[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Primary signet ring cell carcinoma of the breast is a very rare tumour. We present a case with pure signet ring cell carcinoma of the breast, which was recognized as metastasis on the pelvic floor, before developing breast symptoms and signs. A 40-year old woman was admitted with abdominal pain. First diagnostic effort revealed a cystic mass on the pelvic floor, compressing the colon and other neighbouring organs. A biopsy of the pelvic mass was performed. The histopathological examination revealed metastatic signet-ring cell carcinoma. At the time of the first operation, the mammary glands were not suspicious. No other sources of primary tumour were evidenced. An inflammatory sign developed in right breast two months after biopsy of the pelvic metastasis. The histopathology of the breast incisional biopsy revealed primary pure signet ring cell carcinoma of the breast. Because the oestrogen and progesterone receptor were negative in the tumoral tissue, the patient underwent chemotherapy followed by modified radical mastectomy, chemotherapy, and palliative resection of the metastatic mass. The patient was followed up for eight months. To our knowledge, in English literature, we believe that this case is the first report of signet ring cell carcinoma of the breast presenting with pelvic floor metastasis without breast sign.
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Lymphoma is a malign disease of the lymphoid system. A variety of risk factors have been described in pathogenesis of disease. We investigated the role of Cyclooxygenase-2 (Cox-2) in malign lymphomas. A total of 52 patients who were admitted to the Oncology Unit of Mersin University with histologically diagnosed lymphoma were enrolled to this study. Ten of the patients had Hodgkin's disease (HD), and 42 had non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL). An immunuhistochemical method was used for Cox-2 expression. Cox-2 expression was detected in 24 of the 42 patients (57%) with NHL, and it was found in seven of the 10 patients (70%) with HD. The mean patient age expressing Cox-2 was 50.2+/-16.6 years and 48.0+/-15.5 years for patients without Cox-2 expression. This difference was not statistically significant (P = 0.660). The overall survival of Cox-2-positive patients was less than for those without Cox-2 expression but the difference was not significant statistically (16.4+/-11.4 vs. 14.7+/-8.2 months, respectively, P = 0.552) in NHL. There was a correlation between Cox-2 and stage of disease. As the stage increased the Cox-2 expression increased (P = 0.037) in NHL. The complete response rate to therapy was significantly higher in Cox-2-negative patients than the Cox-2-positive group (70.6% vs. 20.8%, respectively, P = 0.001) in NHL. There was no correlation between Cox-2 expression and IPI score, extranodal involvement, tumor grade, and B symptoms. Our findings demonstrate that there is a clinical correlation between the Cox-2 expression and prognostic factors in lymphoma patients. The combination of Cox-2 inhibitors with standard chemotherapeutics may enhance the potential of treatment options for malign lymphomas.
Leukemia and Lymphoma 08/2004; 45(7):1395-9. · 2.30 Impact Factor
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are responsible for the degradation of extracellular matrix and have an important role in tumour metastases. We investigated the role of MMP-2 and MMP-9 in Hodgkin's disease (HD) and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL). The serum samples of patients with HD (n = 12), NHL (n = 30) and healthy control (n = 22) were analysed for MMP-2 and MMP-9. An immunoassay method was used for the determination of MMP-2 and MMP-9 levels. No statistical significance was found between HD and NHL groups for levels of MMP-2. There were no relation between MMP-2, MMP-9 levels and clinical characteristics of patients. The mean MMP-9 levels were found to be 555.6 +/- 140 ng/ml, 446.6 +/- 53.6 ng/ml and 111.2 +/- 10.3 ng/ml in HD, NHL and control groups, respectively. Our results suggest that MMP-9 levels are substantially increased in HD and NHL when compared with controls and may probably be used for distinguishing the benign diseases from malign lymphomas.
International Journal of Clinical Practice 03/2004; 58(2):139-43. · 2.43 Impact Factor
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Sixty metastatic and recurrent breast cancer patients who had been given cyclophosphamide, methotrexate and fluorouracil (CMF) therapy previously and were treated at the Oncology Departments of Cukurova and Ege University Medical Schools between March 1992-94, were randomized into 2 groups for the chemotherapy program. The 30 patients in the 1st group were given etoposide: 200 mg x day x 5 days orally every 3 weeks. The 30 patients of the 2nd group were given fluorouracil: 500 mg x m2, doxorubicin: 5O mg/m2, cyclophosphamide: 500 mg/m2 intravenously every 3 weeks. The response rates were 21/30 in group 1 and 17/30 in group 2. The median duration of responses was 11 months (8-21) in the 1st and 9 months (4-18) in the 2nd group. Severe myelotoxicity was observed in 2 of the patients in the 1st group and in 5 of the patients in the 2nd group.
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Sixty patients with stage III-B and IV soft tissue sarcomas were randomized to receive either ifosfamide 5 g/m2xdx1 and doxorubicin 60 mg/m2xdx1 given every 3 weeks (arm A) or ifosfamide 1.8 g/m2xdx5 and doxorubicin 60 mg/m2xdx1 given every 4 weeks (arm B). Recombinant human granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (r-met Hu G-CSF: 250 micrograms/m2xd) was applied with a prophylactic intent to patients in arm A only. The response rate was higher in arm A patients (56% versus 33%, p = 0.03). In stage III patients, the complete response rate was significantly higher (53% versus, 13.3%, p = 0.01) and the duration of response was significantly longer in arm A (20 +/- 8.2 months versus, 13.4 +/- 7 months, p = 0.05). Chemotherapy related myelotoxicity and mucositis were also less frequent in this arm as a result of prophylactic r-met Hu G-CSF administration (p = 0.04, p = 0.003). It was concluded that single dose ifosfamide and doxorubicin combinations deserve further investigation under the cover of hematopoietic growth factors, particularly in patients with stage III soft tissue sarcomas.
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The intracellular glutathione (GSH) content was measured in 73 patients with leukemia and compared with controls. GSH content was between 1.16 and 5.55 mumol/g protein (mean 2.96 +/- 0.86) in the study group and between 0.5 and 1.48 mumol/g protein (mean 1.31 +/- 0.27) in the control group, statistically significant difference (p = 0.0000). There was no significant difference between acute and chronic leukemias, lymphoid and myeloid leukemias and, more importantly, newly diagnosed and relapsed patients. GSH content did not change significantly with clinical and hematologic parameters such as age, sex, and initial hematologic findings. In addition, variable changes were detected over 24 h in 9 patients. It can be concluded that GSH content in leukemic cells was higher than in controls and showed a wide range. The absence of a relationship between GSH content and clinical and laboratory parameters suggested that GSH is not the sole determinant of response to cytotoxic drugs. GSH variation over a 24-hour period may be important in the timing and success of chemotherapy for leukemias.
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha is a multifunctional cytokine that influences the clinical outcome in a number of diseases. This study was undertaken to evaluate its role in the differential diagnosis of malignant and benign tumors and in the follow-up of patients. We also studied the correlation of TNF-alpha levels with the stage and differentiation of the diseases.
In this study, serum levels of TNF-alpha are determined by the immunoradiometric assay method in 26 patients with head and neck cancer, and results are compared with 8 control patients with benign diseases. In both groups, serum samples were taken before and after the therapy. After centrifugation, the sera was stored at -70 degrees C until analyzed. TNF-alpha levels were measured by TNF-alpha immunoradiometric assay (IRMA) kit (Medgenix, Diagnostics SA, Belgium).
The pretreatment mean value of TNF-alpha in the study group (814.1 pg/mL) was almost 100 times higher than in the control group (8.6 pg/mL) (P = .001). It was also noted that posttreatment mean value (94 pg/mL) was significantly lower than pretreatment mean value in the study group (P = .001). No statistically significant difference was found between serum TNF-alpha levels and the stage and differentiation of the tumor.
The serum levels of TNF-alpha may be an efficient tumor marker in the diagnosis of patients with head and neck cancer.
American Journal of Otolaryngology 01/1994; 15(4):281-5. · 1.23 Impact Factor
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Sweet's syndrome (SS) developed in two patients with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) treated with granulocyte colony stimulating factor (G-CSF) for febrile neutropenia due to AML chemotherapy. Fever, painful skin and conjunctival lesions developed and neutrophilic infiltration was detected at biopsy specimens. Neutrophilia was not detected. Skin lesions regressed within 1-2 weeks and conjunctival lesions within 4 weeks following the cessation of G-CSF. We conclude that SS may be a complication of G-CSF therapy and tender skin and/or conjunctival lesions developing during G-CSF therapy should suggest the possibility of SS.
British Journal of Haematology 10/1993; 85(1):191-2. · 4.94 Impact Factor
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Gastrointestinal cancers are one of the most common malignancies in the world. Various etiologic factors have been proposed including viruses, chemical agents, and genetic factors. The aim of this study was to investigate the role of fibronectin (FN) and nitric oxide (NO) in gastric and colorectal cancers.
Thirty-nine patients (22 males, 17 females) with colorectal, 18 (10 males, 8 females) with gastric cancer, and 22 healthy control subjects were included in the study. The Griess reaction was used for the measurement of NO levels. An immunochemical reaction was used for measurement of FN levels.
We found increased levels of NO in colon and gastric cancer, and decreased levels of FN in colon cancer when compared with healthy control subjects. Neither FN nor NO levels were associated with age, gender, stage of disease and survival status. No significant association was found between NO and FN levels.
In conclusion, these two molecules might contribute to the pathogenesis of gastrointestinal cancers. The combination with standard chemotherapy and nitric oxide synthase inhibitors may be useful for the treatment of gastrointestinal cancer.
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Pica is defined as the compulsive eating of anything and has been known for more than a hundred years. It is a worldwide problem which can be seen in every race, age, sex and geographic region. Its true incidence is not known and may be greater than expected. Although it is a widespread phenomenon, the causes and risk factors of pica are not well established. Clinical signs and symptoms of pica syndrome are numerous but liver disorder associated with this syndrome is not widely reported. We reported here liver disorder possibly related with pica.
The British journal of clinical practice 47(3):147-9.