Yuichi Ando

Nagoya University, Nagoya, Aichi, Japan

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  • Bishal Gyawali · Tomoya Shimokata · Yuichi Ando
    The Lancet Oncology 10/2015; 16(13):e478. DOI:10.1016/S1470-2045(15)00283-1 · 24.69 Impact Factor
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  • Oncology letters 08/2015; DOI:10.3892/ol.2015.3591 · 1.55 Impact Factor
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    Annals of Oncology 06/2015; 26(9). DOI:10.1093/annonc/mdv273 · 7.04 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Opioid-induced constipation (OIC) is a very troublesome, difficult to manage and a nearly universal complication of chronic opioid use to control pain associated with advanced illness. Some studies have reported that OIC is so intolerable in some patients that they skip their opioid medications and bear pain instead of OIC. Laxatives have commonly been used as a prophylaxis and treatment of OIC but they are frequently ineffective because the commonly available laxatives do not target the underlying mechanism of OIC, which is the blockade of peripheral mu-receptors. Recently, there have been a number of advances in the treatment of OIC, which any physician involved with opioid-prescribing discipline should be aware of. This review will update the new options and strategies available for treating OIC along with the relevant clinical trials. Finally, this review also provides a recommendation on the preferred way to approach a patient with OIC in the modern era as well as highlight on the importance of doctor-patient communication in this setting.
    Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology 06/2015; 50(11):1-8. DOI:10.3109/00365521.2015.1054423 · 2.36 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Granular cell tumors are uncommon, usually benign tumors of Schwann cell origin. The malignant variant is extremely rare, representing <2% of all granular cell tumors. Therefore, standard systemic chemotherapy for this disease does not exist. The present study reports the case of a 40-year-old female with a malignant granular cell tumor that originally arose in the right orbit and subsequently relapsed. The patient was started on pazopanib monotherapy following treatment with two investigational drugs, a smoothened inhibitor and then a phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase inhibitor, as part of a clinical trial. Although additional radiotherapy for local control was necessary, the lung metastases remained stable during the pazopanib monotherapy, which lasted for 7 months, following which a clinically stable disease state was determined. This case suggests that pazopanib can be a treatment option for the stabilization of disease progression in metastatic malignant granular cell tumor.
    Oncology letters 05/2015; 10(2). DOI:10.3892/ol.2015.3263 · 1.55 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The Calvert formula was derived from the study among patients with glomerular filtration rates (GFRs) of 33-135 ml/min, and it remains unclear whether the formula can be used to calculate optimal and safe dosages of carboplatin in patients with severe renal insufficiency. We evaluated the utility of this formula in patients with severe renal insufficiency. For pharmacokinetic analysis, we studied nine adult Japanese patients with advanced cancer who had an estimated GFR of lower than 30 ml/min/1.73 m(2), as calculated by the Japanese equation for estimating GFR, or who were receiving hemodialysis. The dose of carboplatin was calculated with the Calvert formula, in which GFR was measured by inulin clearance or was assumed to be 0 in patients requiring hemodialysis. Hemodialysis was started 23 h after the end of carboplatin infusion. Although there was a significant correlation between the estimated and measured carboplatin clearance, the estimated clearance was consistently higher than the measured clearance [mean prediction error ± standard deviation = 41.0 ± 26.3 %] in all seven patients with renal insufficiency (GFR, median 21.4, range 7.8-31.4 ml/min) and in the two hemodialysis patients. Actual areas under the concentration-time curve (AUC) (mg/ml min) were 5.4, 5.7, 6.2, and 9.0 for the four patients with a target AUC (mg/ml min) of 5; 5.7, 6.2, and 7.1 for the three patients with a target AUC (mg/ml min) of 4; and 5.1 and 8.7 for the two hemodialysis patients with a target AUC (mg/ml min) of 5. The measured clearance of carboplatin ranged from 23.0 to 51.3 ml/min in the seven patients not receiving hemodialysis. The pre-hemodialysis carboplatin clearance in the hemodialysis patients was 20.5 and 11.1 ml/min, respectively. For adult patients with severe renal insufficiency, the Calvert formula causes carboplatin overdosing by overestimating the carboplatin clearance.
    Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology 05/2015; 76(1). DOI:10.1007/s00280-015-2769-9 · 2.77 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: This study was conducted to determine the efficacy and safety of low-dose chemotherapy with methotrexate (MTX) and vinblastine (VBL) for patients with desmoid tumors refractory to meloxicam treatment, focusing in particular on the relationship between the efficacy of this chemotherapy and catenin β-1 (CTNNB1) mutation status. Since March 2003, patients pathologically diagnosed with extraperitoneal desmoid tumors have been prospectively treated with meloxicam, a COX-2 inhibitor, at our institution. Patients with inoperable tumors who were resistant to meloxicam treatment underwent MTX and VBL therapy every other week. The responses of all patients were evaluated, and factors that were correlated with efficacy were analyzed, including CTNNB1 mutation status. Sixty-eight patients were prospectively treated with meloxicam. MTX + VBL therapy was administered in 15 patients. Six patients showed a partial response. Only one patient presented disease progression. A few patients showed grade 3-4 treatment-related toxicity with the administration of MTX and VBL every other week. Intriguingly, CTNNB1 status did not affect the efficacy of this treatment. MTX and VBL treatment every other week is well tolerated and achieved a favorable response in patients resistant to meloxicam treatment, regardless of CTNNB1 mutation status.
    International Journal of Clinical Oncology 04/2015; DOI:10.1007/s10147-015-0829-0 · 2.13 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Accurate glomerular filtration rate (GFR) evaluation is significant for drug dosing of carboplatin, anticancer drug excreted mainly from kidney. Serum cystatin-C (sCys-C) is a GFR marker with little affected by body muscle mass volume. And GFR equations based on serum creatinine (eGFRcreat) and sCys-C (eGFRcys) were developed; however, accuracy of eGFRcys has not been elucidated fully among patients with cancer. Therefore, we analyzed the performance of GFR equations among patients with cancer whose GFR values were measured by inulin clearance (Cin). Study design was a cross-sectional study. Subjects were 41 patients with cancer whose GFR values were measured by Cin for drug dosing studies of carboplatin or S-1 in Nagoya University Hospital from 2007 to 2010 and 29 non-cancer patients. Correlation with Cin and slope of regression line were evaluated in eGFRcreat and eGFRcys. Single and multiple regression analyses were analyzed to identify associating factors with eGFRcreat/Cin or eGFRcys/Cin. Age, body weight, body mass index (BMI) and sCr were different between cancer patients and non-cancer patients, but sCys-C and Cin were consistent in 2 groups. The slope of the regression line for Cin vs. eGFRcys with zero intercept in cancer patients was 1.10 (95 % CI: 1.02-1.17), which was significantly different from 1.0. In multiple regression analysis revealed that BMI and urinary creatinine excretion were significantly associated with eGFRcreat/Cin, and cancer was only associating factor with eGFRcys/Cin. eGFRcys should not be used for evaluation of renal function in patients with cancer because it underestimates GFR.
    Clinical and Experimental Nephrology 04/2015; DOI:10.1007/s10157-015-1115-1 · 2.02 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In Asians, the risk of irinotecan-induced severe toxicities is related in part to UGT1A1*6 (UGT, UDP glucuronosyltransferase) and UGT1A1*28, variant alleles that reduce the elimination of SN-38, the active metabolite of irinotecan. We prospectively studied the relation between the UGT1A1 genotype and the safety of irinotecan-based regimens in Japanese patients with advanced colorectal cancer, and then constructed a nomogram for predicting the risk of severe neutropenia in the first treatment cycle. Safety data were obtained from 1312 patients monitored during the first 3 cycles of irinotecan-based regimen in a prospective observational study. In development of the nomogram, multivariable logistic regression analysis was used to test the associations of candidate factors to severe neutropenia in the first cycle. The final nomogram based on the results of multivariable analysis was constructed and validated internally using a bootstrapping technique and externally in an independent data set (n=350). The UGT1A1 genotype was confirmed to be associated with increased risks of irinotecan-induced grade 3 or 4 neutropenia and diarrhoea. The final nomogram included type of regimen, administered dose of irinotecan, gender, age, UGT1A1 genotype, Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group performance status, pre-treatment absolute neutrophil count, and total bilirubin level. The model was validated both internally (bootstrap-adjusted concordance index, 0.69) and externally (concordance index, 0.70). Our nomogram can be used before treatment to accurately predict the probability of irinotecan-induced severe neutropenia in the first cycle of therapy. Additional studies should evaluate the effect of nomogram-guided dosing on efficacy in patients receiving irinotecan.British Journal of Cancer advance online publication 16 April 2015. doi:10.1038/bjc.2015.122 www.bjcancer.com.
    British Journal of Cancer 04/2015; 112(10). DOI:10.1038/bjc.2015.122 · 4.84 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Sunitinib is a multi-targeted receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitor that acts against receptors for vascular endothelial growth factor and platelet-derived growth factor. Common toxicities of sunitinib treatment include hypertension, hand-foot syndrome, vomiting, and diarrhea, and the proportion of grade 3 or 4 adverse events relating to sunitinib treatment range from 1 to 13% for all categories. It is reported that increased exposure to sunitinib is associated with improved clinical outcomes but also carries an increased risk of adverse effects. A 73-year-old Japanese woman with metastatic renal cell carcinoma who received sunitinib at a dose of 50 mg once daily suffered a high-grade fever on day 11 of treatment. Sunitinib treatment was discontinued on day 12; however, severe thrombocytopenia and transaminase elevation occurred and persisted more than a week. Additionally, severe hypoxia due to pleural effusion and pulmonary edema developed despite immediate discontinuation of sunitinib. On day 14, three days after the discontinuation of sunitinib, the plasma concentrations of sunitinib and its major active metabolite N-desethyl sunitinib (SU12662) were extremely high (131.9 ng/mL and 28.4 ng/mL, respectively). By day 25, all toxicities had resolved, and a CT scan revealed marked tumor shrinkage. Genotyping of seven single-nucleotide polymorphisms that are potentially relevant to the pharmacokinetics of sunitinib was performed. The patient's genotype of ABCG2 (ATP-binding cassette, sub-family G (WHITE), member 2) 421C > A was homozygous for the variant allele (AA), which was reported to be associated with high exposure to sunitinib. Therefore, we speculated that the extremely high plasma concentrations of sunitinib and SU12662 caused by the ABCG2 421 AA genotype might have resulted in severe toxicities to the patient. The minor allele frequencies of ABCG2 421C > A are approximately three-fold higher in Asians than in Caucasians. Our report suggests that pharmacogenetic factors should be considered when severe and rapid-onset adverse drug reactions occur in Asian patients, including Japanese treated with sunitinib.
    BMC Cancer 12/2014; 14(1):964. DOI:10.1186/1471-2407-14-964 · 3.36 Impact Factor
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    Journal of Clinical Oncology 12/2014; 33(2). DOI:10.1200/JCO.2014.58.4532 · 18.43 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Genetic risk factors for febrile neutropenia (FN), the major adverse event of perioperative chemotherapy for early breast cancer, remain unclear. Methods: This study retrospectively explored pharmacogenetic associations of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of the uridine glucuronosyltransferase 2B7 (UGT2B7, rs7668258), glutathione-S-transferase pi 1 (GSTP1, rs1695), and microcephalin 1 (MCPH1, rs2916733) genes with chemotherapy-related adverse events in 102 Japanese women who received epirubicin and cyclophosphamide as perioperative chemotherapy for early breast cancer. Results: The allele frequencies for all of the SNPs were in concordance with the Hap-Map data of Japanese individuals. Among the 24 patients who had FN at least once during all courses of chemotherapy, 23 had the A/A genotype, and 1 had the A/G genotype of the GSTP1 polymorphism (rs1695, P = 0.001); 23 of the 70 patients with the A/A genotype had FN, as compared with only 1 of the 32 patients with the A/G and G/G genotypes. The genotype distributions of the UGT2B7 and MCPH1 polymorphisms did not differ between the patients who had FN or grade 3/4 neutropenia and those who did not. Conclusion: Among Japanese women who received epirubicin and cyclophosphamide as perioperative chemotherapy for early breast cancer, those with the A/A genotype of the GSTP1 polymorphism (rs1695) were more likely to have FN.
    Breast Cancer 07/2014; DOI:10.1007/s12282-014-0547-x · 1.59 Impact Factor
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    The Lancet Oncology 07/2014; 15(8):e299–e300. DOI:10.1016/S1470-2045(14)70230-X · 24.69 Impact Factor
  • Tomoya Shimokata · Yuichi Ando
    The Lancet Oncology 06/2014; 15(7):e249-50. DOI:10.1016/S1470-2045(14)70214-1 · 24.69 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: PurposeIn Japan, biological safety cabinets are commonly used by medical staff to prepare antineoplastic agents. At the Division of Chemotherapy for Outpatients, Nagoya University Hospital, a class II B2 biological safety cabinet is used. The temperature inside this biological safety cabinet decreases in winter. In this study, we investigated the effect of low outside air temperature on the biological safety cabinet temperature, time required to admix antineoplastic agents, and accuracy of epirubicin weight measurement. /st>Studies were conducted from 1 January to 31 March 2008 (winter). The outside air temperature near the biological safety cabinet intake nozzle was compared with the biological safety cabinet temperature. The correlation between the outside air temperature and the biological safety cabinet temperature, time for cyclophosphamide and gemcitabine solubilization, and accuracy of epirubicin weight measurement were investigated at low and high biological safety cabinet temperatures. /st>The biological safety cabinet temperature correlated with the outside air temperature of 5-20 (p < 0.0001). Compared to cyclophosphamide and gemcitabine solubilization in the biological safety cabinet at 25, solubilization at 10 was significantly delayed (p < 0.01 and p < 0.0001, respectively). Measurement of epirubicin weight by using a syringe lacked accuracy because of epirubicin's high viscosity at low temperatures (p < 0.01). /st>These results suggest that the biological safety cabinet temperature decreases when cool winter air is drawn into the biological safety cabinet, affecting the solubilization of antineoplastic agents. We suggest that a decrease in biological safety cabinet temperature may increase the time required to admix antineoplastic agents, thereby increasing the time for which outpatients must wait for chemotherapy.
    Journal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice 04/2014; 21(4). DOI:10.1177/1078155214530176
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    ABSTRACT: This phase I trial assessed afatinib, an irreversible ErbB family blocker, plus vinorelbine in Japanese patients with advanced solid tumors not amenable to standard treatment. Primary objectives were evaluation of safety and the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) of once-daily (QD) afatinib plus weekly intravenous vinorelbine. Secondary objectives included pharmacokinetic assessments and preliminary efficacy. Dose finding utilized a 3 + 3 design, with a starting dose of afatinib 20 mg QD plus vinorelbine 25 mg/m(2) weekly. Seventeen patients were enrolled. Dose level 2 (afatinib 40 mg and vinorelbine 25 mg/m(2)) exceeded the MTD; dose-limiting toxicities (DLTs) were considered vinorelbine-related. Dose finding continued with modified dose levels; dose level 2a: afatinib 40 mg and a reduced dose of vinorelbine 20 mg/m(2) and dose level 3: afatinib 40 mg and vinorelbine 25 mg/m(2) allowing omission of vinorelbine for grade ≥2 neutropenia/thrombocytopenia and afatinib dose modification for adverse events (AEs). At dose level 3, 1/6 patients had a DLT (upper abdominal pain requiring afatinib dose reduction). Overall, the most frequent treatment-related AEs (any/grade 3 and 4) were: neutropenia (100/71 %), leukopenia (100/59 %), diarrhea (94/0 %), anemia (71/12 %) and stomatitis (65/0 %). Two patients with breast cancer achieved a partial response; eight patients (various cancer indications) had stable disease. Pharmacokinetic analyses suggested no relevant drug-drug interactions. Afatinib 40 mg QD plus vinorelbine 25 mg/m(2) weekly was tolerated in Japanese patients when dose modifications for known AEs for either compound were allowed. Tumor shrinkage was also observed. This dose schedule was recommended for phase II/III trials in Japanese patients.
    Cancer Research 03/2014; 73(24 Supplement):P4-16-11-P4-16-11. DOI:10.1158/0008-5472.SABCS13-P4-16-11 · 9.33 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A 48-year-old male presented with para-aortic lymph node metastases after surgical resection of a clear cell renal cell carcinoma. After first-line treatment with interferon alpha-2b, he was started on pazopanib and lapatinib. Blood pressure was well controlled with temocapril and amlodipine. Treatment had to be stopped 4 years and 8 months after initiation due to overt proteinuria. Then, sunitinib was started as third-line treatment. During the second cycle of sunitinib, he died due to a Stanford type A aortic dissection. Acute aortic dissection could be an adverse event associated with the long-term use of antiangiogenic tyrosine kinase inhibitors.
    Aktuelle Urologie 03/2014; 45(2):132-134. DOI:10.1055/s-0033-1363274 · 0.16 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Carboplatin is a platinum-based anticancer drug that has been long used to treat many types of solid cancer. Because the clearance of carboplatin strongly correlates with the glomerular filtration rate (GFR), its dosage is calculated with the Calvert formula on the basis of the patient's GFR to achieve the target area under the plasma drug concentration-time curve (AUC) for each patient. However, many lines of evidence from previous clinical studies should be interpreted with caution because different methods were used to estimate drug clearance and derive the dosage of carboplatin. There is a particularly high risk of carboplatin overdosing when the dosage is determined on the basis of standardized serum creatinine values. When deciding the dose of carboplatin for adult Japanese patients, preferred methods to assess renal function instead of directly measuring GFR include (1) 24-h urinary collection-based creatinine clearance adjusted by adding 0.2 mg/dl to the serum creatinine concentration measured by standardized methods, and (2) equation-based GFR (eGFR) with a back calculation to units of ml/min per subject. Given the limitations of serum creatinine-based GFR estimations, the GFR or creatinine clearance should be directly measured in each patient whenever possible. To ensure patient safety and facilitate a medical-team approach, the single most appropriate method available at each institute or medical team should be consistently used to calculate the dose of carboplatin with the Calvert formula.
    Nagoya journal of medical science 02/2014; 76(1-2):1-9. · 0.75 Impact Factor
  • Molecular Cancer Therapeutics 01/2014; 12(11_Supplement):B188-B188. DOI:10.1158/1535-7163.TARG-13-B188 · 5.68 Impact Factor

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2k Citations
515.88 Total Impact Points


  • 1996–2015
    • Nagoya University
      • • Division of Clinical Oncology and Chemotherapy
      • • Division of of Internal Medicine
      • • Division of General Medicine
      Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
  • 2014
    • Aichi Gakuin University
      • School of Pharmacy
      Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
  • 2004–2011
    • Saitama Medical University
      • Department of Medical Oncology
      Saitama, Saitama, Japan
  • 2002
    • NCI-Frederick
      Фредерик, Maryland, United States
  • 1995
    • Japanese Red Cross
      Edo, Tōkyō, Japan