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Until recently, many classifications existed for the terminology and histopathologic classification of appendiceal mucinous neoplasms, mucinous appendiceal adenocarcinomas, and pseudomyxoma peritonei (PMP). A major accomplishment was achieved by consensus-based histopathologic classifications on behalf of the Peritoneal Surface Oncology Group International regarding mucinous appendiceal tumours and PMP. As different classifications were used over the years and also owing to the rare nature of these tumors, ...
The prognostic value of tumor sidedness in metastatic colorectal cancer (CRC) has been established, but its impact on nonmetastatic disease remains unclear. Our study aimed to explore the prognostic effect of tumor sidedness by subgroup survival analyses, according to histology and tumor grade in stage I-IV CRCs.
Few clinical studies have investigated the association between neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) and treatment with cetuximab-based chemotherapy in metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC). The NLR may reflect immune cells modulating specific cytokine signals in the tumor microenvironment; however, which immune-related genes affect the NLR remain unclear.
High thymidine kinase 1 (TK1) activity increases the incorporation of trifluridine (FTD) into DNA; thus, FTD antitumor activity is likely to increase in patients with high tumoral TK1 activity. To date, no established predictive biomarker to indicate the clinical benefit of FTD/tipiracil (TPI) has been identified. We aimed to determine the relationship between TK1 expression and FTD/TPI efficacy in refractory metastatic colorectal cancer.
Impact of the Localization of the Primary Tumor and RAS/BRAF Mutational Status on Maintenance Strategies After First-line Oxaliplatin, Fluoropyrimidine, and Bevacizumab in Metastatic Colorectal Cancer: Results From the AIO 0207 Trial.
Numerous trials have examined the prognostic and predictive value of localization of the primary tumor (LPT) in metastastic colorectal cancer, there is limited information about the predictive value of LPT on different maintenance strategies.
Women have been shown to experience longer overall survival after colorectal cancer (CRC) diagnosis than men even after adjusting for disease stage and management. However, the etiology of this observation is not well understood, and the impact of non-CRC health conditions on survival has not been described. We aimed to evaluate the prognostic role of sex on CRC-specific outcomes.
We investigated whether the microsatellite instability (MSI) status affects the survival outcomes in patients with stage II/III rectal cancer who have undergone an upfront curative resection.
Bevacizumab (BV) has been approved for treating colorectal cancer since 2004. Although BV use may lead to adverse effects, few studies have reported incidences requiring surgical intervention. We aimed to identify the risk factors and adequate interventions for complications requiring surgical intervention after BV treatment.
Patients with cT1-2N0M0 rectal cancer are often treated with up-front surgical resection, with adjuvant treatment reserved for patients upstaged with pathologic node-positive (pN+) disease at surgery. This study evaluates practice patterns and clinical outcomes when comparing different forms of adjuvant treatment for this patient population.
Effect of Primary Tumor Location on Second- or Later-line Treatment Outcomes in Patients With RAS Wild-type Metastatic Colorectal Cancer and All Treatment Lines in Patients With RAS Mutations in Four Randomized Panitumumab Studies.
The primary tumor location has a prognostic impact in metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC). We report the results from retrospective analyses assessing the effect of tumor location on prognosis and efficacy of second- and later-line panitumumab treatment in patients with RAS wild-type (WT) mCRC and on prognosis in all lines of treatment in patients with RAS mutant (MT) mCRC.
Targeted therapies, although contributing to survival improvement in metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC), are expensive and may cause adverse effects. Therefore, confirming that patients are responding to these therapies is extremely important. Currently, follow-up is performed using radiographic evaluation, which has its limitations. Liquid biopsies, reflecting real-time tumor characteristics, hold great potential in monitoring tumor disease.
Aflibercept combined with FOLFIRI (folinic acid, 5-fluorouracil, irinotecan) as second-line treatment of metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) significantly improved survival compared with FOLFIRI alone in the pivotal VELOUR (aflibercept vs. placebo in combination with irinotecan and 5-fluorouracil in the treatment of patients with metastatic colorectal cancer after failure of an oxaliplatin-based regimen) trial. No quality-of-life assessment was performed in VELOUR; therefore, the ASQoP (Aflibercept Safety a...
The purpose of this study was to retrospectively analyze the pattern and the management of recurrence of rectal cancer treated with 22-fraction intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT).
A noninvasive blood test for the early detection of colorectal cancer (CRC) is highly required. We evaluated a panel of 4 mRNAs as putative markers of CRC.
Within gastrointestinal malignancies, primary hepatocellular carcinoma and pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) are frequently associated with visceral thromboses (VT). Thrombus formation in the portal (PVT), mesenteric (MVT), or splenic vein (SVT) system leads to portal hypertension and intestinal ischemia. VT in PDAC may convey a risk of increased distal thrombosis and poses therapeutic uncertainty regarding the role of anticoagulation. An increasing number of reports describe VT associated with PDAC. ...
A pivotal role of sphingosine 1-phosphate (S1P) in cancer has been suggested based on the ceramide-S1P rheostat theory that the intracellular balance between prosurvival S1P and proapoptotic ceramide determines cell fate. Upregulation of S1P-generating sphingosine kinases (SKs) and downregulation of S1P-degrading S1P lyase (SPL) might increase intracellular S1P levels to exert a prosurvival effect in cancer in general, such as colon cancer. However, we recently observed a distinct S1P metabolism in hepatoce...
Although some progress has been made in recent years with the development of more effective chemotherapy regimens, new treatment approaches are needed to improve outcomes for patients with pancreatic adenocarcinoma. The cellular process of autophagy, a cell survival mechanism that allows cancer cells to survive the hazardous conditions of the tumor microenvironment and treatment, has emerged as a viable target in pancreatic cancer. We review the mechanism of autophagy, its role in pancreatic carcinogenesis,...
Molecular aberrations in KRAS, NRAS, BRAF, and PIK3CA have been well-described in advanced colorectal cancer. The incidences of other mutations are less known. We report results of molecular profiling of advanced colorectal cancer in an academic cancer center.
We studied the relationship between intermediate criteria and overall survival (OS) in metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) patients who received first-line chemotherapy with bevacizumab.
Selecting elderly people with colorectal cancer (CRC) for adjuvant chemotherapy is challenging. Comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA) can help by classifying them according to their frailty profile. The supposed benefit of chemotherapy is on the basis of the rate of treatment adherence. In this study we evaluated tolerance and adherence to tailored-dose adjuvant therapy on the basis of CGA in a cohort of older patients with high-risk stage II and stage III CRC.
Decision-making regarding palliative treatment for patients with metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) is complex and comprises numerous decisions. Decision-making should be guided by the premise of maintaining and/or improving patients' quality of life, by patient preference, and by the trade-off between treatment benefits and harm. Decision support systems (DSSs) for clinicians (eg, nomograms) can assist in this process. The present systematic review aimed to provide a comprehensive overview of the availabl...
The aim of the study was to evaluate on the effectiveness of screening modalities in the prevention of colorectal cancer (CRC) occurrence and deaths. General meta-analysis was performed to produce pooled estimates of the effect of CRC incidence and mortality using a search of PubMed, Web of Science, and the Cochrane Library for eligible studies from January 1992 to March 2016. A network meta-analysis was performed to synthetically compare the effectiveness of 5 frequently used screening modalities. A total ...
Management of locally advanced and metastatic colorectal cancer (CRC) requires the expertise of multiple specialists. Multidisciplinary clinics (MDCs) are a working model designed to facilitate delivery of coordinated care. The present study evaluated the effects of MDC on the time to treatment (TTT).
Approximately one quarter of patients receiving neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy (NCRT) for locally advanced rectal cancer will be anemic at presentation. The outcomes of these anemic patients have historically been less favorable. We assessed the potential of anemia to act as an independent biomarker for a poor prognosis in patients with locally advanced rectal cancer.