Metastatic adenocarcinoma of prostate in a healing sternotomy site.
ABSTRACT Metastatic prostate cancer has a strong predilection for osseous sites, where the disease spreads in 80% of advanced cases. The molecular mechanisms involved in prostate cancer establishment in bone are largely unknown; however, local tissue factors, including those involved in wound healing, have been suggested to play a critical role. We present a case of tumor explosion in a median sternotomy wound after local prostate cancer therapy. This case highlights that novel therapeutic interventions that disrupt the apparent synergistic relationship between tumor cells and the pro-tumorigenic microenvironment may hold great promise in constraining the proliferation of prostate cancer metastases.
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ABSTRACT: New blood vessel formation (angiogenesis) is a fundamental event in the process of tumor growth and metastatic dissemination. Hence, the molecular basis of tumor angiogenesis has been of keen interest in the field of cancer research. The vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) pathway is well established as one of the key regulators of this process. The VEGF/VEGF-receptor axis is composed of multiple ligands and receptors with overlapping and distinct ligand-receptor binding specificities, cell-type expression, and function. Activation of the VEGF-receptor pathway triggers a network of signaling processes that promote endothelial cell growth, migration, and survival from pre-existing vasculature. In addition, VEGF mediates vessel permeability, and has been associated with malignant effusions. More recently, an important role for VEGF has emerged in mobilization of endothelial progenitor cells from the bone marrow to distant sites of neovascularization. The well-established role of VEGF in promoting tumor angiogenesis and the pathogenesis of human cancers has led to the rational design and development of agents that selectively target this pathway. Studies with various anti-VEGF/VEGF-receptor therapies have shown that these agents can potently inhibit angiogenesis and tumor growth in preclinical models. Recently, an anti-VEGF antibody (bevacizumab), when used in combination with chemotherapy, was shown to significantly improve survival and response rates in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer and thus, validate VEGF pathway inhibitors as an important new treatment modality in cancer therapy.Journal of Clinical Oncology 03/2005; 23(5):1011-27. · 18.04 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: The recent application of laparoscopic resection techniques to malignant disease has raised safety concerns due to metastasis to surgical access wounds. The significance and incidence of this problem are controversial. In the present study a rat model, in which an implanted tumour was lacerated, was used to investigate whether application of laparoscopic techniques for malignant abdominal disease leads to an increased risk of tumour dissemination and implantation within the peritoneal cavity, and abdominal wall wounds. Malignant cells were implanted into the abdominal wall of 42 rats, resulting 7 days later in the growth of a tumour measuring 20-25 mm in diameter. There were three control groups: no surgery (n = 6); blunt manipulation of the tumour laparoscopically (n = 6); and blunt manipulation of the tumour at laparotomy (n = 6). Twenty-four rats underwent surgical laceration of the tumour capsule at either laparoscopy (n = 12) or laparotomy (n = 12). All rats were killed 1 week later, and examined for macroscopic evidence of tumour metastasis. The abdominal surgical wounds were excised for independent microscopic examination by a histopathologist. Growth of the primary tumour was greater in rats that had an operation than in unoperated controls, and was greater after laparotomy. However, wound metastases were five times more likely after laparoscopic tumour laceration than after the same procedure through an open incision (ten of 12 rats versus two of 12, P = 0.0033). Wound metastases following laparoscopic tumour manipulation are an important and real problem, with significant implications for the application of laparoscopic techniques to excise malignant disease in humans.British Journal of Surgery 09/1996; 83(8):1087-90. · 4.84 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Reactive stroma has been reported in many cancers, including breast, colon,and prostate. Although changes in stromal cell phenotype and extracellular matrix have been reported, specific mechanisms of how reactive stroma affects tumor progression are not understood. To address the role of stromal cells in differential regulation of tumor incidence, growth rate, and angiogenesis, LNCaP xenograft tumors were constructed in nude mice with five different human prostate stromal cell lines as well as GeneSwitch-3T3 cells engineered to express lacZ under mifepristone regulation. Alone, LNCaP prostate carcinoma cells were essentially nontumorigenic, whereas combinations of LNCaP cells with three different human prostate stromal cell lines (L/S tumors) resulted in a tumor incidence (50-63%) similar to that of control LNCaP plus Matrigel (L/M) tumors over a 9-week period. In contrast, LNCaP combinations with two other human prostate stromal cell lines were nontumorigenic, illustrating that stromal cell effects are differential. L/S tumors exhibited well-developed blood vessels at 2 weeks, whereas control L/M tumors were avascular at 2 weeks and exhibited blood lakes in lieu of extensive vessels at later time points. Xenografts constructed under three-way conditions (LNCaP, Matrigel, and stromal cells; L/M/S tumors) exhibited a 100% tumor incidence and showed rapid blood vessel formation as early as day 7 with mature vessels formed by day 10. L/M/S tumors exhibited a 10.3-fold increase in microvessel density, and the corresponding hemoglobin:tumor weight ratio was increased 2-fold relative to L/M control tumors at day 10. L/M/S tumor wet weight and volume increased by 1.6- and 2.4-fold, respectively, by day 21, compared with control L/M tumors. L/M/S tumors made with LNCaP cells plus GeneSwitch-3T3-pGene/lacZ stromal cells showed similar results. Mifepristone-regulated gene expression was observed in stromal cells immediately adjacent to clusters of carcinoma cells and in vessel walls in a mural cell (pericyte) position. This study shows that regulation of angiogenesis is one mechanism through which stromal cells affect LNCaP tumor incidence and growth rate. This regulation may be mediated through direct recruitment and interactions of stromal cells with endothelial cells. Furthermore, this study describes for the first time a model system with regulated transgene expression in the stromal compartment of an experimental carcinoma. These findings point to the stromal compartment as a potential source of new prognostic markers and therapeutic targets and show the utility of the carcinoma-stromal xenograft model system in dissecting specific mechanisms of reactive stroma.Cancer Research 07/2002; 62(11):3298-307. · 8.65 Impact Factor