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Publications (4)9.96 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: We examined 51 patients treated with Capecitabine for metastatic breast cancer. 51 patients achieved a 30.8% response rate, 59.6% a clinical benefit rate(59.6%)and 7.2 M of time to disease progression, as previously reported. Capecitabine therapy, single agent or combination therapy, should be considered a treatment of choice for metastatic breast cancer with certain response and general tolerability.
    Gan to kagaku ryoho. Cancer & chemotherapy 06/2009; 36(5):769-72.
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    ABSTRACT: Papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) generally has a good prognosis but may have an aggressive course, particularly in the elderly. Standard treatment consists of radioactive iodine and thyrotropin suppression with superphysiological doses of thyroid hormone. Other modalities are less commonly used. We report perhaps the first patient with PTC who was treated with Mohs chemosurgery. The patient was a 94-year-old woman who was diagnosed at age 67 with PTC and underwent a near-total thyroidectomy. The PTC recurred in the cervical nodes and reached the size of 8 x 5.5 cm by age 89. The tumor had become exposed and was hemorrhaging. By age 92 it measured 10 cm, encompassed the right common carotid artery, and was invading the trachea and larynx. In order to implement local control, we applied Mohs ointment. She also required blood transfusions. After approximately 1 month, the tumor had flattened, and the hemorrhaging stopped, and the patient was able to be discharged from the hospital to home nursing. Treatment with Mohs chemosurgery should be considered in the rare patient with exposed locally aggressive PTC for palliation and improved quality of life.
    Thyroid: official journal of the American Thyroid Association 06/2009; 19(6):657-9. · 2.60 Impact Factor
  • Nihon Rinsho Geka Gakkai Zasshi (Journal of Japan Surgical Association) 01/2007; 68(7):1649-1653.
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    ABSTRACT: Cancer-associated DNA hypomethylation is as prevalent as cancer-linked hypermethylation, but the biological significance of DNA hypomethylation in carcinogenesis is less understood. The expression of Maspin (mammary serpin) in differentiated normal cells is regulated by epigenetic modifications in a cell-type-specific manner. Paradoxical Maspin expression due to epigenetic modification has been addressed in several cancer cell types. To elucidate the role of the Maspin gene in thyroid cancer, we studied methylation status in the promoter region and its expression in six human undifferentiated thyroid cancer cell lines and in specimens from 92 primary thyroid tumors, consisting of six follicular adenomas, 56 well-differentiated thyroid cancers (WDTCs), 17 poorly differentiated thyroid cancers (PDTCs) and 13 undifferentiated thyroid cancers (UDTCs). Three of the six cell lines overexpressed Maspin mRNA and its protein product, but the remaining three did not. The methylation status at the promoter region was inversely correlated with Maspin expression. In Maspin-negative cell lines, Maspin expression was induced by treatment with 5-aza-2'-deoxycytidine, a DNA demethylating agent. Immunoreactivity for Maspin protein was frequently detected in UDTCs (8/13, 62%) and PDTCs (7/17, 41%). Immunoreactivity for Maspin was diffusely positive in UDTCs, and was restricted to dedifferentiated components of the tumor in PDTCs. Positive immunoreactivity was infrequent in WDTCs (1/56, 2%), and all follicular adenomas and normal thyroid glands were completely negative. Their methylation status evaluated by the methylation-specific PCR method showed a good inverse correlation with their immunoreactivity in surgically resected specimens. Our data suggest that overexpression of Maspin by DNA hypomethylation is closely associated with morphological dedifferentiation in thyroid cancers.
    Oncogene 03/2004; 23(5):1117-24. · 7.36 Impact Factor