Yasushi Yoshida

Saiseikai Kumamoto Hospital, Kumamoto, Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan

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Publications (8)2.29 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: A 59-year-old man had received chemotherapy with gemcitabine for nonresectable pancreatic cancer. After 14 months, he was hospitalized for obstructive jaundice and severe pain. Cholangioduodenostomy was performed, and the dose of opioids was increased. Although jaundice improved, the uncontrollable pain persisted. Chemotherapy with S-1 was initiated, and a dramatic improvement in the pain was observed. Consequently, the patient could be discharged from the hospital.
    Gan to kagaku ryoho. Cancer & chemotherapy 09/2008; 35(8):1411-3.
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    ABSTRACT: A 78-year-old man was admitted to Kumamoto Rosai Hospital with right lower abdominal pain. Abdominal computed tomography (CT) showed penetration of the cecum by a foreign body, which looked like a fish bone, as well as thickening of the right lower abdominal wall. We made an initial diagnosis of penetration of the colon by an ingested fish bone and the patient was managed conservatively with fasting, peripheral parental nutrition, and intravenous antibiotics. By the next day, the right lower abdominal pain had diminished and a repeat CT scan showed that the fish bone had moved to the splenic flexure. However, 2 days later, the patient complained of pain in the left upper abdomen and another CT scan showed repeated penetration of the descending colon by the same fish bone. Thus, we removed the fish bone via endoscopic extirpation. The patient had an uneventful postoperative course and was discharged home 6 days later.
    Surgery Today 02/2008; 38(4):363-5. · 0.96 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In March 2004, we resected a giant retroperitoneal liposarcoma and the transverse colon, spleen and left kidney in a 58-year-old woman. In July, recurrence was detected in the right pelvis and left upper abdomen; therefore, we resected the tumor. In September 2004, computed tomography (CT) revealed multiple recurrences in the right lower abdomen, left upper abdomen, front of the left lobe of the liver, and at the back of the stomach. In October 2004, we started mesna, doxorubicin, ifosfamide, and dacarbazine therapy (MAID); however, after 1 course, the disease progressed, and the patient developed edema in the bilateral legs due to inferior vena cava (IVC) compression. In November 2004, we started weekly paclitaxel therapy (100 mg/m(2), once a week for 3 weeks followed by 1 drug-free week). CT revealed no change as a result of chemotherapy; however, IVC compression had improved, and leg edema had decreased. In August 2005, chemotherapy was stopped; therefore,the patient's condition worsened. She died in September 2005. We performed weekly paclitaxel therapy for the patient with recurrent liposarcoma. This improved her symptoms and quality of life (QOL). Therefore,we consider weekly paclitaxel therapy to be effective for liposarcoma treatment.
    Gan to kagaku ryoho. Cancer & chemotherapy 04/2007; 34(3):465-7.
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    ABSTRACT: An 81-year-old woman with a right breast tumor exposed through the skin surface visited our clinic in June 2004. Pathological findings of the resected tumor specimen indicated invasive ductal carcinoma of the breast,positive ER/PgR status,and negative HER 2/neu status. The enlarged right axillary lymph nodes were palpable. Ultrasonography and computed tomography revealed that the tumor invaded the chest wall without any metastasis to remote organs. On July 5, 2004, we started anastrozole treatment. Its effects were confirmed in the first month,and the treatment was continued for 8 months. Substituting anastrozole with exemestane was not effective. However, the exposed part of the tumor completely responded to tamoxifen that was administered for 2 months. The effect of tamoxifen continued until February 2006, and most of the subcutaneous part of the tumor became nonpalpable. Thus, sequential endocrine monotherapy proved useful for an elderly woman with locally advanced breast cancer.
    Gan to kagaku ryoho. Cancer & chemotherapy 02/2007; 34(1):73-5.
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    ABSTRACT: We report two cases of recurrent breast cancer with regional lymph node metastases that responded completely to treatment with trastuzumab and paclitaxel. Case 1: A 52-year-old woman, who presented with left breast cancer, underwent mastectomy and axillary lymph node dissection in July 2002. Pathological findings were as follows: invasive ductal carcinoma (scirrhous type), 2.2 cm in size, histological grade 3, positive invasion to the lymphatic and blood vessels, negative nodal status (0/11), negative ER/PgR status, and overexpression of HER 2/neu. Left axillary lymph node metastasis was noted after five months, ie, in December 2002. Four cycles of chemotherapy with doxorubicin and cyclophosphamide were administered from January 2003; however, they were not effective. The patient showed a complete response after three months of chemotherapy with trastuzumab and paclitaxel. This treatment was stopped in September 2003. She has maintained a complete response for two and a half years and was not administered any further treatment as of February 2006. Case 2: A 59-year-old woman, who presented with right breast cancer, underwent mastectomy and axillary lymph node dissection in May 2002. Pathological findings were as follows: invasive ductal carcinoma (scirrhous type), 1.8 cm in size, histological grade 2, positive invasion to the lymphatic and blood vessels, negative nodal status (0/5), positive ER and uncertain PgR status, and overexpression of HER 2/neu. She had received adjuvant hormonal therapy with tamoxifen; however, a right supraclavicular lymph node metastasis was noted in October 2004. Treatment with exemestane was not effective. However, a complete response was observed with trastuzumab and paclitaxel for four months. She has maintained a complete response for six months and was not administered any further treatment as of February 2006.
    Gan to kagaku ryoho. Cancer & chemotherapy 10/2006; 33(9):1301-3.
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    ABSTRACT: A 75-year-old man underwent partial resection of the small intestine for GIST in January 2000. A recurrent tumor revealed in the intra pelvic space was removed by two operations, and imatinib (400 mg/day) was given after the third operation. As successive administration was not able to be continued due to side effects such as anorexia and fatigue, the recurrent tumor enlarged. After imatinib was given at 200 mg/day, the defecation trouble was improved and the tumor decreased partially on CT image. His partial response has continued over one year. Mutation analysis revealed deletion and point mutation in exon 11 of c-kit gene. Low-dose imatinib administration should be considered in case of side effects at the standard dose.
    Gan to kagaku ryoho. Cancer & chemotherapy 07/2006; 33(6):799-801.
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    ABSTRACT: Case 1: A 34-year-old woman,who had a right breast cancer with axillary lymph node metastasis and multiple bone metastases, was referred to our clinic. She developed paralysis of lower extremities and disorder of the bladder and rectum due to metastasis to the thoracic vertebra, and also had renal dysfunction due to severe hypercalcemia and hemorrhagic cystitis. Correcting the serum calcium level with intravenous infusion, elcatonin, pamidronate and betamethasone, she underwent radiation therapy for the vertebral metastasis. The first hormonal therapy (leuprorelin/exemestane) had been effective for about 4 months, however the second hormonal therapy (leuprorelin/tamoxifen) was not effective. Chemotherapy with paclitaxel (80 mg/m(2), day 1, 8, 15, every 4 weeks) brought about a stable general condition and a normal level of serum calcium with zoledronate in the ninth month of treatment. Case 2: A 32-year-old woman, who had a right breast cancer with multiple bone metastases and axillary and hilar lymph node metastases, came to our clinic, complaining of nausea due to severe hypercalcemia. After successful correction of hypercalcemia by the intravenous infusion and administration of elcatonin, pamidronate and dexamethasone, the hormonal therapy(goserelin/tamoxifen) caused rapid re-elevation of serum calcium and tumor marker, so that a tumor flare was suspected. After 3 cycles of EC therapy (EPI 90 mg/m(2), CPM 600 mg/m(2), every 3 weeks), 2 cycles of paclitaxel therapy (80 mg/m(2), day 1, 8, 15, every 4 weeks) brought about tumor reduction and the normal level of serum calcium. After 7 cycles of paclitaxel therapy,the hormonal therapy (goserelin/tamoxifen) proved effective for several months. To achieve tumor reduction and stabilize the serum calcium level, we need to start immediately the treatment of breast cancer with severe hypercalcemia, considering the general condition of the patient.
    Gan to kagaku ryoho. Cancer & chemotherapy 03/2006; 33(2):223-6.
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    ABSTRACT: Anastrozole and tamoxifen have mild toxicity. However, we noticed that more patients treated with anastrozole complained of joint symptoms than expected. In particular, digital stiffness as is seen with rheumatoid arthritis is a problem. Some clinical trials of anastrozole in Europe and the United States reported musculoskeletal disorders as adverse events, however, joint symptoms were not described in detail. At our clinic from August 2001 to March 2005, 53 postmenopausal women with estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer were treated with anastrozole. We calculated the incidence and classified the grade of joint symptoms by interviewing patients. We also investigated the patients' characteristics and their relevance to joint symptoms. Of 53 patients, 14 patients (26%) had joint symptoms (13 patients with digital stiffness and 3 patients with arthralgias of wrist and shoulders). Joint symptoms tended to occur in the patients who had previously undergone chemotherapy; however, there has no relationship between prior hormonal therapy and joint symptoms. Seven patients who discontinued anastrozole treatment showed improved symptoms. Five patients with grade 1 digital stiffness continued anastrozole treatment without additional treatment. Two patients with grade 1 digital stiffness, who took a Chinese herbal medicine showed improved symptoms and continued anastrozole treatment. Benefits to the patients may possibly be lost by discontinuation of anastrozole or changing to tamoxifen since the clinical superiority of anastrozole to tamoxifen has been reported. We should continue anastrozole in patients with low grade symptoms, while ensuring that patients are aware of the toxicity of anastrozole.
    Breast Cancer 02/2006; 13(3):284-8. · 1.33 Impact Factor