Mizutomo Azuma

Kitasato University, Edo, Tokyo, Japan

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    ABSTRACT: Background: The Randomized Phase III Study Comparing Oxaliplatin plus S-1 with Cisplatin plus S-1 in Chemotherapy-naïve Patients with Advanced Gastric Cancer (G-SOX) showed the noninferiority of S-1 (an oral fluoropyrimidine-derivative dihydropyrimidine dehydrogenase inhibitor) plus oxaliplatin combination therapy (SOX) to S-1 plus cisplatin therapy (CS) in overall survival [hazard ratio (HR) from proportional hazard model 0.958, 95 % confidence interval (CI) 0.803-1.142; noninferiority margin 1.15]. To further clarify the clinical position of SOX in advanced gastric cancer (AGC), a meta-analysis including information from other reported studies was conducted. Methods: In addition to G-SOX, Japanese phase III clinical trials including S-1 monotherapy were included in the analyses. Individual patient data for SOX (318 patients) and CS (324 patients) from G-SOX, as well as those for S-1 (160 patients) from the Randomized Phase III Study Comparing the Efficacy and Safety of Irinotecan plus S-1 with S-1 Alone as First-line Treatment for Advanced Gastric Cancer (GC0301/TOP-002), were available. Published clinical information for S-1 from other studies (total 705 patients) was also collected. A Weibull distribution was assumed for overall survival time, and parameters for SOX, CS, and S-1 were estimated parametrically. Posterior HR distributions were obtained with a Bayesian approach. Results: The HR of SOX to S-1 was 0.817 (95 % credible interval 0.704-0.939), and the probability of the HR <1.00 was 99.8 %. The HR of CS to S-1 was 0.871 (95 % credible interval; 0.754-0.998), and the probability of the HR <1.00 was 97.6 %. The HR of SOX to CS in G-SOX was 0.942 (95 % credible interval; 0.789-1.117), and the probability of HR <1.15 was 98.9 %. Conclusion: This meta-analysis indicates that SOX was superior to S-1 and noninferior to CS in AGC.
    Full-text · Article · Jan 2016 · International Journal of Clinical Oncology
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    ABSTRACT: Objectives: Whether chemoradiotherapy (CRT) is clinically beneficial for the management of postoperative recurrence of advanced gastric cancer remains unclear. We retrospectively studied treatment outcomes in patients who had unresectable localized recurrence after surgery for advanced gastric cancer and evaluated the safety and efficacy of CRT. Methods: The study group comprised 21 patients who received concurrent CRT for unresectable localized recurrence after undergoing R0 resection for stage II/III advanced gastric cancer. Localized recurrence was defined as a few or limited recurrent lesions. Results: The recurrence pattern was anastomotic recurrence in 7 patients, abdominal lymph-node recurrence in 12, and anastomotic recurrence plus abdominal lymph-node recurrence in 2. The median total dose of radiotherapy was 48.6 Gy (range 39.6-56.0), and the CRT completion rate was 100 % (21 of 21 patients). CRT-related grade 3 or higher toxicity comprised neutropenia in 33.3 % of patients and anorexia in 9.5 %. The response rate was 61.9 % (complete response 38.1 %, partial response 23.8 %). The median overall survival was 35.0 months. Conclusions: We conclude that CRT may become one treatment strategy for the management of unresectable localized recurrence after curative resection of advanced gastric cancer.
    No preview · Article · Nov 2015 · Japanese journal of radiology
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    ABSTRACT: Estrogen has been shown not only to reduce the incidence of colorectal cancer but also gastric cancer (GC). Polymorphisms in estrogen receptor β gene, ESR2, correlate with colorectal cancer survival. To better understand the role of ESR2 in GC, genomic DNA extracted from 169 Japanese patients and 172 patients from Los Angeles County (LAC) was analyzed for association of overall survival (OS) with three ESR2 polymorphisms, which are of biological significance using multivariable Cox proportional hazard regression. ESR2 rs1271572 (C>A) and rs3020443 (T>G) had univariate and multivariable associations with OS in the Japanese cohort, whereas the C allele of ESR2 rs2978381 (T>C) predicted favorable OS in the Japanese cohort but worse OS in the LAC cohort. The interaction term of the ESR2 rs2978381 and cohort group reached statistical significance. Our study provides evidence that genetic variations in ESR2 gene are significantly associated with survival in patients with locally advanced GC.The Pharmacogenomics Journal advance online publication, 27 October 2015; doi:10.1038/tpj.2015.77.
    Full-text · Article · Oct 2015 · The Pharmacogenomics Journal
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    ABSTRACT: Background Nuclear factor-kappaB (NF-κB) and CCL2/CCR2 chemokine axis play a central role in tumor progression such as stimulation of angiogenesis, acceleration of tumor invasion and migration, and suppression of innate immunosurveillance in the macrophage-related functions. There have been few reports regarding association of the macrophage function-related genes with the clinical outcome in gastric cancer. We hypothesized that variants in genes encoding for NF-κB and CCL2/CCR2 axis may predict prognosis in gastric cancer and tested whether the functional single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) will be associated with clinical outcome in patients with gastric cancer across two independent groups.
    Full-text · Article · Nov 2014 · Annals of Oncology
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    ABSTRACT: Objective: Dysregulation of the c-MET signaling pathway results from various molecular mechanisms including mutation, amplification, and overexpression. Overexpression and amplification of c-MET have been correlated with poor clinical outcome in gastric cancer, whereas the associations between c-MET polymorphisms and prognosis have not been well defined. We examined the prognostic impact of functional polymorphisms of the MET gene on clinical outcome in gastric cancer. Methods: Candidate polymorphisms of the MET gene were analyzed by PCR-based direct sequencing for the associations with clinical outcome across three independent cohorts, including 161 Japanese, 101 US, and 63 Austrian patients, with locoregional gastric cancer, treated with surgery. Results: The univariable analysis showed that patients with any G (A/G or G/G genotype) allele of MET rs40239 had significantly longer disease-free survival and overall survival compared with those with the AA genotype in the Japanese cohort [hazard ratio (HR): 0.43, P=0.001, and HR: 0.47, P=0.006, respectively]; this remained significant upon multivariable analysis adjusted for age, sex, stage, and type of adjuvant therapy (HR: 0.48; P=0.009, HR: 0.50; P=0.017, respectively). However, there was no significant association of the polymorphism with clinical outcome in the US and Austrian cohorts. When stratified by sex in the Japanese cohort, male individuals, but not female individuals, with the G allele maintained a clinical outcome benefit in both univariable and multivariable analyses. Conclusion: MET rs40239 may serve as a prognostic biomarker in locoregional gastric cancer. These data also suggest that genetic variants of c-MET may show sex-related differences in the impact on clinical outcome.
    Full-text · Article · Sep 2014 · Pharmacogenetics and Genomics
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    ABSTRACT: Objective: Amphiregulin (AREG) and epiregulin (EREG) are important ligands to the epithelial growth factor receptor, which is involved in the regulation of progression and stemness in gastric cancer (GC). This study investigated whether frequent single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in genes of AREG and EREG are associated with recurrence-free survival and overall survival in patients with locally advanced GC. Methods: SNPs with a minor allele frequency of at least 10% were analyzed using direct DNA sequencing in two independent study populations. Results: The minor allele of AREG rs1615111 was associated with a significantly higher 3-year recurrence rate and lower 3-year survival rate [hazard ratio (HR)=2.21 and 2.35, respectively] compared with patients homozygous for the dominant allele G. The value for overall survival could be validated with a HR of 2.54 (P=0.018) in an independent cohort. Patients homozygous for the minor allele A of EREG rs12641042 had a significantly higher 3-year survival rate than patients with allele C (HR 0.48; P=0.034), but significance was lost in multivariable analysis (P=0.066). The value of rs12641042 could not be validated (P=0.98). Exploratory multivariable subgroup analysis showed the strongest prognostic value for rs1615111 in tumors with a diffuse histology (Pfor interaction=0.004). Conclusion: AREG rs1615111, located in the AREG genomic region, can significantly define different prognostic cohorts in locally advanced GC. This value is most evident in GC patients with diffuse histology, which might be relevant as none of the trials testing epithelial growth factor receptor inhibitors has been enriched for diffuse histology or a molecularly defined population.
    Full-text · Article · Sep 2014 · Pharmacogenetics and Genomics
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose A previous phase 1 study suggested that definitive chemoradiation therapy with docetaxel, cisplatin, and 5-fluorouracil (DCF-R) is tolerable and active in patients with advanced esophageal cancer (AEC). This phase 2 study was designed to confirm the efficacy and toxicity of DCF-R in AEC. Methods and Materials Patients with previously untreated thoracic AEC who had T4 tumors or M1 lymph node metastasis (M1 LYM), or both, received intravenous infusions of docetaxel (35 mg/m2) and cisplatin (40 mg/m2) on day 1 and a continuous intravenous infusion of 5-fluorouracil (400 mg/m2/day) on days 1 to 5, every 2 weeks, plus concurrent radiation. The total radiation dose was initially 61.2 Gy but was lowered to multiple-field irradiation with 50.4 Gy to decrease esophagitis and late toxicity. Consequently, the number of cycles of DCF administered during radiation therapy was reduced from 4 to 3. The primary endpoint was the clinical complete response (cCR) rate. Results Characteristics of the 42 subjects were: median age, 62 years; performance status, 0 in 14, 1 in 25, 2 in 3; TNM classification, T4M0 in 20, non-T4M1LYM in 12, T4M1LYM in 10; total scheduled radiation dose: 61.2 Gy in 12, 50.4 Gy in 30. The cCR rate was 52.4% (95% confidence interval [CI]: 37.3%-67.5%) overall, 33.3% in the 61.2-Gy group, and 60.0% in the 50.4-Gy group. The median progression-free survival was 11.1 months, and the median survival was 29.0 months with a survival rate of 43.9% at 3 years. Grade 3 or higher major toxicity consisted of leukopenia (71.4%), neutropenia (57.2%), anemia (16.7%), febrile neutropenia (38.1%), anorexia (31.0%), and esophagitis (28.6%). Conclusions DCF-R frequently caused myelosuppression and esophagitis but was highly active and suggested to be a promising regimen in AEC. On the basis of efficacy and safety, a radiation dose of 50.4 Gy is recommended for further studies of DCF-R.
    No preview · Article · Jul 2014 · International journal of radiation oncology, biology, physics
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose We compared biweekly irinotecan plus cisplatin (BIRIP) with irinotecan alone as the second-line chemotherapy (SLC) for advanced gastric cancer (AGC). Methods Patients with metastatic or recurrent gastric cancer refractory to S-1-based first-line chemotherapy were randomly assigned to receive BIRIP (irinotecan 60 mg/m2 plus cisplatin 30 mg/m2, every 2 weeks) or irinotecan alone (irinotecan 150 mg/m2, every 2 weeks). The primary end-point was to show the superiority of BIRIP to irinotecan in terms of progression free survival (PFS). Results 130 patients were enrolled. PFS was significantly longer in the BIRIP group (3.8 months [95% confidence interval (CI) 3.0–4.7]) than in the irinotecan group (2.8 months and ; hazard ratio 0.68, 95% CI 0.47–0.98; P = 0.0398). Median overall survival was 10.7 months in the BIRIP group and 10.1 months in the irinotecan group (HR 1.00, 95% CI 0.69–1.44, P = 0.9823). The objective response rate was 22% in the BIRIP group and 16% in the irinotecan group (P = 0.4975). However, the disease control rate was significantly better in the BIRIP group (75%) than in the irinotecan group (54%, P = 0.0162). The incidences of grade 3 or worse adverse events did not differ between the two groups. Any grade elevation of serum creatinine was more common in the BIRIP group (25% versus 8%, P = 0.009), but any grade diarrhoea (17% versus 42%, P = 0.002) was more common in the irinotecan group. Conclusion BIRIP significantly prolonged PFS as compared with irinotecan alone and was tolerated as SLC, but did not demonstrate the survival benefit in this trial.
    Full-text · Article · May 2014 · European journal of cancer (Oxford, England: 1990)
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    ABSTRACT: Many malignant tumors consist of heterogeneous subpopulations of cells. This heterogeneity is associated with genetic characteristics. However, it remains unclear whether gene expression levels differ among specific sites of tumors in gastric cancer. We studied differences in gene expression levels among specific sites of primary tumors and synchronous lymph node metastases, using formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded specimens resected surgically from 48 patients with previously untreated advanced gastric cancer. Specimens were obtained by laser-captured microdissection from five regions: (1) nonneoplastic mucosa, (2) surface layer (mucosa) of the primary tumor (surface sections), (3) middle layer (submucosa) of the primary tumor (middle sections), (4) the deepest layer of the primary tumor (muscularis propria or deeper) at the site of deepest invasion (deep sections), and (5) level 1 synchronous lymph node metastasis (lymph node metastases). Expression levels of the following target genes were determined by quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction: thymidylate synthase (TS), thymidine phosphorylase (TP), dihydropyrimidine dehydrogenase (DPD), epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR), vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), and hypoxia-inducible factor-1α (HIF1α). TP, DPD, EGFR, and HIF1α gene expression levels were significantly higher in deep sections than in surface sections. TP, EGFR, VEGF, and HIF1α gene expression levels were significantly higher in lymph node metastases than in surface sections. TP, DPD, EGFR, VEGF, and HIF1α gene expression levels were positively correlated with the specific samples harvested from the tumors. Our results show that the expression levels of some genes in tumor cells can change in specific sites of tumors and can become higher in association with tumor progression.
    No preview · Article · Mar 2014 · Gastric Cancer
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    ABSTRACT: Background Combined chemotherapy with cisplatin, 5-fluorouracil, and docetaxel (DCF) is a promising regimen for the treatment of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC). However, careful attention must be paid to severe neutropenia. Methods A total of 17 patients with ESCC who received DCF therapy (docetaxel 75 mg/m2 on day 1, cisplatin 75 mg/m2 on day 1, and 5-fluorouracil 750 mg/m2 on days 1–5) were studied from December 2010 through May 2012. We assessed the relation between neutropenia and the plasma concentration of each anticancer drug during the first course of DCF therapy. Results The maximum plasma concentration (C max) (mean ± SD) of docetaxel was 1,929 ± 458 ng/mL, while that of cisplatin was 2,870 ± 410 ng/mL, and that of 5-fluorouracil was 448 ± 121 ng/mL. The area under the plasma concentration–time curve (AUC) (mean ± SD) as calculated by MOMENT analysis was 2,428 ± 513 ng/mL h for docetaxel and 135,950 ± 22,330 ng/mL h for cisplatin. The AUC of 5-fluorouracil was not calculated. Higher C max and AUC values for docetaxel were associated with trends toward lower nadir absolute neutrophil counts (ANCs). The C max of docetaxel reflected the AUC of docetaxel. Neither the C max nor AUC of docetaxel was related to the occurrence of febrile neutropenia. Conclusions Higher C max or AUC values of docetaxel are associated with a trend toward lower nadir ANCs in patients with ESCC who receive DCF therapy. The C max of docetaxel, which is assessable immediately after starting treatment, might be useful for predicting the severity of the nadir ANC or for selecting the management method.
    Full-text · Article · Jan 2014 · Esophagus
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    ABSTRACT: Approximately 80%-95% of gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) show positive staining for KIT, while the other 5%-20% show negative staining. If the tumor is negative for KIT, but is positive for CD34, a histological diagnosis is possible. However, if the tumor is negative for KIT, CD34, S-100, and SMA, a definitive diagnosis is often challenging. Recently, Discovered on GIST-1 (DOG1) has received considerable attention as a useful molecule for the diagnosis of GIST. DOG1, a membrane channel protein, is known to be overexpressed in GIST. Because the sensitivity and specificity of DOG1 are higher than those of KIT, positive staining for DOG1 has been reported, even in KIT-negative GISTs. KIT-negative GISTs most commonly arise in the stomach and are mainly characterized by epithelioid features histologically. We describe our experience with a rare case of a KIT-negative GIST of the stomach that was diagnosed by positive immunohistochemical staining for DOG1 in a patient who presented with severe anemia. Our findings suggest that immunohistochemical staining for DOG1, in addition to gene analysis, is useful for the diagnosis of KIT-negative tumors that are suspected to be GISTs.
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    ABSTRACT: Lemur tyrosine kinase-3 (LMTK3) was recently identified as estrogen receptor (ER) -α modulator related to endocrine therapy resistance, and its polymorphisms rs9989661 (T>C) T/T genotype and rs8108419 (G>A) G/G or A/G genotype predicted improved outcomes in breast cancer. Since different predominant ERs distributions link to breast and gastric cancer and little is known of the prognostic role of LMTK3 in gastric cancer, this study was conducted to clarify the prognostic role of these polymorphisms in gastric cancer. One-hundred and sixty-nine Japanese and one-hundred and thirty-seven United States (US) patients with localized gastric adenocarcinoma were enrolled. Genomic DNA was extracted from blood or tissue, and all samples were analyzed by PCR-based direct DNA-sequencing. Overall, these polymorphisms were not associated with survival in both cohorts. When gender was considered, in multivariate analysis, harboring rs9989661 T/T genotype was associated with disease-free survival (HR 4.37; 95% CI, 2.08-9.18; p<0.0001) and overall survival (OS) (HR 3.69; 95% CI, 1.65-8.24; p=0.0014) in the Japanese males and time to recurrence (HR 7.29; 95% CI, 1.07-49.80; p=0.043) in the US females. Meanwhile, harboring rs8108419 G/G genotype was associated with OS in the Japanese females (HR 3.04; 95% CI, 1.08-8.56; p=0.035) and the US males (HR 3.39; 95% CI, 1.31-8.80; p=0.012). The prognostic role of these polymorphisms may be negative in gastric cancer. These findings suggest that the estrogen pathway may play a prognostic role in patient with gastric cancer but this may be dependent on the regional differences both in physiology and genetic alterations of gastric cancer.
    No preview · Article · Aug 2013 · Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
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    ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Most previous studies of endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) for superficial esophageal neoplasms were retrospective; prospective studies are scant. OBJECTIVE: To prospectively assess the efficacy and safety of ESD for superficial esophageal neoplasms. DESIGN: Phase II study. SETTING: University hospital. PATIENTS: Fifty-two patients (median age 68 years; 48 men) who had a histologic diagnosis of superficial esophageal cancer without metastasis on CT or high-grade intraepithelial neoplasia (HGIN) were enrolled from April 2009 through November 2011. INTERVENTION: ESD was used to treat 56 lesions. All procedures were done by 4 endoscopists who each had previously performed ESD in more than 100 patients with gastric tumors. MAIN OUTCOME MEASUREMENTS: The primary endpoint was the R0 resection rate, and secondary endpoints were the safety and the rate of accurately diagnosing tumor depth on endoscopic examination. RESULTS: The median treatment time was 69 minutes (24-168 minutes). The histopathologic diagnosis was squamous cell carcinoma in 49 lesions, HGIN in 5, and tubular adenocarcinoma in 2. The en bloc resection rate and R0 resection rate were 100% and 94.6%, respectively. The rates of adverse events during ESD and after ESD were 22.2% and 53.8%, respectively, but most events were mild. One patient (1.9%) had mediastinal emphysema without perforation. The rate of accurately diagnosing tumor depth on endoscopic examination was 76.8%. LIMITATIONS: Single-center, nonrandomized study. CONCLUSION: Our study showed that ESD was an effective and relatively safe treatment for superficial esophageal neoplasms. ESD may be a useful treatment option for superficial esophageal neoplasms in hospitals with endoscopists who are experts in performing ESD for gastric tumors. (Clinical trial registration number: UMIN000002047.).
    No preview · Article · May 2013 · Gastrointestinal endoscopy
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Percutaneous transesophageal gastrotubing (PTEG) was developed as an alternative route to access the gastrointestinal tract when percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy is contraindicated. PTEG was originally performed without endoscopy. However, endoscopy may enhance safety. Materials and methods: A percutaneous rupture-free balloon is inserted under ultrasonographic control into an upper esophageal puncture site with a specialized needle. A guidewire is inserted through the needle into the rupture-free balloon, followed by a dilator and sheath. A placement tube is then inserted through the sheath. PTEG was performed in 85 patients (56 men and 29 women, mean age 70.5 years), 30 under fluoroscopic guidance and 55 under endoscopic guidance. These groups were subdivided into the nutrition subgroup (fluoroscopy, 20 patients; endoscopy, 23) and the decompression subgroup (fluoroscopy, 10 patients; endoscopy, 32) according to the purpose of PTEG. Results: Nine (30%) of the 30 patients in the fluoroscopy group required endoscopic assistance to complete the procedure. None of the patients in the endoscopy group required fluoroscopy (P<0.05). The overall complication rate of PTEG was 16.4%. Complication rates in the nutrition and decompression subgroups were, respectively, 20.0 and 20.0% in the fluoroscopy group and 17.4 and 12.5% in the endoscopy group (NS). No patient required surgery or died because of the procedure. Survival rates did not differ significantly between the groups. Conclusion: Endoscopically assisted PTEG is a feasible, safe, and useful procedure. The use of endoscopy enhances visual information, may increase the safety of the procedure, and allows better confirmation of each step involved, without radiation exposure.
    No preview · Article · May 2013 · European journal of gastroenterology & hepatology
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    ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Few studies have compared the outcomes of endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) and endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) in patients with early gastric cancer. METHODS: We studied 780 lesions for which endoscopic treatment was indicated according to the Japanese Gastric Cancer Association (JGCA) criteria or the extended National Cancer Center (NCC) criteria from April 1995 to December 2007. A total of 359 lesions were treated by endoscopic aspiration mucosectomy (EAM) between April 1995 and March 2003 (EAM group), and 421 lesions were treated by ESD between April 2003 and December 2007 (ESD group). Long-term outcomes (local recurrence rate, overall survival) were compared between the groups. RESULTS: The median follow-up was 73 months in the EAM group and 65 months in the ESD group. Overall, the local recurrence rate was significantly lower in the ESD group (0.2 %, 1/421) than in the EAM group (4.2 %, 15/359) (p < 0.05). For lesions meeting the JGCA criteria, the local recurrence rate was 2.9 % in the EAM group and 0 % in the ESD group (p < 0.05). For lesions meeting the NCC criteria, the local recurrence rate was 12.5 % in the EAM group and 0.6 % in the ESD group (p < 0.05). There was no significant difference between the groups in overall survival. CONCLUSIONS: On long-term follow-up, ESD was associated with a lower rate of local recurrence than EAM for lesions that met the JGCA or the NCC criteria. From the point of view of radical curability, ESD can be recommended for the management of lesions that meet either set of criteria.
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    ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) for early gastric cancer accompanied by an ulcer scar remains challenging. Several counter-traction techniques have been attempted to facilitate ESD, but a standard procedure remains to be established. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of double-endoscope ESD by using a single light source in patients with early gastric cancer accompanied by an ulcer scar. DESIGN: Single center, retrospective study. SETTING: Kitasato University East Hospital. PATIENTS: A total of 30 early gastric cancers with ulcer scars were treated by double-endoscope ESD in 30 patients from October 2008 through May 2012. INTERVENTION: Double-endoscope ESD. MAIN OUTCOME MEASUREMENTS: En bloc resection rate, complete resection rate, treatment time, and adverse events. RESULTS: The use of two endoscopes for ESD provided a good field of vision and allowed counter-traction to be applied to the lesion, clearly facilitating submucosal dissection. Because only a single light source was used, the working space of the endoscope room was not compromised. Moreover, it was unnecessary to prepare another light source or to coordinate image filing. The en bloc resection rate and complete resection rate were 100% and 90%, respectively, and the median treatment time was 80 minutes. As compared with historical control data obtained before the introduction of double-endoscope ESD, the rate of cutting into the specimen was significantly lower (7% vs 35%; P = .01). No serious adverse events occurred during the procedure. Postoperatively, however, 3 patients (10%) had delayed hemorrhage, and 1 (3.3%) had a delayed perforation. LIMITATIONS: Single-center, nonrandomized study. CONCLUSION: Our experience indicates that our procedure for double-endoscope ESD is useful and feasible in patients with early gastric cancer accompanied by an ulcer scar.
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    ABSTRACT: The objectives of surveillance after endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) or endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) for esophageal squamous cell carcinoma are: (i) early detection and treatment of recurrence; and (ii) early detection and treatment of metachronous esophageal squamous cell carcinoma and second primary cancers. Protocols for follow up after EMR or ESD for esophageal squamous cell carcinoma should be based on the risks of lymph node metastasis and distant metastasis as assessed on the basis of tumor staging at initial treatment. Early detection of recurrence or metachronous carcinomas often allows curative or less invasive treatment. Particular attention should be paid to the development of metachronous esophageal squamous cell carcinomas and second primary cancers (in particular, head and neck cancer and gastric cancer because of their high incidence).
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    ABSTRACT: Endoscopic submucosal dissection is associated with a longer treatment time and a higher risk of patient discomfort than conventional procedures. Adequate, safe sedation is therefore essential. Sedation can cause adverse effects such as hypoxemia and hypotension, requiring continuous intraoperative and postoperative monitoring of blood pressure, use of the electrocardiogram, and arterial blood oxygen saturation by pulse oximetry. A physician and a nurse solely responsible for sedating and monitoring the patient should be present during treatment.A combination of benzodiazepines and analgesics are generally used for sedation, but new sedatives such as propofol and dexmedetomidine hydrochloride are expected to be useful agents. Endoscopists should become more familiar with sedatives, analgesics, and emergency procedures in the future.
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    ABSTRACT: To evaluate the usefulness and safety of argon plasma coagulation (APC) for superficial esophageal squamous-cell carcinoma (SESC) in high-risk patients. We studied 17 patients (15 men and 2 women, 21 lesions) with SESC in whom endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR), endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD), and open surgery were contraindicated from March 1999 through February 2009. None of the patients could tolerate prolonged EMR/ESD or open surgery because of severe concomitant disease (e.g., liver cirrhosis, cerebral infarction, or ischemic heart disease) or scar formation after EMR/ESD and chemoradiotherapy. After conventional endoscopy, an iodine stain was sprayed on the esophageal mucosa to determine the lesion margins. The lesion was then ablated by APC. We retrospectively studied the treatment time, number of APC sessions per site, complications, presence or absence of recurrence, and time to recurrence. The median duration of follow-up was 36 mo (range: 6-120 mo). All of the tumors were macroscopically classified as superficial and slightly depressed type (0-IIc). The preoperative depth of invasion was clinical T1a (mucosal cancer) for 19 lesions and clinical T1b (submucosal cancer) for 2. The median treatment time was 15 min (range: 10-36 min). The median number of treatment sessions per site was 2 (range: 1-4). The median hospital stay was 14 d (range: 5-68 d). Among the 17 patients (21 lesions), 2 (9.5%) had recurrence and underwent additional APC with no subsequent evidence of recurrence. There were no treatment-related complications, such as bleeding or perforation. APC is considered to be safe and effective for the management of SESC that cannot be resected endoscopically because of underlying disease, as well as for the control of recurrence after EMR and local recurrence after chemoradiotherapy.
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Institutions

  • 2003-2016
    • Kitasato University
      • Department of Gastroenterology
      Edo, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2007-2012
    • Keck School of Medicine USC
      Los Ángeles, California, United States
  • 2006-2010
    • University of Southern California
      • • Keck School of Medicine
      • • Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
      Los Ángeles, California, United States