[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: This review is intended to raise awareness of placing a pelvic mesh to prevent perineal hernias in cases of minimally invasive (MIS) abdominoperineal resections (APR) and, in doing so, causing internal hernias through the mesh. In this article, we review the published literature and present an illustrative series of 4 consecutive cases of early internal hernia through a pelvic mesh defect. These meshes were placed to prevent perineal hernias after laparoscopic or robotic APRs. The discussion centres on 3 key questions: Should one be placing a pelvic mesh following an APR? What are some of the technical details pertaining to the initial mesh placement? What are the management options related to internal hernias through such a mesh?
Preview · Article · Jan 2016 · Canadian journal of surgery. Journal canadien de chirurgie
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Objective To identify patients who are at a higher risk of pathologic circumferential resection margin involvement using preoperative
magnetic resonance imaging.
No preview · Article · Jan 2016 · Japanese Journal of Clinical Oncology
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Purpose:
Rectal cancer patients achieving pCR are known to have an excellent prognosis, yet no widely accepted consensus on risk stratification and post-operative management (e.g., adjuvant therapy) has been established. This study aimed to identify magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) high-risk factors for tumor relapse in pathological complete remission (pCR) achieved by rectal cancer patients who have undergone neoadjuvant concurrent chemoradiation therapy (CRT) and curative resection.
Materials and methods:
We analyzed 88 (male/female = 55/33, median age, 59.5 years [range 34-78]) pCR-proven rectal cancer patients who had undergone pre-CRT MRI, CRT, post-CRT MRI and curative surgery between July 2005 and December 2012. Patients were observed for post-operative tumor relapse. We analyzed the pre/post-CRT MRIs for parameters including mrT stage, mesorectal fascia (mrMRF) status, tumor volume, tumor regression grade (mrTRG), nodal status (mrN), and extramural vessel invasion (mrEMVI). We performed univariate analysis and Kaplan-Meier survival analysis.
Post-operative tumor relapse occurred in seven patients (8.0%, n = 7/88) between 5.7 and 50.7 (median 16.8) months. No significant relevance was observed between tumor volume, volume reduction rate, mrTRG, mrT, or mrN status. Meanwhile, positive mrMRF (Ppre-CRT = 0.018, Ppre/post-CRT = 0.006) and mrEMVI (Ppre-CRT = 0.026, Ppre-/post-CRT = 0.008) were associated with higher incidence of post-operative tumor relapse. Kaplan-Meier survival analysis revealed a higher risk of tumor relapse in patients with positive mrMRF (Ppre-CRT = 0.029, Ppre-/post-CRT = 0.009) or mrEMVI (Ppre-CRT = 0.024, Ppre-/post-CRT = 0.003).
Positive mrMRF and mrEMVI status was associated with a higher risk of post-operative tumor relapse of pCR achieved by rectal cancer patients, and therefore, can be applied for risk stratification and to individualize treatment plans.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Purpose:
To evaluate the Recurrence Score(®) of the quantitative 12-multigene expression assay and to determine risk groups based on the continuous Recurrence Score(®) in Korean patients.
A total of 95 patients with pathological T3N0 tumors and mismatch repair-proficient tumors were enrolled. The Recurrence Score(®) was used to classify risk groups (low risk, <30; intermediate risk, 30-40; high risk, ≥41).
Fifty-four patients (56.8%) were aged over 70 years. There were 49 men (51.6%) and 56 cases of right-sided colon cancer (58.9%). Eight cases (8.4%) had well-differentiated tumors, and 86 cases (90.5%) showed moderate differentiation. Only one case (1.1%) had a poorly differentiated tumor. Three patients (3.2%) had lymphovascular invasion. Sixty-one patients were identified as low risk (64.2%) and 34 patients as intermediate risk (35.8%). There were no high-risk patients. Although not significant, the 3-year recurrence risk increased with the Recurrence Score(®).
Distribution patterns of risk groups based on the Recurrence Score(®), particularly the absence of a high-risk group, were different from the prior validation studies. These findings suggest that ethnic differences between Koreans and Western patients are potential contributing factors for different gene expressions in the quantitative 12-multigene expression assay.
Preview · Article · Dec 2015 · OncoTargets and Therapy
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Background:
The treatment strategy and benefit of extended lymph node dissection among patients with preoperatively diagnosed paraaortic lymph node metastasis (PALNM) in colon cancer remains highly controversial. In the current study, we analyzed the oncologic outcomes of patients who underwent extraregional lymph node dissection for colon cancer with isolated PALNM.
From March 2000 to December 2009, the study group included 1082 patients who underwent curative surgery for colonic adenocarcinoma with pathological lymph node metastasis.
Of 1082 patients who underwent curative surgery for colonic carcinoma, 953 (88.1 %) patients underwent regional lymphadenectomy, and 129 (11.9 %) patients underwent paraaortic lymph node dissection. Pathologic examination revealed N1 stage disease in 738 (68.2 %), N2 in 295 (27.3 %), and PALNM in 49 (4.5 %). Five-year overall survival (OS) and disease-free survival (DFS) rate were significantly better in the regional LNM group than in the PALNM group (OS 75.1 vs. 33.9 %, p < 0.001; DFS 66.2 vs. 26.5 %, p < 0.001). Five-year OS and DFS were not significantly different between the PALNM and resectable liver metastasis patients who underwent curative resection (OS 33.9 vs. 38.7 %, p = 0.080; DFS 26.5 vs. 27.6 %, p = 0.604).
PALNM in colon cancer is associated with poorer survival than regional lymph node metastasis and showed comparable survival rates with metastasectomy for liver metastasis. Further studies evaluating the net benefit of upfront chemotherapy compared with initial resection for patients with potentially resectable PALNM are needed.
No preview · Article · Dec 2015 · Annals of Surgical Oncology
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Recently, the Firefly(™) technique, the intraoperative near infrared fluorescence imaging system, was incorporated into the Da Vinci Si robotic system and allowed surgeons to identify intravascular near infrared fluorescence signals in real time. The indications for use of this imaging include identification of the vascular system, assessment of tissue perfusion, visualization of hepatobiliary anatomy, and sentinel lymph node mapping(1-3) . In our video we present the possible value of intraoperative fluorescence imaging in the identification of the collateral vessels around the inferior mesenteric vein (IMV) and pancreas and identification of the left colic artery (LCA) from the inferior mesenteric artery (IMA) within the mesenteric tissue during robotic total mesorectal excision for rectal cancer using the Firefly(™) technique. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
No preview · Article · Dec 2015 · Colorectal Disease
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Background and purpose:
To evaluate the efficacy and safety of upfront mFOLFOX6 followed by short-course radiotherapy (SCRT) and surgery in patients with locally advanced rectal cancer and liver-only metastases.
Materials and methods:
This single-arm phase II study involved 32 patients. mFOLFOX6 was administered for four cycles followed by SCRT and another four cycles of mFOLFOX6. Surgery was performed 4-6weeks after the last chemotherapy cycle. The primary endpoint was complete (R0) resection rate. Secondary endpoints were response rate, progression-free survival (PFS), overall survival (OS), and complication rates.
Surgical resection of the rectum and liver was performed in 25 patients (78%) and R0 resection was achieved in 20 patients (63%). Local tumor downstaging was observed in 54% of patients. Median OS and PFS were 38 and 9months, respectively. One patient discontinued treatment due to toxicity and no treatment-related deaths occurred. Patients who progressed after 4 cycles of mFOLFOX6 were less likely to receive resection.
This regimen was safe and effective in inducing local tumor response and achieving R0 resection in this patient population.
No preview · Article · Dec 2015 · Radiotherapy and Oncology
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Although microsatellite instability-high (MSI-H) colorectal cancers (CRCs) have been shown to exhibit a distinct phenotype, the clinical value of MSI-low (MSI-L) in CRC remains unclear. We designed this study to examine the clinicopathologic characteristics and oncologic implications associated with MSI-L CRCs. We retrospectively reviewed data of CRC patients from 3 tertiary referral hospitals in Korea, who underwent surgical resection between January 2003 and December 2009 and had available MSI testing results. MSI testing was performed using the pentaplex Bethesda panel. Clinicopathologic features and oncologic outcomes were compared between MSI-L and microsatellite stable (MSS) CRCs; prognostic factors for survival were also examined. Of the 3019 patients reviewed, 2621 (86.8%) were MSS, and 200 (6.6%) were MSI-L; the remaining 198 (6.6%) were MSI-H. MSI-L and MSS CRCs were comparable in terms of their clinicopathologic features, with the exception of proximal tumor location (MSI-L 30.0% vs MSS 22.1%, P = 0.024) and tumor size (MSI-L 5.2 ± 2.6 cm vs MSS 4.6 ± 2.1 cm, P = 0.001). No differences were detected in either 3-year disease-free survival (MSI-L 87.2% vs MSS 82.6%, P = 0.121) or 5-year overall survival (OS) (MSI-L 74.2% vs MSS 78.3%, P = 0.131) by univariable analysis. However, MSI-L was an independent prognostic factor for poor OS by Cox regression analysis (hazard ratio 1.358, 95% confidence interval 1.014–1.819, P = 0.040). MSI-L may be an independent prognostic factor for OS in sporadic CRCs despite their clinicopathologic similarity to MSS. Further studies investigating the significance of MSI-L in the genesis and prognosis of CRCs are needed.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Preoperative chemoradiation therapy (CRT) is the standard treatment for patients with locally advanced rectal cancer (LARC) and can improve local control and survival outcomes. However, the responses of individual tumors to CRT are not uniform and vary widely, from complete response to disease progression. Patients with resistant tumors can be exposed to irradiation and chemotherapy that are both expensive and at times toxic without benefit. In contrast, about 60% of tumors show tumor regression and T and N down-staging. Furthermore, a pathologic complete response (pCR), which is characterized by sterilization of all tumor cells, leads to an excellent prognosis and is observed in approximately 10–30% of cases. This variety in tumor response has lead to an increased need to develop a model predictive of responses to CRT in order to identify patients who will benefit from this multimodal treatment. Endoscopy, magnetic resonance imaging, positron emission tomography, serum carcinoembryonic antigen, and molecular biomarkers analyzed using immunohistochemistry and gene expression profiling are the most commonly used predictive models in preoperative CRT. Such modalities guide clinicians in choosing the best possible treatment options and the extent of surgery for each individual patient. However, there are still controversies regarding study outcomes, and a nomogram of combined models of future trends is needed to better predict patient response. The aim of this article was to review currently available tools for predicting tumor response after preoperative CRT in rectal cancer and to explore their applicability in clinical practice for tailored treatment.
Preview · Article · Nov 2015 · Yonsei Medical Journal
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Preoperative chemoradiotherapy (CRT) is the standard of care for patients with stage II and III rectal cancer. This strategy leads to pathologic complete response (pCR) in a significant number of patients. Factors predictive of pCR are currently being extensively investigated. The aim of this study was to analyze clinical factors that might be predictive of pCR. This study was a retrospective analysis of rectal cancer patients from January 2004 through December 2012. A total of 332 stage II and III patients with middle and low rectal cancer (≤10 cm) who received CRT and underwent curative total mesorectal excision were eligible. The median radiation dose was 50.4 Gy, and 72.6% of patients received infusional 5-fluorouracil with leucovorin, whereas 19.6% of patients received TS-1 with irinotecan, and 7.8% of patients received xeloda only. Pathologic complete response was confirmed by using pathologic specimens and analyzed based on predictive clinical factors. Among the 332 patients, 27.4% (n = 91) achieved pCR. Age, sex, body mass index, clinical T and N stages, tumor differentiation, the chemotherapy agent for CRT, and the time interval between CRT and surgery did not differ between the pCR and non-pCR groups. Carcinoembryogenic antigen (CEA) levels before CRT were 4.61 ± 7.38 ng/mL in the pCR group and 10.49 ± 23.83 ng/mL in the non-pCR group (P = 0.035). Post-CRT CEA levels were 1.4 ± 1.07 ng/mL in the pCR group and 2.16 ± 2.8 ng/mL in the non-pCR group (P = 0.014), and the proportion of middle rectal cancer patients was higher in pCR group (54.9%, P = 0.028). The results from multivariate logistic regression analysis indicated that higher tumor location (odds ratio 2.151; P = 0.003) and low post-CRT CEA level (odds ratio 0.789; P = 0.04) were independent predictive factors for pCR. Tumor location and post-CRT CEA level were predictive factors in pCR for rectal cancer patients. Therefore, these factors may be important determinants in achieving pCR, and may also be used to predict oncologic outcomes.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Four consecutive cases of a colonic stricture following a da Vinci robot-assisted ultra-low anterior resection (LAR) with coloanal anastomosis and diverting ileostomy for the treatment of rectal cancer are reported. The colonic strictures developed after early proximal colonic ischemia without anastomotic site leakage or disruption. All patients were treated with preoperative chemoradiation therapy. During the postoperative recovery period, patients developed colonic ischemia, presenting with a high, spiking fever, but without any symptoms of peritonitis. Patients were treated with conservative management (antibiotic therapy) and discharged after two weeks when in good condition. Several months after discharge, all four patients developed a long-segment colonic stricture from the anastomosis site to the distal colon. Management of the colon strictures, including the anastomotic site, involved colonic dilation with a Hegar dilator in an outpatient clinic for several months. The ileostomies in three patients could not be closed.
Preview · Article · Sep 2015 · Annals of Coloproctology
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Purpose:
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the rate of pathologic complete response (pCR) in patients with locally advanced rectal cancer (LARC) treated with neoadjuvant chemoradiation therapy (CRT) with leucovorin (FL) versus irinotecan/S-1 (IS).
Methods and materials:
Patients with resectable LARC (clinical stage T3/4, lymph node positive, or both) were randomly assigned to receive preoperative radiation (45-50.4 Gy in 25 to 28 daily fractions) and concomitant chemotherapy either with a bolus injection of FL (400 mg/m(2)/day 5-fluorouracil and 20 mg/m(2)/day leucovorin) for 3 consecutive days every 4 weeks for 2 cycles (FL group) or with 40 mg/m(2) irinotecan on days 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, and 35 mg/m(2) S-1 twice on the day of irradiation (IS group). Curative surgery was performed approximately 4 to 8 weeks after the completion of CRT. The postoperative chemotherapy regimen was FL with a primary endpoint of a pCR rate evaluation.
One hundred forty-two eligible patients were randomly assigned, and the median follow-up duration was 43.8 months (95% confidence interval, 40.8-46.8 months). One hundred thirty-three patients (93.7%) of 142 underwent total mesorectal excision; pCR was achieved in 11 (16.7%) of 66 patients in the FL group and 17 (25.8%) of 67 patients in the IS group (P=.246). When good responders were defined as patients with Mandard grades 1 and 2, the rate of good responders was significantly higher in the IS group than in the FL group (54.6% vs 36.4%, respectively, P=.036). The preoperative rates of grade 3 and 4 toxicities were higher in the IS group (7.0%) than in the FL group (1.4%, P=.095). The 3-year disease-free survival was not significantly different between the 2 groups (79.7% vs 76.6%, respectively, P=.896).
IS-based preoperative CRT did not increase pCR rate, but it did increase acute toxicities compared with standard 5-FU treatment. Therefore, further investigation is needed.
No preview · Article · Aug 2015 · International journal of radiation oncology, biology, physics
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Extralevator abdominoperineal resection had oncologic superiority with reduced local recurrence and improving survival rates. However, extended perineal resection resulted in complicated perineal reconstructions. Therefore, a new surgical technique to overcome previous limitations is required. This study aims to demonstrate a surgical procedure and outcomes of the modified extralevator abdominoperineal resection, which satisfies both an extended cylindrical resection and a convenient perineal wound closure by modification of the surgical dissection plane.
From September 2011 to February 2014, 12 consecutive patients (five males and seven females) who underwent the modified extralevator abdominoperineal resection for low rectal cancer were evaluated. Intraoperative and postoperative outcomes were assessed. Pathologic outcomes were evaluated for the oncologic results.
The mean age was 55.3 ± 15.1 years, and body mass index was 21.8 ± 3.1 kg/m(2). Ten patients (83.3 %) received preoperative chemoradiotherapy. The operations were performed by five cases of laparoscopic surgery, six cases of open surgery and one case of robotic surgery. The mean operation time was 258.8 ± 58.0 min. There were no conversions and no tumor perforations. Days to first soft diet was 4.7 ± 3.4 days, and the mean hospital stay was 11.2 ± 4.7 days. Postoperative complications were two cases of grade I, two cases of grade II and one case of grade III. There was one patient (8.3 %) with a positive circumferential resection margin, and there was one case of local recurrence.
The modified extralevator abdominoperineal resection was feasible and safe for patients with low rectal cancer with extended perineal dissection and convenient direct wound closure.
No preview · Article · Jul 2015 · Surgical Endoscopy
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: This study aims to validate the oncologic outcomes of anastomotic leakage (AL) after laparoscopic total mesorectal excision (TME) in a large multicenter cohort.
The impact of AL after laparoscopic TME for rectal cancer surgery has not yet been clearly described.
This was a multicenter retrospective study of 1083 patients who underwent laparoscopic TME for nonmetastatic rectal cancer (stage 0–III). AL was defined as an anastomotic complication within 30 days of surgery irrespective of requiring a reoperation or interventional radiology. Estimated local recurrence (LR), disease-free survival (DFS), and overall survival (OS) were compared between the leakage group and the no leakage group using the log-rank method. Multivariate Cox-regression analysis was used to adjust confounding for survival.
The incidence of AL was 6.4%. Mortality within 30 days of surgery occurred in 1 patient (1.4%) in the leakage group and 2 patients (0.2%) in the no leakage group. The leakage group showed a higher LR rate (6.4% vs 1.8%, P = 0.011). Five-year DFS and OS were significantly lower in the leakage group than the no leakage group (DFS 71.7% vs 82.1%, P = 0.016, OS 81.8% vs 93.5%, P = 0.007). Multivariate analysis showed that AL was an independent poor prognostic factor for DFS and OS (hazard ratio [HR] = 1.6; 95% confidence intervals [CI]: 1.0–2.6; P = 0.042, HR = 2.1; 95% CI: 1.0–4.2; P = 0.028, respectively).
AL after laparoscopic TME was significantly associated with an increased rate of LR, systemic recurrence and poor OS.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The conventional laparoscopic approach to rectal surgery has several limitations, and therefore many colorectal surgeons have great expectations for the robotic surgical system as an alternative modality in overcoming challenges of laparoscopic surgery and thus enhancing oncologic and functional outcomes. This review explores the possibility of robotic surgery as an alternative approach in laparoscopic surgery for rectal cancer. The da Vinci® Surgical System was developed specifically to compensate for the technical limitations of laparoscopic instruments in rectal surgery. The robotic rectal surgery is associated with comparable or better oncologic and pathologic outcomes, as well as low morbidity and mortality. The robotic surgery is generally easier to learn than laparoscopic surgery, improving the probability of autonomic nerve preservation and genitourinary function recovery. Furthermore, in very complex procedures such as intersphincteric dissections and transabdominal transections of the levator muscle, the robotic approach is associated with increased performance and safety compared to laparoscopic surgery. The robotic surgery for rectal cancer is an advanced technique that may resolve the issues associated with laparoscopic surgery. However, high cost of robotic surgery must be addressed before it can become the new standard treatment.
Preview · Article · Jul 2015 · Journal of Korean Medical Science
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: By integrating intraoperative near infrared fluorescence imaging into a robotic system, surgeons can identify the vascular anatomy in real-time with the technical advantages of robotics that is useful for meticulous lymphovascular dissection. Herein, we report our initial experience of robotic low ligation of the inferior mesenteric artery (IMA) with real-time identification of the vascular system for rectal cancer using the Firefly technique.
The study group included 11 patients who underwent a robotic total mesorectal excision with preservation of the left colic artery for rectal cancer using the Firefly technique between July 2013 and December 2013.
The procedures included five low anterior resections and six ultra-low anterior resections with loop ileostomy. The median total operation time was 327 min (226-490). The low ligation time was 10 min (6-20), and the time interval between indocyanine green injection and division of the sigmoid artery was 5 min (2-8). The estimated blood loss was 200 mL (100-500). The median time to soft diet was 4 days (4-5), and the median length of stay was 7 days (5-9). Three patients developed postoperative complications; one patients developed anal stricture, one developed ileus, and one developed non-complicated intraabdominal fluid collection. The median total number of lymph nodes harvested was 17 (9-29).
Robotic low ligation of the IMA with real-time identification of the vascular system for rectal cancer using the Firefly technique is safe and feasible. This technique can allow for precise lymph node dissection along the IMA and facilitate the identification of the left colic branch of the IMA.
Preview · Article · Jul 2015 · Yonsei medical journal
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: A minimum of 12 harvested lymph nodes (hLNs) are recommended in colorectal cancer. However, a paucity of hLNs is frequently presented after preoperative chemoradiation (pCRT) in rectal cancer and the significance of this is still uncertain. The aim of this study is to analyze the impact of hLNs on long-term oncologic outcomes.
A total of 302 patients with locally advanced rectal cancer who underwent pCRT and curative resection between 1989 and 2009 were reviewed. Patients were categorized into 2 groups according to the number of hLNs: <12 versus ≥12 LN. The 2 groups were compared with respect to 5-year disease-free and overall survival. The optimal number or ratio of hLNs was investigated in subgroup analysis according to LN status.
The median follow-up was 57 months. Patient characteristics other than age did not differ between the 2 groups. The group with <12 LNs had more favorable ypTNM and ypN stage than those with ≥12 LNs. However, the long-term oncologic outcomes were not significantly different between the 2 groups. In subgroup analysis of ypN(−), the group with <5 hLNs had the most favorable oncologic outcomes. In ypN(+) cases, a higher LN ratio tended to be associated with poorer 5-year overall survival.
The paucity of hLNs in locally advanced rectal cancer after chemoradiation did not imply poor oncologic outcomes in this study. In addition, <5 hLNs in ypN(−) patients could reflect a good tumor response rather than suboptimal radicality.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Although the total cost of robotic surgery (RS) is known to be higher than that of laparoscopic surgery (LS), the cost-effectiveness of RS has not yet been verified. The aim of the study is to clarify the cost-effectiveness of RS compared with LS for rectal cancer.
From January 2007 through December 2011, 311 and 560 patients underwent totally RS and conventional LS for rectal cancer, respectively. A propensity score-matching analysis was performed with a ratio of 1:1 to reduce the possibility of selection bias. Costs and perioperative short-term outcomes in both the groups were compared. Additional costs due to readmission were also analyzed.
The characteristics of the patients were not different between the 2 groups. Most perioperative outcomes were not different between the groups except for the operation time. Complications within 30 days of surgery were not significantly different. Total hospital charges and patients’ bill were higher in RS than in LS. The total hospital charges for patients who recovered with or without complications were higher in RS than in LS, although their short-term outcomes were similar. In patients with complications, the postoperative course after RS appeared to be milder than that of LS. Total hospital charges for patients who were readmitted due to complications were similar between the groups.
RS showed similar short-term outcomes with higher costs than LS. Therefore, cost-effectiveness focusing on short-term perioperative outcomes of RS was not demonstrated.