuvant chemotherapy in clinically node-positive breast cancer patients : Isolated tumor cells and micrometastases carry a better prognosis than macrometastases

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    T.J.A. van Nijnatten; J.M. Simons; M. Moossdorff; L. de Munck (Linda); M.B.I. Lobbes (Marc B.I.); C. van der Pol (Carmen); L.B. Koppert (Lisa); E.J.T. Luiten (Ernest); M.L. Smidt

    2017-01-01

    markdownabstractPurpose: The aim of this study was to compare disease-free survival (DFS) and overall survival (OS) between clinically node-positive breast cancer patients, treated with neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC), with axillary pathologic complete response (ypN0), residual axillary isolated tumo

  2. Prognosis of residual axillary disease after neoadjuvant chemotherapy in clinically node-positive breast cancer patients: isolated tumor cells and micrometastases carry a better prognosis than macrometastases

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    T.J.A. van Nijnatten; J.M. Simons; M. Moossdorff; L. de Munck (Linda); M.B.I. Lobbes (Marc B.I.); C. van der Pol (Carmen); L.B. Koppert (Lisa); E.J.T. Luiten (Ernest); M.L. Smidt

    2017-01-01

    markdownabstract__Purpose:__ The aim of this study was to compare disease-free survival (DFS) and overall survival (OS) between clinically node-positive breast cancer patients, treated with neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC), with axillary pathologic complete response (ypN0), residual axillary isolated

  3. CDO1 Promoter Methylation is a Biomarker for Outcome Prediction of Anthracycline Treated, Estrogen Receptor-Positive, Lymph Node-Positive Breast Cancer Patients

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    Eppenberger-Castori Serenella

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Various biomarkers for prediction of distant metastasis in lymph-node negative breast cancer have been described; however, predictive biomarkers for patients with lymph-node positive (LNP disease in the context of distinct systemic therapies are still very much needed. DNA methylation is aberrant in breast cancer and is likely to play a major role in disease progression. In this study, the DNA methylation status of 202 candidate loci was screened to identify those loci that may predict outcome in LNP/estrogen receptor-positive (ER+ breast cancer patients with adjuvant anthracycline-based chemotherapy. Methods Quantitative bisulfite sequencing was used to analyze DNA methylation biomarker candidates in a retrospective cohort of 162 LNP/ER+ breast cancer patients, who received adjuvant anthracycline-based chemotherapy. First, twelve breast cancer specimens were analyzed for all 202 candidate loci to exclude genes that showed no differential methylation. To identify genes that predict distant metastasis, the remaining loci were analyzed in 84 selected cases, including the 12 initial ones. Significant loci were analyzed in the remaining 78 independent cases. Metastasis-free survival analysis was conducted by using Cox regression, time-dependent ROC analysis, and the Kaplan-Meier method. Pairwise multivariate regression analysis was performed by linear Cox Proportional Hazard models, testing the association between methylation scores and clinical parameters with respect to metastasis-free survival. Results Of the 202 loci analysed, 37 showed some indication of differential DNA methylation among the initial 12 patient samples tested. Of those, 6 loci were associated with outcome in the initial cohort (n = 84, log rank test, p Promoter DNA methylation of cysteine dioxygenase 1 (CDO1 was confirmed in univariate and in pairwise multivariate analysis adjusting for age at surgery, pathological T stage, progesterone receptor status

  4. Effect of the number of positive lymph nodes and lymph node ratio on prognosis of patients after resection of pancreatic adenocarcinoma

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    Zu-Qiang Liu; Zhi-Wen Xiao; Guo-Pei Luo; Liang Liu; Chen Liu; Jin Xu; Jiang Long; Quan-Xing Ni; Xian-Jun Yu

    2014-01-01

    BACKGROUND: The prognostic factors related to lymph node involvement [lymph node status, the number of positive lymph nodes, lymph node ratio (LNR)] and the number of nodes evaluated in patients with pancreatic adenocarcinoma after pancreatectomy are poorly deifned. METHODS: A total of 167 patients who had undergone resection of pancreatic adenocarcinoma from February 2010 to August 2011 were included in this study. Histological examination was performed to evaluate the tumor differentiation and lymph node involvement. Univariate and multivariate analyses were made to determine the relationship between the variables related to nodal involvement and the number of nodes and survival. RESULTS: The median number of total nodes examined was 10 (range 0-44) for the entire cohort. The median number of total nodes examined in node-negative (pN0) patients was similar to that in node-positive (pN1) patients. Patients with pN1 diseases had signiifcantly worse survival than those with pN0 ones (P=0.000). Patients with three or more positive nodes had a poorer prognosis compared with those with the negative nodes (P=0.000). The prognosis of the patients with negative nodes was similar to that of those with one to two positive nodes (P=0.114). The median survival of patients with an LNR ≥0.4 was shorter than that of patients with an LNR  pN1 cohort (P=0.014). No signiifcance was found between the number of total nodes examined and the prognosis, regardless of the cutoff of 10 or 12

  5. Host genetic variants in the interleukin-6 promoter predict poor outcome in patients with estrogen receptor-positive, node-positive breast cancer.

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    DeMichele, Angela; Gray, Robert; Horn, Michelle; Chen, Jinbo; Aplenc, Richard; Vaughan, William P; Tallman, Martin S

    2009-05-15

    Interleukin-6 modulates immune response, estrogen production, and growth pathways in breast cancer. We evaluated the effect of several common, functional interleukin-6 promoter variants in node-positive breast cancer patients enrolled on a multicenter, cooperative group, adjuvant chemotherapy trial to determine whether these variants were associated with clinical outcome overall and by estrogen receptor tumor phenotype. Genomic DNA and clinical data were collected from a clinical trial of adjuvant anthracycline-based chemotherapy followed by randomization to high-dose cyclophosphamide/thiotepa or observation (Intergroup Trial 0121). Genotyping for -174G>C (rs1800795), -597G>A (rs1800797), and -572G>C (rs1800796) was done by site-specific PCR and PyroSequencing, whereas the -373A(n)T(n) repeat was directly sequenced. Log-rank tests and Cox modeling were used to compare outcomes by genotype/haplotype and other factors. Three hundred forty-six patients (64% of trial) had corresponding genotype/clinical data available and did not differ from overall trial participants. After adjustment, patients with estrogen receptor-positive tumors and genotypes 597 GG or 174 GG had significantly worse disease-free survival [hazard ratio (HR), 1.6; P = 0.02 and HR, 1.71; P = 0.007, respectively], whereas the 373 8A12T repeat appeared to be protective (HR, 0.62; P = 0.02). The presence of at least one copy of the haplotype ([-597G, -572G, -373[10A/11T], -174G]) was associated with worse disease-free survival (HR, 1.46; P = 0.04). Kaplan-Meier plots show that all patients in this group relapsed by 24 months from diagnosis. This poor-risk haplotype was quite common overall (estimated frequency, 0.20) and twice as frequent among Blacks (estimated frequency, 0.41).

  6. Postmastectomy radiotherapy improves disease-free survival of high risk of locoregional recurrence breast cancer patients with T1-2 and 1 to 3 positive nodes.

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    Zhen-Yu He

    Full Text Available The indications for post-mastectomy radiotherapy (PMRT with T1-2 breast cancer and 1-3 positive axillary lymph nodes is still controversial. The purpose of this study was to investigate the role of PMRT in T1-2 breast cancer with 1-3 positive axillary lymph node.We retrospectively reviewed the file records of 79 patients receiving PMRT and not receiving PMRT (618 patients.The median follow-up was 65 months. Multivariate analysis showed that PMRT was an independent prognostic factor of locoregional recurrence-free survival (LRFS (P = 0.010. Subgroup analysis of patients who did not undergo PMRT showed that pT stage, number of positive axillary lymph nodes, and molecular subtype were independent prognostic factors of LRFS. PMRT improved LRFS in the entire group (P = 0.005, but did not affect distant metastasis-free survival (DMFS (P = 0.494, disease-free survival (DFS (P = 0.215, and overall survival (OS (P = 0.645. For patients without PMRT, the 5-year LRFS of low-risk patients (0-1 risk factor for locoregional recurrence of 94.5% was significantly higher than that of high-risk patients (2-3 risk factors for locoregional recurrence (80.9%, P < 0.001. PMRT improved LRFS (P = 0.001 and DFS (P = 0.027 in high-risk patients, but did not improve LRFS, DMFS, DFS, and OS in low-risk patients.PMRT is beneficial in patients with high risk of locoregional recurrence breast cancer patients with T1-2 and 1 to 3 positive nodes.

  7. Positive versus negative sentinel nodes in early breast cancer patients: axillary or loco-regional relapse and survival. A study spanning 2000-2012.

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    García Fernández, A; Chabrera, C; García Font, M; Fraile, M; Lain, J M; Barco, I; González, C; Gónzalez, S; Reñe, A; Veloso, E; Cassadó, J; Pessarrodona, A; Giménez, N

    2013-10-01

    Sentinel Node Biopsy (SNB) is a minimally invasive alternative to elective axillary lymph node dissection (ALND) for nodal staging in early breast cancer. The present study was conducted to evaluate prognostic implications of a negative sentinel node (SN) versus a positive SN (followed by completion ALND) in a closely followed-up sample of early breast cancer patients. We studied 889 consecutive breast cancer patients operated for 908 primaries. Patients received adjuvant therapy with chemotherapy, hormone therapy and eventually trastuzumab. Radiation therapy was based on tangential radiation fields that usually included axillary level I. Median follow-up was 47 months. Axillary recurrence was seen in 1.2% (2/162) of positive SN patients, and 0.8% (5/625) of negative SN patients (p = n.s.). There was an overall 3.2% loco-regional failure rate (29/908). Incidence of distant recurrence was 3.3% (23/693) for negative SN patients, and 4.6% (9/196) for positive SN patients (p = n.s.). Overall mortality rate was 4% (8/198) for positive SN patients, while the corresponding specific mortality rate was 2.5% (5/198). For patients with negative SNs, overall mortality was 4.9% (34/693), and the specific mortality was 1.4% (19/693) (p = n.s.). We did not find significant differences in axillary/loco-regional relapse, distant metastases, disease-free interval or mortality between SN negative and SN positive patients, with a follow-up over 4 years. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  8. The survival outcome and patterns of failure in node positive endometrial cancer patients treated with surgery and adjuvant radiotherapy with curative intent.

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    Rajasooriyar, Chrishanthi; Bernshaw, David; Kondalsamy-Chennakesavan, Srinivas; Mileshkin, Linda; Narayan, Kailash

    2014-10-01

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the patterns of failure, overall survival (OS), disease-free survival (DFS) and factors influencing outcome in endometrial cancer patients who presented with metastatic lymph nodes and were treated with curative intent. One hundred and twenty-six patients treated between January 1996 to December 2008 with surgery and adjuvant radiotherapy were identified from our service's prospective database. Radiotherapy consisted of 45 Gy in 1.8 Gy fractions to the whole pelvis. The involved nodal sites were boosted to a total dose of 50.4 to 54 Gy. The 5-year OS rate was 61% and the 5-year DFS rate was 59%. Grade 3 endometrioid, serous, and clear cell histologies and involvement of upper para-aortic nodes had lower OS and DFS. The number of positive nodes did not influence survival. Among the histological groups, serous histology had the worst survival. Among the 54 patients relapsed, only three (6%) failed exclusively in the pelvis and the rest of the 94% failed in extrapelvic nodal or distant sites. Patients with grade 3 endometrioid, serous and clear cell histologies did not influence pelvic failure but had significant extrapelvic failures (pendometrial cancer patients fail at extrapelvic sites. The most important factors influencing survival and extrapelvic failure are grade 3 endometrioid, clear cell and serous histologies and involvement of upper para-aortic nodes.

  9. Sentinel node biopsy after neoadjuvant chemotherapy in cytologically proven node-positive breast cancer.

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    Yagata, Hiroshi; Yamauchi, Hideko; Tsugawa, Koichiro; Hayashi, Naoki; Yoshida, Atsushi; Kajiura, Yuka; In, Reika; Matsuda, Naoko; Nakamura, Seigo

    2013-12-01

    Several studies have assessed the feasibility of sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) after NAC in patients with breast cancer, but diagnostic accuracy has varied. We prospectively evaluated the diagnostic accuracy of SLNB in detecting axillary lymph node (ALN) metastases after NAC in patients with cytologically proven positive nodes before chemotherapy. We studied 95 breast cancer patients with cytologically proven positive nodes and a partial or complete clinical response to NAC in the breast lesions confirmed using magnetic resonance imaging. Patients then underwent SLNB followed by ALN dissection. The identification rate of sentinel lymph nodes (SLNs) and the false negative rate of nodal metastases were assessed. Subgroup analysis was conducted according to several clinical factors. SLNs were successfully identified in 81 (85.3%) of the 95 patients. Among these 81 patients, 51 (63.0%) had ALN metastases on final pathologic examination after NAC. Eight of the 51 patients with ALN metastases had negative results on SLNB (false negative rate, 15.7%). Univariate analysis indicated that the false negative rate was significantly lower only in the HER2-negative group (P = .003). SLNB after NAC did not correctly predict the presence or absence of axillary node metastases in patients with breast cancer who had cytologically proven positive nodes before NAC. However, the diagnostic accuracy might be different in cancer subtypes, therapeutic effect of chemotherapy, or sentinel lymph node status after chemotherapy. Well-powered studies are needed to confirm diagnostic accuracy of SLNB after NAC according to subgroup in patients with breast cancer. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  10. Is the benefit of postmastectomy irradiation limited to patients with four or more positive nodes, as recommended in international consensus reports? A subgroup analysis of the DBCG 82 b & c randomized trials

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    Overgaard, Marie; Nielsen, Hanne Melgaard; Overgaard, Jens

    2007-01-01

    to evaluate the loco-regional recurrence rate and survival in relation to number of positive nodes. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In the DBCG 82 b&c trials 3083 pre- and postmenopausal high-risk women were randomized to postoperative RT in addition to adjuvant systemic therapy. Since many patients had relatively few...... lymph nodes removed (median 7), the present analysis was limited to 1152 node positive patients with 8 or more nodes removed. RESULTS: The overall 15-year survival rate in the subgroup was 39% and 29% (p=0.015) after RT and no RT, respectively. RT reduced the 15-year loco-regional failure rate from 51......=0.03). CONCLUSION: The survival benefit after postmastectomy RT was substantial and similar in patients with 1-3 and 4+ positive lymph nodes. Furthermore, it was not strictly associated with the risk of loco-regional recurrence, which was most pronounced in patients with 4+ positive nodes...

  11. Postmastectomy irradiation in breast in breast cancer patients with T1-2 and 1-3 positive axillary lymph nodes: Is there a role for radiation therapy?

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    Sezer Atakan

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background We aimed to evaluate retrospectively the correlation of loco-regional relapse (LRR rate, distant metastasis (DM rate, disease free survival (DFS and overall survival (OS in a group of breast cancer (BC patients who are at intermediate risk for LRR (T1-2 tumor and 1-3 positive axillary nodes treated with or without postmastectomy radiotherapy (PMRT following modified radical mastectomy (MRM. Methods Ninety patients, with T1-T2 tumor, and 1-3 positive nodes who had undergone MRM received adjuvant systemic therapy with (n = 66 or without (n = 24 PMRT. Patient-related characteristics (age, menopausal status, pathological stage/tumor size, tumor location, histology, estrogen/progesterone receptor status, histological grade, nuclear grade, extracapsular extension, lymphatic, vascular and perineural invasion and ratio of involved nodes/dissected nodes and treatment-related factors (PMRT, chemotherapy and hormonal therapy were evaluated in terms of LRR and DM rate. The 5-year Kaplan-Meier DFS and OS rates were analysed. Results Differences between RT and no-RT groups were statistically significant for all comparisons in favor of RT group except OS: LRR rate (3%vs 17%, p = 0.038, DM rate (12% vs 42%, p = 0.004, 5 year DFS (82.4% vs 52.4%, p = 0.034, 5 year OS (90,2% vs 61,9%, p = 0.087. In multivariate analysis DM and lymphatic invasion were independent poor prognostic factors for OS. Conclusion PMRT for T1-2, N1-3 positive BC patients has to be reconsidered according to the prognostic factors and the decision has to be made individually with the consideration of long-term morbidity and with the patient approval.

  12. Moderate hypofractionated image-guided thoracic radiotherapy for locally advanced node-positive non-small cell lung cancer patients with very limited lung function: a case report

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    Manapov, Farkhad; Roengvoraphoj, Olarn; Li, Ming Lun; Eze, Chukwuka [Dept. of Radiation Oncology, Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich, Munich (Germany)

    2017-06-15

    Patients with locally advanced lung cancer and very limited pulmonary function (forced expiratory volume in 1 second [FEV1] ≤ 1 L) have dismal prognosis and undergo palliative treatment or best supportive care. We describe two cases of locally advanced node-positive non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients with very limited lung function treated with induction chemotherapy and moderate hypofractionated image-guided radiotherapy (Hypo-IGRT). Hypo-IGRT was delivered to a total dose of 45 Gy to the primary tumor and involved lymph nodes. Planning was based on positron emission tomography-computed tomography (PET/ CT) and four-dimensional computed tomography (4D-CT). Internal target volume (ITV) was defined as the overlap of gross tumor volume delineated on 10 phases of 4D-CT. ITV to planning target volume margin was 5 mm in all directions. Both patients showed good clinical and radiological response. No relevant toxicity was documented. Hypo-IGRT is feasible treatment option in locally advanced node-positive NSCLC patients with very limited lung function (FEV1 ≤ 1 L)

  13. Risk factors for non-sentionel lymph node metastases in brdeast cancer patients with positive sentionel lymph ondes

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    ZHANG Tao; WANG Hong; CHEN Bao-ping; ZHANG Hai-song; WEI Xi-liang; FU Ying; LI Zhong; HU Geng-kun

    2008-01-01

    @@ The presence or absence of metastases in the axillary lymph nodes has remained the most powerful prognostic factor in breast carcinoma. Axillary lymph node dissection (ALND) is the standard procedure for obtaining this information. However, postoperative complications are common. Sentinel lymph node (SLN) biopsy has been proposed as a potential alternative to ALND for staging breast carcinoma. This technique has been shown to be sensitive and specific for predicting the status of the axillary lymph nodes.1 Furthermore, it has the potential advantage of decreasing the morbidity associated with ALND.

  14. Locoregional Recurrence Risk for Patients With T1,2 Breast Cancer With 1-3 Positive Lymph Nodes Treated With Mastectomy and Systemic Treatment

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    McBride, Andrew [Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas (United States); University of Arizona School of Medicine, Phoenix, Arizona (United States); Allen, Pamela; Woodward, Wendy; Kim, Michelle [Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas (United States); Kuerer, Henry M. [Department of Surgical Oncology, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas (United States); Drinka, Eva Katherine; Sahin, Aysegul [Department of Pathology, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas (United States); Strom, Eric A. [Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas (United States); Buzdar, Aman; Valero, Vicente; Hortobagyi, Gabriel N. [Department of Medical Oncology, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas (United States); Hunt, Kelly K. [Department of Surgical Oncology, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas (United States); Buchholz, Thomas A., E-mail: tbuchhol@mdanderson.org [Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas (United States)

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    Purpose: Postmastectomy radiation therapy (PMRT) has been shown to benefit breast cancer patients with 1 to 3 positive lymph nodes, but it is unclear how modern changes in management have affected the benefits of PMRT. Methods and Materials: We retrospectively analyzed the locoregional recurrence (LRR) rates in 1027 patients with T1,2 breast cancer with 1 to 3 positive lymph nodes treated with mastectomy and adjuvant chemotherapy with or without PMRT during an early era (1978-1997) and a later era (2000-2007). These eras were selected because they represented periods before and after the routine use of sentinel lymph node surgery, taxane chemotherapy, and aromatase inhibitors. Results: 19% of 505 patients treated in the early era and 25% of the 522 patients in the later era received PMRT. Patients who received PMRT had significantly higher-risk disease features. PMRT reduced the rate of LRR in the early era cohort, with 5-year rates of 9.5% without PMRT and 3.4% with PMRT (log-rank P=.028) and 15-year rates 14.5% versus 6.1%, respectively; (Cox regression analysis: adjusted hazard ratio [AHR] 0.37, P=.035). However, PMRT did not appear to benefit patients treated in the later cohort, with 5-year LRR rates of 2.8% without PMRT and 4.2% with PMRT (P=.48; Cox analysis: AHR 1.41, P=.48). The most significant factor predictive of LRR for the patients who did not receive PMRT was the era in which the patient was treated (AHR 0.35 for later era, P<.001). Conclusion: The risk of LRR for patients with T1,2 breast cancer with 1 to 3 positive lymph nodes treated with mastectomy and systemic treatment is highly dependent on the era of treatment. Modern treatment advances and the selected use of PMRT for those with high-risk features have allowed for identification of a cohort at very low risk for LRR without PMRT.

  15. SU-E-J-124: FDG PET Metrics Analysis in the Context of An Adaptive PET Protocol for Node Positive Gynecologic Cancer Patients

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    Nawrocki, J; Chino, J; Light, K; Vergalasova, I; Craciunescu, O [Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC (United States)

    2014-06-01

    Purpose: To compare PET extracted metrics and investigate the role of a gradient-based PET segmentation tool, PET Edge (MIM Software Inc., Cleveland, OH), in the context of an adaptive PET protocol for node positive gynecologic cancer patients. Methods: An IRB approved protocol enrolled women with gynecological, PET visible malignancies. A PET-CT was obtained for treatment planning prescribed to 45–50.4Gy with a 55– 70Gy boost to the PET positive nodes. An intra-treatment PET-CT was obtained between 30–36Gy, and all volumes re-contoured. Standard uptake values (SUVmax, SUVmean, SUVmedian) and GTV volumes were extracted from the clinician contoured GTVs on the pre- and intra-treament PET-CT for primaries and nodes and compared with a two tailed Wilcoxon signed-rank test. The differences between primary and node GTV volumes contoured in the treatment planning system and those volumes generated using PET Edge were also investigated. Bland-Altman plots were used to describe significant differences between the two contouring methods. Results: Thirteen women were enrolled in this study. The median baseline/intra-treatment primary (SUVmax, mean, median) were (30.5, 9.09, 7.83)/( 16.6, 4.35, 3.74), and nodes were (20.1, 4.64, 3.93)/( 6.78, 3.13, 3.26). The p values were all < 0.001. The clinical contours were all larger than the PET Edge generated ones, with mean difference of +20.6 ml for primary, and +23.5 ml for nodes. The Bland-Altman revealed changes between clinician/PET Edge contours to be mostly within the margins of the coefficient of variability. However, there was a proportional trend, i.e. the larger the GTV, the larger the clinical contours as compared to PET Edge contours. Conclusion: Primary and node SUV values taken from the intratreament PET-CT can be used to assess the disease response and to design an adaptive plan. The PET Edge tool can streamline the contouring process and lead to smaller, less user-dependent contours.

  16. Tumor tissue levels of tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinases-I (TIMP-I) and outcome following adjuvant chemotherapy in premenopausal lymph node-positive breast cancer patients

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    Schrohl, Anne-Sofie; Look, Maxime P.; Gelder, Marion E. Meijer-van

    2009-01-01

    an association between shorter survival after treatment in TIMP-1 high patients compared with TIMP-1 low patients, especially in patients receiving anthracycline-based therapy. This suggests that high tumor tissue levels of TIMP-1 might be associated with reduced benefit from classical adjuvant chemotherapy. Our......BACKGROUND: We have previously demonstrated that high tumor tissue levels of TIMP-1 are associated with no or limited clinical benefit from chemotherapy with CMF and anthracyclines in metastatic breast cancer patients. Here, we extend our investigations to the adjuvant setting studying outcome...... after adjuvant chemotherapy in premenopausal lymph node-positive patients. We hypothesize that TIMP-1 high tumors are less sensitive to chemotherapy and accordingly that high tumor tissue levels are associated with shorter survival. METHODS: From our original retrospectively collected tumor samples we...

  17. Retroperitoneal Lymph Node Dissection as First-Line Treatment of Node-Positive Seminoma.

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    Hu, Brian; Shah, Swar; Shojaei, Sepehr; Daneshmand, Siamak

    2015-08-01

    The long-term morbidity associated with treating advanced seminoma can be significant. Retroperitoneal lymph node dissection (RPLND) has established oncologic efficacy in treating germ cell tumors with minimal long-term toxicity. We describe our experience with RPLND as a front-line treatment of lymph node-positive seminoma. We reviewed our institutional review board-approved testicular cancer database to find the patients with pure seminoma and isolated retroperitoneal lymph node disease who had undergone primary RPLND. The clinical and pathologic variables were obtained. The follow-up data were used to determine recurrence and death. Four patients with a mean age of 37 years were identified. All patients had normal tumor markers and retroperitoneal lymphadenopathy measuring 1.1, 1.5, 1.8, and 5.5 cm before RPLND. Of the 4 patients, 3 had had seminoma diagnosed at orchiectomy and 1 (with a 5.5-cm retroperitoneal lymphadenopathy and a burned out primary testicular mass) had had seminoma diagnosed at RPLND after 2 nondiagnostic retroperitoneal biopsies. All patients had undergone nerve-sparing, template, extraperitoneal RPLND and were discharged home after 3 days. An average of 3 positive lymph nodes were found. Of the 4 patients, 3 had pathologic stage IIA and 1 stage IIB disease, with no patient undergoing adjuvant therapy. At a mean follow-up period of 25 months, no patient had experienced disease recurrence, and none had died. All patients maintained antegrade ejaculation, and no long-term complications had developed. Our small series has demonstrated encouraging oncologic efficacy for RPLND as a primary treatment of retroperitoneal lymph node-positive seminoma. A multi-institutional phase II trial of RPLND for stage IIA seminoma is being developed. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  18. The Impact of the Size of Nodal Metastases on Recurrence Risk in Breast Cancer Patients With 1-3 Positive Axillary Nodes After Mastectomy

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    Harris, Eleanor E.R., E-mail: Eleanor.harris@moffitt.org [Department of Radiation Oncology, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Tampa, Florida (United States); Freilich, Jessica [Department of Radiation Oncology, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Tampa, Florida (United States); Lin, Hui-Yi [Biostatistics Core, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Tampa, Florida (United States); Chuong, Michael [Department of Radiation Oncology, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Tampa, Florida (United States); Acs, Geza [Department of Anatomic Pathology, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Tampa, Florida (United States)

    2013-03-01

    Purpose: Use of postmastectomy radiation therapy (PMRT) in breast cancer patients with 1-3 positive nodes is controversial. The objective of this study was to determine whether the size of nodal metastases in this subset could predict who would benefit from PMRT. Methods and Materials: We analyzed 250 breast cancer patients with 1-3 positive nodes after mastectomy treated with contemporary surgery and systemic therapy at our institution. Of these patients, 204 did not receive PMRT and 46 did receive PMRT. Local and regional recurrence risks were stratified by the size of the largest nodal metastasis measured as less than or equal to 5 mm or greater than 5 mm. Results: The median follow-up was 65.6 months. In the whole group, regional recurrences occurred in 2% of patients in whom the largest nodal metastasis measured 5 mm or less vs 6% for those with metastases measuring greater than 5 mm. For non-irradiated patients only, regional recurrence rates were 2% and 9%, respectively. Those with a maximal nodal size greater than 5 mm had a significantly higher cumulative incidence of regional recurrence (P=.013). The 5-year cumulative incidence of a regional recurrence in the non-irradiated group was 2.7% (95% confidence interval [CI], 0.7%-7.2%) for maximal metastasis size of 5 mm or less, 6.9% (95% CI, 1.7%-17.3%) for metastasis size greater than 5 mm, and 16% (95% CI, 3.4%-36.8%) for metastasis size greater than 10 mm. The impact of the maximal nodal size on regional recurrences became insignificant in the multivariable model. Conclusions: In patients with 1-3 positive lymph nodes undergoing mastectomy without radiation, nodal metastasis greater than 5 mm was associated with regional recurrence after mastectomy, but its effect was modified by other factors (such as tumor stage). The size of the largest nodal metastasis may be useful to identify high-risk patients who may benefit from radiation therapy after mastectomy.

  19. Adjuvant cyclophosphamide, methotrexate, and fluorouracil in premonopausal patients with node-positive breast cancer: indirect comparison of dose and schedule in DBCG trials 77, 82, and 89

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    Ejlertsen, B.; Mouridsen, H.T.; Jensen, M.B.

    2008-01-01

    A significant reduction in the risk of recurrence and death was achieved three decades ago with adjuvant chemotherapy in patients with operable breast. The major pivotal trials used oral cyclophosphamide (C) days 1-14 with intravenous methotrexate (M) and fluorouracil (F) on days 1 and 8, repeated...... Cancer Cooperative Group (DBCG), and two succeeding randomised trials in premenopausal patients with node positive breast cancer used three-weekly or four-weekly intravenous CMF in one of the treatment arms. RESULTS: Between November 1977 and January 2001 these trials included 2 213 patients who...... was performed adjusting for the known prognostic factors. In the adjusted analysis a 30% increase in the risk of recurrence was observed for two the intravenous regimens as compared to classical CMF. As concerns survival a significant 40% increase in the risk of death was observed with the four-weekly regimen...

  20. Comparison of treatment outcome between breast-conservation surgery with radiation and total mastectomy without radiation in patients with one to three positive axillary lymph nodes.

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    Kim, Seung Il; Park, Seho; Park, Hyung Seok; Kim, Yong Bae; Suh, Chang Ok; Park, Byeong-Woo

    2011-08-01

    To test the difference in treatment outcome between breast-conservation surgery with radiation and total mastectomy without radiation, to evaluate the benefits of adjuvant radiotherapy in patients with one to three positive axillary lymph nodes. Using the Severance Hospital Breast Cancer Registry, we divided the study population of T1, T2 and one to three axillary node-positive patients into two groups: breast-conservation surgery with radiation (BCS/RT) and total mastectomy without radiation (TM/no-RT). Data related to locoregional recurrence, distant recurrence, and death were collected, and survival rates were calculated. The study population consisted of 125 patients treated with BCS/RT and 365 patients treated with TM/no-RT. With a median follow-up of 68.4 months, the 10-year locoregional recurrence-free survival rate with BCS/RT and TM/no-RT was 90.5% and 79.2%, respectively (p = 0.056). The 10-year distant recurrence-free survival rate was 78.8% for patients treated with BCS/RT vs. 68.0% for those treated with TM/no-RT (p = 0.012). The 10-years overall survival rate for patients treated with BCT/RT and TM/no-RT was 87.5% and 73.9%, respectively (p = 0.035). After multivariate analysis, patients treated with BCT/RT had better distant recurrence-free survival (hazard ratio [HR], 0.527; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.297-0.934; p = 0.028), with improving locoregional recurrence-free survival (HR, 0.491; 95% CI, 0.231-1.041; p = 0.064) and overall survival trend (HR, 0.544; 95% CI, 0.277-1.067; p = 0.076). This study provides additional evidence that adjuvant radiation substantially reduces local recurrence, distant recurrence, and mortality for patients with one to three involved nodes. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  1. Supraclavicular failure after breast-conserving therapy in patients with four or more positive axillary lymph nodes when prophylactic supraclavicular irradiation is omitted.

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    Hamamoto, Yasushi; Kataoka, Masaaki; Semba, Takatoshi; Uwatsu, Kotaro; Sugawara, Yoshifumi; Inoue, Takeshi; Sakai, Shinya; Aono, Shoji; Takahashi, Tadaaki; Oda, Shogo

    2009-06-01

    The incidence of supraclavicular metastasis as the initial failure and the failure patterns in patients with four or more positive axillary lymph nodes (PALNs) after breast-conserving therapy (BCT) without prophylactic supraclavicular irradiation were investigated. Between 1991 and 2002, a total of 48 women with four or more PALNs underwent BCT without prophylactic supraclavicular irradiation (33 patients with 4-9 PALNs; 15 patients with > or =10 PALNs). The median follow-up time was 50 months. Among the patients with 4-9 PALNs, 3% had isolated supraclavicular metastasis as the initial failure, and 30% had distant metastasis as the initial failure. Among patients with > or =10 PALNs, 7% had isolated supraclavicular metastasis as the initial failure, and 40% had distant metastasis as the initial failure. The 4-year isolated supraclavicular failure rates were 5% for all patients, 3% for patients with 4-9 PALNs, and 8% for patients with >/=10 PALNs. In patients who had undergone BCT and had had four or more PALNs, the major failure pattern was distant failure with or without locoregional failure; isolated supraclavicular failure as the initial failure comprised a less common failure pattern. Omission of prophylactic supraclavicular irradiation may be acceptable for this subset of patients.

  2. The value of completion axillary treatment in sentinel node positive breast cancer patients undergoing a mastectomy : A Dutch randomized controlled multicentre trial (BOOG 2013-07)

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    Roozendaal, L.M.; de Wilt, J.H.; van Dalen, T.; van der Hage, J.A.; Strobbe, L.J.; Boersma, L.J.; Linn, S.C.; Lobbes, M.B.; Poortmans, P.M.P.; Tjan-Heijnen, V. C. G.; van de Vijver, K.K.; Westenberg, A.G.; Kessels, A.G.; Smidt, M.L.; de Vries, J.

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Trials failed to demonstrate additional value of completion axillary lymph node dissection in case of limited sentinel lymph node metastases in breast cancer patients undergoing breast conserving therapy. It has been suggested that the low regional recurrence rates in these trials might

  3. The value of completion axillary treatment in sentinel node positive breast cancer patients undergoing a mastectomy : a Dutch randomized controlled multicentre trial (BOOG 2013-07)

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    van Roozendaal, L. M.; de Wilt, J. H. W.; van Dalen, T.; van der Hage, J. A.; Strobbe, L. J. A.; Boersma, L. J.; Linn, S. C.; Lobbes, M. B. I.; Poortmans, P. M. P.; Tjan-Heijnen, V. C. G.; Van de Vijver, K. K. B. T.; de Vries, J.; Westenberg, A. H.; Kessels, A. G. H.; Smidt, M. L.

    2015-01-01

    Background: Trials failed to demonstrate additional value of completion axillary lymph node dissection in case of limited sentinel lymph node metastases in breast cancer patients undergoing breast conserving therapy. It has been suggested that the low regional recurrence rates in these trials might

  4. The value of completion axillary treatment in sentinel node positive breast cancer patients undergoing a mastectomy : A Dutch randomized controlled multicentre trial (BOOG 2013-07)

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    Roozendaal, L.M.; de Wilt, J.H.; van Dalen, T.; van der Hage, J.A.; Strobbe, L.J.; Boersma, L.J.; Linn, S.C.; Lobbes, M.B.; Poortmans, P.M.P.; Tjan-Heijnen, V. C. G.; van de Vijver, K.K.; Westenberg, A.G.; Kessels, A.G.; Smidt, M.L.; de Vries, J.

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Trials failed to demonstrate additional value of completion axillary lymph node dissection in case of limited sentinel lymph node metastases in breast cancer patients undergoing breast conserving therapy. It has been suggested that the low regional recurrence rates in these trials might

  5. The value of completion axillary treatment in sentinel node positive breast cancer patients undergoing a mastectomy: a Dutch randomized controlled multicentre trial (BOOG 2013-07)

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    Roozendaal, L.M. van; Wilt, J.H.W. de; Dalen, T. van; Hage, J.A. van der; Strobbe, L.J.A.; Boersma, L.J.; Linn, S.C.; Lobbes, M.B.; Poortmans, P.M.P.; Tjan-Heijnen, V.C.; Vijver, K.K. Van de; Vries, J de; Westenberg, A.H.; Kessels, A.G.; Smidt, M.L.

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Trials failed to demonstrate additional value of completion axillary lymph node dissection in case of limited sentinel lymph node metastases in breast cancer patients undergoing breast conserving therapy. It has been suggested that the low regional recurrence rates in these trials might

  6. Lymph node-positive prostate cancer: current issues, emerging technology and impact on clinical outcome.

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    Adams, Julia; Cheng, Liang

    2011-09-01

    Lymph node metastasis in patients with prostate cancer indicates a poorer prognosis compared with patients without lymph node metastasis; however, some patients with node-positive disease have long-term survival. Many studies have attempted to discern what characteristics of lymph node metastasis are prognostically significant. These characteristics include nodal tumor volume, number of positive lymph nodes, lymph node density, extranodal extension, lymphovascular invasion and tumor dedifferentiation. Favorable characteristics of regional lymph node involvement included a smaller tumor size and smaller tumor volume. However, the current staging system for prostate cancer does not provide different subclassifications for patients with node-positive prostate cancer. In recent years numerous advanced technologies for the detection of lymph node metastasis have been developed, including molecular imaging techniques and the CellSearch Circulating Tumor Cell System. With the increased detection of patients with prostate cancer, emergence of new technology to identify lymph node metastasis and the number of radical prostatectomies being performed on the rise, subclassifying patients with lymph node-positive disease is imperative. Subclassification would provide a better picture of patient prognosis and allow for a better understanding of targeted therapies to treat patients with lymph node metastasis.

  7. A new miniaturized fiber positioning node for LAMOST

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    Guo, Liang; Gu, Yonggang; Shen, Yuran; Zhai, Chao

    2016-07-01

    To distribute more fiber positioning nodes on the LAMOST focal plate, two steps are proposed to miniaturize the fiber positioning node in this paper. The first step is to miniaturize the mechanical device of the fiber positioning node. The second step is to redesign the entire wireless driving board using smaller and performance-higher devices. As a result, the size of the new miniaturized fiber positioning node has to be reduced by above 40% and the dense of fiber positioning nodes on focal plate increases by 20% at least.

  8. Implications of a positive sentinel node in oral squamous cell carcinoma

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    Gurney, Benjamin A S; Schilling, Clare; Putcha, Venkata;

    2012-01-01

    BACKGROUND: The role of sentinel node biopsy in head and neck cancer is currently being explored. Patients with positive sentinel nodes were investigated to establish if additional metastases were present in the neck, their distribution, and their impact on outcome. METHODS: In all, 109 patients (n...... = 109) from 15 European centers, with cT1/2,N0 tumors, and a positive sentinel lymph node were identified. Kaplan-Meier and univariate and multivariate logistic regression analysis were used to identify variables that predicted for additional positive nodes and their position within the neck. RESULTS......: A total of 122 neck dissections were performed in 109 patients. Additional positive nodes were found in 34.4% of cases (42/122: 18 same, 21 adjacent, and 3 nonadjacent neck level). Additional nodes, especially if outside the sentinel node basin, had an impact on outcome. CONCLUSIONS: The results...

  9. Metabolic Response of Lymph Nodes Immediately After RT Is Related With Survival Outcome of Patients With Pelvic Node-Positive Cervical Cancer Using Consecutive [{sup 18}F]fluorodeoxyglucose-Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography

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    Yoon, Mee Sun; Ahn, Sung-Ja; Nah, Byung-Sik; Chung, Woong-Ki [Department of Radiation Oncology, Chonnam National University Medical School, Gwangju (Korea, Republic of); Song, Ho-Chun; Yoo, Su Woong [Department of Nuclear Medicine, Chonnam National University Medical School, Gwangju (Korea, Republic of); Song, Ju-Young; Jeong, Jae-Uk [Department of Radiation Oncology, Chonnam National University Medical School, Gwangju (Korea, Republic of); Nam, Taek-Keun, E-mail: tknam@chonnam.ac.kr [Department of Radiation Oncology, Chonnam National University Medical School, Gwangju (Korea, Republic of)

    2012-11-15

    Purpose: To evaluate the metabolic response of uterine cervix and pelvic lymph nodes (LNs) using consecutive {sup 18}F-fluorodeoxyglucose-positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) immediately after RT and to correlate survival outcome with the metabolic response. Methods and Materials: We retrospectively reviewed 48 patients with cervical cancer who had positive pelvic LNs by preradiation therapy (pre-RT) PET/CT. All patients underwent PET/CT scans immediately after RT (inter-RT PET/CT) after median 63 Gy to the gross LNs. The metabolic response of the LNs was assessed quantitatively and semiquantitatively by measurement of the maximal standardized uptake value (SUV{sub max}). Results: Classifying the metabolic response of all nodal lesions, 37 patients (77%) had LNs with complete metabolic response on the inter-RT PET/CT (LNCMRi), and 11 patients had a non-LNCMRi, including 4 patients with progressive metabolic disease. The overall 3-year survival rates were 83% for the patients with LNCMRi and 73% for the non-LNCMRi group (P=.038). The disease-free survival for patients with LNCMRi were significantly better than that for the non-LNCMRi group (71% vs 18%, respectively, P<.001). The 3-year distant metastasis-free survival rates were 79% for the patients with LNCMRi and 27% for the non-LNCMRi group (P<.001). There were no statistically significant differences in overall survival (76% vs 86%, respectively, P=.954) and disease-free survival rates (58% vs 61%, respectively, P=.818) between the CMR of primary cervical tumor and the non-CMR groups. Conclusions: The results showed a significant correlation between survival outcome and the interim metabolic response of pelvic LNs. CMR of nodal lesion on inter-RT PET/CT had excellent overall survival, disease-free survival and distant metastasis-free survival rates. This suggested that PET/CT immediately after RT can be a useful tool for the evaluation of the interim response of the LNs and identify a subset

  10. Positive lymph node metastasis has a marked impact on the long-term survival of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma with extrahepatic metastasis.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: The prognosis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC patients with extrahepatic metastasis is extremely poor. However, what is the main risk factor for survival remains unclear for these patients. We aimed to find out the relative frequency, incidence and locations of extrahepatic metastases and the risk factors of long-term survival of the patients. METHODS: 132 HCC patients with extrahepatic metastasis diagnosed by 18F-FDG PET/CT and conventional workup were enrolled into this study. The incidence and locations of extrahepatic metastases were summarized, and the related risk factors of overall survival were analyzed. RESULTS: The most frequent extrahepatic metastatic sites were lymph nodes in 72 (54.5%, bone in 33 (25.0% and lung in 28 (21.2% patients. On univariate analysis, prothrombin time, Child-Pugh grade, portal/hepatic vein invasion and lymph node metastasis were independent risk factors of overall survival. On multivariate analysis, lymph node metastasis was the only independent risk factor of overall survival. The cumulative survival rates at 1- and 3-years after diagnosis of extrahepatic metastasis of HCC were 34.4% and 9.3%, respectively. The median survival time was 7 months (range 1 ∼38 months. The median survival time for patients with or without lymph node metastasis were 5 months (range 1∼38 months and 12 months (range 1∼30 months, respectively (P = 0.036. CONCLUSIONS: This study showed lymph nodes to be the most frequent site of extrahepatic metastases for primary HCC. Lymph node metastasis was the main risk factor of overall survival in patients with HCC with extrahepatic metastasis.

  11. Added value of dedicated axillary hybrid 18F-FDG PET/MRI for improved axillary nodal staging in clinically node-positive breast cancer patients: a feasibility study.

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    van Nijnatten, Thiemo J A; Goorts, B; Vöö, S; de Boer, M; Kooreman, L F S; Heuts, E M; Wildberger, J E; Mottaghy, F M; Lobbes, M B I; Smidt, M L

    2017-09-14

    To investigate the feasibility and potential added value of dedicated axillary 18F-FDG hybrid PET/MRI, compared to standard imaging modalities (i.e. ultrasound [US], MRI and PET/CT), for axillary nodal staging in clinically node-positive breast cancer. Twelve patients with clinically node-positive breast cancer underwent axillary US and dedicated axillary hybrid 18F-FDG PET/MRI. Nine of the 12 patients also underwent whole-body PET/CT. Maximum standardized uptake values (SUVmax) were measured for the primary breast tumor and the most FDG-avid axillary lymph node. A positive axillary lymph node on dedicated axillary hybrid PET/MRI was defined as a moderate to very intense FDG-avid lymph node. The diagnostic performance of dedicated axillary hybrid PET/MRI was calculated by comparing quantitative and its qualitative measurements to results of axillary US, MRI and PET/CT. The number of suspicious axillary lymph nodes was subdivided as follows: N0 (0 nodes), N1 (1-3 nodes), N2 (4-9 nodes) and N3 (≥ 10 nodes). According to dedicated axillary hybrid PET/MRI findings, seven patients were diagnosed with N1, four with N2 and one with N3. With regard to mean SUVmax, there was no significant difference in the primary tumor (9.0 [±5.0] vs. 8.6 [±5.7], p = 0.678) or the most FDG-avid axillary lymph node (7.8 [±5.3] vs. 7.7 [±4.3], p = 0.767) between dedicated axillary PET/MRI and PET/CT. Compared to standard imaging modalities, dedicated axillary hybrid PET/MRI resulted in changes in nodal status as follows: 40% compared to US, 75% compared to T2-weighted MRI, 40% compared to contrast-enhanced MRI, and 22% compared to PET/CT. Adding dedicated axillary 18F-FDG hybrid PET/MRI to diagnostic work-up may improve the diagnostic performance of axillary nodal staging in clinically node-positive breast cancer patients.

  12. Selective versus comprehensive neck dissection in the treatment of patients with a pathologically node-positive neck with or without microscopic extracapsular spread in oral squamous cell carcinoma.

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    Feng, Z; Gao, Y; Niu, L X; Peng, X; Guo, C B

    2014-10-01

    The objective of this study was to compare the prognosis and complications between selective neck dissection (SND) and comprehensive neck dissection (CND) for patients with a pathologically node-positive neck in squamous cell carcinoma of the tongue and the floor of the mouth. This was a retrospective cohort study. There was no significant difference between the SND group and the CND group in 3-year neck control rate (86.2% vs. 85.9%, P=0.797) or disease-specific survival (DSS) rate (64.6% vs. 61.9%, P=0.646). Further analyses of the respective 3-year DSS rates in the SND and CND subgroups were as follows: pN1 without extracapsular spread (ECS), 67.7% vs. 72.2%, P=0.851; pN2b without ECS, 64.7% vs. 68.8%, P=0.797; and pN+ with ECS, 57.1% vs. 60.0%, P=0.939. Of note, there were significantly fewer complications in the SND group compared with the CND group (7.3% vs. 20.0%, P=0.032). Multivariate analysis showed that the modality of neck treatment, pN+ status, and microscopic ECS did not serve as independent prognostic factors. SND plus adjuvant radiotherapy is a management strategy of high efficiency and minor morbidity for selected oral cancer patients with a pN+ neck with or without microscopic ECS.

  13. Lymph node density vs. the American Joint Committee on Cancer TNM nodal staging system in node-positive bladder cancer in patients undergoing extended or super-extended pelvic lymphadenectomy.

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    Lee, Donghyun; Yoo, Sangjun; You, Dalsan; Hong, Bumsik; Cho, Yong Mee; Hong, Jun Hyuk; Kim, Choung-Soo; Ahn, Hanjonh; Ro, Jae Y; Jeong, In Gab

    2017-04-01

    We compared the prognostic value of the American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) TNM nodal staging system with that of lymph node (LN) density in patients with LN-positive bladder cancer who received extended or super-extended pelvic lymphadenectomy. Of the 1,018 patients, who underwent radical cystectomy and pelvic lymphadenectomy between February 2005 and August 2014, 110 patients with LN metastases with extended (n = 68) or super-extended (n = 42) pelvic lymphadenectomy were included. All patients were staged using the 2002 (sixth edition) and 2010 (seventh edition) AJCC TNM staging systems. The association of several variables with recurrence-free survival (RFS) and overall survival (OS) was evaluated. The median number of total LNs removed was 29 (6-118) and the median LN density was 12.5% (1.6%-100%). RFS and OS were not significantly different between the 2002 (pN1-pM1) and 2010 (pN1-N3) AJCC TNM nodal staging systems (sixth edition: P = 0.512 and P = 0.519; seventh edition: P = 0.676 and P = 0.671, respectively). The 2-year RFS and OS rates according to the LN density quartiles were 58.5% and 76.9% in Q1, 39.1% and 70.8% in Q2, 28.8% and 50.1% in Q3, and 12.7% and 20.8% in Q4 (P = 0.001 and P = 0.001, respectively). Multivariate analysis adjusted for the 2010 AJCC TNM staging system showed that LN density was associated with a decreased OS (HR = 1.024; 95% CI: 1.010-1.039; P = 0.001). The nodal staging system (2002 or 2010) was not associated with the RFS and OS. LN density shows a better prognostic value than the AJCC TNM nodal staging system in patients with LN-positive bladder cancer receiving extended or super-extended pelvic lymphadenectomy. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  14. Sequential dose-dense 5-fluorouracil, epirubicin and cyclophosphamide followed by docetaxel in patients with early breast cancer with four or more positive lymph nodes.

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    Murialdo, Roberto; Gallo, Maurizio; Boy, Davide; Zoppoli, Gabriele; Tixi, Lucia; Gonella, Roberta; Ballestrero, Alberto; Patrone, Franco

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    The aim of present study was to investigate the feasibility of a densified sequence of FEC75 (5-fluorouracil 600 mg/m2, epirubicin 75 mg/m2, cyclophosphamide 600 mg/m2) and docetaxel 100 mg/m2 (D100) in patients with primary operable high-risk breast cancer. Fifty-one consecutive patients with resectable breast cancer and 4 or more positive axillary lymph nodes were enrolled. After a common regimen of 4 cycles of FEC75 given every 14 days, patients received 4 cycles of D100 every 14 days. Prophylactic granulocyte colony-stimulating factor was administered subcutaneously at 5 mg/kg daily from days 5 to 10 to each patient. The primary endpoint was the proportion of subjects receiving at least 85% of the relative dose intensity (rDI) both in the FEC and docetaxel parts of the regimen. In view of the high percentage of grade 3-4 skin toxicity (32%) observed in the first 25 patients (Group A) during D100 treatment, it was decided to continue the study using a docetaxel dose reduced by 15% (85 mg/m2; D85). This second group of 26 patients was defined as Group B. Of the total 51 patients, 38 (75%) received docetaxel rDI ≥85%, 23/26 patients (88.5%) and 15/25 patients (60.0%) in Group B and Group A, respectively. The observed grade 3-4 hematological and nonhematological toxicities were in line with data from the literature. The only significant difference was the higher percentage of grade 3-4 skin toxicity experienced with D100. This study failed to demonstrate the feasibility of a dose-dense FEC-D regimen with docetaxel 100 mg/m2. Docetaxel 85 mg/m2 seems to allow a higher rDI than docetaxel 100 mg/m2 but this should be confirmed in a larger cohort of patients.

  15. Impact of Postmastectomy Radiation on Locoregional Recurrence in Breast Cancer Patients With 1-3 Positive Lymph Nodes Treated With Modern Systemic Therapy

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    Tendulkar, Rahul D., E-mail: tendulr@ccf.org [Department of Radiation Oncology, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio (United States); Rehman, Sana; Shukla, Monica E.; Reddy, Chandana A. [Department of Radiation Oncology, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio (United States); Moore, Halle; Budd, G. Thomas [Department of Solid Tumor Oncology, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio (United States); Dietz, Jill; Crowe, Joseph P. [Department of General Surgery, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio (United States); Macklis, Roger [Department of Radiation Oncology, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio (United States)

    2012-08-01

    Purpose: Postmastectomy radiation therapy (PMRT) remains controversial for patients with 1-3 positive lymph nodes (LN+). Methods and Materials: We conducted a retrospective review of all 369 breast cancer patients with 1-3 LN+ who underwent mastectomy without neoadjuvant systemic therapy between 2000 and 2007 at Cleveland Clinic. Results: We identified 271 patients with 1-3 LN+ who did not receive PMRT and 98 who did receive PMRT. The median follow-up time was 5.2 years, and the median number of LN dissected was 11. Of those not treated with PMRT, 79% received adjuvant chemotherapy (of whom 70% received a taxane), 79% received hormonal therapy, and 5% had no systemic therapy. Of the Her2/neu amplified tumors, 42% received trastuzumab. The 5-year rate of locoregional recurrence (LRR) was 8.9% without PMRT vs 0% with PMRT (P=.004). For patients who did not receive PMRT, univariate analysis showed 6 risk factors significantly (P<.05) correlated with LRR: estrogen receptor/progesterone receptor negative (hazard ratio [HR] 2.6), lymphovascular invasion (HR 2.4), 2-3 LN+ (HR 2.6), nodal ratio >25% (HR 2.7), extracapsular extension (ECE) (HR 3.7), and Bloom-Richardson grade III (HR 3.1). The 5-year LRR rate was 3.4% (95% confidence interval [CI], 0.1%-6.8%] for patients with 0-1 risk factor vs 14.6% [95% CI, 8.4%-20.9%] for patients with {>=}2 risk factors (P=.0006), respectively. On multivariate analysis, ECE (HR 4.3, P=.0006) and grade III (HR 3.6, P=.004) remained significant risk factors for LRR. The 5-year LRR was 4.1% in patients with neither grade III nor ECE, 8.1% with either grade III or ECE, and 50.4% in patients with both grade III and ECE (P<.0001); the corresponding 5-year distant metastasis-free survival rates were 91.8%, 85.4%, and 59.1% (P=.0004), respectively. Conclusions: PMRT offers excellent control for patients with 1-3 LN+, with no locoregional failures to date. Patients with 1-3 LN+ who have grade III disease and/or ECE should be strongly considered

  16. DBCG-IMN: A Population-Based Cohort Study on the Effect of Internal Mammary Node Irradiation in Early Node-Positive Breast Cancer

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    Thorsen, Lise Bech Jellesmark; Offersen, Birgitte Vrou; Danø, Hella;

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    PURPOSE: It is unknown whether irradiation of the internal mammary lymph nodes improves survival in patients with early-stage breast cancer. A possible survival benefit might be offset by radiation-induced heart disease. We assessed the effect of internal mammary node irradiation (IMNI) in patients...... pronounced in patients at high risk of internal mammary node metastasis. Equal numbers in each group died of ischemic heart disease. CONCLUSION: In this naturally allocated, population-based cohort study, IMNI increased overall survival in patients with early-stage node-positive breast cancer....... with early-stage node-positive breast cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In this nationwide, prospective population-based cohort study, we included patients who underwent operation for unilateral early-stage node-positive breast cancer. Patients with right-sided disease were allocated to IMNI, whereas patients...

  17. Risk estimation of distant metastasis in node-negative, estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer patients using an RT-PCR based prognostic expression signature

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Given the large number of genes purported to be prognostic for breast cancer, it would be optimal if the genes identified are not confounded by the continuously changing systemic therapies. The aim of this study was to discover and validate a breast cancer prognostic expression signature for distant metastasis in untreated, early stage, lymph node-negative (N- estrogen receptor-positive (ER+ patients with extensive follow-up times. Methods 197 genes previously associated with metastasis and ER status were profiled from 142 untreated breast cancer subjects. A "metastasis score" (MS representing fourteen differentially expressed genes was developed and evaluated for its association with distant-metastasis-free survival (DMFS. Categorical risk classification was established from the continuous MS and further evaluated on an independent set of 279 untreated subjects. A third set of 45 subjects was tested to determine the prognostic performance of the MS in tamoxifen-treated women. Results A 14-gene signature was found to be significantly associated (p Conclusion The 14-gene signature is significantly associated with risk of distant metastasis. The signature has a predominance of proliferation genes which have prognostic significance above that of Ki-67 LI and may aid in prioritizing future mechanistic studies and therapeutic interventions.

  18. Reliability of sentinel node procedure for lymph node staging in prostate cancer patients at high risk for lymph node involvement

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    Van den Bergh, Laura; Joniau, Steven; Haustermans, Karin; Deroose, Christophe M.; Isebaert, Sofie; Oyen, Raymond; Mottaghy, Felix M.; Ameye, Filip; Berkers, Joost; Van Poppel, Hendrik; Lerut, Evelyne

    2015-01-01

    PURPOSE Accurate staging modalities to diagnose lymph node involvement in patients with prostate cancer (PCa) are lacking. We wanted to prospectively assess sensitivity, specificity, and positive predictive value (PPV) and negative predictive value of (11)C-choline positron emission tomography (PET)

  19. Prognostic discrimination of subgrouping node-positive endometrioid uterine cancer: location vs nodal extent

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    Kapp, D S; Kiet, T K; Chan, J K

    2011-01-01

    Background: The 2009 International Federation of Gynecologists and Obstetricians elected to substage patients with positive retroperitoneal lymph nodes as IIIC 1 (pelvic lymph node metastasis only) and IIIC 2 (paraaortic node metastasis with or with positive pelvic lymph nodes). We have investigated the discriminatory ability of subgrouping patients with retroperitoneal nodal involvement based on location, number, and ratio of positive nodes. Methods: For 1075 patients with stage IIIC endometrioid corpus cancer abstracted from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results databases for 2003–2007, Kaplan–Meier analyses, Cox proportional hazard models, and other quantitative measures were used to compare the prognostic discrimination for disease-specific survival (DSS) of nodal subgroupings. Results: In univariate analysis, the 3-year DSS were significantly different for subgroupings by location (IIIC 1 vs IIIC 2; 80.5% vs 67.0%, respectively, P=0.001), lymph node ratio (⩽23.2% vs >23.2% 80.8% vs 67.6% P5; 79.5, 75.4, 62.9%, P=0.016). The ratio of positive nodes showed superior discriminatory substaging in Cox models. Conclusion: Subgrouping of stage IIIC patients by the ratio of positive nodes, either as a dichotomized or continuous parameter, shows the strongest ability to discriminate the survival, controlling for other confounding factors. PMID:21915131

  20. A novel truncated form of S100P predicts disease-free survival in patients with lymph node positive breast cancer.

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    Chung, Liping; Phillips, Leo; Lin, Mike Z; Moore, Katrina; Marsh, Deborah J; Boyle, Frances M; Baxter, Robert C

    2015-11-01

    The calcium-binding protein S100P is overexpressed in various cancers and may contribute to the oncogenic phenotype. This study used mass spectrometry to characterize a novel 9.2-kDa C-terminally truncated form of S100P (t-S100P), and to investigate its potential prognostic value in breast cancer. Univariate analysis demonstrated the association between breast tissue t-S100P levels (n = 148) and conventional pathological markers. Across all tumor samples, high t-S100P was strongly prognostic for poor disease-free survival (P = 0.005), its efficacy confined to lymph node-positive tumors (n = 74, P = 0.007). Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization imaging mass spectrometry confirmed differential t-S100P abundance between breast cancer and unaffected adjacent tissue. t-S100P was exclusively located in the cell nucleus of breast cancer tissue, and full-length S100P was essentially undetectable by mass spectrometry. We conclude that t-S100P is the predominant form of S100P in breast cancer tissue and is strongly prognostic for disease-free survival in women with lymph node-positive disease.

  1. Positive lymph-node breast cancer patients – activation of NF-κB in tumor-associated leukocytes stimulates cytokine secretion that promotes metastasis via C-C chemokine receptor CCR7.

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    El-Ghonaimy, Eslam A; El-Shinawi, Mohamed; Ibrahim, Sherif A; El-Ghazaly, Hisham; Abd-El-Tawab, Reda; Nouh, Mohamed A; El-Mamlouk, Tahani; Mohamed, Mona M

    2015-01-01

    Tumor metastasis to lymph nodes is most deadly complication among breast cancer patients. Herein, we investigated the molecular mechanism by which tumor-associated leukocytes (TALs) mediate lymph node metastasis. The density of different leukocyte subtypes infiltrating the tumor microenvironment of negative and positive lymph nodes (nLNs, pLNs) in breast cancer patients was measured using immunohistochemistry. In addition, we isolated TALs from blood drained from the axillary tributaries of nLN and pLN patients during breast surgery. Secretions of TALs were subjected to cytokine profiling using a cytokine antibody array. Our results showed an increase in the number of infiltrated CD45+ cells in the carcinoma tissues of pLN patients with the major proportion being myeloid subsets compared with nLN patients. Furthermore, TALs of pLN patients show a significant fivefold increase in the secretion of interleukin (IL)-1α, interferon-γ, IL-5, IL-3 and tumor necrosis factor-β, and are characterized by enhanced constitutive NF-κB/p65 signaling compared with TALs isolated from nLN patients. Using an invasion assay, cytokines secreted by TALs of pLN patients were shown to augment the invasive phenotype of breast cancer MCF-7 and SKBR3 cells compared with nLN patients. Using flow cytometry, we found that C-C chemokine receptor 7 (CCR7) is significantly overexpressed in breast carcinoma of pLN patients compared with nLNs patients. Intriguingly, CCR7, a mechanistic clue for metastasis, is upregulated in MCF-7 cells upon stimulation with TAL-conditioned media of pLN patients. Our findings show that the molecular cues secreted by TALs alone or in combination with CCR7 may emerge as future therapeutic targets for lymph node metastasis in breast cancer patients.

  2. Is postoperative radiation beneficial in the management of Stage I-II squamous-cell carcinoma of the uterine cervix with negative metastatic nodes and positive parametrial involvement; A retrospective review of 70 patients

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    Takamura, Akio (Asahikawa Kosei Hospital, Hokkaido (Japan)); Mizoe, Jun-etsu; Arimoto, Takuro; Kamada, Tadashi; Shirato, Hiroki; Matsuoka, Yoshisuke; Tomita, Masayoshi; Irie, Goro

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    Seventy patients having squamous-cell carcinoma of the uterine cervix FIGO (Federation Internationale de Gynecologie et d'Obstetrique : International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics) Stage I-II with negative lymph nodes and positive parametrial involvement received postoperative radiotherapy following radical hysterectomy and pelvic lymphadenectomy. In 48 patients with microscopic parametrial involvement had a 5-year survival rate of 75%. The overall recurrence was 13% (9 of 70). The sites of failure were 3 pelvic alone, 5 distant metastases alone, and 1 combined pelvis and para-aortic lymph node. All of those with recurrence were Stage-II cases. The absolute pelvic-control rate was 94.3% (66/70). Fifty-six percent of the patients experienced mild-to-moderate lymphedema. Severe complications requiring surgical intervention were observed in 6 patients (5 bowel obstructions and 1 femoral head fracture). A review of the literature suggests that early carcinoma can be successfully treated by surgery alone. Taking into consideration the risk and benefits involved, postoperative radiotherapy is not recommended for most patients with cervical carcinoma with negative lymph nodes and positive parametrial involvement in the present form, despite excellent local control. However, no definite conclusion can be drawn from this retrospective analysis. (author).

  3. Glutaminase expression is a poor prognostic factor in node-positive triple-negative breast cancer patients with a high level of tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes.

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    Kim, Joo Young; Heo, Sun-Hee; Choi, Seul Ki; Song, In Hye; Park, In Ah; Kim, Young-Ae; Park, Hye Seon; Park, Suk Young; Bang, Won Seon; Gong, Gyungyub; Lee, Hee Jin

    2017-04-01

    Glutamine metabolism is emerging as one aspect of dysregulated metabolism of tumors. Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) cells are glutamine dependent, whereas luminal-type cells tend to be glutamine independent. Therefore, TNBC patients might benefit from therapies targeting glutamine metabolism. To investigate the clinical significance of glutamine metabolism, we examined expression and prognostic significance of glutaminase in tumor cells and tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) in TNBC. We retrieved 658 surgically resected TNBCs and analyzed glutaminase expression in tumor cells and TILs by immunohistochemical staining. Glutaminase expression was observed in 237 cases (36.0%) in tumor cells and 104 cases (15.5%) in TILs. Although glutaminase expression in tumor cells was significantly associated with a low level of TILs (p = 0.018), glutaminase expression in TILs was significantly higher in cases with a high level of TILs (p = 0.031). Glutaminase expression in tumor cells was significantly associated with poor disease-free survival in patients with lymph node metastasis and high levels of TILs (p = 0.020). In addition, it was an independent poor prognostic factor (hazard ratio = 10.643, 95% confidence interval = 1.999-56.668; p = 0.006). Glutaminase expression in tumor cells was observed in a subset of TNBC patients. It was significantly associated with a low level of TILs and poor disease-free survival in TNBCs presenting with lymph node metastasis and high levels of TILs.

  4. Failure in the detection of the sentinel lymph node with a combined technique of radioactive tracer and blue dye in a patient with cancer of the vulva and a single positive lymph node

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    Fons, G; ter Rahe, B; Sloof, G; de Hullu, J; van der Velden, J

    Background. In early stage vulvar cancer, the sentinel lymph node procedure with a radioactive tracer appears to be a promising new diagnostic tool to predict lymph node status. No detection failures have been published so far in vulvar cancer. We recently experienced failure in the detection of the

  5. Mast Cells Density Positive to Tryptase Correlate with Microvascular Density in both Primary Gastric Cancer Tissue and Loco-Regional Lymph Node Metastases from Patients That Have Undergone Radical Surgery.

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    Ammendola, Michele; Sacco, Rosario; Zuccalà, Valeria; Luposella, Maria; Patruno, Rosa; Gadaleta, Pietro; Zizzo, Nicola; Gadaleta, Cosmo Damiano; De Sarro, Giovambattista; Sammarco, Giuseppe; Oltean, Mihai; Ranieri, Girolamo

    2016-11-15

    Mast Cells (MCs) play a role in immune responses and more recently MCs have been involved in tumoral angiogenesis. In particular MCs can release tryptase, a potent in vivo and in vitro pro-angiogenic factor via proteinase-activated receptor-2 (PAR-2) activation and mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) phosphorylation. MCs can release tryptase following c-Kit receptor activation. Nevertheless, no data are available concerning the relationship among MCs Density Positive to Tryptase (MCDPT) and Microvascular Density (MVD) in both primary gastric cancer tissue and loco-regional lymph node metastases. A series of 75 GC patients with stage T2-3N2-3M₀ (by AJCC for Gastric Cancer Seventh Edition) undergone to radical surgery were selected for the study. MCDPT and MVD were evaluated by immunohistochemistry and by image analysis system and results were correlated each to other in primary tumor tissue and in metastatic lymph nodes harvested. Furthermore, tissue parameters were correlated with important clinico-pathological features. A significant correlation between MCDPT and MVD was found in primary gastric cancer tissue and lymph node metastases. Pearson t-test analysis (r ranged from 0.74 to 0.79; p-value ranged from 0.001 to 0.003). These preliminary data suggest that MCDPT play a role in angiogenesis in both primary tumor and in lymph node metastases from GC. We suggest that MCs and tryptase could be further evaluated as novel targets for anti-angiogenic therapies.

  6. The prognostic impact of the log odds of positive lymph nodes in colon cancer.

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    Arslan, N C; Sokmen, S; Canda, A E; Terzi, C; Sarioglu, S

    2014-11-01

    This study aimed to investigate the prognostic impact of the log odds of positive lymph nodes (LODDS) in colon cancer. Four hundred and forty patients with colon cancer were divided into three each groups according to their lymph node ratio (LNR) and LODDS. Survival analysis was performed. The 5-year overall survival (OS) rate was 70.2%. In univariate analysis age, pT and pN stage, tumour grade, lymphatic, venous and perineural invasion, surgical margin clearance, LNR and LODDS were significantly associated with OS. In multivariate analysis age, surgical margins, perineural invasion and LODDS were found to be independent prognostic factors. In subgroup analysis of patients with an inadequate number of examined lymph nodes (NELN) (n = 76) and node-negative patients (n = 210), LODDS retained its prognostic value, whereas the impact of LNR was not statistically significant (P = 0.063). The overall survival rates of node-negative patients in the LODDS groups 0, 1 and 2 were 81%, 74.2% and 50%, respectively (P = 0.020). LNR and LODDS classifications were both significantly associated with survival in Stage III colon cancer, but only LODDS was an independent prognostic factor. Conventional TNM staging for nodes (pN) and LNR status cannot reliably classify node-negative patients into homogeneous groups. LODDS provides more valuable information than LNR independently of the NELN. Colorectal Disease © 2014 The Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland.

  7. Number and Location of Positive Nodes, Postoperative Radiotherapy, and Survival After Esophagectomy With Three-Field Lymph Node Dissection for Thoracic Esophageal Squamous Cell Carcinoma

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    Chen Junqiang [Department of Radiation Oncology, Teaching Hospital of Fujian Medical University, Fujian Provincial Cancer Hospital, Fuzhou (China); Pan Jianji, E-mail: panjianji@126.com [Department of Radiation Oncology, Teaching Hospital of Fujian Medical University, Fujian Provincial Cancer Hospital, Fuzhou (China); Zheng Xiongwei [Department of Pathology, Teaching Hospital of Fujian Medical University, Fujian Provincial Cancer Hospital, Fuzhou (China); Zhu Kunshou [Department of Surgery, Teaching Hospital of Fujian Medical University, Fujian Provincial Cancer Hospital, Fuzhou (China); Li Jiancheng; Chen Mingqiang; Wang Jiezhong [Department of Radiation Oncology, the Teaching Hospital of Fujian Medical University, Fujian Provincial Cancer Hospital, Fuzhou (China); Liao Zhongxing [Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas (United States)

    2012-01-01

    Purpose: To analyze influences of the number and location of positive lymph nodes and postoperative radiotherapy on survival for patients with thoracic esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (TE-SCC) treated with radical esophagectomy with three-field lymphadenectomy. Methods and Materials: A total of 945 patients underwent radical esophagectomy plus three-field lymph node dissection for node-positive TE-SCC at Fujian Provincial Tumor Hospital between January 1993 and March 2007. Five hundred ninety patients received surgery only (S group), and 355 patients received surgery, followed 3 to 4 weeks later by postoperative radiotherapy (S+R group) to a median total dose of 50 Gy in 25 fractions. We assessed potential associations among patient-, tumor-, and treatment-related factors and overall survival. Results: Five-year overall survival rates were 32.8% for the entire group, 29.6% for the S group, and 38.0% for the S+R group (p = 0.001 for S vs. S+R). Treatment with postoperative radiotherapy was particularly beneficial for patients with {>=}3 positive nodes and for those with metastasis in the upper (supraclavicular and upper mediastinal) region or both the upper and lower (mediastinal and abdominal) regions (p < 0.05). Postoperative radiotherapy was also associated with lower recurrence rates in the supraclavicular and upper and middle mediastinal regions (p < 0.05). Sex, primary tumor length, number of positive nodes, pathological T category, and postoperative radiotherapy were all independent predictors of survival. Conclusions: Postoperative radiotherapy was associated with better survival for patients with node-positive TE-SCC, particularly those with three or more positive nodes and positive nodes in the supraclavicular and superior mediastinal regions.

  8. Number and location of positive nodes, postoperative radiotherapy, and survival after esophagectomy with three-field lymph node dissection for thoracic esophageal squamous cell carcinoma.

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    Chen, Junqiang; Pan, Jianji; Zheng, Xiongwei; Zhu, Kunshou; Li, Jiancheng; Chen, Mingqiang; Wang, Jiezhong; Liao, Zhongxing

    2012-01-01

    To analyze influences of the number and location of positive lymph nodes and postoperative radiotherapy on survival for patients with thoracic esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (TE-SCC) treated with radical esophagectomy with three-field lymphadenectomy. A total of 945 patients underwent radical esophagectomy plus three-field lymph node dissection for node-positive TE-SCC at Fujian Provincial Tumor Hospital between January 1993 and March 2007. Five hundred ninety patients received surgery only (S group), and 355 patients received surgery, followed 3 to 4 weeks later by postoperative radiotherapy (S+R group) to a median total dose of 50 Gy in 25 fractions. We assessed potential associations among patient-, tumor-, and treatment-related factors and overall survival. Five-year overall survival rates were 32.8% for the entire group, 29.6% for the S group, and 38.0% for the S+R group (p = 0.001 for S vs. S+R). Treatment with postoperative radiotherapy was particularly beneficial for patients with ≥3 positive nodes and for those with metastasis in the upper (supraclavicular and upper mediastinal) region or both the upper and lower (mediastinal and abdominal) regions (p supraclavicular and upper and middle mediastinal regions (p nodes, pathological T category, and postoperative radiotherapy were all independent predictors of survival. Postoperative radiotherapy was associated with better survival for patients with node-positive TE-SCC, particularly those with three or more positive nodes and positive nodes in the supraclavicular and superior mediastinal regions. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  9. Immune cell profile of sentinel lymph nodes in patients with malignant melanoma – FOXP3+ cell density in cases with positive sentinel node status is associated with unfavorable clinical outcome

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    Mohos, Anita; Sebestyén, Tímea; Liszkay, Gabriella; Plótár, Vanda; Horváth, Szabolcs; Gaudi, István; Ladányi, Andrea

    2013-01-01

    Background Besides being a preferential site of early metastasis, the sentinel lymph node (SLN) is also a privileged site of T-cell priming, and may thus be an appropriate target for investigating cell types involved in antitumor immune reactions. Methods In this retrospective study we determined the prevalence of OX40+ activated T lymphocytes, FOXP3+ (forkhead box P3) regulatory T cells, DC-LAMP+ (dendritic cell-lysosomal associated membrane protein) mature dendritic cells (DCs) and CD123+ p...

  10. Abnormal position of lymph nodes in a freemartin sheep

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    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Angela M Gonella-Diaza, Luz Zoraya Duarte, Sergio Dominguez, Pedro A SalazarClínica de Grandes Animales, Facultad de Medicina Veterinaria y de Zootecnia, Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia, Bucaramanga, Santander, ColombiaAbstract: In this freemartin case report the authors present the clinical and morphological findings of a freemartin ewe with an abnormal position of two lymph nodes. Freemartins, infertile females from mixed-sex twin pregnancies, are chimeras, having two cell populations: one of their own (XX DNA and one from their male twin (XY DNA. Freemartins can have varying degrees of phenotypic masculinization, including, in some cases, having active male gonads and exhibiting male behaviors such as heat detection and aggressiveness. During the clinical examination of the freemartin ewe, a morphological abnormality of the vulva, the presence of scrotal sacs, and a lack of mammary tissue development were noted. On inspection of the vaginal channel, an extremely enlarged clitoris, resembling a penis, was found. The clinical evidence suggested freemartinism. After the karyotyping diagnosis confirmation, a necropsy was performed and samples were taken for histology and immunohistochemistry. There were two structures found in the scrotal sacs; however, these were found to be lymph nodes, not testicles, and this was confirmed by CD3 lymph protein coloration. On histological study, the phallic structure showed corpus cavernosum and tunica albuginea. The testicles were found retained inside the abdominal cavity, with the presence of atrophic seminiferous tubules. Although the position of the testicles in freemartins has been reported as highly variable, this is the first time, to the best of the authors' knowledge, that a case has been reported where lymph nodes have been found inside the scrotal sacs. It is possible that these were the inguinal lymph nodes, trapped inside the scrotum during fetal growth and development.Keywords: freemartinism

  11. Three-dimensional treatment planning for postoperative radiotherapy in patients with node-positive cervical cancer. Comparison between a conventional and a conformal technique

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    Olofsen-van Acht, M.J.J.; Quint, S.; Seven, M.; Berg, H.A. van den; Levendag, P.C. [University Hospital Rotterdam (Netherlands). Dept. of Radiation Oncology; Santvoort, J.P.C. van [University Hospital Rotterdam (Netherlands). Subdivision of Clinical Physics; Logmans, A. [University Hospital Rotterdam (Netherlands). Dept. of Gynecologic Oncology

    1999-09-01

    Purpose: Reduction of irradiated small bowel volume, using a conformal three-dimensional treatment planning technique in postoperative radiotherapy of cervical cancer patients. Patients and Methods: Large gynecological treatment fields including the para-aortic nodes were analyzed in 15 patients. A conventional treatment plan with anterior and posterior (AP-PA) parallel opposed fields and a 3D 4-field conformal radiotherapy plan with a central blocking of small bowel were compared for each patient. Dose-volume histograms and dose parameters were established. Because of the tolerance constraints of the small bowel, the cumulative dose applied to the target was 48.6 Gy. Results: The mean Tumor Control Probability (TCP) values for both the conventional and the conformal technique were 0.60 and 0.61, respectively, with ranges of 0.56 to 0.67 and 0.57 to 0.66, respectively. The mean volume receiving 95% or more of the prescribed dose (V95) of the small bowel was 47.6% (32.5 to 66.3%) in the AP-PA technique and 14.9% (7.0 to 22.5%) in the conformal technique (p<0.001), indicating a significant reduction in irradiated volume of small bowel in the higher dose range. The mean Normal Tissue Complication Probability (NTCP) decreased from 0.11 to 0.03 with the conformal plan. In patients who received a pedicled omentoplasty during surgery, the mean V95 for small bowel could be reduced to 8.5% (7.0 to 9.9%). The mean median dose to the kidneys was only slightly elevated in the conformal treatment. Especially the mean dose to the right kidney in conventional vs conformal treatment was 3.3 vs 7.9 Gy. The mean near-minimum dose (D95) to the rectosigmoid decreased from 48.4 to 30.1 Gy in the conformal plan compared to the conventional plan. Conclusion: The small bowel dose can be significantly reduced with 3D treatment planning, particularly if a predicled omentoplasty is performed. This allows dose escalation to the tumor region without unacceptable toxicity for the small bowel

  12. Volume-Based Parameters of {sup 18}F-Fluorodeoxyglucose Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography Improve Disease Recurrence Prediction in Postmastectomy Breast Cancer Patients With 1 to 3 Positive Axillary Lymph Nodes

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    Nakajima, Naomi, E-mail: haruhi0321@gmail.com [Department of Radiation Oncology, National Hospital Organization Shikoku Cancer Center, Ehime (Japan); Department of Radiology, Ehime University, Ehime (Japan); Kataoka, Masaaki [Department of Radiation Oncology, National Hospital Organization Shikoku Cancer Center, Ehime (Japan); Sugawara, Yoshifumi [Department of Diagnostic Radiology, National Hospital Organization Shikoku Cancer Center, Ehime (Japan); Ochi, Takashi [Department of Radiology, Ehime University, Ehime (Japan); Kiyoto, Sachiko; Ohsumi, Shozo [Department of Breast Oncology, National Hospital Organization Shikoku Cancer Center, Ehime (Japan); Mochizuki, Teruhito [Department of Radiology, Ehime University, Ehime (Japan)

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    Purpose: To determine whether volume-based parameters on pretreatment {sup 18}F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography in breast cancer patients treated with mastectomy without adjuvant radiation therapy are predictive of recurrence. Methods and Materials: We retrospectively analyzed 93 patients with 1 to 3 positive axillary nodes after surgery, who were studied with {sup 18}F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography for initial staging. We evaluated the relationship between positron emission tomography parameters, including the maximum standardized uptake value, metabolic tumor volume (MTV), and total lesion glycolysis (TLG), and clinical outcomes. Results: The median follow-up duration was 45 months. Recurrence was observed in 11 patients. Metabolic tumor volume and TLG were significantly related to tumor size, number of involved nodes, nodal ratio, nuclear grade, estrogen receptor (ER) status, and triple negativity (TN) (all P values were <.05). In receiver operating characteristic curve analysis, MTV and TLG showed better predictive performance than tumor size, ER status, or TN (area under the curve: 0.85, 0.86, 0.79, 0.74, and 0.74, respectively). On multivariate analysis, MTV was an independent prognostic factor of locoregional recurrence-free survival (hazard ratio 34.42, 95% confidence interval 3.94-882.71, P=.0008) and disease-free survival (DFS) (hazard ratio 13.92, 95% confidence interval 2.65-103.78, P=.0018). The 3-year DFS rate was 93.8% for the lower MTV group (<53.1; n=85) and 25.0% for the higher MTV group (≥53.1; n=8; P<.0001, log–rank test). The 3-year DFS rate for patients with both ER-positive status and MTV <53.1 was 98.2%; and for those with ER-negative status and MTV ≥53.1 it was 25.0% (P<.0001). Conclusions: Volume-based parameters improve recurrence prediction in postmastectomy breast cancer patients with 1 to 3 positive nodes. The addition of MTV to ER status or TN has

  13. Toxicity and outcome of pelvic IMRT for node-positive prostate cancer

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    Mueller, A.C.; Luetjens, J.; Eckert, F.; Bamberg, M. [Tuebingen Univ. (Germany). Dept. of Radiooncology; Alber, M. [Tuebingen Univ. (Germany). Dept. of Medical Physics; Schilling, D. [Tuebingen Univ. (Germany). Dept. of Urology; Belka, C.; Gaswindt, U. [Ludwig Maximilians Univ. Muenchen (Germany). Dept. of Radiation Oncology

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    Background and purpose: This study reports on the treatment techniques, toxicity, and outcome of pelvic intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) for lymph node-positive prostate cancer (LNPPC, T1-4, c/pN1 cM0). Patients and methods: Pelvic IMRT to 45-50.4 Gy was applied in 39 cases either after previous surgery of involved lymph nodes (n = 18) or with a radiation boost to suspicious nodes (n = 21) with doses of 60-70 Gy, usually combined with androgen deprivation (n = 37). The prostate and seminal vesicles received 70-74 Gy. In cases of previous prostatectomy, prostatic fossa and remnants of seminal vesicles were given 66-70 Gy. Treatment-related acute and late toxicity was graded according to the RTOG criteria. Results: Acute radiation-related toxicity higher than grade 2 occurred in 2 patients (with the need for urinary catheter/subileus related to adhesions after surgery). Late toxicity was mild (grade 1-2) after a median follow-up of 70 months. Over 50% of the patients reported no late morbidity (grade 0). PSA control and cancer-specific survival reached 67% and 97% at over 5 years. Conclusion: Pelvic IMRT after the removal of affected nodes or with a radiation boost to clinically positive nodes led to an acceptable late toxicity (no grade 3/4 events), thus justifying further evaluation of this approach in a larger cohort. (orig.)

  14. Adjuvant treatment of breast cancer patients with 1-3 positive lymph nodes: vinorelbine plus epirubicin; vinorelbine plus epirubicin sequential followed up by paclitaxel; epirubicin plus cyclophosphamide; epirubicin plus cyclophosphamide sequential followed up by paclitaxel. A phase II study.

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    Elling, D; Eggemann, H; Kümmel, S; Breitbach, P; Kohls, A; Morack, G; Schlosser, H; Krocker, J

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    The efficacy of anthracyclin-containing adjuvant chemotherapy of node-positive breast cancer can be further improved by adding sequential paclitaxel (T). There is also clinical evidence that replacing cyclophosphamide (C) with vinorelbin (V) might further reduce toxicity. In order to assess the safety of these options, we initiated a clinical cohort study of epirubicin/cyclophoshamide and epirubicin/vinorelbine with or without sequential paclitaxel. Patients with node-positive (1-3) breast cancer were assigned to open-label epirubicin/vinorelbine (EV), epirubicin/vino-relbine and sequential paclitaxel (EV/T), epirubicin/cyclophosphamide (EC) or epirubicin/cyclophosphamide plus sequential paclitaxel (EC/T) therapy. Fifty four outpatients received a total of 304 chemotherapy cycles. There were significant differences in grade III/IV anemia only between the EV/T and EC/T groups, in favor of the EC/T group (P=0.002). The safety of paclitaxel is not impaired when given sequentially after administration of the two anthracyclin-containing regimens. The exchange of cyclophosphamide against vinorelbine leads to deteriorating safety of the EC/T regimen.

  15. Loco-regional conformal radiotherapy of the breast: delineation of the regional lymph node clinical target volumes in treatment position.

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    Dijkema, I.M.; Hofman, P.; Raaijmakers, C.P.; Lagendijk, J.J.; Battermann, J.J.; Hillen, B.

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    BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: As the location of the regional lymph nodes (LNs) of the breast varies largely between patients and may be dependant on the position of the arm, adequate localization of these nodes is mandatory in order to fully take advantage of optimized conformal radiotherapy. For this

  16. Simultaneous irradiation of the breast and regional lymph nodes in prone position using helical tomotherapy

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    Kainz, K; White, J; Chen, G-P; Hermand, J; England, M; Li, X A

    2012-01-01

    Objective We investigated dosimetric advantages of using helical tomotherapy to simultaneously irradiate the breast and regional lymph nodes for patients positioned prone, and compared tomotherapy plan qualities for the prone position with those previously published for the supine position. Methods Tomotherapy plans for 11 patients (5 left breast, 6 right) simulated with the involved breast suspended downward were generated. Each target (ipsilateral breast and supraclavicular, axillary and internal mammary chain nodes) was to receive 45 Gy. Results For targets, V40.5≥99.9% and V42.8≥99.5% for all patients, where V40.5 and V42.8 denote the relative target volume receiving at least 40.5 and 42.8 Gy, respectively. The targets' maximum dose was, on average, approximately 49.5 Gy. The mean doses to the contralateral lung and heart were lower for right-breast cases (2.8 Gy lung, 2.7 Gy heart) than for left-breast cases (3.8 Gy lung, 8.7 Gy heart). Mean organ doses to the ipsilateral lung (9.3 Gy) and contralateral breast (2.3 Gy) from the prone breast tomotherapy plans were similar to those reported for conventional radiotherapy techniques. For the left breast with regional nodes, tomotherapy plans for prone-positioned patients yielded lower mean doses to the contralateral breast and heart than previously reported data for tomotherapy plans for supine-positioned patients. Conclusion Helical tomotherapy with prone breast positioning can simultaneously cover the breast and regional nodes with acceptable uniformity and can provide reduced mean dose to proximal organs at risk compared with tomotherapy with supine position. The similarity of plan quality to existing data for conventional breast radiotherapy indicates that this planning approach is appropriate, and that the risk of secondary tumour formation should not be significantly greater. PMID:22457317

  17. [Effect of 21-gene recurrence score on chemotherapy decisions for patients with estrogen receptor-positive, epidermal growth factor receptor 2-negative and lymph node-negative early stage-breast cancer].

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    Mao, Y; Chen, X S; Liang, Y; Wu, J Y; Huang, O; Zong, Y; Fang, Q; He, J R; Zhu, L; Chen, W G; Li, Y F; Lin, L; Fei, X C; Shen, K W

    2017-07-23

    Objective: To investigate the effect of 21-gene recurrence score on adjuvant chemotherapy decisions for patients with estrogen receptor (ER)-positive, epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER-2)-negative and lymph node (LN)-negative early stage-breast cancer. Methods: One hundred and forty-eight patients with ER+ , HER-2- and LN- early stage breast cancer were recruited in the Ruijin hospital, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine. The 21-gene recurrence score (RS)assay was performed and systemic therapeutic decisions were made before and after knowing the RS results under multidisciplinary discussion. The effects of RS assay and the other influential factors on adjuvant chemotherapy decision were further analyzed. Results: After knowing the RS results, treatment decisions were changed in 26 out of 148 patients(17.6%). Among them, 9 out of 26 patients were not recommended for chemotherapy; 16 of 26 had treatment recommendation changed to chemotherapy, and chemotherapy regimen was changed in the last one patient. Multivariate analysis showed that RS, age and histological grade were independent factors of decision-making for adjuvant chemotherapy. Conclusion: Our results suggest that 21-gene recurrence score significantly influences decision making for adjuvant chemotherapy in patients with ER+ , HER-2- and LN- early stage breast cancer.

  18. Acoustic Sensor Network for Relative Positioning of Nodes

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    José Manuel Villadangos

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available In this work, an acoustic sensor network for a relative localization system is analyzed by reporting the accuracy achieved in the position estimation. The proposed system has been designed for those applications where objects are not restricted to a particular environment and thus one cannot depend on any external infrastructure to compute their positions. The objects are capable of computing spatial relations among themselves using only acoustic emissions as a ranging mechanism. The object positions are computed by a multidimensional scaling (MDS technique and, afterwards, a least-square algorithm, based on the Levenberg-Marquardt algorithm (LMA, is applied to refine results. Regarding the position estimation, all the parameters involved in the computation of the temporary relations with the proposed ranging mechanism have been considered. The obtained results show that a fine-grained localization can be achieved considering a Gaussian distribution error in the proposed ranging mechanism. Furthermore, since acoustic sensors require a line-of-sight to properly work, the system has been tested by modeling the lost of this line-of-sight as a non-Gaussian error. A suitable position estimation has been achieved even if it is considered a bias of up to 25 of the line-of-sight measurements among a set of nodes.

  19. CT evaluation of cardiophrenic angle lymph nodes in patients with malignant lymphoma

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    Cho, C.S.; Blank, N.; Castellino, R.A.

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    Two hundred seventy-four computed tomographic (CT) scans of the thorax were obtained in 209 patients with malignant lymphoma (153 Hodgkin disease and 56 non-Hodgkin lymphoma). Fourteen patients (6.6%) were shown to have adenopathy involving the cardiophrenic angle lymph nodes on CT. Of these, only three were considered positive on the basis of chest radiography alone. The anatomy of these diaphragmatic lymph nodes and CT appearance of these nodes when pathologically enlarged are discussed.

  20. Lymph node dissection in patients with malignant melanoma is associated with high risk of morbidity

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    Ul-Mulk, Jamshaid; Hölmich, Lisbet Rosenkrantz

    2012-01-01

    Malignant melanoma is one of the most rapidly increasing cancer types globally, and it is by far the most serious skin cancer. Patients with a melanoma ≥ 1 mm in Breslow thickness are offered sentinel node (SN) biopsy and subsequent radical lymph node dissection if the biopsy is positive. The obj......Malignant melanoma is one of the most rapidly increasing cancer types globally, and it is by far the most serious skin cancer. Patients with a melanoma ≥ 1 mm in Breslow thickness are offered sentinel node (SN) biopsy and subsequent radical lymph node dissection if the biopsy is positive...

  1. LYMPHATIC MAPPING AND SENTINEL LYMPH NODE BIOPSY IN THE PATIENTS WITH BREAST CANCER

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    2000-01-01

    Objective: To identify the feasibility of the lymphatic mapping and sentinel node biopsy (SNB) in patients with breast cancer and to examine whether the characteristics of the sentinel lymph node (SLN) accurately predict the status of axillary node. Methods: 33 patients with breast cancer intraoperatively and postoperatively underwent a lymphatic mapping and the SNB using Patent Blue. Results: The SLNs were found in 30 of 33 patients (90.9%), the SLN accurately predicted the status of the axillary in 29 (96.7%). In one case the SLN was negative, but other axillary nodes were tumor positive. Conclusion: This study confirmed that the procedure of lymphatic mapping and SNB in the patients with breast cancer is feasibility, and that the histological characteristics of the SLN accurately predict the status of the axillary node. We believe that this technique might replace axillary lymph node dissection for breast cancer patients with negative axillae in the future.

  2. Sentinel node biopsy for melanoma: a study of 241 patients

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    Chakera, Annette Hougaard; Drzewiecki, Krzysztof Tadeusz; Jakobsen, Annika Loft

    2004-01-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the sentinel node biopsy (SNB) technique for melanoma using both radiocolloid and blue dye in 241 clinically N0 patients with melanomas >1.0 mm, or thinner lesions exhibiting regression/ulceration. We showed that an increase in injected radioactivity increased...... both the number of visualized nodes at lymphoscintigraphy and the number of SNs removed surgically. At least one SN was removed in 98% (236) of patients, and all nodes were identified with the probe. Seventy-four per cent of the 194 patients injected with blue dye had stained SNs. In 46% (144......) of the lymph node basins, there was a discrepancy between the nodes visualized at lymphoscintigraphy and the nodes removed at surgery. There were 38 unusually located nodes. Only eight of these were removed surgically; none contained metastases. SN metastases were detected in 22% (53) of patients. There were...

  3. The molecular subtype classification is a determinant of sentinel node positivity in early breast carcinoma.

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    Fabien Reyal

    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: Several authors have underscored a strong relation between the molecular subtypes and the axillary status of breast cancer patients. The aim of our work was to decipher the interaction between this classification and the probability of a positive sentinel node biopsy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Our dataset consisted of a total number of 2654 early-stage breast cancer patients. Patients treated at first by conservative breast surgery plus sentinel node biopsies were selected. A multivariate logistic regression model was trained and validated. Interaction covariate between ER and HER2 markers was a forced input of this model. The performance of the multivariate model in the training and the two validation sets was analyzed in terms of discrimination and calibration. Probability of axillary metastasis was detailed for each molecular subtype. RESULTS: The interaction covariate between ER and HER2 status was a stronger predictor (p = 0.0031 of positive sentinel node biopsy than the ER status by itself (p = 0.016. A multivariate model to determine the probability of sentinel node positivity was defined with the following variables; tumour size, lympho-vascular invasion, molecular subtypes and age at diagnosis. This model showed similar results in terms of discrimination (AUC = 0.72/0.73/0.72 and calibration (HL p = 0.28/0.05/0.11 in the training and validation sets. The interaction between molecular subtypes, tumour size and sentinel nodes status was approximated. DISCUSSION: We showed that biologically-driven analyses are able to build new models with higher performance in terms of breast cancer axillary status prediction. The molecular subtype classification strongly interacts with the axillary and distant metastasis process.

  4. The influence of total nodes examined, number of positive nodes, and lymph node ratio on survival after surgical resection and adjuvant chemoradiation for pancreatic cancer: A secondary analysis of RTOG 9704

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    Showalter, Timothy N.; Winter, Kathryn A.; Berger, Adam C.; Regine, William F.; Abrams, Ross A.; Safran, Howard; Hoffman, John P.; Benson, Al B.; MacDonald, John S.; Willett, Christopher G.

    2010-01-01

    Purpose Lymph node status is an important predictor of survival in pancreatic cancer. We performed a secondary analysis of RTOG 9704, an adjuvant chemotherapy and chemoradiation trial, to determine the influence of lymph node factors-number of positive nodes (NPN), total nodes examined (TNE), and lymph node ratio (LNR-ratio of NPN to TNE)-on OS and disease-free survival (DFS). Patient and Methods Eligible patients from RTOG 9704 form the basis of this secondary analysis of lymph node parameters. Actuarial estimates for OS and DFS were calculated using Kaplan-Meier methods. Cox proportional hazards models were performed to evaluate associations of NPN, TNE, and LNR with OS and DFS. Multivariate Cox proportional hazards models were also performed. Results There were 538 patients enrolled in the RTOG 9704 trial. Of these, 445 patients were eligible with lymph nodes removed. Overall median NPN was 1 (min-max, 0-18). Increased NPN was associated with worse OS (HR=1.06, p=0.001) and DFS (HR=1.05, p=0.01). In multivariate analyses, both NPN and TNE were associated with OS and DFS. TNE > 12, and >15, were associated with increased OS for all patients, but not for node-negative patients (n =142). Increased LNR was associated with worse OS (HR=1.01, p<0.0001) and DFS (HR=1.006, p=0.002). Conclusion In patients who undergo surgical resection followed by adjuvant chemoradiation, TNE, NPN, and LNR are associated with OS and DFS. This secondary analysis of a prospective, cooperative group trial supports the influence of these lymph node parameters on outcomes after surgery and adjuvant therapy using contemporary techniques. PMID:20934270

  5. The Influence of Total Nodes Examined, Number of Positive Nodes, and Lymph Node Ratio on Survival After Surgical Resection and Adjuvant Chemoradiation for Pancreatic Cancer: A Secondary Analysis of RTOG 9704

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    Showalter, Timothy N. [Department of Radiation Oncology, Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA (United States); Winter, Kathryn A. [Radiation Therapy Oncology Group, RTOG Statistical Center, Philadelphia, PA (United States); Berger, Adam C., E-mail: adam.berger@jefferson.edu [Department of Surgery, Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA (United States); Regine, William F. [Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, MD (United States); Abrams, Ross A. [Department of Radiation Oncology, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL (United States); Safran, Howard [Department of Medicine, Miriam Hospital, Brown University Oncology Group, Providence, RI (United States); Hoffman, John P. [Department of Surgical Oncology, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA (United States); Benson, Al B. [Division of Hematology-Oncology, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL (United States); MacDonald, John S. [St. Vincent' s Cancer Care Center, New York, NY (United States); Willett, Christopher G. [Department of Radiation Oncology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC (United States)

    2011-12-01

    Purpose: Lymph node status is an important predictor of survival in pancreatic cancer. We performed a secondary analysis of Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) 9704, an adjuvant chemotherapy and chemoradiation trial, to determine the influence of lymph node factors-number of positive nodes (NPN), total nodes examined (TNE), and lymph node ratio (LNR ratio of NPN to TNE)-on OS and disease-free survival (DFS). Patient and Methods: Eligible patients from RTOG 9704 form the basis of this secondary analysis of lymph node parameters. Actuarial estimates for OS and DFS were calculated using Kaplan-Meier methods. Cox proportional hazards models were performed to evaluate associations of NPN, TNE, and LNR with OS and DFS. Multivariate Cox proportional hazards models were also performed. Results: There were 538 patients enrolled in the RTOG 9704 trial. Of these, 445 patients were eligible with lymph nodes removed. Overall median NPN was 1 (min-max, 0-18). Increased NPN was associated with worse OS (HR = 1.06, p = 0.001) and DFS (HR = 1.05, p = 0.01). In multivariate analyses, both NPN and TNE were associated with OS and DFS. TNE > 12, and >15 were associated with increased OS for all patients, but not for node-negative patients (n = 142). Increased LNR was associated with worse OS (HR = 1.01, p < 0.0001) and DFS (HR = 1.006, p = 0.002). Conclusion: In patients who undergo surgical resection followed by adjuvant chemoradiation, TNE, NPN, and LNR are associated with OS and DFS. This secondary analysis of a prospective, cooperative group trial supports the influence of these lymph node parameters on outcomes after surgery and adjuvant therapy using contemporary techniques.

  6. Tumor micrometastases in mesorectal lymph nodes and their clinical significance in patients with rectal caner

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    Yang-Chun Zheng; Yu-Ying Tang; Zong-Guang Zhou; Li Li; Tian-Cai Wang; Yi-Ling Deng; Dai-Yun Chen; Wei-Ping Liu

    2004-01-01

    AIM: To investigate the number, size, and status of lymph nodes within the mesorectum and to explore the prognostic significance of lymph node micrometastases in patients with rectal cancer.METHODS: Thirty-one patients with rectal cancer undergone total mesorectal excision between October 2001 and October 2002 were included. Mesorectal nodes retrieved from the resected specimens were detected with a combination of haematoxylin and eosin (HE) staining and immunohistochemistry (IHC). The relations between lymph node metastases,micrometastases and postoperative recurrence were analyzed.RESULTS: A total of 548 lymph nodes were harvested,with 17.7±8.2 nodes per case. The average number of metastatic nodes in HE-positive patients and micrometastatic nodes in IHC-positive patients was 5.2±5.1 per case and2.2±1.3 per case, respectively. The mean size of all nodes and metastatic nodes was 4.1±1.8 mm and 5.2±1.7 mm in diameter, respectively. The mean size of micrometastatic nodes was 3.9±1.4 mm in diameter. The size of the majority of mesorectal nodes (66.8%), metastatic nodes (52.6%), and micrometastatic nodes (79.5%) was less than 5 mm in diameter.During a median follow-up period of 24.6±4.7 mo, 5 patients(16.7%) had recurrence, of them 2 died and 3 survived.Another case died of tumor unrelated cause and was excluded.All 5 recurrent cases had 3 or more nodes involved, and one of them developed only lymph node micrometastases. The mean number of both metastatic and micrometastatic nodes per case differed significantly between the recurrent and non-recurrent groups (P<0.01 and P= 0.01, respectively).CONCLUSION: The majority of lymph nodes, metastatic,and micrometastatic lymph nodes within the mesorectum are smaller than 5 mm in diameter. The nodal status and the number of lymph nodes involved with tumor metastases and micrometastases are related to the rapid postoperative recurrence.

  7. Analysis on Node Position of Imperfect Resonators for Cylindrical Shell Gyroscopes

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    Wang, Zidan; Wu, Yulie; Xi, Xiang; Zhang, Yongmeng; Wu, Xuezhong

    2016-01-01

    For cylindrical shell gyroscopes, node position of their operating eigenmodes has an important influence on the gyroscopes’ performance. It is considered that the nodes are equally separated from each other by 90° when the resonator vibrates in the standing wave eigenmode. However, we found that, due to manufacturing errors and trimming, the nodes may not be equally distributed. This paper mainly analyzes the influences of unbalanced masses on the cylindrical resonators’ node position, by using FEM simulation and experimental measurement. PMID:27483284

  8. Feasibility and accuracy of sentinel lymph node biopsy in clinically node-positive breast cancer after neoadjuvant chemotherapy: a meta-analysis.

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    Jian-Fei Fu

    Full Text Available Sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB has replaced conventional axillary lymph node dissection (ALND in axillary node-negative breast cancer patients. However, the use of SLNB remains controversial in patients after neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC. The aim of this review is to evaluate the feasibility and accuracy of SLNB after NAC in clinically node-positive patients. Systematic searches were performed in the PubMed, Embase, and Cochrane Library databases from 1993 to December 2013 for studies on node-positive breast cancer patients who underwent SLNB after NAC followed by ALND. Of 436 identified studies, 15 were included in this review, with a total of 2,471 patients. The pooled identification rate (IR of SLNB was 89% [95% confidence interval (CI 85-93%], and the false negative rate (FNR of SLNB was 14% (95% CI 10-17%. The heterogeneity of FNR was analyzed by meta-regression, and the results revealed that immunohistochemistry (IHC staining may represent an independent factor (P = 0.04. FNR was lower in the IHC combined with hematoxylin and eosin (H&E staining subgroup than in the H&E staining alone subgroup, with values of 8.7% versus 16.0%, respectively (P = 0.001. Thus, SLNB was feasible after NAC in node-positive breast cancer patients. In addition, the IR of SLNB was respectable, although the FNR of SLNB was poor and requires further improvement. These findings indicate that IHC may improve the accuracy of SLNB.

  9. Are there other axillary lymph node metastasis than positive sentinel lymph nodes containing micrometnstmes and isolated tumor cells in patients with breast csncer%乳腺癌患者腋窝前哨淋巴结微转移及孤立癌细胞的评价

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    周雷; 宋新; 鲁瑶; 刘治滨; 李启东; 王文跃; 王正康; 贾振庚; 高島茂树

    2008-01-01

    目的 评价连续切片及免疫组化技术在乳腺癌前哨淋巴结(SLN)转移诊断中的价值,探讨微转移和孤立癌细胞的临床意义.方法 对80例腋窝淋巴结阴性的乳腺癌患者,用99mTc-SC和异硫蓝联合法进行前哨淋巴结活检(SLNB),对所有SLN和非SLN进行常规HE染色及免疫组织化学分析.结果 78例(97.5%)成功检出SLN,其中76.5%的SLN同位素和染料检查均为阳性.32例(41%)SLN转移阳性,其中13例(40.6%)为微转移.共有14例(43.8%)患者SLN是惟一阳性的淋巴结.SLN预测腋窝状态的敏感性、特异性和准确性分别为96.9%,100%和98.7%.SLN转移的患者,其SLN之外的转移率明显高于仅有微转移的患者(78.9%vs.23.1%).结论 连续切片及免疫组化技术是乳腺癌SLN转移诊断的敏感方法.仅有SLN微转移患者的SLN之外的腋窝淋巴结转移率低,但其预后意义及对手术方案的影响尚待进一步研究.%Objective The purpose of this study was to assess the value of serial sectioning and immunohistoehemistry(IHC)for the diagnosis of senfinel lymph node(SLNs)metastases in patients with breast cancer,and to evaluate the significance of mierometastases and isolated tunlor cells(ITCs)in the SLNs. Methods Eighty pailents with clinically node-negative breast cancer underwent SLN biopsy with both99mTc-labeled sulfur colloid and iBosulfan blue dye for SLN identification.All SLNS and non-SLNs were evalnated with standard H&E stain and IHC analysis. Results SLNs were successfully identified in 78 of 80 patients(97.5%),the isotope/blue dye concordanee rate was 76.5%for all SLNs.Thirty two patients (41%)had histologically positive SLNs,and 13(40.6%)of these patients hod SLNS with micrometastatic disease.In 14(43.8%)of these patients,the SLNs were the only nodes involved.The sensitivity,specificity and accuracy of SLN biopsy in predicting axillary node stams were 96.9%,100%and 98.7%,reslaeetively.Patients with positive SLNs metastasis had a markedly

  10. Lymph node dissection in patients with malignant melanoma is associated with high risk of morbidity

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    Ul-Mulk, Jamshaid; Hölmich, Lisbet Rosenkrantz

    2012-01-01

    Malignant melanoma is one of the most rapidly increasing cancer types globally, and it is by far the most serious skin cancer. Patients with a melanoma ≥ 1 mm in Breslow thickness are offered sentinel node (SN) biopsy and subsequent radical lymph node dissection if the biopsy is positive...

  11. Lymph node dissection in patients with malignant melanoma is associated with high risk of morbidity

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    Ul-Mulk, Jamshaid; Hölmich, Lisbet Rosenkrantz

    2012-01-01

    Malignant melanoma is one of the most rapidly increasing cancer types globally, and it is by far the most serious skin cancer. Patients with a melanoma ≥ 1 mm in Breslow thickness are offered sentinel node (SN) biopsy and subsequent radical lymph node dissection if the biopsy is positive. The obj...

  12. Effect of obesity on disease-free and overall survival in node-positive breast cancer patients in a large French population: a pooled analysis of two randomised trials.

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    Ladoire, Sylvain; Dalban, Cecile; Roché, Henri; Spielmann, Marc; Fumoleau, Pierre; Levy, Christelle; Martin, Anne Laure; Ecarnot, Fiona; Bonnetain, Frank; Ghiringhelli, François

    2014-02-01

    To examine the association between baseline body mass index (BMI), and disease-free survival (DFS) and overall survival (OS) in a large French early-stage breast cancer population included in the UNICANCER Programme d'Action Concerté Sein-01 (PACS01) and PACS04 phase III randomised trials. After a median follow-up of 5.9years, this report analyses 4996 patients with node-positive breast cancer, and randomly assigned to adjuvant anthracycline-based chemotherapy combined or not with taxanes. Univariate analyses were used to study the effects of well known prognostic factors and BMI on DFS and OS. BMI was obtained at baseline, before chemotherapy initiation, and obesity was defined as a BMI⩾30kg/m(2). Cox proportional hazards regression models were secondly used to assess the influence of BMI after adjusting for other factors. Exhaustive analysis of the dose intensity delivered was also studied for comparison between obese and non-obese patients. Obese patients initially present with more advanced disease at diagnosis compared to non-obese patients. By univariate analysis, obesity was moderately associated with poorer DFS (hazard ratio (HR)=1.18 [1.01-1.39] P=0.04), but mostly with poorer OS (HR=1.38 [1.13-1.69] P=0.002). Delivered dose intensity of anthracyclines and taxanes was not significantly different between obese and non-obese patients. After adjustment for disease characteristics, BMI had no influence either on DFS or OS. This report suggests that in a French population, obesity has no impact on breast cancer prognosis when modern adjuvant chemotherapy, at the appropriate dose intensity, is delivered. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  13. Supraclavicular Lymph Node Excision Biopsy in Patients with Suspected Supraclavicular Lymph Node Metastasis of Lung Cancer: Experience in a Tertiary Hospital

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    Lee, Dong Hoon; Yoon, Tae Mi; Lim, Sang Chul

    2017-01-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the usefulness and accuracy of supraclavicular lymph node excision biopsy in the diagnosis of suspected supraclavicular lymph node metastasis of lung cancer. A retrospective review was performed to evaluate patients with suspected supraclavicular lymph node metastasis of lung cancer who underwent supraclavicular lymph node excision biopsy from January 2011 to July 2014. Forty-six patients with suspected supraclavicular lymph node metastasis of lung cancer underwent supraclavicular lymph node excision biopsy, which diagnosed benign diseases in 6 patients and malignant diseases in 40 patients. Supraclavicular lymph node excision biopsy was usually performed on patients during their first clinical visit under local anesthesia. For diagnosing suspected lung cancer, supraclavicular lymph node excision biopsy had a diagnostic sensitivity of 100%, specificity of 97.6%, positive-predictive value of 83.3%, negative-predictive value of 100%, and accuracy of 97.8%. No major complication resulted from surgical intervention. Supraclavicular lymph node excision biopsy is a useful and accurate adjunct for the evaluation of suspected supraclavicular lymph node metastasis of lung cancer in a tertiary hospital. PMID:28184341

  14. DETECTION OF OCCULT LYMPH NODE TUMOR CELLS IN NODE-NEGATIVE GASTRIC CANCER PATIENTS.

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    Pereira, Marina Alessandra; Ramos, Marcus Fernando Kodama Pertille; Dias, Andre Roncon; Yagi, Osmar Kenji; Faraj, Sheila Friedrich; Zilberstein, Bruno; Cecconello, Ivan; Mello, Evandro Sobroza de; Ribeiro-Jr, Ulysses

    2017-01-01

    The presence of lymph nodes metastasis is one of the most important prognostic indicators in gastric cancer. The micrometastases have been studied as prognostic factor in gastric cancer, which are related to decrease overall survival and increased risk of recurrence. However, their identification is limited by conventional methodology, since they can be overlooked after routine staining. To investigate the presence of occult tumor cells using cytokeratin (CK) AE1/AE3 immunostaining in gastric cancer patients histologically lymph node negative (pN0) by H&E. Forty patients (T1-T4N0) submitted to a potentially curative gastrectomy with D2 lymphadenectomy were evaluated. The results for metastases, micrometastases and isolated tumor cells were also associated to clinicopathological characteristics and their impact on stage grouping. Tumor deposits within lymph nodes were defined according to the tumor-node-metastases guidelines (7th TNM). A total of 1439 lymph nodes were obtained (~36 per patient). Tumor cells were detected by immunohistochemistry in 24 lymph nodes from 12 patients (30%). Neoplasic cells were detected as a single or cluster tumor cells. Tumor (p=0.002), venous (p=0.016), lymphatic (p=0.006) and perineural invasions (p=0.04), as well as peritumoral lymphocytic response (p=0.012) were correlated to CK-positive immunostaining tumor cells in originally negative lymph nodes by H&E. The histologic stage of two patients was upstaged from stage IB to stage IIA. Four of the 28 CK-negative patients (14.3%) and three among 12 CK-positive patients (25%) had disease recurrence (p=0.65). The CK-immunostaining is an effective method for detecting occult tumor cells in lymph nodes and may be recommended to precisely determine tumor stage. It may be useful as supplement to H&E routine to provide better pathological staging. A presença de metástase em linfonodos é um dos indicadores prognósticos mais importantes no câncer gástrico. As micrometástases têm sido

  15. Lymph node ratio improves TNM and Astler-Coller's assessment of colorectal cancer prognosis: an analysis of 761 node positive cases.

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    Costi, Renato; Beggi, Filippo; Reggiani, Valeria; Riccò, Matteo; Crafa, Pellegrino; Bersanelli, Melissa; Tartamella, Francesco; Violi, Vincenzo; Roncoroni, Luigi; Sarli, Leopoldo

    2014-10-01

    Prognosis assessment of node-positive colorectal cancer patients by Astler-Coller (AC) and TNM classifications is suboptimal. Recently, several versions of lymph node ratio (LNR; ratio metastatic/examined nodes) have been proposed but are still mostly unused. The prognostic value of several criteria, including LNR (two classes-LNR1 and LNR2-identified by a 15% cut-off) was studied in 761 consecutive patients, from 2000 through 2010. The relationships between total examined nodes, N, T and LNR were also analysed. LNR1 and LNR2 patients' survival was analysed within AC and TNM subgroups, and then coupled with them. Age, tumour location and LNR are independent factors predicting survival. The relationships between LNR, N stage and T stage with examined nodes suggest confusing factors. LNR allows for identification of subgroups with different survival within AC and TNM classifications (p TNM stage IIIC define a poor 5-year prognosis (33%). LNR is a powerful prognosis predictor, easily integrated with TNM and AC classifications to improve prognosis assessment and facilitate clinical use. Possible confusing factors should be considered in future studies.

  16. Status of the non-sentinel lymph node metastasis in breast cancer patients with small number of positive sentinel lymph node%乳腺癌低负荷前哨淋巴结阳性对非前哨淋巴结转移的预测分析

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    王文彦; 王昕; 王杰; 高纪东; 宣立学

    2016-01-01

    目的:探讨前哨淋巴结(sentinel lymph node,SLN)阳性≤2个乳腺癌非前哨淋巴结(non-sen-tinel lymph node,NSLN)状态及其影响因素。方法回顾性分析88例SLN阳性≤2个的乳腺癌病例资料,分析NSLN状态相关影响因素。结果88例病例资料纳入分析,8例NSLN出现转移(9.09%),方差分析显示肿瘤分期(P=0.046)、组织学分级(P=0.014)、ER状态(P=0.009)在NSLN阳性和阴性2组中分布存在差异, Logistic 多因素分析显示组织学分级是 NSLN 状态的独立影响因素(P=0.016,OR=1.150,95% CI=0.598~7.740)。SLN微转移18例(20.45%),宏转移70例(79.54%),SLN假阴性率10.23%。中位随访时间11个月,无复发、转移、死亡病例。结论低负荷SLN阳性的乳腺癌患者,NSLN转移率较低,NSLN转移受肿瘤分期、组织学分级、ER表达情况等因素影响。%Objective To explore the risk factors and metastasis of non-sentinel lymph node (NSLN) in breast cancer patients with sentinel lymph node metastasis≤2. Methods 88 cases of breast cancer with sentinel lymph node metastasis≤2 were retrospectively analyzed. Factors influencing the status of NSLN were studied. Results 8 cases (9.09%) had NSLN metastasis. Variance analysis showed that tumor stage(P=0.014), histolog-ical grade(P=0.014) and ER statuts(P=0.009) were correlated with NSLN metastasis. Logistic analysis showed that only histological grade was the independent predictor for NSLN metastasis (P=0.016,OR=1.150,95%CI=0.598~7.740).18 cases had micro-metastasis of sentinel lymph node and 70 cases had macro-metastasis of sentinel lymph node. The ratio of false negative SLN was 10.23%. The mean follow-up time was 11 months. There was no case of recurrence, metastasis or death. Conclusions The metastasis rate of NSLN is relatively low in breast cancer patients with small number of positive SLNs. NSLN metastasis is related to tumor stage, histological grade, and ER

  17. The effect of trastuzumab-based chemotherapy in small node-negative HER2-positive breast cancer

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    van Ramshorst, Mette S.; van der Heiden-van der Loo, Margriet; Dackus, Gwen M H E; Linn, Sabine C.; Sonke, Gabe S.

    The prognosis of patients with stage II–III Human Epidermal growth factor Receptor 2 (HER2)-positive breast cancer has significantly improved since the addition of trastuzumab to (neo-)adjuvant chemotherapy. Several reports have shown that small (≤2 cm), node-negative, HER2-positive tumors have a

  18. [The Role of Supraclavicular lymph node dissection in Breast Cancer Patients with Synchronous Ipsilateral Supraclavicular Lymph Node Metastasis].

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    Zhang, W; Qi, X M; Chen, A X; Zhang, P; Cao, X C; Xiao, C H

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    recurrence-free survival rates of human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-positive patients were 61.2% and 48.0%(P=0.634), respectively, and the 5-year overall survival rates were 37.2% and 65.4%(P=0.032). Forty-seven patients suffered distant metastases and the 5-year metastases free survival rates were 37.3% and 38.5% in supraclavicular lymph node dissection group and control group, respectively. Conclusion: Supraclavicular lymph node dissection maybe an effective approach to improve the loco-regional control for the patients with ISLM, especially for ER negative and PR negative subtypes, but it might has adverseeffects for the patients with negative HER2 status.

  19. Risk model in stage IB1-IIB cervical cancer with positive node after radical hysterectomy

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    Full Text Available Zhilan Chen,1,2,* Kecheng Huang,1,* Zhiyong Lu,1,3 Song Deng,1,4 Jiaqiang Xiong,1 Jia Huang,1 Xiong Li,5 Fangxu Tang,1 Zhihao Wang,6 Haiying Sun,1 Lin Wang,1 Shasha Zhou,1 Xiaoli Wang,1 Yao Jia,1 Ting Hu,1 Juan Gui,7 Dongyi Wan,1 Ding Ma,1 Shuang Li,1 Shixuan Wang11Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Tongji Hospital, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Techonology, Wuhan, 2Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Wuhan General Hospital of Guangzhou Military Command, Wuhan, 3Hubei Key Laboratory of Embryonic Stem Cell Research, Tai-He Hospital, Hubei University of Medicine, Shiyan, Hubei, 4Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University Hospital of Hubei University for Nationalities, Enshi, Hubei, 5Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Wuhan Central Hospital, Wuhan, 6Department of Pathology and Pathophysiology, Key Laboratory of Ministry of Education of China for Neurological Disorders, Huazhong University of Science and Techonology, Wuhan, 7Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Renmin Hospital, Wuhan University, Wuhan, People’s Republic of China*These authors contributed equally to this workAbstract: The purpose of this study was to identify risk factors in patients with surgically treated node-positive IB1-IIB cervical cancer and to establish a risk model for disease-free survival (DFS and overall survival (OS. A total of 170 patients who underwent radical hysterectomy and bilateral pelvic lymphadenectomy as primary treatment for node-positive International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics (FIGO stage IB1-IIB cervical cancer from January 2002 to December 2008 were retrospectively analyzed. Five published risk models were evaluated in this population. The variables, including common iliac lymph node metastasis and parametrial invasion, were independent predictors of outcome in a multivariate analysis using a Cox regression model. Three distinct prognostic groups (low, intermediate, and high risk

  20. Clinical outcomes after sentinel lymph node biopsy in clinically node-negative breast cancer patients

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    Han, Hee Ji; Keun Ki Chang; Suh, Chang Ok; Kim, Yong Bae [Dept.of Radiation Oncology, Yonsei Cancer Center, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Ju Ree [Dept.of Radiation Oncology, Cheil General Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Nam, Hee Rim [Dept.of Radiation Oncology, Kangbuk Samsung Hospital, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-09-15

    To evaluate non-sentinel lymph node (LN) status after sentinel lymph node biopsy (SNB) in patients with breast cancer and to identify the predictive factors for disease failure. From January 2006 to December 2007, axillary lymph node (ALN) dissection after SNB was performed for patients with primary invasive breast cancer who had no clinical evidence of LN metastasis. A total of 320 patients were treated with breast-conserving surgery and radiotherapy. The median age of patients was 48 years, and the median follow-up time was 72.8 months. Close resection margin (RM) was observed in 13 patients. The median number of dissected SNB was two, and that of total retrieved ALNs was 11. Sentinel node accuracy was 94.7%, and the overall false negative rate (FNR) was 5.3%. Eleven patients experienced treatment failure. Local recurrence, regional LN recurrence, and distant metastasis were identified in 0.9%, 1.9%, and 2.8% of these patients, respectively. Sentinel LN status were not associated with locoregional recurrence (p > 0.05). Close RM was the only significant factor for disease-free survival (DFS) in univariate and multivariate analysis. The 5-year overall survival, DFS, and locoregional DFS were 100%, 96.8%, and 98.1%, respectively. In this study, SNB was performed with high accuracy and low FNR and high locoregional control was achieved.

  1. LYMPHOCYTIC THYROIDITIS IS ASSOCIATED WITH INCREASED NUMBER OF BENIGN CERVICAL NODES AND FEWER CENTRAL NECK COMPARTMENT METASTATIC LYMPH NODES IN PATIENTS WITH DIFFERENTIATED THYROID CANCER.

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    Donangelo, Ines; Walts, Ann E; Bresee, Catherine; Braunstein, Glenn D

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    Whether or not autoimmune thyroid disease influences the progression of differentiated thyroid cancer (DTC) remains controversial. Findings of previous studies are influenced by lead time bias and/or procedure bias selection. These biases can be reduced by studying a single-institution patient population that underwent a similar extent of surgical resection. From a cohort of 660 patients with DTC who underwent thyroidectomy, we retrospectively studied 357 patients who underwent total thyroidectomy and central compartment node dissection (CCND) for DTC between 2003 and 2013. Forty-one percent (140/345) of study patients had lymphocytic thyroiditis (LT), and 30% (91/301) had serum positive for thyroglobulin antibody (TgAb). LT was reported in 78% of the TgAb-positive cases. Sixty percent (213/357) of cases had metastatic thyroid carcinoma in 1 or more neck lymph nodes (55% [198/357] central compartment, and 22% [77/356] lateral compartment). Patients with LT had fewer metastatic cervical lymph nodes than those with no LT (2.7 ± 4.7 vs 3.5 ± 4.8, respectively, P = .0285). Patients with positive TgAb and thyroiditis had a larger number of benign cervical lymph nodes removed than those with negative TgAb or no LT. No significant difference was observed in age, tumor size, multifocality, extrathyroidal extension, vascular invasion, or frequency of cervical lymph node metastasis between TgAb-negative and -positive cases or between cases with and without LT. Lymphocytic thyroiditis is associated with fewer central neck compartment metastatic lymph nodes and a larger number of excised reactive benign cervical lymph nodes. Whether this association indicates a protective role of thyroid autoimmunity in lymph node spreading remains unclear. CCND = central compartment node dissection DTC = differentiated thyroid cancer HT = Hashimoto thyroiditis LT = lymphocytic thyroiditis TgAb = thyroglobulin antibody TPO = thyroid peroxidase.

  2. The important risk factor for lateral pelvic lymph node metastasis of lower rectal cancer is node-positive status on magnetic resonance imaging: study of the Lymph Node Committee of Japanese Society for Cancer of the Colon and Rectum.

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    Ogawa, Shimpei; Hida, Jin-Ichi; Ike, Hideyuki; Kinugasa, Tetsushi; Ota, Mitsuyoshi; Shinto, Eiji; Itabashi, Michio; Okamoto, Takahiro; Sugihara, Kenichi

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    This study seeks to evaluate lateral pelvic lymph node (LPLN) and perirectal lymph node (PRLN) status on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as potential risk factors for lymph node metastasis. The subjects were 394 patients with lower rectal cancer who underwent MRI prior to mesorectal excision (combined with lateral pelvic lymph node dissection in 272 patients) at 6 institutes. No patients received neoadjuvant therapy. Cases were classified as cN(+) and cN(-) based on the short axis of the largest lymph node ≥5 and right LPLN metastasis included histopathological grade (G3 + G4), pPRLN(+), M1, cLPLN(+) [odds ratio (OR) 10.73, 95 % confidence interval (CI) 4.59-27.1], and those for left LPLN metastasis were age (right and left cLPLN status of 0.7484 (95 % CI 0.6672-0.8153) and 0.7904 (95 % CI 0.7088-0.8538), respectively, were significantly higher than those for other risk factors. In contrast, the ORs for cPRLN(+) and cPRLN status of 2.46 (95 % CI 1.47-4.18) and 0.6396 (95 % CI 0.5917-0.6848) were not much higher than for other factors. An LPLN-positive status with a short axis ≥5 mm on MRI is an important predictor of LPLN metastasis, but PRLN status is not a strong predictor of PRLN metastasis.

  3. Learning Collocations: Do the Number of Collocates, Position of the Node Word, and Synonymy Affect Learning?

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    Webb, Stuart; Kagimoto, Eve

    2011-01-01

    This study investigated the effects of three factors (the number of collocates per node word, the position of the node word, synonymy) on learning collocations. Japanese students studying English as a foreign language learned five sets of 12 target collocations. Each collocation was presented in a single glossed sentence. The number of collocates…

  4. Pattern of Colon Cancer Lymph Node Metastases in Patients Undergoing Central Mesocolic Lymph Node Excision

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    Bertelsen, Claus A; Kirkegaard-Klitbo, Anders; Nielsen, Mingyuan

    2016-01-01

    not considered appropriate. The risk of central mesocolic lymph node metastases for right-sided cancers varies between 1% and 22%. In sigmoid cancer, the risk is reported in ≤12% of the patients and is associated with advanced T stage. LIMITATIONS: The retrospective design and heterogeneity, in terms...... of definitions of lymph node location, tumor sites, stage, morphology, pathology assessment, and inclusion criteria (selection bias), of the included studies were limitations. Also, anatomic definitions were not uniform. CONCLUSIONS: The present literature cannot give a theoretical explanation of a better...... oncological outcome after extended lymph node dissection. Consensus for a standardization of anatomical definitions and surgical and pathological assessments is warranted for future mapping studies....

  5. Predictors to assess non-sentinel lymph node status in breast cancer patients with only one sentinel lymph node metastasis

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    YANG Ben; YANG Li; ZUO Wen-shu; GE Wen-kai; ZHENG Gang; ZHENG Mei-zhu; YU Zhi-yong

    2013-01-01

    Background The purpose of this study was to investigate the feasibility of avoiding axillary lymph node dissection (ALND) for patients with only one sentinel lymph node (SLN) metastasis.The characteristics and predictive factors for non-sentinel lymph node (NSLN) metastasis of patients with single positive SLN were also analyzed.Methods Patients with no and only one SLN metastasis (0/n and 1/n group,n ≥2) were selected from 1228 cases of invasive breast carcinoma,who underwent axillary dissection in Shandong Cancer Hospital between November 1999 and December 2011,to compare the characteristics of NSLN metastasis between them.For the 1/n group,the factors that influenced the NSLN metastasis were analyzed by univariate and multivariate analysis.Results Differences of the NSLN metastasis between the 0/n and the 1/n groups were significant (P <0.001).There was no significant difference between the axillary lymph node metastasis on level Ⅲ in 1/n group and 0/n group (P=0.570).When the total SLN number was ≥4 and with one positive case,the NSLN metastasis was not significantly different from that in the 0/n group (P=0.118).In the 1/n group,clinical tumor size (P =0.012),over-expression of Her-2 (P=0.003),tumor grade (P=-0.018) and the total number of SLN (P=-0.047) significantly correlated with non-SLN metastasis.Clinical tumor size (P=-0.015) and the expression of Her-2 (P=0.01) were independent predictive factors for non-SLN metastasis by the Logistic regression model.Conclusion Under certain conditions,breast cancer patients with single SLN metastasis could avoid ALND.

  6. Impact of the obesity on lymph node status in operable breast cancer patients.

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    Keskin, O; Aksoy, S; Babacan, T; Sarici, F; Kertmen, N; Solak, M; Turkoz, F P; Arik, Z; Esin, E; Petekkaya, I; Altundag, K

    2013-01-01

    Although many studies have shown association of obesity and tumor size, the association with the lymph node status is not clear. We examined the relationship of the lymph node status and obesity and other possible factors in early breast cancer patients. In this retrospective cohort study, 1295 breast cancer patients who had axillary dissection were included. Patients were grouped according to their body mass index (BMI) values at the time of diagnosis. We analyzed the relationship between BMI and patient and tumor characteristics, especially lymph node status. The median patient age was 48 years (range 20- 84). Of the patients 69.6% had modified radical mastectomy and the remaining 30.4% had breast-conserving surgery and axillary dissection. Median BMI of the patients was 27.2 kg/m(2) and 33.1% (N-429) of them had normal BMI, 36% (N-471) were overweight and 30.5% (N=395) were obese at the time of the diagnosis. Of the patients, 44.2% had N0 disease, and 55.8% had lymph node metastasis. N1 disease had 28.3% (N=367), 13.8% (N=179) had N2 and 13.7% (N=177) had N3 disease. When patients were classified as normal (≤24.9 kg/m(2)) and obese (>24.9 kg/m(2)) group, the total number of lymph nodes removed was higher in the obese group and this difference was statistically significant (18.12±10.48 and 20.36±11.37, respectively, p= 0.001). There was strong correlation between the number of the dissected lymph nodes and BMI (r=0.11; pobese patients but there was no correlation between metastatic lymph node number and BMI. The number of the dissected and involved lymph nodes was higher in the HER2 positive group.

  7. Risk factors associated with recurrence of surgically resected node-positive non-small cell lung cancer.

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    Ohtaki, Yoichi; Shimizu, Kimihiro; Kaira, Kyoichi; Nagashima, Toshiteru; Obayashi, Kai; Nakazawa, Seshiru; Kakegawa, Seiichi; Igai, Hitoshi; Kamiyoshihara, Mitsuhiro; Nishiyama, Masahiko; Takeyoshi, Izumi

    2016-10-01

    The aim of this study was to identify risk factors for recurrence in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients with lymph node metastases after surgical resection. We reviewed 66 consecutive patients with surgically resected NSCLC who had pathologically proven positive lymph nodes (pN1 or pN2). All patients underwent a preoperative 2-[(18)F]-fluoro-2-deoxy-D-glucose positron emission tomography (FDG-PET) evaluation. We analyzed the recurrence-free survival (RFS) and recurrence-free proportion (RFP) according to the clinicopathological factors. A total of 27 patients were pathologically N1 and 39 were N2. The 5-year overall survival rate and the RFS rate were 47.2 and 27.7 %, respectively. The cut-off values for the SUVmax of the tumor and the lymph node ratio (LNR) were determined to be 6.5 and 0.12, respectively, using a receiver operating characteristics curve analysis. Both univariate and multivariate analyses revealed three significant independent factors for RFS: namely, the SUVmax of the tumor, the LNR, and the use of adjuvant chemotherapy. Only the SUVmax was an independent significant predictor of the RFP. Both the SUVmax and the LNR can serve as prognostic factors for patients with pN + NSCLC. Our study suggests that the LNR could be a stronger prognostic factor than the N classification of the TNM system and the SUVmax may predict recurrence in node-positive NSCLC patients.

  8. Post-mastectomy radiotherapy for one to three axillary node positive early breast cancer: To radiate or not to radiate?

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    Sayan Paul

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Post-mastectomy radiotherapy (PMRT in early breast cancer has long been a matter of debate among oncologists. The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO and the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ASTRO recommend the use of PMRT for patients, whose primary tumor is larger than 5 cm and/or patients who have four or more involved axillary lymph nodes (ALNs. Recently, few trials have been published showing the positive impact of PMRT on overall survival (OS even in patients having 1-3 positive ALNs with T1-T2 primary disease or early breast cancer (EBC. So, it has become a matter of controversy whether to radiate or not to radiate? We have made an extensive search in the internet in Pubmed and other sites of medical publication mentioning our topic of discussion and reviewed the relevant articles. We nearly got 3,220 articles. After reviewing the available publications in the internet, we blended the elixir with our experience and tried to find an answer of our question. In conclusion, PMRT significantly and substantially improved loco-regional control and overall survival in patients with 1-3 positive nodes as in patients with 4 or more positive nodes, and nearly the same number of patients is needed to treat to avoid a loco-regional recurrence and/or death in both groups. We should reconsider the current guidelines for the indication for PMRT.

  9. An Adaptive Connectivity-based Centroid Algorithm for Node Positioning in Wireless Sensor Networks

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    Full Text Available In wireless sensor network applications, the position of nodes is randomly distributed following the contour of the observation area. A simple solution without any measurement tools is provided by range-free method. However, this method yields the coarse estimating position of the nodes. In this paper, we propose Adaptive Connectivity-based (ACC algorithm. This algorithm is a combination of Centroid as range-free based algorithm, and hop-based connectivity algorithm. Nodes have a possibility to estimate their own position based on the connectivity level between them and their reference nodes. Each node divides its communication range into several regions where each of them has a certain weight depends on the received signal strength. The weighted value is used to obtain the estimated position of nodes. Simulation result shows that the proposed algorithm has up to 3 meter error of estimated position on 100x100 square meter observation area, and up to 3 hop counts for 80 meters' communication range. The proposed algorithm performs an average error positioning up to 10 meters better than Weighted Centroid algorithm. Keywords: adaptive, connectivity, centroid, range-free.

  10. [Interest of preoperative lymphoscintigraphy on sentinel lymph node identification in patients with breast cancer].

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    Tulpin, L; Morel, O; Akerman, G; Malartic, C; Desfeux, P; Barranger, E

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    Sentinel lymph node biopsy is nowadays an accepted method of staging breast cancer patients. In case of an injection of radioactive colloid, preoperative lymphoscintigraphy is recommended to establish a lymphatic mapping and to predict the number of sentinel lymph nodes identified during surgery. Preoperative lymphoscintigraphy does not decrease the false-negative rate. However, positive preoperative lymphoscintigraphy significantly improves the identification rate of intraoperative sentinel nodes comparing with negative preoperative lymphoscintigraphy. Detecting extra-axillary sentinel lymph nodes, because of its minimal therapeutic consequences, does not appear to be an indication for preoperative lymphoscintigraphy. Given logistics and cost required, preoperative lymphoscintigraphy should be only performed for patients with a high risk of intraoperative failed localization. In case of negative preoperative lymphoscintigraphy, sentinel lymph node biopsy must be tried because sentinel nodes are still identified in the majority of these patients. Another possibility, with important cost and logistic, should consist in performing a later lymphoscintigraphy on the day after radioactive injection to ameliorate sentinel lymph nodes identification.

  11. Sentinel Lymph Node Detection Using Laser-Assisted Indocyanine Green Dye Lymphangiography in Patients with Melanoma

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    Full Text Available Introduction. Sentinel lymph node (SLN biopsy is a vital component of staging and management of multiple cancers. The current gold standard utilizes technetium 99 (tech99 and a blue dye to detect regional nodes. While the success rate is typically over 90%, these two methods can be inconclusive or inconvenient for both patient and surgeon. We evaluated a new technique using laser-assisted ICG dye lymphangiography to identify SLN. Methods. In this retrospective analysis, we identified patients with melanoma who were candidates for SLN biopsy. In addition to tech99 and methylene blue, patients received a dermal injection of indocyanine green (ICG. The infrared signal was detected with the SPY machine (Novadaq, and nodes positive by any method were excised. Results. A total of 15 patients were evaluated, with 40 SLNs removed. Four patients were found to have nodal metastases on final pathology. 100% of these 4 nodes were identified by ICG, while only 75% (3/4 were positive for tech99 and/or methylene blue. Furthermore, none of the nodes missed by ICG (4/40 had malignant cells. Conclusion. ICG dye lymphangiography is a reasonable alternative for locating SLNs in patients with melanoma. Prospective studies are needed to better ascertain the full functionality of this technique.

  12. Prognostic impact of dissected lymph node count on patients with node-negative gastric cancer

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    Chang-Ming Huang; Jian-Xian Lin; Chao-Hui Zheng; Ping Li; Jian-Wei Xie; Bi-Juan Lin; Hui-Shan Lu

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    AIM: To investigate the long-term effect of the number of resected lymph nodes (LNs) on the prognosis of patients with node-negative gastric cancer. METHODS: Clinical data of 211 patients with gastric cancer, without nodal involvement, were analyzed retrospectively after D2 radical operation. We analyzed the relationship between the number of resected LNs with the 5-year survival, the recurrence rate and the post-operative complication rate.RESULTS: The 5-year survival of the entire cohort was 82.2%. The total number of dissected LNs was one of the independent prognostic factors. Among patients with comparable depth of invasion, the larger the number of resected LNs, the better the survival ( P 0.05).CONCLUSION: For node-negative gastric cancer,sufficient number of dissected LNs is recommended during D2 lymphadenectomy, to improve the long-term survival and reduce the recurrence. Suitable increments of the dissected LN count would not increase the postoperative complication rate.

  13. Obesity as an independent risk factor for decreased survival in node-positive high-risk breast cancer.

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    Scholz, Christoph; Andergassen, U; Hepp, P; Schindlbeck, C; Friedl, Thomas W P; Harbeck, N; Kiechle, M; Sommer, H; Hauner, H; Friese, K; Rack, B; Janni, W

    2015-06-01

    Obese breast cancer patients have a higher risk of lymph node metastasis and a poorer prognosis compared to patients with normal weight. For obese women with node-positive breast cancer, an association between body weight and prognosis remains unclear. In this retrospective study, we analyzed patient data from the Phase-III ADEBAR trial, in which high-risk breast cancer patients (pT1-4, pN2-3, pM0) were randomized into a docetaxel-based versus epirubicin-based chemotherapy regimen. Patients were grouped according to their BMI value as underweight/normal weight (BMI obese (BMI ≥ 30 kg/m(2); n = 285). Overweight and obese patients were older, had larger tumors and were more likely to be postmenopausal at the time of diagnosis compared to underweight/normal-weight patients (all p obese patients had a significantly shorter disease-free survival (DFS; HR 1.43; 95 % CI 1.11-1.86; p = 0.006) and overall survival (OS; HR 1.56; 95 % CI 1.14-2.14; p = 0.006) than non-obese patients. Subgroup analyses revealed that the differences in DFS and OS were significant for postmenopausal but not for premenopausal patients, and that the survival benefit of non-obese patients was more pronounced in women with hormone-receptor-positive disease. Obesity constitutes an independent, adverse prognostic factor in high-risk node-positive breast cancer patients, in particular for postmenopausal women and women with hormone-receptor-positive disease.

  14. Unusual False-Positive Mesenteric Lymph Nodes Detected by PET/CT in a Metastatic Survey of Lung Cancer

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    Full Text Available Positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT is a credible diagnostic modality for detecting primary and metastatic malignancy. PET/CT sometimes shows false positives and negatives, which make clinical diagnosis difficult. A 42-year-old man who had undergone right upper lobectomy for lung cancer 1 year previously had PET/CT for a metastatic survey of the lung. The lung cancer was stage IB (pT2N0M0 bronchioloalveolar carcinoma. PET/CT showed massive 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG uptake in the mesenteric lymph nodes. Because the mesentery is an unusual site of metastasis, the patient was under watchful observation. Another PET/CT after 6 months still showed FDG uptake in the same location, with a slightly increased standard uptake value. A systemic survey was performed, but it did not reveal any malignancies or inflammatory diseases. Eventually, the patient underwent probing laparoscopic surgery. For complete resection of the lymph nodes, laparoscopic ileocecal resection was performed. Histologically, the resected lymph nodes showed reactive lymphadenitis. Glucose transporter 1 immunostainings of the lung cancer and the lymph node were positive and partially positive, respectively. Although PET/CT is a powerful diagnostic modality, clinical interpretation of unusual results is difficult.

  15. Anatomic distribution of supraclavicular lymph node in patients with esophageal cancer

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    Xing, Jun; Luo, Yijun; Wang, Xiaoli; Gao, Min; Sun, Mingping; Ding, Xiuping; Fan, Tingyong; Yu, Jinming

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    ...), especially for lower cervical lymph nodes. This study aimed to map the location of metastatic supraclavicular lymph nodes in thoracic esophageal carcinoma patients with supraclavicular node involvement and generate an atlas to delineate...

  16. Which is the most suitable classification for colorectal cancer, log odds, the number or the ratio of positive lymph nodes?

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    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: The aim of the current study was to investigate which is the most suitable classification for colorectal cancer, log odds of positive lymph nodes (LODDS classification or the classifications based on the number of positive lymph nodes (pN and positive lymph node ratio(LNR in a Chinese single institutional population. DESIGN: Clinicopathologic and prognostic data of 1297 patients with colorectal cancer were retrospectively studied. The log-rank statistics, Cox's proportional hazards model, the Nagelkerke R(2 index and a Harrell's C statistic were used. RESULTS: Univariate and three-step multivariate analyses identified that LNR was a significant prognostic factor and LNR classification was superior to both the pN and LODDS classifications. Moreover, the results of the Nagelkerke R(2 index (0.130 and a Harrell's C statistic (0.707 of LNR showed that LNR and LODDS classifications were similar and LNR was a little better than the other two classifications. Furthermore, for patients in each LNR classification, prognosis was homologous between those in different pN or LODDS classifications. However, for patients in pN1a, pN1b, LODDS2 and LODDS3 classifications, significant differences in survival were observed among patients in different LNR classifications. CONCLUSIONS: For patients with colorectal cancer, the LNR classification is more suitable than pN and LODDS classifications for prognostic assessment in a Chinese single institutional population.

  17. VMAT techniques for lymph node-positive left sided breast cancer

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    Pasler, Marlies; Lutterbach, Johannes; Bjoernsgard, Mari; Reichmann, Ursula; Bartelt, Susanne [Lake Constance Radiation Oncology Center Singen, Friedrichshafen (Germany); Georg, Dietmar [Medical Univ. Vienna/AKH Vienna (Austria). Dept. of Radiooncology; Medical Univ. Vienna (Austria). Christian Doppler Lab. for Medical Radiation Research for Radiation Oncology

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    To investigate the plan quality of two different volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) techniques for lymph node-positive left-sided breast cancer. Two VMAT plans were generated for 10 lymph node-positive left-sided breast cancer patients: one plan using one single segment of a full rotation, typically an arc segment of 230 (1s-VMAT); and a second plan consisting of 2 small tangential arc segments of about 50 (2s-VMAT). For plan comparison, various dose and dose volume metrics (D{sub mean}, D{sub 98%}, D{sub 2%} for target volumes, D{sub 2%}, D{sub mean} and V{sub x%} for organs at risk (OAR)) were evaluated. Both techniques fulfilled both clinical target dose and OAR goals. 1s-VMAT achieved a slightly better homogeneity and better target coverage (D{sub 2%} = 54.2 ± 0.7 Gy, D{sub 98%} = 30.3 ± 1.8 Gy) compared to 2s-VMAT (D{sub 2%} = 55.0 ± 1.1 Gy, D{sub 98%} = 29.9 ± 1.7 Gy). For geometrical reasons, OAR sparing was noticeable but not significant better using 2s-VMAT, particularly heart and contralateral breast. The heart received a mean dose of 4.4 ± 0.8 Gy using 1s-VMAT and 3.3 ± 1.0 Gy using 2s-VMAT; the contralateral breast received 1.5 ± 0.3 Gy and 0.9 ± 0.3 Gy, respectively. A VMAT technique based on two small tangential arc segments enables improved OAR sparing; the differences between the two techniques in target coverage and homogeneity are minor. Patient age and -anatomy must be considered for each individual case when deciding which technique to be used.

  18. Detection of HPV-16 DNA by PCR in histologically cancer free lymph nodes from patients with cervical cancer

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    M.F.D. Baay (Marc); J. Koudstaal; H. Hollema; J.M. Duk; M.P.M. Burger; W.G.V. Quint (Wim); E. Stolz (Ernst); P. Herbrink (Paul)

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    textabstractThe prognostic value of detection of human papillomavirus (HPV) type 16 DNA in histologically cancer free lymph nodes was assessed in left obturator lymph nodes from cervical cancer patients with HPV-16 positive primary tumours. HPV-16 DNA was detected by po

  19. Detection of HPV-16 DNA by PCR in histologically cancer free lymph nodes from patients with cervical cancer

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    Baay, MFD; Koudstaal, J; Hollema, H; Duk, JM; Burger, MPM; Quint, WGV; Stolz, E; Herbrink, P

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    The prognostic value of detection of human papillomavirus (HPV) type 16 DNA in histologically cancer free lymph nodes was assessed in left obturator lymph nodes from cervical cancer patients with HPV-16 positive primary tumours. HPV-16 DNA was detected by polymerase chain reaction in 12 of 35 patien

  20. Detection of HPV-16 DNA by PCR in histologically cancer free lymph nodes from patients with cervical cancer

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    M.F.D. Baay (Marc); J. Koudstaal; H. Hollema; J.M. Duk; M.P.M. Burger; W.G.V. Quint (Wim); E. Stolz (Ernst); P. Herbrink (Paul)

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    textabstractThe prognostic value of detection of human papillomavirus (HPV) type 16 DNA in histologically cancer free lymph nodes was assessed in left obturator lymph nodes from cervical cancer patients with HPV-16 positive primary tumours. HPV-16 DNA was detected by po

  1. Predicting non-sentinel lymph node status in breast cancer patients with sentinel lymph node involvement: evaluation of two scoring systems.

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    Sanjuán, Alex; Escaramís, Georgia; Vidal-Sicart, Sergi; Illa, Miriam; Zanón, Gabriel; Pahisa, Jaume; Rubí, Sebastià; Velasco, Martín; Santamaría, Gorane; Farrús, Blanca; Muñoz, Montse; García, Yolanda; Fernández, Pedro Luís; Pons, Francesca

    2010-01-01

    The aim of this study was to validate a nomogram and a scoring system to predict non-sentinel lymph node status in breast cancer patients with sentinel lymph node (SLN) involvement. A total of 516 breast cancer patients underwent sentinel lymph node biopsy at our institution from January 2001 to August 2006. A prospective database was used to identify breast cancer patients with a positive SLN biopsy examination who underwent a completion axillary lymph node dissection. A total of 114 patients were identified. The Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) nomogram and an axilla scoring system from Paris (Hôpital Tenon) were used to predict the probability of having non-SLN involvement. One hundred fourteen patients were included in the study. The areas under the receiver operating characteristics (ROC) curves were 0.671 (95% CI: 0.552-0.790) for the MSKCC nomogram and 0.703 (95% CI: 0.596-0.811) for the Tenon score. The univariate analysis shows that size of SLN metastases, the number of positive and negative SLN and the proportion of positive SLN were statistically significant. On multivariate logistic regression analysis, the size of SLN metastases and the proportion of positive SLN were statistically significant. The two scoring systems are similar according to their area under ROC curves, but should be improved to be valid and determinant to the general population. Meanwhile, the use of scoring systems could be applied in an individual manner in some patients.

  2. Sentinel node biopsy for melanoma: a study of 241 patients

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    Chakera, Annette Hougaard; Drzewiecki, Krzysztof Tadeusz; Jakobsen, Annika Loft

    2004-01-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the sentinel node biopsy (SNB) technique for melanoma using both radiocolloid and blue dye in 241 clinically N0 patients with melanomas >1.0 mm, or thinner lesions exhibiting regression/ulceration. We showed that an increase in injected radioactivity increased...

  3. Estimating underreported N2 disease in rectal cancer patients with low lymph node counts.

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    Huebner, Marianne; Therneau, Terry; Larson, David

    2012-09-01

    The variability in the number of lymph nodes examined needs to be taken into account for adequate staging. The definition of nodal staging was refined by quantifying the likelihood of N2 disease when the patient had fewer than four positive LN. In a retrospective study a total of 548 patients with node positive rectal cancer and curative surgery between 1990 and 2006 were identified. The misclassification of pN staging was estimated with a Bayesian computation. The prognostic value of the calculated probability, lymph node ratio (LNR), and nodal stage was assessed with Cox proportional hazard regression. A probability of understaging of 40% or more indicated worse prognosis of cancer-specific survival (CSS) with hazard ratio 2.6 (95%CI: 1.8-3.9, P clinical decision making. Copyright © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  4. Effects of time interval between primary melanoma excision and sentinel node biopsy on positivity rate and survival.

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    Oude Ophuis, Charlotte M C; van Akkooi, Alexander C J; Rutkowski, Piotr; Voit, Christiane A; Stepniak, Joanna; Erler, Nicole S; Eggermont, Alexander M M; Wouters, Michel W J M; Grünhagen, Dirk J; Verhoef, Cornelis Kees

    2016-11-01

    Sentinel node biopsy (SNB) is essential for adequate melanoma staging. Most melanoma guidelines advocate to perform wide local excision and SNB as soon as possible, causing time pressure. To investigate the role of time interval between melanoma diagnosis and SNB on sentinel node (SN) positivity and survival. This is a retrospective observational study concerning a cohort of melanoma patients from four European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer Melanoma Group tertiary referral centres from 1997 to 2013. A total of 4124 melanoma patients underwent SNB. Patients were selected if date of diagnosis and follow-up (FU) information were available, and SNB was performed in melanoma-specific survival (MSS). Median time interval was 43 d (interquartile range [IQR] 29-60 d), and 705 (19.9%) of 3546 patients had a positive SN. Sentinel node positivity was equal for early surgery (≤43 d) versus late surgery (>43 d): 19.7% versus 20.1% (p = 0.771). Median FU was 50 months (IQR 24-84 months). Sentinel node metastasis (hazard ratio [HR] 3.17, 95% confidence interval [95% CI] 2.53-3.97), ulceration (HR 1.99, 95% CI 1.58-2.51), Breslow thickness (HR 1.06, 95% CI 1.04-1.08), and male gender (HR 1.58, 95% CI 1.26-1.98) (all p melanoma diagnosis and SNB on 5-year survival or SN positivity rate was found for a time interval of up to 3 months. This information can be used to counsel patients and remove strict time limits from melanoma guidelines. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  5. Variation in 'supraclavicular' lymph node depth is partly determined by treatment position

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    Klages, H.T.; Szafinski, F.; Makosi, H.B. [Klinikum Duisburg, Wedau Kliniken (Germany). Strahlenklinik, Radioonkologie, Nuklearmedizin

    2000-07-01

    Background: The so-called 'supraclavicular' region bears the confluence of deep jugular, upper mediastinal and axiallary lymph node groups and therefore it is often part of the target volume in common malignancies like lung cancer, breast cancer and head and neck cancer. For treating this area, several authors recommend an anterior portal with the dose prescribed to a tissue depth of 3 cm, which does not fit our institution's experience. Patients and methods: In 119 consecutive patients a computed tomography for planning purposes was performed. We used the subclavian blood vessels between clavicula and first rib as an estimate of the confluence of the mentioned lymph node regions and determined their tissue depth (which does not describe the deepest part of the lymph vessels). Results: Mean and median of the tissue depth were 5 cm in a range from 2 to 9 cm. Only in less than 20% of the measurements we found the vessels located 3 cm or less under the surface which would correspond to a depth of the lymph node target volume 4 to 5 cm. Increasing body mass resulted in deeper location of the vessels. The position of the patient's arms influenced the tissue depth even more. Arms risen above the head resulted in 55% of the measurements in tissue depths of 6 cm or deeper compared to 6% in patients treated with arms beside the body. Conclusion: Standardized treatment prescriptions do not cope adequately with individual anatomy. Treatment position especially of the arms influences location of the 'supraclavicular' lymph node region in thoracic treatment. Target volume delineation by computed tomography seems the most accurate solution, although it is the most expensive one. Patient immobilization is crucial for accuracy of treatment delivery. (orig.) [German] Hintergrund: In der so genannten 'Supraklavikularregion' findet sich der Zusammenfluss der tief zervikalen, oberen mediastinalen und zentral axillaeren Lymphwege; daher gehoert

  6. Prognosis of sentinel node staged patients with primary cutaneous melanoma.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: This study investigated survival probabilities and prognostic factors in sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB staged patients with cutaneous melanoma (CM with the aim of defining subgroups of patients who are at higher risk for recurrences and who should be considered for adjuvant clinical trials. METHODS: Patients with primary CM who underwent SLNB in the Department of Dermatology, University of Tuebingen, Germany, between 1996 and 2009 were included into this study. Survival probabilities and prognostic factors were evaluated by Kaplan-Meier and multivariate Cox proportional hazard models. RESULTS: 1909 SLNB staged patients were evaluated. Median follow-up time was 44 months. Median tumor thickness was 1.8 mm, ulceration was present in 31.8% of cases. The 5-year Overall Survival (OS was 90.3% in SLNB negative patients (IB 96.2%, IIA 87.0%, IIB 78.1%, IIC 72.6%. Patients with micrometastases (stage IIIA/B had a 5-year OS rate of 70.9% which was clearly less favorable than for stages I-II. Multivariate analysis revealed tumor thickness, ulceration, body site, histopathologic subtype and SLNB status as independent significant prognostic factors. CONCLUSION: Survival rates of patients with primary CM in stages I-II were shown to be much more favorable than previously reported from non sentinel node staged collectives. For future clinical trials, sample size calculations should be adapted using survival probabilities based on sentinel node staging.

  7. Occult supraclavicular lymph node metastasis identified by FDG-PET in patients with carcinoma of the uterine cervix.

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    Tran, Binh N; Grigsby, Perry W; Dehdashti, Farrokh; Herzog, Thomas J; Siegel, Barry A

    2003-09-01

    The objective was to evaluate the frequency and prognostic significance of occult supraclavicular lymph node metastases identified by 2-[(18)F]fluoro-2-deoxy-D-glucose-positron emission tomography (FDG-PET) in patients with cervical carcinoma. Between March 1998 and January 2002, 186 patients with a new diagnosis of cervical cancer underwent whole-body FDG-PET before therapy. Fourteen patients had abnormal FDG uptake in left supraclavicular lymph nodes without palpable disease. All 14 patients underwent sonographically guided fine-needle aspiration of the left supraclavicular lymph nodes. One patient refused therapy, 6 were treated with palliative intent, and 7 received definitive irradiation and concurrent chemotherapy. Survival was calculated by the Kaplan-Meier method. The overall frequency of FDG-positive left supraclavicular lymph nodes was 8% (14/186). Metastasis was pathologically confirmed in all 14 patients. Therefore, the positive predictive value of abnormal FDG uptake in left supraclavicular lymph nodes was 100%. Nineteen percent of all patients (35/186) had abnormal FDG uptake in para-aortic lymph nodes. The frequency of positive FDG uptake in the left supraclavicular lymph nodes was 40% (14/35) in those with para-aortic lymph node uptake and 15% in those with stage IIIb disease. The median overall survival was 7.5 months. At last follow-up, 11 patients were dead and 3 were alive with disease. All patients developed metastatic disease, most commonly to bone and lung. The positive predictive value of abnormal FDG uptake in left supraclavicular lymph nodes was 100%. Prognosis for these patients was dismal despite aggressive therapy.

  8. Whole pelvis radiotherapy for pathological node-positive prostate cancer. Oncological outcome and prognostic factors

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    Poelaert, Filip; Decaestecker, Karel; Claeys, Tom; Dhondt, Bert; Lumen, Nicolaas [Ghent University Hospital, Department of Urology, Ghent (Belgium); Fonteyne, Valerie; Ost, Piet [Ghent University Hospital, Department of Radiation Oncology, Ghent (Belgium); Troyer, Bart de [AZ Nikolaas, Department of Urology, Sint-Niklaas (Belgium); Meerleer, Gert de [University Hospitals Leuven, Department of Radiation Oncology, Leuven (Belgium); Visschere, Pieter de [Ghent University Hospital, Department of Radiology, Ghent (Belgium)

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    The goal of this work was to investigate the oncological outcome of whole pelvis radiotherapy (wpRT) in pathologic pelvic lymph node-positive (pN1) prostate cancer (PCa), evaluate the location of relapse, and identify potential prognostic factors. All patients undergoing pelvic lymph node dissection (PLND) since the year 2000 at a single tertiary care center were evaluated. A total of 154 patients with pN1 PCa were treated with wpRT (39 in an adjuvant setting) and 2-3 years of androgen deprivation therapy (ADT). Kaplan-Meier analysis was performed to estimate biochemical recurrence-free survival (bRFS), clinical progression-free survival (cPFS), and prostate cancer-specific survival (CSS). Uni- and multivariate regression analyses were performed to identify prognostic factors. Estimated bRFS was 67%, cPFS was 71%, and CSS was 96% at 5 years. Median follow-up was 55 months (interquartile range 25-87). Multivariate analysis identified having only 1 positive lymph node, a shorter time between diagnosis and PLND, and older age as independent favorable prognostic factors for biochemical and clinical recurrence. The number of positive lymph nodes was prognostic for CSS (hazard ratio [HR] 1.34, 95% confidence interval 1.17-1.54) and OS (HR 1.22, 95% confidence interval 1.10-1.36). Bone metastases were the most frequent location of PCa relapse (n = 32, 64%). Patients with pN1 PCa treated with wpRT and 2-3 years ADT have an encouraging 5-year CSS. Understaging of the disease extent may be the most important enemy in definitive pN1 PCa treatment. (orig.) [German] Das Ziel dieser Studie war es, das onkologische Outcome der Bestrahlung des gesamten Beckens (wpRT) beim histologisch gesicherten nodal metastasierten Prostatakarzinom zu untersuchen, die Lokalisation eines eventuellen Rezidivs zu charakterisieren und moegliche prognostische Faktoren zu identifizieren. Alle Patienten, bei denen seit dem Jahr 2000 eine pelvine Lymphknotendissektion (PLND) durchgefuehrt worden war

  9. FDG-PET/CT lymph node staging after neoadjuvant chemotherapy in patients with adenocarcinoma of the esophageal-gastric junction.

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    Fencl, Pavel; Belohlavek, Otakar; Harustiak, Tomas; Zemanova, Milada

    2016-11-01

    The aim of the analysis was to assess the accuracy of various FDG-PET/CT parameters in staging lymph nodes after neoadjuvant chemotherapy. In this prospective study, 74 patients with adenocarcinoma of the esophageal-gastric junction were examined by FDG-PET/CT in the course of their neoadjuvant chemotherapy given before surgical treatment. Data from the final FDG-PET/CT examinations were compared with the histology from the surgical specimens (gold standard). The accuracy was calculated for four FDG-PET/CT parameters: (1) hypermetabolic nodes, (2) large nodes, (3) large-and-medium large nodes, and (4) hypermetabolic or large nodes. In 74 patients, a total of 1540 lymph nodes were obtained by surgery, and these were grouped into 287 regions according to topographic origin. Five hundred and two nodes were imaged by FDG-PET/CT and were grouped into these same regions for comparison. In the analysis, (1) hypermetabolic nodes, (2) large nodes, (3) large-and-medium large nodes, and (4) hypermetabolic or large nodes identified metastases in particular regions with sensitivities of 11.6%, 2.9%, 21.7%, and 13.0%, respectively; specificity was 98.6%, 94.5%, 74.8%, and 93.6%, respectively. The best accuracy of 77.7% reached the parameter of hypermetabolic nodes. Accuracy decreased to 62.0% when also smaller nodes (medium-large) were taken for the parameter of metastases. FDG-PET/CT proved low sensitivity and high specificity. Low sensitivity was based on low detection rate (32.6%) when compared nodes imaged by FDG-PET/CT to nodes found by surgery, and in inability to detect micrometastases. Sensitivity increased when also medium-large LNs were taken for positive, but specificity and accuracy decreased.

  10. Detection and significance of lymph node micro-Metastases in patients with node-negative gastric carcinoma

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    2000-01-01

    To study micrometastases in lymph nodes from patients with node-negative gastric carcinoma by routine histologic examination and discuss their prognostic significance and the relationship between micrometastases and each of the clinicopathologic factors. Methods: A total of 1245 perigastric lymph nodes from 105 patients with node-negative gastric carcinoma was immunohistochemically detected using a monoclonal antibody against low molecular weight cytokeratin AE1. The characteristics of the micrometastases, their related factors and effect on patients' survival after surgery were analysed and tested with statistical methods. Results: Micrometastases were observed in 81 lymph nodes (6.5%) of 31 patients (29.5%). The incidence of lymph node micrometastases was significantly higher in the diffuse type (41.5%) than in the intestinal type gastric carcinoma (17.6%, P<0.01, x2 test). In addition, the presence of micrometastases was closely correlated with the size and invasion depth of the primary tumor, but had no relation to patient's age, sex and the location of primary tumor. The patients with micrometastases had significantly worse prognosis shown by Log-rank test. Their five-year survival rate after surgery was 61.29%; for those without micrometastases the rate was 82.43%, P=0.0116. When the number of patient's lymph nodes with micrometastases was three or more, the five-year survival rate of these patients was much lower (41.67%, P=0.0012). Conclusion: The detection of lymph node micrometastases is necessary to more accurately determine the prognosis and clinical staging of patients with node- negative gastric carcinoma by routine histologic examination. The presence of micrometastases may be regarded as one of the clues in adjuvant therapy of those patients.

  11. Sentinel node biopsy for melanoma. Analysis of our experience (125 patients).

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    Soliveres Soliveres, Edelmira; García Marín, Andrés; Díez Miralles, Manuel; Nofuentes Riera, Carmen; Candela Gomis, Asunción; Moragón Gordon, Manuel; Antón Leal, María Ángeles; García García, Salvador

    2014-11-01

    The objective of this study is to analyze our experience in the use of sentinel node biopsy (SNB) in melanoma and identify the predictive factors of positive SNB and multiple drainage. Retrospective study of patients who underwent SNB for melanoma between August of 2000 and February of 2013. SNB was performed in 125 patients with a median of age of 55,6 (±15) years. The anatomic distribution was: 44 (35,2%) in legs, 24 (19,2%) in arms, 53 (42,4%) trunk and 3 (2,4%) in head and neck. The median Breslow index was 1,81 (0,45-5). Between 1 and 6 nodes were isolated. The drainage was unique in 98 (78,4%) and multiple in 27 (21,6%). The trunk was the localization of 25 (92,6%) nodes with multiple drainage. The definitive result of sentinel node (SN) was positive in 18 cases (7,1%). Breslow thickness (p=0,01) was statistically significant predictor of a positive SNB. The SNB allows patients to be selected for lymphadenectomy. Melanoma of the trunk was the principle location of multiple drainage. The only predictive factor of positive SNB was Breslow thickness. Copyright © 2013 AEC. Published by Elsevier Espana. All rights reserved.

  12. Anatomic Distribution of Fluorodeoxyglucose-Avid Para-aortic Lymph Nodes in Patients With Cervical Cancer

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    Takiar, Vinita; Fontanilla, Hiral P.; Eifel, Patricia J.; Jhingran, Anuja; Kelly, Patrick [Department of Radiation Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas (United States); Iyer, Revathy B. [Department of Diagnostic Radiology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas (United States); Levenback, Charles F. [Department of Gynecologic Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas (United States); Zhang, Yongbin; Dong, Lei [Department of Radiation Physics, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas (United States); Klopp, Ann, E-mail: aklopp@mdanderson.org [Department of Radiation Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas (United States)

    2013-03-15

    Purpose: Conformal treatment of para-aortic lymph nodes (PAN) in cervical cancer allows dose escalation and reduces normal tissue toxicity. Currently, data documenting the precise location of involved PAN are lacking. We define the spatial distribution of this high-risk nodal volume by analyzing fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG)-avid lymph nodes (LNs) on positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) scans in patients with cervical cancer. Methods and Materials: We identified 72 PANs on pretreatment PET/CT of 30 patients with newly diagnosed stage IB-IVA cervical cancer treated with definitive chemoradiation. LNs were classified as left-lateral para-aortic (LPA), aortocaval (AC), or right paracaval (RPC). Distances from the LN center to the closest vessel and adjacent vertebral body were calculated. Using deformable image registration, nodes were mapped to a template computed tomogram to provide a visual impression of nodal frequencies and anatomic distribution. Results: We identified 72 PET-positive para-aortic lymph nodes (37 LPA, 32 AC, 3 RPC). All RPC lymph nodes were in the inferior third of the para-aortic region. The mean distance from aorta for all lymph nodes was 8.3 mm (range, 3-17 mm), and from the inferior vena cava was 5.6 mm (range, 2-10 mm). Of the 72 lymph nodes, 60% were in the inferior third, 36% were in the middle third, and 4% were in the upper third of the para-aortic region. In all, 29 of 30 patients also had FDG-avid pelvic lymph nodes. Conclusions: A total of 96% of PET positive nodes were adjacent to the aorta; PET positive nodes to the right of the IVC were rare and were all located distally, within 3 cm of the aortic bifurcation. Our findings suggest that circumferential margins around the vessels do not accurately define the nodal region at risk. Instead, the anatomical extent of the nodal basin should be contoured on each axial image to provide optimal coverage of the para-aortic nodal compartment.

  13. Sentinel lymph node detection by combined dye-isotope technique and its predictive value for cervical lymph node metastasis in patients with lingual carcinoma

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    王国慧; 樊卫; 张伟光; 彭汉伟

    2003-01-01

    Objectives To investigate the clinical value of combined dye-isotope technique in detecting sentinel lymph node (SLN) and to examine whether the characteristics of SLN accurately predict cervical lymph node metastasis in lingual carcinoma. Methods Thirty patients with lingual carcinoma without lymph metastasis were injected with a dose of about 18.5 MBq of 99mTc-SC (sulfur colloid), around the tumor tissues before surgery, and lymphoscintigraphy was performed 5, 10, 30, 60 minutes, and 6 hours after injection. In the following day, all patients were injected with isosulfan blue dye around the primary tumor during surgery to trace SLN and underwent standard cervical lymph node dissection after SLN dissection. The pathological results of SLN were compared with standard lymph node dissection for their ability to accurately predict the final pathological status of the cervical lymph nodes.Results SLN was successfully identified in 100% of the patients. Both positive and negative predictive values of SLN were 100%. The accuracy rate was 100%, and there were no false negatives. Conclusions The detection of SLN using combined dye-isotope technique could accurately predict cervical lymph node metastasis in lingual carcinoma.

  14. Differential Motion Between Mediastinal Lymph Nodes and Primary Tumor in Radically Irradiated Lung Cancer Patients

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    Schaake, Eva E. [Department of Thoracic Oncology, The Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam (Netherlands); Department of Radiation Oncology, The Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam (Netherlands); Rossi, Maddalena M.G. [Department of Radiation Oncology, The Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam (Netherlands); Buikhuisen, Wieneke A.; Burgers, Jacobus A. [Department of Thoracic Oncology, The Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam (Netherlands); Smit, Adrianus A.J. [Department of Pulmonary Disease, Onze Lieve Vrouwe Gasthuis, Amsterdam (Netherlands); Belderbos, José S.A. [Department of Radiation Oncology, The Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam (Netherlands); Sonke, Jan-Jakob, E-mail: j.sonke@nki.nl [Department of Radiation Oncology, The Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam (Netherlands)

    2014-11-15

    Purpose/Objective: In patients with locally advanced lung cancer, planning target volume margins for mediastinal lymph nodes and tumor after a correction protocol based on bony anatomy registration typically range from 1 to 1.5 cm. Detailed information about lymph node motion variability and differential motion with the primary tumor, however, is lacking from large series. In this study, lymph node and tumor position variability were analyzed in detail and correlated to the main carina to evaluate possible margin reduction. Methods and Materials: Small gold fiducial markers (0.35 × 5 mm) were placed in the mediastinal lymph nodes of 51 patients with non-small cell lung cancer during routine diagnostic esophageal or bronchial endoscopic ultrasonography. Four-dimensional (4D) planning computed tomographic (CT) and daily 4D cone beam (CB) CT scans were acquired before and during radical radiation therapy (66 Gy in 24 fractions). Each CBCT was registered in 3-dimensions (bony anatomy) and 4D (tumor, marker, and carina) to the planning CT scan. Subsequently, systematic and random residual misalignments of the time-averaged lymph node and tumor position relative to the bony anatomy and carina were determined. Additionally, tumor and lymph node respiratory amplitude variability was quantified. Finally, required margins were quantified by use of a recipe for dual targets. Results: Relative to the bony anatomy, systematic and random errors ranged from 0.16 to 0.32 cm for the markers and from 0.15 to 0.33 cm for the tumor, but despite similar ranges there was limited correlation (0.17-0.71) owing to differential motion. A large variability in lymph node amplitude between patients was observed, with an average motion of 0.56 cm in the cranial-caudal direction. Margins could be reduced by 10% (left-right), 27% (cranial-caudal), and 10% (anteroposterior) for the lymph nodes and −2%, 15%, and 7% for the tumor if an online carina registration protocol replaced a

  15. The Number of Positive Pelvic Lymph Nodes and Multiple Groups of Pelvic Lymph Node Metastasis Influence Prognosis in Stage IA-IIB Cervical Squamous Cell Carcinoma

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Pelvic lymph node metastasis (LNM is an important prognostic factor in cervical cancer. Cervical squamous cell carcinoma accounts for approximately 75-80% of all cervical cancers. Analyses of the effects of the number of positive lymph nodes (LNs, unilateral versus bilateral pelvic LNM and a single group versus multiple groups of pelvic LNM on survival and recurrence of cervical squamous cell carcinoma are still lacking. The study aimed to analyze the effects of the number of positive pelvic LNs and a single group versus multiple groups of pelvic LNM on survival and recurrence. Methods: We performed a retrospective review of 296 patients diagnosed with Stage IA-IIB cervical squamous cell carcinoma who received extensive/sub-extensive hysterectomy with pelvic lymphadenectomy/pelvic LN sampling at Peking University People′s Hospital from November 2004 to July 2013. Ten clinicopathological variables were evaluated as risk factors for pelvic LNM: Age at diagnosis, gravidity, clinical stage, histological grade, tumor diameter, lymph-vascular space involvement (LVSI, depth of cervical stromal invasion, uterine invasion, parametrial invasion, and neoadjuvant chemotherapy. Results: The incidence of pelvic LNM was 20.27% (60/296 cases. Pelvic LNM (P = 0.00 was significantly correlated with recurrence. Pelvic LNM (P = 0.00, the number of positive pelvic LNs (P = 0.04 and a single group versus multiple groups of pelvic LNM (P = 0.03 had a significant influence on survival. Multivariate analysis revealed that LVSI (P = 0.00, depth of cervical stromal invasion (P = 0.00 and parametrial invasion (P = 0.03 were independently associated with pelvic LNM. Conclusions: Patients with pelvic LNM had a higher recurrence rate and poor survival outcomes. Furthermore, more than 2 positive pelvic LNs and multiple groups of pelvic LNM appeared to identify patients with worse survival outcomes in node-positive IA-IIB cervical squamous cell carcinoma. LVSI

  16. Clinical axillary recurrence after sentinel node biopsy in breast cancer: a follow-up study of 220 patients

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    Sanjuan, A. [University of Barcelona, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Breast Pathology Unit (Spain); Hospital Clinic Provincial, Barcelona (Spain); Vidal-Sicart, S.; Pons, F. [University of Barcelona, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Hospital Clinic (Spain); Zanon, G.; Pahisa, J.; Vanrell, J.A. [University of Barcelona, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Breast Pathology Unit (Spain); Velasco, M.; Santamaria, G. [University of Barcelona, Department of Radiology, Breast Pathology Unit, Hospital Clinic (Spain); Fernandez, P.L. [University of Barcelona, Department of Pathology, Breast Pathology Unit, Hospital Clinic (Spain); Farrus, B. [University of Barcelona, Department of Radiation Oncology, Breast Pathology Unit, Hospital Clinic (Spain); Munoz, M.; Albanell, J. [University of Barcelona, Department of Medical Oncology, Breast Pathology Unit, Hospital Clinic (Spain)

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    The aim of this study was to evaluate the frequency of false-negative (FN) sentinel node procedures in patients with breast cancer and the subsequent clinical outcome in such patients. A total of 325 breast cancer patients underwent sentinel lymph node biopsy at our institution between June 1998 and May 2004. A 2-day protocol was used to localise the sentinel node with the injection of{sup 99m}Tc-nanocolloid. There were two phases in the study: the learning phase (105 patients) and the application phase (220 patients). In the learning phase, a complete lymphadenectomy was always performed. In the application phase, sentinel nodes were studied intraoperatively and lymphadenectomy was performed when considered warranted by the pathological intraoperative results. The median follow-up duration in the 220 patients studied during the application phase was 21.2 months (range 4-45 months). In this phase a total of 427 sentinel nodes were obtained (range 1-5 per patient, median 1.99), with 66 positive sentinel nodes in 56 patients (26%). The lymphadenectomies performed were also positive in 25% of cases (14 patients). We observed a total of two false-negative sentinel lymph node results (3.45%). One of them was found during the surgical excision of non-sentinel nodes, and the other presented as an axillary recurrence 17 months postoperatively (1.72% clinical false-negative rate). The latter patient died 1 year after the first recurrence. After a median follow-up of 21.2 months we observed only one clinical recurrence among 220 patients. Our results indicate that adequate local control is achieved by application of the sentinel node protocol. (orig.)

  17. A Logistic Regression Model for Predicting Axillary Lymph Node Metastases in Early Breast Carcinoma Patients

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    Jiaqing Zhang

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Nodal staging in breast cancer is a key predictor of prognosis. This paper presents the results of potential clinicopathological predictors of axillary lymph node involvement and develops an efficient prediction model to assist in predicting axillary lymph node metastases. Seventy patients with primary early breast cancer who underwent axillary dissection were evaluated. Univariate and multivariate logistic regression were performed to evaluate the association between clinicopathological factors and lymph node metastatic status. A logistic regression predictive model was built from 50 randomly selected patients; the model was also applied to the remaining 20 patients to assess its validity. Univariate analysis showed a significant relationship between lymph node involvement and absence of nm-23 (p = 0.010 and Kiss-1 (p = 0.001 expression. Absence of Kiss-1 remained significantly associated with positive axillary node status in the multivariate analysis (p = 0.018. Seven clinicopathological factors were involved in the multivariate logistic regression model: menopausal status, tumor size, ER, PR, HER2, nm-23 and Kiss-1. The model was accurate and discriminating, with an area under the receiver operating characteristic curve of 0.702 when applied to the validation group. Moreover, there is a need discover more specific candidate proteins and molecular biology tools to select more variables which should improve predictive accuracy.

  18. Sentinel lymph node biopsy in pregnant patients with breast cancer

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    Gentilini, Oreste; Toesca, Antonio; Sangalli, Claudia; Veronesi, Paolo; Galimberti, Viviana [European Institute of Oncology, Division of Senology, Milan (Italy); Cremonesi, Marta; Pedroli, Guido [European Institute of Oncology, Unit of Medical Physics, Milan (Italy); Colombo, Nicola [European Institute of Oncology, Unit of Cardiology, Milan (Italy); Peccatori, Fedro [European Institute of Oncology, Division of Haematology-Oncology, Milan (Italy); Sironi, Roberto [S. Pio X Hospital, Unit of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Milan (Italy); Rotmensz, Nicole [European Institute of Oncology, Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Milan (Italy); Viale, Giuseppe [European Institute of Oncology, Division of Pathology, Milan (Italy); University of Milan School of Medicine, Milan (Italy); Goldhirsch, Aron [European Institute of Oncology, Department of Medicine, Milan (Italy); Veronesi, Umberto [European Institute of Oncology, Division of Senology, Milan (Italy); European Institute of Oncology, Milan (Italy); Paganelli, Giovanni [European Institute of Oncology, Division of Nuclear Medicine, Milano (Italy)

    2010-01-15

    Sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) is currently not recommended in pregnant patients with breast cancer due to radiation concerns. Twelve pregnant patients with breast cancer received low-dose (10 MBq on average) lymphoscintigraphy using {sup 99m}Tc human serum albumin nanocolloids. The sentinel lymph node (SLN) was identified in all patients. Of the 12 patients, 10 had pathologically negative SLN. One patient had micrometastasis in one of four SLN. One patient had metastasis in the SLN and underwent axillary clearance. From the 12 pregnancies, 11 healthy babies were born with no malformations and normal weight. One baby, whose mother underwent lymphatic mapping during the 26th week of gestation, was operated on at the age of 3 months for a ventricular septal defect and at 43 months was in good health. This malformation was suspected at the morphological US examination during week 21, well before lymphoscintigraphy, and was confirmed a posteriori by a different observer based on videotaped material. No overt axillary recurrence appeared in the patients with negative SLNs after a median follow-up of 32 months. Our experience supports the safety of SLNB in pregnant patients with breast cancer, when performed with a low-dose lymphoscintigraphic technique. (orig.)

  19. The Impact of Definitive Local Therapy for Lymph Node-Positive Prostate Cancer: A Population-Based Study

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    Rusthoven, Chad G., E-mail: chad.rusthoven@ucdenver.edu [Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Colorado-Denver, Aurora, Colorado (United States); Carlson, Julie A.; Waxweiler, Timothy V.; Raben, David [Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Colorado-Denver, Aurora, Colorado (United States); Dewitt, Peter E. [Department of Biostatistics, University of Colorado-Denver, Aurora, Colorado (United States); Crawford, E. David [Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Colorado-Denver, Aurora, Colorado (United States); Department of Urology, University of Colorado-Denver, Aurora, Colorado (United States); Maroni, Paul D. [Department of Urology, University of Colorado-Denver, Aurora, Colorado (United States); Kavanagh, Brian D. [Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Colorado-Denver, Aurora, Colorado (United States)

    2014-04-01

    Purpose: To evaluate the survival outcomes for patients with lymph node-positive, nonmetastatic prostate cancer undergoing definitive local therapy (radical prostatectomy [RP], external beam radiation therapy [EBRT], or both) versus no local therapy (NLT) in the US population in the modern prostate specific antigen (PSA) era. Methods and Materials: The Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results database was queried for patients with T1-4N1M0 prostate cancer diagnosed from 1995 through 2005. To allow comparisons of equivalent datasets, patients were analyzed in separate clinical (cN+) and pathologically confirmed (pN+) lymph node-positive cohorts. Kaplan-Meier overall survival (OS) and prostate cancer-specific survival (PCSS) estimates were generated, with accompanying univariate log-rank and multivariate Cox proportional hazards comparisons. Results: A total of 796 cN+ and 2991 pN+ patients were evaluable. Among cN+ patients, 43% underwent EBRT and 57% had NLT. Outcomes for cN+ patients favored EBRT, with 10-year OS rates of 45% versus 29% (P<.001) and PCSS rates of 67% versus 53% (P<.001). Among pN+ patients, 78% underwent local therapy (RP 57%, EBRT 10%, or both 11%) and 22% had NLT. Outcomes for pN+ also favored local therapy, with 10-year OS rates of 65% versus 42% (P<.001) and PCSS rates of 78% versus 56% (P<.001). On multivariate analysis, local therapy in both the cN+ and pN+ cohorts remained independently associated with improved OS and PCSS (all P<.001). Local therapy was associated with favorable hazard ratios across subgroups, including patients aged ≥70 years and those with multiple positive lymph nodes. Among pN+ patients, no significant differences in survival were observed between RP versus EBRT and RP with or without adjuvant EBRT. Conclusions: In this large, population-based cohort, definitive local therapy was associated with significantly improved survival in patients with lymph node-positive prostate cancer.

  20. Detection of micrometastases in bone marrow and sentinel lymph nodes of breast cancer patients

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    Jia Zhao; Xiaoan Liu; Lijun Ling

    2007-01-01

    Objective: To study the sensitivity and clinical significance of HE-staining,IHC and RT-PCR in detecting breast cancer micrometastases in bone marrow and sentinel lymph nodes (SLNs). Methods:After general anesthesia, all patients underwent bone marrow puncture and sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) by 1% isosulfan blue, and then HE-staining,IHC and RT-PCR were used to detect micrometastases. Results:Of 62 patients with breast cancer whose axillary lymph nodes showed negative HE-staining results, 15 cases presented with positive RT-PCR and 9 cases showed positive IHC results positive in bone marrow micrometastases detection. PT-PCR and IHC showed good uniformity(kappa=0.6945)and there was significant difference in detective rate between these two methods (χ2=4.1667,P=0.0412). In SLN samples, 13 showed positive RT-PCR results, while 7 showed positive IHC results. PT-PCR and IHC showed good uniformity (kappa=0.6483)and significant difference was also found in detective rate between these two methods (χ2=4.1667,P=0.0412). Both bone marrow and SLN samples were RT-PCR positive in 3 cases,which indicated that bone marrow micrometastases did not always accompany SLN micrometastases(χ2=0.067,P=0.796). Conclusion: Even if no axillary lymph node involvement or distant metastases are present in routine preoperative examination, micrometastases can still be detected in bone marrow or SLNs. Because the bone marrow micrometastases and axillary node micrometastses are not present simultaneously, combination test of multiple indicators will detect micrometastases more accurately.

  1. Detection of Sentinel Lymph Nodes in Patients with Papillary Thyroid Cancer

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    Hiroshi Takami

    2003-07-01

    Conclusions: Sentinel lymph node biopsy may allow discrimination between patients with true lymph-node-negative papillary thyroid carcinoma and those with non-palpable metastatic lymph nodes. It may also be helpful in diagnosing metastases and avoiding unnecessary lymph node dissection in thyroid cancer.

  2. PET-CT in presurgical lymph node staging in non-small cell lung cancer: the importance of false-negative and false-positive findings.

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    García de Castro, A Bustos; Domínguez, J Ferreirós; Bolton, R Delgado; Pérez, C Fernández; Martínez, B Cabeza; García-Esquinas, M García; Carreras Delgado, J L

    To assess the importance of false-negative and false-positive findings in computed tomography (CT) and (18)F-FDG positron emission tomography (PET) in mediastinal lymph node staging in patients undergoing surgery for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). This retrospective study included 113 consecutive patients and 120 resected NSCLCs; 22 patients received neoadjuvant treatment. We compared the findings on preoperative (18)F-FDG PET-CT studies with the postoperative pathology findings. Lymph node size and primary tumor size were measured with CT, and lymph nodes and primary tumors were evaluated qualitatively and semiquantitatively (using standardized uptake values (SUVmax)) with PET. Metastatic lymph nodes were found in 26 (21.7%) of the 120 tumors and in 41 (7.7%) of the 528 lymph node stations analyzed. (18)F-FDG PET-CT yielded 53.8% sensitivity, 76.6% specificity, 38.9% positive predictive value, 85.7% negative predictive value, and 71.7% diagnostic accuracy. The false-negative rate was 14.2%. Multivariable analysis found that the factors associated with false-negative findings were a moderate degree of differentiation in the primary tumor (p = 0.005) and an SUVmax of the primary tumor >4 (p = 0.027). The false-positive rate was 61.1%, and the multivariable analysis found that lymph node size >1cm was associated with false-positive findings (p < 0.001). In mediastinal lymph node staging in patients with NSCLC, (18)F-FDG PET-CT improves the specificity and negative predictive value and helps clinicians to select the patients that will benefit from surgery. Given the high rate of false positives, histological confirmation of positive cases is recommendable. Copyright © 2017 SERAM. Publicado por Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  3. Predictive value of Ki67 for adjuvant chemotherapy in node-negative, hormone receptor-positive breast cancer.

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    Sutepvarnon, Apisada; Warnnissorn, Malee; Srimuninnimit, Vichien

    2013-02-01

    Ki67 labeling index (Ki67 LI) is a measure of tumor proliferation. In breast cancer, evidence supporting its prognostic value is clear and its predictive value for response to treatment finds some benefits. However studies of Ki67 LI as a predictive marker in early breast cancer are still limited worldwide and there is no data in Thailand. To assess the predictive value of Ki67 expression for adjuvant chemotherapy in patients with node-negative, hormone receptor-positive breast cancer The authors retrospectively evaluated 127 diagnosed early breast cancer with node-negative, hormone receptor-positive patients and receiving adjuvant systemic treatment at Siriraj hospital. Disease free survival (DFS) was compared with the log-rank test according to Ki67 LI and adjuvant systemic treatment (chemoendocrine therapy and endocrine therapy alone). At a median follow-up of 3.3 years. The 5-year DFS rate was 79% for patients with low Ki67 expression and 75% for patients with high Ki67 expression. Of the 127 patients, 56 (44.1%) received chemoendocrine therapy and 71 (55.9%) were treated with endocrine therapy alone. There was no different effect of DFS among those receiving adjuvant endocrine therapy alone and those receiving adjuvant chemoendocrine therapy depending on Ki67 expression. Among patients with node-negative, hormone receptor-positive breast cancer, a high Ki67 LI had worse DFS trend than a low Ki67 LI but the Ki67 LI did not predict the efficacy of adjuvant chemotherapy.

  4. Pathological assessment of tumor biopsy specimen and surgical sentinel lymph node dissection in patients with melanoma.

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    Nodiţi, Gheorghe; Nica, Cristian C; Petrescu, Horaţiu Pompiliu; Ivan, Codruţ; Crăiniceanu, Zorin Petrişor; Bratu, Tiberiu; Dema, Alis

    2014-01-01

    Actual trends of cutaneous malignant melanoma show a faster increase then other forms of cancer. Early detection and diagnosis, and accurate pathologic interpretation of the biopsy specimen is extremely important for the treatment and prognosis of clinically localized melanoma. The surgical approach to cutaneous melanoma patients with clinically uninvolved regional lymph nodes remains controversial. A retrospective study of melanoma cases was conducted in the "Casa Austria" Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Emergency County Hospital, Timisoara, Romania. We have analyzed the medical records of 21 patients that underwent surgical treatment for different stages of melanoma in the period 2008-2012. For histopathological diagnosis of melanoma and the sentinel lymph node(s) status, tissular fragments were routinely processed. For the difficult cases, additional immunohistochemical investigation was done. A positive family history was noted in two cases. The presence of different sizes and localization of pigmented nevi was found in 38% of the cases. Different types of melanoma like superficial spreading melanoma, nodular melanoma or lentigo malignant melanoma and acral lentiginous melanoma was described. The surgical treatment consisted in all cases in wide excision of the primary tumor and prophylactic dissection of sentinel lymph node after lymphoscintigraphy examination. A positive biopsy of the sentinel lymph node was noted in 4.9% of the cases. The surgical treatment combining the wide excision of the primary tumor with respect to safe oncological limits with the prophylactic dissection of sentinel lymph node after lymphoscintigraphy examination had the confirmation done by the pathologic interpretation of the biopsy specimen showing that all the patients had a Breslow index more than 1.5 mm.

  5. Predictive factors for supraclavicular lymph node recurrence in N1 breast cancer patients.

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    Kong, Moonkyoo; Hong, Seong Eon

    2013-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to identify predictive factors for supraclavicular lymph node recurrence (SCLR) in N1 breast cancer patients and define a high-risk subgroup who might benefit from supraclavicular nodal radiotherapy (RT). From January 1995 to December 2009, 113 breast cancer patients with 1 to 3 positive axillary lymph nodes were enrolled in this study. All patients underwent breast-conserving surgery (BCS) or modified radical mastectomy (MRM). RT was given to all patients who received BCS. Among the patients given MRM, those with breast tumors >5 cm in size received RT. Regional nodal irradiation was not applied. Systemic chemotherapy was given to 105 patients (92.9%). Patient data were retrospectively reviewed and analyzed to identify predictive factors for SCLR. The median follow-up duration was 6.5 years, with 5- and 10-year actuarial SCLR rates of 9.3% and 11.2%, respectively. Factors associated with SCLR on univariate analysis included histologic grade, number of dissected axillary lymph nodes, lymphovascular invasion, extracapsular extension (ECE), and adjuvant chemotherapy. On multivariate analysis, histologic grade and ECE remained significant. The patient group with grade 3 and ECE had a significantly higher rate of SCLR compared with the remainder (5-year SCLR rate; 71.4% vs. 4.0%, pSupraclavicular nodal RT is necessary in N1 breast cancer patients featuring histologic grade 3 and ECE.

  6. Clinicopathologic subtypes and compromise of lymph nodes in patients with breast cancer

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    Jaime Jans, B; Nicolás Escudero, M; Dahiana Pulgar, B; Francisco Acevedo, C; César Sánchez, R; Camus, A Mauricio

    2014-01-01

    Breast cancer (BC) is currently a heterogeneous disease with variations in clinical behaviour. Classification according to subtypes has allowed progress in the individualisation of treatment. The objective of this study is to evaluate the risk of axillary node compromise in patients with BC, according to clinicopathologic subtypes. Materials and methods are a retrospective, descriptive-analytical study. All patients that had undergone surgery for invasive BC were included, with the study of sentinel lymph nodes (SLNs) at Hospital Clínico de la Pontificia Universidad Católica, between May 1999 and December 2012. The results showed 632 patients fulfilled the inclusion criteria, with the median age being 55 years (range: 28–95), and 559 (88.4%) patients presented with estrogen receptor and/or progesterone receptor positive tumours. Luminal A: 246 patients (38.9%), luminal B: 243 (38.4%), luminal not otherwise specified: 70 (11.1%) triple negative (TN): 60 (9.5%) and over expression of epidermal growth factor type 2 receptor (HER2 positive): 13 (2.1%). Luminal tumours displayed a greater risk of metastasis in the SLNs, but this difference was not statistically significant (p = 0.67). TN and HER2 positive tumours presented the greatest proportion of metastatic compromise in non-sentinel lymph nodes (non-SLNs) (57.1% and 50%, respectively). The presence of macrometastasis (MAM) in the SLN was associated with a greater risk of compromise of the non-SLN. Conclusions: Luminal tumours are the most frequent and present a greater proportion of axillary lymph node compromise, without being statistically significant. TN and HER2 positive tumours tend to have a higher axillary compromise; however, this was not statistically significant in either. Only the presence of MAM in SLNs displayed a statistically significantly association in the compromise of non-SLNs. PMID:25114720

  7. The effect of trastuzumab-based chemotherapy in small node-negative HER2-positive breast cancer.

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    van Ramshorst, Mette S; van der Heiden-van der Loo, Margriet; Dackus, Gwen M H E; Linn, Sabine C; Sonke, Gabe S

    2016-07-01

    The prognosis of patients with stage II-III Human Epidermal growth factor Receptor 2 (HER2)-positive breast cancer has significantly improved since the addition of trastuzumab to (neo-)adjuvant chemotherapy. Several reports have shown that small (≤2 cm), node-negative, HER2-positive tumors have a relatively poor prognosis and these patients increasingly receive trastuzumab-based chemotherapy. We aimed to provide evidence for this approach in a population-based cohort. All T1N0M0 HER2-positive breast cancer patients diagnosed between 2006 and 2012 were identified from the Netherlands Cancer Registry. Patient, tumor, and treatment characteristics were recorded. Kaplan-Meier statistics were used for overall survival (OS) and breast cancer-specific survival (BCSS) estimations overall and in T1a, T1b, and T1c tumors separately. Cox regression analyses were performed to account for imbalances in baseline characteristics between treated and untreated patients. A total of 3512 patients were identified: 385 with T1a, 800 with T1b, and 2327 with T1c tumors. Forty-five percent of patients received chemotherapy and/or trastuzumab: 92 % received both. Chemotherapy and/or trastuzumab significantly improved 8-year OS (95 vs. 84 %; hazard ratio [HR] 0.29; 95 % confidence interval [CI] 0.21-0.41, P effect remained significant in multivariable analyses (HR 0.35; 95 % CI 0.23-0.52, P effect on OS and BCSS was similar in T1a, T1b, and T1c tumors. Chemotherapy and/or trastuzumab improves OS and BCSS and can be considered in all patients with small node-negative HER2-positive breast cancer.

  8. Hormonal-receptor positive breast cancer: IL-6 augments invasion and lymph node metastasis via stimulating cathepsin B expression

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    Sherif A. Ibrahim

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Hormonal-receptor positive (HRP breast cancer patients with positive metastatic axillary lymph nodes are characterized by poor prognosis and increased mortality rate. The mechanisms by which cancer cells invade lymph nodes have not yet been fully explored. Several studies have shown that expression of IL-6 and the proteolytic enzyme cathepsin B (CTSB was associated with breast cancer poor prognosis. In the present study, the effect of different concentrations of recombinant human IL-6 on the invasiveness capacity of HRP breast cancer cell line MCF-7 was tested using an in vitro invasion chamber assay. The impact of IL-6 on expression and activity of CTSB was also investigated. IL-6 treatment promoted the invasiveness potential of MCF-7 cells in a dose-dependent manner. Furthermore, MCF-7 cells displayed elevated CTSB expression and activity associated with loss of E-cadherin and upregulation of vimentin protein levels upon IL-6 stimulation. To validate these results in vivo, the level of expression of IL-6 and CTSB in the carcinoma tissues of HRP-breast cancer patients with positive and negative axillary metastatic lymph nodes (pLNs and nLNs was assessed. Western blot and immunohistochemical staining data showed that expression of IL-6 and CTSB was higher in carcinoma tissues in HRP-breast cancer with pLNs than those with nLNs patients. ELISA results showed carcinoma tissues of HRP-breast cancer with pLNs exhibited significantly elevated IL-6 protein levels by approximately 2.8-fold compared with those with nLNs patients (P < 0.05. Interestingly, a significantly positive correlation between IL-6 and CTSB expression was detected in clinical samples of HRP-breast cancer patients with pLNs (r = 0.78, P < 0.01. Collectively, this study suggests that IL-6-induced CTSB may play a role in lymph node metastasis, and that may possess future therapeutic implications for HRP-breast cancer patients with pLNs. Further studies are necessary to fully

  9. Comparison of intraoperative frozen section analysis of sentinel node with preoperative positron emission tomography in the diagnosis of axillary lymph node status in breast cancer patients

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    Yang, Jung-Hyun; Nam, Seok-Jin; Lee, Hae-Kyung; Kim, Byung-Tae [Sungkyunkwan Univ., Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Tae-Seung; Jung, Sung-Hoo

    2001-01-01

    Although axillary lymph node status is an important prognostic factor and axillary dissection is regarded as the gold standard for staging, it requires radical surgery which is accompanied by considerable postoperative problems such as lymphedema. This study was carried out to evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of preoperative positron emission tomography (PET) and intraoperative frozen biopsy of sentinel lymphadenectomy (SLND) in detecting axillary lymph node metastasis. We studied 18 patients who had preoperative PET and SLND for breast cancer in the Department of Surgery at Samsung Medical Center. They all had preoperative PET with a radiolabeled glucose analogue ([{sup 18}F]FDG) to visualize primary tumors and metastatic nodes. Isosulphan blue dye was used for intraoperative SLND. Frozen and permanent biopsies were then compared after full axillary dissection. In 18 cases, six had positive metastatic nodes in the permanent biopsy of full axillary dissection but were negative in three cases by preoperative PET. There was one false negative result by frozen biopsy of SLND which was later shown to be positive by permanent biopsy. The sensitivity and specificity of SLND and PET for detecting axillary node metastasis were 83, 100% and 50, 100%, respectively. Although both methods are good for axillary nodal status, the intraoperative frozen biopsy result of SLND was superior to preoperative PET in our preliminary study. (author)

  10. [Bilateral axillary nodes. 30-year-old patient, housewife].

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    Rodak, R; Ramseier, E

    2007-11-14

    A 20-year old patient who had been adequately treated for lymph node tuberculosis 14 years ago presented 1 week after giving birth to a healthy daughter. She complained about painful lumps in both axillae. During pregnancy the patient suffered from hyperemesis gravidarum, lost 6 kg of weight, and had night sweats. During the last three months of her pregnancy she had a deep vein thrombosis in her right lower leg. The clinical examination showed soft axillary lumps up to 3 cm. The lab showed the following pathological findings: blood sedimentation rate 51 mm/h, CRP 44.8 mg/l, LDH 221 U/l and INR 1.3 (indicating insufficient anticoagulation with phenprocoumon). The chest x-ray showed no infiltrate or indications of a past tuberculosis. A fine needle aspiration cytology was performed on an accessible node. Gram stain, Ziehl Neelsen stain, as well as the bacteriological cultures were all negative. An ultrasound examination of the axilla showed a thickened subcutis without a mass. Cytology showed lobular epithelium, consistent wih ductal mamma epithelium without atypical cells. The diagnosis of an accessory mamma tissue in both axillae was made. During the course of the following weeks the glands decreased in size and the patient was free of symptoms.

  11. Clinicopathologic features of sentinel node metastases predictive of positive axillary clearance in grade 1 invasive breast carcinoma.

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    2012-02-01

    BACKGROUND: Sentinel node (SN) biopsy is widely used to stage breast carcinoma and, when positive, typically leads to axillary clearance (AC). AIMS: This study assesses clinicopathologic features of grade 1 breast carcinoma SNs with the aim of identifying a group of patients, who are likely to have a negative AC and can, therefore, safely be spared further surgery. RESULTS: Two hundred and forty-seven patients with grade 1 invasive carcinoma were identified, of whom 29 had a positive SN. Four patients (13.8%) had a positive AC. Positive AC occurred in 3 of 6 (50%) patients whose SN showed extranodal extension (EE), but in only 1 of 23 (4.3%) patients without EE. All patients were staged as pN1(sn) following SN biopsy: only one, who had a 5.27 mm metastasis with EE, was pN2 following AC. CONCLUSIONS: Extranodal extension is a significant predictor of a positive AC in this group. In its absence, AC did not alter the post-SN biopsy pN stage.

  12. Distribution of S-100 positive dendritic cells in bovine pharynx,tonsils, and retropharyngeal lymph nodes

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    Jiaxin WANG; Haixia BIAN; Wei SHI; Zhanjun LU

    2008-01-01

    Dendritic cells (DCs) are professional antigen-presenting cells. However, the distribution of bovine DCs in the pharynx, tonsil, and retropharyngeal lymph nodes has not yet been documented. To address this issue, immunohistochemistry was conducted using S-100 pro-tein as a marker for DCs. It was observed that S-100 positive Langerhans cells (LCs) were primarily found in the basal layer of the pharyngeal epithelium. Some DCs were found in the outer layer of the epithelium and their dendrites extended out towards the epithelial surface. In the tonsil, S-100 positive DCs were found either in follicular germinal centers or in the T-cell areas. It is worth noting that the S-100 positive DCs were not only distributed in the cortex, but also in the medulla of bovine retropharyngeal lymph nodes. The distribution patterns of bovine DCs in the pharynx, tonsil, and retropharyngeal lymph nodes have an important implica-tion for our understanding of the interaction between pathogens and host.

  13. Expression level of novel tumor suppressor gene FATS is associated with the outcome of node positive breast cancer

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    ZHANG Jun; GU Lin; ZHAO Lu-jun; ZHANG Xi-feng; QIU Li; LI Zheng

    2011-01-01

    Background Recently, we reported the identification of a previously uncharacterized and evolutionarily conserved gene, fragile-site associated tumor suppressor (FATS), at a frequently deleted region in irradiation (IR)-induced tumors.However, the role of FATS in breast cancer development and its clinical significance has not been defined. The aim of this study was to determine the role of FA7S in breast cancer development and to evaluate its clinical significance in breast cancer.Methods The expression level of FATS mRNA was determined in 106 breast carcinomas and 23 paired normal breast tissues using quantitative real time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). The relationship between FATS expression and clinicopathological parameters were also analyzed.Results The mRNA level of FATS was down-regulated in breast cancer compared with paired normal tissues. Low expression of FATS was correlated with high nuclear grade. There was a tendency to a favorable outcome for patients with high expression of FATS (P=0.346). However, low expression of FATS was associated with poor outcome of breast cancer patients with node positive (P=0.011). Furthermore, the mRNA level of FATS showed an independent value in predicting the outcome of breast cancer patients with positive lymph nodes.Conclusion FATS is involved in the carcinogenesis and development of breast cancer and could be a potential biomarker and prognostic factor for breast cancer therapy.

  14. Methylation signature of lymph node metastases in breast cancer patients

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    Barekati Zeinab

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Invasion and metastasis are two important hallmarks of malignant tumors caused by complex genetic and epigenetic alterations. The present study investigated the contribution of aberrant methylation profiles of cancer related genes, APC, BIN1, BMP6, BRCA1, CST6, ESR-b, GSTP1, P14 (ARF, P16 (CDKN2A, P21 (CDKN1A, PTEN, and TIMP3, in the matched axillary lymph node metastasis in comparison to the primary tumor tissue and the adjacent normal tissue from the same breast cancer patients to identify the potential of candidate genes methylation as metastatic markers. Methods The quantitative methylation analysis was performed using the SEQUENOM’s EpiTYPER™ assay which relies on matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS. Results The quantitative DNA methylation analysis of the candidate genes showed higher methylation proportion in the primary tumor tissue than that of the matched normal tissue and the differences were significant for the APC, BIN1, BMP6, BRCA1, CST6, ESR-b, P16, PTEN and TIMP3 promoter regions (PAPC, BMP6, BRCA1 and P16 displayed higher methylation proportion in the matched lymph node metastasis than that found in the normal tissue (PBMP6, BRCA1 and P16 have a role in prevention of neoplasm metastasis. Conclusions The results of the present study showed methylation heterogeneity between primary tumors and metastatic lesion. The contribution of aberrant methylation alterations of BMP6, BRCA1 and P16 genes in lymph node metastasis might provide a further clue to establish useful biomarkers for screening metastasis.

  15. Impact of Oncotype DX on treatment decisions in ER-positive, node-negative breast cancer with histologic correlation.

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    Biroschak, Julianne R; Schwartz, Gordon F; Palazzo, Juan P; Toll, Adam D; Brill, Kristin L; Jaslow, Rebecca J; Lee, Sun Yong

    2013-01-01

    Oncotype DX, a gene-expression profiling assay, provides stratification of patients with estrogen-receptor positive, lymph-node-negative early breast cancer into risk groups based on recurrence score, which are associated with distant recurrence and response to chemotherapy. This study aims to determine whether Oncotype DX influences clinicians' treatment decisions, and whether assay results correlate with histologic assessment. Fifty patients with estrogen-receptor positive, node-negative early breast cancer analyzed by Oncotype DX and operated on by two breast surgeons were included. To assess effect on treatment decisions, clinical vignettes were created by retrospective chart review. Physicians were then presented with the clinical vignettes and instructed to make a treatment decisions (i.e., hormone therapy alone versus hormone therapy combined with chemotherapy) both before and after knowledge of the recurrence score. To assess correlation with histologic assessment, a prospective, blinded review of tumor slides was performed by two pathologists. Based on this review, tumors were placed into low, intermediate and high risk groups for comparison with Oncotype DX assay results. Treatment decisions were changed based on Oncotype DX results in 36 and 18% of cases by breast surgeons and medical oncologists, respectively. All tumors categorized as high risk by Oncotype DX were categorized as high risk based on histologic assessment, and 96% of cases categorized as low risk by recurrence score were categorized as low or intermediate risk by histologic assessment. Oncotype DX significantly influences management of estrogen-receptor positive, lymph-node-negative early breast cancer. Further studies are needed to assess association of histologic categorization to assay results. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  16. Node-positive left-sided breast cancer. Does VMAT improve treatment plan quality with respect to IMRT?

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    Pasler, M.; Bartelt, S.; Lutterbach, J. [Lake Constance Radiation Oncology Center Singen, Friedrichshafen (Germany); Georg, D. [Medical University Vienna/AKH Wien, Vienna (Austria). Dept. of Radiooncology; Medical University Vienna (Austria). Christian Doppler Laboratory for Medical Radiation Research for Radiation Oncology

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    Purpose: The aim of the present work was to explore plan quality and dosimetric accuracy of intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) and volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) for lymph node-positive left-sided breast cancer. Methods: VMAT and IMRT plans were generated with the Pinnacle{sup 3} V9.0 treatment planning system for 10 lymph node-positive left-sided breast cancer patients. VMAT plans were created using a single arc and IMRT was performed with 4 beams using 6, 10, and 15 MV photon energy, respectively. Plans were evaluated both manually and automatically using ArtiView trademark. Dosimetric plan verification was performed with a 2D ionization chamber array placed in a full scatter phantom. Results: Photon energy had no significant influence on plan quality for both VMAT and IMRT. Large variability in low doses to the heart was found due to patient anatomy (range V{sub 5} {sub Gy} 26.5-95 %). Slightly more normal tissue dose was found for VMAT (e.g., V{sub Tissue30%} = 22 %) than in IMRT (V{sub Tissue30%} = 18 %). The manual and ArtiView trademark plan evaluation coincided very accurately for most dose metrics (difference < 1 %). In VMAT, 96.7 % of detector points passed the 3 %/3 mm gamma criterion; marginally better accuracy was found in IMRT (98.3 %). Conclusion: VMAT for node-positive left-sided breast cancer retains target homogeneity and coverage when compared to IMRT and allows maximum doses to organs at risk to be reduced. ArtiView trademark enables fast and accurate plan evaluation. (orig.)

  17. Impact of non-axillary sentinel node biopsy on staging and treatment of breast cancer patients

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    Tanis, P J; Nieweg, O E; Valdés Olmos, R A; Peterse, J L; Rutgers, E J Th; Hoefnagel, C A; Kroon, B B R

    2002-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the occurrence of lymphatic drainage to non-axillary sentinel nodes and to determine the implications of this phenomenon. A total of 549 breast cancer patients underwent lymphoscintigraphy after intratumoural injection of 99mTc-nanocolloid. The sentinel node was intraoperatively identified with the aid of intratumoural administered patent blue dye and a gamma-ray detection probe. Histopathological examination of sentinel nodes included step-sectioning at six levels and immunohistochemical staining. A sentinel node outside level I or II of the axilla was found in 149 patients (27%): internal mammary sentinel nodes in 86 patients, other non-axillary sentinel nodes in 44 and both internal mammary and other non-axillary sentinel nodes in nineteen patients. The intra-operative identification rate was 80%. Internal mammary metastases were found in seventeen patients and metastases in other non-axillary sentinel nodes in ten patients. Staging improved in 13% of patients with non-axillary sentinel lymph nodes and their treatment strategy was changed in 17%. A small proportion of clinically node negative breast cancer patients can be staged more precisely by biopsy of sentinel nodes outside level I and II of the axilla, resulting in additional decision criteria for postoperative regional or systemic therapy. British Journal of Cancer (2002) 87, 705–710. doi:10.1038/sj.bjc.6600359 www.bjcancer.com © 2002 Cancer Research UK PMID:12232750

  18. Improved Survival in Male Melanoma Patients in the Era of Sentinel Node Biopsy.

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    Koskivuo, I; Vihinen, P; Mäki, M; Talve, L; Vahlberg, T; Suominen, E

    2017-03-01

    Sentinel node biopsy is a standard method for nodal staging in patients with clinically localized cutaneous melanoma, but the survival advantage of sentinel node biopsy remains unsolved. The aim of this case-control study was to investigate the survival benefit of sentinel node biopsy. A total of 305 prospective melanoma patients undergoing sentinel node biopsy were compared with 616 retrospective control patients with clinically localized melanoma whom have not undergone sentinel node biopsy. Survival differences were calculated with the median follow-up time of 71 months in sentinel node biopsy patients and 74 months in control patients. Analyses were calculated overall and separately in males and females. Overall, there were no differences in relapse-free survival or cancer-specific survival between sentinel node biopsy patients and control patients. Male sentinel node biopsy patients had significantly higher relapse-free survival ( P = 0.021) and cancer-specific survival ( P = 0.024) than control patients. In females, no differences were found. Cancer-specific survival rates at 5 years were 87.8% in sentinel node biopsy patients and 85.2% in controls overall with 88.3% in male sentinel node biopsy patients and 80.6% in male controls and 87.3% in female sentinel node biopsy patients and 89.8% in female controls. Sentinel node biopsy did not improve survival in melanoma patients overall. While females had no differences in survival, males had significantly improved relapse-free survival and cancer-specific survival following sentinel node biopsy.

  19. Lymph Node Ratio as a Risk Factor for Locoregional Recurrence in Breast Cancer Patients with 10 or More Axillary Nodes.

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    Kim, Sang-Won; Choi, Doo Ho; Huh, Seung Jae; Park, Won; Nam, Seok Jin; Kim, Seok Won; Lee, Jeong Eon; Im, Young-Hyuck; Ahn, Jin Seok; Park, Yeon Hee

    2016-06-01

    We analyzed the association of lymph node ratio (LNR) wth locoregional control (LRC) in breast cancer patients with ≥10 involved axillary lymph nodes who underwent multimodality treatment. We retrospectively analyzed 234 breast cancer patients with ≥10 involved axillary lymph nodes between 2000 and 2011. All patients received adjuvant chemotherapy and radiotherapy (RT) after radical surgery. The cutoff value of LNR was obtained using receiver operating characteristic curve analysis. The majority of patients (87.2%) received chemotherapeutic regimen including taxane. RT consisted of tangential fields to the chest wall or intact breast, delivered at a median dose of 50 Gy, and a single anterior port to the supraclavicular lymph node area, delivered at a median dose of 50 Gy. For patients who underwent breast-conserving surgery, an electron boost with a total dose of 9 to 15 Gy was delivered to the tumor bed. Within a median follow-up period of 73.5 months (range, 11-183 months), locoregional recurrence (LRR) occurred in 30 patients (12.8%) and the 5-year LRC rate was 88.8%. After multivariate analysis, LNR ≥0.7 was the only independent factor significantly associated with LRC (hazard ratio, 2.06; 95% confidence interval, 0.99-4.29; p=0.05). An aggressive multimodal treatment approach showed favorable locoregional outcome in patients with ≥10 involved axillary lymph nodes. However, patients with a high LNR ≥0.7 still had an increased risk for LRR, even in the setting of current local treatments.

  20. The Prognostic Value of Lymph Nodes Dissection Number on Survival of Patients with Lymph Node-Negative Gastric Cancer

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    Wu Song

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective. The study was designed to explore the prognostic value of examined lymph node (LN number on survival of gastric cancer patients without LN metastasis. Methods. Between August 1995 and January 2011, 300 patients who underwent gastrectomy with D2 lymphadenectomy for LN-negative gastric cancer were reviewed. Patients were assigned to various groups according to LN dissection number or tumor invasion depth. Some clinical outcomes, such as overall survival, operation time, length of stay, and postoperative complications, were compared among all groups. Results. The overall survival time of LN-negative GC patients was 50.2±30.5 months. Multivariate analysis indicated that LN dissection number (P30. Besides, it was not correlated with operation time, transfusion volume, length of postoperative stay, or postoperative complication incidence (P>0.05. Conclusions. The number of examined lymph nodes is an independent prognostic factor of survival for patients with lymph node-negative gastric cancer. Sufficient dissection of lymph nodes is recommended during surgery for such population.

  1. Node-positive left-sided breast cancer: does VMAT improve treatment plan quality with respect to IMRT?

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    Pasler, M; Georg, D; Bartelt, S; Lutterbach, J

    2013-05-01

    The aim of the present work was to explore plan quality and dosimetric accuracy of intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) and volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) for lymph node-positive left-sided breast cancer. VMAT and IMRT plans were generated with the Pinnacle(3) V9.0 treatment planning system for 10 lymph node-positive left-sided breast cancer patients. VMAT plans were created using a single arc and IMRT was performed with 4 beams using 6, 10, and 15 MV photon energy, respectively. Plans were evaluated both manually and automatically using ArtiView™. Dosimetric plan verification was performed with a 2D ionization chamber array placed in a full scatter phantom. Photon energy had no significant influence on plan quality for both VMAT and IMRT. Large variability in low doses to the heart was found due to patient anatomy (range V(5 Gy) 26.5-95 %). Slightly more normal tissue dose was found for VMAT (e.g., V(Tissue30%) = 22 %) than in IMRT (V(Tissue30%) = 18 %). The manual and ArtiView™ plan evaluation coincided very accurately for most dose metrics (difference plan evaluation.

  2. Sentinel lymph node identification in patients with early stage cervical cancer undergoing radical hysterectomy and pelvic lymphadenectomy

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    李斌; 章文华; 刘琳; 吴令英; 张蓉; 李宁

    2004-01-01

    Background In general, sentinel lymph node (SLN) can reflect the whole state of the entire drainage area. The present study evaluated the clinical significance of sentinel lymph node identification in the treatment of early stage cervical cancer.Methods Twenty-eight patients with early stage (Ia-Iia) cervical cancer undergoing radical hysterectomy and pelvic lymphadenectomy were included in this study. At two locations 8 hours before operation, 0.4 ml 37 Mbq technicium-99 labeled dextran was injected intracervically. After that, preoperative lymphoscintigraphy was performed to detect SLNs. During the operation, lymph nodes were detected ex vivo by a γ-counter to identify SLNs. The samples of SLNs and non-SLNs were used for pathological examination separately and compared with the final results. Results SLNs were identified in 27 of 28 (96.4%) patients. A total of 123 SLNs were identified from 814 nodes. Six patients had altogether 11 positive lymph nodes, which were all SLNs. No patient had false-negative sentinel node. Conclusion SLNs can successfully predict the lymphatic metastasis in patients with cervical cancer. The clinical validity of this technique should be evaluated prospectively.

  3.   Tumor tissue levels of Tissue Inhibitor of Metalloproteinases-1 (TIMP-1) and survival following adjuvant chemotherapy in pre-menopausal lymph node-positive breast cancer patients (N=525)

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    Rasmussen, Anne-Sofie Schrohl; Look, Maxime P.; Meijer-van Gelder, Marion E.

    for the analysis of DFS. A similar pattern was seen in the analyses of OS. In the group treated with CMF, both TIMP-1 low and high patients had significantly better survival than untreated patients (Ppatients, those with TIMP-1 low tumors appear to benefit more from the adjuvant...... Predictive markers are needed to guide planning of adjuvant therapy for patients with breast cancer. We have recently shown that high tumor tissue levels of TIMP-1 are associated with decreased response to chemotherapy in metastatic breast cancer patients (Schrohl et al, Clin Cancer Res, 2006......) suggesting that TIMP-1 may be a predictive marker in breast cancer patients. Purpose: This study investigates the association of tumor tissue TIMP-1 levels with response to adjuvant chemotherapy with CMF (cyclophosphamide/methotrexate/5-fluorouracil) or an anthracycline-containing regimen. Patients...

  4. Computed tomography image characteristics of metastatic lymph nodes in patients with squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck.

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    Hung, Shih-Han; Lin, Chien-Yu; Lee, Jui-Ying; Tseng, How

    2012-12-01

    Metastatic neck nodes are commonly described as "heterogenous" or "inhomogenous" on computed tomographic (CT) images, and this remains a highly subjective issue. The purpose of this study is to justify classical criteria and to develop novel supplemental methods for diagnosing a positive neck node on CT scans. Fifty-four patients with H&N SCC were separated into two groups according to their neck nodal status. CT scan digital images were used and the lymph node borders were selected by a radiologist. Lymph node images from the pathologically proven N- (negative for cervical metastases) group were compared to the N+ (positive for cervical metastases) group. Image-analysis software, ImageJ, was used to record and compare various characteristics collected from the images. The image-analysis comparisons shows, the area (size) of the lymph node in the N+ group is much larger than the N- group (474.02 VS.81.55mm(2)) (Placunarity, a parameter used to describe gappiness or inhomogeneity, of the N+ group was significantly higher than the N- group (P=0.026). While size of the lymph node remains an important factor in the interpretation of a clinically suspicious lymph node metastasis on CT scan images, the distribution of pixel values could not clarify a heterogeneous state. Nevertheless, 'lacunarity' proves to be a more accurate parameter which correlates better to the subjective heterogeneity. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  5. Is axillary lymph node dissection necessary after sentinel lymph node biopsy in patients with mastectomy and pathological N1 breast cancer?

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    Fu, Yun; Chung, Debra; Cao, Minh-An; Apple, Sophia; Chang, Helena

    2014-12-01

    The American College of Surgeons Oncology Group (ACOSOG) Z0011 trial reported that axillary lymph node dissection (ALND) did not change the recurrence and overall survival (OS) rates in patients with lumpectomy and one to two positive nodes detected by sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB). The aim of this study was to determine whether patients with mastectomy and pathological N1 disease found by SLNB could forego ALND. This is a retrospective study of 214 patients diagnosed with primary invasive breast cancer who were treated by mastectomy and lymph node staging surgery (SLNB or ALND) at the Revlon/UCLA Breast Center between January 2002 and December 2010. Patients with pathological N1 disease were separated by their first nodal surgery into SLNB (subgroups: observation, radiation, and additional ALND with or without radiation) and ALND groups (subgroups: ALND with or without radiation). After a median follow-up of 43.6 months, the OS and systemic relapse-free survival (RFS) rate of the radiation group and additional ALND group were significantly better than the observation group (p = 0.031 and 0.046, respectively). Human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) expression was found to predict OS and patients' age, histological grade and HER2 expression predicted systemic recurrence. Compared with the SLNB group, pain (p = 0.021) and lymphedema (p = 0.043) occurred more frequently in the ALND group. Radiation was as effective as ALND in patients with mastectomy and N1 disease for OS and RFS rates, yet radiation after SLNB had fewer side effects than ALND. SLNB followed by radiation could replace ALND in patients with mastectomy and pathological N1 breast cancer identified by SLNB.

  6. Lymph Node Failure Pattern and Treatment Results of Esophageal Cancer Patients Treated with Definitive Radiotherapy

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    Lee, Sun Young; Kwon, Hyoung Cheol; Kim, Jung Soo [Chonbuk National University Hospital, Jeonju (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Heui Kwan [The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Soo Geon [Jesushospital, Jeonju (Korea, Republic of)

    2008-06-15

    We evaluated the failure pattern of the celiac axis, gastric lymph node, and treatment outcome in the upper and mid-esophageal region of cancer patients treated by definitive radiotherapy, except when treating the celiac axis and gastric lymph node for treatment volume, retrospectively. Materials and Methods: The study constituted the evaluation 108 patients with locally advanced esophageal cancer receiving radiotherapy or a combination of radiotherapy and chemotherapy at Chonbuk National University Hospital from January 1986 to December 2006. In total, 82 patients treated by planned radiotherapy, except when treating the celiac axis and gastric lymph node for treatment volume, were analysed retrospectively. The study population consisted of 78 men and 2 women (mean age of 63.2 years). In addition, 51 patients received radiotherapy alone, whereas 31 patients received a combination of radiation therapy and chemotherapy. The primary cancer sites were located in the upper portion (17 patients), and mid portion (65 patients), respectively. Further, the patients were in various clinical stages including T1N0-1M0 (7 patients), T2N0-1M0 (18 patients), T3N0-1M0 (44 patients) and T4N0-1M0 (13 patients). The mean follow up period was 15 months. Results: The various treatment outcomes included complete response (48 patients), partial response (31 patients) and no response (3 patients). The failure patterns of the lymph node were comprised of the regional lymph node (23 patients) and the distance lymph node which included celiac axis and gastric lymph node (13 patients). However, metastasis was not observed in the regional and distant lymph node in 10 patients, whereas 36 patients were not evaluated. Furthermore, of the 13 patients who developed celiac axis and gastric lymph node metastases, 3 were in stage T1N0-1M0 and 10 were in stage T2-4N0-1M0. A complete response appeared in 12 patients, whereas a partial response appeared in 1 patient. The mean survival time of the

  7. [Treatment outcomes of patients with cervical lymph node recurrence after esophagectomy for esophageal cancer].

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    Takemura, Masashi; Kaibe, Nobuaki; Takii, Mamiko; Yoshida, Kayo; Niwa, Hirotaka; Oshima, Tsutomu; Kikuchi, Shoujiro; Sasako, Mitsuru

    2014-11-01

    Herein, we report the treatment outcomes of patients with limited cervical lymph node recurrence after esophagectomy for esophageal cancer. Between April 2010 and December 2013, 8 patients with cervical lymph nodes recurrence were diagnosed and treated in our department. All patients were detected with recurrent disease by using positron emission tomography computed tomography(PET-CT), and among these, 5 patients had solitary node recurrence. Initial treatments were irradiation therapy in 5 patients and lymphadenectomy in 3 patients. Four of 5 patients underwent irradiation therapy and lymphadenectomy. Four of 5 patients with solitary node recurrence are still alive without relapse of disease. In conclusion, PET-CT can be useful for early detection of recurrent disease after esophagectomy. Appropriate therapy for patients with solitary cervical lymph node recurrence is associated with long-term survival after recurrence.

  8. Cytokeratin-positive interstitial reticulum cell tumors of lymph nodes: a case report and review of literature

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    DONG Ying-chun; WU Bo; SHENG Zhen; WANG Jian-dong; ZHOU Hang-bo; ZHOU Xiao-jun

    2008-01-01

    @@ Cytokeratin-positive interstitial reticulum cells(CIRCs)are considered to represent a subset of fibroblastic reticulum cells(FBRCs)belonging to accessory dendritic cells in lymph nodes,the spleen and tonsils.1-3

  9. Frozen section analysis of sentinel lymph nodes in patients with breast cancer does not impair the probability to detect lymph node metastases

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    E.V.E. Madsen (Eva V. E.); J. van Dalen (Jan); P.J. van Gorp (Patrick); P.M.P. Van Oort (Poultje M. P.)

    2012-01-01

    textabstractIntra-operative frozen section analysis (FS analysis) of sentinel lymph nodes (SLNs) in patients with breast cancer can prevent a second operation for axillary lymph node dissection. In contrast, loss of tissue during FS analysis may impair the probability to detect lymph node metastases

  10. Meta-analysis of ultrasound-guided biopsy of suspicious axillary lymph nodes in the selection of patients with extensive axillary tumour burden in breast cancer

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    Wely, B.J. van; Wilt, J.H.W. de; Francissen, C.; Teerenstra, S.; Strobbe, L.J.A.

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Recent studies show that not all patients with breast cancer and positive axillary lymph nodes need additional axillary surgery. A systematic review and meta-analysis of the literature was performed to test the hypothesis that ultrasound-guided biopsy of suspicious nodes can be a useful

  11. The significance of a supraclavicular node metastasis in patients with breast cancer. A literature review

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    Debois, J.M. [Eeuwfeestkliniek, Antwerpen (Belgium). Dept. of Radiation Oncology

    1997-01-01

    Background: Data on the incidence, the risk factors, the possibilities of the different adjuvant therapies in the prevention and the prognosis of a supraclavicular metastatic node in a patient with breast cancer are rather scarce, when compared with the literature on axillary nodes. Material: Relevant literature. Results: In spite of the low attention in the literature, we could have an insight on its incidence, the impact of positive axillary nodes, the rather low efficiency of chemotherapy in preventing them and the more pronounced effect of locoregional radiotherapy. conclusion: The prognosis is rather dismal as supraclavicular nodes are mostly the prelude to new metastases. Supraclavicular nodes can well be treated but the treatment does not influence survival. (orig.) [Deutsch] Hintergrund: Die Inzidenz von supraklavikulaeren Lymphknotenmetastasen (SCN) haengt im wesentlichen ab von der Tumorgroesse, dem axillaeren Status, der adaequaten Ausraeumung der Axilla und von der adaequaten Durchfuehrung der Radiotherapie. Sie wird wahrscheinlich nicht von der adjuvanten Chemotherapie beeinflusst. Haeufig, d.h. in etwa 75%, sind zeitgleich weitere Fernmetastasen vorhanden. Eine spuraklavikulaere Lymphknotenmetastase ist - ebenso wie dies fuer axillaere Lymphknotenmetastasen bekannt ist - ein klarer Hinweis fuer eine hohe Wahrscheinlichkeit der Fernmetastasierung. Die Prognose von SCN ist schlecht, mit einigen Ausnahmen. Daher muss alles getan werden, um sie zu verhindern. Die Radiotherapie ist wahrscheinlich die beste Methode und sollte immer dann prophylaktisch im Bereich der Supraklavikularregion verabreicht werden, ebenso wie die Behandlung der Brustwand oder Brust, wenn die axillaeren Lymphknoten positiv sind. Die adjuvante Chemotherapie macht die adjuvante Radiotherapie nicht ueberfluessig. Schlussfolgerung: Es muss noch viel zur Erkennung von exakten Patientenparametern getan werden, die kritisch fuer die Entwicklung von SCN sind, um solche Patienten zur

  12. Axillary ultrasound and fine-needle aspiration in preoperative staging of axillary lymph nodes in patients with invasive breast cancer*

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    Rocha, Rafael Dahmer; Girardi, André Ricardo; Pinto, Renata Reis; de Freitas, Viviane Aguilera Rolim

    2015-01-01

    Objective To propose an algorithm to determine the necessity for ultrasonography-guided fine-needle aspiration (US-FNA) in preoperative axillary lymph node staging of patients with invasive breast cancer. Materials and Methods Prospective study developed at National Cancer Institute. The study sample included 100 female patients with breast cancer referred for axillary staging by US-FNA. Results The overall US-FNA sensitivity was set at 79.4%. The positive predictive value was calculated to be 100%, and the negative predictive value, 69.5%. The US-FNA sensitivity for lymph nodes with normal sonographic features was 0%, while for indeterminate lymph nodes it was 80% and, for suspicious lymph nodes, 90.5%. In the assessment of invasive breast tumors stages T1, T2 and T3, the sensitivity was respectively 69.6%, 83.7% and 100%. US-FNA could avoid sentinel node biopsy in 54% of cases. Conclusion Axillary ultrasonography should be included in the preoperative staging of all patients with invasive breast cancer. The addition of US-FNA in cases of lymph nodes suspicious for malignancy may prevent more than 50% of sentinel lymphadenectomies, significantly shortening the time interval to definitive therapy. PMID:26811550

  13. Benign schwannoma in supraclavicular region: a false-positive lymph node recurrence of breast cancer suspected by PET scan.

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    Perniola, Giorgia; Tomao, Federica; Fischetti, Margherita; Lio, Stephanie; Pecorella, Irene; Benedetti Panici, Pierluigi

    2014-09-01

    Positron emission tomography (PET) is the most accurate imaging modalities to detect malignancies. And it helps to take decisions regarding diagnosis, staging, recurrence, and therapeutical management. We report a case of a suspected supraclavicular lymph node relapse, diagnosed by PET-CT in a breast cancer patient. The lymph node was surgically removed in outpatient with local anesthesia. Histological findings diagnosed a benign Schwannoma. In this patient PET-CT failed to distinguish benign tumors from metastatic supraclavicular lymph nodes. This case confirms the need to investigate histologically suspected supraclavicular lesions, during breast cancer follow up.

  14. [Prospect and guideline update of sentinel lymph node biopsy for patients with early-stage breast carcinoma].

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    Zhou, Mei-qi; Chen, Hai-long; Hu, Yue; Deng, Yong-chuan; Zheng, Shu

    2014-07-01

    Axillary lymph nodes are the most common and initial site of metastasis of breast carcinoma. Precise axillary staging of breast carcinoma before initial treatment is crucial as it allows efficient identification for local and systemic treatment options, and provides prognostic information. Sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) is an accurate minimally invasive technology for axillary staging. Although top evidence of high-quality clinical trials showed that SLNB could safely and effectively replace axillary lymph node dissection (ALND) for axillary negative patients with decrease in complications and improvement in quality of life, there are specific indications and contraindications for SLNB. Clinicians should balance the compliance of guideline and native clinical practice, especially for the circumstance of multifocal/multicentric lesion, breast biopsy history, and neoadjuvant chemotherapy. With the accumulation of clinical practice and new results of clinical trials, axillary therapy has changed from unique surgery to patient-tailored multi-disciplinary intervention, although ALND should be recommended traditionally if SLNB is positive. Intensive and accurate preoperative axillary staging is gradually valued by clinicians. Development of imaging modality especially ultrasonography and ultrasound-guided biopsy can identify some extra lymph node positive patients directly to ALND with avoidance of unnecessary SLNB. Thus, the positive rate of SLNB will decline significantly. It seems possible that axillary management will step into a noninvasive era abandoning SLNB in some patients with small breast cancer. In this article we review the prospect and guideline update of SLNB for patients with early-stage breast cancer.

  15. Interval Sentinel Lymph Nodes: An Unusual Localization in Patients with Cutaneous Melanoma

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    A. M. Manganoni

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. Recent studies have demonstrated that there exists a great variation in the lymphatic drainage in patients with malignant melanoma. Some patients have drainage to lymph nodes outside of conventional nodal basins. The lymph nodes that exist between a primary melanoma and its regional nodal basin are defined “interval nodes”. Interval node occurs in a small minority of patients with forearm melanoma. We report our experience of the Melanoma Unit of University Hospital Spedali Civili Brescia, Italy. Methods. Lymphatic mapping using cutaneous lymphoscintigraphy (LS has become a standard preoperative diagnostic procedure to locate the sentinel lymph nodes (SLNs in cutaneous melanoma. We used LS to identify sentinel lymph nodes biopsy (SLNB in 480 patients. Results. From over 2100 patients affected by cutaneous melanoma, we identified 2 interval nodes in 480 patients with SLNB . The melanomas were both located in the left forearm. The interval nodes were also both located in the left arm. Conclusion. The combination of preoperative LS and intraoperative hand-held gamma detecting probe plays a remarkable role in identifying these uncommon lymph node locations. Knowledge of the unusual drainage patterns will help to ensure the accuracy and the completeness of sentinel nodes identification.

  16. Is Sentinel Lymph Node Dissection Necessary in All Patients with Ductal Carcinoma In Situ Undergoing Total Mastectomy?

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    Bonev, Valentina; De Paz Villanueva, Carlos Chavez; Solomon, Naveenraj; Senthil, Maheswari; Reeves, Mark E; Garberoglio, Carlos; Lum, Sharon S

    2016-10-01

    When ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) is found on core needle biopsy, rates of upgrade to invasive cancer of 25 per cent and nodal positivity of 10 per cent have been reported. Sentinel lymph node dissection (SLND) is recommended when mastectomy is performed for DCIS. We investigated the role of SLND in DCIS patients undergoing partial and total mastectomy (TM). During the study period 2004 to 2013, 170 patients with DCIS were identified with a median age of 60 years (range 26-84 years). Of these, 58.2 per cent had partial mastectomy (PM) alone, 10.6 per cent had PM with SLND, and 31.1 per cent had TM with or without contralateral prophylactic mastectomy with SLND. Overall, SLND identified positive nodes in 4.2 per cent of patients. Upgrade to invasive carcinoma on final breast pathology was found in 8.2 per cent of patients overall, including 4.0 per cent of patients undergoing PM alone, 22.2 per cent undergoing PM with SLND, and 11.3 per cent for TM with SLND (P = 0.8). In this study, patients diagnosed with DCIS on core needle biopsy had lower than expected rates of positive sentinel nodes and upgrade to invasive carcinoma. Surgeons and patients should revisit the necessity of SLND in DCIS patients undergoing mastectomy, which could lead to decreased health expenditure, resources, time, morbidity, and emotional impact on patients.

  17. Resistance between two nodes in general position on an m ×n fan network

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    Essam, J. W.; Tan, Zhi-Zhong; Wu, F. Y.

    2014-09-01

    The resistance between two nodes in general position on a fan network with n radial lines and m transverse lines is determined. Also a similar result of Izmailian, Kenna, and Wu [J. Phys. A: Math. Theor. 47, 035003 (2014), 10.1088/1751-8113/47/3/035003] for an m ×n cobweb network is reproduced, but the method used here is significantly different. It avoids the use of the Kirchhoff matrix, requires the solution of just one instead of two eigenvalue problems, and results directly in only a single summation. Further, the current distribution is given explicitly as a byproduct of the method. The method is the same as that used by Tan, Zhou, and Yang [J. Phys. A: Math. Theor. 46, 195202 (2013), 10.1088/1751-8113/46/19/195202] to find the cobweb resistance between center and perimeter for 1≤m≤3 and general n. Proof of their conjecture for general m is discussed.

  18. Clinical Implication of Cyclooxygenase-2 Expression for Rectal Cancer Patients with Lymph Node Involvement

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    Lee, Hyung Sik; Choi, Young Min; Hur, Won Joo; Kim, Su Jin; Kim, Dae Cheol; Roh, Mee Sook; Hong, Young Seoub; Park, Ki Jae [Dona-A University School of Medicine, Busan (Korea, Republic of)

    2009-12-15

    To assess the influence of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) expression on the survival of patients with a combination of rectal cancer and lymph node metastasis. The study included rectal cancer patients treated by radical surgery and postoperative radiotherapy at the Dong-A university hospital from 1998 to 2004. A retrospective analysis was performed on a subset of patients that also had lymph node metastasis. After excluding eight of 86 patients, due to missing tissue samples in three, malignant melanoma in one, treatment of gastric cancer around one year before diagnosis in one, detection of lung cancer after one year of diagnosis in one, liver metastasis in one, and refusal of radiotherapy after 720 cGy in one, 78 patients were analyzed. The immunohistochemistry for COX-2 was conducted with an autostainer (BenchMark; Ventana, Tucson, AZ, USA). An image analyzer (TissueMine; Bioimagene, Cupertino, CA, USA) was used for analysis after scanning (ScanScope; Aperio, Vista, CA, USA). A survival analysis was performed using the Kaplan Meier method and significance was evaluated using the log rank test. COX-2 was stained positively in 62 patients (79.5%) and negatively in 16 (20.5%). A total of 6 (7.7%), 15 (19.2%), and 41 (52.6%) patients were of grades 1, 2, and 3, respectively for COX-2 expression. No correlation was found between being positive of COX-2 patient characteristics, which include age (<60-year old vs. {>=}60), sex, operation methods (abdominoperineal resection vs. lower anterior resection), degrees of differentiation, tumor size (<5 cm vs. {>=}5 cm), T stages, N stages, and stages (IIIa, IIIb, IIIc). The 5-year overall and 5-year disease free survival rates for the entire patient population were 57.0% and 51.6%, respectively. The 5-year overall survival rates for the COX-2 positive and negative patients were 53.0% and 72.9%, respectively (p=0.146). Further, the 5-year disease free survival rates for the COX-2 positive and negative patients were 46.3% and 72

  19. Propensity Scoring after Multiple Imputation in a Retrospective Study on Adjuvant Radiation Therapy in Lymph-Node Positive Vulvar Cancer.

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    Eulenburg, Christine; Suling, Anna; Neuser, Petra; Reuss, Alexander; Canzler, Ulrich; Fehm, Tanja; Luyten, Alexander; Hellriegel, Martin; Woelber, Linn; Mahner, Sven

    2016-01-01

    Propensity scoring (PS) is an established tool to account for measured confounding in non-randomized studies. These methods are sensitive to missing values, which are a common problem in observational data. The combination of multiple imputation of missing values and different propensity scoring techniques is addressed in this work. For a sample of lymph node-positive vulvar cancer patients, we re-analyze associations between the application of radiotherapy and disease-related and non-related survival. Inverse-probability-of-treatment-weighting (IPTW) and PS stratification are applied after multiple imputation by chained equation (MICE). Methodological issues are described in detail. Interpretation of the results and methodological limitations are discussed.

  20. Thyroglobulin measurement in the fine-needle aspiration washout for diagnosing cervical lymph node metastasis in the patients with differentiated papillary thyroid cancer

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    Kim, Byung Moon [Kangbuk Samsung Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Eun Kyung; Kim, Min Jung [Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2006-11-15

    We wanted to evaluate the utility of thyroglobulin measurement in the washout of the needle (FNA-Tg) used for fine needle biopsy for detecting lymph node metastasis in patients with differentiated papillary thyroid carcinoma (DPTC). We performed ultrasonography-guided fine-needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) and FNA-Tg for 50 ultrasonographically suspicious lymph nodes in 45 DPTC patients. Eighteen patients underwent thyroidectomy before FNA and the remaining 27 patients underwent fine-needle aspiration prior to surgery. The final diagnoses were determined based on the results of histological examination of the excised specimens (n = 21) or on the follow-up examination that was done least 12 months after surgery. Lymph node metastases were confirmed in 19 patients. FNAC detected 14 metastatic lymph nodes in 14 patients, and FNA-Tg detected 18 metastatic lymph nodes in 18 patients. While none of 3 cystic lymph nodes metastasis was detected via FNAC, they all revealed positive results via FNA-Tg. One patient with a negative result on both methods had one metastatic lymph node among 9 excised lymph nodes, and this one node had not been sampled via FNAC or Tg. The sensitivities and specificities of FNAC and FNA-Tg were 73.6% (14/19) and 100% (27/27), and 94.7% (18/19) and 96.2% (26/27), respectively. FNA-Tg is a useful technique for the early detection of lymph node metastasis, and especially for detecting cystic lymph node metastasis in patients with DPTC.

  1. Sentinel Lymph Node Occult Metastases Have Minimal Survival Effect in Some Breast Cancer Patients

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    Detailed examination of sentinel lymph node tissue from breast cancer patients revealed previously unidentified metastases in about 16% of the samples, but the difference in 5-year survival between patients with and without these metastases was very small

  2. Study of internal mammary sentinel lymph node biopsy in breast cancer patients after neoadjuvant chemotherapy

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    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Xiao-Shan Cao,1,2 Bin-Bin Cong,1,2 Xiao Sun,1 Peng-Fei Qiu,1 Yong-Sheng Wang1 1Breast Cancer Center, Shandong Cancer Hospital and Institute, Jinan, Shandong, People’s Republic of China; 2School of Medicine and Life Sciences, Jinan University-Shandong Academy of Medical Sciences, Jinan, Shandong, People’s Republic of ChinaInternal mammary lymph node (IMLN metastasis has a similar prognostic importance as axillary lymph nodal involvement in breast cancer patients.1 Patients with both axillary- and internal mammary-positive nodes have a very poor prognosis.2 Reliable data for internal mammary nodal metastases are reported to be present in 18%–33% (mean 23.4% of patients who have not been treated with neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC mostly concomitant with axillary metastases, and metastases exclusively situated in the internal mammary chain occur in 2%–11% of patients,3 but limited data are available in the context of NAC.

  3. To Identify Predictors of Central Lymph Node Metastasis in Patients with Clinically Node-Negative Conventional Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma

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    Jiru Yuan

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective. The aim of this study was to identify the risk factors associated with central lymph node metastasis (CLNM in patients with clinically node-negative conventional papillary thyroid carcinoma (cN0 CPTC. Methods. A total of 190 cN0 CPTC patients who underwent thyroidectomy with prophylactic central neck dissection (pCND in the Department of General Surgery at Guangdong General Hospital between March 2014 and December 2015 were assessed retrospectively. The relations of CLNM with clinicopathologic characteristics of cN0 CPTC were analyzed by univariate and multivariate logistic regression. Results. The incidence of CLNM in patients with cN0 CPTC was 63.2% (120 of 190 cases. Univariate analysis showed that age 2 cm (P=0.009, multifocality (P=0.001, and bilaterality (P=0.000 were significantly associated with the increased incidence of CLNM in cN0 CPTC. No significant correlations were found between CLNM and other variables such as gender (P=0.150, capsular invasion (P=0.973, extrathyroidal invasion (P=0.616, and lymphadenectomy (P=0.062. Multivariate logistic regression analysis revealed that age 2 cm (P=0.025, and bilaterality (P=0.000 were independent risk factors of CLNM in patients with cN0 CPTC. Conclusions. Metastatic disease to central compartment lymph nodes is prevalent in patients with cN0 CPTC. Age 2 cm, and bilaterality are independent risk factors of CLNM, which allow for selective CND in patients with cN0 CPTC.

  4. Suggestion of optimal patient characteristics for sentinel lymph node mapping in colorectal adenocarcinoma

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    Claudio A Quadros

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available CONTEXT: In a previously published study, the variables lower rectal tumor site, preoperative chemoradiotherapy and large tumors were considered as independent risk factors for the inability of sentinel lymph node identification in patients with colorectal adenocarcinoma. OBJECTIVES: To determine if these variables could interfere in the precision and upstaging benefit of sentinel lymph node mapping in colorectal cancer. METHODS: A database composed of 52 patients submitted to lymphatic mapping using technetium-99m-phytate and patent blue was reviewed. Only patients with tumors smaller than 5.0 cm, not submitted to preoperative chemoradiotherapy and without lower rectal cancer were included. RESULTS: With these parameters, 11 patients remained to be studied. The sentinel lymph node identification rate was 100%, with a sensitivity of 100%, negative predictive value of 100%, no false negatives and accuracy of 100%. Sentinel lymph nodes were the only metastatic nodes in 36.4% of the patients, micrometastases (<0.2 cm or only identified by immunohistochemistry provided an upstaging rate of 27.1% and metastases an upstaging rate of 9.1%. CONCLUSION: The parameters proposed in this study for selection of colorectal adenocarcinoma patients to be submitted to sentinel lymph node mapping identified optimal accuracy and good upstaging results. As the number of included patients was low, these results could serve as guidance for proper patient selection in further prospective lymph node mapping studies in colorectal cancer patients.

  5. Limited Supraclavicular Radiation Field in Breast Cancer With ≥ 10 Positive Axillary Lymph Nodes.

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    Yu, Jeong Il; Park, Won; Choi, Doo Ho; Huh, Seung Jae; Nam, Seok Jin; Kim, Seok Won; Lee, Jeong Eon; Kil, Won Ho; Im, Young-Hyuck; Ahn, Jin Seok; Park, Yeon Hee; Cho, Eun Yun

    2016-06-01

    The present study was conducted to evaluate the patterns of recurrence and factors related to axillary or supraclavicular recurrence (ASR) and to suggest the probable indications of supraclavicular radiotherapy (SCRT) field modification for breast cancer patients with ≥ 10 axillary lymph node (LN) metastases who had received the current standard systemic management and limited-field SCRT. We performed a retrospective study of patients with breast cancer with ≥ 10 axillary LN metastases who had received standard surgery with postoperative RT, including limited SCRT (level III and supraclavicular area) and taxane-based adjuvant chemotherapy (except for neoadjuvant chemotherapy), from January 2000 to June 2012. ASR was defined as recurrence to levels I to III of the axillary or supraclavicular area. The present study included 301 patients with breast cancer with ≥ 10 axillary LN metastases. The median follow-up period was 59.1 months (range, 7.4-167.9 months). Overall, 32 cases (10.6%) of locoregional recurrence were observed, and 27 patients (9.0%) exhibited ASR. Additionally, 16 patients (5.3%) developed recurrence in levels I or II of the axillary area, which are not included in the SCRT field. ASR-free survival was significantly related to the LN ratio (LNR) in both univariate and multivariate analysis. ASR was the most prevalent locoregional recurrence pattern in patients with breast cancer with ≥ 10 axillary LN metastases, and LNR was a significant prognostic factor for the development of ASR. Modification of the SCRT field, including the full axilla, should be considered in patients with a greater LNR. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  6. Population based study on sentinel node biopsy before or after neoadjuvant chemotherapy in clinically node negative breast cancer patients : Identification rate and influence on axillary treatment

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    van der Heiden-van der Loo, M.; de Munck, L.; Sonke, G. S.; van Dalen, T.; van Diest, P. J.; van den Bongard, H. J. G. D.; Peeters, P. H. M.; Rutgers, E. J. T.

    The timing of the sentinel lymph node biopsy (SNB) is controversial in clinically node negative patients receiving neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC). We studied variation in the timing of axillary staging in breast cancer patients who received NAC and the subsequent axillary treatment in The

  7. Preoperative axillary imaging with percutaneous lymph node biopsy is valuable in the contemporary management of patients with breast cancer.

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    Hieken, Tina J; Trull, Brent C; Boughey, Judy C; Jones, Katie N; Reynolds, Carol A; Shah, Sejal S; Glazebrook, Katrina N

    2013-10-01

    ACOSOG Z11 and other studies showing little benefit to axillary dissection (ALND) for early-stage breast cancers with limited nodal disease have led to questioning the value of preoperative axillary imaging ± ultrasound-guided needle biopsy (USNB). Data are lacking on the value of this approach in identifying cases that fall outside Z11 guidelines. We studied 988 consecutive patients with invasive breast cancers who underwent operation including axillary surgery in 2010-2011. Preoperative axillary ultrasonography (AUS) was performed in 92% and breast/axillary magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in 51%; 82 (33.5%) of 245 patients with suspicious lymph nodes (LN) were USNB-positive. Regarding nodal status, AUS, MRI, and USNB had negative and positive predictive values of 78%, 76%, 70% and 54%, 58%, 100%, respectively. AUS/MRI visualization of one versus multiple abnormal LNs visualized predicted >2LN+ on final pathology (13.5%/15.1% % vs 30.8%/32.6%, P 2LN+, P = .001. In our contemporary series, preoperative AUS±USNB streamlined surgical care for 29% of node-positive patients. Two-thirds of T1/T2 USNB-LN+ patients with multiple AUS-suspicious LNs had >2LN+, suggesting they should undergo ALND without SLNB. AUS±USNB helps identify node-positive breast cancer patients who fall outside Z11 guidelines. Copyright © 2013 Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.

  8. Anthracycline-based induction chemotherapy followed by concurrent cyclophosphamide, methotrexate and 5-fluorouracil and radiation therapy in surgically resected axillary node-positive breast cancer.

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    Recchia, Francesco; Candeloro, Giampiero; Cesta, Alisia; DI Staso, Mario; Bonfili, Pierluigi; Gravina, Giovanni Luca; DI Cesare, Ernesto; Necozione, Stefano; Rea, Silvio

    2014-05-01

    The present study aimed to determine the toxicity and efficacy of 4 courses of anthracyclines-taxane (AT) chemotherapy followed by radiation therapy (XRT) concurrent with cyclophosphamide, methotrexate and 5-fluorouracil (CMF) in surgically resected axillary node-positive (N+) breast cancer. A total of 200 women with N+ breast cancer were treated with adriamycin and docetaxel followed by XRT concurrent with six courses of CMF. Two courses of dose-dense chemotherapy with ifosfamide, carboplatin and etoposide, supported by pegfilgrastim, were administered to patients with >5 histologically confirmed axillary lymph node metastases and patients with triple-negative disease. Additional treatments included 1 year of trastuzumab in human epidermal growth factor receptor 2-positive patients, 5 years of a luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone analogue in premenopausal women and 5 years of an aromatase inhibitor (AI) in estrogen receptor-positive (ER+) patients. The mean number of positive axillary lymph nodes was 4.4 (range, 2-37), 52% of the patients were premenopausal, 74% were ER+ and 26% had triple-negative disease. After a median follow-up of 73 months, grade 2 and 3 hematological toxicity was observed in 20% of the patients. The 10-year disease-free survival (DFS) and overall survival (OS) rates were 73 and 77%, respectively. There was no significant difference in DFS between ER+ and estrogen receptor-negative (ER-) patients (P>0.05), whereas the OS was better in ER+ vs. ER- patients (P<0.05) and in premenopausal vs. postmenopausal patients (P<0.005). In conclusion, induction AT concurrent CMF and XRT and dose-dense chemotherapy followed by AI in N+ high-risk breast cancer was associated with a low level of systemic and late cardiac toxicity and excellent local control, DFS and OS.

  9. Residual thymic tissue and lymph node involvement by acute myeloid leukaemia presenting as mediastinal, strongly (18) FDG-PET-positive masses.

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    Maschmeyer, Georg; Brink, Ingo; Jähne, Doris; Arnold, Renate; Schega, Olaf

    2017-09-01

    We report on a multidisciplinary management of a 68-year-old AML patient presenting with a PET-positive mediastinal tumour typical for lymph node metastasis. It was removed via minimally invasive thoracoscopic intervention and was identified as a thymus residual infiltrated by AML. Follow-up PET-CT scan after resection and remission induction chemotherapy was completely normal. To our knowledge, this is the first documented case report of AML presenting with PET-positive infiltrates of thymic and lymph node tissue along the aortic bow mimicking a second intrathoracic malignancy. Our observation indicates the usefulness of this imaging technique and supports clarification of these unusual findings in AML patients, in case of need also by invasive diagnostic procedures, to enable an adequate therapeutic decision. © 2017 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  10. Cross-validation of three predictive tools for non-sentinel node metastases in breast cancer patients with micrometastases or isolated tumor cells in the sentinel node

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    Tvedskov, T F; Meretoja, T J; Jensen, M B

    2014-01-01

    BACKGROUND: We cross-validated three existing models for the prediction of non-sentinel node metastases in patients with micrometastases or isolated tumor cells (ITC) in the sentinel node, developed in Danish and Finnish cohorts of breast cancer patients, to find the best model to identify patients...... who might benefit from further axillary treatment. MATERIAL AND METHOD: Based on 484 Finnish breast cancer patients with micrometastases or ITC in sentinel node a model has been developed for the prediction of non-sentinel node metastases. Likewise, two separate models have been developed in 1577...... metastases while less than 1% was identified by the Finish model. In contrast, the Finish model predicted a much larger proportion of patients being in the low-risk group with less than 10% risk of non-sentinel node metastases. CONCLUSION: The Danish model for micrometastases worked well in predicting high...

  11. RESULTS OF SECOND-LOOK LAPAROTOMY WITH EXTENSIVE DISSECTION OF RETROPERITONEAL LYMPH NODE IN OVARIAN CANCER PATIENTS

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    2000-01-01

    Objective: To evaluate retrospectively the results of extensive lymphadenectomy during second-look laparotomy on patients with ovarian cancer. Methods: A total of 63 patients with ovarian malignancies received second-look laparotomy (SLL). Retroperitoneal lymph nodes, including pelvic and para-aortic lymph nodes below the level of left renal vein, were extensively dissected. Results: Of the 63 patients, residual tumor was found in 24 (38.0%) on SLL. The frequency of residual tumor was positively correlated with the clinical stage and with the amount of tumor left after initial debulking but not with degree of differentiation of tumor cells. Lymph node metastasis(LNM) was pathologically confirmed in 19 cases (30.2%), of which no residual tumor was found in 8 patients. Tumor recurred in only 4 of the 39 patients (10.3%) with negative SLL. The overall 3- and 5-year survival rate were 75.0% and 68.0%, respectively. Conclusion: Extensive retroperitoneal lymph node dissection was recommended during SLL. It favored a decrease in recurrence rate in ovarian cancer patients negative on SLL.

  12. Peritumoral lymphatic invasion in patients with node-negative mammary duct carcinoma.

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    Clemente, C G; Boracchi, P; Andreola, S; Del Vecchio, M; Veronesi, P; Rilke, F O

    1992-03-15

    Five hundred six consecutive cases of ductal infiltrating carcinoma of the breast (T1-T2,N0,M0) were evaluated to define the frequency of peritumoral lymphatic invasion (PLI) and verify its possible prognostic significance. Histologically, PLI was characterized by the presence of neoplastic emboli within vascular lumina lined by recognizable endothelial cells, adjacent to but outside the margins of the carcinoma. In routine histopathologic assessment the frequency of PLI was 68% whereas in a randomly selected group of 234 reviewed cases the frequency rose to 20%. Patients with routinely evaluated PLI had a worse prognosis than those without PLI with reference both to disease-free survival (P = 0.0001) and total survival rates (P = 0.0001). The difference for local recurrences was prognostically highly significant (P = 0.0001) and also significant for the development of metastases (P = 0.0576). In the reviewed material the difference in prognosis between PLI-positive and PLI-negative cases was not confirmed for total survival whereas the significance for the disease-free interval persisted. The assessment of PLI, carried out following strict histopathologic criteria, appears to select a group of node-negative breast cancer patients who have an increased risk of recurrences and might benefit from a treatment different from that reserved for node-negative and PLI-negative patients.

  13. Persistent postoperative pain and sensory changes following lymph node excision in melanoma patients: a topical review

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    Slagelse, Charlotte; Petersen, Karin L; Dahl, Jørgen Berg

    2014-01-01

    Studies on complications related to chronic nerve injury following sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) and complete lymph node dissection (CLND) for melanoma are sparse. This review summarizes the existing literature on pain and neuropathic complications in melanoma patients undergoing SLNB with or...

  14. The prognostic value of lymph node ratio and updated TNM classification in rectal cancer patients with adequate versus inadequate lymph node dissection.

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    Junginger, T; Goenner, U; Lollert, A; Hollemann, D; Berres, M; Blettner, M

    2014-09-01

    The aim of this study was to clarify whether the lymph node ratio (LNR) is superior to the updated TNM classification regarding the prognosis of stage III rectal cancer patients who have not undergone neoadjuvant therapy. The TNM system is based on the absolute number of lymph nodes involved, and the LNR takes into account involved and examined nodes. In 237 patients with stage III rectal cancer, we evaluated prognostic factors for 5-year overall survival (OS), disease-free survival (DFS), and risk of distant metastases (DM) using the Kaplan-Meier method, with patients divided based on adequate versus inadequate lymph node dissection (≥12 vs. TNM divides patients into four groups (1, 2-3, 4-6, and ≥7 involved nodes), while LNR divides patients into quartiles. Multivariate Cox regression analyses were performed. Among patients with adequate lymph node dissection, the distributions within the two systems were in agreement in 141/178 (79.2 %, kappa 0.721), and the predictive values for OS, DFS, and DM were similar. In patients with inadequate lymph node dissection, the classifications of both systems were concordant in only 13/59 (22 %, kappa 0.021). The pN system significantly under-staged patients, while the LNR classification was a better predictor of OS, DFS, and DM. In patients with adequate lymph node dissection, LNR staging does not add substantial information to the predictions of updated TNM lymph node staging. However, in patients with inadequate lymph node harvesting, the LNR compensates for the under-staging of the TNM classification and provides a better estimation of prognosis than the updated TNM system.

  15. Contribution of minute axillary lymph nodes to accurate staging for patients with breast cancer

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    JIANG Jun; HE Qing-qing; YANG Xin-hua; LIANG Yan; FAN Lin-jun; ZHANG Yi; GUO Mei-qin

    2007-01-01

    Background Axillary lymph node metastasis is a very important metastatic pathway in breast cancer and its accurate detection is important for staging tumour and guiding therapy. However, neither the accuracy of routine detection of lymph node in surgical specimens nor the significance of minute lymph node with metastases in breast cancer is clear. A modified method for conveniently detecting minute lymph node in specimens of axillary dissections in patients with breast cancer was used to analyze their influence on staging breast cancer.Methods Lymph nodes in fresh, unfixed, specimens of axillary dissections from 127 cases of breast cancer were detected routinely. Then the axillary fatty tissues were cut into 1 cm thick pieces, soaked in Carnoy's solution for 6 to 12 hours, taken out and put on a glass plate. Minute lymph nodes were detected by light of bottom lamp and examined by routine pathology.Results Lymph nodes (n= 2483, 19.6±8.0 per case) were found by routine method. A further 879 lymph nodes up to 6 mm (781 < 3 mm, 6.9±5.3 per case, increasing mean to 26.5±9.7) were found from the axillary tissues after soaking in Carnoy's solution. By detection of minute lymph nodes, the stages of lymph node metastasis in 7 cases were changed from pathological node (pN) stage pN0 to pN1 in 4 cases, from pN1 to pN2 in 2 and from pN2 to pN3 in 1.Conclusions The accurate staging of axillary lymph node metastasis can be obtained routinely with number of axillary lymph nodes in most cases of breast cancer. To avoid neglecting minute lymph nodes with metastases, small axillary nodes should be searched carefully in the cases of earlier breast cancer with no swollen axillary nodes. Treatment with Carnoy's solution can expediently detect minute axillary nodes and improve the accurate staging of lymph nodes in breast cancer.

  16. Sentinel node biopsy for melanoma: a study of 241 patients

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    Chakera, Annette Hougaard; Drzewiecki, Krzysztof Tadeusz; Jakobsen, Annika Loft;

    2004-01-01

    nine haematoxylin and eosin (HE)-negatives, all of which were found by immunohistochemistry. The false negative rate for the SNB procedure was 4% (2/55). The complication rate was 6% after SNB and 29% after complete node dissection. In conclusion, SN status is a strong prognostic factor in melanoma...

  17. Comparison of the Efficiency for Tc-99m Tin-colloid and Tc-99m Phytate in Sentinel Node Detection in Breast Cancer Patients

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    Seok, Ju Won [Chung-Ang University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Kim, In Ju [College of Medicine, Pusan National University, Pusan (Korea, Republic of)

    2008-12-15

    Lymphoscintigraphy and sentinel node biopsy has become a standard method for detection of axillary lymph node metastasis in breast cancer patients, but the standard radiopharmaceutical was not prepared. About detection of axillary lymph node metastasis by lymphoscintigraphy and sentinel node biopsy in breast cancer patient, we compared the results of Tc-99m Tin-colloid and Tc-99m Phytate by subareolar injection. This study included 382 breast cancer patients who were performed operation during 2001-2008. Three hundred forty nine patients was injected 0.8 ml of Tc-99m Tin-colloid (37-185 MBq) by subareolar injection. Thirty three patients was injected 0.8 ml of Tc-99m Phytate (37-185 MBq). Lymphoscintigraphy was performed in supine position and sentinel node localization was performed by hand-held gamma probe in operation. Among 349 patients by Tc-99m Tin-colloid, 312 cases (89.4%) localized the sentinel node by lymphoscintigraphy, 304 cases (87.1%) localized by gamma probe. Among 33 patients by Tc-99m Phytate, 32 cases (97.0%) localized by lymphoscintigraphy, 33 cases (100%) localized by gamma probe. Detection rate by lymphoscintigraphy and gamma probe was superior for Tc-99m Phytate compared to that with Tc-99m Tin-colloid, with a statistically significant difference. (p<0.05, p<0.05) Tc-99m Phytate is a better choice for localization of sentinel node than Tc-99m Tin-colloid in breast cancer patients.

  18. Value and efficiency of sentinel lymph node diagnostics in patients with penile carcinoma with palpable inguinal lymph nodes as a new multimodal, minimally invasive approach

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    Luetzen, Ulf; Zuhayra, Maaz; Marx, Marlies; Zhao, Yi [University Hospital Schleswig Holstein, Campus Kiel, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Molecular Imaging Diagnostics and Therapy, Kiel (Germany); Colberg, Christian; Knuepfer, Stephanie; Juenemann, Klaus-Peter; Naumann, Carsten Maik [University Hospital Schleswig Holstein, Campus Kiel, Department of Urology and Pediatric Urology, Kiel (Germany); Baumann, Rene [University Hospital Schleswig Holstein, Campus Kiel, Department of Radio Oncology, Kiel (Germany); Kaehler, Katharina Charlotte [University Hospital Schleswig Holstein, Campus Kiel, Department of Dermatology, Venerology and Allergology, Kiel (Germany)

    2016-12-15

    The international guidelines recommend sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) for lymph node staging in penile cancer with non-palpable inguinal lymph nodes (LN) but it is not recommended with palpable inguinal LN. The aim of this study was to evaluate the reliability and morbidity of SLNB in combination with an ultrasound-guided resection of suspect inguinal LNs as a new multimodal, minimally invasive staging approach in these patients. We performed SLNB in 26 penile cancer patients with 42 palpable inguinal LNs. Prior to the combined staging procedures the patients underwent an ultrasound examination of the groins as well as planar lymphatic drainage scintigraphy and SPECT/CT scans. During the surgical procedure, the radioactive-labelled sentinel lymph nodes and, in addition, sonographically suspect LNs, were resected under ultrasound guidance. Follow-up screening was done by ultrasound examination of the groins according to the guidelines of the European Association of Urology. Nineteen groins of 42 preoperatively palpable inguinal findings were histologically tumor-positive. SLNB alone showed lymphogenic metastases in 14 groins. Sonography revealed five further metastatic groins, which would not have been detected during SLNB due to a tumor-related blockage of lymphatic drainage or a so-called re-routing of the tracer. During follow-up, none of the 28 groins with tumor-negative LN status showed any LN recurrence in this combined investigation technique. The median follow-up period was 46 (24 to 92) months. Morbidity of this procedure was low at 4.76 % in relation to the number of groins resp. 7.69 % in relation to the number of patients. The results show that this combined procedure is a reliable multimodal diagnostic approach for treatment of penile cancer patients with palpable inguinal LNs. It is associated with low morbidity rates. SLNB alone would lead to a significantly higher false-negative rate in these patients. The encouraging results of this work can

  19. Computed tomography–based distribution of involved lymph nodes in patients with upper esophageal cancer

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    Li, M.; Liu, Y.; Xu, L.; Huang, Y.; Li, W.; Yu, J.; Kong, L.

    2015-01-01

    Background Delineating the nodal clinical target volume (ctvn) remains a challenging task in patients with cervical or upper thoracic esophageal carcinoma (ec). In particular, the extent of the lymph area that should be included in the irradiation field remains controversial. In the present study, the extent of the ctvn was determined based on the incidence of lymph node involvement mapped by computed tomography (ct) imaging. Methods Our study included 468 patients who were diagnosed with cervical and upper thoracic ec and who received staging information between June 2005 and April 2011. The anatomic distribution of metastatic regional lymph nodes was mapped using ct images and grouped using the levels established by the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group. The probability of the various groups being involved was examined. If a lymph node group had a probability of 10% or more of being involved, it was considered at high risk for metastasis, and elective treatment as part of the ctvn was recommended. Results Lymph node involvement was mapped by ct in 256 patients (54.7%). Not all lymph node groups should be included in the ctvn. For cervical lesions, the involved lymph nodes were located mainly between the hyoid bone and the arcus aortae; the recommended ctvn should consist of the neck lymph nodes at levels iii and iv (supraclavicular group) and thoracic groups 2 and 3P. In upper thoracic ec patients, most of the involved lymph nodes were distributed between the cricoid cartilage and the subcarinal area; the ctvn should cover the supraclavicular group and thoracic nodal groups 2, 3P, 4, 5, and 7. Conclusions Our ct-based study indicates a specific distribution and incidence of metastatic lymph node groups in patients with cervical and upper thoracic ec. The results suggest that regional lymph node groups should be electively included in the ctvn for precise radiation administration. PMID:26089729

  20. Computed tomography-based distribution of involved lymph nodes in patients with upper esophageal cancer.

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    Li, M; Liu, Y; Xu, L; Huang, Y; Li, W; Yu, J; Kong, L

    2015-06-01

    Delineating the nodal clinical target volume (ctvn) remains a challenging task in patients with cervical or upper thoracic esophageal carcinoma (ec). In particular, the extent of the lymph area that should be included in the irradiation field remains controversial. In the present study, the extent of the ctvn was determined based on the incidence of lymph node involvement mapped by computed tomography (ct) imaging. Our study included 468 patients who were diagnosed with cervical and upper thoracic ec and who received staging information between June 2005 and April 2011. The anatomic distribution of metastatic regional lymph nodes was mapped using ct images and grouped using the levels established by the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group. The probability of the various groups being involved was examined. If a lymph node group had a probability of 10% or more of being involved, it was considered at high risk for metastasis, and elective treatment as part of the ctvn was recommended. Lymph node involvement was mapped by ct in 256 patients (54.7%). Not all lymph node groups should be included in the ctvn. For cervical lesions, the involved lymph nodes were located mainly between the hyoid bone and the arcus aortae; the recommended ctvn should consist of the neck lymph nodes at levels iii and iv (supraclavicular group) and thoracic groups 2 and 3P. In upper thoracic ec patients, most of the involved lymph nodes were distributed between the cricoid cartilage and the subcarinal area; the ctvn should cover the supraclavicular group and thoracic nodal groups 2, 3P, 4, 5, and 7. Our ct-based study indicates a specific distribution and incidence of metastatic lymph node groups in patients with cervical and upper thoracic ec. The results suggest that regional lymph node groups should be electively included in the ctvn for precise radiation administration.

  1. Postmastectomy Radiation Therapy Is Associated With Improved Survival in Node-Positive Male Breast Cancer: A Population Analysis.

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    Abrams, Matthew J; Koffer, Paul P; Wazer, David E; Hepel, Jaroslaw T

    2017-06-01

    Because of its rarity, there are no randomized trials investigating postmastectomy radiation therapy (PMRT) in male breast cancer. This study retrospectively examines the impact of PMRT in male breast cancer patients in the National Cancer Institute's Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) database. The SEER database 8.3.2 was queried for men ages 20+ with a diagnosis of localized or regional nonmetastatic invasive ductal/lobular carcinoma from 1998 to 2013. Included patients were treated by modified radical mastectomy (MRM), with or without adjuvant external beam radiation. Univariate and multivariate analyses evaluated predictors for PMRT use after MRM. Kaplan-Meier overall survival (OS) curves of the entire cohort and a case-matched cohort were calculated and compared by the log-rank test. Cox regression was used for multivariate survival analyses. A total of 1933 patients were included in the unmatched cohort. There was no difference in 5-year OS between those who received PMRT and those who did not (78% vs 77%, respectively, P=.371); however, in the case-matched analysis, PMRT was associated with improved OS at 5 years (83% vs 54%, Pmale breast cancer with node-positive disease. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  2. Which prediction models best identify additional axillary disease after a positive sentinel node biopsy for breast cancer?

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    Berrang, Tanya S; Lesperance, Mary; Truong, Pauline T; Walter, Caroline; Hayashi, Allen H; Olivotto, Ivo A

    2012-06-01

    To determine which web-based model best identifies women at low risk of further axillary disease after a positive sentinel lymph node (SLN+) biopsy. 673 women with T1-2cN0M0 SNB+ breast cancer who underwent completion axillary dissection (AxD) were identified. A subgroup not eligible to avoid AxD as part of the Z0011 study was defined (Z0011 exclusion group). Predicted risk of further axillary disease was generated using seven web-based models. "Low risk" was defined as a ≤10% risk of further axillary disease. False negative ("low risk" prediction but AxD+) rates (FNRs), area under the receiver operating characteristic curve (AUC), and Brier score were determined for each model. 6 of 7 models identified "low risk" patients but FNRs ranged from 14 to 30%. The Stanford and Memorial Sloan-Kettering (MSKCC) models had the best FNRs. FNRs were lower with SLN micrometastasis (7-15%) and higher in the Z0011 exclusion group (21-41%). All models under-predicted further nodal disease in low risk patients and over-predicted in higher-risk patients. The Stanford and MSKCC models were able to identify women with SLN micrometastasis with a ≤10% FNR. Models were not able to accurately identify low risk women from a cohort that would have been excluded from Z0011.

  3. Adjuvant chemotherapy for colon carcinoma with positive lymph nodes: use and benefit in routine health care practice.

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    Bouchardy, C; Queneau, P E; Fioretta, G; Usel, M; Zellweger, M; Neyroud, I; Raymond, L; de Wolf, C; Sappino, A P

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    In 1990, an international consensus was reached on the efficacy of adjuvant chemotherapy for lymph node positive (stage III) colon carcinoma (CC). This study evaluates the use and benefit of such therapy in routine health care practice. The study includes all patients with stage III CC treated by putative curative surgery (n = 182) recorded at the Geneva cancer registry between 1990 and 1996. Factors modifying chemotherapy use were determined by logistic regression, considering patients with chemotherapy as cases (n = 55) and others as controls (n = 127). The effect of chemotherapy on the 5-year survival was evaluated by the Cox model. Analyses were adjusted for possible confounders. The use of chemotherapy increased over the period (P(trend) < 0.001). Age strongly modulated chemotherapy use. In 1996, 54% of eligible patients received chemotherapy, this proportion fell to 13% after age 70. Decisions to use chemotherapy significantly depended on stage, grade and cancer site. The chance to be treated was non-significantly lower among individuals of low social class, widowed and foreigners. Chemotherapy significantly decreased mortality rates (Hazard ratio: 0.35, 95%CI: 0.18-0.68), independently of the prognostic factors and with similar benefit regardless of stage and age group. Strong beneficial effect of adjuvant chemotherapy on stage III CC can be achieved in routine practice. However, this study shows that it is probably not optimally utilised in Switzerland, particularly among the elderly.

  4. Interstitial magnetic resonance lymphography is an effective diagnostic tool for the detection of lymph node metastases in patients with cervical cancer

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    Hong Ying

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The aim of the present study was to determine the feasibility of detecting sentinel lymph node (SLN metastases using interstitial magnetic resonance (MR lymphography in patients with cervical cancer. MR data were compared to pathological results from the lymph nodes excised during surgery. Methods Twenty-eight patients with cervical cancer were enrolled and studied from January 2006 to December 2010. All patients underwent interstitial MR lymphography to determine the presence of sentinel lymph nodes and visualize lymphatic vessel drainage in the pelvis. Radical hysterectomy and excision of pelvic lymph nodes was performed according to their lesion grade. Gadodiamide was injected either intradermally into the bipedal toe web, into the labia majora or into the cervical tissue. MR results were compared with pathological reports. Results In 28 patients, lymphatic vessel drainage and lymph node groups were clearly visualized. Of these, 5 were MR lymphography positive and 23 were MR lymphography negative. Six had pathologically proven metastasis, five had true positives and 1 had a false negative in the obturator lymph node. Conclusions Interstitial MR lymphography can be used to determine the extent and shape of pelvic lymphatic vessel drainage and lymph node metastases in patients with cervical cancer.

  5. The Significance of CXCR4 Expression for the Prediction of Lymph Node Metastasis in Breast Cancer Patients

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    Yongxing Ding; Chenghua Li; Qingling Yang; Changjie Chen; Zenong Cheng

    2008-01-01

    OBJECTIVE The chemokine receptor (CXCR4) CXC chemokine receptor 4) plays an important role in cancer metastasis. We therefore studied differential expression of the CXCR4, as well as that of the biomarker HER2, so as to evaluate whether these biomarkers can be used to predict axillary lymph node metastasis in breast cancer patients.METHODS Immunohistochemistry was used to evaluate the CXCR4 and HER2 expressions and to examine the paraffin sections of the breast cancers at various stages. Positive lymph node expression was found in 80 of the cases, and in 7 there was negative expression.RESULTS Compared to the cases with negative lymph nodes,there was a high expression of CXCR4 (26.3% vs. 14.3%, P = 0.013),and an over-expression of HER2 (28.8% vs. 14.3%, P = 0.011).Moreover, there was a direct correlation between the CXCR4 and HER2 expressions and the tumor staging (P = 0.000) and lymph node metastasis (P = 0.032). When the two biomarkers, I.e. CXCR4 and HER2, were concurrently labeled, a high expression of one of the biomarkers could be seen in the cases with positive lymph nodes (51.3% vs. 28.6%, P < 0.003).CONCLUSION The chemokine receptor, CXCR4, is a new-type biomarker in predicting axillary lymph-node metastasis in breast cancers. Compared with the other markers, such as HER2 etc.,assessment of CXCR4 can improve the prediction of the presence and extent of lymph node involvement.

  6. Lymph nodes of onchocerciasis patients after treatment with ivermectin: reaction of eosinophil granulocytes and their cationic granule proteins.

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    Wildenburg, G; Darge, K; Knab, J; Tischendorf, F W; Bonow, I; Büttner, D W

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    Lymph node and skin biopsies from Liberian patients with generalized and localized (sowda) onchocerciasis were studied 12-68 hours after oral administration of ivermectin at a single dose of 150 micrograms/kg body weight. Electron microscopic examination and immunohistochemical staining with antibodies against two different forms of eosinophil cationic protein (ECP EG1, ECP EG2), eosinophil peroxidase (EPO) and cationic leukocyte antigen (CLA) were performed. Following their disappearance from the skin, a large number of microfilariae was found in the regional lymph nodes. The lymph nodes from treated patients had over ten times more eosinophils compared to those from untreated persons with a peak of eosinophil density at 40-48 hours after treatment. Degenerating microfilariae in the lymph nodes were encircled by eosinophils, which showed positive immunostaining for ECP, EPO or CLA. Intra- and extracellular eosinophil granules revealed a great variation in their condition. In some specific granules a variety of structural alterations in the crystalloid cores occurred while in others different stages of deficiency in the matrix electron density were observed. The frequent necrosis of eosinophils in the immediate vicinity and at some distance from the microfilariae, with subsequent release of granules and the deposition of toxic cationic granule proteins onto the microfilarial cuticle during the eosinophil-parasite adherence reaction, demonstrated the function of these proteins in the ivermectin-reinforced killing of microfilariae in lymph nodes.

  7. Supraclavicular node disease is not an independent prognostic factor for survival of esophageal cancer patients treated with definitive chemoradiation.

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    Jeene, Paul M; Versteijne, Eva; van Berge Henegouwen, Mark I; Bergmann, Jacques J G H M; Geijsen, Elisabeth D; van Laarhoven, Hanneke W M; Hulshof, Maarten C C M

    2017-01-01

    The prognostic value of supraclavicular lymph node (SCN) metastases in esophageal cancer is not well established. We analyzed the prognostic value of SCN disease in patients after definitive chemoradiation (dCRT) for esophageal cancer. We retrospectively analyzed 207 patients treated between 2003 and 2013 to identify the prognostic value of metastasis in the SCN on treatment failure and survival. All patients were treated with external beam radiotherapy (50.4 Gy in 28 fractions) combined with weekly concurrent paclitaxel 50 mg/m(2) and carboplatin AUC2. Median follow-up for patients alive was 43.3 months. The median overall survival (OS) for all patients was 17.5 months. OS at one, three and five years was 67%, 36% and 21%, respectively. For patients with metastasis in a SCN, OS was 23.6 months compared to 17.1 months for patients without metastasis in the SCN (p = .51). In multivariate analyses, higher cT status, cN status and adenocarcinoma were found to be prognostically unfavorable, but a positive SCN was not (p = .67). Median OS and median disease-free survival for tumors with SCN involvement and N0/1 disease was 49.0 months and 51.6 months, respectively, compared to 14.2 months and 8.2 months, respectively, in patients with N2/3 disease. In esophageal cancer treated with dCRT, the number of affected lymph nodes is an important independent prognostic factor, whereas involvement of a SCN is not. Supraclavicular lymph nodes should be considered as regional lymph nodes and treated with curative intent if the total number of involved lymph nodes is limited.

  8. Sentinel lymph node biopsy as guidance for radical trachelectomy in young patients with early stage cervical cancer

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    Wang Cong

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The purpose of this study was to assess the feasibility and accuracy of sentinel lymph nodes (SLNs detection using 99mTc phytate in predicting pelvic lymph nodes status for radical abdominal trachelectomy (RAT in patients with early stage cervical cancer. Methods Sixty-eight women with stage IA2-IB1 cervical cancer and scheduled to undergo fertility-sparing surgery enrolled in this study. 99mTc-labeled phytate was injected before surgery. Intraoperatively, SLNs were identified, excised, and submitted to fast frozen section. Systematic bilateral pelvic lymphadenectomy and/or para-aortic lymph node dissection was performed. Then RAT was performed in patients with negative SLNs. All nodes were sent for routine pathological examination and immunostained with anti-cytokeratin antibody to detect micrometastases. Outcomes of follow up and fertility were observed. Results SLNs were identified in 64 of 68 patients (94.1%. Of these, SLNs of 8 patients (11.8% were positive on frozen sections and proved to be metastasis by final pathologic examination. The sensitivity, accuracy, and false negative rates were 100%, 100%, and 0%, respectively. All 60 patients with negative SLN underwent RAT successfully. Two relapses occurred and no one died of tumor progression during follow-up. Five of the 15 patients with procreative desire conceived 8 pregnancies (3 term delivery, 2 premature birth, 1 spontaneous abortion, and 2 were still in the duration of pregnancy after surgery. Conclusions The identification of SLN using 99mTc-labeled phytate is accurate and safe to assess pelvic nodes status in patients with early cervical cancer. SLNs biopsy guided RAT is feasible for patients who desire to have fertility preservation.

  9. Accuracy of multidetector-row CT in diagnosing lymph node metastasis in patients with gastric cancer

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    Saito, Takuro; Kurokawa, Yukinori; Takiguchi, Shuji; Miyazaki, Yasuhiro; Takahashi, Tsuyoshi; Yamasaki, Makoto; Miyata, Hiroshi; Nakajima, Kiyokazu; Mori, Masaki; Doki, Yuichiro [Osaka University, Graduate School of Medicine, Department of Gastroenterological Surgery, Suita, Osaka (Japan)

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    The purpose of this study was to determine the optimal cut-off value of lymph node size for diagnosing metastasis in gastric cancer with multidetector-row computed tomography (MDCT) after categorizing perigastric lymph nodes into three regions. The study included 90 gastric cancer patients who underwent gastrectomy. The long-axis diameter (LAD) and short-axis diameter (SAD) of all visualized lymph nodes were measured with transverse MDCT images. The locations of lymph nodes were categorized into three regions: lesser curvature, greater curvature, and suprapancreatic. The diagnostic value of lymph node metastasis was assessed with receiver operating characteristic (ROC) analysis. The area under the curve was larger for SAD than LAD in all groups. The optimal cut-off values of SAD were determined as follows: overall, 9 mm; differentiated type, 9 mm; undifferentiated type, 8 mm; lesser curvature region, 7 mm; greater curvature region, 6 mm; and suprapancreatic region, 9 mm. The diagnostic accuracies for lymph node metastasis using individual cut-off values were 71.1 % based on histological type and 76.6 % based on region of lymph node location. The diagnostic accuracy of lymph node metastasis in gastric cancer was improved by using individual cut-off values for each lymph node region. (orig.)

  10. Medico-economic impact of MSKCC non-sentinel node prediction nomogram for ER-positive HER2-negative breast cancers

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    Guillot, Eugénie; Feron, Jean-Guillaume; Fourchotte, Virginie; Alran, Séverine; Pierga, Jean-Yves; Cottu, Paul; Lerebours, Florence; Stevens, Denise; Vincent-Salomon, Anne; Sigal-Zafrani, Brigitte; Campana, François; Rouzier, Roman; Reyal, Fabien

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    Background Avoiding axillary lymph node dissection (ALND) for invasive breast cancers with isolated tumor cells or micrometastatic sentinel node biopsy (SNB) could decrease morbidity with minimal clinical significance. Purpose The aim of this study is to simulate the medico-economic impact of the routine use of the MSKCC non-sentinel node (NSN) prediction nomogram for ER+ HER2- breast cancer patients. Methods We studied 1036 ER+ HER2- breast cancer patients with a metastatic SNB. All had a complementary ALND. For each patient, we calculated the probability of the NSN positivity using the MSKCC nomogram. After validation of this nomogram in the population, we described how the patients’ characteristics spread as the threshold value changed. Then, we performed an economic simulation study to estimate the total cost of caring for patients treated according to the MSKCC predictive nomogram results. Results A 0.3 threshold discriminate the type of sentinel node (SN) metastases: 98.8% of patients with pN0(i+) and 91.6% of patients with pN1(mic) had a MSKCC score under 0.3 (false negative rate = 6.4%). If we use the 0.3 threshold for economic simulation, 43% of ALND could be avoided, reducing the costs of caring by 1 051 980 EUROS among the 1036 patients. Conclusion We demonstrated the cost-effectiveness of using the MSKCC NSN prediction nomogram by avoiding ALND for the pN0(i+) or pN1(mic) ER+ HER2- breast cancer patients with a MSKCC score of less than or equal to 0.3. PMID:28241044

  11. Frozen section is superior to imprint cytology for the intra-operative assessment of sentinel lymph node metastasis in Stage I Breast cancer patients

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    Makita Masujiro

    2006-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background A standard intra-operative procedure for assessing sentinel lymph node metastasis in breast cancer patients has not yet been established. Patients and methods One hundred and thirty-eight patients with stage I breast cancer who underwent sentinel node biopsy using both imprint cytology and frozen section were analyzed. Results Seventeen of the 138 patients had sentinel node involvement. Results of imprint cytology included nine false negative cases (sensitivity, 47.1%. In contrast, only two cases of false negatives were found on frozen section (sensitivity, 88.2%. There were two false positive cases identified by imprint cytology (specificity, 98.3%. On the other hand, frozen section had 100% specificity. Conclusion These findings suggest that frozen section is superior to imprint cytology for the intra-operative determination of sentinel lymph node metastasis in stage I breast cancer patients.

  12. Frozen section is superior to imprint cytology for the intra-operative assessment of sentinel lymph node metastasis in Stage I Breast cancer patients

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    Mori, Miki; Tada, Keiichiro; Ikenaga, Motoko; Miyagi, Yumi; Nishimura, Seiichiro; Takahashi, Kaoru; Makita, Masujiro; Iwase, Takuji; Kasumi, Fujio; Koizumi, Mituru

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    Background A standard intra-operative procedure for assessing sentinel lymph node metastasis in breast cancer patients has not yet been established. Patients and methods One hundred and thirty-eight patients with stage I breast cancer who underwent sentinel node biopsy using both imprint cytology and frozen section were analyzed. Results Seventeen of the 138 patients had sentinel node involvement. Results of imprint cytology included nine false negative cases (sensitivity, 47.1%). In contrast, only two cases of false negatives were found on frozen section (sensitivity, 88.2%). There were two false positive cases identified by imprint cytology (specificity, 98.3%). On the other hand, frozen section had 100% specificity. Conclusion These findings suggest that frozen section is superior to imprint cytology for the intra-operative determination of sentinel lymph node metastasis in stage I breast cancer patients. PMID:16707007

  13. Is risk of central nervous system (CNS) relapse related to adjuvant taxane treatment in node-positive breast cancer? Results of the CNS substudy in the intergroup Phase III BIG 02-98 Trial

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    Pestalozzi, B.C.; Francis, P.; Quinaux, E.

    2008-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Breast cancer central nervous system (CNS) metastases are an increasingly important problem because of high CNS relapse rates in patients treated with trastuzumab and/or taxanes. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We evaluated data from 2887 node-positive breast cancer patients randomised in the B...

  14. Sentinel lymph node biopsy after neo-adjuvant chemotherapy in patients with breast cancer: Are the current false negative rates acceptable?

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    Patten, D K; Zacharioudakis, K E; Chauhan, H; Cleator, S J; Hadjiminas, D J

    2015-08-01

    The advent of sentinel lymph node biopsy has revolutionised surgical management of axillary nodal disease in patients with breast cancer. Patients undergoing neo-adjuvant chemotherapy for large breast primary tumours may experience complete pathological response on a previously positive sentinel node whilst not eliminating the tumour from the other lymph nodes. Results from 2 large prospective cohort studies investigating sentinel lymph node biopsy after neo-adjuvant chemotherapy demonstrate a combined false negative rate of 12.6-14.2% and identification rate of 80-89% with the minimal acceptable false negative rate and identification rate being set at 10% and 90%, respectively. A false negative rate of 14% would have been classified as unacceptable when compared to the figures obtained by the pioneers of sentinel lymph node biopsy which was 5% or less.

  15. High risk of non-sentinel node metastases in a group of breast cancer patients with micrometastases in the sentinel node

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    Tvedskov, Tove Filtenborg; Jensen, Maj-Britt; Lisse, Ida Marie;

    2012-01-01

    for ALND. 1577 breast cancer patients with micrometastases and 304 with ITC in sentinel nodes, treated by sentinel lymph node dissection and ALND in 2002-2008, were identified in the Danish Breast Cancer Cooperative Group database. Risk of NSN metastases was calculated according to clinicopathological...

  16. Preoperative F-18-FDG PET for the detection of metastatic cervical lymph nodes in recurrent papillary thyroid carcinoma patients with negative I-131 whole body scans

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    Byun, Byung Hyun; Urn, Sang Moo; Cheon, Gi Jeong; Choi, Chang Woon; Lee, Byeong Cheol; Lee, Guk Haeng; Lee, Yong Sik; Shim, Youn Sang [Korea Institute of Radiological and Medical Sciences, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

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    We evaluated the diagnostic performance of FDG-PET for the detection of metastatic cervical lymph nodes in recurrent papillary thyroid carcinoma patients with negative I-131 scan. All patients had total thyroidectomy and following I-131 ablation therapy. In the follow-up period, FDG-PET showed suspected cervical lymph nodes metastases and neck dissection was performed within 3 months after FDG-PET. It had shown for all patients the negative I-131 scan within 3 months before FDG-PET or negative I-131 scan during the period of cervical lymph nodes metastases suspected on the basis of FDG-PET, CT, or ultrasonography until the latest FDG-PET. Preoperative FDG-PET results were compared with the pathologic findings of lymph nodes specimens of 19 papillary thyroid carcinoma patients. Serum Tg, TSH, and Tg antibody levels at the time of latest I-131 scan were reviewed. The size of lymph node was measured by preoperative CT or ultrasonography. In 45 cervical lymph node groups dissected, 31 lymph node groups revealed metastasis. The sensitivity and specificity of FDG-PET for metastasis were 74.2% (23 of 31) and 50.0% (7 of 14), respectively. Except for patients with elevated Tg antibody levels, all patients showed the elevated serum Tg levels than normal limits at the TSH of =30uIU/ml. 8 lesions without suspected metastatic findings on FDG-PET revealed metastasis (false negative), and none of them exceeded 8mm in size (4 to 8mm, median= 6mm). On the other hand, 23 true positive lesions on FDG-PET were variable in size (6 to 17mm, median=9mm). FDG-PET is suitable for the detection of metastatic cervical lymph nodes in patients with recurrent papillary thyroid carcinoma. However, false positive or false negative should be considered according to the size of lymph node.

  17. Sparsity-Based Optimization of the Sensors Positions in Radar Networks with Separated Transmit and Receive Nodes

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    Ivashko, I.M.; Krasnov, O.A.; Yarovoy, A.G.

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    A sparsity-based approach for the joint optimization of the transmit and the receive nodes positions in the radar network with widely distributed antennas is proposed in this paper. The optimization problem is formulated as minimization of the number of radars that meet fixed target localization

  18. Prognostic factors in patients with node-negative gastric cancer: an Indian experience

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    Ranganathan Rama

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The status of the regional nodes is the most important prognostic factor in gastric cancer. There are subgroups of patients with different prognosis even in node-negative patients of gastric cancer. The aim of this study is to analyze the factors influencing the prognosis in Indian patients with node-negative gastric cancer. Methods This was a retrospective analysis of patients who underwent radical gastrectomy in a tertiary cancer centre in India between1991 and 2007. The study group included only patients with histologically node-negative disease. Various clinical, pathological and treatment related factors in this group of patients were analyzed to determine their prognostic ability by univariate and multivariate analyses. Results Among the 417 patients who underwent gastrectomy during this period, 122 patients had node-negative disease. A major proportion of the patients had advanced gastric cancer. The 5-year overall survival and disease-free survival in all node-negative gastric cancer patients was 68.2% and 67.5% respectively. The overall recurrence rate in this group was 27.3%. On univariate analysis, the factors found to significantly influence the disease-free survival were the size, location and presence or absence of serosal invasion of the primary tumor. However, on multivariate analysis, only tumor size more than 3 cm and serosal invasion were found to be independently associated with an inferior survival. Conclusion Serosal invasion and primary tumor size more than 3 cm independently predict a poor outcome in patients with node-negative gastric cancer.

  19. microRNA Expression in Sentinel Nodes from Progressing Melanoma Patients Identifies Networks Associated with Dysfunctional Immune Response

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    Viviana Vallacchi

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    Full Text Available Sentinel node biopsy (SNB is a main staging biomarker in melanoma and is the first lymph node to drain the tumor, thus representing the immunological site where anti-tumor immune dysfunction is established and where potential prognostic immune markers can be identified. Here we analyzed microRNA (miR profiles in archival tumor-positive SNBs derived from melanoma patients with different outcomes and performed an integrated analysis of transcriptional data to identify deregulated immune signaling networks. Twenty-six miRs were differentially expressed in melanoma-positive SNB samples between patients with disease progression and non-progressing patients, the majority being previously reported in the regulation of immune responses. A significant variation in miR expression levels was confirmed in an independent set of SNB samples. Integrated information from genome-wide transcriptional profiles and in vitro assessment in immune cells led to the identification of miRs associated with the regulation of the TNF receptor superfamily member 8 (TNFRSF8 gene encoding the CD30 receptor, a marker increased in lymphocytes of melanoma patients with progressive disease. These findings indicate that miRs are involved in the regulation of pathways leading to immune dysfunction in the sentinel node and may provide valuable markers for developing prognostic molecular signatures for the identification of stage III melanoma patients at risk of recurrence.

  20. Sentinel lymph node biopsy for breast cancer patients using fluorescence navigation with indocyanine green

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    Aoyama Kei

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background There are various methods for detecting sentinel lymph nodes in breast cancer. Sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB using a vital dye is a convenient and safe, intraoperatively preparative method to assess lymph node status. However, the disadvantage of the dye method is that the success rate of sentinel lymph node detection depend on the surgeon's skills and preoperative mapping of the sentinel lymph node is not feasible. Currently, a vital dye, radioisotope, or a combination of both is used to detect sentinel nodes. Many surgeons have reported successful results using either method. In this study we have analyzed breast lymphatic drainage pathways using indocyanine green (ICG fluorescence imaging. Methods We examined the lymphatic courses, or lymphatic vessels, in the breast using ICG fluorescence imaging, and applied this method to SLNB in patients who underwent their first operative treatment for breast cancer between May 2006 and April 2008. Fluorescence images were obtained using a charge coupled device camera with a cut filter used as a detector, and light emitting diodes at 760 nm as a light source. When ICG was injected into the subareola and periareola, subcutaneous lymphatic vessels from the areola to the axilla became visible by fluorescence within a few minutes. The sentinel lymph node was then dissected with the help of fluorescence imaging navigation. Results The detection rate of sentinel nodes was 100%. 0 to 4 states of lymphatic drainage pathways from the areola were observed. The number of sentinel nodes was 3.41 on average. Conclusions This method using indocyanine green (ICG fluorescence imaging may possibly improve the detection rate of sentinel lymph nodes with high sensitivity and compensates for the deficiencies of other methods. The ICG fluorescence imaging technique enables observation of breast lymph vessels running in multiple directions and easily and accurately identification of sentinel lymph nodes

  1. Unnecessary axillary surgery for patients with node-negative breast cancer undergoing total mastectomy.

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    Olaya, Windy; Morgan, John W; Lum, Sharon S

    2011-09-01

    To identify factors associated with the use of axillary lymph node dissection (ALND) as the initial axillary staging in node-negative breast cancer patients undergoing total mastectomy. California Cancer Registry study. Academic research. Women treated with total mastectomy for Tis, T1, or T2 node-negative breast carcinoma treated between January 1, 2004, and December 31, 2008. Proportions of patients who underwent ALND without prior sentinel lymph node dissection were compared by demographic characteristics. Of 18,238 women treated with total mastectomy for Tis, T1, or T2 node-negative breast carcinoma, 35.1% underwent initial axillary staging by ALND without prior sentinel lymph node dissection. On multivariable analyses, patients were significantly more likely to undergo ALND if they had T2 disease or were 65 years or older, were hormone receptor negative, of Hispanic or Asian/Pacific Islander race/ethnicity, of lower socioeconomic quintile, operated on during earlier years of the study period, and not treated by a hospital cancer program approved by the American College of Surgeons. More than one-third of patients in California who underwent total mastectomy for treatment of early-stage node-negative breast carcinoma received ALND without prior sentinel lymph node dissection; furthermore, certain subsets of patients have higher odds of undergoing ALND alone. To avoid the unnecessary morbidity of ALND in early-stage breast carcinoma, further research is required to elucidate how tumor, patient, and system factors can be modified to improve delivery of optimal breast cancer care.

  2. Laparoscopic Retroperitoneal Lymph Node Dissection in the Extremely Obese Patient: Technical Insight Into Access and Port Placement

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    Sherwood, Jennifer B.; Gettman, Matthew T.; Cadeddu, Jeffrey A.

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    Purpose: We report on laparoscopic retroperitoneal lymph node dissection (RPLND) in a morbidly obese patient to discuss the associated technical steps for satisfactory completion of staging lymphadenectomy. Methods: A laparoscopic RPLND was performed using a modified template on the left side. Initially, 4 ports were placed with the patient in the supine position. Three were placed 3 cm to the left of midline and one in the anterior axillary line, at the level of the umbilicus. During the operation, successful bowel retraction necessitated placement of 2 additional ports in the anterior axillary line (just above the pelvis and off the tip of the 12th rib). Using these 6 trocar sites, the dissection was completed, and 44 lymph nodes were obtained. Results: Laparoscopic retroperitoneal lymph node dissection was accomplished in an extremely obese patient with acceptable morbidity by using prudent modification of standard techniques. Conclusion: If access and port placement limitations are overcome, the benefits of laparoscopy in the obese are clear. This report serves as a signpost that laparoscopic retroperitoneal lymph node dissection for testes cancer can also be accomplished using modification of standard techniques. PMID:14558718

  3. Outcomes of patients with breast cancer who present with ipsilateral supraclavicular or internal mammary lymph node metastases.

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    Dellapasqua, Silvia; Bagnardi, Vincenzo; Balduzzi, Alessandra; Iorfida, Monica; Rotmensz, Nicole; Santillo, Barbara; Viale, Giuseppe; Ghisini, Raffaella; Veronesi, Paolo; Luini, Alberto; Morra, Anna; Goldhirsch, Aron; Colleoni, Marco

    2014-02-01

    The prognostic implications of internal mammary (IM) and supraclavicular (SC) node involvement in locally advanced breast cancer is still unclear. We evaluated 107 patients with IM (n = 65) or SC (n = 42) node involvement who underwent operation at the European Institute of Oncology between 1997 and 2009 to assess their prognostic features. We subsequently analyzed matched cohorts, using the 107 patients as cases and another group of patients as a control cohort, to evaluate prognostic differences between patients with and those without IM or SC node involvement. Five-year disease-free survival (DFS) was 84% in IM vs. 38.8% in SC node involvement (P node vs. 57.1% in SC node involvement (P node involvement. Conversely, a statistically significant difference in DFS and locoregional recurrence was observed in patients with SC node involvement compared with controls without SC node involvement. SC node involvement correlated with a significantly poorer outcome in patients with locally advanced breast cancer. Adequate staging, including biopsy of suspicious locoregional ipsilateral lymph nodes, is mandatory in these patients. Patients with IM or SC node involvement should be treated with curative intent using combined-modality treatments. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  4. The role of ultrasound-guided cytology of groin lymph nodes in the management of squamous cell carcinoma of the vulva: 5-year experience in 44 patients

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    Hall, T.B.; Barton, D.P.J.; Trott, P.A.; Nasiri, N.; Shepherd, J.H.; Thomas, J.M.; Moskovic, E.C. E-mail: eleanor.moskovic@rmh.nthames.nhs.uk

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    AIM: To assess the accuracy of ultrasound combined with fine-needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) in the detection of lymph node metastasis in patients with squamous cell carcinoma of the vulva. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The groin nodes of 44 consecutive patients with primary squamous cell carcinoma of the vulva undergoing groin node dissection were assessed with ultrasound and FNAC. The results were compared with histology from subsequent inguinofemoral lymph node dissection. Twenty-nine patients underwent bilateral groin node dissections and 15 unilateral providing comparable data for 73 groins. RESULTS: Histology demonstrated metastatic disease in 28 groins and no evidence of metastatic disease in 45. Ultrasound agreed with the histology in 67 of the 73 groins (92%), with two false-positives, four false-negatives and two indeterminate appearances. Cytology agreed with the histology in 65 of 72 FNAC samples obtained (90%), with six false-negatives, and one indeterminate result. No false-positive cytology results were seen. Ultrasound and FNAC together failed to detect metastatic disease in four groins, one with an indeterminate ultrasound appearance, another with indeterminate cytology, the two others each having a single positive inguinal node despite a negative ultrasound and FNAC. CONCLUSION: The combination of ultrasound and FNAC provides a sensitive and specific tool for pre-operative assessment and may prevent unnecessary groin dissection and the attendant morbidity in selected patients with vulval cancer.

  5. Microvascular breast reconstruction and lymph node transfer for postmastectomy lymphedema patients.

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    Saaristo, Anne M; Niemi, Tarja S; Viitanen, Tiina P; Tervala, Tomi V; Hartiala, Pauliina; Suominen, Erkki A

    2012-03-01

    Postoperative lymphedema after breast cancer surgery is a challenging problem. Recently, a novel microvascular lymph node transfer technique provided a fresh hope for patients with lymphedema. We aimed to combine this new method with the standard breast reconstruction. During 2008-2010, we performed free lower abdominal flap breast reconstruction in 87 patients. For all patients with lymphedema symptoms (n = 9), we used a modified lower abdominal reconstruction flap containing lymph nodes and lymphatic vessels surrounding the superficial circumflex vessel pedicle. Operation time, donor site morbidity, and postoperative recovery between the 2 groups (lymphedema breast reconstruction and breast reconstruction) were compared. The effect on the postoperative lymphatic vessel function was examined. The average operation time was 426 minutes in the lymphedema breast reconstruction group and 391 minutes in the breast reconstruction group. The postoperative abdominal seroma formation was increased in patients with lymphedema. Postoperative lymphoscintigraphy demonstrated at least some improvement in lymphatic vessel function in 5 of 6 patients with lymphedema. The upper limb perimeter decreased in 7 of 9 patients. Physiotherapy and compression was no longer needed in 3 of 9 patients. Importantly, we found that human lymph nodes express high levels of endogenous lymphatic vessel growth factors. Transfer of the lymph nodes and the resulting endogenous growth factor expression may thereby induce the regrowth of lymphatic network in the axilla. No edema problems were detected in the lymph node donor area. Simultaneous breast and lymphatic reconstruction is an ideal option for patients who suffer from lymphedema after mastectomy and axillary dissection.

  6. Quantitative proteome profiling of lymph node-positive vs. -negative colorectal carcinomas pinpoints MX1 as a marker for lymph node metastasis.

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    Croner, Roland S; Stürzl, Michael; Rau, Tilman T; Metodieva, Gergana; Geppert, Carol I; Naschberger, Elisabeth; Lausen, Berthold; Metodiev, Metodi V

    2014-12-15

    We used high-resolution mass spectrometry to measure the abundance of more than 9,000 proteins in 19 individually dissected colorectal tumors representing lymph node metastatic (n = 10) and nonmetastatic (n = 9) phenotypes. Statistical analysis identified MX1 and several other proteins as overexpressed in lymph node-positive tumors. MX1, IGF1-R and IRF2BP1 showed significantly different expression in immunohistochemical validation (Wilcoxon test p = 0.007 for IGF1-R, p = 0.04 for IRF2BP1 and p = 0.02 for MX1 at the invasion front) in the validation cohort. Knockout of MX1 by siRNA in cell cultures and wound healing assays provided additional evidence for the involvement of this protein in tumor invasion. The collection of identified and quantified proteins to our knowledge is the largest tumor proteome dataset available at the present. The identified proteins can give insights into the mechanisms of lymphatic metastasis in colorectal carcinoma and may act as prognostic markers and therapeutic targets after further prospective validation.

  7. Left upper lobectomy and systematic lymph nodes dissection in enlarged pulmonary hilar lymph nodes in primary lung cancer patient by uniportal video-assisted thoracic surgery.

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    Fan, Jun-Qiang; Yao, Jie; Chang, Zhi-Bo; Wang, Qi

    2016-08-01

    Uniportal video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) anatomical pulmonary resection, with only one small incision for surgery instruments and camera insertion, requires higher operative skills, especially in the cases of the enlarged pulmonary hilar lymph nodes. With improved technology and increased experiences in VATS lobectomy, uniportal VATS lobectomy has been applied in major medical centers recently. A 67-year-old male patient with left upper peripheral lung cancer and enlarged hilar lymph nodes underwent unipotal VATS lobectomy and systemic mediastinal lymph node dissection. The patient recovered uneventfully.

  8. The optimal number of lymph nodes removed in maximizing the survival of breast cancer patients

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    Peng, Lim Fong; Taib, Nur Aishah; Mohamed, Ibrahim; Daud, Noorizam

    2014-07-01

    The number of lymph nodes removed is one of the important predictors for survival in breast cancer study. Our aim is to determine the optimal number of lymph nodes to be removed for maximizing the survival of breast cancer patients. The study population consists of 873 patients with at least one of axillary nodes involved among 1890 patients from the University of Malaya Medical Center (UMMC) breast cancer registry. For this study, the Chi-square test of independence is performed to determine the significant association between prognostic factors and survival status, while Wilcoxon test is used to compare the estimates of the hazard functions of the two or more groups at each observed event time. Logistic regression analysis is then conducted to identify important predictors of survival. In particular, Akaike's Information Criterion (AIC) are calculated from the logistic regression model for all thresholds of node involved, as an alternative measure for the Wald statistic (χ2), in order to determine the optimal number of nodes that need to be removed to obtain the maximum differential in survival. The results from both measurements are compared. It is recommended that, for this particular group, the minimum of 10 nodes should be removed to maximize survival of breast cancer patients.

  9. Pelvic lymph node dissection in the context of radical cystectomy: a thorough insight into the connection between patient, surgeon, pathologist and treating institution

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    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Roland Seiler, George N Thalmann, Pascal ZehnderDepartment of Urology, University of Bern, Bern, SwitzerlandAbstract: Pelvic lymph node dissection (PLND in patients with bladder cancer varies widely in extent, technique employed, and pathological workup of specimens. The present paper provides an overview of the existing evidence regarding the effectiveness of PLND and elucidates the interactions between patient, surgeon, pathologist, and treating institution as well as their cumulative impact on the final postoperative lymph node (LN staging. Bladder cancer patients undergoing radical cystectomy with extended PLND appear to have better oncologic outcomes compared to patients undergoing radical cystectomy and limited PLND. Attempts have been made to define and assess the quality of PLND according to the number of lymph nodes identified. However, lymph node counts depend on multiple factors such as patient characteristics, surgical template, pathological workup, and institutional policies; hence, meticulous PLND within a defined and uniformly applied extended template appears to be a better assurance of quality than absolute lymph node counts. Nevertheless, the prognosis of the patients can be partially predicted with findings from the histopathological evaluation of the PLND specimen, such as the number of positive lymph nodes, extracapsular extension, and size of the largest LN metastases. Therefore, particular prognostic parameters should be addressed within the pathological report to guide the urologist in terms of patient counseling.Keywords: bladder cancer, outcome, pathological workup, postoperative staging

  10. Does Metastatic Lymph Node SUVmax Predict Survival in Patients with Esophageal Cancer?

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    Betül Vatankulu

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Objective: We aimed to investigate the SUVmax of primary tumor and metastatic lymph node in predicting survival in patients with esophageal cancer. Methods: We retrospectively analyzed patients with esophageal cancer between 2009 and 2011 who had FDG positronemission tomography (PET/computed tomography (CT. All patients were followed-up to 2013. Clinical staging, SUVmax of primary tumor and metastatic lymph node were evaluated. Results: One hundred seven patients were included in the study. All patients were followed-up between 2 and 49 months. The mean SUVmax of primary tumor and metastatic lymph node were 19.3±8.8 and 10.4±9.1, respectively. Metastatic lymph node SUVmax had an effect in predicting survival whereas primary tumor SUVmax did not have an effect (p=0.014 and p=0.262, respectively. Multivariate Cox regression analysis showed that clinical stage of the disease was the only independent factor predicting survival (p=0.001. Conclusion: Among patients with esophageal cancer, the value of primary tumor SUVmax did not have an effect on survival. Clinical stage assessed with FDG PET/CT imaging was found to predict survival in esophageal carcinoma. Additionally, lymph node SUVmax was identified as a new parameter in predicting survival in the present study

  11. A nodal positivity constant: new perspectives in lymph node evaluation and colorectal cancer.

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    Hogan, Niamh M

    2013-04-01

    To date, associations between the number of lymph nodes evaluated, staging, and survival have been examined in the context of large population-based studies conducted by a small number of investigators. Therefore, although high-quality data are available, perspective is lacking.

  12. [METHODOLOGIC PROBLEMS OF SENTINEL LYMPH NODE BIOPSY IN PATIENTS WITH BREAST CANCER].

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    Krivorotko, P V; Kanaev, S V; Semiglazov, V F; Novikov, S N; Krzhivitsky, P I; Semenov, I I; Turkevich, E A; Busko, E A; Donskikh, R V; Bryantseva, Zh V; Piskunov, E A; Trufanova, E S; Chernaya, A V

    2015-01-01

    The study included data on 168 patients with breast cancer, surgical treatment of whom was supplemented by axillary dissection (133 patients or 79.2%) or biopsy of sentinel lymph nodes (35 patients or 20.8%). The examination included ultrasound, planar scintigraphy of the breast and zones of regional lymph drainage. In 122 patients with primary breast cancer stage cT1-2N0M0 retrospective analysis of radionuclide imaging sentinel lymph node was performed. In 89 patients the introduction of colloidal radiopharmaceutical was carried out using a particle diameter of not more than 80-100 nm, in 33 patients study was conducted after administration of radiocolloid with a particle diameter of 200 to 1000 nm. Based on the data obtained by scintigraphy and ultrasonography of zones of regional lymph drainage there were offered two diagnostics models: the first, in which the presence of metastatic axillary lymph nodes was established when there were changes according to at least one of the diagnostic methods--scintigraphy or ultrasound; the second, in which the defeat of lymph nodes was determined only in the case of simultaneous detection of ultrasound and scintigraphic evidence of axillary lymph nodes. Sensitivity, specificity, and overall accuracy of the combination of ultrasound and planar scintigraphy axillary lymph nodes using the first model accounted for 82.7%, 67.7% and 74.4%, respectively. In the second model, the specificity was 94.6%, sensitivity--56%. Rapid transport of radiopharmaceuticals from the injection site, a high gradient of radiopharmaceuticals accumulation in sentinel lymph nodes, effective their visualization, approaching to 100%, were undoubted advantages of radiocolloids having a particle diameter up to 100 nm.

  13. Residual position errors of lymph node surrogates in breast cancer adjuvant radiotherapy: Comparison of two arm fixation devices and the effect of arm position correction

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    Kapanen, Mika [Department of Oncology, Tampere University Hospital (TAUH), Tampere (Finland); Department of Medical Physics, Tampere University Hospital (TAUH), Tampere (Finland); Laaksomaa, Marko, E-mail: Marko.Laaksomaa@pshp.fi [Department of Oncology, Tampere University Hospital (TAUH), Tampere (Finland); Skyttä, Tanja; Haltamo, Mikko; Pehkonen, Jani; Lehtonen, Turkka [Department of Oncology, Tampere University Hospital (TAUH), Tampere (Finland); Kellokumpu-Lehtinen, Pirkko-Liisa [Department of Oncology, Tampere University Hospital (TAUH), Tampere (Finland); Medical School, University of Tampere, Tampere (Finland); Hyödynmaa, Simo [Department of Medical Physics, Tampere University Hospital (TAUH), Tampere (Finland)

    2016-04-01

    Residual position errors of the lymph node (LN) surrogates and humeral head (HH) were determined for 2 different arm fixation devices in radiotherapy (RT) of breast cancer: a standard wrist-hold (WH) and a house-made rod-hold (RH). The effect of arm position correction (APC) based on setup images was also investigated. A total of 113 consecutive patients with early-stage breast cancer with LN irradiation were retrospectively analyzed (53 and 60 using the WH and RH, respectively). Residual position errors of the LN surrogates (Th1-2 and clavicle) and the HH were investigated to compare the 2 fixation devices. The position errors and setup margins were determined before and after the APC to investigate the efficacy of the APC in the treatment situation. A threshold of 5 mm was used for the residual errors of the clavicle and Th1-2 to perform the APC, and a threshold of 7 mm was used for the HH. The setup margins were calculated with the van Herk formula. Irradiated volumes of the HH were determined from RT treatment plans. With the WH and the RH, setup margins up to 8.1 and 6.7 mm should be used for the LN surrogates, and margins up to 4.6 and 3.6 mm should be used to spare the HH, respectively, without the APC. After the APC, the margins of the LN surrogates were equal to or less than 7.5/6.0 mm with the WH/RH, but margins up to 4.2/2.9 mm were required for the HH. The APC was needed at least once with both the devices for approximately 60% of the patients. With the RH, irradiated volume of the HH was approximately 2 times more than with the WH, without any dose constraints. Use of the RH together with the APC resulted in minimal residual position errors and setup margins for all the investigated bony landmarks. Based on the obtained results, we prefer the house-made RH. However, more attention should be given to minimize the irradiation of the HH with the RH than with the WH.

  14. [Sentinel lymph node biopsy in melanoma patients: methods, indications, and clinical significance].

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    Kaikaris, Vygintas; Valiukeviciene, Skaidra; Rimdeika, Rytis; Gollnick, Harald; Ulrich, Jens

    2003-01-01

    The incidence of melanoma in Lithuania has doubled over the last decade. Sentinel lymph node biopsy, currently becoming a standard method in the US and Europe, is a minimal invasive and highly sensitive surgical procedure. It can be used for the detection of melanoma micrometastasis in regional lymph nodes in cases when non-invasive methods fail to reveal them. Both disease-free survival and disease-specific survival were significantly better for patients with a negative sentinel lymph node biopsy. A. Breslow thickness, W. H. Clark level, and ulceration of the melanoma were strong predictors, but not as strong as the histological status of the sentinel lymph node. The procedure for sentinel lymph node biopsy is nowadays standardized, including preoperative dynamic lymphoscintigraphy combined with intraoperative gamma probe guidance and blue-dye injection. The aim of this article is to present an update of the sentinel lymph node biopsy method and the prognostic significance of this procedure on the basis of more than 400 sentinel lymph node biopsy's carried out at the Department of Dermatology of the Otto-von-Guericke University, Magdeburg since 1997 and the results of recently published studies in the literature.

  15. Evaluation of internal mammary lymph nodes dissection combined with selective postoperative radiotherapy in patients with medial breast cancers

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    Yokota, Toru; Roppongi, Takashi; Kanno, Keiichi; Sakamoto, Ichiro; Fujii, Takanao; Mitomo, Osamu [Numata National Hospital, Gunma (Japan)

    1998-08-01

    In the reason that internal mammary lymph nodes (IMN) dissection of extended radical mastectomy (EXT) did not influence overall survival rates in patients with medial or central breast cancers, this procedure is seldom practiced in the European countries and the United States. But in the thought that IMN dissection combined with selective postoperative radiotherapy might increase disease-free or overall survival in these patients, this combined therapy in patients with medial breast cancers was evaluated. Thirty-five patients submitted to IMN dissection with extrapleural method and 114 patients submitted to non-dissection were evaluated in this study. Postoperative prophylactic radiotherapy (to IMN and supraclavicular lymph nodes) was administered to patients with histologically positive IMN or more than 4 of axillary lymph nodes. The dose of irradiation was 5000 to 5100 cGy given in 5 to 6 weeks. Patient characteristics in the two groups did not reveal any significant difference statistically. Statistical analysis was carried out both on disease-free survival and overall survival, computed from the date of radical surgery, by use of the Kaplan-Meier method. Both groups of survival were compared, using the Logrank test. The frequency of IMN metastasis is significantly associated with the one of axillary lymph nodes metastasis (p=0.03). The analysis of the percent disease-free survival related to the presence or absence of IMN dissection failed to reveal any significant difference (10 years of disease-free survival rate 56.1% and 74.5%, respectively). In the same way, the analysis of the percent overall survival failed to reveal any significant difference (10 years overall survival rate 58.8% and 80.4%, respectively). (author)

  16. Anatomic distribution of supraclavicular lymph node in patients with esophageal cancer

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    Full Text Available Jun Xing,1 Yijun Luo,1,2 Xiaoli Wang,1,2 Min Gao,1 Mingping Sun,1 Xiuping Ding,1 Tingyong Fan,1 Jinming Yu1 1Department of Radiation Oncology and Radiology, Shandong Cancer Hospital Affiliated to Shandong University, 2School of Medical and Life Sciences, Shandong Academy of Medical Sciences, University of Jinan, Jinan, People’s Republic of China Purpose: Definitive chemoradiation therapy remains the standard of care for patients with localized esophageal carcinoma who choose nonsurgical management. However, there is no consensus regarding delineation of the nodal clinical target volume (CTVn, especially for lower cervical lymph nodes. This study aimed to map the location of metastatic supraclavicular lymph nodes in thoracic esophageal carcinoma patients with supraclavicular node involvement and generate an atlas to delineate the CTVn for elective nodal radiation of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma. Patients and methods: In this study, the supraclavicular regional lymph node was further divided into four subgroups. The locations of the involved supraclavicular nodes for all patients were then transferred onto a template computed tomography (CT image. A volume probability map was then generated with nodal volumes, and was displayed on the template CT to provide a visual impression of nodal frequencies and anatomic distribution. Results: We identified 154 supraclavicular nodal metastases based on CT image in 96 patients. Of these, 29.2% were located in group I region, 59.7% in group II region, 10.4% in group III region, and 0.7% in group IV region. Conclusion: On the basis of our study, we suggest that the appropriate radiation field of CTVn should include the group I and II regions and the CTVn exterior margin along the lateral side of the internal jugular vein may be suitable. Keywords: esophageal carcinoma, lymph node metastasis, clinical target volume, cervical lymph node

  17. The Prognostic Significance of a Combined Determination of Cathepsin D and Estrogen Receptors in Breast Carcinomas with Positive Axillary Lymph Nodes

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    Yun Niu; Xue Yang; Yu Fan; Ajuan Lü; Tieju Liu; Xilin Fu

    2006-01-01

    OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to investigate the correlation between cathepsin D (Cath-D) and estrogen receptor (ER)expression in breast cancer tissue and to explore the prognostic significance of their combined determination in breast carcinoma patients with positive axillary lymph nodes. METHODS One hundred and thirty-eight cases of breast carcinoma were examined by immunohistochemistry (IHC) and the results relating to patient follow-up analyzed.RESULTS The overall 5-year disease-free survival rate (DFS) was 60.9% (84/138) in the series. The positive rate of Cath-D expression in the tumor cells was 55.07% and the positive ER staining was 51.4%. A definite significant negative correlation was found between the positive rates for Cath-D and ER (r=-0.294, P=0.001) The Cath-D expression for the cases in clinical Stage Ⅱ, ≥10 positive-node and recurrence or distant metastasis, was higher than that those cases in clinical Stage Ⅱ with fewer node-metastasis and with 5 year DFS (χ2=13.926, P=0.000;χ2=13.070, P=0.001; χ2=10.545, P=0.001). However, there was no significant difference of Cath-D expression between 2 groups of patients with different ages or among the different histopathologic types of the nonspecific invasive carcinoma. In the combined examination of Cath-D and ER, the cases that were ER (+) and Cath-D (-) had the highest 5-year DFS compared to other situations. In contrast, the cases that were reversed in expression, ie, ER(-) and Cath-D(+), had a lower 5-year DFS.There was a significant difference between the 2 conditions (χ2=18.675,P=0.000).CONCLUSION A combined determination and analysis of Cath-D and ER expression may be more useful to establish a prognosis than the biological characteristics of carcinomas with positive lymph nodes.

  18. Impact of FDG-PET/CT for the Detection of Unknown Primary Tumours in Patients with Cervical Lymph Node Metastases

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    İnanç Karapolat

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Objective: Because the detection of the primary tumour is of importance to optimize the patient’s management and allows a targeted therapy, the performance of hybrid positron emission tomography–computed tomography (PET/CT using fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG in the detection of primary tumors and unrecognized metastases with cervical lymph node metastases were evaluated in a retrospective study. Material and Methods: Twenty patients with cervical lymph node metastases of unknown primary tumors underwent staging with FDG-PET/CT. All underwent head and neck examinations, computed tomography (CT, and/or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI, panendoscopies, and biopsies of head and neck mucosal sites. The diagnostic accuracy of FDG-PET/CT in detecting primary tumors was compared with that of histopathology and clinical follow-up. The ability of FDG-PET/CT to detect distant metastases was also tested. Results: PET/CT was positive with an increased FDG uptake suggesting the potential primary site in 45% of patients (9/20. PET/CT findings were true positive in 7, true negative in 10, false positive in 2, and false negative in 1 patients, resulting in a sensitivity of 87%, a specificity of 83%, an accuracy of 85%, a positive predictive value of 77% and a negative predictive value of 90%. Also, PET/CT showed distant metastases in seven patients. Conclusion: FDG-PET/CT can be successfully used for the identification of the primary site and distant metastases in patients with cervical lymph node metastases from an unknown primary cancer. (MIRT 2012;21:63-68

  19. Feasibility of FDG PET/CT to monitor the response of axillary lymph node metastases to neoadjuvant chemotherapy in breast cancer patients

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    Straver, Marieke E.; Rutgers, Emiel J.T.; Peeters, Marie-Jeanne T.F.D.V. [Netherlands Cancer Institute-Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital, Department of Surgical Oncology, Amsterdam (Netherlands); Aukema, Tjeerd S.; Olmos, Renato A.V.; Vogel, Wouter V. [Netherlands Cancer Institute-Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Amsterdam (Netherlands); Gilhuijs, Kenneth G.A. [Netherlands Cancer Institute-Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital, Department of Radiology, Amsterdam (Netherlands); Schot, Margaret E. [Netherlands Cancer Institute-Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital, Department of Medical Oncology, Amsterdam (Netherlands)

    2010-06-15

    The aim of this study was to assess the accuracy of {sup 18}F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) positron emission tomography (PET)/CT to visualize lymph node metastases before the start of neoadjuvant chemotherapy and to determine how often the visualization is sufficiently prominent to allow monitoring of the axillary response. Thirty-eight patients with invasive breast cancer of >3 cm and/or lymph node metastasis underwent FDG PET/CT before neoadjuvant chemotherapy. The results of the FDG PET/CT were compared with those from ultrasonography with fine-needle aspiration (FNA) cytology or sentinel node biopsy. Patients suitable for response monitoring of the axilla were defined as having either a maximum standardized uptake value (SUV{sub max}){>=}2.5 or a tumour to background ratio {>=}5 in the most intense lymph node. The sensitivity and specificity of FDG PET/CT in detecting axillary involvement were 97 and 100%, respectively. No difference existed between the SUV{sub max} of the primary tumour and that from the related most intense lymph node metastasis. Moreover, the mean tumour to background ratio was 90% higher in the lymph nodes compared to the primary tumour (p=0.006). Ninety-three per cent of the patients had sufficient uptake in the lymph nodes to qualify for subsequent response monitoring of the axilla. A considerable distinction in metabolic activity was observed between the different subtypes of breast cancer. The mean SUV{sub max} in lymph node metastases of oestrogen receptor (ER)-positive, triple-negative and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-positive tumours was 6.6, 11.6 and 6.6, respectively. The high accuracy in visualizing lymph node metastases and the sufficiently high SUV{sub max} and tumour to background ratio at baseline suggest that it is feasible to monitor the axillary response with FDG PET/CT, especially in triple-negative tumours. (orig.)

  20. Utility of sentinel node biopsy in patients with high-risk cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma

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    Allen, J E; Stolle, L B

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Currently there is no consensual agreement on the standard use of Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy (SLNB) in staging of high-risk patients. OBJECTIVE: The objective was to define the predictive value and role of SLNB combined with the different high-risk factors to determine which patients...

  1. Anatomic distribution of supraclavicular lymph node in patients with esophageal cancer.

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    Xing, Jun; Luo, Yijun; Wang, Xiaoli; Gao, Min; Sun, Mingping; Ding, Xiuping; Fan, Tingyong; Yu, Jinming

    2016-01-01

    Definitive chemoradiation therapy remains the standard of care for patients with localized esophageal carcinoma who choose nonsurgical management. However, there is no consensus regarding delineation of the nodal clinical target volume (CTVn), especially for lower cervical lymph nodes. This study aimed to map the location of metastatic supraclavicular lymph nodes in thoracic esophageal carcinoma patients with supraclavicular node involvement and generate an atlas to delineate the CTVn for elective nodal radiation of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma. In this study, the supraclavicular regional lymph node was further divided into four subgroups. The locations of the involved supraclavicular nodes for all patients were then transferred onto a template computed tomography (CT) image. A volume probability map was then generated with nodal volumes, and was displayed on the template CT to provide a visual impression of nodal frequencies and anatomic distribution. We identified 154 supraclavicular nodal metastases based on CT image in 96 patients. Of these, 29.2% were located in group I region, 59.7% in group II region, 10.4% in group III region, and 0.7% in group IV region. On the basis of our study, we suggest that the appropriate radiation field of CTVn should include the group I and II regions and the CTVn exterior margin along the lateral side of the internal jugular vein may be suitable.

  2. Ultrasound guided fine-needle aspiration biopsy of metastases in nonpalpable supraclavicular lymph nodes in lung cancer patients.

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    Kendirlinan, Resat; Ozkan, Gülcihan; Bayram, Mehmet; Bakan, Nur Dilek; Tutar, Mehmet; Gür, Aygün; Camsari, Güngör

    2011-08-31

    To assess frequency and significance of enlarged nonpalpable supraclavicular lymph nodes with routine ultrasound (US) evaluation and US-guided fineneedle aspiration biopsy (FNAB) for the diagnosis and staging of patients with lung cancer. 106 consecutive patients with lung cancer and nonpalpable supraclavicular lymph nodes were evaluated with cervical US for the presence of pathological lymph nodes. FNAB was performed in patients with nodes with short-axis > 5 mm, rounded shape and missing echogenic hilum. 27 (25.5%) patients had enlarged supraclavicular lymph nodes on US. Fourteen patients (13.2%) had cytologically proven lymph node involvement. Supraclavicular lymph node metastasis was more frequent in patients with mediastinal invasion (p = 0.0001) and patients with enlarged lymph nodes on upper paratracheal stations on thorax CT (p = 0.0001). No relation was found between supraclavicular lymph node involvement and T stage (p = 0.27), distant metastasis (p = 0.50) or histological type (p = 0.80). Three patients were upstaged from IIIA to IIIB status. US-guided FNAB was the only diagnostic method in 2 patients. US-guided FNAB is a simple and safe procedure which can document N3 stage of disease in lung cancer patients. Thereby more invasive and expensive diagnostic procedures can be avoided in selected lung cancer patients.

  3. Ultrasound guided fine-needle aspiration biopsy of metastases in nonpalpable supraclavicular lymph nodes in lung cancer patients

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    Kendirlinan Resat

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background and objectives To assess frequency and significance of enlarged nonpalpable supraclavicular lymph nodes with routine ultrasound (US evaluation and US-guided fineneedle aspiration biopsy (FNAB for the diagnosis and staging of patients with lung cancer. Materials and methods 106 consecutive patients with lung cancer and nonpalpable supraclavicular lymph nodes were evaluated with cervical US for the presence of pathological lymph nodes. FNAB was performed in patients with nodes with short-axis > 5 mm, rounded shape and missing echogenic hilum. Results 27 (25.5% patients had enlarged supraclavicular lymph nodes on US. Fourteen patients (13.2% had cytologically proven lymph node involvement. Supraclavicular lymph node metastasis was more frequent in patients with mediastinal invasion (p = 0.0001 and patients with enlarged lymph nodes on upper paratracheal stations on thorax CT (p = 0.0001. No relation was found between supraclavicular lymph node involvement and T stage (p = 0.27, distant metastasis (p = 0.50 or histological type (p = 0.80. Three patients were upstaged from IIIA to IIIB status. US-guided FNAB was the only diagnostic method in 2 patients. Conclusion US-guided FNAB is a simple and safe procedure which can document N3 stage of disease in lung cancer patients. Thereby more invasive and expensive diagnostic procedures can be avoided in selected lung cancer patients.

  4. Evaluation of a genomic classifier in radical prostatectomy patients with lymph node metastasis

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    Lee HJ

    2016-06-01

    and pathologic characteristics between the LN positive patients of contemporary and retrospective cohorts was observed (all P>0.05. Accordingly, among LN-positive patients in the contemporary cohort and retrospective cohort, 80% and 77% had Decipher high risk scores (P=1. In the retrospective cohort, prostate biopsy cores with the highest Gleason grade and percentage of tumor involvement had 86% Decipher risk concordance with both RP and LN specimens. Conclusion: Decipher scores were highly concordant between pre- and post-surgical specimens. Further, Decipher scores from RP tissue were predictive of LNI at RP. If validated in a larger cohort of prostate biopsy specimens for prediction of adverse pathology at RP, Decipher may be useful for improved pre-operative staging. Keywords: prostate, biopsy, lymph node invasion, genomic classifier, radical prostatectomy, decipher, prognosis

  5. Factors affecting results of lymph node dissection in patients with skin Melanoma, 1987-92

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    Mir M

    1998-08-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, factors affecting the result of prophylactic lymph node dissection in 125 patients with skin melanoma during the period between 1987-1992 in the cancer institute were evaluated and prognostic parameters ascertained. The result showed prevalence of head and neck melanoma in men were two times more than in women with a preponderance of regional and lymphatic recurrence. Majority of patients presented with advanced clark levels (76.8 Pct. Clinical and histologic evaluation of the regional lymph nodes failed to show any meaningful relation.

  6. Axillary dissection versus no axillary dissection in patients with sentinel-node micrometastases (IBCSG 23-01)

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    Galimberti, Viviana; Cole, Bernard F; Zurrida, Stefano

    2013-01-01

    For patients with breast cancer and metastases in the sentinel nodes, axillary dissection has been standard treatment. However, for patients with limited sentinel-node involvement, axillary dissection might be overtreatment. We designed IBCSG trial 23-01 to determine whether no axillary dissection...... was non-inferior to axillary dissection in patients with one or more micrometastatic (≤2 mm) sentinel nodes and tumour of maximum 5 cm....

  7. Predicting pelvic lymph node involvement in patients with localized prostate cancer.

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    Ekman, P

    1997-01-01

    Pelvic lymph node dissection is a routine staging procedure in localized prostate cancer. It provides prognostic information, it influences the design of the subsequent therapeutic strategy and it provides information necessary to compare the results of various therapeutic strategies. It is not considered a curative procedure. Thanks to improved diagnostic means, the unexpected finding of positive lymph nodes has decreased from 30% 15 years ago to below 10%. Hence, today the procedure is unnecessary in over 90% of the cases. Improvements in staging by imaging techniques, including CT scan, MRI, ultrasound, and ileopelvic scintigraphy, have so far been unsuccessful because of low specificity and sensitivity. Using a combination of tumor grade and stage plus serum prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels, a good indication of the likelihood of positive pelvic nodes can be obtained. A review of the literature indicates that for clinically localized tumors, i.e. stages T1a to T2b, lymph node dissection can be omitted provided serum PSA levels are pelvic lymph node dissection at the price of approximately 3% missed cases.

  8. Interpectoral Nodes Metastases in Breast Cancer

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    ZHOU Xin; YANG Jia-xiang; LIU Xiao-yu; ZHU Ning-sheng; JIANG Ge-li

    2008-01-01

    Objective:To study interpectoral nodes metastasis rate in breast cancer and its clinical significance.Methods:171 female patients undergone surgery for breast cancer were reviewed,of whom the interpectoral nodes were SUbjected to pathological examination.Results:Interpectoral nodes were identified in 25.7% of the 171 female patients,and the interpectoral nodes metastasis rate was 9.9%.The patients with interpectoral nodes metastasis had larger tumor size,later TNM classification,higher axillary apical nodes metastasis rate and lower ER positive rate.Conclusion:Dissection of interpectoral nodes should be regard as routine clinical practice in modified radical mastectomy,and interpectoral nodes should be snbjected to pathological examination.

  9. [A case of SPT therapy( S-1+CDDP+trastuzumab) was successful for HER2-positive gastric cancer accompanied by distant lymph node metastasis].

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    Hyuga, Nozomu; Kobayashi, Kenji; Watanabe, Risa; Chono, Akihiro; Matsumoto, Takashi; Takemoto, Hiroyoshi; Takachi, Ko; Nishioka, Kiyonori; Aoki, Taro; Uemura, Yoshio; Yoshida, Kyotaro

    2013-11-01

    A 63-year-old man visited our clinic with a chief complaint of a left axillary mass, and after a series of examinations, gastric cancer was diagnosed. Histopathological examination revealed a human epidermal growth factor receptor (HER)-2- positive( immunohistochemistry[ IHC], 2+; fluorescence in situ hybridization[ FISH], positive) poorly differentiated adenocarcinoma, and SPT therapy( S-1 at 120 mg/m2/day+cisplatin[ CDDP] at 60 mg/m2+trastuzumab at 8 mg/kg) was initiated. The primary lesion and swollen lymph nodes initially decreased markedly in size; however, the lymph node swelling worsened at 186 days( 6.2 months) after the initiation of treatment. Progressive disease( PD) was diagnosed, and SPT therapy was terminated. One cycle of S-1+docetaxel was administered as second-line therapy, but the regimen was changed to docetaxel monotherapy due to adverse effects. After 5 cycles of this treatment, the primary lesion had decreased in size and the lymphadenopathy disappeared. Positron emission tomography( PET)-computed tomography (CT) revealed fluorodeoxyglucose( F18)( FDG) accumulation only in the primary lesion, and therefore, with the patient's informed consent distal gastrectomy was performed approximately 14 months after the first treatment. The postoperative diagnosis was gastric cancer fStage IA (T1a, N0, and M0). Here, we discuss a case of HER2-positive gastric cancer with references. Among the advanced recurrent gastric cancers tested between April 2011 and February 2013, 16.4% (11/67) were HER2-positive.

  10. Prognostic factors for occult inguinal lymph node involvement in penile carcinoma and assessment of the high-risk EAU subgroup: a two-institution analysis of 342 clinically node-negative patients.

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    Graafland, Niels M; Lam, Wayne; Leijte, Joost A P; Yap, Tet; Gallee, Maarten P W; Corbishley, Cathy; van Werkhoven, Erik; Watkin, Nick; Horenblas, Simon

    2010-11-01

    The European Association of Urology (EAU) guidelines advise an elective bilateral lymphadenectomy in clinically node-negative (cN0) patients with high-risk penile carcinoma (≥pT2, G3, or lymphovascular invasion [LVI]). Our aim was to assess prognostic factors for occult metastasis and to determine whether current EAU guidelines accurately stratify patients at high risk. Data of 342 cN0 patients with histologically proven invasive penile squamous cell carcinoma who had undergone the current dynamic sentinel node biopsy (DSNB) protocol were analysed. A complete ipsilateral inguinal lymphadenectomy was only done if the sentinel node was tumour positive. The presence of occult metastasis was established by preoperative ultrasound and tumour-positive fine-needle aspiration cytology, tumour-positive sentinel nodes, and groin metastases during follow-up after a negative DSNB procedure. Median follow-up was 31 mo. Sixty-eight of 342 patients (20%) and 87 of 684 groins (13%) had occult nodal involvement including 6 patients (2%) with a groin metastasis after negative DSNB. Corpus spongiosum invasion, corpus cavernosum invasion, histologic grade, and LVI were each significant prognosticators for occult metastasis on univariate analysis. On multivariate analysis, grade (odds ratio [OR]: 3.3 for intermediate and 4.9 for poor, respectively) and LVI (OR: 2.2) remained predictive factors. In total, 245 patients (72%) were classified high risk according to EAU guidelines. Among them, the incidence of occult metastasis was 23% (57 of 245). A potential limitation of this study is the lack of external review. Histologic grade and LVI are independent prognostic factors for occult metastasis in penile carcinoma. Although both predictors are incorporated into the current EAU guidelines, the stratification of patients needing a lymph node dissection is inaccurate. Approximately 77% of high-risk patients (188 of 245) would have had a negative bilateral inguinal lymphadenectomy. For the

  11. Success Predictors of Adjuvant Chemotherapy in Node-Negative Breast Cancer Patients Under 55 years1

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    Emiel A. M. Janssen

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Adjuvant systemic chemotherapy (ASCT in lymph node-negative breast (LN− cancers improves survival. The majority of (LN− patients receive ASCT when the St. Gallen criteria or its modifications are used, as accurate identifiers which patients benefit from ASCT are lacking. This may imply over-treatment in many patients. Aim: To evaluate which patients or primary tumor factors predict ASCT success. Material and method: Retrospective analysis by single and multivariate survival analysis of clinical and tumor characteristics in (LN− breast cancers <55 years, related to ASCT (n = 125 or-not (n = 516. Results: The two patient groups did not differ in age, tumor diameter, grade, type, number of mitoses and other factors. Fourteen-year survival for the ASCT and non-ASCT patients was 83% and 74% (Hazard Ratio = HR = 0.33; p < 0.0001, 9% absolute = 12% relative difference. Subgroup analysis showed that the recurrence-free survival = RFS of ASCT treated vs. non-treated patients differed in patients with grade 1 cancers (p = 0.008, grade 2 cancers (p = 0.004, grades 3 (p = 0.02, tumors under and ≧2 cm (p = 0.001 and 0.0002, oestrogen receptor-positive or -negative tumors (p = 0.003, 0.04, MAI < 10 and ≧10 (p = 0.005, 0.003 and fibrotic focus absent (p = 0.002. With multivariate analysis the most important predictor of ASCT effect was the MAI. In patients with slowly proliferating tumors (MAI < 3 no advantage was found between patients treated-or-not with adjuvant chemotherapy (RFS = 92% and 91%, p = 0.13, p = 0.63 for overall survival, contrasting those with MAI ≧ 3 (p = 0.0001; HR = 0.32, 95% CI 0.18–0.58. Conclusion: MAI is the strongest predictor of adjuvant systemic chemotherapy success. In patients with MAI < 3 (31% of all patients, ASCT does not improve survival.

  12. Lymph node metastases in the gastrocolic ligament in patients with colon cancer

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    Bertelsen, Claus A; Bols, Birgitte; Ingeholm, Peter

    2014-01-01

    in the proximity of the flexures or in the transverse colon. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this work was to present our findings of metastases in the gastrocolic ligament in a consecutive series of patients. DESIGN: This was a single-center retrospective study. SETTINGS: The study was conducted in a colorectal cancer......BACKGROUND: Long-term survival after colorectal cancer may be improved by more extensive resection of the primary tumor and lymph nodes. Resection of the gastroepiploic and infrapyloric lymph nodes in the gastrocolic ligament has been proposed as a standard procedure when resecting tumors located...... center. PATIENTS: All of the colon adenocarcinoma resections with relevant tumor location from June 1, 2008, to December 31, 2012 were included in this study. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: The presence of lymph node metastases in the gastrocolic ligament in colon adenocarcinomas located in the proximity...

  13. CD163-Positive Macrophages Within the Tumor Stroma Are Associated With Lymphangiogenesis and Lymph Node Metastasis in Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma.

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    Yamagata, Yuko; Tomioka, Hirofumi; Sakamoto, Kei; Sato, Kiyoshi; Harada, Hiroyuki; Ikeda, Tohru; Kayamori, Kou

    2017-03-18

    Increasing evidence shows that tumor stromal components, particularly tumor-associated macrophages (TAMs), play an important role in the tumor progression of various solid malignant tumor types. However, their roles in oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) have not been fully elucidated. Seventy human tongue OSCC samples were analyzed in the present study. Immunohistochemistry was used to investigate the correlations between the densities of CD68-, CD163-, and CD204-positive TAMs and clinicopathologic parameters. Lymphatic vessel density (LVD) was estimated using the D2-40 antibody. In vitro studies also were conducted to investigate the effect of conditioned medium (CM) derived from OSCC cell lines on cytokine and chemokine expression in RAW264.7 mouse monocytic leukemia cells. Increased densities of CD68-, CD163-, and CD204-positive TAMs were significantly correlated with lymph node metastasis (P = .035, .0082, and .038, respectively). Higher LVD occurred considerably more frequently in patients with nodal metastasis than in those without such metastasis. Moreover, LVD was considerably increased in patients with higher CD163-positive TAM densities. Studies using immunofluorescence showed that vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-C was expressed in 52 of 70 patients with CD163-positive TAMs (74.2%). Moreover, CM derived from OSCC cell lines stimulated the expression of Il-10, Ccl22, Vegf-a, and Vegf-c in RAW264.7 cells; however, Il-12p35 expression levels were not changed. CD163-positive TAMs promote lymphangiogenesis through VEGF-C expression, which contributes to regional lymph node metastasis in OSCC. Copyright © 2017 American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  14. SENTINEL NODE BIOPSY BY TWO KINDS OF BLUE DYES IN PATIENTS WITH BREAST CANCER

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    2001-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the identification successful rate of sentinel lymph node (SLN) with breast cancer and the accuracy to predict axillary lymph node status in different vital blue dyes.Methods 94 patients with breast cancer were recruited for the study between Oct. 1999 and Apr. 2001, of whom 32 and 62, respectively, were injected 0.028mmol*L-1 Methylene blue and 0.018mmol*L-1 Patent blue violet in breast parenchyma surrounding the primary tumor to identify SLN.All 94 patients underwent the axillary lymph node dissection.Results For Methylene blue group and Patent blue violet group, SLN identification successful rates were 65.6% (21/32) and 88.7% (55/62) (P=0.012) and accuracy rate to predict axillary lymph node status were 90.5% (19/21) and 98.2% (54/55) (P=0.183), respectively.Conclusion In identifying SLN,Patent blue violet is more ideal vital blue dye than Methylene blue, whereas the accuracy rate to predict axillary lymph node status had no significant difference.

  15. Sentinel lymph node biopsy in patients with a needle core biopsy diagnosis of ductal carcinoma in situ: is it justified?

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    Doyle, B

    2012-02-01

    BACKGROUND: The incidence of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) has increased markedly with the introduction of population-based mammographic screening. DCIS is usually diagnosed non-operatively. Although sentinel lymph node biopsy (SNB) has become the standard of care for patients with invasive breast carcinoma, its use in patients with DCIS is controversial. AIM: To examine the justification for offering SNB at the time of primary surgery to patients with a needle core biopsy (NCB) diagnosis of DCIS. METHODS: A retrospective analysis was performed of 145 patients with an NCB diagnosis of DCIS who had SNB performed at the time of primary surgery. The study focused on rates of SNB positivity and underestimation of invasive carcinoma by NCB, and sought to identify factors that might predict the presence of invasive carcinoma in the excision specimen. RESULTS: 7\\/145 patients (4.8%) had a positive sentinel lymph node, four macrometastases and three micrometastases. 6\\/7 patients had invasive carcinoma in the final excision specimen. 55\\/145 patients (37.9%) with an NCB diagnosis of DCIS had invasive carcinoma in the excision specimen. The median invasive tumour size was 6 mm. A radiological mass and areas of invasion <1 mm, amounting to "at least microinvasion" on NCB were predictive of invasive carcinoma in the excision specimen. CONCLUSIONS: SNB positivity in pure DCIS is rare. In view of the high rate of underestimation of invasive carcinoma in patients with an NCB diagnosis of DCIS in this study, SNB appears justified in this group of patients.

  16. Investigation of {sup 18}F-FDG PET in the selection of patients with breast cancer as candidates for sentinel node biopsy after neoadjuvant therapy

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    Gilardi, Laura; De Cicco, Concetta; Paganelli, Giovanni [European Institute of Oncology, Division of Nuclear Medicine, Milan (Italy); Colleoni, Marco; Cardillo, Anna; Montagna, Emilia; Dellapasqua, Silvia [European Institute of Oncology, Research Unit in Medical Senology, Department of Medicine, Milan (Italy); Galimberti, Viviana [European Institute of Oncology, Division of Senology, Milan (Italy); Bagnardi, Vincenzo [European Institute of Oncology, Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Milan (Italy)

    2010-10-15

    The main objective of this study was to determine the role of [{sup 18}F]-2-fluoro-2-deoxy-D-glucose positron emission tomography (FDG PET) in the selection of patients with breast cancer as candidates for sentinel node biopsy (SNB) after neoadjuvant therapy. Forty-four patients with primary breast cancer clinically classified as cT2, cT3 or cT4{sub a-c} cN0-N2 or cN3 M0 and with a baseline FDG PET scan positive both in the site of primary tumour and axillary lymph nodes underwent neoadjuvant therapy and then a second FDG PET scan. In the case of axillary FDG PET uptake, patients underwent axillary lymph node dissection (ALND). If the second FDG PET scan was negative for axillary involvement, SNB was performed in order to evaluate axillary lymph node status. Only in the case of SN positivity did total ALND follow. Specificity and positive predictive value of FDG PET for detection of axillary lymph node metastases after neoadjuvant therapy were as high as 83% (95% confidence interval: 51-97%) and 85% (95% confidence interval: 54-97%), respectively, whereas sensitivity, negative predictive value and diagnostic accuracy were inadequate for a correct staging (34, 32 and 48%, respectively). The poor sensitivity of FDG PET in detecting axillary lymph node metastases makes SNB mandatory in cases of a negative scan. The relatively high positive predictive value seems to suggest a role of FDG PET in selecting patients who, after neoadjuvant therapy, are candidates for ALND, avoiding SNB. However, this issue requires confirmation in a larger series of patients. (orig.)

  17. Freedom from local and regional failure of contralateral neck with ipsilateral neck radiotherapy for node-positive tonsil cancer: updated results of an institutional clinical management approach.

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    Dan, Tu D; Raben, David; Schneider, Charles J; Hockstein, Neil G; Witt, Robert L; Dzeda, Michael; Cormier, Jennifer F; Raben, Adam

    2015-06-01

    To update the outcomes of an institutional clinical management approach using ipsilateral neck radiotherapy in the treatment of node-positive squamous cell carcinoma of the tonsil with a well-lateralized primary lesion. Between August 2003 and April 2014, 61 consecutive patients with ipsilateral node-positive squamous cell carcinoma of the tonsil without involvement of the base of the tongue or midline soft palate were treated at a community hospital-based cancer center with radiotherapy to the primary site and ipsilateral neck. Overall survival, disease-free survival and freedom from contralateral failure were calculated. Median follow up was 37.2months (range 4-121months). Freedom from contralateral nodal failure at 5years was 98% with one contralateral nodal failure noted. The patient underwent a salvage neck dissection and was treated with post-operative radiotherapy with no evidence of disease to date. 5-year overall survival (OS) was 92.4% and 5year disease-free survival (DFS) was 86.7%. This represents the single largest series reported from a community hospital-based cancer center in which lateralized tonsil cancers with N+ disease were treated with ipsilateral neck radiotherapy. In this carefully selected cohort of patients with well-lateralized tonsil cancers, the risk of contralateral nodal failure appears to be <5%, suggesting that prophylactic radiation of the contralateral neck may not be necessary. Future planned studies will focus on prospectively selecting subgroups of patients eligible for treatment de-intensification as survivorship issues in excellent prognosis HPV positive patients are increasingly becoming relevant. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  18. A longitudinal comparison of arm morbidity in stage I-II breast cancer patients treated with sentinel lymph node biopsy, sentinel lymph node biopsy followed by completion lymph node dissection, or axillary lymph node dissection

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    Kootstra, Jan J.; Hoekstra-Weebers, Josette E.; Rietman, Johan S.; Vries, de Jakob; Baas, Peter C.; Geertzen, Jan H.B.; Hoekstra, Harald J.

    2010-01-01

    Background: Long-term shoulder and arm function following sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) may surpass that following complete axillary lymph node dissection (CLND) or axillary lymph node dissection (ALND). We objectively examined the morbidity and compared outcomes after SLNB, SLNB + CLND, and ALN

  19. [Long-term survival of a patient with lung cancer with skip metastasis to supraclavicular lymph nodes].

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    Ohta, Y; Nakaizumi, H; Furukawa, S; Ushijima, S; Mori, Y; Sato, H; Kurumaya, H

    1995-04-01

    A case of lung cancer with skip metastasis to supraclavicular lymph nodes is described. The patient had undergone radical resection for gastric cancer about nine years ago. For about one year, chemotherapy had been done by Tegafur (600 mg/day) after operation. Radical resection for lung cancer (p/d squamous cell carcinoma) was performed about seven years ago. Pathologically, mediastinal lymph node metastasis could not be detected. The needle aspiration biopsy of supraclavicular lymph node revealed metastasis. Then, radical neck lymph nodes dissection involving supraclavicular lymph nodes and radiation therapy were added. There has been no sign of recurrence so far.

  20. Axillary sentinel node identification in breast cancer patients: degree of radioactivity present at biopsy is critical

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    Nielsen, Kristina R; Oturai, Peter S; Friis, Esbern;

    2011-01-01

    The radioactivity present in the patient (Act(rem) ) at sentinel node (SN) biopsy will depend on injected activity amount as well as on the time interval from tracer injection to biopsy, which both show great variations in the literature. The purpose of this study was to analyse the influence...

  1. [Methodological issues of sentinel lymph nodes biopsy in patients with breast cancer].

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    Kanaev, S V; Novikov, S N; Krivorot'ko, P V; Semiglazov, V F; Zhukova, L A; Krzhivitskiĭ, P I

    2013-01-01

    Radionuclide imaging of sentinel lymph nodes (SLN) was performed in 122 breast cancer patients, which before the biopsy of lymph nodes it was performed intratumoral injection of colloidal radiopharmaceuticals (RFP): in 89 patients--nanocolloidal (NC) and in 33--colloidal with particle size from 200 to 1000 nm. After the introduction of NC the SLN image was obtained in 83 of 89 women. (93.3%). After the introduction of large colloids (200-1000 nm or more) SLN visualization in this group was achieved in 27 of 33 patients, i.e., in 81.8% of cases (p lymph nodes of the second and higher orders in axillary as well as under-and supraclavicular regions. On the contrary while using larger colloids, RFP accumulated only in SLN of axillary region in 85.1%. These differences in the topography of the absorption of various diameters radiocolloids were reliable (p = 0.01). Using the NC RFN compared with colloidal RFP of larger diameter can reliably improve SLN visualization till 98.9% however leads to a concomitant accumulation of RFP in lymph nodes of the second order in 55.8% of patients.

  2. Implications of false negative and false positive diagnosis in lymph node staging of NSCLC by means of ¹⁸F-FDG PET/CT.

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    Shaolei Li

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Integrated ¹⁸F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography (¹⁸F-FDG PET/CT is widely performed in hilar and mediastinal lymph node (HMLN staging of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC. However, the diagnostic efficiency of PET/CT remains controversial. This retrospective study is to evaluate the accuracy of PET/CT and the characteristics of false negatives and false positives to improve specificity and sensitivity. METHODS: 219 NSCLC patients with systematic lymph node dissection or sampling underwent preoperative PET/CT scan. Nodal uptake with a maximum standardized uptake value (SUV(max >2.5 was interpreted as PET/CT positive. The results of PET/CT were compared with the histopathological findings. The receiver operating characteristic (ROC curve was generated to determine the diagnostic efficiency of PET/CT. Univariate and multivariate analysis were conducted to detect risk factors of false negatives and false positives. RESULTS: The sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value (PPV, negative predictive value (NPV, and accuracy of PET/CT in detecting HMLN metastases were 74.2% (49/66, 73.2% (112/153, 54.4% (49/90, 86.8% (112/129, and 73.5% (161/219. The ROC curve had an area under curve (AUC of 0.791 (95% CI 0.723-0.860. The incidence of false negative HMLN metastases was 13.2% (17 of 129 patients. Factors that are significantly associated with false negatives are: concurrent lung disease or diabetes (p4.0 (p=0.009. Postoperatively, 45.5% (41/90 patients were confirmed as false positive cases. The univariate analysis indicated age > 65 years old (p=0.009, well differentiation (p=0.002, and SUV(max of primary tumor ≦4.0 (p=0.007 as risk factors for false positive uptake. CONCLUSION: The SUV(max of HMLN is a predictor of malignancy. Lymph node staging using PET/CT is far from equal to pathological staging account of some risk factors. This study may provide some aids to pre-therapy evaluation and

  3. A modified radiofrequency ablation approach for treating distant lymph node metastasis in two patients with late-stage cancer

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    Ru-Hai Zou; Qi-Jiong Li; Ji-Liang Qiu; Ya-Di Liao; Yun-Fei Yuan; An-Hua Li

    2013-01-01

    Patients with late-stage cancer commonly have distant lymph node metastasis;however, poor health often contraindicates surgical treatment. Although the quality of life and overal survival for these patients are low, there is neither a consensus nor a guide for treatment. Ablation technique and surrounding tissue damage are two possible reasons for limited study of radiofrequency ablation in patients with superficial distant lymph node metastasis. Here, we report two patients treated successfully with ultrasound-guided radiofrequency ablation for superficial distant lymph node metastasis. In these patients, deionized water was injected to the surrounding tissues of the lymph node to decrease heat injury. Results from these patients suggest that radiofrequency ablation may play an important role in the treatment of patients with distant lymph node metastasis.

  4. Repeat CT-scan assessment of lymph node motion in locally advanced cervical cancer patients

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    Bondar, Luiza; Velema, Laura; Mens, Jan Willem; Heijmen, Ben; Hoogeman, Mischa [Erasmus Medical Center Cancer Institute, Department of Radiation Oncology, 3008 AE, Rotterdam (Netherlands); Zwijnenburg, Ellen [Radboud University Medical Center, Department of Radiation Oncology, Nijmegen (Netherlands)

    2014-12-15

    In cervical cancer patients the nodal clinical target volume (CTV, defined using the major pelvic blood vessels and enlarged lymph nodes) is assumed to move synchronously with the bony anatomy. The aim of this study was to verify this assumption by investigating the motion of the major pelvic blood vessels and enlarged lymph nodes visible in CT scans. For 13 patients treated in prone position, four variable bladder-filling CT scans per patient, acquired at planning and after 40 Gy, were selected from an available dataset of 9-10 CT scans. The bladder, rectum, and the nodal-vessels structure containing the iliac vessels and all visible enlarged nodes were delineated in each selected CT scan. Two online patient setup correction protocols were simulated. The first corrected bony anatomy translations and the second corrected translations and rotations. The efficacy of each correction was calculated as the overlap between the nodal-vessels structure in the reference and repeat CT scans. The motion magnitude between delineated structures was quantified using nonrigid registration. Translational corrections resulted in an average overlap of 58 ± 13% and in a range of motion between 9.9 and 27.3 mm. Translational and rotational corrections significantly improved the overlap (64 ± 13%, p value = 0.007) and moderately reduced the range of motion to 7.6-23.8 mm (p value = 0.03). Bladder filling changes significantly correlated with the nodal-vessels motion (p < 0.001). The motion of the nodal-vessels was large, nonrigid, patient-specific, and only moderately synchronous with the bony anatomy. This study highlights the need for caution when reducing the CTV-to-PTV (PTV planning target volume) margin of the nodal CTV for highly conformal radiation techniques. (orig.) [German] Bei Zervixkarzinompatientinnen wird davon ausgegangen, dass das nodale klinische Zielvolumen (CTV, definiert anhand der grossen Blutgefaesse des Beckens und vergroesserter Lymphknoten) sich synchron mit

  5. Comparison of the diagnostic value of FDG-PET/CT and axillary ultrasound for the detection of lymph node metastases in breast cancer patients

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    Riegger, Carolin; Heusner, Till A. [Univ Dusseldorf, Medical Faculty, Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Dusseldorf (Germany); Univ Duisburg-Essen, Medical Faculty, Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology and Neuroradiology, Essen (Germany)], E-mail: Heusner@med.uni-duesseldorf.de; Koeninger, Angela; Kimmig, Rainer [Univ Duisburg-Essen, Medical Faculty, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Essen (Germany); Hartung, Verena; Bockisch, Andreas [Univ Duisburg-Essen, Medical Faculty, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Essen (Germany); Otterbach, Friedrich [Univ Duisburg-Essen, Institute of Pathology and Neuropathology, Essen (Germany); Forsting, Michael [Univ Duisburg-Essen, Medical Faculty, Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology and Neuroradiology, Essen (Germany); Antoch, Gerald [Univ Dusseldorf, Medical Faculty, Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Dusseldorf (Germany)

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    Background. FDG-PET/CT is increasingly being used for breast cancer staging. Its diagnostic accuracy in comparison to ultrasound as the standard non-invasive imaging modality for the evaluation of axillary lymph nodes has yet not been evaluated. Purpose. To retrospectively compare the diagnostic value of full-dose, intravenously contrast-enhanced FDG-PET/CT and ultrasound for the detection of lymph node metastases in breast cancer patients. Material and Methods. Ninety patients (one patient with a bilateral carcinoma) (89 women, one man; mean age, 55.5 {+-} 16.6 years) suffering from primary breast cancer underwent whole-body FDG-PET/CT and axillary ultrasound. The ipsilateral axillary fossa (n = 91) was evaluated for metastatic spread. The sensitivity, specificity, the positive predictive value (PPV), negative predictive value (NPV), and accuracy of both methods were calculated. The sensitivity and accuracy were statistically compared using the McNemar Test (P <0.05). Analyses were made on a patient basis. The number of patients with extra-axillary locoregional lymph node metastases exclusively detected by FDG-PET/CT was evaluated. For axillary lymph node metastases histopathology served as the reference standard. Results. The sensitivity, specificity, PPV, NPV, and accuracy of FDG-PET/CT for the detection of axillary lymph node metastases were 54%, 89%, 77%, 74%, and 75%, respectively. For ultrasound it was 38%, 78%, 54%, 65%, and 62%, respectively. FDG-PET/CT was significantly more accurate than ultrasound for the detection of axillary lymph node metastases (P = 0.019). There was no statistically significant difference between the sensitivity of both modalities (P = 0.0578). FDG-PET/CT detected extra-axillary locoregional lymph node metastases in seven patients (8%) that had not been detected by another imaging modality. Conclusion. Though more accurate compared to ultrasound for evaluating the axillary lymph node status FDG-PET/CT is only as sensitive as

  6. Inhaled cisplatin deposition and distribution in lymph nodes in stage II lung cancer patients.

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    Zarogoulidis, Paul; Darwiche, Kaid; Krauss, Leslie; Huang, Haidong; Zachariadis, George A; Katsavou, Anna; Hohenforst-Schmidt, Wolfgang; Papaiwannou, Antonis; Vogl, Thomas J; Freitag, Lutz; Stamatis, George; Zarogoulidis, Konstantinos

    2013-09-01

    Lung cancer therapies during the last decade have focused on targeting the genome of cancer cells, and novel routes for administering lung cancer therapies have been investigated for decades. Aerosol therapies for several systematic diseases and systemic infections were introduced into the market a decade ago. One of the main issues of aerosol therapies has been the ability to investigate the deposition of a drug compound throughout the systematic circulation and lymph node circulation. Until now, none of the published studies have efficiently shown the deposition of a chemotherapy pharmaceutical within the lymph node tissue. In our current work we present, for the first time, with the novel CytoViva(®) (AL, USA) technique, the deposition of cisplatin aerosol therapy in surgically resected stage II lymph nodes from lung cancer patients. Finally, we present the distribution of cisplatin in correlation with the cisplatin concentration in different lymph stations and comment on the possible mechanisms of distribution.

  7. Sentinel lymph node detection through radioguided surgery in patients with breast cancer

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    Abreu, Benedita Andrade Leal de; Santos, Adriana de Morais; Soares, Livia de Almeida; Santos, Antonio Ricardo dos; Barros, Idna de Carvalho; Abreu, Everardo Leal de; Cruz Filho, Alexandre Jorge Gomes da; Abreu, Joao Batista de; Vieira, Sabas Carlos [Universidade Estadual do Piaui, Teresina, PI (Brazil); Centro Federal de Educacao Tecnologica do Piaui (CEFET-PI), Teresina, PI (Brazil); Faculdade Sao Gabriel, PI (Brazil); Hospital Sao Marcos, PI (Brazil); Universidade Federal do Piaui (UFPI), Teresina, PI (Brazil)

    2008-12-15

    Biopsy of the sentinel lymphnode (SLNB), the first lymphnode to receive lymphatic drainage from the primary tumor, accurately predicts the axillary lymph node status and, when negative, obviates the need for axillary lymphadenectomy (AL). The aim of this study was, to verify the SLN localization in breast cancer through preoperative lymphoscintigraphy and intraoperative gamma-probe, as well as to demonstrate the benefits of such techniques in preventing complications of AL. Medical records of 228 patients with breast carcinoma, who were underwent SLN localization and, radioguided surgery, from March 2005 to December 2007 were analyzed retrospectively. Data regarding age, tumor characteristic, breast involved, type of surgery, radiopharmaceutical drainage pattern, axillary assessment (SLNB or AL) and number of lymph nodes dissected were collected. It was ascertained that radioguided surgery is a selective method of axillary assessment in breast cancer, which makes this technique a safe alternative to radical assessment of total dissection of axillary lymph nodes and its subsequent complications. (author)

  8. Influence of the Number of Lymph Nodes Examined on the Prognosis of Patients with Dukes' B and C Colorectal Carcinoma

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    Xinyu Bi; Jianqiang Cai; Jianjun Zhao; Yongfu Shao; Ping Zhao

    2007-01-01

    OBJECTIVE To analyze the influence of the number of lymph nodes examined on the prognosis of Dukes' B and C colorectal cancer patients. METHODS The relationship between the clinicopathologic features of 373 patients with Dukes' B and C colorectal cancer and number of the lymph nodes examined was retrospectively analyzed. The effect of the different number of nodes examined on the prognosis of the patients was appraised RESULTS The overall mean number of retrieved lymph nodes of the 373 patients with Dukes' B and C colorectal cancer was 13.71 ±9.38. The site and size of the tumor as well as the depth of tumor infiltration were the major reasons which influenced the number of lymph nodes retrieved. The mean number of lymph nodes examined in the colon-cancer patients was 17.51 + 12.79, which was significantly more than the 11.09±6.17 (P = 0.000) examined in the rectal-cancer patients. The 5-year survival rate of the patients with Dukes' B large intestinal carcinoma, with fewer lymph nodes retrieved (0 to 10), was only 60.4%, while those with more lymph node retrieved (≥10) had a 5-year survival of 77.5%. So there was a significant difference between the two groups. However the number of lymph nodes examined had no effect on prognosis of the patients with Dukes' C large intestinal carcinoma. Separate analysis of the colon and rectal cancers indicated that to improve the 5-year survival rate, the number of retrieved nodes in cases with rectal cancer should be at least 9, and with colon cancer cases at least 13. CONCLUSION In order to guarantee an accuracy of tumor staging for developing a possible postoperative treatment, at least 9 lymph nodes in rectal cancer patients or 13 in colon cancer patients should be harvested.

  9. Prone positioning for the ARDS patient.

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    Vollman, K M

    1997-01-01

    Various strategies have been tested in attempts to improve gas exchange in patients with Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS). However, it appears that the simple non-invasive act of prone positioning of the critically ill ARDS patient may improve gas exchange while preventing potential complications of high positive end expiratory pressure (PEEP), volutrauma, and oxygen toxicity.

  10. Surgical management of parapharyngeal lymph node metastasis of thyroid carcinoma: a retrospective study of 25 patients

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    WANG Xiao-lei; XU Zhen-gang; WU Yue-huang; LIU Shao-yan; YU Yue

    2012-01-01

    Background Parapharyngeal lymph node (PPLN) metastasis from thyroid carcinoma is rare.We describe the clinical features,diagnosis,and surgical treatment of this condition.Methods Twenty-five patients with PPLN metastasis from thyroid carcinoma were treated at our institution from January 1999 to December 2010,including 22 patients with papillary carcinoma,two with medullary carcinoma,and one with follicular carcinoma.Of these,16 had a history of surgical treatment prior to PPLN metastasis.Of the nine patients without a history of surgical treatment,five had widespread cervical lymph node metastases and four had occult papillary thyroid carcinoma.PPLN metastasis was diagnosed by enhanced computed tomography in 22 cases.Results Resection of metastases was performed via a transcervical approach in 23 patients and a transmandibular approach in two patients.After a median follow-up time of 31 months (range:6-130 months),nine patients developed distant metastases,and six of these died of their disease.The 5-year survival rate was 63.8%.Conclusions PPLN metastasis from thyroid carcinoma may occur in patients:with previous neck dissection,with widespread metastases to cervical lymph nodes prior to initial treatment,and with occult thyroid carcinoma.Enhanced computed tomography is helpful for diagnosis in the first two presentations.Surgical resection remains the mainstay of treatment for this disease.PPLN metastasis has a tendency to be associated with distant metastases and a poor prognosis.

  11. Interaction between body mass index and hormone-receptor status as a prognostic factor in lymph-node-positive breast cancer

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    Chung, Il Yong; Park, Yu Rang; Min, Yul Ha; Lee, Yura; Yoon, Tae In; Sohn, Guiyun; Lee, Sae Byul; Kim, Jisun; Kim, Hee Jeong; Ko, Beom Seok; Son, Byung Ho; Ahn, Sei Hyun

    2017-01-01

    The aim of this study was to determine the relationship between the body mass index (BMI) at a breast cancer diagnosis and various factors including the hormone-receptor, menopause, and lymph-node status, and identify if there is a specific patient subgroup for which the BMI has an effect on the breast cancer prognosis. We retrospectively analyzed the data of 8,742 patients with non-metastatic invasive breast cancer from the research database of Asan Medical Center. The overall survival (OS) and breast-cancer-specific survival (BCSS) outcomes were compared among BMI groups using the Kaplan-Meier method and Cox proportional-hazards regression models with an interaction term. There was a significant interaction between BMI and hormone-receptor status for the OS (P = 0.029), and BCSS (P = 0.013) in lymph-node-positive breast cancers. Obesity in hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer showed a poorer OS (adjusted hazard ratio [HR] = 1.51, 95% confidence interval [CI] = 0.92 to 2.48) and significantly poorer BCSS (HR = 1.80, 95% CI = 1.08 to 2.99). In contrast, a high BMI in hormone-receptor-negative breast cancer revealed a better OS (HR = 0.44, 95% CI = 0.16 to 1.19) and BCSS (HR = 0.53, 95% CI = 0.19 to 1.44). Being underweight (BMI < 18.50 kg/m2) with hormone-receptor-negative breast cancer was associated with a significantly worse OS (HR = 1.98, 95% CI = 1.00–3.95) and BCSS (HR = 2.24, 95% CI = 1.12–4.47). There was no significant interaction found between the BMI and hormone-receptor status in the lymph-node-negative setting, and BMI did not interact with the menopause status in any subgroup. In conclusion, BMI interacts with the hormone-receptor status in a lymph-node-positive setting, thereby playing a role in the prognosis of breast cancer. PMID:28248981

  12. Axillary sentinel node identification in breast cancer patients: degree of radioactivity present at biopsy is critical

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    Nielsen, Kristina R; Oturai, Peter S; Friis, Esbern

    2011-01-01

    The radioactivity present in the patient (Act(rem) ) at sentinel node (SN) biopsy will depend on injected activity amount as well as on the time interval from tracer injection to biopsy, which both show great variations in the literature. The purpose of this study was to analyse the influence...... of varying Act(rem) levels on the outcome of axillary SN biopsy in patients with breast cancer (BC)....

  13. Use of Lymph Node Ultrasound Prior to Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy in 384 Patients with Melanoma: A Cost-Effectiveness Analysis.

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    Olmedo, D; Brotons-Seguí, M; Del Toro, C; González, M; Requena, C; Traves, V; Pla, A; Bolumar, I; Moreno-Ramírez, D; Nagore, E

    2017-08-08

    Locoregional lymph node ultrasound is not typically included in guidelines as part of the staging process prior to sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB). The objective of the present study was to make a clinical and economic analysis of lymph node ultrasound prior to SLNB. We performed a retrospective study of 384 patients with clinical stage I-II primary melanoma who underwent locorregional lymph node ultrasound (with or without ultrasound-guided biopsy) prior to SLNB between 2004 and 2015. We evaluated the reliability and cost-effectiveness of the strategy. Use of locorregional lymph node ultrasound avoided SLNB in 23 patients (6%). Ultrasound had a sensitivity of 46% and specificity of 76% for the detection of metastatic lymph nodes that were not clinically palpable. False negatives were significantly more common in patients aged over 60 years and in tumors with a thickness of less than 2mm. The staging process using SLNB and ultrasound with ultrasound-guided biopsy produced an increase of €16.30 in the unit price. Our cost-effectiveness analysis identified the staging protocol with ultrasound and SLNB as the dominant strategy, with a lower cost-effectiveness ratio than the alternative, consisting of SLNB alone (8,095.24 vs. €28,605.00). Ultrasound with ultrasound-guided biopsy for the diagnostic staging of melanoma prior to SLNB is a useful and cost-effective tool. This procedure does not substitute SLNB, though it does allow to avoid SLNB in a not insignificant proportion of patients. Copyright © 2017 AEDV. Publicado por Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  14. Clinicopathologic implication of meticulous pathologic examination of regional lymph nodes in gastric cancer patients

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    Koh, Jiwon; Lee, Hee Eun; Kim, Woo Ho

    2017-01-01

    Background We aimed to investigate effect of increased number of examined lymph nodes (LNs) to pN category, and compare various N categories in gastric cancer: American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) 7th edition, metastatic LN ratio (MLR), and log odds of positive LNs (LODDS). Methods Four cohorts with a total of 2,309 gastric cancer patients were enrolled. For cohort 1 and 2, prognostic significance of each method by disease-specific survival was analyzed using Akaike and Bayesian information criterion (AIC and BIC). Results The total LNs in four cohorts significantly differed [median (range), 28 (6–97) in cohort 1, 37 (8–120) in cohort 2, 48 (7–122) in cohort 3, and 54 (4–221) in cohort 4; p0.05). The AIC and BIC varied according to different cut-off values for MLR; model by cut-offs of 0.2 and 0.5 being better for cohort 1, while cut-offs 0.1 and 0.25 was better for cohort 2. Conclusion Our study showed that the number of metastatic LNs did not increase with maximal pathologic examination of regional LNs. AJCC 7th system is suggested as the simplest method with single cut-off value, but prognostic significance of MLR may be influenced by various cut-offs. PMID:28362845

  15. Positive feelings among terminally ill cancer patients.

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    Van der Lee, M L; Swarte, N B; Van der Bom, J G; Van den Bout, J; Heintz, A P M

    2006-03-01

    For a realistic perspective on what it is like to have cancer and be in the last months of life, it is necessary to also study the positive feelings people may still experience. We set out to describe positive feelings experienced by terminally ill patients. The Depression Adjective Checklist was completed by 96 cancer patients with an estimated life expectancy of less than 3 months. On average patients endorsed 30% (3.6/12) of the positive mood items, and 25% (5.4/22) of the negative mood items. The larger part of terminally ill cancer patients with an estimated life expectancy of less than 3 months reported one or more positive mood states. A positive mood state such as 'being interested' was endorsed by more than half (65%) of the patients, other positive feelings were endorsed by a substantial proportion of patients, for example: 38% of patients endorsed feeling 'jovial' and 35% reported being 'optimistic'. Although having incurable cancer often leads to feelings of depression, mood is variable and many patients experience at least some positive feelings.

  16. The application of dissecting level Ⅲ lymph nodes in modified radical mastectomy of breast cancer with positive axillary lymph nodes%Level Ⅲ组淋巴结清扫在腋下淋巴结阳性乳腺癌改良根治术中的应用

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    潘成武; 肖劲松; 陈刚; 李辉

    2014-01-01

    Objective:To evaluate the value of dissecting levelⅢlymph nodes in modified radical mastectomy of breast cancer patient with positive axillary lymph nodes. Methods:The breast carcinoma patients with positive axillary lymph nodes were screened by physical examination or ultrasound imaging. The patients were treated with the modified radical mastectomy or modified radical mastectomy combined with level Ⅲ lymph nodes dissection. The clinical effects of two kinds of operations were compared. Results:Forty-two patients were treated with level Ⅲ lymph nodes dissection. Among 42 patients, the positive axillary lymph nodes in 41 cases ( accompanied by postive level Ⅲ lymph nodes in 13 cases ) were found. The rates of 3-year distant metastasis and supraclavicular lymph node metastasis were 9. 5% and 2. 4%,respectively. Seventeen patients were treated with the modified radical mastectomy,the rates of 3-year distant metastasis and supraclavicular lymph node metastasis were 35. 3% and 23. 5%,respectively. The differences of the rates of 3-year distant metastasis and supraclavicular lymph node metastasis between two kinds of operations were statistically significant(P0. 05). Conclusions:Dissecting level Ⅲ lymph nodes in the treatment of the patients with positive axillary lymph nodes can thoroughly clean the axillary lymph nodes,and improve the postoperative treatment and prognosis.%目的:探讨Level Ⅲ组淋巴结清扫在腋下淋巴结阳性乳腺癌改良根治术中的应用价值。方法:对术前通过体检或超声影像学检查发现腋下淋巴结阳性59例,行单纯乳腺癌改良根治术或结合Ⅲ组淋巴结清扫术,比较2种术式的治疗效果。结果:Ⅲ组淋巴结清扫患者42例,其中41例腋下淋巴结阳性,伴有Ⅲ组淋巴结阳性者13例,3年远处转移率为9.5%,锁骨上淋巴结转移率2.4%;单纯乳腺癌改良根治患者17例,3年远处转移率为35.3%,锁骨上淋巴结转移率23.5%,2组

  17. The value of T2* in differentiating metastatic from benign axillary lymph nodes in patients with breast cancer--a preliminary in vivo study.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Accurate detection and determination of axillary lymph node metastasis are crucial for the clinical management of patients with breast cancer. Noninvasive imaging methods including ultrasound (US, computed tomography (CT, or conventional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI are not yet accurate enough. The purpose of this study was to investigate the value of in vivo T2* in differentiating metastatic from benign axillary lymph nodes in patients with breast cancer. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: In this institutional review board approved study, 35 women with breast cancer underwent multi-echo T2* weighted imaging (T2*WI of the axillary area on a 3.0 T clinical magnetic resonance (MR imaging system. T2* values of pathologically proven benign and metastatic axillary lymph nodes were calculated and compared. Receiver operating characteristics (ROC analysis was conducted to evaluate the diagnostic ability. The areas under the ROC curve (AUCs and the confidence intervals (CIs were assessed. In total, 56 metastatic and 65 benign axillary lymph nodes were identified in this study. For metastatic lymph nodes, the average T2* value (55.96±11.87 ms was significantly longer than that of the benign lymph nodes (26.00±5.51 ms, P<0.05. The AUC of T2* in differentiating benign from metastatic lymph nodes was 0.993. The cut-off value of 37.5 milliseconds (ms gave a sensitivity of 94.6%, a specificity of 98.5%, a positive predictive value of 98.17 and a negative predictive value 95.54. CONCLUSIONS: In vivo T2* can differentiate benign from metastatic axillary lymph nodes in patients with breast cancer. The high sensitivity and specificity as well as the easiness suggest its high potential for use in clinical practice.

  18. Applied research of the combination of indocyanine green and methylene blue in mapping sentinel lymph nodes for breast cancer patients

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    Ren-Zhong Cui; Jie-Hui Yang; Cheng-Xin Pan

    2016-01-01

    Objective:To discuss the application value of combination of indocyanine green and methylene blue in sentinel lymph node biopsy for patients with breast cancer. Methods:A total of 200 cases of breast cancer patients were selected and randomly divided into test group and control group, each of 100 cases. The test group received indocyanine green and methylene blue as the lymphatic mapping tracers and the control group received methylene blue only. Intraoperative frozen section was performed, followed by conventional histopathology. Results:Thepositive rate, sensitivity, false negative rate, consistent rate and the Kappa values of the test group were 98%(98/100), 95.74%(45/47), 4.26%(2/47), 96.94%%(95/98) and 0.860, and 94%(94/100) and 86.96%(40/46), 13.04%(6/46), 93.62%(88/94) and 0.758 of control group;There were statistical significance between the differences of the positive rate, sensitivity, false negative rate, consistent rate and the Kappa values of test group and control group. Conclusion:Combination of indocyanine green and methylene blue for mapping sentinel lymph nodes in breast cancer patients has the advantages of real-time visual and accurate positioning and can reduce the false negative rate, to provide the important evidence based medicine foundation for the surgical treatment of breast cancer.

  19. Population based study on sentinel node biopsy before or after neoadjuvant chemotherapy in clinically node negative breast cancer patients: Identification rate and influence on axillary treatment.

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    van der Heiden-van der Loo, M; de Munck, L; Sonke, G S; van Dalen, T; van Diest, P J; van den Bongard, H J G D; Peeters, P H M; Rutgers, E J T

    2015-05-01

    The timing of the sentinel lymph node biopsy (SNB) is controversial in clinically node negative patients receiving neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC). We studied variation in the timing of axillary staging in breast cancer patients who received NAC and the subsequent axillary treatment in The Netherlands. Patients diagnosed with clinically node negative primary breast cancer between 1st January 2010 and 30th June 2013 who received NAC and SNB were selected from the Netherlands Cancer Registry. Data on patient and tumour characteristics, axillary staging and treatment were analysed. Two groups were defined: (1) patients with SNB before NAC (N=980) and (2) patients with SNB after NAC (N=203). Eighty-three percent of patients underwent SNB before NAC, with large regional variation (35-99%). The SN identification rate differed for SNBs conducted before and after NAC (98% versus 95%; p=0.032). A lower proportion of patients had a negative SNB when assessed before NAC compared to after (54% versus 67%; p=0.001). The proportion of patients receiving any axillary treatment was higher for those with SNB before NAC than after (45% versus 33%; p=0.006). In conclusion, variation exists in the timing of SNB in clinical practice in The Netherlands for clinically node negative breast cancer patients receiving NAC. The post-NAC SN procedure is, despite some lower SN identification rate, associated with a significantly less frequent axillary treatment and thus with less expected morbidity. The effect on recurrence rate is not yet clear. Patients in this registry will be followed prospectively for long-term outcome. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  20. False-positive axillary lymph node on F-18 FDG PET/CT due to moxibustion therapy

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    Jeong, Shin Young; Lee, Sang Woo; Ahn, Byeong Cheol; Lee, Jae Tae [Kyungpook National University Hospital, Daegu (Korea, Republic of); Seo, Ji Hyoung [Inje University Haeundae Paik Hospital, Busan (Korea, Republic of)

    2010-12-15

    A 30-year-old female was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer and underwent total thyroidectomy and high-dose radioiodine ablation. F-18 fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) for recurrence detection of thyroid carcinoma was performed at 3 years after total thyroidectomy. Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medicine therapy using moxa or the mugwort herb. Moxibustion is the burning of a small, thimble-sized, smoldering plug of dried leaves such as moxa or mugwort on the skin at an acupuncture point. Acupuncture and moxibustion induce hyperemia and a local inflammatory reaction. Complications associated with moxibustion such as skin bums or infection of the site have been reported previously. False-positive FDG uptake in PET may result from inflammation, infection, and variations in physiological uptake. In the present case, the hypermetabolic axillary lymph node disappeared without any treatment. Well-known of false-positive FDG uptake in axillary lymph noes such as arthritis of the upper extremity, extravasation of injected FDG, and vaccination were not found. Thus, left axillary lymph node uptake was

  1. Delineating transcriptional networks of prognostic gene signatures refines treatment recommendations for lymph node-negative breast cancer patients.

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    Lanigan, Fiona; Brien, Gerard L; Fan, Yue; Madden, Stephen F; Jerman, Emilia; Maratha, Ashwini; Aloraifi, Fatima; Hokamp, Karsten; Dunne, Eiseart J; Lohan, Amanda J; Flanagan, Louise; Garbe, James C; Stampfer, Martha R; Fridberg, Marie; Jirstrom, Karin; Quinn, Cecily M; Loftus, Brendan; Gallagher, William M; Geraghty, James; Bracken, Adrian P

    2015-09-01

    The majority of women diagnosed with lymph node-negative breast cancer are unnecessarily treated with damaging chemotherapeutics after surgical resection. This highlights the importance of understanding and more accurately predicting patient prognosis. In the present study, we define the transcriptional networks regulating well-established prognostic gene expression signatures. We find that the same set of transcriptional regulators consistently lie upstream of both 'prognosis' and 'proliferation' gene signatures, suggesting that a central transcriptional network underpins a shared phenotype within these signatures. Strikingly, the master transcriptional regulators within this network predict recurrence risk for lymph node-negative breast cancer better than currently used multigene prognostic assays, particularly in estrogen receptor-positive patients. Simultaneous examination of p16(INK4A) expression, which predicts tumours that have bypassed cellular senescence, revealed that intermediate levels of p16(INK4A) correlate with an intact pRB pathway and improved survival. A combination of these master transcriptional regulators and p16(INK4A), termed the OncoMasTR score, stratifies tumours based on their proliferative and senescence capacity, facilitating a clearer delineation of lymph node-negative breast cancer patients at high risk of recurrence, and thus requiring chemotherapy. Furthermore, OncoMasTR accurately classifies over 60% of patients as 'low risk', an improvement on existing prognostic assays, which has the potential to reduce overtreatment in early-stage patients. Taken together, the present study provides new insights into the transcriptional regulation of cellular proliferation in breast cancer and provides an opportunity to enhance and streamline methods of predicting breast cancer prognosis.

  2. Correlation between mammographic and sonographic findings and prognostic factors in patients with node-negative invasive breast cancer.

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    Shin, H J; Kim, H H; Huh, M O; Kim, M J; Yi, A; Kim, H; Son, B H; Ahn, S H

    2011-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to correlate sonographic and mammographic findings with prognostic factors in patients with node-negative invasive breast cancer. Sonographic and mammographic findings in 710 consecutive patients (age range 21-81 years; mean age 49 years) with 715 node-negative invasive breast cancers were retrospectively evaluated. Pathology reports relating to tumour size, histological grade, lymphovascular invasion (LVI), extensive intraductal component (EIC), oestrogen receptor (ER) status and HER-2/neu status were reviewed and correlated with the imaging findings. Statistical analysis was performed using logistic regression analysis and intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC). On mammography, non-spiculated masses with calcifications were associated with all poor prognostic factors: high histological grade, positive LVI, EIC, HER-2/neu status and negative ER. Other lesions were associated with none of these poor prognostic factors. Hyperdense masses on mammography, the presence of mixed echogenicity, posterior enhancement, calcifications in-or-out of masses and diffusely increased vascularity on sonography were associated with high histological grade and negative ER. Associated calcifications on both mammograms and sonograms were correlated with EIC and HER-2/neu overexpression. The ICC value for the disease extent was 0.60 on mammography and 0.70 on sonography. Several sonographic and mammographic features can have a prognostic value in the subsequent treatment of patients with node-negative invasive breast cancer. Radiologists should pay more attention to masses that are associated with calcifications because on both mammography and sonography associated calcifications were predictors of positive EIC and HER-2/neu overexpression.

  3. Long-term symptoms after radiotherapy of supraclavicular lymph nodes in breast cancer patients.

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    Lundstedt, Dan; Gustafsson, Magnus; Steineck, Gunnar; Alsadius, David; Sundberg, Agnetha; Wilderäng, Ulrica; Holmberg, Erik; Johansson, Karl-Axel; Karlsson, Per

    2012-05-01

    Irradiation of the supraclavicular lymph nodes has historically increased the risk of brachial plexopathy. We report long-term symptoms after modern radiotherapy (based on 3D dose planning) in breast cancer patients with or without irradiation of the supraclavicular lymph nodes. We collected information from 814 women consecutively treated with adjuvant radiotherapy for breast cancer. The women had breast surgery with axillary dissection (AD) or sentinel node biopsy (SNB). The breast area was treated to 50 Gy in 2.0 Gy fractions. Women with >three lymph node metastases had regional radiotherapy (RRT) to the supraclavicular lymph nodes. Three to eight years after radiotherapy, they received a questionnaire asking about paraesthesia, oedema, pain, and strength in the upper limb. Paraesthesia was reported by 38/192 (20%) after AD with RRT compared to 68/505 (13%) after AD without RRT (relative risk [RR] 1.47; 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.02-2.11) and by 9/112 (8%) after SNB without RRT (RR 2.46; 95% CI 1.24-4.90). Corresponding risks adjusted for oedema (RR 1.28; 95% CI 0.93-1.76) and (RR 1.75; 95% CI 0.90-3.39). In women ≤ 49years with AD and RRT, 27% reported paraesthesia. No significant pain or decreased strength was reported after RRT. Radiotherapy to the supraclavicular lymph nodes after axillary dissection increases the occurrence of paraesthesia, mainly among younger women. When adjusted for oedema the contribution from radiotherapy is no longer formally statistically significant indicating that there is also an indirect effect mediated by the oedema. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  4. Radiographically Negative, Asymptomatic, Sentinel Lymph Node Positive Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma in a 3-Year-Old Male: A Case Report

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    Jeffrey Carson

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available We present a case of a 3-year-old male originally diagnosed with a CD30+ anaplastic cutaneous T-cell lymphoma with no evidence of systemic disease after CT scan, PET scan, and bone marrow aspiration. Sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB was performed as an additional step in the workup and showed microscopic disease. Current management/recommendations for cutaneous T-cell lymphoma do not include SLNB. Medical and surgical management of cutaneous malignancies is dramatically different for local versus advanced disease. Therefore adequate evaluation is necessary to properly stage patients for specific treatment. Such distinction in extent of disease suggests more extensive therapy including locoregional radiation and systemic chemotherapy versus local excision only. Two international case reports have described SLNB in cutaneous T-cell lymphoma with one demonstrating evidence of node positive microscopic disease despite a negative metastatic disease workup. This case is being presented as a novel case in a child with implications including lymphoscintigraphy and SLNB as a routine procedure for evaluation and staging of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma if the patient does not demonstrate evidence of metastatic disease on routine workup.

  5. Absent progesterone receptor expression in the lymph node metastases of ER-positive, HER2-negative breast cancer is associated with relapse on tamoxifen.

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    Snell, Cameron E; Gough, Madeline; Middleton, Kathryn; Hsieh, Michael; Furnas, Lauren; Seidl, Brenton; Gibbons, Kristen; Pyke, Christopher; Shannon, Catherine; Woodward, Natasha; Armes, Jane E

    2017-04-17

    Progesterone receptor (PR) expression is prognostic in early stage breast cancer. There are several reports of discordant expression between primary tumour and axillary lymph node (ALN) metastasis expression of oestrogen receptor (ER) and PR. We sought to determine whether expression of these biomarkers in the synchronous ALN metastases of ER positive (+), HER2 negative (-) breast cancer could provide more accurate prognostic information. The retrospective cohort included 229 patients from a single institution with ER+, HER2- breast cancer who had synchronous ALN metastatic disease (2005-2014). PR expression was correlated with relapse-free survival, and subset analysis was performed for patients who received adjuvant tamoxifen or an aromatase inhibitor. One patient had an ER+ primary tumour, which was ER- in the ALN metastasis. 27 (11.3%) were PR- in the primary tumour and 56 (23.6%) in the ALN metastasis. The predominant change was from PR+ in the primary tumour to PR- in the lymph node. Absence of PR expression in the ALN was significantly associated with relapse; however, this was not the case in the primary tumour. In a subset analysis of patients taking adjuvant endocrine therapy, poorer prognosis was limited to those with PR- metastases on tamoxifen (HR=5.203, 95% CI 1.649 to 16.416, p=0.005). No significant prognostic effect of PR- metastases in patients taking aromatase inhibitors was seen (HR=1.519, 95% CI 0.675 to 3.418, p=0.312). Evaluation of PR expression in ALN metastasis may enable prediction of patients who are less likely to benefit from adjuvant tamoxifen. This study should be replicated in other cohorts. Published by the BMJ Publishing Group Limited. For permission to use (where not already granted under a licence) please go to http://www.bmj.com/company/products-services/rights-and-licensing/.

  6. Ultrasound-Guided Tissue Core Biopsies in Supraclavicular Lymph Nodes in Patients with Suspected Thoracic Malignancies.

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    Stigt, Jos A; Boers, James E; Boomsma, Martijn F

    2015-01-01

    Supraclavicular (SC) lymph node metastases are important in the analysis of thoracic malignancies for staging as well as for diagnosing purposes. Ultrasound (US) guidance visualises lesions very precisely, enabling tissue biopsies in real-time mode. To report on the diagnostic qualities of SC tissue core biopsies (TCB). A retrospective database analysis was performed in TCB performed under US guidance in SC nodes in patients suspected of having a thoracic malignancy. Clinical characteristics and results of diagnostic evaluations were analysed. Between October 2008 and October 2014, 67 sessions for TCB in 65 patients were performed. The diagnostic accuracy of TCB for all diagnoses is 90%, with a sensitivity of 89%. For malignant diagnoses, the sensitivity of US-guided TCB is 93%. In 20 patients, molecular analysis for EGFR and KRAS was performed, with a diagnostic success rate of 95%. One patient suffered a moderate haemorrhage after TCB. TCB of SC nodes in the analysis of suspected thoracic malignancy is safe and has a high diagnostic accuracy in determining tumour subtype as well as molecular analysis. © 2015 S. Karger AG, Basel.

  7. Sentinel lymph node detection in breast cancer patients using surgical navigation system based on fluorescence molecular imaging technology

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    Chi, Chongwei; Kou, Deqiang; Ye, Jinzuo; Mao, Yamin; Qiu, Jingdan; Wang, Jiandong; Yang, Xin; Tian, Jie

    2015-03-01

    Introduction: Precision and personalization treatments are expected to be effective methods for early stage cancer studies. Breast cancer is a major threat to women's health and sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) is an effective method to realize precision and personalized treatment for axillary lymph node (ALN) negative patients. In this study, we developed a surgical navigation system (SNS) based on optical molecular imaging technology for the precise detection of the sentinel lymph node (SLN) in breast cancer patients. This approach helps surgeons in precise positioning during surgery. Methods: The SNS was mainly based on the technology of optical molecular imaging. A novel optical path has been designed in our hardware system and a feature-matching algorithm has been devised to achieve rapid fluorescence and color image registration fusion. Ten in vivo studies of SLN detection in rabbits using indocyanine green (ICG) and blue dye were executed for system evaluation and 8 breast cancer patients accepted the combination method for therapy. Results: The detection rate of the combination method was 100% and an average of 2.6 SLNs was found in all patients. Our results showed that the method of using SNS to detect SLN has the potential to promote its application. Conclusion: The advantage of this system is the real-time tracing of lymph flow in a one-step procedure. The results demonstrated the feasibility of the system for providing accurate location and reliable treatment for surgeons. Our approach delivers valuable information and facilitates more detailed exploration for image-guided surgery research.

  8. CT diagnosis of 52 patients with lymphoma in abdominal lymph nodes

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    Ri-Sheng Yu; Wei-Min Zhang; Yi-Qing Liu

    2006-01-01

    AIM: To assess CT manifestations and its diagnostic value for lymphoma in the abdominal lymph nodes (LALN).METHODS: CT findings in 52 cases of LALN proved by surgery or biopsy, including Hodgkin's disease (HD) in 16 cases and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) in 36 cases,were retrospectively analyzed.RESULTS: (1) CT manifestations based on distribution of the lesions of LALN: Solitary mass type was found in 10 cases, including solitary, round, uniform-density,enlarged lymph nodes in 3 cases; and multiple, enlarged lymph nodes fusing into singular lobular mass in 7cases. Thirty-four cases of multiple-nodular type showed multiple, round, enlarged lymph nodes with uniform density and clear margins. Vessels-embedded signs,including mesenteric vessels, renal vessels, abdominal aorta or inferior vena cava, were seen in 6 cases, and duodenum-embedded signs were seen in 2 cases. Eight cases of diffuse type showed characteristic "cobblestone signs". (2) CT manifestations correlated with pathological type: CT manifestations of 12 cases of HD were different from those of 40 cases of NHL in distribution, size,quantity and fused lesion of enlarged lymph nodes. (3)Twenty-eight cases of 52 patients were accompanied with extra-nodal lymphoma in the abdomen, especially gastrointestinal lymphoma, which had characteristic CT findings. (4) In follow-up examinations, CT images showed uniform, heterogeneous or rim enhancement in 15 cases, and occasional calcifications accompanied with reduction of the lesion size and quantity in 12 cases, whereas the lesions disappeared in 3 cases after treatment.CONCLUSION: CT images show many characteristic manifestations valuable for qualitative diagnosis of LALN,and it is also helpful for pathological classification of LALN and therapeutic evaluation in follow-up of patients.

  9. Nonpalpable supraclavicular lymph nodes in lung cancer patients: preoperative characterization with 18F-FDG PET/CT.

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    Sung, Yon Mi; Lee, Kyung Soo; Kim, Byung-Tae; Kim, Seonwoo; Kwon, O Jung; Choi, Joon Young; Yang, Seoung-Oh

    2008-01-01

    Our purpose was to evaluate the usefulness of integrated 18F-FDG PET/CT in the detection and characterization of nonpalpable supraclavicular lymph node metastasis in patients with the initial diagnosis of lung cancer. This study was conducted from May 2005 to May 2006 and included 32 consecutively registered lung cancer patients in whom supraclavicular lymph nodes were not palpable but were identified on contrast-enhanced CT or exhibited increased FDG uptake on integrated PET/CT. Three patients had bilateral nodes, for a total of 35 nodes in the 32 patients. Results of cytologic analysis of a specimen obtained with sonographically guided fine-needle aspiration (n = 27), normal initial and follow-up sonographic findings (n = 3), and no change in the size of supraclavicular lymph nodes on follow-up sonography (n = 2) were the reference standards. The presence of supraclavicular lymph node metastasis was determined with integrated PET/CT (uptake greater than that of surrounding tissue) and contrast-enhanced CT (node short-axis diameter of 5 mm or more). The diagnostic efficacies of these methods in the detection of supraclavicular lymph node metastasis were compared. Supraclavicular lymph node metastasis was diagnosed cytologically in 12 (34%) of 35 lesions. The diagnostic accuracies of integrated PET/CT and contrast-enhanced CT in the detection of supraclavicular lymph node metastasis were 71% and 66%, respectively; the difference was not statistically significant. Although the difference was not statistically significant, the sensitivity (92%) and negative predictive value (93%) of integrated PET/CT were higher than those of contrast-enhanced CT. Because of its high sensitivity and negative predictive value, integrated PET/CT is useful in the detection and characterization of nonpalpable supraclavicular lymph nodes in lung cancer patients.

  10. Laparoscopic Indocyanine Green Sentinel Lymph Node Mapping in Pregnant Cervical Cancer Patients.

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    Papadia, Andrea; Mohr, Stefan; Imboden, Sara; Lanz, Susanne; Bolla, Daniele; Mueller, Michael D

    2016-02-01

    We present cases of 2 pregnant patients with early-stage cervical cancer who have undergone indocyanine green (ICG) sentinel lymph node (SLN) mapping followed by laparoscopic SLN biopsy, pelvic lymphadenectomy, and cervical conization. Eight milliliters of ICG were injected in the 4 quadrants of the cervix after having obtained an adequate pneumoperitoneum and having inspected the abdominal cavity. SLNs were identified in both hemipelvises in both patients. In the final pathologic analysis, both SLNs and non-SLNs were negative for metastatic disease. No adverse events from ICG injection were recorded. ICG SLN mapping seems to be feasible in pregnant cervical cancer patients.

  11. Influence of negative lymph node in No 7 on survival of patients with middle thoracic esophageal squamous cell carcinoma

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    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Jinling Zhang,1 Xueyuan Heng,1 Yi Luo,2 Qingxi Fu,1 Zhengrong Li,1 Fengyuan Che,1 Baosheng Li31Cancer Center, LinYi People Hospital, Affiliated to Shandong University, School of Medicine, Jinan, Shandong Province, People’s Republic of China; 2Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA; 3Department of Radiation Oncology (Chest Section, Shandong’s Key Laboratory of Radiation Oncology, Shandong Cancer Hospital, Shandong Academy of Medical Sciences, Jinan, Shandong Province, People’s Republic of ChinaBackground: The overall survival (OS of patients with thoracic esophageal cancer is poor because of the high rate of lymph node metastases. However, recent studies found that the negative lymph node (LN may also influence the patients’ OS. The purpose of this study is to investigate which negative LN stations play a key role in OS prediction.Method: Our study included the retrospective records of 99 patients, who were identified with middle thoracic esophageal squamous cell cancer after esophagectomy. The maximum follow-up time was 6 years. Cox regression models were employed to determine the association between the negative LN and OS of patients. After applying Kaplan–Meier method to calculate OS of patients with positive and negative LNs, the log-rank tests were used to assess the difference between them.Result: The hazard ratio of the total number of negative LNs was 0.937 (P=0.001, and the length of tumor was 1.166 (P=0.038. Multivariate regression results showed that the numbers of positive LNs in No 3 and 7 stations and negative LNs in No 109 and 7 stations were significantly related to OS, and their P-values were 0.017, 0.001, 0.020, and 0.022, respectively. The OS of the patients who had positive and negative LNs in No 7 station was significantly different (P=0.028.Conclusion: No 7 is the most important among the negative LN stations which prolong OS. More attention should be paid to this area when

  12. Ultrasound, computed tomography, or the combination for the detection of supraclavicular lymph nodes in patients with esophageal or gastric cardia cancer: a comparative study.

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    van Vliet, Evelyn P M; van der Lugt, Aad; Kuipers, Ernst J; Tilanus, Hugo W; van der Gaast, Ate; Hermans, John J; Siersema, Peter D

    2007-09-01

    Both ultrasound (US) and computed tomography (CT) can be used to detect supraclavicular lymph node metastases. Aim was to compare US, US plus fine-needle aspiration (US-FNA), CT, US + CT, and US-FNA + CT for the detection of these metastases in esophageal or gastric cardia cancer patients. Between 1994 and 2004, 567 patients underwent US and CT for esophageal or gastric cardia cancer staging. Gold standard was postoperative detection of lymph nodes in the resected specimen, FNA, or a radiological result with follow-up. Sensitivities of US (75%), US-FNA (72%), US + CT (80%), and US-FNA + CT (79%) were higher than sensitivity of CT alone (25%) (P lymph nodes, CT was positive with US and/or US-FNA being negative. However, in 36/65 (55%) patients, US and/or US-FNA were positive with CT being negative. US-FNA seems the preferred diagnostic modality for the detection of supraclavicular lymph node metastases in patients with esophageal or gastric cardia cancer. Sensitivity of metastases detection only slightly improves if US-FNA is combined with CT. A prospective, comparative study is however needed. (c) 2007 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

  13. [Influence of cycle length shortening, atropine and beta-receptor blockage on sinus node recovery time (SRT) in patients with healthy sinus node (author's transl)].

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    Runge, M; Wohlberg, H; Luckmann, E; Pantlen, H

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    Sinus node recovery time (SRT) was measured in 30 patients with healthy sinus nodes to examine the influence of the increase in atrial frequency, atropine and beta-receptor blockade. The measurements were performed following pacing with 3 atrial frequencies before and after administration of 1 mg atropine i.v. (13 patients) and 0.4 mg prindolol (Visken) i.v. (17 patients). Total group; Increase of frequency alone caused prolongation of the SRT in 17 patients and shortening in 13 patients. Atropine group: Blockade of the parasympathicus alone induced a highly significant reduction in the SRT. Simultaneous increase in frequency and blockade of the parasympathicus led to greater SRT-shortening during low frequency than with high frequency. This interrelationship of frequency and blockade of the parasympathicus influencing the SRT is statistically significant. Visken-group: Blockade of the sympathicus causes a highly significant prolongation of the SRT. Simultaneous increase in frequency and blockade of the sympathicus led to greater SRT-prolongation during low frequency than with high frequency. This interrelationship of frequency and blockade of the sympathicus influencing the SRT has slight statistical significance. The results are discussed in respect to the electrophysiological influences of atrial cycle length shortening, acetylcholine and catecholamines on the sinus node, the perinodal atrial fibres and the atrial working myocardium.

  14. Mucocutaneous disorders in Hiv positive patients

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    Full Text Available Twenty eight HIV positive patients were included in this study. They were evaluated for their mucocutaneous disorders, sexually transmitted diseases and other systemic disorders between 1994-95 in the department of Dermatology and STD Dr R M L Hospital of New Delhi. The heterosexual contact with commercial sex workers (CSWs was the most common route of HIV transmission. Chancroid, syphilis and genital warts were common STDs found in HIV positive patients. Oral thrush (67.9% was the commonest mucocutaneous disorder found in these patients followed by herpes zoster (25% and seborrhoeic dermatitis (21.4%. There was no unusual clinical presentation seen in mucocutaneous disorders and STDs.

  15. Acute electrophysiological effects of dipyridamole on sinus node function in patients with sick sinus syndrome.

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    Yeşil, M; Bayata, S; Postaci, N; Aydin, C

    1997-12-01

    One of the most widely used tests for evaluation of sinus node function is sinus node recovery time (SNRT), which requires right heart catheterization. On the other hand SNRT has high specificity but only moderate sensitivity in the diagnosis of sick sinus syndrome (SSS). The authors studied acute electrophysiologic effects of dipyridamole (0.40 mg/kg IV) in 16 patients with clinical SSS. All of them had normal SNRT and had undergone permanent DDD pacemaker implantation. By the aid of temporary pacing inhibition, the authors noninvasively measured the corrected sinus node recovery time (SNRTc) and sinus cycle length (SCL) before and after dipyridamole administration. SCL was slightly decreased from a mean basal value of 1025 +/-323 to 913+/-213 msec after dipyridamole administration (mean -10%), but this was not statistically significant. SNRTc was increased from a mean basal value of 344+/-91 to 606+/-156 msec after dipyridamole administration (+76% Pnode function. SNRT measurement after intravenous dipyridamole may increase sensitivity of this test in patients with suspected SSS and normal SNRT.

  16. The role of ultrasound and lymphoscintigraphy in the assessment of axillary lymph nodes in patients with breast cancer

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    Full Text Available Breast cancer is the most common malignancy and the leading cause of death due to cancer in European women. Mammography screening programs aimed to increase the detection of early cancer stages were implemented in numerous European countries. Recent data show a decrease in mortality due to breast cancer in many countries, particularly among young women. At the same time, the number of sentinel node biopsy procedures and breast-conserving surgeries has increased. Intraoperative sentinel lymph node biopsy preceded by lymphoscintigraphy is used in breast cancer patients with no clinical signs of lymph node metastasis. Due to the limited sensitivity and specificity of physical examination in detecting metastatic lesions, developing an appropriate diagnostic algorithm for the preoperative assessment of axillary lymph nodes seems to be a challenge. The importance of ultrasound in patient qualification for sentinel lymph-node biopsy has been discussed in a number of works. Furthermore, different lymphoscintigraphy protocols have been compared in the literature. The usefulness of novel radiopharmaceuticals as well as the methods of image acquisition in sentinel lymph node diagnostics have also been assessed. The aim of this article is to present, basing on current guidelines, literature data as well as our own experience, the diagnostic possibilities of axillary lymph node ultrasound in patient qualification for an appropriate treatment as well as the role of lymphoscintigraphy in sentinel lymph node biopsy.

  17. Long-term oncological outcomes in patients with limited nodal disease undergoing radical prostatectomy and pelvic lymph node dissection without adjuvant treatment.

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    Mandel, Philipp; Rosenbaum, Clemens; Pompe, Raisa S; Steuber, Thomas; Salomon, Georg; Chun, Felix K; Graefen, Markus; Huland, Hartwig; Tilki, Derya

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    This study aimed at analysing long-term oncologic outcomes in prostate cancer patients with limited nodal disease (1-2 positive lymph nodes) without adjuvant therapy after radical prostatectomy (RP). We retrospectively analysed data of 209 pN1 patients who underwent RP between January 1998 and 2010 with one (160) or two (49) histologically proven positive lymph nodes (LNs) without adjuvant treatment. Biochemical recurrence-free survival, metastasis-free survival and cancer-specific survival (CSS) were reported. In multivariable regression analyses further prognosticators of oncologic outcome in these patients were analysed. Median follow-up was 60.2 months. There was no significant difference in oncologic outcome between patients with one and two positive LNs. 73.1% (76.7%) of patients with one (two) positive LNs had biochemical recurrence during the follow-up period, 20.0% (25.6%) developed metastasis and 8.1% (6.1%) died of their disease. The only factors significantly associated with oncologic outcome in multivariable analysis were Gleason score and pT-stage. Patients with limited nodal disease (1-2 positive LNs) without adjuvant therapy showed favourable CSS-rates above 94% after 5 years. A subgroup of these patients (37%) remained metastasis-free without need of salvage treatment.

  18. Role of SPECT-CT in sentinel lymph node biopsy in patients diagnosed with head and neck melanoma.

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    López-Rodríguez, E; García-Gómez, F J; Álvarez-Pérez, R M; Martínez-Castillo, R; Borrego-Dorado, I; Fernández-Ortega, P; Zulueta-Dorado, T

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    Assess the role of SPECT-CT in sentinel lymph node (SLN) biopsy in the accurate anatomical location of the SNL in patients with cutaneous head and neck melanoma. A retrospective study was conducted from February 2010 to June 2013 on 22 consecutive patients with a diagnosis of cutaneous head and neck melanoma (9 female, 13 male), with a mean age of 55 years old and who met the inclusion criteria for SLN biopsy. Patients underwent preoperative scanning after peri-scar injection of (99m)Tc-labeled-nanocolloid. Planar images of the injection-site, whole-body, and SPECT-CT scanning were acquired. Detection rate of SLN reached up to 91% (20/22 patients) by planar lymphoscintigraphy and 95.4% (21/22 patients) by SPECT-CT. SPECT-CT provided an accurate location of SLN in 14/22 patients, enabling to improve the surgical approach (clinical impact: 63.6%). SLN was positive for metastatic cells in 9.1% patients. SPECT-CT provides detailed anatomical SLN location and allows detecting a higher number of SLN than planar lymphoscintigraphy. Routine use of SPECT-CT is recommended in order to optimise the SLN detection and location in patients with head and neck melanoma. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier España, S.L.U. and SEMNIM. All rights reserved.

  19. Is sentinel lymph node biopsy necessary for the patients diagnosed with breast ductal carcinoma in situ using core needle biopsy or vacuum-assisted biopsy as the initial diagnostic method?

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    Xiaoyi Zhang; Rui Wang; Zhiyong Wu; Xueqing Jiang

    2014-01-01

    Objective:Axil ary lymph node status is one of the most important prognostic indicator of survival for breast cancer, especial y in ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS). The purpose of this study was to investigate whether sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) should be performed in patients with an initial diagnosis of DCIS. Methods:A retrospective study was performed of 124 patients with an initial diagnosis of DCIS between March 2000 and June 2014. The patients were treated with either SLNB or axil ary node dissection during the surgery, and we compared the clinicopathologic characteristics, image features, and immunohistochemical results. Results:Eighty-two patients (66.1%) had pure DCIS and 25 (20.2%) had DCIS with microinvasion (DCISM), 17 (13.7%) updated to invasive breast cancer (IBC). 115 patients (92.7%) underwent SLNB, among them, 70 patients (56.5%) underwent axil ary node dissection. 3 of 115 patients (2.6%) had a positive sentinel lymph node, only 1 (1.4%) of 70 patients had axil ary lymph node metastasis, in 84 patients (66.7%) who were diagnosed DCIS by core needle biopsy (CNB) and vacuum-assisted biopsy (VAB). 26 patients (31.0%) were upstaged into IBC or DCISM in the final histological diagnosis. The statistical y significant factors predictive of underestimation were large tumor size, microcalci-fications, comedo necrosis, positive Her-2 status, negative estrogen receptor status. Conclusion:The metastasis of sentinel lymph nodes in pure DCIS is very low, but the underestimation of invasive carcinoma in patients with an initial diagnosis of DCIS is an usual incident, especial y in the cases when DCIS is diagnosed by CNB or VAB. Our findings suggest patients presenting with a preoperative diagnosis of DCIS associated with large tumor sizes, microcalcifications, comedo necrosis, positive Her-2 status, negative ER status are more likely to be DCISM and IBC in final diagnosis. SLNB should be performed in this part of patients.

  20. Plasmacytoid dendritic cells accumulate and secrete interferon alpha in lymph nodes of HIV-1 patients.

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    Full Text Available Circulating plasmacytoid dendritic cells (pDC decline during HIV-1 infection, but at the same time they express markedly higher levels of interferon alpha (IFNalpha, which is associated with HIV-1 disease progression. Here we show an accumulation of pDC in lymph nodes (LN of treatment-naïve HIV-1 patients. This phenomenon was associated with elevated expression of the LN homing marker, CCR7, on pDC in peripheral blood of HIV-1 patients, which conferred increased migratory capacity in response to CCR7 ligands in ex vivo functional assays. LN-homed pDC of HIV-1 patients presented higher CD40 and lower BDCA2 levels, but unchanged CD83 and CD86 expression. In addition, these cells expressed markedly higher amounts of IFNalpha compared to uninfected individuals, and were undergoing faster rates of cell death. These results demonstrate for the first time that in asymptomatic, untreated HIV-1 patients circulating pDC up-regulate CCR7 expression, accumulate in lymph nodes, and express high amounts of IFNalpha before undergoing cell death. Since IFNalpha inhibits cell proliferation and modulates immune responses, chronically high levels of this cytokine in LN of HIV-1 patients may impair differentiation and immune function of bystander CD4(+ T cells, thus playing into the mechanisms of AIDS immunopathogenesis.

  1. 双侧腹股沟淋巴结转移对淋巴结阳性阴茎癌预后评估的价值%Prognostic value of bilateral inguinal lymph node metastases in node-positive penile cancer

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    朱耀; 叶定伟; 姚旭东; 张世林; 戴波; 张海梁; 沈益君

    2011-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the prognostic value of bilateral inguinal lymph node metastases in node-positive penile cancer. Methods Sixty patients with surgically resected node-positive penile cancer were analyzed. All the patients underwent regional lymph node dissection. Recurrence free survival curves were plotted by Kaplan-Meier method and compared by the Log-rank test. Multivariate survival analysis was performed using Cox regression model. Results Of all the patients, 18 cases had bilateral inguinal lymph node metastases. The 3-year recurrence free survival rate in patients with bilateral invovlement was significantly lower than those with unilateral disease (26.7 % vs 65.3 %, χ2 =10.6, P=0.001). In order to evaluate wether the prognostic significance of bilateral lymph node metastases was dependent of increased number of positive nodes, the two predictors were included in multivariate survival analysis.Both the number of metastatic nodes and bilateral nodal disease were independent prognostic factors (P <0.05).Comparisons of survival curves showed those patients with bilateral nodal disease and more than 2 metastatic nodes had worst outcome. Conclusion Bilateral inguinal lymph node metastases is an important prognostic factor in penile cancer irrespective of the number of positive lymph node.%目的 探讨双侧腹股沟淋巴结转移在淋巴结阳性阴茎癌预后评估中的价值.方法 回顾性分析60例淋巴结转移阳性阴茎鳞状细胞癌患者资料.所有患者均接受区域淋巴结清扫手术.Kaplan-Meier法绘制无复发生存曲线并通过Log-rank检验加以分析,COX回归模型进行多因素生存分析.结果 60例患者中18例有双侧腹股沟淋巴结转移,其3年无复发生存率(26.7%)显著低于单侧腹股沟淋巴结转移患者(65.3%),差异有统计学意义(χ2=10.6,P=0.001).经多因素生存分析,阳性淋巴结数目和双侧腹股沟淋巴结转移均是独立的生存预后因素(均P<0.05).生存曲线比

  2. The Evaluation of More Lymph Nodes in Colon Cancer Is Associated with Improved Survival in Patients of All Ages.

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    Full Text Available Improvement in survival of patients with colon cancer is reduced in elderly patients compared to younger patients. The aim of this study was to investigate whether the removal of ≥ 12 lymph nodes can explain differences in survival rates between elderly and younger patients diagnosed with colon cancer.In a population-based cohort study, all patients (N = 41,074 diagnosed with colon cancer stage I to III from 2003 through 2010 from the Netherlands Cancer Registry were included. Age groups were defined as 75 years of age. Main outcome measures were overall and relative survival, the latter as a proxy for disease specific survival.Over an eight years time period there was a 41.2% increase in patients with ≥ 12 lymph nodes removed, whereas the percentage of patients with the presence of lymph node metastases remained stable (35.7% to 37.5%. After adjustment for patient and tumour characteristics and adjuvant chemotherapy, it was found that for patients in which ≥ 12 lymph nodes were removed compared to patients with 75: HR: 0.734 (95% CI, 0.700-0.771 and relative survival ( 75: RER: 0.621 (95% CI, 0.567-0.681 in all three age groups.The removal of ≥ 12 lymph nodes is associated with an improvement in both overall and relative survival in all patients. This association was stronger in the elderly patient. The biology of this association needs further clarification.

  3. Early and delayed prediction of axillary lymph node neoadjuvant response by {sup 18}F-FDG PET/CT in patients with locally advanced breast cancer

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    Garcia Vicente, Ana Maria; Soriano Castrejon, Angel; Jimenez Londono, German Andres [University General Hospital, Nuclear Medicine Department, Ciudad Real (Spain); Leon Martin, Alberto [University General Hospital, Investigation Unit, Ciudad Real (Spain); Relea Calatayud, Fernanda [University General Hospital, Pathology Department, Ciudad Real (Spain); Munoz Sanchez, Maria del Mar [Virgen de la Luz Hospital, Oncology Department, Cuenca (Spain); Cruz Mora, Miguel Angel [Virgen de la Salud Hospital, Oncology Department, Toledo (Spain); Espinosa Aunion, Ruth [La Mancha Centro Hospital, Oncology Department, Ciudad Real (Spain)

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    To determine the utility of {sup 18}F-FDG (FDG) PET/CT performed in an early and delayed phase during neoadjuvant chemotherapy in the prediction of lymph node histopathological response in patients with locally advanced breast cancer. FDG PET/CT studies performed in 76 patients (mean age 53 years) at baseline (PET-1), after the second course of chemotherapy (PET-2) and after the last course of chemotherapy (PET-3) were prospectively analysed. Inclusion criteria were lymph node involvement detected by PET/CT and non-sentinel node biopsy before or after the baseline PET/CT scan. Following the recommendations of the 12th International Breast Conference (St. Gallen), the patients were divided into five subgroups in relation to biological prognostic factors by immunohistochemistry. For diagnosis visual and semiquantitative analyses was performed. Absence of detectable lymph node uptake on the PET-2 or PET-3 scan with respect to the PET-1 scan was considered metabolic complete response (mCR). Lymph nodes were histopathologically classified according the lymph node regression grade and in response groups as pathological complete response (pCR) or not pCR (type A/D or B/C of the Smith grading system, respectively). ROC analysis was performed to determine a cut-off value of Δ% SUV1-2 and SUV1-3 for prediction of nodal status after chemotherapy. An association between mCR and pCR was found (Cohen's kappa analysis), and associations between phenotypes and metabolic behaviour and the final histopathological status were also found. Lymph node pCR was seen in 34 patients. The sensitivity, specificity, and positive and negative predictive values of PET-2 and PET-3 in establishing the final status of the axilla after chemotherapy were 52 %, 45 %, 50 % and 47 %, and 33 %, 84 %, 67 % and 56 %, respectively. No significant relationship was observed between mCR on PET-2 and PET-3 and pCR (p = 0.31 and 0.99, respectively). Lymph node metabolism on PET-1 was not able to predict

  4. The diagnostic value of adding dynamic scintigraphy to standard delayed planar imaging for sentinel node identification in melanoma patients

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    Nielsen, Marie Kristina Rue; Chakera, Annette H; Hesse, Birger;

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    The aim of this study was to compare early dynamic imaging combined with delayed static imaging and single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT)/CT with delayed, planar, static imaging alone for sentinel node (SN) identification in melanoma patients....

  5. Contribution of SPECT/CT for sentinel node localization in patients with ipsilateral breast cancer relapse

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    Borrelli, Pablo [Antoni Van Leeuwenhoek Hospital, Department of Nuclear Medicine, The Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam (Netherlands); Hospital La Fe, Nuclear Medicine, Medical Imaging Clinical Area, Valencia (Spain); Donswijk, Maarten L.; Stokkel, Marcel P.; Teixeira, Suzana C. [Antoni Van Leeuwenhoek Hospital, Department of Nuclear Medicine, The Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam (Netherlands); Tinteren, Harm van [Antoni Van Leeuwenhoek Hospital, Department of Biometrics, The Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam (Netherlands); Rutgers, Emiel J.T. [Antoni Van Leeuwenhoek Hospital, Department of Surgery, The Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam (Netherlands); Valdes Olmos, Renato A. [Antoni Van Leeuwenhoek Hospital, Department of Nuclear Medicine, The Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam (Netherlands); Leiden University Medical Centre, Nuclear Medicine Section and Interventional Molecular Imaging Laboratory, Department of Radiology, Leiden (Netherlands)

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    In recent years repeat sentinel node (SN) biopsy has been proven to be feasible in local breast cancer recurrence (LBCR). However, in these patients SNs outside the ipsilateral axilla are frequently observed. This study evaluates the contribution of SPECT/CT for SN localization and surgical adjustment in LBCR patients. SN biopsy was performed in 122 LBCR patients (median age 60.5 years, range 24-87), enrolled from August 2006 to July 2015. Median disease-free time lapse was 109.5 months (range 9-365). Axillary lymph node dissection (ALND) had previously been performed in 55 patients, SN biopsy in 44, both techniques in 13 and fine-needle aspiration in 10. Primary breast cancer treatment included radiotherapy in 104 patients (85.3 %) and chemotherapy in 40 (32.8 %). Preoperative lymphatic mapping, using planar scintigraphy (PS) and SPECT/CT included report of SN location according to lymph node territory. In case of a territorial PS-SPECT/CT mismatch, surgery was adjusted according to SPECT/CT findings. SPECT/CT SN visualization rate was higher than PS (53.3 % vs. 43.4 %, p n.s.) with, in total, 19 additional SN (118 vs. 99, p n.s.). PS-SPECT/CT territory mismatch, found in 60 % (39/65) of patients with SN visualization, led to surgical adjustment in 21.3 % (26/122) of patients. The SN procedure was finally performed in 104 patients resulting in a 65.7 % surgical retrieval rate with a total of 132 removed SNs (1.86/patient). SN metastases were found in 17/71 patients (23.9 %), in 16 of them (94 %) in ipsilateral basins outside the axilla or in the contralateral axilla. Using SPECT/CT there is a trend to visualize more SNs in LBCR, providing at the same time important anatomical information to adjust intraoperative SN procedures. The addition of SPECT/CT to the standard imaging protocol may lead to better staging mainly in patients presenting drainage outside the ipsilateral axilla. (orig.)

  6. A retrospective study of different local treatments in breast cancer patients with synchronous ipsilateral supraclavicular lymph node metastasis.

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    Chang, Xin-Zhong; Yin, Jian; Sun, Jinyan; Zhang, Xue-Hui; Cao, Xu-Chen

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    To evaluate the local treatment outcome and efficacy of supraclavicular lymph node dissection and radical radiotherapy for breast cancer patients with synchronous ipsilateral supraclavicular lymph node metastasis (ISLM). A total of 29 patients with ISLM in the absence of distant metastases were retrospectively analyzed. All patients received radical or modified radical mastectomy and systemic therapy. Thirteen patients received supraclavicular lymph node dissection surgery and the other patients were treated with radical radiotherapy. At the median follow-up of 47 months, 23 patients had developed distant metastases. The 3-year distant metastasis-free survival (DMFS) rates were 46.2% for the supraclavicular lymph node dissection group and 31.3% for the radical radiotherapy group. The 5-year overall survival rates were 46.2% for the supraclavicular lymph node dissection group and 37.5% for the radical radiotherapy group. Breast cancer with ISLM should be considered as a locoregional disease. Besides systemic therapy, local therapy may be helpful in enhancing local control and correspondingly reducing distant metastasis. In some individual patients, supraclavicular lymph node dissection might get a good prognosis.

  7. Distributed Position Localization and Tracking (DPLT) of Malicious Nodes in Cluster Based Mobile Ad hoc Networks (MANET)

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    2012-01-01

    In this paper, a robust distributed malicious node detection and precise localization and tracking method is proposed for Cluster based Mobile Ad hoc Network (MANET). Certificate Authority (CA) node is selected as the most stable node among trusted nodes, surrounded by Registration Authority nodes (RAs) in each cluster to generate the Dynamic Demilitarized Zone (DDMZ) to defend CA from probable attackers and mitigate the authentication overhead. The RAs also co-operate with member nodes to detect a target node and determine whether it is malicious or not, by providing the public key certificate and trust value. In addition, Internet Protocol (IP) based Triangulation and multi-lateration method are deployed based on using the average time difference of Time of Arrival (ToA) and Time of Departure (ToD) of the management packets. Triangulation uses three reference nodes which are elected within each cluster based on Best Criterion Function (BCF) to localize each member node inside the cluster in 2D. Multi-latera...

  8. Node-by-node correlation between MR and PET/CT in patients with uterine cervical cancer: diffusion-weighted imaging versus size-based criteria on T2WI

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    Choi, Eugene K. [University of Ulsan, Department of Radiology, Asan Medical Center, Seoul (Korea); David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Department of Radiological Sciences, Los Angeles, CA (United States); Kim, Jeong Kon; Choi, Hyuck Jae; Park, Seong Ho; Park, Bum-Woo; Kim, Namkug; Cho, Kyoung-Sik [University of Ulsan, Department of Radiology, Asan Medical Center, Seoul (Korea); Kim, Jae Seung; Im, Ki Chun [University of Ulsan, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Asan Medical Center, Seoul (Korea); Cho, Gyunggoo [Korea Basic Science Institute, Bio-MR center, Chungcheongbuk-do (Korea)

    2009-08-15

    The purpose of the study was to perform a node-by-node comparison of an ADC-based diagnosis and various size-based criteria on T2-weighted imaging (T2WI) with regard to their correlation with PET/CT findings in patients with uterine cervical cancer. In 163 patients with 339 pelvic lymph nodes (LNs) with short-axis diameter >5 mm, the minimum apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC), mean ADC, short- and long-axis diameters, and ratio of long- to short-axis diameters (L/S ratio) were compared in PET/CT-positive and -negative LNs. On PET/CT, 118 (35%) LNs in 58 patients were positive. The mean value of minimum and mean ADCs, short- and long-axis diameters, and L/S ratio were different in PET/CT-positive (0.6436 x 10{sup -3} mm{sup 2}/s, 0.756 x 10{sup -3} mm{sup 2}/s, 10.3 mm, 13.2 mm, 1.32, respectively) and PET/CT-negative LNs (0.8893 x 10{sup -3} mm{sup 2}/s, 1.019 x 10{sup -3} mm{sup 2}/s, 7.4 mm, 11.0 mm, 1.49, respectively) (P<0.05). The Az value of the minimum ADC (0.864) was greater than those of mean ADC (0.836), short-axis diameter (0.764), long-axis diameter (0.640) and L/S ratio (0.652) (P<0.05). The sensitivity and accuracy of the minimum ADC (86%, 82%) were greater than those of the short-axis diameter (55%, 74%), long-axis diameter (73%, 58%) and L/S ratio (52%, 66%) (P<0.05). ADC showed superior correlation with PET/CT compared with conventional size-based criteria on T2WI. (orig.)

  9. The diagnostic value of adding dynamic scintigraphy to standard delayed planar imaging for sentinel node identification in melanoma patients

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    Nielsen, Marie Kristina Rue; Chakera, Annette H; Hesse, Birger;

    2011-01-01

    The aim of this study was to compare early dynamic imaging combined with delayed static imaging and single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT)/CT with delayed, planar, static imaging alone for sentinel node (SN) identification in melanoma patients.......The aim of this study was to compare early dynamic imaging combined with delayed static imaging and single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT)/CT with delayed, planar, static imaging alone for sentinel node (SN) identification in melanoma patients....

  10. Tuberculosis of pancreas and peripancreatic lymph nodes in immunocompetent patients: experience from China

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    Feng Xia; Ronnie Tung-Ping Poon; Shu-Guang Wang; Ping Bie; Xue-Quan Huang; Jia-Hong Dong

    2003-01-01

    AIM: To determine the clinical, radiographic and laboratory characteristics, diagnostic methods, and therapeutic variables in immunocompetent patients with tuberculosis (TB) of the pancreas and peripancreatic lymph nodes. METHODS: The records of 16 patients (6 male, 10 female;mean age 37 years, range 18-56years) with tuberculosis of the pancreas and peripancreatic lymph nodes from 1983 to 2001 in the Southwest Hospital were analyzed retrospectively.In addition, 58 similar cases published in Chinese literature were reviewed and summarized. We reviewed the clinical,radiographic and laboratory findings, diagnostic methods,therapeutic approaches, and outcome in the patients. Criteria for the diagnosis of pancreatic tuberculosis were the presence of granuloma in histological sections or the presence of Mycobacterium tuberculosis DNA by polymerase chain reaction (PCR). RESULTS: Predominant symptoms consisted of abdominal nodule and pain (75 %), anorexia/weight loss (69 %),malaise/weakness (64 %), fever and night sweats (50 %),back pain (38 %) and jaundice (31%). Swelling of the head of the pancreas with heterogeneous attenuation echo was detected with ultrasound in 75 % (12/16). CT scan showed pancreatic mass with heterogeneous hypodensity focus in all patients, with calcification in 56 % (9/16) patients, and peripancreatic nodules in 38 % (6/16)patients. Anemia and lymphocytopenia were seen in 50 %(8/16) patients, and pancytopenia occurred in 13 % (2/16) patients. Hypertransaminasemia, elevated alkaline phosphatase (AP) and GGT were seen in 56 % (9/16)patients. The erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) was elevated in 69 % (11/16) cases. Granulomas were found in 75 % (12/16) cases, and in 38 % (6/16) cases caseous necrosis tissue was found. Laparotomy was performed in 75 % (12/16) cases, and ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration (FNA) was done in 63 % (10 of 16). The most commonly used combinations of medications were isoniazid

  11. Does the axillary lymph node ratio have any added prognostic value over pN staging for South East Asian breast cancer patients?

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    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: Lymph node ratio (LNR, i.e. the ratio of the number of positive nodes to the total number of nodes excised is reported to be superior to the absolute number of nodes involved (pN stage in classifying patients at high versus low risk of death following breast cancer. The added prognostic value of LNR over pN in addition to other prognostic factors has never been assessed. METHODS: All patients diagnosed with lymph node positive, non-metastatic invasive breast cancer at the National University Hospital (Singapore and University of Malaya Medical Center (Kuala Lumpur between 1990-2007 were included (n = 1589. Overall survival of the patients was estimated by the Kaplan Meier method for LNR [categorized as low (>0 and 0.65-1] and pN staging [pN1, pN2 and pN3]. Adjusted overall relative mortality risks associated with LNR and pN were calculated by Cox regression. The added prognostic value of LNR over pN was evaluated by comparing the discriminating capacity (as indicated by the c statistic of two multivariate models, one including pN and one including LNR. RESULTS: LNR was superior to pN in categorizing mortality risks for women ≥60 years, those with ER negative or grade 3 tumors. In combination with other factors (i.e. age, treatment, grade, tumor size and receptor status, substituting pN by LNR did not result in better discrimination of women at high versus low risk of death, neither for the entire cohort (c statistic 0.72 [0.70-0.75] and 0.73 [0.71-0.76] respectively for pN versus LNR, nor for the subgroups mentioned above. CONCLUSION: In combination with other prognosticators, substitution of pN by LNR did not provide any added prognostic value for South East Asian breast cancer patients.

  12. Tumour 18 F-FDG Uptake on preoperative PET/CT may predict axillary lymph node metastasis in ER-positive/HER2-negative and HER2-positive breast cancer subtypes

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    Kim, Jin You; Lee, Suck Hong; Kim, Suk [Pusan National University Hospital, Pusan National University School of Medicine and Medical Research Institute, Department of Radiology, Seo-gu, Busan (Korea, Republic of); Kang, Taewoo [Pusan National University Hospital, Busan Cancer Center, Busan (Korea, Republic of); Bae, Young Tae [Pusan National University Hospital, Department of Surgery, Busan (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-04-01

    To evaluate the association between tumour FDG uptake on preoperative PET/CT and axillary lymph node metastasis (ALNM) according to breast cancer subtype. The records of 671 patients with invasive breast cancer who underwent {sup 18} F-FDG PET/CT and surgery were reviewed. Using immunohistochemistry, tumours were divided into three subtypes: oestrogen receptor (ER)-positive/human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-negative, HER2-positive, and triple-negative. Tumour FDG uptake, expressed as maximum standardized uptake value (SUV{sub max}), and clinicopathological variables were analysed. ALNM was present in 187 of 461 ER-positive/HER2-negative, 54 of 97 HER2-positive, and 38 of 113 triple-negative tumours. On multivariate analysis, high tumour SUV{sub max} (≥4.25) (P < 0.001), large tumour size (>2 cm) (P = 0.003) and presence of lymphovascular invasion (P < 0.001) were independent variables associated with ALNM. On subset analyses, tumour SUV{sub max} maintained independent significance for predicting ALNM in ER-positive/HER2-negative (adjusted odds ratio: 3.277, P < 0.001) and HER2-positive tumours (adjusted odds ratio: 14.637, P = 0.004). No association was found for triple-negative tumours (P = 0.161). Tumour SUV{sub max} may be an independent prognostic factor for ALNM in patients with invasive breast cancer, especially in ER-positive/HER2-negative and HER2-positive subtypes, but not in those with triple-negative subtype. (orig.)

  13. A Haptic Feedback Scheme to Accurately Position a Virtual Wrist Prosthesis Using a Three-Node Tactor Array.

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    Full Text Available In this paper, a novel haptic feedback scheme, used for accurately positioning a 1DOF virtual wrist prosthesis through sensory substitution, is presented. The scheme employs a three-node tactor array and discretely and selectively modulates the stimulation frequency of each tactor to relay 11 discrete haptic stimuli to the user. Able-bodied participants were able to move the virtual wrist prosthesis via a surface electromyography based controller. The participants evaluated the feedback scheme without visual or audio feedback and relied solely on the haptic feedback alone to correctly position the hand. The scheme was evaluated through both normal (perpendicular and shear (lateral stimulations applied on the forearm. Normal stimulations were applied through a prototype device previously developed by the authors while shear stimulations were generated using an ubiquitous coin motor vibrotactor. Trials with no feedback served as a baseline to compare results within the study and to the literature. The results indicated that using normal and shear stimulations resulted in accurately positioning the virtual wrist, but were not significantly different. Using haptic feedback was substantially better than no feedback. The results found in this study are significant since the feedback scheme allows for using relatively few tactors to relay rich haptic information to the user and can be learned easily despite a relatively short amount of training. Additionally, the results are important for the haptic community since they contradict the common conception in the literature that normal stimulation is inferior to shear. From an ergonomic perspective normal stimulation has the potential to benefit upper limb amputees since it can operate at lower frequencies than shear-based vibrotactors while also generating less noise. Through further tuning of the novel haptic feedback scheme and normal stimulation device, a compact and comfortable sensory substitution

  14. A Haptic Feedback Scheme to Accurately Position a Virtual Wrist Prosthesis Using a Three-Node Tactor Array.

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    Erwin, Andrew; Sup, Frank C

    2015-01-01

    In this paper, a novel haptic feedback scheme, used for accurately positioning a 1DOF virtual wrist prosthesis through sensory substitution, is presented. The scheme employs a three-node tactor array and discretely and selectively modulates the stimulation frequency of each tactor to relay 11 discrete haptic stimuli to the user. Able-bodied participants were able to move the virtual wrist prosthesis via a surface electromyography based controller. The participants evaluated the feedback scheme without visual or audio feedback and relied solely on the haptic feedback alone to correctly position the hand. The scheme was evaluated through both normal (perpendicular) and shear (lateral) stimulations applied on the forearm. Normal stimulations were applied through a prototype device previously developed by the authors while shear stimulations were generated using an ubiquitous coin motor vibrotactor. Trials with no feedback served as a baseline to compare results within the study and to the literature. The results indicated that using normal and shear stimulations resulted in accurately positioning the virtual wrist, but were not significantly different. Using haptic feedback was substantially better than no feedback. The results found in this study are significant since the feedback scheme allows for using relatively few tactors to relay rich haptic information to the user and can be learned easily despite a relatively short amount of training. Additionally, the results are important for the haptic community since they contradict the common conception in the literature that normal stimulation is inferior to shear. From an ergonomic perspective normal stimulation has the potential to benefit upper limb amputees since it can operate at lower frequencies than shear-based vibrotactors while also generating less noise. Through further tuning of the novel haptic feedback scheme and normal stimulation device, a compact and comfortable sensory substitution device for upper

  15. Granulomatous lesions in lymph nodes of slaughter pigs bacteriologically negative for Mycobacterium avium subsp. avium and positive for Rhodococcus equi

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    Komijn, R.E.; Wisselink, H.J.; Rijsman, V.M.C.; Stockhofe, N.; Bakker, D.; Zijderveld, van F.G.; Eger, T.; Wagenaar, J.A.; Putirulan, F.F.; Urlings, B.A.P.

    2007-01-01

    The prevalence of granulomatous lesions in lymph nodes of pigs was studied. From January till August 2004 in two slaughterhouses in The Netherlands 2,116,536 pigs were examined for the presence of granulomatous lesions in the sub-maxillary lymph nodes. In 15,900 (0.75%) of these pigs, lesions could

  16. Absence of Granzyme B Positive Tumour-Infiltrating Lymphocytes in Primary Melanoma Excisional Biopsies is Strongly Associated with the Presence of Sentinel Lymph Node Metastasis

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    I. S. van Houdt

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Sentinel Lymph Node (SLN status is strongly related to clinical outcome in melanoma patients. In this study we investigated the possible association between the presence of activated and/or suppressive Tumour Infiltrating Lymphocytes (TILs and SLN status in clinically stage I/II melanoma patients.

  17. Critical pitfall: varices in cancer patients mimicking lymphadenopathy; differentiation of varicose veins and enlarged lymph nodes in routine staging.

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    Schubert, Tilman; Pansini, Michele; Bongartz, Georg; Niemann, Tilo

    2011-01-01

    Two patients, each with a history of multiple cancers, were referred to our institution for routine cancer staging. Contrast enhanced multislice-CT showed round and oval shaped inguinal and retroperitoneal masses in one patient and inguinal mass lesions in the other patient. The mass lesions were suspicious of lymphadenopathy related to cancer recurrence. Additional MR-Imaging, however, showed tortuous varicose veins as well as suspicious lymph nodes in one patient and solely venous convolutes in the other patient. Regarding the routine contrast enhanced CT-scan in the portovenous phase, varices showed no significant difference in radiodensity compared to enlarged lymph nodes.

  18. High Ki-67 score is indicative of a greater benefit from adjuvant chemotherapy when added to endocrine therapy in luminal B HER2 negative and node-positive breast cancer.

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    Criscitiello, Carmen; Disalvatore, Davide; De Laurentiis, Michele; Gelao, Lucia; Fumagalli, Luca; Locatelli, Marzia; Bagnardi, Vincenzo; Rotmensz, Nicole; Esposito, Angela; Minchella, Ida; De Placido, Sabino; Santangelo, Michele; Viale, Giuseppe; Goldhirsch, Aron; Curigliano, Giuseppe

    2014-02-01

    The indication of adjuvant chemotherapy for patients with highly proliferative estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer is controversial. We analyzed the predictive value of Ki67 for the efficacy of adjuvant chemotherapy in patients with estrogen receptor-positive, node-positive breast cancer. We identified 1241 patients with Luminal B early stage breast cancer with 1-3 axillary positive nodes who underwent surgery between 1995 and 2005 at the European Institute of Oncology and received adjuvant hormonotherapy and/or chemotherapy. Differences in the distribution of characteristics according to treatment were evaluated by the Chi-square test. To evaluate the effect of adding chemotherapy to hormonotherapy, the propensity score method was used to match patients' characteristics minimizing bias related to the non-random assignment of treatment. The probability of receiving chemotherapy was significantly associated with age, tumor grade, degree of hormone responsiveness, tumor size and peripheral vascular invasion. The propensity score distribution was statistically different between the two treatment groups (p value 0.663). The 5-year DFS percentages were 84.6% (95% CI, 81.0-87.6%) in the hormonotherapy group and 84.2% (95% CI, 81.3-86.7%) in the hormonotherapy/chemotherapy group (log-rank test p-value 0.388). However, when analyzing the 5-year DFS by Ki-67 distribution, Subpopulation Treatment Effect Pattern Plot (STEPP) analysis showed a beneficial effect of chemotherapy in patients with highly proliferative tumor (Ki-67 ≥ 32%). The interaction between Ki-67 and treatment was statistically significant (p = 0.027). Ki67 expression identifies a subset of patients with Luminal B and node-positive breast cancer who could benefit from addition of adjuvant chemotherapy to hormonotherapy. Dichotomy was observed for Ki67 at 32% level. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  19. Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy in Uterine Cervical Cancer Patients: Ready for Clinical Use? A Review of the Literature

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    2014-01-01

    Sentinel lymph node biopsy has been widely studied in a number of cancer types. As far as cervical cancer is concerned, this technique has already been used, revealing both positive results and several issues to be solved. The debate on the role of sentinel lymph node biopsy in cervical cancer is still open although most of the studies have already revealed its superiority over complete lymphadenectomy and the best handling possible of the emerging practical problems. Further research should ...

  20. Nodular Histologic Subtype and Ulceration are Tumor Factors Associated with High Risk of Recurrence in Sentinel Node-Negative Melanoma Patients.

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    Faut, Marloes; Wevers, Kevin P; van Ginkel, Robert J; Diercks, Gilles F H; Hoekstra, Harald J; Kruijff, Schelto; Been, Lukas B; van Leeuwen, Barbara L

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    Since its introduction, the sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) has become the standard staging procedure in clinical node-negative melanoma patients. A negative SLNB, however, does not guarantee a recurrence-free survival. Insight into metastatic patterns and risk factors for recurrence in SLNB negative melanoma patients can provide patient tailored guidelines. Data concerning melanoma patients who underwent SLNB between 1996 and 2015 in a single center were prospectively collected. Cox regression analyses were used to determine variables associated with overall recurrence and distant first site of recurrence in SLNB-negative patients. In 668 patients, SLNBs were performed between 1996 and 2015. Of these patients, 50.4 % were male and 49.6 % female with a median age of 55.2 (range 5.7-88.8) years. Median Breslow thickness was 2.2 (range 0.3-20) mm. The SLNB was positive in 27.8 % of patients. Recurrence rates were 53.2 % in SLNB-positive and 17.9 % in SLNB-negative patients (p < 0.001). For SLNB-negative patients, the site of first recurrence was distant in 58.5 %. Melanoma located in the head and neck region (hazard ratio 4.88, p = 0.003) and increasing Breslow thickness (hazard ratio 1.15, p = 0.013) were predictive for distant first site of recurrence in SLNB-negative patients. SLNB-negative patients with a nodular melanoma and ulceration had a recurrence rate of 43.1 %; the site of recurrence was distant in 64 % of these patients. The recurrence rates of SLNB-negative nodular ulcerative melanoma patients approach those of SLNB-positive patients. Stringent follow-up is recommended in this subset of patients.

  1. Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy Following Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy: Review of the Literature and Recommendations for Use in Patient Management

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    Yan Xing

    2004-10-01

    Full Text Available Breast cancer is a significant health problem worldwide and is one of the leading causes of cancer-related mortality in women. Preoperative chemotherapy has become the standard of care for patients with locally advanced disease and is being used more frequently in patients with early-stage breast cancer. Sentinel lymph node biopsy has shown great promise in the surgical management of breast cancer patients, but its use following preoperative chemotherapy is yet to be determined. Eleven studies have been published with respect to the accuracy of sentinel lymph node biopsy following neoadjuvant chemotherapy. Ten studies showed favourable results, with the ability to identify a sentinel lymph node in 84% to 98% of cases, and reported false negative rates ranging from 0% to 20%. The accuracy of sentinel lymph node biopsy following preoperative chemotherapy for breast cancer ranges from 88% to 100%, with higher rates when specific techniques and inclusion criteria are applied. The published literature supports the use of sentinel lymph node biopsy for assessment of the axilla in patients with clinically node-negative disease following preoperative chemotherapy.

  2. Prognostic significance of axillary dissection in breast cancer patients with micrometastases or isolated tumor cells in sentinel nodes

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    Tvedskov, Tove Filtenborg; Jensen, Maj-Britt; Ejlertsen, Bent;

    2015-01-01

    to identify patients with micrometastases or ITC in sentinel nodes following surgery for primary breast cancer between 2002 and 2008. A Cox proportional hazard regression model was developed to assess the hazard ratios (HR) for AR and OS between patients with and without ALND. We identified 2074 patients...

  3. Immunohistological and electron microscopic studies of microfilariae in skin and lymph nodes from onchocerciasis patients after ivermectin treatment.

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    Darge, K; Lucius, R; Monson, M H; Behrendsen, J; Büttner, D W

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    Microfilariae were studied in skin and lymph node biopsies from Liberian patients with generalised onchocerciasis 12-78 hours after administration of a single dose of 150 micrograms/kg body weight using histology, transmission electron microscopy and immunocytological staining with antibodies against an immunodominant antigen of Onchocerca volvulus. Most microfilariae in the skin appeared morphologically intact and beginning signs of degeneration were seen only on the ultrastructural level. The densities of microfilariae in the lymph nodes were about thousandfold higher in ivermectin treated patients. More than 90% of the microfilariae in the lymph nodes showed distinct signs of degeneration. Early changes were seen in the muscle cells. The disintegrating microfilariae in the lymph nodes were always encircled by eosinophils or macrophages or both cells. Immunohistological staining with antifilarial antibodies increased the detection of small and disintegrating pieces of microfilariae considerably.

  4. The use of indocyanine green in sentinel lymph node biopsy in patients with breast cancer

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    De-qiang KOU

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Objective To explore the prospect of clinical application of indocyanine green (ICG in sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB in patients with breast cancer. Methods Seventy-two female breast cancer patients were selected from those receiving surgery during July 2014 and December 2014, with an age range of 33-67 years and a median age of 50 years, and they were randomly divided into experimental group (n=35 and control group (n=37, ICG and methylene blue as tracers were used respectively for SLNB. The surgical specimens were submitted to frozen section for pathological examination. The patients with metastasis to SLN received axillary lymph node dissection. Results The successful detection rate of metastasis to SLN by ICG method was 94.3%, with a total of 111 SLNs, with an average of 3.17 SLNs for each patient, and the accuracy rate was 94.3%, the sensitivity and false negative rate were 100% and 0%, respectively. On the other hand, the detection rate with methylene blue method was 92.0%, including 78 SLNs, with an average of 2.1 SLNs for each patient, and the accuracy rate was 89.2%, the sensitivity and false negative rates were 92.9% and 7.7%, respectively. The differences between two methods in the average SLNs and false-negative rate were statistically significant (P0.05. Conclusion ICG method for SLNB in breast cancer shows a higher success rate and lower false negative rate, indicating that its clinical efficacy is superior to that of methylene blue, therefore it may be hopeful to be used alone in SLNB for breast cancer. DOI: 10.11855/j.issn.0577-7402.2015.05.12

  5. The feasibility of contralateral lower neck sparing intensity modulation radiated therapy for nasopharyngeal carcinoma patients with unilateral cervical lymph node involvement.

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    Tang, Ling-Long; Tang, Xin-Ran; Li, Wen-Fei; Chen, Lei; Tian, Li; Lin, Ai-Hua; Sun, Ying; Ma, Jun

    2017-06-01

    To investigate the feasibility of contralateral lower neck sparing intensity modulation radiated therapy (IMRT) for nasopharyngeal carcinoma patients (NPC) with unilateral cervical lymph node metastasis. Retrospective review of 546 patients with unilateral cervical lymph node metastasis treated between November 2009 and February 2012 at one institution. All patients were staged using magnetic resonance imaging and received radical IMRT. Patients were classified into two groups: the inferior border of the negative neck irradiation field only covered Levels III to Va in Group 1; the inferior border covered entire neck down to Levels IV to Vb in Group 2. Median follow-up was 49.9months (range, 1.3-69.2months). Four-year overall survival (OS:89.3% vs. 88.9%, P=0.91), disease-free survival (DFS:81.7% vs. 81.0%, P=0.91), distant metastasis-free survival (DMFS:88.2% vs. 87.9%, P=0.95), local relapse-free survival (LRFS:96.7% vs. 94.7%, P=0.70) and nodal relapse-free survival (NRFS: 96.1% vs. 95.9%, P=0.94) were not significantly different between Group 1 and Group 2. Twenty-two patients developed cervical lymph node relapse; of whom 20/22 (91.0%) developed unilateral relapse within pretreatment positive neck. Only one patient developed out-of-field relapse, though this patient also relapsed within the neck irradiation field (Level II). No clinicopathological feature tested had significant prognostic value for NRFS in multivariate analysis. In the IMRT and MRI era, contralateral lower neck sparing IMRT seems to be feasible for NPC patients with unilateral cervical lymph node metastasis. Copyright © 2017. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

  6. CYP19 Genetic Polymorphism Haplotype AASA Is Associated with a Poor Prognosis in Premenopausal Women with Lymph Node-Negative, Hormone Receptor-Positive Breast Cancer

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    Sung-Hsin Kuo

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    Full Text Available Given the critical role of CYP19 in estrogen synthesis, we investigated the influence of CYP19 gene polymorphisms on the clinical outcome of lymph node- (LN- negative, hormone receptor- (HR- positive early breast cancers. Genotyping for the CYP19 polymorphisms rs4646 (A/C, rs1065779 (A/C, CYP19 (TTTAn (short allele/long (S/L allele using the 7 TTTA repeat polymorphism as the cut-off, and rs1870050 (A/C was performed on 296 patients with LN-negative, HR-positive breast cancers. All patients received adjuvant hormonal therapy. Associations were examined between these 4 genotypes and 6 common haplotypes of CYP19 and distant disease-free survival (DDFS, disease-free survival (DFS, and overall survival (OS. Patients were divided into the 6 subhaplotypes of CCLA (41.1%, AASA (17.1%, CASA (11.9%, CCLC (8.9%, CCSA (7.5%, AASC (8.9%, and others (4.6%. In premenopausal patients, haplotype AASA was significantly associated with a poor DDFS (adjusted hazard ratio (aHR, 3.3; P=0.001, DFS (aHR, 2.5; P=0.0008, and OS (aHR, 2.9; P=0.0004 after adjusting for age, tumor size, tumor grade, estrogen receptor status, progesterone receptor status, chemotherapy, pathology, adjuvant hormone therapy, menopausal status, and radiotherapy. Furthermore, haplotype AASA remained a negative prognostic factor for premenopausal patients receiving adjuvant chemotherapy in terms of DDFS (aHR, 4.5; P=0.0005, DFS (HR, 3.2; P=0.003, and OS (HR, 6.4; P=0.0009. However, in postmenopausal patients, haplotype AASA was not associated with a poor prognosis, whereas the AASC haplotype was significantly associated with a poor DFS (aHR, 3.1; P=0.03 and OS (aHR, 4.4; P=0.01. Our results indicate that, in patients with LN-negative, HR-positive breast cancers, genetic polymorphism haplotype AASA is associated with poor survival of premenopausal women but does not affect survival of postmenopausal women.

  7. Accuracy of integrated FDG-PET/contrast-enhanced CT in detecting pelvic and paraaortic lymph node metastasis in patients with uterine cancer

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    Kitajima, Kazuhiro [Dokkyo University School of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Mibu, Shimotuka-gun, Tochigi (Japan); Dokkyo Medical University Hospital, PET Center, Mibu (Japan); Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Kobe (Japan); Murakami, Koji; Yamasaki, Erena [Dokkyo Medical University Hospital, PET Center, Mibu (Japan); Kaji, Yasushi [Dokkyo University School of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Mibu, Shimotuka-gun, Tochigi (Japan); Sugimura, Kazuro [Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Kobe (Japan)

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    The purpose is to evaluate the accuracy of integrated {sup 18}F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG)-positron emission tomography (PET)/computed tomography (CT) with intravenous contrast medium in detecting pelvic and paraaortic lymph node metastasis in patients with uterine cancer, with surgical and histopathological findings used as the reference standard. Forty-five patients with endometrial or uterine cervical cancer underwent radical hysterectomy, including pelvic lymphadenectomy with or without paraaortic lymphadenectomy, after PET/CT. PET/CT findings were interpreted by two experienced radiologists in consensus. The criterion for malignancy on PET/CT images was increased tracer uptake by the lymph node, independent of node size. The overall node-based sensitivity, specificity, PPV, NPV and accuracy of PET/CT for detecting nodal metastases were 51.1% (23/45), 99.8% (1,927/1,931), 85.2% (23/27), 98.9% (1,927/1,949) and 98.7% (1,950/1,976), respectively. The sensitivity for detecting metastatic lesions 4 mm or less in short-axis diameter was 12.5% (2/16), that for between 5 and 9 mm was 66.7% (16/24), and that for 10 mm or larger was 100.0% (5/5). The overall patient-based sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value (PPV), negative predictive value (NPV), and accuracy were 50% (6/12), 90.9% (30/33), 66.7% (6/9), 83.3% (30/36) and 80.0% (36/45), respectively. Integrated FDG-PET/contrast-enhanced CT is superior to conventional imaging, but only moderately sensitive in predicting lymph node metastasis preoperatively in patients with uterine cancer. (orig.)

  8. Inappropriate cervical injection of radiotracer for sentinel node mapping in a uterine cervix cancer patient: importance of lymphoscintigraphy and blue dye injection

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    Sima Kadkhodayan

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Herein, we report a case of sentinel lymph node mapping in a uterine cervix cancer patient, referring to the nuclear medicine department of our institute. Lymphoscintigraphy images showed inappropriate intra‐cervical injection of radiotracer. Blue dye technique was applied for sentinel lymph node mapping, using intra‐cervical injection of methylene blue. Two blue/cold sentinel lymph nodes, with no pathological involvement, were intra‐operatively identified, and the patient was spared pelvic lymph node dissection. The present case underscores the importance of lymphoscintigraphy imaging in sentinel lymph node mapping and demonstrates the added value of blue dye injection in selected patients. It is suggested that preoperative lymphoscintigraphy imaging be considered as an integral part of sentinel lymph node mapping in surgical oncology. Detailed results of lymphoscintigraphy images should be provided for surgeons prior to surgery, and in case the sentinel lymph nodes are not visualized, use of blue dye for sentinel node mapping should be encouraged.

  9. Lymphography and computed tomography of abdominal nodes in newly diagnosed patients with Hodgkin's disease in clinical stage I-III

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    Neumann, C.H.

    1986-10-01

    Between 1978 and 1983, 80 patients with Hodgkin's disease (HD) in clinical Stage I-III had computed tomography (CT) of the abdomen and pelvis and lymphography (LAG) prior to staging laparatomy with multiple lymph node biopsies at Stanford University Medical Center. There were 224 biopsied nodal sites. The sensitivity and specificity for CT to determine the status of biopsied paraortic and iliac nodes was .61 and .91 vs. .94 and .90 for LAG. CT appeared of even lower sensitivity (.13) in evaluating splenic hilar, celiac axis and portal nodes. Including all biopsy proven subdiaphragmatic nodal sites, CT's sensitivity to diagnose the presence of subdiaphragmatic adenopathy was .38 vs. .52 in LAG. Assessment of the final pathological stage was more successful by LAG (.61) than by CT (.49). Positive and negative predictive values of both tests indicate higher reliability of LAG results as regards individual intraabdominal nodes (LAG .71, .98 vs. CT .58, .86), the entire subdiaphragmatic nodal area (LAG .79, .77 vs. CT .61, .71) and prediction of final pathological stage. LAG appeared to be the more useful test during initial staging of newly diagnosed and untreated patients with HD. None of the test for itself or in combination can replace laparatomy when exact information is necessary for further clinical decisions.

  10. Supraclavicular and infraclavicular lymph node delineation in breast cancer patients: a proposal deriving from a comparative study.

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    Cucciarelli, Francesca; Kirova, Youlia M; Palumbo, Isabella; Aristei, Cynthia

    2015-01-01

    Current advances in radiotherapy for breast cancer require knowledge of the anatomy of irradiated areas to minimize geographic miss and spare organs at risk. This study aimed at defining a contouring approach for supraclavicular (SC) and infraclavicular (IC) nodes after mastectomy or conservative surgery in patients with breast cancer. In 15 patients, SC and IC nodes were contoured on computed tomography slices according to Madu et al and Dijkema et al. After analyzing relapse sites, as reported by Reed et al, our approach was defined. The 3 methods were compared in all patients, quantifying differences in contours by percentage overlap (PO). In our approach, SC node delineation is similar to Madu et al in the ventral and medial landmarks, but includes the lateral SC nodes described by Dijkema et al. The lateral landmarks are the scalenus anterior and medius muscle lateral border and the clavicle. Dorsal boundaries are the scalenus anterior and medius muscle ventral and lateral surfaces and the subclavian artery ventral border. In IC node delineation, major differences emerged in cranial and dorsal limits which, in our approach, are the pectoralis minor muscle upper edge and the subclavian axillary artery ventral side. Our mean and median volumes and POs were between the other 2 methods. This study contributes to standardizing draining node contouring, so as to reduce variability and minimize geographic miss.

  11. Practice variation in defining sentinel lymph nodes on lymphoscintigrams in oral cancer patients

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    Flach, Geke B.; Bree, Remco de [VU University Medical Center, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, De Boelelaan 1117, 1081 HV Amsterdam, PO Box 7057, Amsterdam (Netherlands); Schie, Annelies van; Hoekstra, Otto S. [VU University Medical Center, Department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, Amsterdam (Netherlands); Witte, Birgit I. [VU University Medical Center, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Amsterdam (Netherlands); Olmos, Renato A.V. [VU University Medical Center, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Amsterdam (Netherlands); Klop, W.M.C. [Netherlands Cancer Institute/Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital, Department of Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology, Amsterdam (Netherlands)

    2014-12-15

    Lymphoscintigraphic imaging and adequate interpretation of the lymphatic drainage pattern is an essential step in the sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) procedure. In oral cancer, identification of the sentinel lymph node (SLN) can be challenging. In this study, interobserver variability in defining SLNs on lymphoscintigrams was evaluated in patients with T1-T2 stage N0 oral cancer. Sixteen observers (head and neck surgeons, nuclear medicine physicians or teams of both) from various institutes were asked which criteria they use to consider a hot focus on the lymphoscintigram as SLN. Lymphoscintigrams of 9 patients with 47 hot foci (3-9 per patient) were assessed, using a scale of 'yes/equivocal/no'. Bilateral drainage was seen in four of nine cases. In three cases additional late single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT)/CT scanning was performed. Interobserver variability was evaluated by kappa (κ) analysis, using linear weighted pairwise comparison of the observers. Conservative (equivocal analysed as no) and sensitive (equivocal analysed as yes) assessment strategies were investigated using pairwise kappa analysis. Various definitions of SLN on lymphoscintigrams were given. Interobserver variability of all cases using a 3-point scale showed fair agreement (71 %, κ{sub w} = 0.29). The conservative and sensitive analyses both showed moderate agreement: conservative approach κ = 0.44 (in 80 % of the hot foci the observers agreed) and sensitive approach κ = 0.42 (81 %) respectively. Multidisciplinary involvement in image interpretation and higher levels of observer experience appeared to increase agreement. Among 16 observers, there is practice variation in defining SLNs on lymphoscintigrams in oral cancer patients. Interobserver variability of lymphoscintigraphic interpretation shows moderate agreement. In order to achieve better agreement in defining SLNs on lymphoscintigrams specific guidelines are warranted. (orig.)

  12. Intramammary lymph nodes.

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    Egan, R L; McSweeney, M B

    1983-05-15

    Radiographic, gross, and histopathologic studies on 158 whole breasts with primary operable carcinoma revealed intramammary lymph nodes in 28%, and of these breasts, 10% contained a metastatic deposit of carcinoma. Cancerous and noncancerous nodes were found in all quadrants of the breast with the positive ones being in the same quadrant as the carcinoma only 50% of the time. There was no demonstrable connection with the usual lymphatic drainage of the breast. With Stage II carcinoma, positive intramammary lymph nodes had no direct effect on prognosis, merely representing advanced disease and indicating a greater likelihood of axillary metastatic disease. There was a trend toward poorer prognosis in Stage I lesions with positive intramammary lymph nodes. This may indicate the Stage I carcinomas that have a similar prognosis as Stage II tumors. Conceivably, a Stage Ia, positive intramammary lymph node(s) but normal axillary lymph nodes, could be defined and used.

  13. Identification of risk factors and characteristics of supraclavicular lymph node metastasis in patients with small cell lung cancer.

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    Feng, Zhen-Xing; Zhao, Lu-Jun; Guan, Yong; Sun, Yao; Meng, Mao-Bin; Ji, Kai; Wang, Ping

    2013-03-01

    Thoracic radiotherapy provides a survival benefit in patients with limited-stage disease of small cell lung cancer (LS-SCLC), but inclusion and exclusion of prophylactic irradiation of the supraclavicular area are still controversial. This study analyses the risk factors and characteristics of lymph node metastases in the supraclavicular area of LS-SCLC patients, which could help in developing a better radiotherapy for the patients. A total of 239 patients with LS-SCLC were included in this retrospective analysis. Clinical characteristics and mediastinal lymph node metastasis were analyzed for association with SCM, and the SCM pattern was further analyzed based on the treatment planning CT scans. The SCM incidence was 34.7 % (83 of 239). The multivariate analysis showed that only the mediastinal level 2 (OR = 16.101, P = 0.000) and level 3 (OR = 5.597, P = 0.000) lymph node metastases were significantly associated with SCM. As the most frequently involved region, supraclavicular level I lymph node metastases were identified in 61 of 83 patients (73.5 %), followed by level III, level IV, level V, and level II lymph node metastases, accounting a total of 95.2 % for level I and/or III lymph node metastases, whereas the incidence of skip metastasis was only 4.8 %. SCLC patients with mediastinal level 2 and level 3 lymph node metastasis were at high risk of SCM. If prophylactic irradiation therapy is considered, the nodal clinical target volume of irradiation should include bilateral lower para-recurrent laryngeal neural region (level I) and the para-internal jugular venous region (level III).

  14. 水声定位的正三角形网状节点部署模型%EQUILATERAL TRIANGLE MESH NODES DEPLOYMENT MODEL FOR UNDERWATER ACOUSTIC POSITIONING

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    梁佳敏; 刘广钟; 徐明

    2015-01-01

    定位问题是水声传感器网络研究领域的关键技术之一。目前大部分定位算法集中在定位算法的改进,忽视节点部署模型对定位精度的影响。提出一种用于定位的正三角形节点部署模型,在二维空间下,将锚节点以正三角的形式均匀部署,在定位区域内,未知节点总会处于以锚节点为顶点的正三角形中。在这个部署模型下,提出一种定位算法。通过Matlab进行仿真实验,结果表明,最小二乘法,Chan算法和改进算法按正三角形部署的节点模型的平均定位误差小于同节点密度下的均匀随机部署模型。在相同的节点部署密度下,正三角形模型部署下的改进算法稳定性要好于最小二乘法和Chan算法。%Localisation problem is one of the key technologies in underwater acoustic sensor network research.Currently,most of positioning algorithms focus on improving the positioning algorithm,but neglect the impact of node deployment model on positioning accuracy. We put forward an equilateral triangle nodes deployment model for positioning,in which the anchor nodes are deployed uniformly in equilateral triangle form in two-dimensional space,making the unknown nodes be always in the equilateral triangle,which takes the anchor points as vertices,within the localisation area.Based on this deployment model we put forward a positioning algorithm.Through simulation experiments on Matlab,the results showed that the average position errors of the node models deployed in equilateral triangle using three algorithms of the least square algorithm,the Chan algorithm and the improved algorithm were all less than that of the uniform random deployment model under same node density.Under same node deployment density,the improved algorithm had better stability than the least square algorithm and Chan algorithm in equilateral triangle-deployed model.

  15. Risk factors for lower limb lymphedema after lymph node dissection in patients with ovarian and uterine carcinoma

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    2009-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Lymph node dissection has proven prognostic benefits for patients with ovarian or uterine carcinoma; however, one of the complications associated with this procedure is lymphedema. We aimed to identify the factors that are associated with the occurrence of lymphedema after lymph node dissection for the treatment of ovarian or uterine carcinoma. Methods A total of 694 patients with histologically confirmed ovarian (135 patients or uterine cancer (258 with cervical cancer, 301 with endometrial cancer who underwent lymph node dissection were studied retrospectively. Logistic regression analyses were used to identify the risk factors associated with occurrence of lymphedema. Results Among ovarian and uterine cancer patients who underwent pelvic lymph node dissection, post-operative radiotherapy (odds ratio: 1.79; 95% confidence interval: 1.20–2.67; p = 0.006 was statistically significantly associated with occurrence of lymphedema. Conclusion There was no relationship between any surgical procedure and occurrence of lymphedema among patients undergoing pelvic lymphadenectomy. Our findings are supported by a sound biological rationale because they suggest that limb lymphedema is caused by pelvic lymph node dissection.

  16. Prognostic value of microscopic lymph node involvement in patients with papillary thyroid cancer.

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    Bardet, Stéphane; Ciappuccini, Renaud; Quak, Elske; Rame, Jean-Pierre; Blanchard, David; de Raucourt, Dominique; Babin, Emmanuel; Michels, Jean-Jacques; Vaur, Dominique; Heutte, Natacha

    2015-01-01

    The impact of microscopic nodal involvement on the risk of persistent/recurrent disease (PRD) remains controversial in patients with papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC). The goal of the study was to assess the risk of PRD and the 4-year outcome in PTC patients according to their initial nodal status [pNx, pN0, pN1 microscopic (cN0/pN1) or pN1 macroscopic (cN1/pN1)]. We conducted a retrospective cohort study. The study included 305 consecutive PTC patients referred for radioiodine ablation from 2006 to 2011. We evaluated the risk of structural PRD and the disease status at the last follow-up. At ablation, persistent disease was consistently assessed by using post-radioiodine ablation scintigraphy combining total body scan and neck and thorax single-photon computed tomography-computed tomography (SPECT-CT) acquisition. Of 305 patients, 128 (42%) were pNx, 84 (28%) pN0, 44 (14%) pN1 microscopic, and 49 (16%) pN1 macroscopic. The 4-year cumulative risk of PRD was higher in pN1 macroscopic than in pN1 microscopic patients (49% vs 24%, P = .03), and higher in pN1 microscopic than in pN0 (12%, P = .01) or pNx patients (6%, P microscopic (RR 2.5; P microscopic (89%) to pN1 macroscopic patients (70%) (P microscopic did not. PATIENTS with microscopic lymph node involvement present an intermediate outcome between that observed in pN0-pNx patients and pN1 macroscopic patients. These data may justify modifications to the risk recurrence staging systems.

  17. Value of PET/CT and MR Lymphography in Treatment of Prostate Cancer Patients With Lymph Node Metastases

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    Fortuin, Ansje S., E-mail: A.Fortuin@rad.umcn.nl [Department of Radiology, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, Nijmegen (Netherlands); Deserno, Willem M.L.L.G. [Department of Radiology, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, Nijmegen (Netherlands); Meijer, Hanneke J.M. [Department of Radiation Oncology, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, Nijmegen (Netherlands); Jager, Gerrit J. [Department of Radiology, Jeroen Bosch Hospital' s, Hertogenbosch (Netherlands); Takahashi, Satoru; Debats, Oscar A. [Department of Radiology, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, Nijmegen (Netherlands); Reske, Sven N.; Schick, Christian [Department of Nuclear Medicine, University of Ulm, Ulm (Germany); Krause, Bernd J. [Department of Nuclear Medicine, Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Muenchen (Germany); Oort, Inge van; Witjes, Alfred J. [Department of Urology, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, Nijmegen (Netherlands); Hoogeveen, Yvonne L. [Department of Radiology, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, Nijmegen (Netherlands); Lin, Emile N.J.Th. van [Department of Radiation Oncology, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, Nijmegen (Netherlands); Barentsz, Jelle O. [Department of Radiology, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, Nijmegen (Netherlands)

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    Purpose: To determine the clinical value of two novel molecular imaging techniques: {sup 11}C-choline positron emission tomography (PET)/computed tomography (CT) and ferumoxtran-10 enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (magnetic resonance lymphography [MRL]) for lymph node (LN) treatment in prostate cancer (PCa) patients. Therefore, we evaluated the ability of PET/CT and MRL to assess the number, size, and location of LN metastases in patients with primary or recurrent PCa. Methods and Materials: A total of 29 patients underwent MRL and PET/CT for LN evaluation. The MRL and PET/CT data were analyzed independently. The number, size, and location of the LN metastases were determined. The location was described as within or outside the standard clinical target volume for elective pelvic irradiation as defined by the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group. Subsequently, the results from MRL and PET/CT were compared. Results: Of the 738 LNs visible on MRL, 151 were positive in 23 of 29 patients. Of the 132 LNs visible on PET/CT, 34 were positive in 13 of 29 patients. MRL detected significantly more positive LNs (p < 0.001) in more patients than PET/CT (p = 0.002). The mean diameter of the detected suspicious LNs on MRL was significantly smaller than those detected by PET/CT, 4.9 mm and 8.4 mm, respectively (p < 0.0001). In 14 (61%) of 23 patients, suspicious LNs were found outside the clinical target volume with MRL and in 4 (31%) of 13 patients with PET/CT. Conclusion: In patients with PCa, both molecular imaging techniques, MRL and {sup 11}C-choline PET/CT, can detect LNs suspicious for metastasis, irrespective of the existing size and shape criteria for CT and conventional magnetic resonance imaging. On MRL and PET/CT, 61% and 31% of the suspicious LNs were located outside the conventional clinical target volume. Therefore, these techniques could help to individualize treatment selection and enable image-guided radiotherapy for patients with PCa LN metastases.

  18. MRI with a lymph-node-specific contrast agent as an alternative to CT scan and lymph-node dissection in patients with prostate cancer: a prospective multicohort study.

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    Heesakkers, R.A.M.; Hovels, A.M.; Jager, G.J.; Bosch, H.C. van den; Witjes, J.A.M.; Raat, H.P.; Severens, J.L.; Adang, E.M.M.; Hulsbergen- van de Kaa, C.A.; Futterer, J.J.; Barentsz, J.O.

    2008-01-01

    BACKGROUND: In patients with prostate cancer who are deemed to be at intermediate or high risk of having nodal metastases, invasive diagnostic pelvic lymph-node dissection (PLND) is the gold standard for the detection of nodal disease. However, a new lymph-node-specific MR-contrast agent ferumoxtran

  19. Extended Salvage Pelvic Lymph Node Dissection in Patients with Recurrent Prostate Cancer

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    Daniar K. Osmonov

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. Treatment of patients with a biochemical recurrence (BCR of prostate cancer (PCa is generally difficult and without valid treatment options. Since 2004 we have been developing therapeutic possibilities for these patients. Methods. We retrospectively analyzed a cohort of 41 patients with a BCR of PCa and a mean followup of 40.3±20.8 months. Group 1 (n=10: salvage radical prostatectomy (sRP with SePLND (salvage extended pelvic lymph nodes dissection (initial treatment: combined brachytherapy. Group 2 (n=22: SePLND (initial treatment: radical prostatectomy (RP. Group 3 (n=9: SePLND (initial treatment: RP and adjuvant radiation therapy (RT. We observed PSA, PSA-velocity, localization of LNs and LNs+, BCR-free period, and BR (biochemical response. Results. Group 1: 60% with BCR-freedom (mean 27.2 months. Group 2: 63.6% with BCR-freedom (mean 17.5 months. Group 3: 33.3% with BCR-freedom (mean 17.6 months. In total, BCR-freedom was observed in 23 of 41 patients (56.1% after salvage surgery. 75.6% of all patients showed a BR. 765 LNs were removed and 14.8% of these were LN+. Conclusions. The BCR-free period and BR are comparable in all three groups. Sensibility to ADT can be reestablished and prolonged as a result of SePLND. Multicenter studies are needed for a reliable output.

  20. Additional value of (18)F-FDG PET/CT response evaluation in axillary nodes during neoadjuvant therapy for triple-negative and HER2-positive breast cancer.

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    van Ramshorst, Mette S; Teixeira, Suzana C; Koolen, Bas B; Pengel, Kenneth E; Gilhuijs, Kenneth G; Wesseling, Jelle; Rodenhuis, Sjoerd; Valdés Olmos, Renato A; Rutgers, Emiel J; Vogel, Wouter V; Sonke, Gabe S; Vrancken Peeters, Marie-Jeanne T

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    (18)F-FDG PET/CT can monitor metabolic activity in early breast cancer during neoadjuvant systemic therapy (NST), but it is unknown if the metabolic breast and axillary response differ. We evaluated the correlation between metabolic breast and axillary response at various time points during NST. Furthermore, we analysed if the combined metabolic response improves pathologic complete response (pCR) prediction compared to using the metabolic breast response alone. (18)F-FDG PET/CT was performed at baseline (PET1), 2-3 weeks (PET2), and 6-8 weeks (PET3) of NST in patients with triple-negative (TN) and HER2-positive node-positive breast cancer. SUVmax and ∆SUVmax were determined separately for breast and axilla. Spearman's correlation coefficients (r) between both localisations were calculated. The accuracy of pCR total (ypT0/is,ypN0) prediction using the metabolic response in breast, axilla or both was examined using logistic regression analysis. Hundred-five patients were included: 45 TN and 60 HER2-positive tumours. The metabolic response in breast and axilla correlated moderately in TN tumours (r = 0.57) using ∆SUVmax between PET1-PET3 and poorly in HER2-positive tumours (r = 0.49) using SUVmax at PET2. In TN tumours, metabolic breast response predicted pCR well without improvement after adding axillary response (c-index 0.82 versus 0.85, p = 0.63). In HER2-positive tumours, metabolic breast response predicted pCR poorly with improvement after adding axillary response (c-index 0.64 versus 0.72, p = 0.06). (18)F-FDG PET/CT response during NST differs between breast and axilla. In TN tumours, pCR total prediction can be made independent of metabolic axillary response. In HER2-positive tumours, axillary response may improve pCR total prediction. These findings may help guide PET/CT-response-based changes during NST. NTR NTR1797 . Registered 29 May 2009, retrospectively registered.

  1. Evaluation of sentinel lymph node size and shape as a predictor of occult metastasis in patients with squamous cell carcinoma of the oral cavity

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    Langhans, Linnea; Bilde, Anders; Charabi, Birgitte

    2013-01-01

    The aim of the study was to evaluate sentinel lymph node size as a predictor of metastasis in N0 patients with oral squamous cell carcinoma treated by individual sentinel node biopsy (SNB) guided neck dissection. In addition, to evaluate lymph node shape as an indicator of malignancy. A retrospec...

  2. Sentinel Lymph Node Mapping With Near-Infrared Fluorescent Imaging Using Indocyanine Green: A New Tool for Laparoscopic Platform in Patients With Endometrial and Cervical Cancer.

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    Buda, Alessandro; Bussi, Beatrice; Di Martino, Giampaolo; Di Lorenzo, Paolo; Palazzi, Sharon; Grassi, Tommaso; Milani, Rodolfo

    2016-02-01

    Indocyanine green (ICG) represents a feasible alternative to the more traditional methods of sentinel lymph node (SLN) mapping, and interest in this promising tracer is growing. This report outlines our experience with ICG in a minimally invasive laparoscopic approach in women with endometrial cancer and cervical cancer using the Storz SPIES ICG near-infrared fluorescence imaging technology. A total of 49 patients with clinical stage I endometrial cancer (n = 40) or stage I cervical cancer (n = 9) were retrospectively reviewed. All patients had undergone simple or radical laparoscopic hysterectomy with pelvic and/or aortic lymphadenectomy and SLN mapping by means of an intracervical injection of ICG dye at the 3 o'clock and 9 o'clock locations after the induction of general anesthesia. The detection rate of ICG was 100% (49 of 49). The rate of bilateral SLN detection was 86% (42 of 49). Positive lymph nodes were found in 6 patients (12%), with at least 1 positive SLN. The sensitivity and negative predictive value of SLN detection were 100%. All procedures were successfully completed without conversion to open laparotomy, and no intraoperative or postoperative complications occurred. In our preliminary experience, ICG showed a high overall detection rate, and bilateral mapping appears to be a feasible alternative to the more traditional methods of SLN mapping in patients with endometrial cancer and cervical cancer. Laparoscopic SLN mapping with ICG appears to be safe, easy, and reproducible, with a positive impact on patient management.

  3. Expression and lymphatic microvessel density in primary tumors of node-neagtive colorectal cancer patients predict disease recurrence

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    Doekhie, F.S.; Morreau, H.; de Bock, G.H.; Speetjens, F.M.; Dekker-Ensink, N.G.; Putter, H.; vand e Velde, C.J.H.; Tollenaar, R.A.E.M.; Kuppen, P.J.K.; Sialyl lewis, X.

    2008-01-01

    Up to 30% of curatively resected colorectal cancer patients with tumor-negative lymph nodes, show disease recurrence. We assessed whether these high-risk patients can be identified by examining primary tumors for the following blood and lymphatic vasculature markers: A) sialyl Lewis X (sLeX),

  4. Automated multistructure atlas-assisted detection of lymph nodes using pelvic MR lymphography in prostate cancer patients

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    Debats, O.A.; Meijs, M.; Litjens, G.J.; Huisman, H.J.

    2016-01-01

    PURPOSE: To investigate whether atlas-based anatomical information can improve a fully automated lymph node detection system for pelvic MR lymphography (MRL) images of patients with prostate cancer. METHODS: Their data set contained MRL images of 240 prostate cancer patients who had an MRL as part o

  5. Reliability of transesophageal pacing in the assessment of sinus node function in patients with sick sinus syndrome.

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    Alboni, P; Paparella, N; Cappato, R; Pedroni, P; Candini, G C; Antonioli, G E

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    The purpose of this study was to find out whether transesophageal pacing could be utilized for assessment of sinus node function in patients with sick sinus syndrome (SSS). In 17 patients with SSS (study group) we compared the results of sinus node tests obtained both in the basal state and after pharmacological autonomic blockade by endocavitary stimulation and, 24 hours later, by transesophageal pacing. In another group of 17 patients with SSS (control group), we compared the results obtained by two endocavitary studies. In "study group", sinus cycle length (SCL) and corrected sinus node recovery time (CSRT) did not show significant differences between the two studies both in the basal state and after autonomic blockade, whereas sinoatrial conduction time (SACT) was more prolonged during esophageal pacing (P less than 0.01). In "control group", sinus node measures did not show significant differences between the two studies. In the "study group," the following coefficients of correlation were obtained in the basal state; SCL, r = 0.65, CSRT, r = 0.57, SACT, r = 0.52 and after autonomic blockade: SCL, r = 0.95, CSRT, r = 0.62 and SACT, r = 0.53. In the basal state, the correlation for SCL and CSRT between the two studies was lower in the "study group" than in the "control group" (P less than 0.05), whereas after autonomic blockade the correlation for sinus node measures did not show significant differences between the two groups of patients. These data suggest that transesophageal study influences the autonomic tone regulating the sinus node; however, it is not responsible for important variations in sinus node measures.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  6. Clinical significance of lymph node ratio and location of nodal involvement in patients with right colon cancer.

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    Kobayashi, Hirotoshi; Enomoto, Masayuki; Higuchi, Tetsuro; Uetake, Hiroyuki; Iida, Satoru; Ishikawa, Toshiaki; Ishiguro, Megumi; Kato, Shunsuke; Sugihara, Kenichi

    2011-01-01

    Increasing negative lymph node count has been reported to be associated with better outcomes in patients with colon cancer. The present study aimed to clarify the clinical significance of the lymph node ratio (LNR) and location of lymph node metastasis (LNM) in patients with stage III right colon cancer. We enrolled 820 patients who had undergone curative resection due to colon cancer at a single institution between 1991 and 2005. Among them, 197 underwent curative resection for T2-T4 right colon cancer. We evaluated the oncological outcomes according to LNR (quartiles) and distribution of LNM (n1 = LNM adjacent to the colon or along the vascular arcades of the marginal arteries; n2 = LNM along the major vessels; n3 = LNM near the roots of the major vessels). The rates of LNM in T2, T3 and T4 right colon cancer were 11.1, 38.6 and 58.0%, respectively (p colon cancer. Some patients with extensive LNM benefited from lymph node dissection with high ligation. Those with T3-T4 right colon cancer are suitable candidates for lymph node dissection with high ligation. Adding the concept of LNR and location of LNM to conventional TNM staging could improve the accuracy of evaluating nodal status. Copyright © 2011 S. Karger AG, Basel.

  7. Associations between body mass index and lymph node metastases of patients with papillary thyroid cancer

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    Wu, Changhua; Wang, Liang; Chen, Wanjun; Zou, Shujuan; Yang, Aiju

    2017-01-01

    Abstract Epidemiological studies suggest that obesity is a risk of thyroid cancer, especially papillary thyroid cancer (PTC). However, the associations of obesity and clinic–pathological features, especially the association of body mass index (BMI) and lymph node metastasis of thyroid cancer are unclear. Seven hundred ninety-six primary patients with PTC were enrolled in this retrospective cohort study. The relationships between BMI and clinic-pathological features of PTC were evaluated by logistic regression models based on the 5-point increase in BMI and BMI quartiles (underweight, normal weight, overweight, and obesity). The 5-point increase in BMI was strongly associated with extra-thyroidal invasion [odds ratio (OR) 2.201, P thyroidal invasion, advanced TNM staging, and multifocality. Further studies with long-term follow-up are needed to confirm this finding. PMID:28248875

  8. Mediastinal lymph node enlargement in patients with valvular heart disease: CT evaluation and clinical correlation

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    Park, Hye Ju; Jung, Jung Im; Ahn, Myeong Im; Han, Dae Hee; Park, Seog Hee [Dept. of Radiology, Seoul St. Mary' s Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2016-04-15

    To evaluate the presence, size and location of enlarged mediastinal lymph nodes (LNs) in patients with valvular heart disease (VHD) using computed tomography scans in correlation with ejection fraction (EF). We retrospectively evaluated 30 patients with VHD, without pre-existing diseases that could cause lymphadenopathy (LAP). The presence, size, and location of LNs greater than 1 cm in short axis diameter were evaluated. The location of mediastinal LNs was recorded according to the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer. Furthermore, we evaluated the presence of pulmonary edema, pleural effusion, and other thoracic abnormalities and evaluated EF of the heart on transthoracic echocardiography. Sixteen patients (53%) had at least 1 enlarged mediastinal LN. The most frequent locations were lower paratracheal (4R, n = 8/4L, n = 6), subcarinal (7, n = 5) and right upper paratracheal (2R, n = 4) regions. The frequency of mediastinal LAP was higher in patients with aortic regurgitation (2 of 2, 100%) followed by mitral regurgitation (8 of 11, 73%); it was also high in patients with pulmonary edema (80%), pleural effusion (81%), or both (77%), as compared to patients without pulmonary edema or pleural effusion (17%) (p = 0.001). Ten of 30 patients showed an abnormal EF of < 55%; among them, 8 had mediastinal LAP. However, the relationship between EF and LAP was not statistically significant (p = 0.058). Mediastinal LN enlargement is common in patients with VHD, especially in cases of pulmonary edema and pleural effusion. Enlarged mediastinal LNs were frequently observed with abnormal EF, however, the relationship between EF and mediastinal LAP was not statistically significant.

  9. Impact of delay in inguinal lymph node dissection in patients with carcinoma of penis

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    A K Gulia

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Aim: To study the impact of delay in inguinal lymph node dissection (LND in patients with squamous cell carcinoma of the penis, who have indications for LND at the time of presentation. Materials and Methods: In total, 28 patients (mean age 52.1 ± 12.8 years with squamous cell carcinoma of the penis, treated from January 2000 to June 2008, were retrospectively studied with regard to clinical presentation, time of LND, and the outcome. The patients were divided into two groups based on the time for LND. Group 1 patients had LND at mean of 1.7 months (range 0-6 months of treatment of the primary lesion, and group 2 had LND at a mean of 14 months (range 7-24 months after treatment of the primary lesion. Statistical Analysis: The statistical analysis of survival was done using the Kaplan-Meier method and the Log Rank test, with p < 0.05 considered to be statistically significant. The Mann-Whitney test and Fisher′s exact test were used for univariate comparison. Results: Twenty-three of the 28 patients had inguinal LND. In group 1, of 13 patients, 12 were alive, with no recurrence of disease at a mean follow-up of 37 months (8-84 months. In group 2, only two patients were alive and disease-free, at a mean follow-up of 58 months (33-84 months. The five-year cancer-specific survival rates for early and delayed LND were 91 and 13%, respectively, (p = 0.007. Conclusions: When compliance with follow-up is suspect, patients with high grade or T stage (greater than T1 tumor are better treated by inguinal LND during the same hospital admission or within two months of primary treatment.

  10. Sentinel Lymph Node Detection in Contralateral Axilla at Initial Presentation of a Breast Cancer Patient: Case Report

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    Gülin Uçmak Vural

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available The main basin for breast lymphatic drainage is ipsilateral axilla. However, extra-axillary drainage may be seen in some patients. The most common extra-axillary site is internal mammary chain, while contralateral axillary drainage is an extremely rare situation in previously untreated patients. We describe a case of untreated right breast retroareolar carcinoma with contralateral axillary drainage detected on preoperative lymphoscintigraphy. Contralateral axillary dissection was performed based on the result of frozen section examination of the sentinel lymph node (SLN which turned out to burden micrometastasis. Postoperative histopathological examination revealed invasive ductal carcinoma metastasis in 17 out of 22 lymph nodes from the ipsilateral axillary dissection, whereas 14 lymph nodes from contralateral axillary dissection other than the SLN were nonmetastatic. In our opinion, determination of contralateral axillary metastasis in primary staging process had a major contribution to the management of the patient

  11. Three-year follow-up of sentinel node-negative patients with early oral cavity squamous cell carcinoma

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    Sebbesen, Lars; Bilde, Anders; Therkildsen, Marianne;

    2014-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Resection of the primary tumor followed by sentinel node biopsy (SNB) for the clinically N0 patient has been implemented in our Head and Neck University Center. The purpose of this study was to report on the outcome for patients with negative SNB. METHODS: From April 2007 to October...... 2009, 53 consecutive SNB-negative patients with oral cavity squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) T1 to T2 were accrued. Follow-up was done continuously with the most recent examination in October 2011. The location of the sentinel lymph nodes was determined using dynamic and planar lymphoscintigraphy...... and single photon emission CT (SPECT)-CT. Intraoperatively, a hand-held gamma probe was applied. The harvested sentinel lymph nodes underwent histopathologic examination using step-serial sectioning at 150-μm intervals and immunohistochemistry. In the follow-up period, we observed and examined the SNB...

  12. Impact of Lymphoid Follicles and Histiocytes on the False Positive FDG Uptake of Lymph Nodes in Non Small Cell Lung Cancer

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    Kwon, Seong Young; Min, Jung Joon; Song, Ho Chun; Choi, Chan; Na, Kook Joo; Bom, Hee Seung [Chonnam National Univ. Hwasun Hospital, Hwasun (Korea, Republic of)

    2011-09-15

    Although {sup 18F} fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) PET/CT has improved the accuracy of evaluating lymph node (LN) staging in non small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), false positive results remain a problem. The reason why benign LNs show high FDG uptake is still unclear. The aim of this study was to identify molecular and pathological characteristics of benign LNs showing high FDG uptake. We studied 108 mediastinal LNs of pathologically benign nature obtained from 43 patients with NSCLC who underwent FDG PET/CT and surgery. We measured the following parameters in each LN: maximum standardized uptake value (maxSUV), short diameter, maximum Hounsfield unit (maxHU) value, occupied proportions of lymphoid follicles, histiocytes in extrafollicular space and the degree of glucose transporter 1 (Glut1) expression. We compared the parameters between two LN groups according to maxSUV. There were 74 LNs showing maxSUV{>=}3.0 (group 1) and 34 LNs with maxSUV<3.0 (group 2). The size of LN (p<0.001) and maxHU (p=0.003) in group 1 was higher than that in group 2. Histologically, the occupied proportions of lymphoid follicles (p=0.031) or histiocytes (p=0.004) were higher in group 1. The Glut1 expression of lymphoid follicles (p=0.035) or histiocytes (p=0.005) was also higher in group 1. Lymphoid follicular hyperplasia and histiocyte infiltration associated with Glut1 overexpression are important molecular and pathological mechanisms for false positive FDG uptake in benign mediastinal LNs in patients with NSCLC.

  13. [18F]fluoroethylcholine-PET/CT imaging for radiation treatment planning of recurrent and primary prostate cancer with dose escalation to PET/CT-positive lymph nodes

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    Wahl Andreas

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background At present there is no consensus on irradiation treatment volumes for intermediate to high-risk primary cancers or recurrent disease. Conventional imaging modalities, such as CT, MRI and transrectal ultrasound, are considered suboptimal for treatment decisions. Choline-PET/CT might be considered as the imaging modality in radiooncology to select and delineate clinical target volumes extending the prostate gland or prostate fossa. In conjunction with intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT and imaged guided radiotherapy (IGRT, it might offer the opportunity of dose escalation to selected sites while avoiding unnecessary irradiation of healthy tissues. Methods Twenty-six patients with primary (n = 7 or recurrent (n = 19 prostate cancer received Choline-PET/CT planned 3D conformal or intensity modulated radiotherapy. The median age of the patients was 65 yrs (range 45 to 78 yrs. PET/CT-scans with F18-fluoroethylcholine (FEC were performed on a combined PET/CT-scanner equipped for radiation therapy planning. The majority of patients had intermediate to high risk prostate cancer. All patients received 3D conformal or intensity modulated and imaged guided radiotherapy with megavoltage cone beam CT. The median dose to primary tumours was 75.6 Gy and to FEC-positive recurrent lymph nodal sites 66,6 Gy. The median follow-up time was 28.8 months. Results The mean SUVmax in primary cancer was 5,97 in the prostate gland and 3,2 in pelvic lymph nodes. Patients with recurrent cancer had a mean SUVmax of 4,38. Two patients had negative PET/CT scans. At 28 months the overall survival rate is 94%. Biochemical relapse free survival is 83% for primary cancer and 49% for recurrent tumours. Distant disease free survival is 100% and 75% for primary and recurrent cancer, respectively. Acute normal tissue toxicity was mild in 85% and moderate (grade 2 in 15%. No or mild late side effects were observed in the majority of patients (84%. One patient had

  14. Intraductal papilloma in an axillary lymph node of a patient with human immunodeficiency virus: a case report and review of the literature.

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    Cottom, Hannah; Rengabashyam, Bhavani; Turton, Philip E; Shaaban, Abeer M

    2014-05-23

    Inclusions of ectopic breast tissue in axillary lymph nodes are reported very infrequently and typically are only identified microscopically as an incidental finding. Furthermore the development of a benign proliferative lesion in the form of an intraductal papilloma from intranodal ectopic breast tissue is an extremely rare phenomenon with only three previous cases reported. This report describes an unusual and rare case of an intraductal papilloma arising in an axillary lymph node of a patient known to have the human immunodeficiency virus. A 40-year-old Black African woman underwent excision of an enlarged palpable axillary lymph node. In the preceding 7 years she had received at least six separate surgical excisions to her ipsilateral breast for papillomatosis. The last surgical intervention was performed 1 year prior to presentation with an enlarged axillary lymph node. Histological examination of her axillary lymph node revealed a papillomatous proliferative epithelial lesion within an apparent encompassing duct, resembling a mammary intraductal papilloma. In the surrounding lymphoid tissue small groups of duct-like structures were additionally noted. Immunostaining with a panel of myoepithelial markers in conjunction with oestrogen receptor produced a mixed heterogeneous staining pattern in both the papillomatous lesion and the peripheral duct-like structures. This confirmed the diagnosis of a benign intraductal papilloma within an axillary lymph node, considered to have arisen from ectopic breast tissue. This case demonstrates that intranodal ectopic breast tissue has the potential to undergo benign proliferative change albeit extremely rarely. Therefore this possibility must be considered to ensure the correct diagnosis is made. In addition, to the best of our knowledge, this is the first case report which has described recurrent intraductal papillomas and the subsequent development of an intraductal papilloma within an ipsilateral axillary lymph node, in

  15. A Case of Pulmonary Cryptococcosis in an Immunocompetent Male Patient Diagnosed by a Percutaneous Supraclavicular Lymph Node Biopsy.

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    Sung, Ji Hee; Kim, Do Hoon; Oh, Mi-Jung; Lee, Kyoung Ju; Bae, Young A; Kwon, Kye Won; Lee, Seung Min; Kang, Ho Joon; Choi, Jinyoung

    2015-07-01

    Cryptococcal pneumonia usually occurs in immunocompromised patients with malignancy, acquired immune deficiency syndrome, organ transplantations, immunosuppressive chemotherapies, catheter insertion, or dialysis. It can be diagnosed by gaining tissues in lung parenchyma or detecting antigen in blood or bronchoalveolar lavage fluid. Here we report an immunocompetent 32-year-old male patient with diabetes mellitus diagnosed with cryptococcal pneumonia after a ultrasound-guided percutaneous supraclavicular lymph node core needle biopsy. We treated him with fluconazole at 400 mg/day for 9 months according to the guideline. This is the first case that cryptococcal pneumonia was diagnosed from a percutaneous lymph node biopsy in South Korea.

  16. PET-CT for assessing mediastinal lymph node involvement in patients with suspected resectable non-small cell lung cancer.

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    Schmidt-Hansen, Mia; Baldwin, David R; Hasler, Elise; Zamora, Javier; Abraira, Víctor; Roqué I Figuls, Marta

    2014-11-13

    A major determinant of treatment offered to patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is their intrathoracic (mediastinal) nodal status. If the disease has not spread to the ipsilateral mediastinal nodes, subcarinal (N2) nodes, or both, and the patient is otherwise considered fit for surgery, resection is often the treatment of choice. Planning the optimal treatment is therefore critically dependent on accurate staging of the disease. PET-CT (positron emission tomography-computed tomography) is a non-invasive staging method of the mediastinum, which is increasingly available and used by lung cancer multidisciplinary teams. Although the non-invasive nature of PET-CT constitutes one of its major advantages, PET-CT may be suboptimal in detecting malignancy in normal-sized lymph nodes and in ruling out malignancy in patients with coexisting inflammatory or infectious diseases. To determine the diagnostic accuracy of integrated PET-CT for mediastinal staging of patients with suspected or confirmed NSCLC that is potentially suitable for treatment with curative intent. We searched the following databases up to 30 April 2013: The Cochrane Library, MEDLINE via OvidSP (from 1946), Embase via OvidSP (from 1974), PreMEDLINE via OvidSP, OpenGrey, ProQuest Dissertations & Theses, and the trials register www.clinicaltrials.gov. There were no language or publication status restrictions on the search. We also contacted researchers in the field, checked reference lists, and conducted citation searches (with an end-date of 9 July 2013) of relevant studies. Prospective or retrospective cross-sectional studies that assessed the diagnostic accuracy of integrated PET-CT for diagnosing N2 disease in patients with suspected resectable NSCLC. The studies must have used pathology as the reference standard and reported participants as the unit of analysis. Two authors independently extracted data pertaining to the study characteristics and the number of true and false positives and

  17. Computed Tomography–Guided Interstitial High-Dose-Rate Brachytherapy in Combination With Regional Positive Lymph Node Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy in Locally Advanced Peripheral Non–Small Cell Lung Cancer: A Phase 1 Clinical Trial

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    Xiang, Li; Zhang, Jian-wen; Lin, Sheng; Luo, Hui-Qun; Wen, Qing-Lian; He, Li-Jia; Shang, Chang-Ling; Ren, Pei-Rong; Yang, Hong-Ru; Pang, Hao-Wen; Yang, Bo; He, Huai-Lin [Department of Oncology, Affiliated Hospital of Luzhou Medical College, Luzhou (China); Chen, Yue, E-mail: chenyue5523@126.com [Department of Nuclear Medicine, Affiliated Hospital of Luzhou Medical College, Luzhou (China); Wu, Jing-Bo, E-mail: wjb6147@163.com [Department of Oncology, Affiliated Hospital of Luzhou Medical College, Luzhou (China)

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    Purpose: To assess the technical safety, adverse events, and efficacy of computed tomography (CT)-guided interstitial high-dose-rate (HDR) brachytherapy in combination with regional positive lymph node intensity modulated radiation therapy in patients with locally advanced peripheral non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Methods and Materials: Twenty-six patients with histologically confirmed NSCLC were enrolled in a prospective, officially approved phase 1 trial. Primary tumors were treated with HDR brachytherapy. A single 30-Gy dose was delivered to the 90% isodose line of the gross lung tumor volume. A total dose of at least 70 Gy was administered to the 95% isodose line of the planning target volume of malignant lymph nodes using 6-MV X-rays. The patients received concurrent or sequential chemotherapy. We assessed treatment efficacy, adverse events, and radiation toxicity. Results: The median follow-up time was 28 months (range, 7-44 months). There were 3 cases of mild pneumothorax but no cases of hemothorax, dyspnea, or pyothorax after the procedure. Grade 3 or 4 acute hematologic toxicity was observed in 5 patients. During follow-up, mild fibrosis around the puncture point was observed on the CT scans of 2 patients, but both patients were asymptomatic. The overall response rates (complete and partial) for the primary mass and positive lymph nodes were 100% and 92.3%, respectively. The 1-year and 2-year overall survival (OS) rates were 90.9% and 67%, respectively, with a median OS of 22.5 months. Conclusion: Our findings suggest that HDR brachytherapy is safe and feasible for peripheral locally advanced NSCLC, justifying a phase 2 clinical trial.

  18. Prostate-specific antigen density as a parameter for the prediction of positive lymph nodes at radical prostatectomy

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    Theocharis Yiakoumos

    2015-01-01

    Conclusion: The most widely used nomogram is of high value in therapy decision-making, although it remains an auxiliary means. Considering the performance of lymph node dissection, surgeons should be aware of the specifics of the applied nomogram. PSAD appears as a useful adjunctive parameter for preoperative prostate risk estimation and warrants further evaluation.

  19. Immunohistological studies on macrophages in lymph nodes of onchocerciasis patients after treatment with ivermectin.

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    Knab, J; Darge, K; Büttner, D W

    1997-12-01

    The role of macrophages in the killing and elimination of microfilariae (mf) was studied immunohistologically in 14 lymph nodes from 10 patients with generalized onchocerciasis 20-68 h after treatment with a single oral dose of 150 microg/kg ivermectin. Mf with signs of damage at light microscopical level were surrounded by a cellular infiltrate comprising macrophages, eosinophils and neutrophils, whereas light microscopically intact mf mostly showed no cellular reaction. Resident mature macrophages expressing the CD 68 epitope usually neither migrated nor attached to damaged mf, especially on the first and second day after ivermectin treatment. However, many young invading macrophages labelled for the L1 protein (antibodies 27 E 10, MAC 387, S 36.48 and 8.5C2) were found within the cellular infiltrate around damaged mf and in adherence to the mf in all lymph nodes after ivermectin treatment. Free L1 protein was observed on the cuticle of the mf. The attacking macrophages contained increased amounts of the enzymes lysozyme, alpha-1-antichymotrypsin and alpha-1-antitrypsin compared to resident macrophages. Free enzymes were found on the cuticle of the mf and around them, indicating a role of these enzymes in the inflammatory reaction to the parasites. The attacking macrophages were strongly labelled for human HLA-DR and they showed further an increased expression of the complement receptors CR1 (CD 35) for C3b and CR3 (CD 11b) for C3 bi in comparison to resident macrophages and thus were considered as activated macrophages. Rarely fragments of mf were seen within multinuclear macrophages. We conclude that young activated macrophages play a major role in the elimination of mf transported to the regional lymph nodes after ivermectin treatment. The immunohistological findings are in accordance with the assumption that these activated macrophages together with granulocytes contribute to the killing of the damaged mf. They also help to limit the damage of the host tissue

  20. [Pelvic lymphadenitis after total hip arthroplasty : Mimicking of lymph node metastases in a patient with prostate cancer].

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    Sevinc, S; Westhoff, C C; Schrader, A J; Olbert, P J; Hofmann, R; Hegele, A

    2010-08-01

    This report describes the case of a 65-year-old patient who underwent radical prostatectomy in our department. Intraoperatively we detected suspicious lymph nodes on the left side. The histopathological examination revealed histiocytosis and foreign body giant cells but no sign of tumor. The enlarged lymph nodes were ascribed to an ipsilateral total hip arthroplasty performed 14 years previously because of progressive coxarthrosis. Lymphadenitis after total hip arthroplasty is frequently observed. Histopathologically and with the use of polarized light microscopy, histiocytosis and wear particles such as titanium, polyethylene, and polyethylene-methylacrylate may be detected. When operating on patients with arthroplasty of a lower limb, particularly those with a total endoprosthesis, the surgeon should bear in mind that changes in lymph node consistency and size do not necessarily indicate tumor involvement or metastases.

  1. A Study on Central Lymph Node Metastasis in 543 cN0 Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma Patients

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    Huanhuan Yan

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. Papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC with central lymph node metastases (CLNMs is common. The objective of this study was to investigate the incidence and risk factors of lymph node metastasis patients with PTC. Patients and Methods. Between January 2013 and February 2015, a retrospective study of 543 patients with PTC undergoing hemithyroidectomy or total thyroidectomy with routine central lymph node dissection (CLND was analyzed. Clinicopathologic risk factors for CLNM were studied using univariate and multivariate analysis by SPSS 22.0 software. Results. The incidence of CLNMs in PTC patients was 38.1% (207/543. In the multivariate analysis, male gender (p<0.001, OR: 1.984, age <45 years (p<0.001, OR: 1.934, bilaterality (p=0.006, OR: 1.585, tumor size ≥0.25 cm (p=0.001, OR: 7.655, and external extension (p=0.001, OR: 7.579 were independent risk factors of CLNMs. Furthermore, in PTC patients with tumor size <0.25 cm, all 7 males and 21 patients with unilaterality were not found to have CLNMs. Conclusions. CLNMs are prevalent in the PTC patients with the following risk factors: male gender, age <45 years, bilaterality, tumor size ≥0.25 cm, and external extension. PTC patients with tumor size <0.25 cm, male patients, and patients with unilateral lesion could be considered safe from CLNMs.

  2. Sentinel lymph node biopsy is unsuitable for routine practice in younger female patients with unilateral low-risk papillary thyroid carcinoma

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    Zhou ShuMei

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Sentinel lymph node (SLN biopsy has been used to assess patients with papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC. To achieve its full potential the rate of SLN identification must be as close to 100 percent as possible. In the present study we compared the combination of preoperative lymphoscintigraphy scanning by sulfur colloid labeled with 99 m Technetium, gamma-probe guided surgery, and methylene blue with methylene blue, alone, for sentinel node identification in younger women with unilateral low-risk PTC. Methods From January 2004 to January 2007, 90 female patients, ages 23 to 44 (mean = 35, with unilateral low-risk PTC (T1-2N0M0 were prospectively studied. Mean tumor size was 1.3 cm (range, 0.8-3.7 cm. All patients underwent unilateral modified neck dissection. Prior to surgery, patients had, by random assignment, identification and biopsy of SLNs by methylene blue, alone (Group 1, or by sulfur colloid labeled with 99 m Technetium, gamma-probe guided surgery and methylene blue (Group 2. Results In the methylene blue group, SLNs were identified in 39 of 45 patients (86.7%. Of the 39 patients, 28 (71.8% had positive cervical lymph nodes (pN+, and 21 patients (53.8% had pSLN+. In 7 of the 28 pN+ patients (25%, metastases were also detected in non-SLN, thus giving a false-negative rate (FNR of 38.9% (7/18, a negative predictive value (NPV of 61.1% (11/18, and an accuracy of 82.1% (32/39. In the combined technique group, the identification rate (IR of SLN was 100% (45/45. Of the 45 patients, 27 (60.0% had pN+, 24 (53.3% had pSLN+. There was a FNR of 14.3% (3/21, a NPV of 85.7% (18/21, and an accuracy of 93.3% (42/45. The combined techniques group was significantly superior to the methylene blue group in IR (p = 0.035. There were no significant differences between two groups in sensitivity, specificity, NPV, or accuracy. Location of pN+ (55 patients in 84 patients was: level I and V, no patients; level II, 1 patient (1.2%; level III

  3. Diagnostic accuracy of dual-time-point 18F-FDG PET/CT for the detection of axillary lymph node metastases in breast cancer patients

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    Hahn, Steffen; Forsting, Michael [Dept. of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology and Neuroradiology, Univ. Hospital Essen, Univ. at Duisburg-Essen, Essen (Germany)], e-mail: steffen.hahn@uk-essen.de; Hecktor, Jennifer; Kimmig, Rainer [Dept. of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Univ. Hospital Essen, Univ. at Duisburg-Essen, Essen (Germany); Grabellus, Florian [Institute of Pathology and Neuropathology, Univ. Hospital Essen, Univ. at Duisburg-Essen, Essen (Germany); Hartung, Verena; Poeppel, Thorsten [Dept. of Nuclear Medicine, Univ. Hospital Essen, Univ. at Duisburg-Essen, Essen (Germany); Antoch, Gerald; Heusner, Till A. [Univ. of Dusseldorf, Medical Faculty, Dept. of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Dusseldorf (Germany)

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    Background: The diagnostic accuracy of FDG-PET/CT for the detection of axillary lymph node metastases in breast cancer patients acquired 60 min after FDG administration is reported to be only moderate, especially due to low sensitivity. Purpose: To test whether a delayed scan 90 min after FDG administration could enhance the diagnostic accuracy of FDG-PET/CT for the detection of axillary lymph node metastases. Material and Methods: Thirty-eight women suffering from primary breast cancer (mean age 52 years; range 25-78 years; standard deviation 14 years) underwent a pre-therapeutic dual-time-point FDG-PET/CT scan. The maximum standardized uptake value (SUVmax) of axillary lymph nodes was measured at two different time points (time point T1: 60 min after FDG injection, time point T2: 90 min after FDG injection). SUVmax of axillary lymph nodes at T1 and T2 were assessed for statistical significance using a paired Wilcoxon-Test (P < 0.05). At T1 a qualitative analysis of the FDG-PET/CT scan was performed to define physiologic and metastatic lymph nodes. At T2 an increase of the SUVmax of at least 3.75% over time was rated as indicating malignancy. The sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value (PPV), negative predictive value (NPV), and the accuracy of FDG-PET/CT for the detection of axillary lymph node metastases was calculated at time points T1 and T2. Statistically significant differences were determined using Fisher's exact test (P < 0.05). Histopathology served as the standard of reference. A compartment based analysis was done. Results: Axillary lymph nodes had a mean SUVmax of 1.6 (range 0.6-10.8; SD 1.9) at T1 and a mean SUVmax of 1.8 (range 0.5-17.9; SD 3.5) at T2. This difference was statistically significant (P = 0.047). The sensitivity, specificity, PPV, NPV, and accuracy of FDG-PET/CT for the detection of axillary lymph node metastases was 81%, 100%, 100%, 88%, and 92% at T1, and 88%, 50%, 56%, 85%, and 66% at T2, respectively. This

  4. Axillary and internal mammary sentinel lymph node biopsy in male breast cancer patients: case series and review

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    Cao X

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Xiaoshan Cao,1,2 Chunjian Wang,1 Yanbing Liu,1 Pengfei Qiu,1 Binbin Cong,1,2 Yongsheng Wang1 1Breast Cancer Center, Shandong Cancer Hospital and Institute, Jinan, Shandong, People’s Republic of China; 2School of Medicine and Life Sciences, Jinan University-Shandong Academy of Medical Sciences, Jinan, Shandong, People’s Republic of China Abstract: Male breast cancer (MBC is considered as a rare disease that accounts for less than 1% of all breast cancers, and its treatment has been based on the evidence available from female breast cancer. Axillary sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB is now regarded as the standard of care for both female and male patients without clinical and imaging evidence of axillary lymph node metastases, while internal mammary SLNB has rarely been performed. Internal mammary chain metastasis is an independent prognostic predictor. Internal mammary SLNB should be performed to complete nodal staging and guide adjuvant therapy in MBC patients with preoperative lymphoscintigraphic internal mammary chain drainage. We report both axillary and internal mammary SLNB in two cases with MBC. Internal mammary sentinel lymph node did contain metastasis in one case. Keywords: male breast cancer, internal mammary lymph node, sentinel lymph node biopsy, case report

  5. Incidental Internal Mammary Nodes during Recipient Vessel Dissection in Breast Reconstruction: Are They Significant?

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    Aaron L. Grant, MD, FRCSC

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Summary: Internal mammary (IM lymph nodes may be exposed during recipient vessel preparation in free-flap breast reconstruction, and in rare cases, positivity of these nodes may affect treatment in patients with breast cancer. This systematic review examines the incidence and significance of IM nodes identified by plastic surgeons. Eligibility criteria included free-flap breast reconstruction with concurrent IM node biopsy. Data were analyzed for incidence of IM node biopsy and nodal positivity. Ten studies met inclusion criteria, with a total of 2055 patients and 717 nodes submitted to pathology. Incidence of IM positivity ranged approximately from 1% to 11%, for a calculated gross overall incidence of 2.9%. Of 59 patients with a positive IM node, 50 patients received additional adjuvant therapy, with insufficient data to determine the effect of treatment on survival.

  6. Sentinel node localization in breast cancer patients using intradermal dye injection

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    Ilum, Lars; Bak, Martin; Olsen, K E

    2000-01-01

    In a series of 161 consecutive breast cancer operations, intradermal injection of Patent Blue was used to localize the sentinel node (SN). The surgical localization rate was 60%. Including the blue lymph nodes found by the pathologist, localization rate was 70%. After the first 103 operations, th...

  7. Lymphatic Vessel Function and Lymphatic Growth Factor Secretion after Microvascular Lymph Node Transfer in Lymphedema Patients

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    Tiina P. Viitanen, MD

    2013-05-01

    Conclusions: Reconstructing the lymphatic anatomy of the axilla with a lymph node flap may offer possibilities that other reconstructive options are lacking. However, we will need further reports and comparative studies about the clinical efficacy of this new promising technique. In addition to the transferred lymph nodes, lymphatic growth factor production may also be induced by other factors related to microvascular breast reconstruction.

  8. Status and prognosis of lymph node metastasis in patients with cardia cancer – A systematic review

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    Okholm, Cecilie; Svendsen, Lars Bo; Achiam, Michael P

    2014-01-01

    -3 and additionally in no. 7, 9 and 11. Correspondingly the best survival is seen when metastasis remain in the most locoregional nodes and survival equally tends to decrease as the metastasis become more distant. Furthermore, the presence of lymph node metastasis significantly correlates to the TNM-stage. Incidences...

  9. The prognostic value of lymph node ratio in a national cohort of rectal cancer patients

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    Lykke, J; Jess, P; Roikjaer, O

    2016-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To analyze the prognostic implications of the lymph node ratio (LNR) in curative resected rectal cancer. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA: It has been proposed that the LNR has a high prognostic impact in colorectal cancer, but the lymph node ratio has not been evaluated exclusively for rectal ...... that the introduction of LNR should be considered for rectal cancer in a revised TNM classification....

  10. Models predicting non-sentinel node involvement also predict for regional recurrence in breast cancer patients without axillary treatment

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    Pepels, M.J.; Vestjens, J.H.; Boer, M. de; Bult, P.; Dijck, J.A.A.M. van; Menke-Pluijmers, M.; Diest, P.J. van; Borm, G.; Tjan-Heijnen, V.C.

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    BACKGROUND: Non-SN prediction models are frequently used in clinical decision making to identify patients that may not need axillary treatment, but these models still need to be validated by follow-up data. Our purpose was the validation of non-sentinel node (SN) prediction models in predicting

  11. The role of SPECT-CT in the lymphoscintigraphic identification of sentinel nodes in patients with oral cancer

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    Bilde, Anders; Von Buchwald, Christian; Mortensen, Jann

    2006-01-01

    CONCLUSION: SPECT-CT may improve the localization of sentinel nodes (SNs) in patients with oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC). Compared with planar lymphoscintigraphy SPECT-CT detected more SNs and provided additional anatomical and spatial information about their localization. New generation SP...

  12. Impact of sentinel node status and other risk factors on the clinical outcome of head and neck melanoma patients

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    Leong, SPL; Accortt, NA; Essner, R; Ross, M; Gershenwald, JE; Pockaj, B; Hoekstra, HJ; Garberoglio, C; White, RL; Biel, M; Charney, K; Wanebo, H; Avisar, E; Vetto, J; Soong, SJ

    2006-01-01

    Objective: To determine the impact of sentinel lymph node (SLN) status and other risk factors on recurrence and overall survival in head and neck melanoma patients. Design: The SLN Working Group, based in San Francisco, Calif, with its 11 member centers, the John Wayne Cancer Institute, and The Univ

  13. Distribution of lymph node metastasis is a prognostic index in patients with stage III colon cancer.

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    Kobayashi, Hirotoshi; Ueno, Hideki; Hashiguchi, Yojiro; Mochizuki, Hidetaka

    2006-04-01

    In the TNM classification of colorectal carcinoma, N-staging is dependent on the number of metastases; in the Japanese classification system, staging usually has been based on the distribution of metastases (N1, paracolic; N2, along the major vessels; N3, at the root of major vessels). The aim of our study was to examine whether the concept of the distribution of nodal metastasis could improve the TNM classification for colorectal cancer. We studied the survival rates of 485 and 136 patients with stage III colonic and rectal cancer, respectively, who underwent curative surgery between 1979 and 1998. The patients were categorized into 4 groups: group 1, TNM-N1 classified in J-N1; group 2, TNM-N2 in J-N1; group 3, TNM-N1 in J-N2-3; and group 4, TNM-N2 in J-N2-3. In the colon cancer arm, the 5-year survival rates of the patients in groups 1 to 4 were 74%, 51%, 52%, and 54%, respectively. There was a significant difference in survival rate between groups 1 and 3 (P = .0002). Thus, in colon cancer, nodal metastasis along the major vessels was a bad prognostic factor, even though the number of nodes that were involved was cancer arm, the 5-year survival rates of the patients in each group were 65%, 39%, 60%, and 32%, respectively. Only the number of nodal metastases was an independently significant prognostic variable. This study suggests that adding the concept of nodal distribution to the conventional TNM staging of colon cancer will improve the accuracy in the evaluation of the nodal status.

  14. 2D ultrasonography and contrast enhanced ultrasound for the evaluation of cavitating mesenteric lymph node syndrome in a patient with refractory celiac disease and enteropathy T cell lymphoma

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    Pojoga Cristina

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The cavitating mesenteric lymph node syndrome (CMLNS is a rare manifestation of celiac disease, with an estimated mortality rate of 50%. Specific infections and malignant lymphoma may complicate its clinical course and contribute to its poor prognosis. Diagnosing the underlying cause of CMLNS can be challenging. This is the first report on contrast enhanced ultrasound (CEUS findings in enteropathy associated T-cell lymphoma (EATL complicating CMLNS in a gluten-free compliant patient with persistent symptoms and poor outcome. Case presentation We present the case of a 51-year old Caucasian male patient, diagnosed with celiac disease and CMLNS. Despite his compliance to the gluten-free diet the symptoms persisted and we eventually considered the possible development of malignancy. No mucosal changes suggestive of lymphoma were identified with capsule endoscopy. Low attenuation mesenteric lymphadenopathy, without enlarged small bowel segments were seen on computed tomography. CEUS revealed arterial rim enhancement around the necrotic mesenteric lymph nodes, without venous wash-out. No malignant cells were identified on laparoscopic mesenteric lymph nodes biopsies. The patient died due to fulminant liver failure 14 months later; the histopathological examination revealed CD3/CD30-positive atypical T-cell lymphocytes in the liver, mesenteric tissue, spleen, gastric wall, kidney, lung and bone marrow samples; no malignant cells were present in the small bowel samples. Conclusions CEUS findings in EATL complicating CMLNS include arterial rim enhancement of the mesenteric tissue around the cavitating lymph nodes, without venous wash-out. This vascular pattern is not suggestive for neoangiogenesis, as arteriovenous shunts from malignant tissues are responsible for rapid venous wash-out of the contrast agent. CEUS failed to provide a diagnosis in this case.

  15. A randomised factorial trial of sequential doxorubicin and CMF vs CMF and chemotherapy alone vs chemotherapy followed by goserelin plus tamoxifen as adjuvant treatment of node-positive breast cancer

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    De Placido, S.; DE LAURENTIIS M; De Lena, M; LORUSSO V; Paradiso, A; DAPRILE M; Pistillucci, G; Farris, A; SAROBBA MG; Palazzo, S.; Manzione, L; Adamo, V.; Palmeri, S; FERRAU F; Lauria, R.

    2005-01-01

    The sequential doxorubicin → CMF (CMF=cyclophosphamide, methotrexate, fluorouracil) regimen has never been compared to CMF in a randomised trial. The role of adding goserelin and tamoxifen after chemotherapy is unclear. In all, 466 premenopausal node-positive patients were randomised to: (a) CMF × 6 cycles (CMF); (b) doxorubicin × 4 cycles followed by CMF × 6 cycles (A → CMF); (c) CMF × 6 cycles followed by goserelin plus tamoxifen × 2 years (CMF → GT); and (d) doxorubicin × 4 cycles followed...

  16. Necrotizing granulomatous inflammation in an ipsilateral axillary lymph node in a patient with invasive ductal carcinoma of the breast.

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    Yang, Limin; Park, Jeong Mi; Askeland, Ryan W; Fajardo, Laurie L

    2012-01-01

    A patient presented with flu-like symptoms and a warm, tender area in the left axilla after working with an ancient piece of Cyprus wood. Antibiotics prescribed failed to improve symptoms. Followup physical examination and subsequent ultrasound found suspicious left-breast mass and an enlarged lymph node in the left axilla. Biopsy and lumpectomy of the left-breast mass revealed invasive ductal carcinoma. Biopsy and excision of the enlarged lymph node in the left axilla revealed necrotizing granulomatous inflammation without evidence of metastatic breast carcinoma. To our knowledge, this is the first case report to show the coexistence of breast cancer with necrotizing granulomatous inflammation in the ipsilateral axillary lymph node, likely due to exposure to ancient wood.

  17. (18)F-FDG PET/CT and sentinel lymph node biopsy in the staging of patients with cervical and endometrial cancer. Role of dual-time-point imaging.

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    Mayoral, M; Paredes, P; Domènech, B; Fusté, P; Vidal-Sicart, S; Tapias, A; Torné, A; Pahisa, J; Ordi, J; Pons, F; Lomeña, F

    Definitive staging for cervical (CC) and endometrial cancer (EC) takes place once surgery is performed. The aim of this study was to evaluate the role of PET/CT in detecting lymphatic metastasis in patients with CC and EC using dual-time-point imaging (DPI), taking the histopathological results of sentinel lymph node (SLN) and lymphadenectomy as the reference. A prospective study was conducted on 17 patients with early CC, and 13 patients with high-risk EC. The patients had a pre-operative PET/CT, MRI, SLN detection, and lymphadenectomy, when indicated. PET/CT findings were compared with histopathological results. In the pathology study, 4 patients with CC and 4 patients with EC had lymphatic metastasis. PET/CT showed hypermetabolic nodes in 1 patient with CC, and 5 with EC. Four of these had metastasis, one detected in the SLN biopsy. Four patients who had negative PET/CT had micrometastasis in the SLN biopsy, 1 patient with additional lymph nodes involvement. The overall patient-based sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive values, and accuracy of PET/CT to detect lymphatic metastasis was 20.0%, 100.0%, 100.0%, 87.9%, and 88.2%, respectively, in CC, and 57.1%, 88.9%, 66.7%, 84.2% and 80.0%, respectively, in EC. DPI showed higher retention index in malignant than in inflammatory nodes, although no statistically significant differences were found. PET/CT has low sensitivity in lymph node staging of CC and EC, owing to the lack of detection of micrometastasis. Thus, PET/CT cannot replace SLN biopsy. Although no statistically significant differences were found, DPI may help to differentiate between inflammatory and malignant nodes. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier España, S.L.U. y SEMNIM. All rights reserved.

  18. Relative Orientation and Position Detections Based on an RGB-D Sensor and Dynamic Cooperation Strategies for Jumping Sensor Nodes Recycling

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    This paper presents relative orientation and position detection methods for jumping sensor nodes (JSNs) recycling. The methods are based on motion captures of the JSNs by an RGB-D sensor mounted on a carrier robot and the dynamic cooperation between the carrier and the JSNs. A disc-like label with two different colored sides is mounted on the top of the JSNs. The RGB-D sensor can detect the motion of the label to calculate the orientations and positions of the JSNs and the carrier relative to...

  19. Up-to-date opportunities of cervical lymph nodes ultrasound investigation in patients, suffering from oral cavity cancer

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    Yu. V. Alymov

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. Incidence of oral cancer in Russia is 4.52 and mortality – 2.44. Head and neck cancer is characterized by the high risk of development of metastases in regional lymph nodes. Lymph nodes status exerts influence on the treatment plan and appears to be the major predictive factor. Regional metastases result into two-fold decrease of five-year survival. Therefore, evaluation and treatment of metastatic lymph nodes is of prime importance. Objective. The aim of this manuscript was to illustrate and summarize publications devoted to modern methods of ultrasound evaluation of cervical lymph node status in patients with squamous cell carcinoma of the oral cavity. Results. Numerous studies have demonstrated, that standard ultrasound investigation (in B-mode is characterized by high sensitivity and specificity (specificity varies from 71.0 to 96.4 %, and specificity – from 46.6 to 91.0 %, according to different studies. In addition, ultrasound efficiency exceeds that of CT. Accuracy of ultrasound as the method of cervical lymph node investigation has increased after implementation of such methods, as elastography and elastometry (this techniques allow to achieve sensitivity of 98.1 % and specificity of 100 %. 

  20. Diagnostic Accuracy of 18F-2-deoxy-fluoro-D-glucose Positron Emission Tomography for pN1 Lymph Nodes in Patients with Lung Cancer

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    Nakagawa, M.; Hara, M.; Sakurai, K.; Ozawa, Y.; Mizuno, A.; Shibamoto, Y. (Dept. of Radiology, Nagoya City Univ. Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Nagoya (Japan)); Tamaki, T. (Dept. of Radiology, Kaikokai Nagoya Kyoritsu Hospital, Nagoya (Japan)); Nishio, M. (Nagoya PET Imaging Center, Nagoya (Japan))

    2009-07-15

    Background: Nodal status has been reported to be one of the most important factors affecting survival in patients with lung cancer. For determining treatment strategy, accurate evaluation of nodal status is expected. Purpose: To evaluate the accuracy of 18F-2-deoxy-fluoro-D-glucose (FDG) positron emission tomography (PET) for diagnosing nodal status in lung cancer patients with pathologically proven N1 (pN1) lymph node metastases, in comparison with that of computed tomography (CT). Material and Methods: Nineteen pN1 patients with primary lung cancer undergoing preoperative CT and FDG-PET were investigated. The diagnosis was confirmed by surgery in all patients. Lymph nodes were considered to be positive when uptake higher than the surrounding mediastinum level was visually observed. Radiological and pathological correlation was investigated, and the association between FDG uptake and the size of metastatic nodes was evaluated. Results: Of the 19 pN1 patients, nodal stage determined by FDG-PET was cN0 in eight, cN1 in four, cN2 in six, and cN3 in one. Thus, FDG-PET provided correct N-staging in 21%, under-staging in 42%, and over-staging in 37%. FDG-PET could not depict pN1 lymph node in six (32%) of 19 patients. In two patients (11%), mild symmetrical hilar and mediastinal accumulation was found and considered as benign physiological uptake. In six patients (32%), the ipsilateral mediastinal uptake was depicted and diagnosed as cN2. One patient was diagnosed as cN3 because of FDG accumulation at the supraclavicular fossa. On CT, nodal staging was cN0 in nine, cN1 in six, and cN2 in four. CT staging was therefore correct in 32%, underestimated in 47%, and overestimated in 21%. Conclusion: The diagnostic accuracy of FDG-PET (21%) was low and similar to that of CT (32%); under- and over-diagnosis were found in similar proportions. The limitation of FDG-PET should be recognized when nodal staging might alter the therapeutic strategy in patients with primary lung

  1. Reactive intramammary lymph node mimicking recurrence on MRI study in a patient with prior breast conservation therapy

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    Seema A Kembhavi

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Breast conservative therapy (BCT is a well accepted form of treatment for patients with early stage breast cancer. The incidence of ipsilateral breast tumor recurrence is higher in patients undergoing BCT than in those patients undergoing Modified Radical Mastectomy (MRM without any adverse effect on survival. Patients treated with BCT are put on active surveillance using clinical breast examination and mammography. The radiologist reading the follow-up mammograms is on high alert and any neo-density is viewed with suspicion. MRI may be used as a problem solving tool. At such a time, an innocuous intra-mammary node can mimic malignancy on MRI. We want to showcase one such typical example with histological proof and highlight that type III curve may be seen in an intramammary node. Our case also reinforces the utility of second look ultrasound which is a faster, cheaper and easier method for localization and biopsy of abnormalities seen on MRI.

  2. Elemental and immunohistochemical analysis of the lungs and hilar lymph node in a patient with asbestos exposure, a pilot study.

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    Koga, Yasuhiko; Satoh, Takahiro; Kaira, Kyoichi; Koka, Masashi; Hisada, Takeshi; Hirato, Junko; Altan, Bolag; Yatomi, Masakiyo; Ono, Akihiro; Kamide, Yosuke; Shimizu, Yasuo; Aoki-Saito, Haruka; Tsurumaki, Hiroaki; Shimizu, Kimihiro; Mogi, Akira; Ishizuka, Tamotsu; Yamada, Masanobu; Dobashi, Kunio

    2016-11-01

    Studies have shown that inhaled mine dust, such as asbestos, can be translocated to various organs including the lymph nodes. Recently, we have established a protocol that enables us to identify inhaled elements using paraffin embedded lung specimens by in-air microparticle-induced X-ray emission (micro-PIXE). However, little research has examined the concentration of these inhaled fibers in various organs or the mechanisms of their translocation. In this study, we compared the concentration of inhaled fibers in the lung parenchyma to the concentration in the hilar lymph node as well as to determine the elemental spatial distribution of the inhaled fibers in a patient with occupational asbestos exposure. Lung tissues and hilar lymph node in a patient with asbestos exposure were used in this study. Elemental analysis was performed by in-air micro-PIXE. Immunohistochemical analysis was performed using anti CD163, smooth muscle actin, vimentin and β-catenin antibody. The analysis revealed that the amount of inhaled silicon was approximately 6 times higher in the lymph node than in the lungs. The spatial analysis showed that silicon, iron and aluminium were co-localized in the hilar lymph node. The immunohistochemical analysis showed localized agreement of the inhaled fibers with macrophages, smooth muscle actin, and vimentin in the hilar lymph node. This study showed that in-air micro-PIXE could be useful for analyzing the elemental distribution and quantification of inhaled fibers in the human body. Furthermore, immunohistochemistry in combination with in-air micro-PIXE analyses may help to determine the mechanism of mine dust distribution in vivo.

  3. Relative Orientation and Position Detections Based on an RGB-D Sensor and Dynamic Cooperation Strategies for Jumping Sensor Nodes Recycling

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    Jun Zhang

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents relative orientation and position detection methods for jumping sensor nodes (JSNs recycling. The methods are based on motion captures of the JSNs by an RGB-D sensor mounted on a carrier robot and the dynamic cooperation between the carrier and the JSNs. A disc-like label with two different colored sides is mounted on the top of the JSNs. The RGB-D sensor can detect the motion of the label to calculate the orientations and positions of the JSNs and the carrier relative to each other. After the orientations and positions have been detected, the JSNs jump into a cabin mounted on the carrier in dynamic cooperation with the carrier for recycling. The performances of the proposed methods are tested with a prototype system. The results show that the carrier can detect a JSN from up to 2 m away and sense its relative orientation and position successfully. The errors of the JSN’s orientation and position detections relative to the carrier could be reduced to the values smaller than 1° and 1 cm, respectively, by using the dynamic cooperation strategies. The proposed methods in this paper could also be used for other kinds of mobile sensor nodes and multi-robot systems.

  4. Molecular staging of pathologically negative sentinel lymph nodes from melanoma patients using multimarker, quantitative real-time rt-PCR.

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    Hilari, Josep M; Mangas, Cristina; Xi, Liqiang; Paradelo, Cristina; Ferrándiz, Carlos; Hughes, Steven J; Yueh, Cindy; Altomare, Ivy; Gooding, William E; Godfrey, Tony E

    2009-01-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the prognostic potential of quantitative reverse-transcription, polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) in melanoma patients with pathologically negative sentinel lymph nodes (SLN). Our study included 195 node-negative melanoma patients with a Breslow thickness greater than 0.76 mm (n = 158), or less than 0.76 mm but who had Clark level IV-V, microscopic ulceration, or pathological signs of regression (n = 32), and five patients with melanoma of unknown thickness. SLNs were examined by serial-section histopathology. A portion of each SLN was frozen for qRT-PCR analysis using markers Tyrosinase, MART1, SSX2, MAGEA3, PAX3, and GalNAc-T. In addition, two other markers (PLAB and L1CAM) were evaluated for melanoma specificity but not for SLN analysis. Median follow-up was 64 months, during which time there were 15 (7.7%) recurrences. A total of 370 lymph nodes were analyzed by qRT-PCR. No association was found between quantitative expression level of any marker and disease recurrence. Previously published primer designs were tested for PAX3 and GalNAc-T and revealed that alternative PAX3 transcripts are differentially expressed in melanoma and benign lymph nodes. No associations with recurrence were found regardless of the transcripts amplified by different primer sets. PLAB and L1CAM did not appear to differentiate between malignant melanoma and benign melanocytes or lymph nodes in our analysis. We conclude that, in this large cohort of patients, multimarker qRT-PCR analysis of SLNs did not correlate with disease recurrence. Our data support specific PAX3 splice variants but not GalNAc-T, PLAB or L1CAM as possible markers for melanoma metastasis to SLNs.

  5. "Malignant" uterine perivascular epithelioid cell tumor, pelvic lymph node lymphangioleiomyomatosis, and gynecological pecomatosis in a patient with tuberous sclerosis: a case report and review of the literature.

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    Liang, Sharon X; Pearl, Michael; Liu, Jingxuan; Hwang, Sonia; Tornos, Carmen

    2008-01-01

    We report a case of uterine perivascular epithelioid cell tumor (PEComa) with malignant histological features in a 59-year-old woman with tuberous sclerosis (TBS). The patient also had extrapulmonary lymphangioleiomyomatosis involving pelvic lymph nodes, myometrium, cervix, and ovary ("pecomatosis"). The uterine tumor measured 2.6 cm and had marked nuclear pleomorphism, necrosis, and 2 mitoses per 50 high-powered field, with an occasional atypical mitosis and infiltrative borders. The nonneoplastic myometrium, the cervical wall, and the hilum of the ovary had multiple clusters of bland-looking epithelioid clear cells that ranged from 1 to 5 mm (pecomatosis). The uterine tumor cells were positive for HMB-45 (90%), Melan-A (70%), smooth muscle actin (50%), and estrogen receptor (30%). Of the 16 pelvic lymph nodes excised, 3 were involved with lymphangioleiomyomatosis that was positive for HMB-45 and estrogen receptor. This is only the second reported PEComa associated with pecomatosis and the fourth PEComa described in a patient with TBS. The clinical significance of pecomatosis is still uncertain but seems to be seen only in patients with TBS.

  6. STUDY ON THE METASTASIS OF AXILLARY LYMPH NODE POSITIVE EARLY BREAST CANCER SENTINEL LYMPH NODES%前哨淋巴结阳性早期乳腺癌其腋窝淋巴结转移状况的研究

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    陈卓荣; 罗智辉; 沈三弟

    2014-01-01

    目的:探讨早期乳腺癌前哨淋巴结( sentinel lymphnode ,SLN)阴性患者、1枚阳性SLN患者与2枚以上阳性SLN患者的非前哨淋巴结( non-sentinel lymphnode,NSLN)转移状况。方法:对90例T1-2N0M0乳腺癌患者应用美蓝为示踪剂行前哨淋巴结活检术( sentinel lymphnode biopsy,SLNB),进再行常规腋窝淋巴结清扫术( axillary lymph node dissection,ALND),根据检查结果将患者分成SLN(-)组、SLN(+)=1组及SLN(+)≥2组,并对各组的NSLN阳性率进行比较。结果:32例SLN (-)组检出NSLN阳性1例,阳性率3.1%,39例SLN(+)=1组检出NSLN阳性4例,阳性率为10.3%,19例SLN(+)≥2组检出NSLN阳性9例,阳性率为47.4%,SLNB检查假阴性1例,准确率为96.9%;SLN(+)=1组的NSLN阳性率略高于SLN阴性组,但差异无统计学意义P>0.05;SLN(+)≥2组患者的NSLN阳性率显著高于SLN(-)组及SLN(+)=1组,差异均具有统计学意义P<0.05。结论:研究结果提示1枚SLN阳性患者可仅行SLNB免行ALND,但≥2枚SLN阳性患者则需常规行ALND。%Objective:To explore the early sentinel lymph node in breast cancer ( sentinel, lymphnode, SLN) non sentinel lymph node negative patients, 1 positive in SLN patients with more than 2 pieces of SLN patients with positive nodes ( non-sentinel lymph-node, NSLN) metastasis.Methods:90 T1-2N0M0 patients with breast cancer using methylene blue as tracer for sentinel lymph node biopsy ( sentinel lymphnode biopsy, SLNB ) , and enter the routine axillary lymphadenectomy ( axillary lymph node dissection, ALND) , according to the test results of the patients were divided into SLN ( -) group, =1 group and SLN ( +) SLN ( +) ≥2 groups, and each group of NSLN positive rates were compared.Results:32 cases of SLN (-) group was 1 cases with positive NSLN, the positive rate was 3.1%, 39 cases of SLN (+) =1 was detected in 4

  7. Factors influencing lymph node recovery from the operative specimen after gastrectomy for gastric adenocarcinoma.

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    Schoenleber, Scott J; Schnelldorfer, Thomas; Wood, Christina M; Qin, Rui; Sarr, Michael G; Donohue, John H

    2009-07-01

    Regional lymph node metastases are an important predictor of survival for patients with resectable adenocarcinoma of the stomach. Currently, the number of lymph nodes examined is frequently less than requirements for accurate staging. Clinical factors associated with lymph node recovery are understood poorly. We performed a retrospective chart review of 99 consecutive patients who underwent gastrectomy for gastric adenocarcinoma distal to the gastroesophageal junction to determine clinical variables associated lymph node recovery. Ninety-nine patients underwent gastrectomy for gastric adenocarcinoma at our two hospitals. More than 15 lymph nodes were examined in 64% of specimens. Univariate analysis showed an association between the number of lymph nodes recovered and the number of positive nodes, lymphadenectomy extent, hospital, surgeon, and pathology technician (p analysis identified the pathology technician as the most important healthcare-related variable contributing to the variation of lymph node recovery, using fixed- (p technical aspects of specimen processing may be of benefit in maximizing the number of lymph nodes recovered.

  8. Clinical significance of the negative lymph node count after the axillary dissection of breast cancer patients

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    Yufeng Yao; Jinhai Tang; Jianwei Qin; Jianping Gong

    2012-01-01

    Objective: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the impact of the negative lymph node (LN) count on the survival of the breast cancer patients in early stage after the axillary dissection. Methods: The breast cancer patients with T1–2N0–1M0 stage between January 2001 and December 2005 in Jiangsu Cancer Hospital, who underwent the axillary LNs dissection, were enrolled in this study. We analyzed the data of these patients including information of follow-up and postop-erative pathological results. All patients were divided into two groups according to the axillary LN status and each group was divided into four subgroups according to the negative LN count. Cox regression analysis was performed to screen the patho-logical factor including the negative LN count on the survival and to compare the different negative LN count on the survival. Results: COX proportional hazard regression model showed that the survival of the breast cancer was significantly associ-ated with the negative LN count. In T1–2N0 group, when the negative LN count was 3 or less, 4 to 5, 6 to 9 and 10 or more, the median survival time was (82.6 ± 4.1) months, (101.5 ± 1.3) months, (104.7 ± 1.0) months, and (110.5 ± 0.9) months respectively (P < 0.05). In T1–2N1 group, when the negative LN count was 6 or less, 7 to 8, 9 to 10 and 11 or more, the median survival time was (95.4 ± 1.9) months, (101.8 ± 1.1) months, (104.9 ± 1.0) months, and (106.5 ± 0.9) months respectively (P < 0.05). Conclusion: The negative LN count can reflect the adequacy of the axillary dissection. Increasing negative LN count is independently associated with improved survival in pT1–2N0M0 or pT1–2N1M0 staging breast cancer patients. The negative LN count should be considered for incorporation into staging for breast cancer with the axillary LN dissection.

  9. Expression of MAGE-C1/CT7 and MAGE-C2/CT10 predicts lymph node metastasis in melanoma patients.

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    Full Text Available MAGE-C1/CT7 and MAGE-C2/CT10 are members of the large MAGE family of cancer-testis (CT antigens. CT antigens are promising targets for immunotherapy in cancer because their expression is restricted to cancer and germ line cells and a proportion of cancer patients presents with immune responses against CT antigens, which clearly demonstrates their immunogenicity. This study investigates the expression of MAGE-C1/CT7 and MAGE-C2/CT10 in primary and metastatic melanoma. Immunohistochemical staining of tissue microarrays that consisted of 59 primary malignant melanomas of the skin, 163 lymph node and distant melanoma metastases and 68 melanoma cell lines was performed. We found MAGE-C1/CT7 expression in 15 out of 50 (24% primary melanomas and 15 out of 50 (24% cell lines, whereas MAGE-C2/CT10 was detected in 17 out of 51 (33% primary melanomas and 14 out of 68 (17% cell lines. MAGE-C1/CT7 and MAGE-C2/CT10 were both detected in 40% of melanoma metastases. Patients with MAGE-C1/CT7 or MAGE-C2/CT10 positive primary melanoma had significantly more lymph node metastases (p = 0.005 and p<0.001, resp.. Prediction of lymph node metastasis by MAGE-C1/CT7 and MAGE-C2/CT10 was independent of tumor cell proliferation rate (Ki67 labeling index in a multivariate analysis (p = 0.01. Our results suggest that the expression of MAGE-C1/CT7 and MAGE-C2/CT10 in primary melanoma is a potent predictor of sentinel lymph node metastasis.

  10. Role of FDG-PET in the Implementation of Involved-Node Radiation Therapy for Hodgkin Lymphoma Patients

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    Girinsky, Théodore [Department of Radiotherapy, Institut Gustave Roussy, Villejuif (France); Aupérin, Anne [Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Institut Gustave Roussy, Villejuif (France); Ribrag, Vincent [Department of Medicine, Institut Gustave Roussy, Villejuif (France); Elleuch, Manel [Department of Imaging, Institut Gustave Roussy, Villejuif (France); Fermé, Christophe [Department of Medicine, Institut Gustave Roussy, Villejuif (France); Bonniaud, Guillaume [Department of Medical Physics, Institut Gustave Roussy, Villejuif (France); Ruelle, Claude [Department of Information Technology, Institut Gustave Roussy, Villejuif (France); Alberini, Jean-Louis [Department of Imaging, Institut Curie R. Huguenin Hospital, Saint-Cloud (France); Celebic, Aljosa [Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Institut Gustave Roussy, Villejuif (France); Edeline, Véronique, E-mail: veronique.edeline@curie.fr [Department of Imaging, Institut Curie R. Huguenin Hospital, Saint-Cloud (France)

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    Purpose: This study examines the role of {sup 18}F-labeled fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (FDG-PET) in the implementation of involved-node radiation therapy (INRT) in patients treated for clinical stages (CS) I/II supradiaphragmatic Hodgkin lymphoma (HL). Methods and Material: Patients with untreated CS I/II HL enrolled in the randomized EORTC/LYSA/FIL Intergroup H10 trial and participating in a real-time prospective quality assurance program were prospectively included in this study. Data were electronically obtained from 18 French cancer centers. All patients underwent APET-computed tomography (PET-CT) and a post-chemotherapy planning CT scanning. The pre-chemotherapy gross tumor volume (GTV) and the postchemotherapy clinical target volume (CTV) were first delineated on CT only by the radiation oncologist. The planning PET was then co-registered, and the delineated volumes were jointly analyzed by the radiation oncologist and the nuclear medicine physician. Lymph nodes undetected on CT but FDG-avid were recorded, and the previously determined GTV and CTV were modified according to FDG-PET results. Results: From March 2007 to February 2010, 135 patients were included in the study. PET-CT identified at least 1 additional FDG-avid lymph node in 95 of 135 patients (70.4%; 95% confidence interval [CI]: 61.9%-77.9%) and 1 additional lymph node area in 55 of 135 patients (40.7%; 95% CI: 32.4%-49.5%). The mean increases in the GTV and CTV were 8.8% and 7.1%, respectively. The systematic addition of PET to CT led to a CTV increase in 60% of the patients. Conclusions: Pre-chemotherapy FDG-PET leads to significantly better INRT delineation without necessarily increasing radiation volumes.

  11. FDG PET evaluation of early axillary lymph node response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy in stage II and III breast cancer patients

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    Rousseau, Caroline [Comprehensive Cancer Center Rene Gauducheau, IRCNA, Nuclear Medicine Department, Saint Herblain (France); Nantes University, INSERM UMR 892, Cancer Research Center CRCNA, Nantes (France); Centre Rene Gauducheau, Service de Medecine Nucleaire, Saint Herblain Cedex (France); Devillers, Anne [Eugene Marquis Cancer Center, Nuclear Medicine Department, Rennes (France); Campone, Mario [Comprehensive Cancer Center Rene Gauducheau, Medical Oncology Department, Saint Herblain (France); Campion, Loic [Comprehensive Cancer Center Rene Gauducheau, Statistic Department, Saint Herblain (France); Ferrer, Ludovic [Comprehensive Cancer Center Rene Gauducheau, Medical Physics Department, Saint Herblain (France); Sagan, Christine [University Hospital, Pathology Department, Nantes (France); Ricaud, Myriam [Comprehensive Cancer Center Rene Gauducheau, Radiology Department, Saint Herblain (France); Bridji, Boumediene [Comprehensive Cancer Center Rene Gauducheau, IRCNA, Nuclear Medicine Department, Saint Herblain (France); Kraeber-Bodere, Francoise [Comprehensive Cancer Center Rene Gauducheau, IRCNA, Nuclear Medicine Department, Saint Herblain (France); Nantes University, INSERM UMR 892, Cancer Research Center CRCNA, Nantes (France)

    2011-06-15

    Regional axillary lymph node status has remained the single most independent variable to predict prognosis both in terms of disease recurrence and survival. This study aimed to prospectively assess sequential [{sup 18}F]fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) positron emission tomography (PET) findings as early predictors of axillary lymph node response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy in stage II and III breast cancer patients. Images were acquired with a PET/CT scanner in 52 patients after administration of FDG (5 MBq/kg) at baseline and after the first, second, third and sixth course of chemotherapy before surgery. Clinical examination and ultrasound (US) were used to assess the size of axillary nodes. Decrease in the standardized uptake value (SUV) with PET corrected or not for partial volume effects was compared to the pathological response. The sensitivity, specificity and accuracy of axillary node staging was higher with PET (75, 87 and 80%) than with US (50, 83 and 65%), and even more so when PET images were corrected for partial volume effects (86, 83 and 84%). While FDG uptake did not vary much in non-responders, as confirmed by histopathological analysis, it markedly decreased to baseline levels in responders (p < 10{sup -5}). Fifty per cent of baseline SUV was considered the best cutoff value to distinguish responders from non-responders. The sensitivity, specificity, negative predictive value and accuracy of FDG PET after one course of chemotherapy were, respectively, 96, 75, 95 and 84%. The pathological status of regional axillary lymph nodes in stage II and III breast cancer patients could be accurately predicted after one course of neoadjuvant chemotherapy based on FDG PET images. (orig.)

  12. Radiation Pneumonitis in Association with Internal Mammary Node Irradiation in Breast Cancer Patients: An Ancillary Result from the KROG 08-06 Study

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    Choi, Jinhyun; Kim, Yong Bae; Shin, Kyung Hwan; Ahn, Sung-Ja; Lee, Hyung-Sik; Park, Won; Kim, Su Ssan; Kim, Jin Hee; Lee, Kyu Chan; Kim, Dong Won; Suh, Hyun Suk; Park, Kyung Ran; Shin, Hyun Soo

    2016-01-01

    Purpose The aim of this study is to present the incidence of radiation pneumonitis (RP) reported within 6 months after treatment for breast cancer with or without internal mammary node irradiation (IMNI). Methods In the Korean Radiation Oncology Group (KROG) 08-06 phase III randomized trial, patients who were node-positive after surgery were randomly assigned to receive radiotherapy either with or without IMNI. A total of 747 patients were enrolled, and three-dimensional treatment planning with computed tomography simulation was performed for all patients. Of the 747 patients, 722 underwent chest X-rays before and within 6 months after radiotherapy. These 722 patients underwent evaluation, and RP was diagnosed on the basis of chest radiography findings and clinical symptoms. The relationship between the incidence of RP and clinical/dosimetric parameters was analyzed. Results RP developed in 35 patients (4.8%), including grade 1 RP in 26 patients (3.6%), grade 2 RP in nine patients (1.2%); there was no incidence of grade 3 or higher RP. Grade 2 RP cases were observed in only the IMNI group. The risk of developing RP was influenced by IMNI treatment; pneumonitis occurred in 6.5% of patients (n=23/356) who underwent IMNI and in 3.3% of patients (n=12/366) who did not (p=0.047). The differences in lung dosimetric parameters (mean lung dose, V10–40) were statistically significant between the two groups. Conclusion IMNI treatment resulted in increased radiation exposure to the lung and a higher rate of RP, but the incidence and severity of RP was minimal and acceptable. This minor impact on morbidity should be balanced with the impact on survival outcome in future analyses. PMID:27721877