Naoto Tanabe

Chiba University, Tiba, Chiba, Japan

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    ABSTRACT: We report a case of angiosarcoma arising in the breast following breast-conserving surgery with radiation therapy for breast carcinoma. The patient, a 49-year-old postmenopausal woman, had undergone breast-conserving surgery for invasive ductal carcinoma of the left breast (pT2 pN0 M0 Stage IIA). Adjuvant radiotherapy (50 Gy with a booster dose to the tumor bed of 10 Gy) was then performed for the residual breast tissue and the patient was treated with hormone therapy (tamoxifen, 20 mg daily) for 5 years. She presented with skin erosion with bleeding 10 years after the initial operation. Incisional biopsy revealed angiosarcoma of the breast, and total mastectomy was subsequently performed. The patient was the treated with chemotherapy (weekly paclitaxel, 80 mg/m2 x cycles) and has remained well without evidence of local or distant recurrence.
    No preview · Article · Feb 2007 · Breast Cancer
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    ABSTRACT: Lymphatic mapping and sentinel lymph node (SN) biopsy has rapidly replaced axillary lymph node dissection for clinically node-negative breast cancers. Because of a short follow-up period when the procedure was new, there were few reports of the clinical recurrence rate in breast cancer patients treated with SN biopsy. The present study attempts to clarify the occurrence of distant failure after SN biopsy, especially in breast cancer patients with SN micrometastasis. The subjects consisted of 375 cases with clinically node-negative breast cancer, who had undergone SN biopsies. Chemotherapy and/or hormonal therapy was recommended based on the pathological primary tumor characteristics. The patients with SN micrometastasis also received adjuvant therapy equal to node-positive patients. Examinations of lymph nodes indicated metastases in 73 cases. Among the invasive cancers, 54 cases had macrometastasis, 19 cases had micrometastasis and 241 cases had a tumor free SN. The median follow-up period ws 30 months (range 6 to 66 months). Distant relapse rates per person-years were 0.3% in the cases with tumor free SN and 3.3% among the macrometastatic cases. However, systemic disease was not observed in the cases with SN micrometastasis. These results may show that upstaging due to SN investigation increases the number of cases who should receive anti-cancer drugs, and consequently reduces the distant relapse rate. Further studies in a large number of cases as well as longer follow-up are needed to determine the prognostic significance of SN micrometastasis.
    No preview · Article · Feb 2006 · Breast Cancer
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to assess the relationship between functional parameters derived from dynamic MR imaging and the histological findings of breast ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) and DCIS with invasive foci, and to evaluate whether these parameters might predict DCIS patient outcome. Two parameters, amplitude A and k 21, were determined from multicompartmental pharmacokinetic analyses of dynamic MR mammography in 39 patients with needle biopsy-proven primary DCIS. After surgery, the histological tumor characteristics, including microvessel density (MVD) (anti-CD-34), vascular permeability (anti-VEGF antigen) and histological grade, were evaluated. Histology revealed 27 pure DCIS and 12 DCIS with invasive foci. In pure DCIS, positive correlations between MVD and amplitude A (r=0.56, P<0.0025) and between MVD and k 21 (r=0.43, P=0.02) were found. As for histological grade, the differences in both functional parameters of grade 1 versus grade 2 and grade 1 versus grades 2 and 3 combined were significant (P<0.05). No significance was found in the analysis of DCIS with invasive foci. Our results indicated that functional MRI-based parameters might possess the potential to predict the outcome of patients with DCIS. Further study will be needed with larger series over longer periods.
    No preview · Article · Jul 2005 · European Radiology
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    ABSTRACT: Breast microcalcifications are difficult to depict by ultrasound (US). However, recent advances in US equipment and the refinement of breast imaging techniques have improved the detection and characterization of small breast lesions. The present study attempts to determine whether US examination is able to demonstrate nonpalpable breast lesions associated with mammographically detected microcalcifications without mass density or distortion, and to evaluate the clinical reliability of US-guided procedures, especially in cases of ductal carcinoma in situ(DCIS)of the breast. The subjects consisted of 73 patients with breast cancer diagnosed preoperatively as DCIS by stereotactic core needle biopsies, all of whom had microcalcifications without other abnormalities on mammography. The radiological appearance and size of the clustered microcalcifications were evaluated. US examinations were performed preoperatively, and the detection rates were assessed. Sonographically detected lesions underwent US-guided wire localization followed by surgical excision. The lesions associated with microcalcifications were identified sonographically in 54 of 73 cases (74%), and the pathological examination revealed breast cancer in all of the corresponding specimens. Lesions with linear-branching shape, segmental-linear distribution and category-5 calcifications on mammography had a high level of visibility on US. The US visible cases had a larger size of calcified area on mammography when compared with US invisible cases. Pathologically, the lesions were more frequently seen on US in cases with minimally invasive cancer or with comedo type DCIS. US examination is an effective method for identifying and localizing breast microcalcifications, and can be used as an alternative to stereotactic localization in selected patients with early breast cancer.
    Full-text · Article · Feb 2005 · Breast Cancer

  • No preview · Article · Jan 2005 · Nihon Rinsho Geka Gakkai Zasshi (Journal of Japan Surgical Association)