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(1/134) Rat sarcoma model supports both "soil seed" and "mechanical" theories of metastatic spread.

Following injection into the portal venous or vena caval systems, tumour cells are held up almost exclusively in the liver or lung respectively, and subsequent outgrowth of tumour only occurs in these organs. Following systemic arterial injection, cells are distributed, and subsequently grow, in a variety of organs. However, the adrenal gland supports tumour growth from much fewer cells than the lung, and this is partly due to the fact the rate of tumour cell loss in the initial 48 h is very high in the latter compared to the former organ.  (+info)

(2/134) Detection and clinical importance of micrometastatic disease.

Metastatic relapse in patients with solid tumors is caused by systemic preoperative or perioperative dissemination of tumor cells. The presence of individual tumor cells in bone marrow and in peripheral blood can be detected by immunologic or molecular methods and is being regarded increasingly as a clinically relevant prognostic factor. Because the goal of adjuvant therapy is the eradication of occult micrometastatic tumor cells before metastatic disease becomes clinically evident, the early detection of micrometastases could identify the patients who are most (and least) likely to benefit from adjuvant therapy. In addition, more sensitive methods for detecting such cells should increase knowledge about the biologic mechanisms of metastasis and improve the diagnosis and treatment of micrometastatic disease. In contrast to solid metastatic tumors, micrometastatic tumor cells are appropriate targets for intravenously applied agents because macromolecules and immunocompetent effector cells should have access to the tumor cells. Because the majority of micrometastatic tumor cells may be nonproliferative (G0 phase), standard cytotoxic chemotherapies aimed at proliferating cells may be less effective, which might explain, in part, the failure of chemotherapy. Thus, adjuvant therapies that are aimed at dividing and quiescent cells, such as antibody-based therapies, are of considerable interest. From a literature search that used the databases MEDLINE(R), CANCERLIT(R), Biosis(R), Embase(R), and SciSearch(R), we discuss the current state of research on minimal residual cancer in patients with epithelial tumors and the diagnostic and clinical implications of these findings.  (+info)

(3/134) Cytogenetic monoclonality in multifocal uroepithelial carcinomas: evidence of intraluminal tumour seeding.

Twenty-one multifocal urinary tract transitional cell carcinomas, mostly bladder tumours, from a total of six patients were processed for cytogenetic analysis after short-term culturing of the tumour cells. Karyotypically related, often identical, cytogenetically complex clones were found in all informative tumours from each case, including the recurrent tumours. Rearrangement of chromosome 9, leading to loss of material from the short and/or the long arm, was seen in all cases, indicating that this is an early, pathogenetically important event in transitional cell carcinogenesis. The presence of related clones with great karyotypic similarity in anatomically distinct tumours from the same bladder indicates that multifocal uroepithelial tumours have a monoclonal origin and arise via intraluminal seeding of viable cancer cells shed from the original tumour. Later lesions may develop also from cells shed from the so called second primary tumours. The relatively complex karyotypes seen in all lesions from most cases argue that the seeding of tumour cells is a late event that succeeds the acquisition by them of multiple secondary genetic abnormalities.  (+info)

(4/134) Needle-tract implantation from hepatocellular cancer: is needle biopsy of the liver always necessary?

Percutaneous needle biopsies are frequently used to evaluate focal lesions of the liver. Needle-tract implantation of hepatocellular cancer has been described in case reports, but the true risk for this problem has not been clearly defined. We retrospectively reviewed 91 cases of hepatocellular cancer during a 4-year period from 1994 to 1997. Data on diagnostic studies, therapy, and outcome were noted. Of 91 patients with hepatocellular cancer, 59 patients underwent percutaneous needle biopsy as part of their diagnostic workup for a liver mass. Three patients (5.1%) were identified with needle-tract implantation of tumor. Two patients required en bloc chest wall resections for implantation of hepatocellular cancer in the soft tissues and rib area. The third patient, who also received percutaneous ethanol injection of his tumor, required a thoracotomy and lung resection for implanted hepatocellular cancer. Percutaneous needle biopsy of suspicious hepatic lesions should not be performed indiscriminately because there is a significant risk for needle-tract implantation. These biopsies should be reserved for those lesions in which no definitive surgical intervention is planned and pathological confirmation is necessary for a nonsurgical therapy.  (+info)

(5/134) Recurrence of clival chordoma along the surgical pathway.

Chordomas are locally aggressive malignant tumors of notochordal origin whose metastatic potential is increasingly recognized. Surgical pathway recurrence has been noted only rarely in the literature. We present three patients with clival chordomas whose sole or initial recurrence was along the pathway of prior surgical access. A characteristic mass found along the pathway of prior surgical access for resection of a chordoma should suggest recurrent chordoma.  (+info)

(6/134) It's what the surgeon doesn't see that kills the patient.

Peritoneal dissemination can be prevented by the responsible surgeon at least in part by proper surgical technique used to resect the primary malignancy. What most people do not know is that cancer surgery can do great harm. It can convert a contained malignant condition into a disseminated disease that unnecessarily becomes a deadly process. Containment must be the number one priority of the gastrointestinal cancer surgery. Also, established peritoneal carcinomatosis can be cured if it is attacked in a timely fashion with peritonectomy procedures and heated intraoperative intraperitoneal chemotherapy. Many small changes can make a big difference in survival with gastrointestinal cancer surgery.  (+info)

(7/134) Scavenging of reactive oxygen species leads to diminished peritoneal tumor recurrence.

Previously, we demonstrated that RBCs inhibit the recurrence of perioperatively spilled tumor cells. The aim of this study was to identify on which RBC component(s) the inhibitory effect is based. By using a cell-seeding model in rats, the effect of RBC-related antioxidant scavengers [hemoglobin, catalase, and superoxide dismutase (SOD)] on peritoneal tumor recurrence was investigated. i.p. injection of hemoglobin caused 45% more tumor load (P < 0.0001). At least 40% inhibition of tumor recurrence was achieved with the use of catalase or SOD (P < 0.05). Combining SOD and catalase did not lead to additional inhibition of tumor recurrence. Inhibition of the overwhelming oxidative potential after surgical peritoneal trauma with the use of scavengers may lead to interesting new approaches for diminishing peritoneal tumor recurrence.  (+info)

(8/134) Lung cancer implantation in the chest wall following percutaneous fine needle aspiration biopsy.

We describe a 70-year-old man with lung cancer implantation in the chest wall following percutaneous fine needle aspiration biopsy. He underwent lobectomy after percutaneous transthoracic fine needle aspiration biopsy using a 19-gauge needle. Twenty-six months after the biopsy, he noticed a hard subcutaneous tumor at the biopsy site in the chest wall. Ribs and intercostal muscles were resected. The primary lung tumor and the chest wall tumor were histologically identical, but were not contiguous to each other. We concluded that the subcutaneous tumor was due to needle biopsy implantation. This complication is extremely rare, but open biopsy should always be considered as a possible alternative. During the procedure, care must be taken with the least chance of implantation and patients should be observed carefully after needle biopsy.  (+info)