Tomoo Watanabe

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Attiki, Greece

Are you Tomoo Watanabe?

Claim your profile

Publications (17)22.55 Total impact

  • Source
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: Serum iron levels have been reported to increase following the administration of various anticancer drugs. An increase in serum iron levels during therapy with leucovorin and fluorouracil plus oxaliplatin (FOLFOX) or leucovorin and fluorouracil plus irinotecan (FOLFIRI) was also observed. The aim of this study was to investigate the correlation between serum iron levels and prognosis in advanced colorectal cancer (CRC) patients treated with FOLFOX/FOLFIRI ± molecularly-targeted drugs. Serum iron levels were measured prior to and at 48 h after treatment with FOLFOX/FOLFIRI ± molecularly-targeted drugs in 72 advanced CRC patients, all of whom succumbed to the disease between December, 2005 and February, 2012. No patients received radiotherapy. Taking the median rate of increase in serum iron levels as the cut-off value in each therapy, the patients were divided into cohort I (increase rate greater than the cut-off value in at least one therapy) or cohort II (increase rate less than the cut-off value in all therapies). The χ(2) test and the t-test were used to compare patient characteristics between the two cohorts. Prognosis was evaluated between the two cohorts using the Kaplan-Meier method, the log-rank test and the Cox proportional hazards regression analysis. No significant bias in patient characteristics (including the frequency of chemotherapy or number of patients treated with molecularly-targeted drugs) was observed between the two cohorts. Serum iron levels were transiently elevated following treatment (P<0.001), returning to baseline within 2 weeks. Median survival time (MST) in cohort I (n=44) and cohort II (n=28) was 430 and 377 days, respectively. The MST was significantly higher in cohort I (P=0.0382). The multivariate analysis identified a small increase in serum iron levels as an independent risk factor for overall survival (OS). These results suggest that serum iron levels may be used as a new predictive factor in FOLFOX/FOLFIRI ± molecularly-targeted drug therapy. Serum iron levels may therefore prove to be a useful and convenient biomarker for OS in CRC patients.
    Molecular and clinical oncology. 09/2013; 1(5):805-810.
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to describe the imaging findings for intraductal tubulopapillary neoplasms of the pancreas. METHODS: Eleven pancreatic tumors pathologically confirmed as intraductal tubulopapillary neoplasm were retrospectively collected. The dynamic contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance (MR) imaging including MR cholangiopancreatography (MRCP), ultrasound, and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) results were reviewed. The 2-tone duct sign and cork-of-wine-bottle sign were reviewed as indicators of intraductal tumor growth on CT/MR and MRCP/ERCP images, respectively. RESULTS: A 2-tone duct sign was noted on the dynamic CT images (7/10, 70%) and on the MR imaging (5/8, 63%). The distal main pancreatic duct was dilated in all the patients except one, who had a branch duct lesion. A cork-of-wine-bottle sign was observed on the MRCP image (3/8, 38%) and on the ERCP image (3/6, 50%). CONCLUSIONS: Intraductal tubulopapillary neoplasms are rare tumors showing characteristic imaging findings such as the 2-tone duct sign and the cork-of-wine-bottle sign that represent their intraductal growth.
    Journal of computer assisted tomography 11/2012; 36(6):710-717. · 1.38 Impact Factor
  • Source
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: The leucovorin (FOL) and fluorouracil (5-FU) plus oxaliplatin (l-OHP; FOLFOX) or FOL and 5-FU plus irinotecan (SN-38; FOLFIRI) regimens with or without molecularly-targeted drugs are widely used as first-line chemotherapy in the treatment of advanced colorectal cancer (CRC). Whether FOLFOX or FOLFIRI is administered first is not significant, however, it is essential that full administration of the targeted dosages of all 3 drugs, 5-FU, l-OHP and SN-38, is achieved. However, this is not always possible and second-line chemotherapy must be abandoned in certain cases. Where possible, the most effective regimen should be selected as the first line of treatment. The aim of this study was to determine whether first-line chemotherapy may be individualized using the collagen gel droplet-embedded drug sensitivity test (CD-DST). Specimens of primary tumors were obtained from 43 CRC patients who had received no preoperative chemotherapy. Informed consent to measure drug sensitivity was obtained from all patients. The CD-DST allows evaluation of drug sensitivity using isolated, 3-dimensionally cultured tumor cells in a small collagen gel droplet. The CD-DST was performed and the growth inhibition rate (IR) was obtained under incubation conditions (5-FU with l-OHP at 6.0 and 3.0 μg/ml, or 5-FU with SN-38 at 6.0 and 0.2 μg/ml, respectively, for 24 h). The cumulative distributions of the growth IRs under each condition were evaluated based on the evidence that the clinical response rates to FOLFOX and FOLFIRI were almost the same. Individualization of first-line treatment was possible in all patients, with FOLFOX and FOLFIRI showing higher efficacy in 26 and 15 patients, respectively, and equal efficacy in 2 cases. This method has the potential to facilitate the establishment of individualized first-line chemotherapy for CRC and improve the prognosis in such patients.
    Oncology letters 10/2012; 4(4):621-624. · 0.24 Impact Factor
  • Source
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: The effectiveness of cetuximab (Cmab) against KRAS p.G13D mutant-type tumors has been reported. In this study, we report a case of metastatic ascending colon cancer harboring a KRAS p.G13D mutation in a 65-year-old female. Considering the absence of symptoms and the post-operative risk of respiratory system complications due to multiple lung metastases, particularly at the entrance to the left main bronchus, anticancer drug therapy was selected as first-line therapy. With informed consent, FOLFOX4 [folinic acid (FOL), fluorouracil (F) plus oxaliplatin (OX)] + Cmab therapy was administered as preoperative chemotherapy. A good preoperative response was obtained to the chemotherapy, with a metastatic lesion disappearing from the entrance to the left main bronchus. Subsequent resection was performed successfully with no post-operative complications. Although a histopathological examination of the resected tissue specimen revealed residual cancer cells, it also showed the marked efficacy of the chemotherapy regimen used. In this study, we describe a case of metastatic ascending colon cancer harboring a KRAS p.G13D mutation in which the patient responded well to first-line therapy with FOLFOX4 + Cmab.
    Oncology letters 02/2012; 3(2):269-272. · 0.24 Impact Factor
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: Intraductal tubulopapillary neoplasm (ITPN) is a recently recognized rare variant of intraductal neoplasms of the pancreas. Molecular aberrations underlying the neoplasm remain unknown. We investigated somatic mutations in PIK3CA, PTEN, AKT1, KRAS, and BRAF. We also investigated aberrant expressions of phosphorylated AKT, phosphatase and tensin homolog (PTEN), tumor protein 53 (TP53), SMAD4, and CTNNB1 in 11 cases of ITPNs and compared these data with those of 50 cases of intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm (IPMN), another distinct variant of pancreatic intraductal neoplasms. Mutations in PIK3CA were found in 3 of 11 ITPNs but not in IPMNs (P = 0.005; Fisher exact test). In contrast, mutations in KRAS were found in none of the ITPNs but were found in 26 of the 50 IPMNs (P = 0.001; Fisher exact test). PIK3CA mutations were associated with strong expression of phosphorylated AKT (P < 0.001; the Mann-Whitney U test). Moreover, the expression of phosphorylated AKT was apparent in most ITPNs but only in a few IPMNs (P < 0.001; the Mann-Whitney U test). Aberrant expressions of TP53, SMAD4, and CTNNB1 were not statistically different between these neoplasms. Mutations in PIK3CA and the expression of phosphorylated AKT were not associated with age, sex, tissue invasion, and patients' prognosis in ITPNs. These results indicate that activation of the phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase pathway may play a crucial role in ITPNs but not in IPMNs. In contrast, the mutation in KRAS seems to play a major role in IPMNs but not in ITPNs. The activated phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase pathway may be a potential target for molecular diagnosis and therapy of ITPNs.
    The American journal of surgical pathology 09/2011; 35(12):1812-7. · 4.06 Impact Factor
  • Source
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: We previously reported the 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) sensitivity of cancer cells obtained from colorectal cancer (CRC) patients using the collagen gel droplet-embedded culture-drug sensitivity test (CD-DST). Multiple drug concentrations and contact durations, and the area under the concentration curve (AUC) and growth inhibition rate (IR) were combined, resulting in the AUC-IR curve, which was approximated to the logarithmic curve. Moreover, the individualized AUC(IR50), the AUC value which gives 50% growth inhibition, was calculated using the AUC-IR curve. This study aimed to identify responders/non-responders to 5-FU based on the individual AUC(IR50) obtained with CD-DST in order to establish individualized chemotherapy for CRC patients. The individual AUC(IR50) was calculated from each AUC-inhibition rate regression curve in all patients using the CD-DST. The cumulative distribution of the individual AUC(IR50) in CRC patients was evaluated. The cumulative distribution of the individual AUC(IR50) was regressed over the sigmoid curve (logarithmic scale). The approximate expression was almost exactly y=ab^exp(-cx) (a=0.9739, b=1.7096E-21, c=0.8990, the sum of square residuals, 0.0279). In the 80 cases examined, no notable change was observed in the regression curve when the number of patients increased. A standard curve was obtained describing responders to 5-FU among all CRC patients. From this standard curve, we ascertained that non-responders accounted for approximately 5% of all patients. Moreover, we were able to classify responders into good or intermediate responders to 5-FU. The standard curve describing response to 5-FU in CRC patients offers a useful tool in the establishment of individualized chemotherapy.
    Oncology letters 03/2011; 2(2):309-313. · 0.24 Impact Factor
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of the addition of oxaliplatin (l-OHP) or irinotecan (SN-38) to 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) using the collagen gel droplet embedded culture-drug sensitivity test (CD-DST) to establish whether leucovorin plus 5-FU should be administered in combination with l-OHP (FOLFOX) or SN-38 (FOLFIRI) in individualized first-line chemotherapy for the treatment of advanced colorectal cancer (CRC). Specimens of primary tumors were obtained from 24 CRC patients who had received no preoperative chemotherapy. CD-DST was performed, and the inhibition rate (IR) was obtained under multiple incubation conditions. The effects of addition of l-OHP or SN-38 were evaluated for the same area under the concentration curve (AUC) of 5-FU based on linear regression analysis. Approximate expression and correlation coefficients (5-FU vs. 5-FU + l-OHP, 5-FU vs. 5-FU + SN-38; AUC of 5-FU=72 and 5-FU vs. 5-FU + l-OHP, 5-FU vs. 5-FU + SN-38; AUC of 5-FU=144) were y=0.94x+8.53 (R(2)=0.95, p<0.0004), y=0.77x+26.18 (R(2)=0.76, p<0.0004) and y= 0.91x+10.90 (R(2)=0.94, p<0.0004), y=0.52x+44.61 (R(2)=0.60, p<0.0004), respectively. Approximate expression of 5-FU vs. 5-FU + l-OHP almost fit the regression line (y=x+b(1)). This suggests that addition of l-OHP yields a constant additive effect, independent of the IR of 5-FU. However, approximate expression of 5-FU vs. 5-FU + SN-38 fit the regression line (y=ax+b(2), a<1, b(2)≥b(1)). This suggests that addition of SN-38 yields a greater additive effect due to the lower IR of 5-FU. These results indicate that FOLFIRI should be selected as the first-line chemotherapy for the treatment of poor responders to 5-FU.
    Experimental and therapeutic medicine 01/2010; 1(2):325-329. · 0.34 Impact Factor
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: FOLFOX4 and FOLFIRI are effective regimens for the treatment of advanced colorectal cancer, and their use together with molecular targeting drugs has recently become more common. In the present study, we evaluated the changes in the serum iron levels of patients undergoing FOLFOX4 or FOLFIRI therapy alone or in combination with bevacizumab (BV). The serum iron level was increased 48 h after therapy and was restored to baseline 2 weeks afterwards in colorectal cancer patients who received FOLFOX4 or FOLFIRI alone or in combination with BV. This transient increase in serum iron was observed repeatedly during chemotherapy. The serum iron level was 71.66±28.96 μg/dl (mean ± standard deviation) before treatment and significantly increased to 186.82±83.17 μg/dl (p<0.001) 48 h after therapy. A transient increase in serum iron levels was also observed when FOLFIRI was administered to a patient after tumor resection. In contrast, no decrease in blood hemoglobin, no increase in liver enzymes and no increase in urinary iron excretion were observed. Based on these results, it can be concluded that an increase in serum iron may be induced by a transient change in iron distribution within the body after FOLFOX4/FOLFIRI therapy with or without BV.
    Experimental and therapeutic medicine 01/2010; 1(3):507-511. · 0.34 Impact Factor
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: The efficiency of new anti-cancer drugs such as the S-1 system was demonstrated in a controlled study comparing treatment and non-treatment groups. We encountered a patient with gastric cancer demonstrating peritoneal dissemination, who was successfully treated by combination therapy using S-1 and docetaxel. A 62-year-old woman was admitted to the hospital due to appetite loss and nausea. Upper GI endoscopy demonstrated a type 3 gastric cancer extending from the upper to lower body of the stomach. In the pelvic cavity, an abdominal CT scan demonstrated massive ascites. An abnormally high CA72-4 (143.8 U/mL) level was detected in serum. Treatment with S-1 and docetaxel was started with the following regimen: daily oral administration of 80 mg/body S-1 for 14 days, followed by a 7-day rest and infusion of 40 mg/m2 docetaxel on day 1. After 4 courses, the sites of dissemination had disappeared, and the serum CA72-4 value returned to normal. The patient clinically achieved good QOL by this method, which was very effective for non-resected gastric cancer with peritoneal dissemination.
    Gan to kagaku ryoho. Cancer & chemotherapy 09/2009; 36(9):1545-8.
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: We have encountered cases of unusual intraductal pancreatic neoplasms with predominant tubulopapillary growth. We collected data on 10 similar cases of "intraductal tubulopapillary neoplasms (ITPNs)" and analyzed their clinicopathologic and molecular features. Tumor specimens were obtained from 5 men and 5 women with a mean age of 58 years. ITPNs were solid and nodular tumors obstructing dilated pancreatic ducts and did not contain any visible mucin. The tumor cells formed tubulopapillae and contained little cytoplasmic mucin. The tumors exhibited uniform high-grade atypia. Necrotic foci were frequently observed, and invasion was observed in some cases. The ITPNs were immunohistochemically positive for cytokeratin 7 and/or cytokeratin 19 and negative for trypsin, MUC2, MUC5AC, and fascin. Molecular studies revealed abnormal expressions of TP53 and SMAD4 in 1 case, but aberrant expression of beta-catenin was not observed. No mutations in KRAS and BRAF were observed in the 8 cases that were examined. Eight patients are alive without recurrence, 1 patient died of liver metastases, and 1 patient is alive but had a recurrence and underwent additional pancreatectomy. The mitotic count and Ki-67 labeling index were significantly associated with invasion. All the features of ITPN were distinct from those of other known intraductal pancreatic neoplasms, including pancreatic intraepithelial neoplasia, intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm, and the intraductal variant of acinar cell carcinoma. Intraductal tubular carcinomas showed several features that were similar to those of ITPN, except for the tubulopapillary growth pattern. In conclusion, ITPNs can be considered to represent a new disease entity encompassing intraductal tubular carcinoma as a morphologic variant.
    The American journal of surgical pathology 06/2009; 33(8):1164-72. · 4.06 Impact Factor
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: We have previously reported the 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) sensitivity of cancer cells from colorectal cancer (CRC) patients using the collagen gel droplet embedded culture-drug sensitivity test (CD-DST) under multiple drug concentrations and contact durations. Moreover, the area under the concentration curve (AUC) and growth inhibition rate (IR) were combined, resulting in the AUC-IR curve, which was approximated to the logarithmic curve. In the present study, we used the AUC-IR curve to calculate the individualized AUCIR50, the AUC value that imparts 50% growth inhibition. Individual AUCIR50 was calculated in CRC patients, and its distribution was evaluated. The cumulative distribution of individual AUCIR50 was regressed over two lines (logarithmic scale). Among the 45 resectable CRC patients, those who achieved more than the individual AUCIR50 during post-operative 5-FU-based chemotherapy demonstrated a trend towards better disease-free survival compared to those who did not achieve AUCIR50. Of the Dukes' D patients (n=10), those who achieved more than twice the individual AUCIR50 during post-operative 5-FU-based chemotherapy demonstrated significantly better survival rates (p=0.05) than those who did not. In this study, the distribution of the individual AUCIR50 suggested that approximately 6% of patients demonstrated very low 5-FU sensitivity. Therefore, the individual AUCIR50 was useful in classifying good, intermediate and poor 5-FU response. Achievement of the individual AUCIR50 may be a prerequisite for individualized 5-FU-based adjuvant chemotherapy. As well, the early achievement of twice the individual AUCIR50 may indicate an improved prognosis in Dukes' D patients. The individual AUCIR50 using CD-DST is useful in determining the individualized chemotherapy of CRC patients, thus CD-DST has the potential to facilitate the establishment of individualized chemotherapy for CRC.
    Molecular Medicine Reports 01/2009; 2(3):405-9. · 1.17 Impact Factor
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: We have evaluated the 5-fluorouracil sensitivity of cancer cells from colorectal cancer patients using the collagen gel droplet embedded drug sensitivity test under multiple drug concentrations and contact durations. After converting drug concentration and contact time to the area under the curve (AUC) and plotting against the growth inhibition rate, the correlation between AUC and the growth inhibition rates was approximated to the logarithmic regression curve. In this study, to further validate the reliability of the regression curve, the growth inhibition rate was calculated from the regression curve and the actual growth inhibition rate was compared at AUC of 48 mug h/ml. No significant difference was observed in the growth inhibition rates between the two groups by paired t-test (P=0.590). A strong positive correlation was found between the two groups by regression analysis (y=0.7555x+10.514, R=0.8236). This result strongly suggests that in-vitro antitumor effect of 5-fluorouracil depends on the AUC in colorectal cancer and the AUC-inhibition rate curve is reliable. We can obtain the inhibition rate from AUC and vice versa using the AUC-inhibition rate curve. We can also calculate the individualized AUCIR50, AUC value that gives 50% growth inhibition, using the AUC-inhibition rate curve. This could be useful to establish individualized chemotherapy using the collagen gel droplet embedded drug sensitivity test.
    Anti-Cancer Drugs 02/2007; 18(1):17-21. · 2.23 Impact Factor
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: Endometriosis is common in women of childbearing age, while severe intestinal endometriosis requiring bowel resection is relatively rare. Intestinal endometriosis has recently been managed laparoscopically. We report the case of a 38-year-old patient with rectosigmoid and ileal endometriosis who was successfully treated by laparoscopic bowel resections. The patient had first presented at age 34 years with a chief complaint of rectal bleeding and lower abdominal pain related to the menstrual cycle. She underwent laparoscopic surgery and was diagnosed with severe endometriosis involving the rectosigmoid colon. Although an additional laparoscopic surgery had been planned, she did not return to the hospital. When she was 38 years old, she presented again with the same symptoms. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed a low intensity mass between the uterus and the rectosigmoid colon. A barium enema showed a stenotic site in the rectosigmoid colon. After hormone therapy, she underwent laparoscopic surgery. The anterior wall of the rectosigmoid colon adhered firmly to the corpus of the uterus, and another stenotic site was identified at the terminal ileum. The rectosigmoid colon and ileum were partially resected under laparoscopy. The postoperative course was uneventful and she was freed of symptoms. Laparoscopic treatment for patients with severe endometriosis of the bowel has becomes feasible and safe.
    Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques 07/2006; 16(3):251-5. · 1.07 Impact Factor
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: This study was designed to investigate whether characteristics, prognostic risk factors, and survival of colorectal cancer of Japanese-Americans in Hawaii are different from those of native Japanese in Japan. A retrospective review of patients with colorectal cancer surgically resected in single institutions in Hawaii and Japan from 1996 to 2002. A total of 410 Japanese-American patients (218 males; median age, 73 years) and 621 native Japanese patients (382 males; median age, 65 years) were included. There were significant differences in age (P < 0.001), age distribution (P < 0.001), gender (P = 0.008), preoperative carcinoembryonic antigen (P < 0.001), and anatomic site distribution (P < 0.001). The tumor characteristics of Japanese-American patients were close to the general American population compared with the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results data. There were no differences in tumor size, histologic grade, each of T, N, M status and TNM stage between the two groups. The overall five-year survival rates (Japanese-Americans, 75.5 percent; native Japanese, 76.2 percent; P = 0.55) and survival rates in each of four stratified stages were similar. Risk factors associated with survival were not different, except for carcinoembryonic antigen (P = 0.036). In patients with colorectal cancer in Japanese-Americans in Hawaii, some of tumor characteristics have changed from those of native Japanese in Japan. However, there are no remarkable differences in prognostic factors and survival between the two groups. The present study suggests that certain changes of colorectal cancer characteristics that were seen in Japanese-American may occur in native Japanese in Japan in the near future, although the survival outcome of colorectal cancer may remain the same.
    Diseases of the Colon & Rectum 01/2006; 49(1):50-7. · 3.34 Impact Factor
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: TS-1 contains tegaful (FT), 5-chloro-2,4-dihydroxypyridine (CDHP; an inhibitor of 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) degradation) and potassium oxonate (Oxo; an inhibitor of 5-FU assimilation mainly in the digestive tract) in a molar ratio of 1:0.4:1. We evaluated the combination of TS-1 and low-dose cisplatin on mouse sarcoma. Male ddy strain mice at 6 weeks of age were s.c. transplanted with 5 x 106 sarcoma-180 (S-1800) cells and divided into groups of seven animals each: Group A, no treatment; Group B, 5-FU alone by continuous i.p. infusion of 10 mg/kg with a minipump (Alzet); Group C, TS-1 10 mg/kg p.o. alone; Group D, cisplatin 0.2 mg/kg i.p. alone; Group E, B+D; Group F, C+D. Treatment was given for 5 days. Antitumor activity was evaluated on the basis of the tumor weight on day 8, and white blood cell count, red blood cell count, platelet count, BUN, GOT and GPT were determined to detect adverse effects. Tumor weights (g, mean+/-SD) were 0.54+/-0.15 in Group A, 0.52+/-0.17 in Group B, 0.34+/-0.05 in Group C, 0.46+/-0.12 in Group D, 0.34+/-0.07 in Group E and 0.16+/-0.03 in Group F. There were no noticeable adverse effects. The combined TS-1+cisplatin regimen showed considerably enhanced antitumor activities since sarcomas were significantly (p<0.05) decreased as compared with tissue. Mean AUC(0-12) (ng/ml.h) estimated in the groups receiving 5-FU+cisplatin or TS-1 alone was measured to calculate AUC(0-12) by the trapezoidal rule. 5-FU concentrations in blood and tumor from blood concentration data were 435 in Group B, 2651 in Group C, 343 in Group E and 1538 in Group F, while mean AUC(0-12) (ng/g.h) estimated from tumor tissue concentration data were 345 in Group B, 3548 in Group C, 324 in Group E and 2020 in Group F. Cisplatin acted as a modulator of 5-FU, suggesting clinical benefits of the combination of TS-1 and low-dose daily cisplatin.
    Anti-Cancer Drugs 08/2003; 14(6):475-9. · 2.23 Impact Factor
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: Background:  Rubber-band ligation of internal hemorrhoids is a well-established office procedure. In addition, endoscopic rubber-band ligation of esophageal varices has become widely accepted. Combining and modifying these techniques, we have conducted endoscopic hemorrhoidal ligation (EHL) since 1993, and we feel that it is appropriate now to evaluate the procedure.Methods:  One hundred and nineteen patients who were subjected to EHL were followed and evaluated.Results:  Endoscopic hemorrhoidal ligation was markedly effective in 67 cases (56.3%), effective in 41 cases (34.5%), and ineffective in 11 cases (9.2%). Out of the 11 ineffective cases, three of them received surgical hemorrhoidectomy and eight were treated by conservative measures with frequent or continuous use of suppositories. The most common complications after EHL were postoperative anal pain and slight bleeding. Out of 92 patients followed long-term, the 5-year non-recurrence rate was 90.4%. Persistent therapeutic effects were observed in 62 patients (67.4%), whereas 22 patients (23.9%) had to be treated by suppositories and/or ointments as necessary, and eight patients (8.7%) had a relapse. Out of the eight relapsed cases, four received repeated EHL with symptomatic remission, two received hemorrhoidectomy, and two were treated conservatively.Conclusion:  Endoscopic hemorrhoidal ligation is an effective method for treating internal hemorrhoids. However, indications for this treatment should be properly decided in each patient, using their history, and general and local conditions.
    Digestive Endoscopy 01/2003; 15(1):30 - 34. · 1.61 Impact Factor
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: We measured the activity of orotate phosphoribosyl transferase (OPRT), the amount of thymidylate synthase (TS) enzyme, and the activity of dihydropyrimidine dehydrogenase (DPD) for individual tissue types in order to study the contribution of these substances to the effects of the pyrimidine fluoride anticancer drug 5-fluorouracil (5-FU). We also studied the correlation between these 3 enzymes and clinical pathophysiologic characteristics (age, sex, extent of tumor invasion, extent of metastasis to the lymph nodes, lymphatic invasion and the venous invasion of the colorectal wall). Sixty-eight patients with colorectal carcinoma who had undergone surgical resection in our department were studied. There was a significant (p < 0.01) elevation of OPRT activity in the tumor tissue compared with regions of normal tissue. OPRT activity levels in the tumor tissue were lowest in patients with mucinous carcinoma while TS enzyme levels showed the highest activity in tumor tissue in poorly differentiated adenocarcinoma. DPD also showed high activity levels in tumor tissue in poorly differentiated adenocarcinoma and mucinous carcinoma. It is possible that the expression of enzymes with respect to the antitumor effects of 5-FU is a factor contributing to the poor prognosis for patients with poorly differentiated adenocarcinoma and mucinous carcinoma. In the present study of clinical pathophysiologic characteristics, we found that metastasis to the lymph nodes was associated with a significant reduction in the OPRT tumor/normal (T/N) ratio. Our results indicate that it may be possible to predict lymphatic metastasis by determining the T/N ratio for OPRT before surgery.
    Gan to kagaku ryoho. Cancer & chemotherapy 04/2002; 29(3):413-20.