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Screening for Barrett's oesophagus: is now the time?

Lancet. 2020 08 01;396(10247):292-293

Authors: Hanada Y, Wang KK

PMID: 32738941 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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Changes in Immunological Status in Patients With Metastatic Colorectal Cancer Treated With First-line Chemoimmunotherapy.

Anticancer Res. 2020 Aug;40(8):4763-4771

Authors: Yamada T, Yoshida Y, Maeda T, Yoshimatsu G, Aisu N, Yamashita K, Komono A, Kajitani R, Matsumoto Y, Nagano H, Naito K, Yasumoto K, Takimoto R, Kamigaki T, Goto S, Yoshimura F, Sakata N, Kodama S, Hasegawa S

BACKGROUND/AIM: Chemoimmunotherapy is a promising treatment for various malignant diseases. In this study, we examined whether first-line chemoimmunotherapy using adoptive immune-cell therapy was effective for metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC).
PATIENTS AND METHODS: The therapeutic efficacy and safety of the standard first-line chemoimmunotherapy with adoptive αβ T cell therapy and bevacizumab were assessed using thirty-two patients with mCRC in our hospital. Immunological status after this chemoimmunotherapy was also evaluated.
RESULTS: The response and disease control rates were 68.8% and 87.5%, respectively. Further, median progression-free and overall survival were 14.2 and 35.3 months. Immunotherapy-associated toxicity was minimal. Significant decrease in the change of monocyte number (p=0.006) and increase in the change of rate of lymphocyte-to-monocyte ratio (p=0.039) were seen in the complete response group.
CONCLUSION: First-line chemoimmunotherapy with adoptive αβ T cell therapy may be useful for mCRC.

PMID: 32727803 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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MK615 Suppresses Hypoxia Tolerance by Up-regulation of E-cadherin in Colorectal Cancer Cells With Mutant KRAS.

Anticancer Res. 2020 Aug;40(8):4687-4694

Authors: Nishi K, Tsunoda T, Uchida Y, Sueta T, Sawatsubashi M, Yamano T, Hashiguchi Y, Swain A, Shirasawa S, Sakata T

BACKGROUND/AIM: The Japanese apricot "Prunus mume" is a traditional Japanese medicine. MK615, a compound extract from Prunus mume has been reported to have anti-tumor effects. Herein, we used 3D floating (3DF) culture to evaluate the anticancer effects of MK615 against human colorectal cancer (CRC) cells that contain mutant (mt) KRAS.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: HKe3 cells exogenously expressing mtKRAS (HKe3-mtKRAS) were treated with MK615 in 3DF cultures. The protein levels of hypoxia-inducible factor 1 (HIF-1) and E-cadherin were quantified by western blotting.
RESULTS: MtKRAS enhanced hypoxia tolerance via up-regulation of HIF-1. The expression of HIF-1 protein was suppressed by constitutive overexpression of E-cadherin in CRC HCT116 spheroids. MK615 increased the expression of E-cadherin and decreased the expression of HIF-1 in HKe3-mtKRAS. These results suggest that MK615 suppresses hypoxia tolerance by up-regulation of E-cadherin in CRC cells with mtKRAS.
CONCLUSION: MK615 exhibits properties useful for the potential treatment of CRC patients with mtKRAS.

PMID: 32727793 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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Mutant KRAS Promotes NKG2D+ T Cell Infiltration and CD155 Dependent Immune Evasion.

Anticancer Res. 2020 Aug;40(8):4663-4674

Authors: Nishi K, Ishikura S, Umebayashi M, Morisaki T, Inozume T, Kinugasa T, Aoki M, Nimura S, Swain A, Yoshida Y, Hasegawa S, Nabeshima K, Sakata T, Shirasawa S, Tsunoda T

BACKGROUND/AIM: Roles for mutant (mt) KRAS in the innate immune microenvironment in colorectal cancer (CRC) were explored.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: Human CRC HCT116-derived, mtKRAS-disrupted (HKe3) cells that express exogenous mtKRAS and allogenic cytokine-activated killer (CAK) cells were co-cultured in 3D floating (3DF) culture. The anti-CD155 antibody was used for function blocking and immuno histochemistry.
RESULTS: Infiltration of CAK cells, including NKG2D+ T cells, into the deep layer of HKe3-mtKRAS spheroids, was observed. Surface expression of CD155 was found to be up-regulated by mtKRAS in 3DF culture and CRC tissues. Further, the number of CD3+ tumor-infiltrating cells in the invasion front that show substantial CD155 expression was significantly larger than the number showing weak expression in CRC tissues with mtKRAS. CD155 blockade decreased the growth of spheroids directly and indirectly through the release of CAK cells.
CONCLUSION: CD155 blockade may be useful for therapies targeting tumors containing mtKRAS.

PMID: 32727790 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on cancer deaths due to delays in diagnosis in England, UK: a national, population-based, modelling study.

Lancet Oncol. 2020 08;21(8):1023-1034

Authors: Maringe C, Spicer J, Morris M, Purushotham A, Nolte E, Sullivan R, Rachet B, Aggarwal A

BACKGROUND: Since a national lockdown was introduced across the UK in March, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, cancer screening has been suspended, routine diagnostic work deferred, and only urgent symptomatic cases prioritised for diagnostic intervention. In this study, we estimated the impact of delays in diagnosis on cancer survival outcomes in four major tumour types.
METHODS: In this national population-based modelling study, we used linked English National Health Service (NHS) cancer registration and hospital administrative datasets for patients aged 15-84 years, diagnosed with breast, colorectal, and oesophageal cancer between Jan 1, 2010, and Dec 31, 2010, with follow-up data until Dec 31, 2014, and diagnosed with lung cancer between Jan 1, 2012, and Dec 31, 2012, with follow-up data until Dec 31, 2015. We use a routes-to-diagnosis framework to estimate the impact of diagnostic delays over a 12-month period from the commencement of physical distancing measures, on March 16, 2020, up to 1, 3, and 5 years after diagnosis. To model the subsequent impact of diagnostic delays on survival, we reallocated patients who were on screening and routine referral pathways to urgent and emergency pathways that are associated with more advanced stage of disease at diagnosis. We considered three reallocation scenarios representing the best to worst case scenarios and reflect actual changes in the diagnostic pathway being seen in the NHS, as of March 16, 2020, and estimated the impact on net survival at 1, 3, and 5 years after diagnosis to calculate the additional deaths that can be attributed to cancer, and the total years of life lost (YLLs) compared with pre-pandemic data.
FINDINGS: We collected data for 32 583 patients with breast cancer, 24 975 with colorectal cancer, 6744 with oesophageal cancer, and 29 305 with lung cancer. Across the three different scenarios, compared with pre-pandemic figures, we estimate a 7·9-9·6% increase in the number of deaths due to breast cancer up to year 5 after diagnosis, corresponding to between 281 (95% CI 266-295) and 344 (329-358) additional deaths. For colorectal cancer, we estimate 1445 (1392-1591) to 1563 (1534-1592) additional deaths, a 15·3-16·6% increase; for lung cancer, 1235 (1220-1254) to 1372 (1343-1401) additional deaths, a 4·8-5·3% increase; and for oesophageal cancer, 330 (324-335) to 342 (336-348) additional deaths, 5·8-6·0% increase up to 5 years after diagnosis. For these four tumour types, these data correspond with 3291-3621 additional deaths across the scenarios within 5 years. The total additional YLLs across these cancers is estimated to be 59 204-63 229 years.
INTERPRETATION: Substantial increases in the number of avoidable cancer deaths in England are to be expected as a result of diagnostic delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK. Urgent policy interventions are necessary, particularly the need to manage the backlog within routine diagnostic services to mitigate the expected impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on patients with cancer.
FUNDING: UK Research and Innovation Economic and Social Research Council.

PMID: 32702310 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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Man With Chest Pain.

Ann Emerg Med. 2020 07;76(1):107-117

Authors: Tsai MJ, Tsai SH

PMID: 32591115 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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[A multicenter randomized prospective study of concurrent chemoradiation with 60 Gy versus 50 Gy for inoperable esophageal squamous cell carcinoma].

Zhonghua Yi Xue Za Zhi. 2020 Jun 16;100(23):1783-1788

Authors: Xu YJ, Zhu WG, Liao ZX, Kong Y, Wang WW, Li JC, Huang R, He H, Yang XM, Liu LP, Sun ZW, He HJ, Bao Y, Zeng M, Pu J, Hu WY, Ma J, Jiang H, Liu ZG, Zhuang TT, Tan BX, Du XH, Qiu GQ, Zhou X, Ji YL, Hu X, Wang J, Ma HL, Zheng X, Huang J, Liu AW, Liang XD, Tao H, Zhou JY, Liu Y, Chen M

Objective: To determine whether 60 Gy is superior to standard 50 Gy for definitive concurrent chemoradiation(CCRT) in esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) using modern radiation technology in a phase Ⅲ prospective randomized trial. Methods: From April 2013 to May 2017, 331 patients from 22 hospitals who were pathologically confirmed with stage ⅢA-ⅣA ESCC were randomized to 60 Gy or 50 Gy with random number table. Total of 305 patients were analyzed, including 152 in 60 Gy group and 153 in 50 Gy group. The median age was 63 years, 242(79.3%) males and 63(20.7%) females. The median length of primary tumor was 5.6 cm. The clinical characteristics between two groups were comparable. All patients were delivered 2 Gy per fraction, 5 fractions per week. Concurrent weekly chemotherapy with docetaxel (25 mg/m(2)) and cisplatin (25 mg/m(2)) and 2 cycles consolidation chemotherapy with docetaxel (70 mg/m(2)) and cisplatin (25 mg/m(2), d1-3) were administrated. The primary endpoint was local/regional progression-free survival (LRPFS). The data were compared with Pearson chi-square test or Fisher's exact test. Results: At a median follow-up of 27.3 months, the disease progression rate was 37.5% (57/152), 43.8% (67/153) in the high and standard-dose group, respectively (χ(2)=1.251, P=0.263). The 1, 2, 3-year LRPFS rate was 75.4%, 56.8%, 52.1% and 74.2%, 58.4%, 50.1%, respectively (HR: 0.95, 95%CI: 0.69-1.31, P=0.761). The 1, 2, 3-year overall survival rate was 84.1%, 64.8%, 54.1% and 85.4%, 62.9%, 54.0%, respectively (HR: 0.98, 95%CI: 0.71-1.38, P=0.927). The 1, 2, 3-year progression-free survival rate was 70.8%, 54.2%, 48.5% and 65.5%, 51.9%, 45.1%, respectively (HR: 0.93, 95%CI: 0.68-1.26, P=0.621). The incidence rates in toxicities between the two groups were similar except for higher rate of severe pneumonitis in high dose group (χ(2)=11.596, P=0.021). Conclusions: The efficacy in disease control is similar between 60 Gy and 50 Gy using modern radiation technology concurrent with chemotherapy for ESCC. The 50 Gy should be recommended as the regular radiation dose with CCRT for ESCC.

PMID: 32536123 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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2020 ASCO Annual Meeting.

Lancet Haematol. 2020 07;7(7):e507

Authors: Cookson E

PMID: 32511957 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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A proposal of an updated classification for pelvic relapses of rectal cancer to guide surgical decision-making.

J Surg Oncol. 2020 Aug;122(2):350-359

Authors: Belli F, Sorrentino L, Gallino G, Gronchi A, Scaramuzza D, Valvo F, Cattaneo L, Cosimelli M

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Selection of patients affected by pelvic recurrence of rectal cancer (PRRC) who are likely to achieve a R0 resection is mandatory. The aim of this study was to propose a classification for PRRC to predict both radical surgery and disease-free survival (DFS).
METHODS: PRRC patients treated at the National Cancer Institute of Milan (Italy) were included in the study. PRRC were classified as S1, if located centrally (S1a-S1b) or anteriorly (S1c) within the pelvis; S2, in case of sacral involvement below (S2a) or above (S2b) the second sacral vertebra; S3, in case of lateral pelvic involvement.
RESULTS: Of 280 reviewed PRRC patients, 152 (54.3%) were evaluated for curative surgery. The strongest predictor of R+ resection was the S3 category (OR, 6.37; P = .011). Abdominosacral resection (P = .012), anterior exenteration (P = .012) and extended rectal re-excision (P = .003) were predictive of R0 resection. S3 category was highly predictive of poor DFS (HR 2.53; P = .038). DFS was significantly improved after R0 surgery for S1 (P < .0001) and S2 (P = .015) patients but not for S3 cases (P = .525).
CONCLUSIONS: The proposed classification allows selection of subjects candidates to curative surgery, emphasizing that lateral pelvic involvement is the main predictor of R+ resection and independently affects the DFS.

PMID: 32424824 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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Associations of Japanese food intake with survival of stomach and colorectal cancer: A prospective patient cohort study.

Cancer Sci. 2020 Jul;111(7):2558-2569

Authors: Minami Y, Kanemura S, Oikawa T, Suzuki S, Hasegawa Y, Nishino Y, Fujiya T, Miura K

Dietary factors may affect the prognosis of digestive tract cancer, but evidence has been sparse. We investigated the association between pretreatment intake of 6 Japanese foods (including soy food, miso [soybean paste] soup and seaweed) and the risk of death among patients with histologically confirmed major digestive tract cancers (stomach, 1931; colon, 793; rectum, 510) diagnosed during 1997-2013 at a single institution in Japan. Pretreatment dietary intake was assessed using a food frequency questionnaire, and the patients were followed until December 2016. The Cox proportional hazards model was used to estimate hazard ratios (HR) and 95% confidence intervals (CI). Among the patients with stomach cancer, frequent intake of soy food was inversely associated with the risk of all-cause (Ptrend for four frequency groups = 0.01; HR = 0.72, 95% CI: 0.50-1.04 for highest vs lowest group) and stomach cancer (Ptrend  = 0.03; HR = 0.63, 95% CI: 0.40-0.99) death. A similar inverse association was also found for intake of miso soup. In contrast, frequent seaweed intake was inversely associated with the risk of all-cause death among the patients with colon cancer (Ptrend  = 0.03). Rectal cancer patients who had frequently consumed seaweed tended to have a lower risk of rectal cancer death (Ptrend  = 0.02). These findings indicate that pretreatment intake of Japanese foods such as soybean products and seaweed may have favorable effects on patient survival of stomach and colorectal cancer, although this needs to be confirmed by further research.

PMID: 32412140 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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Prophylactic thoracic duct ligation is associated with poor prognosis and regional lymph node relapse in esophageal squamous cell carcinoma.

J Surg Oncol. 2020 Aug;122(2):336-343

Authors: Chen JY, Liu QW, Zhang SS, Li JB, Yang H, Wen J, Fu JH

OBJECTIVES: The ligation of thoracic duct interrupts the normal lymphatic circulation. Whether the ligation of thoracic duct would affect tumor recurrence and patient survival is unclear.
METHODS: The correlations between prophylactic thoracic duct ligation (PLG) and prognosis were examined in patients with esophageal squamous cell carcinoma. Patients who received Ivor Lewis or McKeown esophagectomy with systemic lymph node dissection and R0 resection between 2003 and 2013 in Sun Yat-sen University Cancer Center were included in the study.
RESULTS: A total number of 473 and 462 were included in the PLG group and non-prophylactic thoracic duct ligation (NPLG) group, respectively. The PLG group had a lower 5-year survival rate (48.2% vs 61.6%, P < .001). After a 1:1 propensity score matching, 874 cases (437 pairs) were included and the survival analysis showed that PLG was associated with worse 5-year cumulative survival of 48.6% vs 61.6% in those patients without ligation (P < .001). The multivariate analysis revealed that PLG was an independent factor for poor prognosis after esophagectomy (hazard ratio, HR = 1.56; 95% confidence interval, 95% CI, 1.26-1.93, P < .001). Additionally, PLG was associated with regional lymph node relapse (P = .015).
CONCLUSIONS: PLG should not be performed routinely if no sign of thoracic duct rupture or tumor invasion were identified.

PMID: 32410255 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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EHF promotes colorectal carcinoma progression by activating TGF-β1 transcription and canonical TGF-β signaling.

Cancer Sci. 2020 Jul;111(7):2310-2324

Authors: Wang L, Ai M, Nie M, Zhao L, Deng G, Hu S, Han Y, Zeng W, Wang Y, Yang M, Wang S

ETS homologous factor (EHF) plays a critical function in epithelial cell differentiation and proliferation. However, the roles of EHF in cancer remain largely unknown. In the present study, we investigated the expression levels, precise function and mechanism of EHF in colorectal carcinoma (CRC). We observed significantly elevated EHF expression in CRC cell lines and tissues. EHF overexpression correlated positively with poor differentiation, advanced T stage, and shorter overall survival of CRC patients. Function experiments revealed that EHF overexpression promoted CRC cell proliferation, migration, and invasion in vitro and in vivo. Mechanistically, EHF could directly upregulate transforming growth factor β1 (TGF-β1) expression at the transcription level, thereby activating canonical TGF-β signaling. Our findings provide novel insights into the mechanisms of EHF in tumorigenesis, invasion, and metastasis of CRC, which may help to provide new therapeutic targets for CRC intervention.

PMID: 32372436 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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Causes of death in patients diagnosed with gastric adenocarcinoma in Sweden, 1970-2014: A population-based study.

Cancer Sci. 2020 Jul;111(7):2451-2459

Authors: Xie SH, Chen H, Lagergren J

The causes of death in patients with gastric adenocarcinoma have not been well characterized. This nationwide population-based cohort study included 56 240 patients diagnosed with gastric adenocarcinoma in 1970-2014 in Sweden. We used competing-risks regression to compare cause-specific risks of death in patients with different characteristics and a multiple-cause approach to assess proportions of deaths attributable to each cause. Among 53 049 deaths, gastric cancer was the main (77.7% of all deaths) underlying cause. Other major underlying causes were nongastric malignancies (8.0%), ischemic heart disease or cerebrovascular disease (6.5%), and respiratory diseases (1.4%). Risk of death from gastric cancer steadily decreased in patients with cardia adenocarcinoma over the study period, but remained relatively stable in patients with noncardia adenocarcinoma since the 1980s. Risk of death from other malignancies increased during later calendar periods (subhazard ratio [SHR] = 2.16, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.97-2.38, comparing 2001-2014 with 1970-1980). Compared with men, the risk of death in women with cardia adenocarcinoma was higher from gastric cancer (SHR = 1.18, 95% CI 1.10-1.27), but lower from other malignancies (SHR = 0.80, 95% CI 0.71-0.91). In multiple-cause models, 60.4%-71.2% of all deaths were attributable to gastric cancer and 9.5%-12.1% to other malignancies. The temporal trends of cause-specific risks from multiple-cause models were similar to those of underlying causes. Our findings suggest that although most deaths in patients with gastric adenocarcinoma are due to gastric cancer, other causes of death are common. Patients with cardia adenocarcinoma face considerable increasing risk of death from other causes over time, particularly from other malignancies.

PMID: 32359209 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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A detailed analysis of the recurrence timing and pattern after curative surgery in patients undergoing neoadjuvant therapy or upfront surgery for gastric cancer.

J Surg Oncol. 2020 Aug;122(2):293-305

Authors: Agnes A, Biondi A, Laurino A, Strippoli A, Ricci R, Pozzo C, Persiani R, D'Ugo D

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to determine whether the administration of neoadjuvant therapy (NAD) affects the incidence, timing, and pattern of recurrence in patients treated by curative gastrectomy.
METHODS: Sixty-nine patients undergoing NAD and R0 gastrectomy were compared with 198 patients undergoing upfront surgery using the propensity score matching (PSM) method. Disease-free survival (DFS), disease-specific survival (DSS), and progression-free survival (PFS) analyses were conducted with a log-rank test and Cox regression. Risk factors for recurrence were assessed by logistic regression.
RESULTS: Among 69 patients with NAD, 28 (40.6%) experienced recurrence, and signet-ring cell (SRC) carcinoma was the only factor independently associated with recurrence. In the whole sample, NAD did not influence DFS, DSS, rate of recurrence, or PFS. After PSM, the variables associated with DFS were cN1, type of gastrectomy, the presence of SRCs, and the presence of lymphovascular invasion. Variables independently associated with recurrence were cN1, type of gastrectomy, and the presence of SRCs.
CONCLUSIONS: NAD had no impact on DFS, DSS, or the pattern of recurrence in any patients with gastric cancer. To define a better treatment strategy, future studies should focus on subtypes that do not respond to the current neoadjuvant regimens.

PMID: 32350878 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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Postoperative complications are associated with poor survival outcome after curative resection for colorectal cancer: A propensity-score analysis.

J Surg Oncol. 2020 Aug;122(2):344-349

Authors: Miyamoto Y, Hiyoshi Y, Tokunaga R, Akiyama T, Daitoku N, Sakamoto Y, Yoshida N, Baba H

OBJECTIVE: We retrospectively evaluated the impact of postoperative complications on long-term outcomes after curative resection for colorectal cancer (CRC), using propensity-score analysis (PSA).
PATIENTS AND METHODS: We reviewed data from 673 consecutive patients with stage I to III CRC, who underwent curative resections between 2005 and 2017. Patients were divided into the complication group (Clavien-Dindo [CD] grade ≥ 3) and the control group (others). We performed PSA to obtain unbiased estimates of the effects of the oncological background on each outcome.
RESULTS: We matched for sex, age, American Society of Anesthesiologists grade, location (right colon/left colon/rectum), histology (tub1/tub2/por), pathological tumor depth, and lymph node metastases. Eighty-five patients (12.6%) developed postoperative complications with CD grade ≥ 3. After PSA, 81 patients were included in each group. The complication group showed significantly worse relapse-free survival (RFS) than the control group (5-year RFS rate: 62% vs 77%; P = .047). In multivariate analysis with inverse probability of treatment weights, the complication group had a higher risk of relapse or death than the control group (hazard ratio: 2.08, 95% confidence interval:1.3-3.3; P = .018).
CONCLUSIONS: Postoperative complications (CD grade ≥ 3) could cause poor long-term outcomes in patients with stage I to III CRC; their presence requires appropriate adjuvant chemotherapy and follow-up.

PMID: 32346880 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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Cancer stem cells in Epstein-Barr virus-associated gastric carcinoma.

Cancer Sci. 2020 Jul;111(7):2598-2607

Authors: Yasui M, Kunita A, Numakura S, Uozaki H, Ushiku T, Fukayama M

Cancer stem cells (CSCs) play a decisive role in the development and progression of cancer. To investigate CSCs in Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)-associated carcinoma (EBVaGC), we screened previously reported stem cell markers of gastric cancer in EBV-infected gastric cancer cell lines (TMK1 and NUGC3) and identified CD44v6v9 double positive cells as candidate CSCs. CD44v6/v9+/+ cells were sorted from EBVaGC cell line (SNU719) cells and EBV-infected TMK1 cells and these cell populations showed high spheroid-forming ability and tumor formation in SCID mice compared with the respective CD44v6/v9-/- cells. Sphere-forming ability was dependent on the nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) signaling pathway, which was confirmed by decrease of sphere formation ability under BAY 11-7082. Small interfering RNA knockdown of latent membrane protein 2A (LMP2A), one of the latent gene products of EBV infection, decreased spheroid formation in SNU719 cells. Transfection of the LMP2A gene increased the sphere-forming ability of TMK1 cells, which was mediated through NF-κB signaling. Together, these results indicate that CD44v6v9+/+ cells are CSCs in EBVaGC that are maintained through the LMP2A/NF-κB pathway. Future studies should investigate CD44v6/v9+/+ cells in normal and neoplastic gastric epithelium to prevent and treat this specific subtype of gastric cancer infected with EBV.

PMID: 32338409 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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Impact of type and severity of postoperative complications on long-term outcomes after colorectal liver metastases resection.

J Surg Oncol. 2020 Aug;122(2):212-225

Authors: Fernández-Moreno MC, Dorcaratto D, Garcés-Albir M, Muñoz E, Arvizu R, Ortega J, Sabater L

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Postoperative complications (POCs) after hepatic resection for colorectal liver metastases (CRLM) adversely affect long-term survival. The aim of this study was to analyze the effect of POC etiology and severity on overall survival (OS) and disease-free survival (DFS).
METHODS: A retrospective study of 254 consecutive hepatectomies for CRLM was performed. Univariate and multivariate analyses were performed to determine the effects of demographic, tumor-related and perioperative variables on OS and DFS. A 1:1 propensity score matching (PSM) was then used to compare patients with different POC etiology: infective (Inf-POC), noninfective (Non-inf POC), and no-complications (No-POC).
RESULTS: Inf-POC, Non-inf POC, and No-POC patients represented 18.8%, 19.2%, and 62% of the sample, respectively. In univariate and multivariate analyses infectious POC were independent risk factors for decreased OS and DFS. After PSM, Inf-POC group presented decreased OS and DFS when compared with Non-inf POC (5-year OS 31.8% vs 51.6%; P = .05 and 5-year DFS 13.6% vs 31.9%; P = .04) and with No-POC (5-year OS 29.4% vs 58.7%; P = .03 and 5-year DFS 11.8% vs 39.7%; P = .03). There were no differences between Non-inf POC and No-POC patients. POC severity calculated using the Comprehensive Complications Index did not influence OS and DFS before and after PSM.
CONCLUSION: The negative oncological impact of POCs after CRLM resection is determined by infective etiology not by severity.

PMID: 32335938 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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A novel stratification of mesenteric mass involvement as a predictor of challenging mesenteric lymph node dissection by minimally invasive approach for ileal neuroendocrine tumors.

J Surg Oncol. 2020 Aug;122(2):204-211

Authors: Kasai Y, Mahuron K, Hirose K, Corvera CU, Kim GE, Hope TA, Shih BE, Warren RS, Bergsland EK, Nakakura EK

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: We classified the extent of mesenteric mass (MM) involvement that predicts challenging mesenteric lymph node dissection (mLND) by minimally invasive surgery (MIS) for ileal neuroendocrine tumors (i-NETs).
METHODS: Patients who underwent surgery for i-NETs were retrospectively reviewed. MM involvement was classified as region-0: no MM; region-1: >2 cm from the origins of the ileocolic artery/vein; region-2: ≤2 cm from the origins; and region-3: more proximal superior mesenteric artery/vein. Logistic regression analysis was used to evaluate the predictive value of MM regions for gross positive mesenteric margin (mR2) and/or conversion among the MIS cohort. The open surgery cohort was used as a reference for mR2 rates.
RESULTS: Of 108 patients, 83 patients (77%) underwent MIS. MMs in region-2 and region-3 were independent risk factors for mR2 and/or conversion (odds ratio [95% confidence interval]: 4.25 [1.17-16.4] and 8.51 × 107 [11.0-], respectively, against regions-0 and 1]. mR2 rates of MIS and open surgery cohorts per region did not differ significantly (4% and 7% for regions-0 and 1; 17% and 25% for region-2; and 100% and 83% for region-3).
CONCLUSIONS: The novel stratification of MM regions was predictive of challenging mLND by MIS. Surgeons should have a low threshold for conversion for MMs in proximal regions.

PMID: 32291778 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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Three cases of subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus associated with malignancy: a late paraneoplastic phenomenon.

Clin Exp Dermatol. 2020 Jul;45(5):607-608

Authors: Xie F, Frewen J, Divekar P

PMID: 31944366 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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