Breast Cancer Journal Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: Springer Verlag

Journal description

Journal of the Japanese Breast Cancer Society.

Current impact factor: 1.51

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2015
2013 / 2014 Impact Factor 1.505
2012 Impact Factor 1.33
2011 Impact Factor 1.363
2010 Impact Factor 1.888

Impact factor over time

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5-year impact 0.00
Cited half-life 6.10
Immediacy index 0.54
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.00
Website Breast Cancer (Tokyo) website
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ISSN 1340-6868
OCLC 288978895
Material type Document, Periodical
Document type Journal / Magazine / Newspaper, Computer File

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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: Endoscopic nipple-sparing mastectomy (E-NSM) has been reportedly associated with smaller scars and greater patient satisfaction; however, long-term results of this procedure have not been made. The purpose of this retrospective study was to investigate the local recurrence (LR) rate and factors associated with it after E-NSM and to examine the oncologic safety of this procedure. We reviewed the medical records of a total of 421 breasts in 404 patients who underwent E-NSM to investigate the LR rate and the factors associated with it. The clinico-pathological features and the treatment and outcomes of the patients with LRs were also examined. Eleven breasts (2.6 %) in 11 patients presented with LR as the first site of recurrence after a median follow-up time of 61 months. Among the 11 LRs, 9 patients presented with LR only, 1 patient exhibited regional lymph node recurrence, and 1 patient exhibited distant metastasis. The median time from surgery until LR was 25 months. Eight LRs developed near the original tumor site. The risk factors for LR in a multivariate analysis were a younger age of less than 40 years (p = 0.02), Stage III tumor (p = 0.01), and an inadequate surgical margin (p = 0.001). After the treatment, 6 patients had no evidence of disease, 2 patients died from metastatic disease, 2 patients experienced repeat LR, and the remaining patient who rejected excision exhibited a persistent LR. E-NSM is an oncologically safe procedure and an acceptable method in selected patients requiring a mastectomy.
    Breast Cancer 03/2015; DOI:10.1007/s12282-015-0600-4
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    ABSTRACT: Sentinel lymph node (SLN) biopsy has become the standard of care for early breast cancers throughout the world. It provides the breast cancer patients with the safety and benefit of a highly accurate and less-morbid axillary staging, thereby avoiding the uncomfortable side effects of unnecessary axillary dissection. Recently, SLN biopsy was successfully performed in patients undergoing neoadjuvant chemotherapy. However, the methods used for SLN biopsy, and for the evaluation of cancer metastasis in SLN are not still fully established. Ordinarily, a positive SLN (macrometastasis and micrometastasis) indicates further axillary lymph node dissection; however, recent reports have shown that this may not be true for all cases. Also, the prognostic significance of macrometastasis, micrometastasis and isolated tumor cells (ITC) in SLN are still unclear.In the first review, Dr. Motomura has presented an overview of the past, present, and future of SLN biopsy for breast cancers. The clinical si ...
    Breast Cancer 03/2015; 22(3). DOI:10.1007/s12282-015-0601-3
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    ABSTRACT: We conducted a study to analyze the clinicopathological characteristics of breast cancer in Japan registered to the Japanese Breast Cancer Registry of the Japanese Breast Cancer Society (JBCS). Trends in the management of breast cancer patients in Japan were also analyzed. More than 250,000 breast cancer patients were registered to the JBCS registry between 2004 and 2011. Demographic and clinicopathological factors in newly diagnosed primary breast cancer patients were registered to the JBCS through the Web-based system from affiliated institutes nationwide. Two distinct peaks were observed, in patients in their late 40s and early 60s, in the population-adjusted age distribution of breast cancer patients. An increased rate of screen-detected breast cancer may contribute to an earlier detection of breast cancer and increased rate of non-invasive ductal carcinoma. The positive rate of either ER or PgR appears to have increased in recent years. The annual rates of patients treated with breast-conserving surgery increased until 2006, but these increases stopped in 2007 and thereafter plateaued at approximately 60 %. The annual rates of patients treated with sentinel lymph node dissection alone have steadily increased. The annual rates of patients treated with preoperative trastuzumab plus chemotherapy have also increased, as well as those treated with postoperative aromatase inhibitors. The annual rates of patients treated with postoperative anthracycline-containing regimens have decreased, whereas those treated with postoperative taxane-containing regimens have increased. The postoperative use of trastuzumab has markedly increased since 2007. Although this study was based on the registry database, several unique clinicopathological characteristics of breast cancer in Japan have been unveiled. Our results suggest that recent trends in the management of breast cancer patients in Japan were strongly followed by clinical evidence that originated from a number of clinical trials worldwide.
    Breast Cancer 03/2015; 22(3). DOI:10.1007/s12282-015-0599-6
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    ABSTRACT: There is an unmet need for specific and sensitive imaging techniques to assess the efficacy of breast cancer therapy, particularly Her-2-expressing cancers. Ultrasonic microbubbles are being developed for use as diagnostic and therapeutic tools. However, nanobubbles circulate longer, are smaller, and diffuse into extravascular tissue to specifically bind target molecules. Here, we characterize a novel Herceptin-conjugated nanobubble for use against Her-2-expressing tumors. Phospholipid-shelled nanobubbles conjugated with Herceptin (NBs-Her) were fabricated using a thin-film hydration method and characterized in vitro in breast cancer cell lines and in vivo in a mouse model. The average size of the unconjugated nanobubbles (NBs-Blank) and NBs-Her was 447.1 ± 18.4 and 613.0 ± 25.4 nm, respectively. In cell culture, the NBs-Her adhered to Her-2-positive cells significantly better than to Her-2-negative cells (p < 0.05). In vivo, the peak intensity and the half-time to washout of the NBs-Her were significantly greater than those of the NBs-Blank (p < 0.05). In addition, contrast-enhanced ultrasound imaging quality was improved through the use of the NBs-Her. The nanobubbles were able to penetrate into tumor tissue to allow extravascular imaging, but did not penetrate normal skeletal muscle. The Herceptin-conjugated nanobubble had many properties that made it useful for in vivo imaging, including longer circulation time and better tumor selectivity. This platform may be able to provide targeted delivery of therapeutic drugs or genes.
    Breast Cancer 02/2015; DOI:10.1007/s12282-014-0581-8
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    ABSTRACT: Ipsilateral breast tumor recurrence (IBTR) after partial breast resection and contralateral breast tumor recurrence (CBTR) have been shown to occur relatively frequently in patients with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS). However, there is only limited data from Japanese institutes to support this. Of 301 consecutive DCIS patients, 179 patients underwent a mastectomy, and the other 122 underwent partial resection in the National Cancer Center Hospital, Tokyo, with a median follow-up period of 2,106 days. We reviewed clinicopathological parameters including age, menopausal status, body mass index, family history (FH) of breast cancer, tumor size, histological subtype, nuclear grade (NG), hormone receptor (HR) and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) status, treatment, and the surgical margin status of partially resected specimens. The risk associated with each of these parameters for IBTR in 122 patients who underwent partial resections, and for CBTR in a total of 301 patients were calculated using Cox proportional hazard general linear models. Of the 122 patients who underwent partial breast resection, IBTR occurred in 7 (5.7 %). The risk of IBTR was higher or tended to be higher in younger patients or those with lower NG tumors, but did not change significantly with respect to margin status or irradiation. Amongst the entire cohort of 301 patients, CBTR occurred in 18 cases (6.0 %). CBTR occurred significantly more frequently in patients with a FH of breast cancer and with HR+/HER2- subtype tumors by univariate analyses, and tumor subtype was an independent risk factor for CBTR by multivariate analysis. The local recurrence rate was low following partial resection of DCIS. Younger age was a risk factor for IBTR, whereas the HR+/HER2- tumor subtype and a FH of breast cancer were risk factors for CBTR.
    Breast Cancer 02/2015; DOI:10.1007/s12282-015-0595-x
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    ABSTRACT: Post-mastectomy seroma and related complications are common problems in modern oncological surgery. Occurrence rates of up to 59 % have been reported in literature. High-risk patients, that is, those who have undergone previous surgeries, present with a high body mass index, have had radiation or chemotherapy, present a particular challenge. Noninvasive measures such as fibrin-based sealants have thus far not been able to effectively reduce complications associated with fluid accumulation. A recent study using a lysine-derived urethane adhesive named TissuGlu(®) however, showed promising results in patients after abdominoplasty. 32 consecutively recruited patients received a mastectomy using a gold standard mastectomy technique as well as TissuGlu(®) flap fixation. A control group of 173 patients, having received a gold standard mastectomy-only, was analyzed retrospectively, totaling 205 patients. Primary endpoints were post-discharge seroma formation and revision surgery/re-hospitalization. Secondary endpoints were initial seroma volume, postoperative pain, hematoma formation and day of drain removal. No significant difference in seroma formation was demonstrated. The revision surgery/re-hospitalization rate was reduced from 6.9 to 0 %, though this did not reach significance. Significant improvement could be shown in the TissuGlu(®) group regarding time to drain removal (17 % decrease), and hematoma formation (14 % decrease). No difference was shown in postoperative pain. Although patient numbers are still small, advantages in revision surgery/re-hospitalization rate, hematoma formation as well as time to drain removal was shown for the TissuGlu(®) group. Therapeutic, IV.
    Breast Cancer 02/2015; DOI:10.1007/s12282-015-0591-1
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    ABSTRACT: Genomic assays measuring the expression of multiple genes have made their way into clinical practice and their utilization is now recommended by major international guidelines. A basic property of these tests is their capability to sub-divide patients into high- and low-risk cohorts thereby providing prognostic, and in certain settings, predictive decision support. Here, we summarize commercially available assays for breast cancer including RT-PCR and gene chip-based tests. Given the relative uncertainty in cancer treatment, multigene tests have the potential for a significant cost reduction as they can pinpoint those patients for whom chemotherapy proves to be unnecessary. However, concordance of risk assessment for an individual patient is still far from optimal. Additionally, emerging multigene approaches focus on predicting therapy response, which is a black spot of current tests. Promising techniques include the homologous recombination deficiency score, utilization of massive parallel sequencing to identify driver genes, employment of internet-based meta-analysis tools and investigation of miRNA expression signatures. Combination of multiple simultaneous analyses at diagnosis, including classical histopathological diagnostics, monogenic markers, genomic signatures and clinical parameters will most likely bring maximal benefit for patients. As the main driving force behind such genomic tests is the power to achieve cost reduction due to avoiding unnecessary systemic treatment, the future is most likely to hold a further proliferation of such assays.
    Breast Cancer 02/2015; 22(3). DOI:10.1007/s12282-015-0594-y
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    ABSTRACT: Sentinel lymph node biopsy has been started in 1990 s and has become one of the standard diagnostic procedures used to treat patients with early breast cancer in this century. In Japan, for the microscopic diagnosis of metastasis to sentinel lymph nodes, intraoperative frozen section diagnosis is widely used in combination with subsequent permanent section diagnosis of the residual specimens. Metastatic foci to sentinel lymph nodes have been classified into macrometastasis, micrometastasis, and isolated tumor cells in 2002, and the definition of isolated tumor cells was modified in 2010. Clinical significance of occult sentinel lymph node metastases, being mostly composed of micrometastasis and isolated tumor cells, has been clarified in terms of predictive factors for non-sentinel lymph node metastasis and patient prognosis by large-scale retrospective studies and prospective randomized clinical trials. In the present review, clinical implications of micrometastases and isolated tumor cells in sentinel lymph nodes and the methods for pathological examination of SLN metastases employed in these studies were overviewed.
    Breast Cancer 02/2015; 22(3). DOI:10.1007/s12282-015-0588-9
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    ABSTRACT: Luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LH-RH) agonists provide effective adjuvant treatment for premenopausal women with endocrine-responsive breast cancer. Here, we investigated appropriate treatment durations of an LH-RH agonist, leuprorelin. We conducted an open-label, randomized controlled pilot study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of leuprorelin subcutaneously administered every-3-months for 2 versus 3 or more, up to 5 years, together with daily tamoxifen for 5 years in premenopausal endocrine-responsive breast cancer patients. Primary endpoints were disease-free survival (DFS) and safety. Eligible patients (N = 222) were randomly assigned to receive leuprorelin for either 2 years (N = 112) or 3 or more years (N = 110) with tamoxifen for 5 years after surgery. Leuprorelin treatment for 3 or more years provided no significant difference in DFS rate over 2 years: 94.1 versus 91.8 % at 144 weeks (3 years) after the second year (week 96) and 90.8 versus 90.4 % at the fifth year (week 240). The overall survival rate was 100 % for both groups during the third through fifth year study period. There were no significant differences in the incidence of adverse events (AEs) between the 2 groups: most AEs were rated grade 1 or 2. Adjuvant leuprorelin treatment for 3 or more years with tamoxifen showed a survival benefit and safety profile similar to that for 2 years in premenopausal endocrine-responsive breast cancer patients. No new safety signal was identified for long-term leuprorelin treatment. Longer follow-up observation is needed to determine the optimal duration of leuprorelin treatment.
    Breast Cancer 02/2015; DOI:10.1007/s12282-015-0593-z
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    ABSTRACT: The presence of microcalcification on mammography is one of the earliest signs in breast cancer detection. However, it is difficult to distinguish malignant calcifications from benign calcifications. The aim of this study is to evaluate correlation between changing patterns of microcalcification on screening mammography and malignant breast lesions. Medical records and diagnostic images of 67 women who had previously undergone at least two digital mammograms at least 6 months apart and underwent mammography-guided needle localization and surgical excision between 2011 and 2013 were retrospectively reviewed and analyzed. Breast cancer was detected in the surgical specimens of 20 patients (29.9 %). Annual change of extent of microcalcification on mammography showed statistically significant correlation with pathologic outcome (P = 0.023). The changing pattern of new appearance or increased extent of microcalcification on mammography had positive predictive value of 54.8 % for breast cancer, and it was a statistically significant predictor for breast cancer (P = 0.012). Shape or number change of microcalcification without increased extent had less accurate predictive value for breast cancer, particularly in women younger than 50 years (P < 0.001). This study showed that the pattern of increased extent of microcalcification on screening mammography was a significant predictor for breast cancer. We suggest that mammography-guided needle localization and surgical excision should be considered when increased extent of microcalcification is observed on screening mammography and closed follow-up without pathologic confirmation can be permitted if absence of extension of microcalcification was confirmed in women younger than 50 years.
    Breast Cancer 02/2015; DOI:10.1007/s12282-015-0589-8
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    ABSTRACT: ERCC5 plays an important role in DNA damage repair. Mutations in it will lead to DNA repair defects and genomic instability. Its functional single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) may alter DNA repair capacity and affect cancer susceptibility. This study aims to evaluate the association between SNPs in ERCC5 and breast cancer susceptibility in Han women subjects genetically from northwest China. A total of 101 breast cancer patients and 101 healthy controls provided blood samples for analysis of ERCC5 rs17655 and rs751402 genotypes. After adjusting covariates, rs751402 homozygote AA and heterozygote AG were found to confer statistically significant protections (OR 0.052, 95 % CI 0.006-0.411, P = 0.005; OR 0.145, 95 % CI 0.067-0.315, P < 0.001, respectively) against breast cancer. Moreover, both of the dominant and recessive models of rs751402 also conferred a decreased risk of breast cancer (AA + AG vs. GG, OR 0.125, 95 % CI 0.060-0.261, P < 0.001; AA vs. GG + AG, OR 0.082, 95 % CI 0.010-0.648, P = 0.018, respectively). The results indicate that the rs751402 in ERCC5 may affect the risk of breast cancer and show that it is associated with breast cancer characteristics in the Han population of northwest China. However, we found no significant differences between breast cancer patients and control subjects regarding ERCC5 rs17655 polymorphism in the studied population.
    Breast Cancer 02/2015; DOI:10.1007/s12282-015-0590-2
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    ABSTRACT: Background The treatment policy for ductal cancer in situ (DCIS) of the breast greatly depends on the spreading diagnosis. However, a problem is that we cannot compare imaging findings with the histopathology of DCIS. The purpose of this study was to investigate the histopathological characteristics of DCIS and the association with imaging findings. Method Subjects were 185 patients from Tokai University Hospital, diagnosed with DCIS from April 2005 to December 2010. A positive finding on ultrasonography was defined as Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System (BI-RADS) of US category 3 or above, in mammography it was Japan Breast Cancer Society category 2 or above, and in MRI it was BI-RADS-MRI category 3 or above. Histopathologically, we re-classified flat and/or low papillary DCIS into type 1; papillary and/or cribriform DCIS into type 2; and comedo and/or solid DCIS into type 3. Results The clinical characteristics and association between imaging findings and histopathological classification of the 3 subtypes of DCIS are summarized as follows: (1) histopathologically, in type 3, there was a higher frequency of necrosis and calcification in the ducts of DCIS (χ 2, p p = 0.023), and the distribution of DCIS was concentrated in type 3 (p = 0.020); (2) on ultrasonography, type 3 was easier to detect than type 1 (p = 0.008); (3) on mammography and MRI, there were no significant differences between type 1 and type 3. The histopathological characteristics of small (DCIS and DCIS that cannot be detected by ultrasonography or MRI were also discussed. Conclusion When carrying out spreading diagnosis of DCIS, we need to keep the histopathological type in mind and interpret the imaging findings comprehensively.
    Breast Cancer 02/2015; DOI:10.1007/s12282-015-0592-0
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    ABSTRACT: Over the past decade, the management of HER2-positive breast cancer has evolved dramatically. In addition to advances in screening, genetic testing, imaging, surgical and radiation techniques, innovations in medical therapy including widespread use of HER2-directed therapy in early and advanced breast cancer have revolutionized breast cancer care and changed the natural history of HER2-positive breast cancer. A substantial number of HER2-targeted agents are being developed including monoclonal antibodies, small molecule inhibitors, and antibody drug conjugates. Trastuzumab is the prototype HER2-directed therapy that was introduced in the late 1990s for the management of metastatic breast cancer and later showed efficacy in early stage disease. Despite the practice changing impact of trastuzumab and improvement in outcomes of women with HER2-positive breast cancer resistance to trrastuzumab is a major clinical issue, occurring in both early stage and advanced disease, and new treatment strategies are clearly required. Combining HER2-targeted agents and dual HER2 blockade has been successful in early and advanced breast cancer. Furthermore, selected delivery of potent chemotherapeutic agent coupled with HER2 inhibition promises new treatment options. This review is focused on current HER2-directed treatments for women with HER2-positive breast cancer including monoclonal antibodies, small molecule inhibitors, and antibody drug conjugates.
    Breast Cancer 01/2015; 22(2). DOI:10.1007/s12282-015-0587-x
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    ABSTRACT: On July 1st, 2013, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) issued an official notification regarding the co-development of companion diagnostics (CDx) with a drug which requires any exclusive diagnostic test or medical device to predict efficacy or adverse reactions to the drug. The main frame and contents in the MHLW's notification are quite similar to the summaries in the final guidance issued by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on August 6th, 2014 Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff (In Vitro Companion Diagnostic Devices, [2014] ), and these recommend industries to develop, study and submit CDx and the corresponding drug contemporaneously as much as possible. Following the MHLW's notification, the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Agency (PMDA) notified on December 26th, 2013, "the technical guidance for co-development of CDx and the drug" that mentioned the regulatory requirements for clinical trial of the drug and CDx as well as analytical validity of CDx required for the trials. These official notifications from the Ministry and the Agency may be useful for pharmaceutical and diagnostics makers to understand how they should co-develop and validate CDx for clinical trials and regulatory submission. However, since the most anticipated technologies such as the next generation sequencer (NGS) are more complex and its medical risks could be high level, the existing regulatory system focusing on only diagnostics reagents and devices that are developed and manufactured by in vitro diagnostics (IVD) makers may be no longer suitable for the characteristics of CDx for the future.As an increase of clinical needs for multiple biomarkers assay by DNA sequencer, on November 19th, 2013, the FDA cleared 510 K for NGS and its universal kit. On October 3rd, 2014, moreover, the agency notified two drafts of guidance (Anticipated Details of the Draft Guidance for Industry, Food and Drug Administration Staff, and Clinical Laboratory in Framework for Regulatory Oversight of Laboratory Developed Tests (LDTs), [2014]; Anticipated Details of the Draft Guidance for Industry, Food and Drug Administration Staff, and Clinical Laboratory in FDA Notification and Medical Device Reporting for Laboratory Developed Tests (LDT), [2014]) for oversight of laboratory developed tests (LDTs) with medium or high medical risks. These FDA's strategic decisions and new regulatory frameworks may allow the clinical laboratories to develop and perform more easily NGS-based CDx under the certification of Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA). However, neither law nor regulated quality management system similar to the CLIA exists in Japan. To effectively validate LDTs and NGS for medical practice, Japan should learn more the current regulatory changes and initiatives in the US, as well as to reform the regulatory frameworks and create any regulated quality management system for clinical laboratory testing to be reimbursed.
    Breast Cancer 01/2015; DOI:10.1007/s12282-015-0586-y