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Molecular Basis Of Thyroid Cancer

Cancer Treatment and Research Steven T. Rosen, M.D., Series Editor Klastersky, J. (ed) Infectious Complications of Cancer. 1995. ISBN 0-7923-3598-8. Cabanillas, F., Rodriguez, M.A. (eds) Advances in Lymphoma Research. 1996. ISBN 0-7923-3929-0. Miller, A.B. (ed.) Advances in Cancer Screening. 1996. ISBN 0-7923-4019-1. Hait , W.N. (ed.) Drug Resistance. 1996. ISBN 0-7923-4022-1. Mittal, B.B., Purdy, J.A., Ang, K.K. (eds) Radiation Therapy. 1998. ISBN 0-7923-9981-1. Foon, K.A., Muss, H.B. (eds) Biological and Hormonal Therapies of Cancer. 1998. ISBN 0-7923-9997-8. Ozols, R.F. (ed.) Gynecologic Oncology. 1998. ISBN 0-7923-8070-3. Noskin, G. A. (ed.) Management of Infectious Complications in Cancer Patients. 1998. ISBN 0-7923-8150-5. Bennett, C. L. (ed.) Cancer Policy. 1998. ISBN 0-7923-8203-X. Benson, A. B. (ed.) Gastrointestinal Oncology. 1998. ISBN 0-7923-8205-6. 1998. ISBN 0-7923-8206-4. von Gunten, C.F. (ed) Palliative Care and Rehabilitation of Cancer Patients. 1999. ISBN...

Multidisciplinary approach to cancer

Management of cancer involves a number of clinical disciplines. A straightforward presentation of a cancer can (and should) draw on these and other health care professionals. With the development ofmore effective additional therapies for cancer (radiotherapy, chemotherapy), the management of cancer has become increasingly complex. No single clinician has all the skills needed to treat all cancers. This has led to the development of multidisciplinary teams that deal with certain types of cancer. Many professions allied to medicine have major roles to play in these teams (e.g. physiotherapists, stoma nurses, counsellors). The team may include individuals who are not directly involved in the treatment at presentation but have adjunctive roles at some stage in the course of the illness (e.g. palliative care). The composition of the team will vary considerably between institutions and disease states. There must be a sufficient range of expertise to allow for informed discussion of the...

Metastasis Of Breast Cancer An Introduction

1Metastasis and Angiogenesis Research Group, Cardiff University School of Medicin Heath Park, Cardiff CF14 4XN, UK 2Michell Cancer Institute, University of South Alabama, University of South Alabama, 307 N. University Blvd., MSB 2015, Mobile, AL 36688, USA Breast cancer is the leading female cancer in Europe and in the USA and amongst the cancer types with high incidence in the rest of the world. In the UK and USA, approximately one in every ten women will contract the disease in their lifetime and it is amongst the leading cause of death in the female population in industrialised countries. The incidence of breast cancer increases with age and is generally peaked in the 50-60 age group. Metastasis, the spread of breast cancer to other locations in the body, is the main reason that leads to the mortality in the patients. The past decades have seen a significant progress in understanding the molecular and cellular mechanisms of cancer metastasis and development of new diagnostic,...

Biology of cancer

The role of genetics 13 Molecular biology techniques 15 Cell cycle and its regulation 21 Growth of cancer 25 Oncogenes and tumour suppressor genes 27 Cytogenetics and cancer 32 Molecular biology is a development of biochemistry, with less emphasis on the chemistry of biological molecules and more on how they function within cells and organisms. To study this, convenient biological systems are needed and microbiology plays a crucial role. Yeast and bacteria are often used in experiments because they are simple, cheap, and ethically acceptable. In cancer, there are two excellent recent examples of this

Dietary Components That Protect from Cancer Polyphenols

Chapter 14 Isoflavones, Soybean Phytoestrogens, and Cancer 295 Chapter 17 Catechins and Inhibitory Activity against Carcinogenesis 351 Chapter 18 Cancer Chemoprotective Activity of Stilbenes Resveratrol 369 Chapter 19 Flaxseed and Lignans Effects on Breast Cancer 385 Chapter 20 Anthocyanins and Cancer PART VI Dietary Components That Protect from Cancer Isothiocyanates Chapter 21 Isothiocyanates and Cancer PART VII Dietary Components That Protect from Cancer Saponins Chapter 22 Anticancer Activity of Ginseng and Soy Saponins 457

Dna Mutations And Cancer

The discovery and characterization of both oncogenes and TSGs represented outstanding achievements in the understanding of the molecular pathogenesis of cancer. An important step in this process has been the elucidation of the mechanisms by which proto-oncogenes are activated to oncogenes and TSGs are inactivated, resulting in the uncontrolled growth that characterizes cancer cells. Further investigations on oncogenes made it clear that their activation in cancer cells can be ascribed to several different mechanisms, as follows Despite the reported variety of the mechanisms involved in the activation of proto-oncogenes, the proposed mechanisms of inactivation of TSGs has remained limited to the structural alteration evolving from a single base (point mutation) to wider portions of the genome. With the increasing interest in TSGs and the potential application of genetic testing to the early diagnosis or identification of predisposition to cancer, the role of mutations in cancer...

Epidemiology of renal cell cancer

Renal cell cancer (RCC) represents on average over 90 of all malignancies of the kidney that occur in adults in both sexes. Overall it is the 12th most common site in men and 17th in women. In males living in industrialized areas including Japan, it is as common as non-Hodgkin lymphoma ranking 6th, while in less developed areas it ranks 16th, in the same order of magnitude as carcinoma of the nasopharynx. In women it ranks 12th and 17th in developed and developing countries respectively 749 . The incidence is low in the African and Asian continents but not in Latin America where around 1995 Uruguay recorded one of the highest rates in the world. The highest rates in both men and women were observed in the Czech Republic with 20 and 10 annual new cases per 100,000 population respectively, age standardized 2016 . The lowest rates recorded were less that 1 new case per 100,000 showing a 10-fold variation in the risk of the disease. The latest systematic analyses of time trends of the...

Breast Cancer Metastasis Controlling Genes

These are the proteins that are implicated to influence critical steps in the metastasis of breast cancer resulting in promotion of metastasis. These critical steps and the genes involved are summarized in Table 1. Cancer cells can grow by escaping from the attack of immune cells, thus disrupting the host immune system, which is progressively suppressed as a result of tumor progression and metastasis. The molecular mechanisms by which cancer cells evade the host immune system have been investigated in mouse models and clinical samples. of apoptosis of infiltrating Fas-immune cells providing a mechanism for tumor immune privilege (10). It was also observed that FasL in breast tissue is functionally active and that tamoxifen inhibits FasL expression, allowing the killing of cancer cells by activated lymphocytes (11). Fas exists in two forms, transmembrane and soluble (sFas). A study by Bewick et al. suggests that plasma levels of sFas may be a valuable clinical prognostic factor in...

Development Of Cancer And Characteristics Of Cancer Cells

Cancer cells are the descendants of a normal cell in which something has gone wrong. In this normal cell, some kind of internal or external stress causes a mix-up in its genetic code (its DNA). This event is said to initiate the cell to a precancerous state. After its DNA has been damaged, the cell withdraws from close communication with its neighboring cells. Interrupted cell-to-cell communication is a common result of DNA damage or other forms of cellular damage. Separated from the regulatory controls of its community, it is now at the mercy of its environment. Let us say that the environment around this cell contains a promoting agent, which is a compound that stimulates cell proliferation. In response to the promoting agent, this precancerous cell divides to produce daughter cells, and these daughter cells divide to produce more daughter cells, and so on. All are proliferating only in response to the promoting agent. The promoting agent may be a chemical foreign to the body, or it...

Beyond Cancer Genomes

To date, genetic alterations are still the easiest changes in cancer cells to detect and study experimentally. In the future, successful sequencing of an entire human cancer cell genome will certainly yield more important information for the further study of cancer. However, even with this data, many important alterations will be missed, since not all changes occur at the DNA sequence level and are instead occurring at a non-genetic level. For example, both epigenetic phenomena and post-translational modifications have critical roles in the regulation of important cellular capabilities that contribute to the neoplastic phenotype. Alterations in gene expression that do not involve mutations of DNA sequences are epigenetic events. These arise during cell development and proliferation and serve as an additional method of adaptation to environmental and selective pressures. It has become clear in recent years, that epigenetic changes have an impact to the development of human cancers...

Multistep carcinogenesis

The development of cancer is a multi-step process characterized by repeated cellular insults resulting in the accumulation of mutations. The steps involved in the development of colorectal cancer have been particularly well characterized (see figure). Single mutations (e.g. APC) can lead to benign cellular proliferation (familial polyposis coli) that predisposes to the development of malignancy. Mutations in DNA repair genes (e.g. MMR mis-match repair) speed up this process of mutation accumulation. Genetic alterations associated with colorectal carcinogenesis. Mutation frequencies in MMR-deficient cells are two to three times higher than in normal cells such MMR mutations are found in > 70 of hereditary non-polyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC) cases and > 65 of sporadic colorectal cancers exhibiting micro-satellite instability.These cases account for 15-17 of total colorectal cancers. (Adapted from Kinzler and Vogelstein).

Cytogenetics and cancer

Cytogenetic analysis in cancer is used to confirm diagnosis, to aid differential diagnosis, and (possibly) to indicate prognosis. Nowell and Hungerford first described a specific chromosome abnormality associated with chronic myeloid leukaemia in 1960. Since then, numbers of chromosomal abnormalities associated with cancer have grown exponentially. Abnormalities can be structural, numerical, or both they may be restricted in distribution or found in many different tumour types. Some chromosomal alterations are useful in the diagnosis and prognosis of malignancies the significance of others is unknown.

Cancer At The Cellular Level

Cancer cells are easy to kill using drug therapy however, they are hard to kill without damaging normal cells. This is because cancer cells rely on processes that are fundamentally similar to the processes used by normal cells. Their differences are in activity, not function. It is like two clocks one that keeps the right time and one that is fast. Both clocks use the same mechanisms, but one works at a higher speed. Any treatment that harms the structure of the fast clock, when given to the normal clock, would harm its structure as well. Regarding the cellular level then, the best way to inhibit a cancer cell (and to spare normal cells) is not to destroy its structural properties but to normalize the signals that drive it. These signals derive from its genetic instability, abnormal expression of genes, abnormal sig Part I is about these first four clusters and the natural compounds that inhibit them. Chapter 2 discusses the workings of DNA, the role of transcription factors in gene...

Prostate Cancer In Western Countries

The incidence of prostate cancer in the U.S. and certain Western countries has risen sharply during the past decade. In U.S. men, between 1987 and 1992, prostate cancer incidence rate increased 85 , followed by a decline of 29 between 1992 and 1995, and then increasing again by 2.3 per year beginning in 1995. Recent prostate cancer incidence increased by 3.0 per year among white men and by 2.3 per year among black men.96 Prostate cancer mortality in the U.S. stopped increasing in 1991, and decreased an average of 4.4 annually from 1994 through 1997.97 Declines in prostate cancer mortality might reflect improvements in treatment and longer survival due to prostate specific antigen (PSA)-related early detection.98

Pathology of cancer

Cancer is a genetic disease at cellular level. The final result of synchronous or sequential lesions usually involving more than one gene is the capability acquired by the transformed cell(s) to undergo clonal, autonomous and purposeless growth into measurable masses. These masses comprise tightly packed cells with a varying amount of extracellular matrix of variable density incorporating disorderly distributed, newly formed blood and lymphatic vessels. Malignant cells' proliferation rate is influenced by numerous factors, but is finally characterized by aggressiveness that consists of invasion of adjacent normal tissues and distant metastatic spread by several routes. Each germ cell and each somatic cell some 200 cell types can be a tumour's starting point. Several hundred tumours exist due to the large but not unlimited constellation of genetic alterations responsible for neoplastic proliferation at various body sites, each with its own natural history. About 12 are responsible for...

Clinicopathological Features Of Brca1related Breast Cancer

The relevance of estrogen ERa to the etiology of BRCA1 -associated tumors has been a long-standing clinical conundrum. BRCA1 -associated tumors are largely ERa-negative (6) and their gene expression profile resembles that from basal epithelial cells in the mammary gland (94, 95). On the other hand, prophylactic oophorectomy, which removes the major source of circulating estrogen in premenopausal women, significantly reduces risk of breast cancer in BRCA1 -mutation carriers (96, 97). Consistent with the findings in human (96, 97), oophorectomy decreases the incidence of mammary tumor formation in the MMTV--BRCA1'' mouse model (98). In addition, tamoxifen has been shown to be effective in reducing the risk of contralateral tumors in BRCA1 -mutation carriers (99). Epidemiological evidence also suggests that hormonal exposure and obesity in adolescence, which are well-known risk factors for sporadic breast cancer, can significantly affect breast cancer onset for BRCA1 -mutation carriers...

Cell Motility And Breast Cancer Metastasis

1Laboratory of Experimental Cancer Research, Department of Experimental Cancer Research, Radiotherapy and Nuclear Medicine, 2Department of Gynaecological Oncology, University Hospital, De Pintelaan 185, B-9000 Gent, Belgium Abstract Motility and invasion of breast cancer cells are the result of the concerted action of a number of cell activities directional migration underpinned by the dynamic organisation of cytoskeletal components (actin microfilaments and microtubules), establishment and disruption of cell-matrix and homotypic heterotypic cell-cell adhesions, and extracellular proteolysis. Metastasis formation is not only related to cancer cell motility, but also necessitates the collaboration of other, coined host cells. Newly discovered ligand-receptor interactions between cancer cells and these host elements offer a molecular explanation for Paget's seed and soil hypothesis, and indicate new targets for possible anti-metastatic therapeutic agents Keywords motility, metastasis,...

Lung Cancer Screening Future Directions

The current wealth of emerging technologies for the early detection of lung cancer provides hope that we may be able to reduce the burden of this 20th century disease in the early 21st century 21 . To date, LDCT and advanced sputum analysis techniques appear to be the most promising emerging technologies for lung cancer screening, but ongoing advances in other techniques may change this perspective in the near future. Because of their proclivities for different cell types, LDCT and sputum analysis should be considered complementary rather than competitive screening tools. Important questions to answer before proceeding to mass screening include the effect of screening on lung cancer mortality, the cost-effectiveness of widespread screening, the optimal screening tools to use, and the subsets of present and former smokers who are most likely to benefit from screening. National studies are being planned to answer these questions.

Evidence Linking Diet To Cancer

Chapter 1 describes the worldwide epidemiology of cancer. The estimated incidence rates for various cancers worldwide in 2002 found lung, colon rectum, and stomach to be the most common cancers in both men and women, as well as prostate and liver cancer in men, and breast and cervical cancer in women.3 The pattern of cancer distribution based on incidence and mortality rates varies geographically. In general, the predominant cancers in economically developing countries contrast to those in the industrially developed world. For Asia, Africa, and Latin America, there is a relatively high rate of cancer of the upper aerodi-gestive tract, stomach, liver, and cervix, whereas in Europe and North America there is a relatively high rate of cancer of the colon rectum, breast, and prostate. These Western cancers have a strong environmental component, with diet and lifestyle factors particularly important, while in developing countries, infections with such agents as viral hepatitis and...

Pathogenesis Of Cancer Acquired Capabilities

Research over the past 25 years has produced a deeper understanding of the molecular, biochemical, and cellular changes that occur as cells are transformed from normal cells to malignant cancers. The multiple genetic defects leading to cancer cell production can result from exposure to environmental, dietary, and lifestyle factors, as well as infectious agents. The multistep, multistage process of gradual carcinogenetic changes in the biological behavior of a clonogenic population of cells is illustrated schematically in Figure 2.1.20As indicated, this progression of cellular changes may span years or decades.21 Among the epithelial cancers, such as colorectal, breast, prostate, lung, pancreas, and others, a diffuse genomic instability after exposure to damaging agents (inflammation, toxins, etc.), and increased epithelial hyperplasia is the initiating act. A single basal cell may develop one or more mutations of a number of critical oncogenic or tumor suppressor genes, allowing...

Early Stage Detection Of Ovarian Cancer

Because of the fact that ovarian cancer is relatively rare in the general population, (incidence of 16 cases per 100,000 women per year), any screening method must have From Current Clinical Oncology Molecular Pathology of Gynecologic Cancer Edited by A. Giordano, A. Bovicelli, and R. Kurman Humana Press Inc., Totowa, NJ an extremely high specificity in order to avoid detecting a large number of false-positives. For example, a screening test with a specificity of 99 and a sensitivity of 99 would detect approx 30 false-positives for each real case of ovarian cancer, leading to a positive predictive value of only 3-5 . For these reasons, it is accepted that a good ovarian cancer marker will require a specificity of more than 99.6 to achieve any clinical relevance for screening of the general population (2). On the other hand, in high-risk populations, screening tests with inferior sensitivity and specificity may still be useful. Generally, it is now believed that the ideal test will be...

Breast Cancer Cell Motility Molecular Targets For Possible Antimetastatic Agents

Insight into the molecular mechanisms of breast cancer cell motility has revealed a number of possible targets for the development of anti-metastatic drugs. Some of these targets were already indicated earlier in the text. In animal models for breast cancer metastasis, neutralizing antibodies against CXCR4 reduce the number of metastases (146). Furthermore, CXCR4 has been studied intensively in AIDS research, and CXCR4 antagonists from this research area such as T140, have shown to be capable of inhibiting cancer cell motility and pulmonary metastasis formation (147). In another study the synthetic inhibitor TN1 4003 was shown to reduce the number of metastasis in laboratory animals (148). Together with the RGD peptidomimetics already mentioned before, the CXCR4 antagonists are candidate molecules for anti-metastatic treatment. Cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) inhibitors have regained interest in oncology as well, since it was shown convincingly that they can inhibit cancer cell motility and...

Hormones in the aetiology of cancer

Different hormones and their related growth factors play a variety of roles in carcinogenesis in a number of malignancies, including cancer of the In these sites the cancer results from excessive hormonal stimulation of relevant target cells. These effects occur independently of other aetiological agents like chemical carcinogens or ionizing radiation. In the 1960s, daughters of women treated with diethylstilbestrol (DES) during pregnancy were found to develop vaginal adenocarci-noma as they reached menarche, an indication that hormones could be both directly carcinogenic and involved in tumour promotion. Now it seems DES causes persistence of Mullerian duct remnants in the vagina, and these are activated with the hormonal changes of puberty. There is some evidence that exposure of the male foetus to high levels of oestrogens can also have carcinogenic effects later in life, with increased risk of maldescent and testicular cancer. The role of hormones in promoting cancer is further...

Goals of Cancer Surgery

With the expansion of the multidisciplinary approach to cancer, the role of the surgeon has changed significantly. In addition to the well-established curative role, surgeons are often asked to obtain tissue for diagnosis and staging, debulk tumors as part of multimodality therapy, palliate incurable patients, or prevent cancer by the surgical removal of nonessential organs. As the management of cancer is altered by new discoveries in genetics, molecular biology, immunology, and improved therapeutics, so too will the functions of the surgical oncologist change. With our increased understanding of the genetic predisposition to cancer, the surgeon is increasingly being asked to remove healthy organs to prevent malignancy. However, as other effective methods of prevention are developed, such as chemoprevention or gene therapy, this role will certainly diminish. Improving imaging technologies may have diminished the need for surgical intervention for staging (such as in Hodgkin's...

Surgery for Primary Cancers

The major objective for surgery of the primary cancer is to achieve optimal local control of the lesion. Local control is defined as the elimination of the neoplastic process and establishing a milieu in which local tumor recurrence is minimized. Historically, this was achieved with radical extirpative surgeries that shaped the surgical oncologists' major objective, namely, avoiding a local recurrence. Before William Halsted's description of the radical mastectomy, surgical treatment of breast cancer resulted in a dismal local control rate of less than 30 . The reason why Halsted's procedure was adopted as a standard approach was because he achieved greater than 90 local control, despite the fact that the overall survival of his patients was not improved.4 The latter was due to the locally advanced stage of the patients who were treated in those days. This consideration ushered in the concept of en bloc removal of adjacent tissue when removing a primary cancer. Halsted's mastectomy...

The Metastasic Event In The Temporal Progression Of Cancer

Carcinogenic Steps During the Metastatic Cascade. Carcinogenic insult gene and chromosomal disarrangements Gene amplification inactivation of suppressor genes Growth factors and hormones Multiple stimulating and promoting factors Metalloproteinases loss of MTP inhibitors, receptors, and Source Modified from Liotta LA, Kohn EC. Invasion and metastasis. In Bast RC, Kufe DW, Pollock RE, et al, eds. Cancer Medicine. 5th ed. New York BC Decker 2000 121-131. Source Modified from Liotta LA, Kohn EC. Invasion and metastasis. In Bast RC, Kufe DW, Pollock RE, et al, eds. Cancer Medicine. 5th ed. New York BC Decker 2000 121-131.

Seven Strategies For Cancer Inhibition

To be clear, not all cancers develop exactly as in the scenario above. This scenario is common, however, and within it lies the foundation for all our discussions on cancer inhibition. From it, we can identify seven clusters of procancer events 1. Induction of genetic instability. Each cancer cell carries within itself genetic instability, and this instability increases the chances the cell will be able to mutate as needed to adapt to its environment. 2. Abnormal expression of genes. In essence, the function of genes is to make proteins a process called gene expression. When they are expressed, some genes produce proteins that inhibit cancer progression, and others produce proteins that facilitate it. In cancer cells, abnormal expression of genes occurs, resulting in too few proteins that inhibit cancer and too many that facilitate it. 3. Abnormal signal transduction. Signal transduction is the movement of a signal from outside the cell toward the cell's nucleus, where it can...

Nutrients Vitamin D In Colon Cancer

Vitamin D is an example of a nutrient that exhibits many of the mechanisms described above in inhibiting cancer development, particularly in inhibition of proliferation, induction of differentiation, activation of apoptosis, and blocking initiation. Vitamin D and its analogs have been investigated for some time for their anticancer properties in a number of cancers, including colorectal, prostate, breast, and leukemia.9 The classical role of the most bioactive form of vitamin D, 1a,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 (1a,25(OH)2D3), is to regulate calcium absorption in the intestine, maintain mineral homeostasis in the kidney, and regulate bone remodeling. This function can lead to toxic hypercalcemia when exogenous 1a,25(OH)2D3 is administered in therapeutic doses therefore, a number of pharmaceutical analogs have been developed that retain their anticancer properties with minimal effects on circulating calcium.71 Many tissues other than those involved with mineral metabolism have specific...

Surgical Considerations in the Cancer Patient

There are special considerations when planning operative procedures on cancer patients beyond the normal planning done for the same operation on a nononcologic patient (Table 4.4). TABLE 4.4. Special considerations in the cancer patient. Cancer factors These considerations include cancer syndromes affecting nutrition, debilitated performance status, hypercoagulability, paraneoplastic syndromes, tumor-specific effects, and effects of chemotherapy or radiation therapy.

Promising New Targets For Breast Cancer Diagnosis And Therapy

The work carried out investigating TJs over recent years indicates that this is an area of great interest as targets for cancer diagnosis and potential therapeutics. From the work outlined in section 4, it can be seen that changes in TJ molecule expression, such as occludin, claudin-1, claudin-2, claudin-3, claudin-4, claudin-5, claudin-7, and MAGUK proteins ZO-1, ZO-2, and MUPP-1. These provide potential prognostic indicators for breast tumours. The claudin family has caused considerable interest as an emerging target for cancer therapy (61) however, it remains to be seen how much of this potential can be translated into real treatments. Interestingly, levels of CAR have been found to be significantly correlated with long-term survival of patients with breast cancer with total CAR levels being elevated in primary breast cancers (132). This may have a bearing on its use as means of delivery for gene therapy. Agents that inhibit the effects of cytokines and growth factors such as...

TNM staging of cancer

Staging of cancer at presentation is essential for the patients, allowing accurate prediction of prognosis and planning of treatment modalities. It is also allows comparison of care to be made between different institutions and treatment approaches and for results between different chronological groupings to be compared. A generic approach is the TNM system T extent of the primary tumour.

Cell Adhesion Molecules In Breast Cancer Invasion And Metastasis

1Mitchell Cancer Institute, 2Department of Pathology, 3Department of Pharmacology, 4Center for Lung Biology, College of Medicine, University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL 36688-0002, USA Abstract Metastasis occurs through a series of sequential steps, all of which a metastatic cell must successfully complete in order to establish growth at the secondary site. Cell adhesion molecules including the cadherins, immunoglobulin superfamily, selectins, and integrins play important roles in tumor metastasis. Mucins can also be involved in tumor cell adhesion. In this chapter we review the current knowledge of these groups of cell adhesion molecules in breast cancer.

Federally Funded Research on Oral Cancer

Government supports a variety of research studies relating to oral cancer. These studies are tracked by the Office of Extramural Research at the National Institutes of Health.2 CRISP (Computerized Retrieval of Information on Scientific Projects) is a searchable database of federally funded biomedical research projects conducted at universities, hospitals, and other institutions. You will have the option to perform targeted searches by various criteria, including geography, date, and topics related to oral cancer. For most of the studies, the agencies reporting into CRISP provide summaries or abstracts. As opposed to clinical trial research using patients, many federally funded studies use animals or simulated models to explore oral cancer. The following is typical of the type of information found when searching the CRISP database for oral cancer Summary (provided by applicant) Squamous cell carcinoma of the oral cavity and head and neck (HNSCC) is a devastating disease in...

Mutagenicity carcinogenicity and other tests

Longer-term carcinogenicity tests are undertaken, particularly if (a) the product's likely therapeutic indication will necessitate its administration over prolonged periods (a few weeks or more) or (b) if there is any reason to suspect that the active ingredient or other constituents could be carcinogenic. These tests normally entail ongoing administration of the product to rodents at various dosage levels for periods of up to (or above) 2 years. In addition, tests for mutagenicity and carcinogenicity are not likely required for most biopharma-ceutical substances. The regulatory guidelines and industrial practices relating to biopharmaceuti-cal preclinical trials thus remain in an evolutionary mode, and each product is taken on a case-by-case basis. An overview of the main preclinical tests undertaken for a sample biopharmaceutical (Myozyme) is provided in Box 4.2.

Epidemiological Insight Into Vitamin A Carotenoids And Cancer

Early epidemiological studies and limited measurements of blood retinol seemed to support an inverse relationship between vitamin A intake and cancer, and or blood retinol and cancer, and or P-carotene intake and cancer in humans (reviewed in References 32 and 33). The current body of knowledge, however, does not support such conclusions. First, as pointed out above, serum retinol is a poor indicator of vitamin A status and of vitamin A and carotenoid intake. Second, retinol in serum samples can be adversely affected easily by storage and handling, producing misleading results. Third, many of the epidemiological studies concluding that an inverse relationship existed between vitamin A and cancer, based their conclusions on an inverse relationship between colored vegetable intake and cancer. As mentioned above, color is not a reliable indicator of the vitamin A value of vegetables in addition, each type of vegetable can contain up to 10,000 different phytochemicals. Certain of these...

Cancer At The Level Of The Organism

Part II focuses on the procancer events that occur at the level of the organism and the natural compounds that may inhibit them. These events, which consist of interactions between a population of cancer cells and the body, fall into three primary clusters events that facilitate angiogenesis, invasion and metastasis, and immune evasion. In Chapter 7 we discuss the basics of angiogenesis, the growth of new blood vessels. These vessels provide the cells of a tumor not only nutrition and oxygen but also access to the circulation, thereby allowing metastasis. Natural compounds that inhibit angiogenesis are discussed in Chapter 8. In Chapters 9 and 10 we turn our attention to cancer invasion the spread of cancer cells into adjacent areas and metastasis the spread of cancer cells into distant locations via the blood or lymph. We then consider the immune response against cancer, discussing the basics of the immune system in Chapter 11 and natural compounds that affect it in Chapter 12. As in...

Similarity Of Angiogenesis In Wound Healing And Cancer

Wound healing is a normal process we are all familiar with, and the factors that stimulate angiogenesis in wound healing and cancer are the same.23 Indeed, the surgical wounding of tissues next to implanted tumors has been reported to increase tumor growth and angio-genesis in mice.24 In addition, wound fluid itself stimulates tumor angiogenesis as well as cell proliferation in vivo.23 Angiogenesis during wound healing and angio-genesis during cancer are so similar that some researchers have described cancer as a wound that will not heal. 25,26 Not surprisingly, one study observed that when tumor cells were implanted into injured tissue in rodents, normal wound healing was inhibited, and an open, persistent wound developed that continued to form blood vessels.23 The primary difference between tumor angiogenesis and wound angiogenesis is that the former is driven by abnormal signals and continues unabated,

Anticarcinogenic Activity Of Natural And Synthetic Carotenoids

Among the carotenoids, P-carotene has been expected to be the most promising candidate as a cancer preventive agent. Thus, P-carotene has been tested for cancer-preventive activity in interventional trials i.e., two Linxian trials (Linxian 1 and Linxian 2), the Alpha-Tocopherol Beta-Carotene (ATBC) cancer prevention study, the P-Carotene and Retinol Efficacy Trial (CARET), the Physicians' Health Study (PHS), and the Skin Cancer Prevention Study (SCPS). In addition to these studies, we have recently completed an intervention trial with supplementation of a mixture of natural carotenoids (lycopene, P-carotene, a-carotene, and others) plus a-tocopherol (Jinno, K., Nishino, H. et al., patent pending 2002-022958, 2002.1.31 see Section 4.3.8). In the Linxian 1 study, a protective effect of supplemental P-carotene, vitamin E, and selenium was reported with regard to the incidence and mortality rates of gastric cancer when compared with untreated subjects. In the Linxian 2 study, the relative...

Project Title Adhesion And Proliferation In Oral Cancer Progression

Summary Oral cancer is characterized by relentless growth and invasion, frequently resulting in distant metastasis. While significant progress has been made in defining the clinical and histopathological characteristics of cancer, the molecular mechanisms of tumor progression remain poorly understood. The major focus of the proposed Program Project is to further define the alterations that occur during the stepwise conversion of normal mucosa to oral dysplasia, and finally to invasive squamous cell carcinoma. The project comprises four interactive research laboratories at the University of California San Francisco. That have considerable experience in defining molecules related to tumor progression, including tumor marked analysis, growth factor and adhesion receptor function, signal transduction, and molecular genetics. Moreover, this group has already initiated approaches to the analysis of the complex issues related to the sequential processes characterizing tumor progression....

Project Title Alcohol Tobacco Carcinogenes In Oral Cancer Etiology

Sherry Timmons is currently in the Dentist Scientist program at The University of Iowa College of Dentistry. She is continuing her clinical training in Oral Pathology, Radiology and Medicine and is progressing in her research. The broad objective of her research is to examine the interactions between alcohol and tobacco carcinogenes in the etiology of oral cancer. Specifically, her research will examine the fundamental mechanisms of alcohol involvement in oral cancer. Dr. Timmons attended the Annual IADR meeting in Vancouver, BC March 9-14, 1999 where she participated in an Experimental Pathology Oral Session. Her presentation was, Effects of Acetaldehyde on c-jun Expression in Squamous Cell Lines. Dr. Timmons co-authored an article accepted for publication in Dental Maxillofacial Radiology Timmons S, Ruprecht A,

Endocrine Resistance And Breast Cancer Invasion

Tenovus Centre for Cancer Research, Welsh School of Pharmacy, Cardiff University, Heath Park, Cardiff, CF10 3XF, UK Abstract Despite the initial success of endocrine therapies, a significant proportion of women will acquire resistance to such treatments. Furthermore, clinical relapse during anti-hormonal therapy has been linked to tumours that have gained an aggressive phenotype and enhanced metastatic capacity and is frequently associated with a poorer outlook for the patient. Recently, we have demonstrated that the acquisition of an endocrine resistant state in breast cancer cells is accompanied by a profound increase in invasive capacity. Tumour cell invasion is fundamental to the subsequent development of metastasis, the most significant factor that affects the survival of patients with cancer. Despite this, past therapeutic approaches have paid relatively little attention to these important issues thus a greater understanding of this process will lead to the identification of...

Prolonged Growth Factor Signalling Contributes To The Invasive Phenotype Of Ernegative Breast Cancer Cells

Certainly, a poor prognosis has invariably been reported for ER-negative clinical breast cancer (7,9,18,60,61), and invasiveness is substantial in de novo ER-negative breast cancer models such as MDA-MB-231 cells that exhibit extensive aberrant growth factor signalling. Moreover, our studies in ER-negative faslodex-resistant (FAS-R) cells also reveal that chronic exposure to more modest increases in EGFR kinase NFKB signalling during prolonged faslodex treatment can associate with morphological features characteristic of an epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT), together with very high levels of migratory and invasive activity in vitro alongside adaptive silencing of ER (4,59). In view of these observations, it is feasible that the chronic growth factor signalling that promotes ER negativity may culminate in parallel silencing of ER-regulated genes which play a central role in suppressing cellular invasion. In such cells, we are exploring whether there is a...

Vitamin D And The Cancer Connection

The role of vitamin D in cancer prevention perhaps has been known for more than 50 years. Although excessive sun exposure has been documented to increase the risk of skin cancer, research conducted starting as early as 1936 has proved this population of patients with skin cancer to be at a lower risk for other types of cancer. Sun exposure has been correlated with decreased incidence of certain types of cancer such as cancers of the prostate, breast, and colon. Individuals residing in the U.S., which lies in the northern latitudes, have a risk for cancer incidence which is two to three times higher than the risk of cancer incidence of people living in sunnier, equatorial parts of the world.40 This intriguing observation by Apperly40 was followed by several epidemiological studies that demonstrated an inverse relationship between 25-(OH)D3 levels and cancer risk and

Ras Mutations In Thyroid Cancer

A metastatic tumor is the end result of a complex series of steps involving multiple gene products. Work performed over the past decade has identified a number of gene products with putative roles in the initiation and progression of thyroid tumorigenesis. Mutations in Gsa (gsp) and the TSH receptor have been identified in hyperfunctioning adenomas. Ras mutations are prevalent in follicular carcinomas (see below). Mutations in ret, trk and met were identified in papillary carcinomas. Aberrant DNA methylation, leading to loss of expression of the p16 tumor suppressor gene, has been described in both types of cancer. Finally, mutations in p53 appear to play a role in the final dedifferentiation process. The reader is referred to several excellent recent reviews regarding the molecular basis of thyroid cancer (Jhiang, 2000 Gimm, 2001 Puxeddu et al., 2001 Fagin, 2002). Although Ras mutations are infrequent in papillary thyroid carcinomas, somatic mutations in B-Raf were recently...

The Role Of Aromatase And Other Oestrogen Producing Enzymes In Mammary Carcinogenesis

Abstract There is a large and compelling body of epidemiological and experimental evidence that oestrogens are the fuel behind the aetiology of breast cancer. The local biosynthesis of oestrogens especially in postmenopausal women as a result of the interactions of various enzymes is believed to play a very important role in the pathogenesis and development of hormone-dependent breast carcinoma. The over-expression of such enzymes seems to be associated with the development of a more aggressive disease and associated with poor outcome and increased local and distant recurrences. In this chapter we shed light on CYP19 gene expression, aromatase enzyme activity and its role in mammary carcinogenesis. In addition, other oestrogen producing enzymes such as 17beta hydroxy steroid dehydrogenase 1, 2 and steroid sulphatase and their role in breast cancer development are discussed in details. The understanding of the mechanisms that regulate these enzymes is crucial to the development of new...

Nk Cells In Therapy Of Cancer

From the evidcncc reviewed above, indicating that chronically low levels of NK activity or numbers in patients with cancer or other diseases may be associated with more severe symptoms or increased risk of disease progression, one might infer that augmentation of NK activity in disease may be of benefit to the patient. Therapy aimed at augmenting NK activity could be particularly advantageous for patients with cancer or immunodeficiencies. Such therapy is available today, and it generally consists of attempts to increase NK activity in vivo by the administration of agents with known NK-potentiating activity or adoptive transfer of activated autologous NK cells either locally or systemically to patients deficient in NK activity. Increasingly often, bone marrow transplantation or peripheral stem cell transfer has been used for the treatment of malignancies. The transfer of activated NK cells after transplantation is based on the rationale that NK cells have potent antitumour effects and...

Role in mammary carcinogenesis

Cell line experiments have confirmed the role of aromatase in stimulating the growth of breast cancer cells (24, 59, 60, 61). Additionally, aromatase overexpression has been reported to be associated with a poor clinical outcome in women with breast cancer (62) (Figure 2). Such a relationship was not seen with the clinicopathological parameters of other tumour characteristics. The lack of correlation between aromatase The increasing evidence that aromatase inhibitors are superior to tamoxifen in postmenopausal women with ER positive early and advanced breast cancer is in keeping with our observation that higher aromatase expression correlates with poor clinical outcome (67, 68, 69). Figure 2. Kaplan-Meier analysis of disease-free survival of breast cancer patients depending on the expression of Aromatase mRNA (P 0.0105). (0 Low levels 1.00 High levels (cut-off point 10 000)).

Carcinogenesistumorigenesis

The process of tumorigenesis is a process that requires cellular transformation, hyperproliferation, invasion, angiogen-esis, and metastasis. This process is activated by various carcinogens (such as cigarette smoke), inflammatory agents (such as TNF and H2O2), and tumor promoters (such as phor-bol ester and okadaic acid) (1). Although initially identified as an anticancer agent (2), TNF has now been shown to be involved in cellular transformation (3), tumor promotion (4), and induction of metastasis (5-7). In agreement with these observations, mice deficient in TNF have been shown to be resistant to skin carcinogenesis (8). For several tumors, TNF has been shown to be a growth factor (9,10). Like phorbol ester, TNF mediates these effects in part through activation of a protein kinase C pathway (11). Similar to TNF, other inflammatory cytokines have also been implicated in tumorigenesis (12,13). Thus, agents that can suppress the expression of TNF and other inflammatory agents have...

Project Title Biology Of Headpin A Novel Serpin In Oral Cancer

Principal Investigator & Institution Clayman, Gary L. Associate Professor Head and Neck Surgery University of Texas Md Anderson Can Ctr Cancer Center Houston, Tx 77030 Summary Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the oral cavity is a debilitating and often fatal disease afflicting approximately 30,000 individuals annually in the United States and is a major health problem worldwide. To better understand the molecular biology governing the invasive and aggressive behavior of these tumors, differences in gene expression have been studied between non-malignant oral mucosa and SCC derived from the oral cavity. Using differential display reverse transcription-based PCR, a novel serine proteinase inhibitor (serpin) was cloned, called headpin, that is down regulated in SCC biopsies and in 50 percent of established head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) tumor lines. Headpin was mapped to a serpin cluster on chromosome 18q21, which is a region that often exhibits loss of heterozygosity...

Uterine Glandular Dysplasia A Potential Precancerous Serous Lesion

Careful scrutiny of endometria with (invasive or noninvasive) papillary serous carcinoma has disclosed a lesion with histology and genotype intermediate between normal glands and serous carcinoma. EGD lacks the wild cytological atypia of serous EIC, has only patchy or moderate abnormalities of p53 staining, and a mitotic activity somewhat less than associated carcinomas (56) (Fig. 6, Panel A). Frequent occurrence, in up to 53 of uteri with serous carcinomas, is as expected for a precursor lesion. EGD tends to be multifocal, involving luminal surface epithelium, sometimes within endometrial polyps. Molecular analysis of allelic losses within individual patients has shown progressive incremental deletions in the spectrum from normal to EGD to serous carcinoma, thereby confirming a stepwise relationship among these phases of disease (57). The frequency of EGD occurrence outside a cancer context is unknown, and a histological phenotype easily confused with reactive changes complicates its...

Cigarette Smoke And Cancer

Cigarette smoke(CS) is a major cause of cancers of the lung, larynx, oral cavity and pharynx, esophagus, pancreas, kidney, and bladder (16). Worldwide, one in seven or 15 (1.1 million new cases per year) of all cancer cases are attributable to CS, 25 in men and 4 in women. Recent estimates indicate that CS causes approximately 80-90 of lung cancer in the United States (17). Smoking during pregnancy and passive exposure to CS may increase the risk of cancer for children and adults (18-20). These estimates do not include the disease resulting from smokeless tobacco (taken orally or as snuff), which is a substantial cause of cancer mortality, particularly on the Indian subcontinent (21). Tobacco smoke is a complex mixture containing at least 40 different carcinogens, which mediate tumor initiation and promotion. These carcinogens include nitrosamine, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), aromatic amines, unsaturated aldehydes (e.g., crotonaldehyde), and some phenolic compounds...

The Role Of The Hgf Regulatory Factors In Breast Cancer

Abstract Hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) plays a pivotal role in the invasion and motility of breast cancer cells, and is also a key angiogenic and lym-phangiogenic factor. The cytokine, which is primarily synthesised as inactive pro-HGF by stromal fibroblasts in breast tumours, requires activation to function as a biologically active factor. A number of pro-HGF activators have been identified in recent years, together with some naturally occurring activation inhibitors. This chapter discusses the impact of the HGF activators and activation inhibitors in the development and metastasis of breast cancer, and discusses their potential therapeutic value. Keywords breast cancer, hepatocyte growth factor, HGF activator (HGFA), HAI-1, HAI-2, matriptase, c-MET

Overview of Various Cancers

A total of 19 prospective studies were published between 1994 and 2005 and were used for data analysis. These comprised 3,004 lymph nodes in 631 patients who underwent comparable MR imaging with histological verification as shown in Table 3.1. The overall sensitivity and specificity for MRI with USPIO (17 studies) were 88.1 and 96.2 respectively, with an area of 84.2 under the ROC curve and a diagnostic odds ratio of 123.1. When unenhanced MRI was evaluated, there was a significant reduction in the overall sensitivity and specificity (63 and 92.7 respectively), with an area of 84.2 under the ROC curve and a diagnostic odds ratio of 26.7 (Table 3.2). When analyzed specifically by body region, USPIO-enhanced MRI had a high sensitivity and specificity for lymph node status in the abdomen and pelvis compared with the chest or head and neck. The highest sensitivity and specificity was noted for the two studies, reporting results only for prostate cancer. This may be explained by the fact...

The COXProstaglandin Pathway and Colorectal Cancers

Early reports demonstrated elevated levels of prostaglandins in colorectal cancer compared to normal mucosa15-17 and more recently, a more comprehensive study showed a significant increase in PGE2 in 21 surgically excised colorectal cancers.18 Stemming from this observed increase in prostaglandin synthesis in colorectal cancer, recent studies have analyzed the levels of the COX enzymes in colorectal cancer. Eberhart et al19 measured COX-1 and COX-2 mRNA levels in adenocarcinomas and the paired normal mucosa of 14 surgical patients with cancers classified as Dukes' Stage B to D. Low to undetectable levels of COX-2 mRNA were observed in the normal mucosa. However, COX-2 expression was apparent in 12 of the 14 carcinomas (86 ). This increase in COX-2 varied from a 2- to 50-fold elevation compared to normal mucosa and the degree of upregulation did not appear to correlate

Papillary Thyroid Cancer

Papillary thyroid cancers appear as firm, unencapsulated, or partly encapsulated tumors. Extension beyond the capsule has been reported in 8 to 32 of the cases (9). PTCs may be partly necrotic and some undergo cystic degeneration. PTC is often multifocal when it occurs in a single thyroid lobe and occurs in bilateral lobes in 20 to 80 of the cases (12). Lymph-node metastatic involvement is found in 15 to 80 of the cases depending on the extent of lymph node dissection and examination of the surgical specimen. From the ipsilateral thyroid lymph node chains they may spread to more distant lymph node groups to the upper mediastinal nodes. Vascular invasion is rare and distant metastases (mostly to lungs) are observed in 5 to 10 of the cases, mostly as a result of lymphatic spread (11). Lymph node metastases as the first clinical finding in patients with PTC are not uncommon. The mean 10-year survival rates in PTC are 80 to 90 , with optimal treatment. Papillary Thyroid Cancer Variants...

Follicular Thyroid Cancer

Follicular thyroid cancer is an epithelial carcinoma showing evidence of follicular cell differentiation but lacking the diagnostic features of papillary carcinoma (11). It tends to be more common in regions with iodine deficiency and in patients older than 50 years. Ten-year survival rates are lower than in PTC ranging from 60 to 70 . Follicular Thyroid Cancer Variants Clear cell carcinoma This is a rare follicular cancer variant with clinic characteristics similar to those of classic FTC. Tumor cells show glycogen accumulation or dilatation of the granular endoplasmic reticulum with a clear cell appearance. Hurthle Cell Carcinoma (Oncocytic Carcinoma or Oxyphilic Variant Follicular Thyroid Cancer)

Some Major Biomarkers Related To Multistage Carcinogenesis

While numerous antioxidative vitamins and phytochemicals have been found to exert potential cancer chemopreventive activities, the definition of the appropriate biomarkers to quantify their chemopreventive effects remains subjective.18 The precise understanding of biochemical and molecular mechanisms is the first step to identifying such proper biomarkers and is essential for the successful implementation of chemopreventive strategies. Cellular enzymes and structural proteins, membranes, simple and complex sugars, and DNA and RNA are all susceptible to oxidative damage that may lead to tumor initiation. The elimination or minimization of exposure to diverse environmental carcinogens is one strategy for preventing the majority of human cancers, but the complete avoidance of exposure to etiologic factors that can initiate cancer may be unrealistic.1 Therefore, recent chemopreventive strategies have focused more on identifying substances possessing antipromoting or antiprogressive...

Roles Of Oxidative Stress In Multistage Carcinogenesis

Oxidation involves the addition or withdrawal of energy by oxygen from reduced carbon-based molecules. The paradox is that this process of free radical oxidation is both deleterious and life sustaining by being coupled to electron transport in the mitochondria of living cells. Cells using oxygen to generate energy represent a source of oxygen radicals and reactive oxygen systems. The action of carcinogens is often accompanied by oxidation reactions acting on DNA. ROS produced in the body include superoxide, hydroxyl, hydroperoxyl, peroxyl, and alkoxyl radicals. RNS include nitric oxide and the peroxynitrite anion. Food and toxicants are also major sources of ROS and RNS. Investigations of the carcinogenic effects of oxidative stress have been focused primarily on genotoxicity, but ROS are also known to play a significant role in the promotional stage of carcinogenesis. In particular, several oxidants and free radical generators are tumor promoters. A recent theory1 17 33 on...

Viiiwhy NfjB Is Important For Cancer

The NF-kB has been shown to regulate the expression of a number ofgenes whose products are involved in tumorigenesis (20,21). These include antiapoptosis genes e.g., clAP, suvivin, TRAF, bcl-2, and bcl-xl) COX2 MMP-9 genes encoding adhesion molecules, chemokines, inflammatory cytokines and iNOS and cell cycle regulatory genes (e.g., cyclin Dl) (22). Thus, agents that can suppress NF-kB activation have the potential to suppress carcinogenesis and have therapeutic potential (21,23). The therapeutic role of phytochemicals in prevention and treatment of cancer has been indicated (24-26). Thus, plant-derived phytochemicals that could suppress NF-kB activation by various carcinogens have been shown (Table 1).

Altered Expression Of The Retinoic Acid Receptors In Thyroid Cancer

Retinoic acids (RAs) are essential for many biological processes including proliferation, development, differentiation, carcinogenesis, and apoptosis. These biological effects are mediated through their receptors (RARs). The retinoids, both the natural and synthetic analogs, have been shown to be effective in preventing several cancers in experimental animals and in reversing pre-neoplastic lesions in humans (20, 21). Whether the retinoids could be effective in re-differentiating thyroid cancer cells to be amenable to radioiodide or TSH-suppressive T4 therapy has prompted several investigators to study the expression of RAR in cancer cell lines and tissues. Using Northern blot analysis, del Senno found that the expression of RARa mRNA was lower in thyroid carcinoma cells than in normal thyroid follicular cells. Moreover, del Senno demonstrated that RA reduces the proliferation and function of thyroid follicular cells (22, 23). These findings were confirmed in a larger study. Using...

Abnormalities Of Thyroid Hormone Receptors In Thyroid Cancer

Early evidence to suggest that mutated TR could be involved in carcinogenesis came from the discovery that is the cellular counterpart of the retroviral v-erbA In recent years, increasing evidence suggests that aberrant expression and mutation of the TR genes could be associated with human neoplasias. Somatic point mutations of TRal and TR 3l were found in 65 (11 17 tumors) and 76 (13 17 tumors), respectively, of human hepatocellular carcinomas. Many of these mutated TRs have lost T3-binding activity and exhibit aberrant DNA-binding activity (30). Aberrant expression and mutations of TR genes were also found in renal clear cell carcinomas (31). Cloning of TRs from 22 renal clear cell carcinomas and 20 surrounding normal tissues identified somatic mutations in 32 and 14 of cloned TR 3l and TRal cDNAs, respectively (32). Most of the mutations were localized in the hormone-binding domain that leads to loss of T3-binding activity and or impairment in binding to TREs. Similar to the...

Role Of The Immune System In Cancer Prevention

Some researchers believe the immune system plays a critical role in preventing tumor development by searching out and destroying newly transformed cells. This process, known as immune surveillance, was first proposed by Ehrlich in 1909, and is supported by the following observations that associate immune depression with increased cancer risk 11,12 Approximately 40 percent of patients with immuno-suppression caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) are likely to develop cancer. Common cancers include Kaposi's sarcoma, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, cervical cancer, and Hodgkin's disease. In organ transplant patients who receive immuno-suppressive drugs, the incidence of malignancies is increased about 3-fold. In some studies on kidney transplant patients, the incidence of cancer has been observed to be 7-fold higher than in the general population. Commonly, these malignancies include Kaposi's sarcoma, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, sarcoma, and cancers of the skin, kidney, cervix, and liver....

Therapeutic Potential Of Hai1 And Hai2 As Anticancer Agents

The last decade has witnessed the rapid increase of knowledge available on the role of HGF and c-Met in human cancer. HGF stimulates, through c-Met coupling, the metastatic spread and angiogenesis of tumours. Therefore, the blockade of HGF signalling has become a strategy to inhibit tumour invasion and metastasis, as indicated in recent articles (55, 81, 165). An increasing number of reports support this theory, as shown by recent NK4 studies. Figure 6. (A) Ribozyme transgenes were used to inhibit HAI-1 and HAI-2 expression in MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cells (Wild type control HAI-1 suppressed HAI-1 KO HAI-2 inhibited HAI-2 KO). HAI-1 KO and HAI-2 KO breast cancer cells revealed a dramatically more aggressive nature compared to the control group. (B) Crystal Violet Staining of Invaded Breast Cancer Cells. (i) Wild type breast cancer cell control group following 72 hour incubation. (ii) The elimination HAI-1 resulted in a significantly higher degree of breast cancer cell invasion. (iii)...

Urinary Bladder Cancer

In 58 patients with proven bladder cancer, MRI performed before and after injection of ferumoxtran-10 was compared with histopathologic results in surgically removed lymph nodes (Deserno et al., 2004). One hundred and seventy two nodes imaged after injection of ferumoxtran-10 were matched and correlated with the results of node dissection. Of these, 122 were benign and 50 were malignant. With nodal size and shape criteria, the accuracy, sensitivity, specificity and positive and negative predictive values on pre-contrast images were 92 , 76 , 99 , 97 , and 91 , respectively the corresponding values on post-contrast images were 95 , 96 , 95 , 89 , and 98 . In the depiction of pelvic metastases, sensitivity and negative predictive value significantly improved on post-contrast images compared with those obtained pre-contrast, from 76 to 96 (P < 0.001) and from 91 to 98 (P < 0.01), respectively. At post-contrast imaging, metastases (4-9 mm) were prospectively found in 10 of 12...

Immune System In Cancer Treatment

The immune system's postulated role in preventing cancer by destroying cancer cells, along with other evidence, tells us it can also help destroy cells of established cancers. Its ability to do so, referred to as antitumor immunity, involves both the innate and adaptive immune systems. For example, recent evidence suggests the immune system may be capable of detecting the protein products of oncogenes on the cell surface immune responses to the HER-2 neu protein and mutated ras and p53 gene products have been re-ported.20,21 In addition, antibodies against the patient's own tumor have been identified in the sera of some patients with soft-tissue sarcoma, malignant melanoma, ovarian carcinoma, and lung cancer.22 The degree to which the immune system can destroy established cancers, however, has not been established. In general, the immune system may be more effective against small tumors and metastatic spread than against established solid tumors. What is clear is that the success of...

The Insulinlike Growth Factor1 Ligand In Breast Cancer Management

Abstract The insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) system plays an important role in normal human development and is also a potent mitogen which can stimulate the development and progression of breast cancer cells. This review aims at looks at how measuring IGF-1 levels may be used in the clinical management of breast cancer patients. Many studies have shown that IGF-1 acts synergistically with oestrogen to stimulate breast cancer cells. Case-control studies have also shown that premenopausal women with high levels of serum IGF-1 have a high risk of developing breast cancer later in life which does not apply to postmenopausal women with correspondingly high serum levels. Serum IGF-1 levels can therefore potentially be used as biomarkers for predicting breast cancer risk while some studies have started using serum IGF-1 levels as a response bio-marker for chemopreventive drug trials. Measuring IGF-1 ligand expression in breast cancer tissue is not consistently associated with better or...

Magnetic Resonance in Cancer Diagnostics Generalities

The real strides made by in vivo MRS and MRSI in clinical oncology are, in fact, highly tumor- or site specific. The most dramatic achievements have been made with respect to brain tumors, for which this molecular imaging modality has become an indispensable diagnostic component. MRS and MRSI are also now becoming very important in various aspects of prostate cancer diagnostics. For other malignancies, in vivo MRS and MRSI while showing promise, still have had relatively limited applications. On the other hand, MRI is widely used in staging many, if not most, solid cancers. Moreover, for some special indications, notably young women at high risk for breast cancer, MRI is being explored as a possible first-line diagnostic modality. In the subsequent chapters of Part B of this book, we will provide an in-depth review of the state-of the art of molecular imaging through MR in clinical oncology, on a tumor- or site-specific basis. In this chapter, we first present some generalities...

EGFR signalling in ERpositive acquired endocrineresistant breast cancer cells

There is now substantial in vitro and in vivo experimental evidence revealing that the control of endocrine-resistant breast cancer growth is a multifaceted event, involving signalling through many different growth factor receptor tyrosine kinases which provide a complex network of interacting signal transduction pathways impinging on tumour proliferation and cell survival parameters (6, 7, and references therein). For example, several studies have established that the intracellular signalling pathways associated with oestrogen-receptor (ER) and IGF-1R action are highly interactive. As such, anti-hormonal drugs can exert their anti-oestrogenic activity through disruption of oestrogen IGF-1R signalling cross-talk (6) in addition to their more classical effects of blockade of ER oestrogen response element (ERE) signalling. It follows that the growth inhibitory properties of such drugs are thus a combination of anti-oestrogenic and anti-growth factor activities (8-10). Similarly, members...

The Idea of Cancer and the Idea of Screening

The public's understanding of how cancer works is central to its understanding of how screening works and thus to its strong interest in screening. Especially relevant is the public's perception of the development and progression of cancer and of the degree of homogeneity of cancers with the same name (e.g., breast cancer) in their malignant potential. Although the process of cancer development is not completely understood, it is clear that a normal cell does not become cancer suddenly, all at once. Rather, cells undergo a number of assaults over time, with various results.2 Some of these assaulted cells develop various abnormal forms, or intermediate lesions, such as cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN), colonic polyps, or ductal carcinoma in situ of the breast (DCIS). Although not cancer themselves, these intermediate lesions do at times develop into cancer. As screening frequently detects intermediate lesions, their natural history is important. If nearly all intermediate...

Project Title Chemoprevention Of Oral Cancer With Bbic

The ultimate goal of this research is to prevent human cancer. The specific aims are (1) To conduct a placebo-controlled, double-blind and randomized 6 month phase lib cancer control chemoprevention trial of BBIC in patients with oral leukoplakia. (a) To determine the clinical and histologic response rate of oral leukoplakia to BBIC. (b) To serially measure the effect of BBIC on intermediate marker endpoints (IME). 1) In oral mucosal cells the level of proteolytic activity (PA) and levels of erb-B2 (neu), retinoic acid receptor beta (RAR-beta), bcl-2, and mutant p53 protein will be measured. 2) In tissue biopsies of oral leukoplakia lesions the latter four proteins above will also be measured by immunohistochemistry. 3) In serum, the levels of the protein, neu, will be serially measured. (c) To correlate the clinical and histologic responses of oral leukoplakia to the effect on cellular levels of PA, erb-B2 (neu), RARbeta, bcl-2, and mutant p53 expression, and...

The Critical Point in Cancer Treatment

As shown in Figure 12.1, cancer begins as a small number of cells. If it were possible to detect every cancer at this point, and accurately distinguish the potentially fatal ones from the nonfatal, then our treatments would have a high rate of success. As the cancer grows, however (moving to the right in the figure), the potentially fatal cancers reach a point at which they are less effectively treated. This critical point varies between cancers and within cancers with the same name. It also varies between treatments. An important advance in treatment may mean that cancers can be effectively treated at a later stage in their development (i.e., farther toward the right of the figure). The relationship of the critical point to the point at which a screening test can detect a cancer helps determine the potential benefits of screening. If the critical point is between points A and B in the figure (i.e., before the screening test can detect the cancer), then screening with the present test...

Smallcell lung cancer and oesophageal cancer

Chemo-irradiation of intra-thoracic tumours is hindered by risk of serious morbidity, in particular pneumonitis and oesophagitis. Nonetheless, small cell-lung cancer is an excellent target for this approach although chemosensitive local failure is inevitable with chemotherapy alone, and even with conventional consolidation radiotherapy, 40-50 of these patients have locally recurrent disease. The results of combination etoposide, cisplatin, and thoracic irradiation are promising. Toxicity, especially oesophagitis, is considerable. Chemo-irradiation is superior to radiation therapy alone for oesophageal cancer but local failure rates remain high. Surgery after combined treatment may be the answer to this problem, but the potential for morbidity is increased further.

Interpatient variability in elimination of anticancer drugs

The traditional method for individualizing an anti-cancer drug dose is based on body-surface area (BSA), calculated according to the Dubois formula using height and weight. In children, morphological criteria (BSA or weight) are a major component of inter-individual pharmacokinetic variability. In adults, clearance of anti-cancer drugs is poorly correlated with BSA, leading to wide variation in drug exposure within patients dosed by this method. Hepatic and renal functions are the major determinants of drug elimination and have to be explored before administration of anticancer drugs. Renal dysfunction is easily assessed by determining serum creatinine, measuring or calculating creatinine clearance, or most accurately, by determining the clearance of radio-labelled EDTA. The impact of hepatic dysfunction on the drug elimination or metabolism is more difficult to estimate. Because of complex pathophysio-logical mechanisms of liver insufficiency, hepatic enzymes and serum bilirubin...

Nasopharyngeal Cancer

In a study of 272 patients with nasopharyngeal cancer, half were treated with radiation therapy and half with radiation combined with the formula Yi Qi Yang Yin Tang. The five-year relapse rate was 68 percent lower for patients who received the combined therapy (12 percent versus 38 percent). Three- and five-year survival rates also significantly improved in the group that had the combined treatment (87 percent versus 66 percent at three years, and 67 percent versus 48 percent at five years).70 In a study on 197 patients with stage III and IV naso-pharyngeal cancer, approximately half had radiotherapy in combination with Formula 1, and half received radiotherapy alone. After one year, survival was 91 percent in the combined treatment group and 80 percent in the one receiving only radiotherapy. After three years, the survival rates were 67 percent and 33 percent respectively, and after five years, they were 52 percent and 24 percent.71,72 Although Formula 1 contains Astragalus, most of...

Project Title Chromosome 18 Tumor Suppressor Genes In Oral Cancer

Summary Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of oral cavity is a devastating and deadly disease. At present, there are few definitive indicators for predicting outcome and determining the clinical management other than tumor state and lymph node involvement. Studies over the past two decades have shown that gene defects underlie cancer development and progression, and play a critical role in defining the natural history and biological behavior of cancers. The Principal Investigator has shown that losses affecting the long arm of chromosome 18 (18q) occur in 55-60 percent of oral SCC. The preliminary data indicate that 18q loss is associated with poor prognosis and death from cancer in head and neck SCCs. Moreover, loss of heterozygosity (LOH) on 18q is associated with progression in individual patients. If the Principal Investigator can identify the basis for these findings, then genetic markers could be used in selecting high-risk patients for more aggressive therapy, and spare low risk...

Lymphangiogenesis And Metastatic Spread Of Breast Cancer

Abstract Lymphangiogenesis, the growth and formation of new lymphatic vessels, has been extensively studied in recent years. With the identification of new lymphangiogenic factors and new lymphatic markers, the role of lymphangiogenesis in the progression of breast cancer and in the lymphatic spread of breast cancer cells have been recognized. The current chapter overviews the progress in this area. Keywords lymphangiogenesis, breast cancer, VEGF-D, lymphatic markers

Cancer Screening Examples

To illustrate these principles, we have included examples of screening from four different cancers (cervical, prostate, breast, and colorectal) among those most commonly consid ered for screening. In each case, there is the clear potential for benefits and harms. In each case, the benefits are not large in an absolute sense, whereas the harms are not inconsequential. Rational people may decide to have or not to have screening for these cancers based on the same understanding of the evidence. It is important for the public to come to a better understanding of the potential benefits and harms of cancer screening.

Cervical Cancer Screening

Although, most care providers agree that cervical cancer screening in adolescents yield low benefits, the age limit to begin screening remains controversial. The American Cancer Society's Committee upper age limit of 21 years was primarily based on expert opinion. Using mathematical modeling as reported in Saslow's report for the American Cancer Society (12) the most cost effective HPV testing strategy is to start screening 3 years after the age of sexual onset, with a cap at 25 years. In theory this would catch more than 97 of young women. In the United States, 21 years of age was considered a more realistic age for compliance and access to patients, particularly, in the absence of an organized screening system. The safety net is there for providers who do not ask and for young women who do not answer the question about when they initiated sexual intercourse. In countries with organized screening, such as the United Kingdom, new recommendations where to start screening at 25 years...

Example of Prostate Cancer Screening

The American Cancer Society estimated that, in 2004, 230,110 men would be diagnosed with prostate cancer 29,900 men would die of this disease.20 The age-adjusted prostate cancer incidence in nine Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) registries between 1996 and 2000 was about 173 per 100,000 men.21 The mortality during that period was about 33 per 100,000 men. The probability at birth of being diagnosed with prostate cancer by age 80 is about 14 the probability at birth of dying of this disease by age 80 is about 1.26 .22 The difference between prostate cancer incidence and mortality is one of largest for any cancer this difference increased greatly after PSA screening became widespread. This is a strong indication that at least some prostate cancers now detected by screening would never become clinically important. The incidence of prostate cancer increased dramatically after the beginning of PSA screening in the late 1980s and then stabilized in the later 1990s....

Mmp Inhibition In Anticancer Therapy

Given that MMPs play important role in tumor invasion and metastasis, inhibition of MMPs activity has been the focus of much anticancer research and clinical trials. Pharmaceutical industries have invested considerable effort over the past decade to develop safe and effective MMP inhibitors for use in cancer patient. Three classes of synthetic MMP inhibitors have been developed (Table 2) the collagen peptidomimet-ics which mimic the collagen amino-acid sequence near the collagenase cleavage site the collagen non-peptidomimetics which are synthesized based upon the conformation of MMP active site and the tetracycline derivatives which inhibit the activity of MMPs without antibiotic activity (13, 56-57). Numerous preclinical studies using these MMP inhibitors in cancer models have demonstrated their effectiveness to delay primary tumor growth and inhibit experimental metastasis. Initiation of treatment when tumor burden is minimal has a more profound effect on tumor growth inhibition...

Example of Breast Cancer Screening

The American Cancer Society estimated that, in 2004, 215,990 women would be newly diagnosed with breast cancer 40,110 would die of this disease.20 About 59,390 women will be diagnosed with carcinoma in situ of the breast, primarily by mammography.20 From 1996 to 2000, the age-adjusted incidence in nine Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) registries was about 137 per 100,000 women the age-adjusted mortality during this period was about 28 per 100,000.21 The probability at birth of being diagnosed with breast cancer in 80 years of life is about 11 the probability at birth of dying of breast cancer by age 80 is about 2 .21 Breast cancer incidence for all women increased from 1980 to 2000, although the increase slowed considerably in the late 1990s. Between 1990 and 2000, breast cancer mortality for all women decreased by about 2.3 per year.22,68 The reasons for this decrease are not clear and may be due to a combination of screening and improved treatment.69 Three primary...

Example of Colorectal Cancer Screening

In 2004, an estimated 146,940 new cases of and 56,730 deaths from colon and rectal cancers were expected.20 Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the third leading cause of new cancer cases (11 of all new cases) and cancer deaths (10 of all cancer deaths) in both men and women.20 In 2000, the age-adjusted incidence rate in nine Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program (SEER) registries was 55 per 100,000 the age-adjusted mortality rate was 21 per 100,000.21 The lifetime risk from birth of being diagnosed with CRC is about 6 the lifetime risk of dying from CRC is about 2 . Thus, about 1 in 3 people who develop CRC die of this disease. Between 1992 and 2001, mortality from CRC declined by 1.8 per year93 and incidence declined by 0.8 annually in the United States.94 The early detection and removal of precancerous colorectal polyps may have contributed to the decline in CRC incidence and mortality.95 The major screening tests currently available for CRC screening are the fecal occult...

Dietary Components That Protect Cancer Specialized Lipids

Chapter 23 Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Cancer Chapter 24 Conjugated Linoleic Acid and PART IX Dietary Cancer Risk Factors Chapter 26 Obesity as a Cancer Risk Factor Epidemiology 541 Chapter 27 Obesity as a Cancer Risk Factor Potential Mechanisms Chapter 28 Alcohol and Cancer Cellular Mechanisms of Action 579

Lymphangiogenesis and metastatic spread of cancer cells

The dissemination of malignant cells to the regional lymph nodes is an early step in the progression of many solid tumours and is an important determinant of prognosis. Recently, some tumours are thought to be lymph-angiogenic, i.e., they have the ability to generate their own lymphatics and thereby provide direct conduit to metastasise to the regional lymph nodes. Although the molecular regulation of lymphangiogenesis is still unclear, the discovery of the vascular endothelial growth factors and receptors has made a real progress in this field. Understanding the molecular signalling pathways in lymphangiogenesis might help to develop new therapeutic strategies against cancer lymphatic spread. vessels and or via newly formed lymphatic capillaries. This is indeed the basis of the sentinel lymph node biopsy and indicates the particular importance in surgical management of cancers including breast, melanoma, and others. However, not all tumours metastasise to the regional lymph nodes...

Lymphatic markers lymphangiogenesis and spread of clinical breast cancer

Early metastasis to lymph nodes is a frequent complication in human breast cancer. However, the extent to which this depends on lymphangio-genesis or on invasion of existing lymph vessels remains ill-defined. It has been suggested that breast carcinomas invade and destroy lymph vessels rather than promoting their proliferation and nodal metastasis can proceed via pre-existing lymphatics (151). In another study, it was postulated that lymphangiogenesis does not appear to be a feature of invasive breast carcinomas (151). However, the same study revealed that a proportion of the peritumoral lymphatics contained tumour emboli associated with hyaluronan, indicating a possible role for LYVE-1 hyaluronan interactions in lymphatic invasion or metastasis (151). Intra-tumoral lymphatic vessels have been demonstrated immunohistochemi-cally in breast cancer (152). Using a quantitative approach, the level of expression of a range of lymphangiogenic markers was analysed in a cohort of human breast...

Cancer chemoprevention

Many human cancers are preventable, because their causes have been identified in the human environment. Wattenberg first suggested that regular consumption of certain constituents of fruits and vegetables might offer protection from cancer. He coined the term 'cancer chemoprevention', which can be defined as 'the use of specific diets, or natural or synthetic chemicals, to reverse, suppress, or prevent carcinogenic progression to invasive cancer'. Minimization of exposure towards carcinogens in the environment (primary prevention) is an effective strategy in cancer prevention. However, most environmental factors that initiate cancer remain to be identified and, once identified, the avoidance of such factors may necessitate difficult lifestyle changes. Epidemiological data suggesting that cancer is preventable by intervention with chemicals are based on Time trends in cancer incidence and mortality Lack of simple patterns of genetic inheritance for the majority of human cancers

Clinical cancer chemoprevention

Currently, more than 60 randomized trials of potential chemo-preventive agents have been reported. Only a few of these trials constituted 'definitive trials'. A primary chemopreventive trial with a significantly positive outcome is the retinol study that showed protection against squamous cell skin carcinoma. Tamoxifen has been approved in the US to reduce the risk of breast cancer in high-risk women. Two definitive trials of p-carotene were significantly negative. In these trials lung cancer incidence was studied in 50 000 individuals. The outcome of these trials made headlines, suggesting that in high-risk groups of smokers and or workers occupationally exposed to asbestos. p-carotene increases rather than decreases the risk of developing lung cancer. Subgroup analyses of these two trials revealed that the risk of lung cancer was highest among those individuals who continued to smoke at least 20 cigarettes per day and those in the highest quartile of alcohol consumption. It is...

Carcinogenicity Studies

From the available toxicological data, it is unclear whether patulin is a carcinogen. In a study by Dickens and Jones 49 , patulin, when administered subcutaneously twice a week to rats for 15 months, induced sarcomas at the injection sites. However, in two long-term studies, patulin administered orally by gavage was not carcinogenic in rats or mice 44,50 . In their review of these studies, IARC39 concluded that no evaluation could be made of the carcinogenicity of patulin to humans and that there was inadequate evidence in experimental animals 39 .

Cell Cycle and the Induction of Cancer

Classically, neoplastic diseases have been defined as proliferative disorders characterized by unregulated cell growth and proliferation.18 The multitude of regulatory proteins and their specificity of action upon distinct phases of the cell cycle make their genes highly plausible candidates as targets for mutagenic agents that induce neoplastic disease. Each step in the cell cycle is characterized by the activation or inactivation of various proteins and protein complexes. Thus, mutation events that result in loss of function or abrogation of gene expression of CKIs, cyclins, and pRB could result in unregulated cellular proliferation and cancer formation. Fig. 4.3. Schematic model for the action of p53 and MTS1 (p16) in cell cycle control. (A) the mutational inactivation of p53 would result in loss of p21 transcription and activation resulting in loss of normal control in cell cycle progression checkpoints. (B) The mutational inactivation or loss of homology of MTS1 gene would result...

Breast Cancer Secreted Factors Alter The Bone Microenvironment

Abstract Bone is the most common site of breast cancer metastasis. Over eighty percent of patients with advanced breast cancer develop bone metastases. Once breast cancer has spread to bone, the cancer is incurable and patients develop mostly osteolytic, but also osteoblastic, or mixed bone lesions and suffer from extreme bone pain, skeletal fractures, hypercalcemia, and nerve compression. Current treatment is the use of antiresorptive bisphos-phonates, which reduces bone pain and skeletal fractures but does not improve overall survival. Mouse models of bone metastasis have led to an understanding of the complex interactions that occur within bone that contribute to the incurability of the disease. Once breast cancer cells enter bone, a vicious cycle develops between breast cancer cells and the other cells within bone. Breast cancer cells secrete factors that stimulate bone cells, causing them in turn to secrete factors back onto the cancer cells. Inhibiting the actions of...

Human Immunodeficiency Virus And Cervical Cancer

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a retrovirus belonging to the lentivirus family and is the causative agent of AIDS. Numerous studies have documented a high prevalence of HPV coinfection (19), with an increase in both latent and symptomatic HPV infection. HIV alters the natural history of HPV infection with decreased regression rates and more rapid progression to high-grade and invasive lesions, resulting in a more aggressive phenotype. High-grade lesions have been associated with both high- and low-risk HPV types, leading to speculation that HIV may increase the oncogenicity of the HR types, and possibly the activity of low-risk types also (20). However, whereas the development of AIDS-related malignancies, such as Kaposi's sarcomas and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma are attributable to immune deficiency, the relation between HIV and cervical cancer remains to be elucidated. There are two major pathways involved in cervical cancer tumorigenesis. The first is the loss of heterozygosis...

Interleukin2 and cancer treatment

The immunostimulatory activity of IL-2 has proven beneficial in the treatment of some cancer types. An effective anti-cancer agent would prove not only medically valuable, but also commercially very successful. In the developed world, an average of one-in-six deaths is caused by cancer. In the USA alone, the annual death toll from cancer stands in the region of half a million people. There exists direct evidence that the immune system mounts an immune response against most cancer types. Virtually all transformed cells express (a) novel surface antigens not expressed by normal cells or (b) express, at greatly elevated levels, certain antigens present normally on the cell at extremely low levels. These 'normal' expression levels may be so low that they have gone unnoticed by immune surveillance (and thus have not induced immunological tolerance). The appearance of any such cancer-associated antigen should thus be capable of inducing an immune response, which, if successful, should...

Variability in Cancer Care

If one attempts to assess the variability of cancer care across the United States, or the extent to which physicians adhere to established standards of cancer care, there are few data available.88 Perez developed a questionnaire containing five different lung cancer case scenarios.89 Primary care physicians, pulmonologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, and thoracic surgeons were asked to complete the survey. Questions pertained to prognosis, recommended treatment, and the expected impact of treatment on outcome. For all stages of lung cancer, the recommended treatments varied greatly among the different specialists. Differences of opinion pertained not only to complex and controversial treatment decisions, but also to issues for which a clear standard of care had been established. FIGURE 14.1. Percentage of physicians (by specialty) choosing each treatment option for the treatment of stage II non-small cell lung cancer. Specialty by column, from left primary care...

Bone A Fertile Soil For The Breast Cancer Seed

The mineralized matrix of the bone is a rich store of growth factors and calcium that are released during bone resorption (5). The released growth factors contribute to the growth of breast cancer cells in bone (6). Insulinlike growth factors (IGFs) I and II and transforming growth factor p (TGFP) are the most abundant growth factors in bone (5). A role of bone matrix IGF I and II in bone metastasis has not been completely demonstrated. Currently, only TGFp has been shown to be actively released from the bone matrix by osteoclast resorption (7). Expression of a dominant negative TGFp receptor subunit in MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cells blocked Actions of the two main bone cell types are coupled. The bone-forming osteoblast and the bone-resorbing osteoclast maintain bone homeostasis by a process of remodeling (13). Osteoclasts resorb bone, leaving a pit within which osteoblasts then form new bone (13). Osteoclast formation is regulated by cells of the osteoblast lineage that express...

The Case for Interdisciplinary Treatment Teams in Cancer Treatment Planning

The knowledge base necessary to provide state-of-the-art cancer care is extensive. The cancer treatment literature resides in journals specific to several different medical specialties, and no single physician is likely to be familiar with all aspects of this scientific evidence. A familiarity with active clinical trials and emerging scientific data for each type of cancer is needed. Physicians from different cancer-related specialties often have divergent opinions concerning cancer treatment and prognosis. Although data are not available to quantify the extent to which physicians involved in cancer care adhere to standard treatment recommendations, studies pertaining to several other fields of medicine suggest that compliance may be suboptimal. If one accepts these conclusions, then the need for a collaborative approach to cancer care is clear. When physicians from multiple cancer-related specialties meet to discuss new cancer patients and to prospectively plan the optimal treatment...

Bone Resorbing Breast Cancer Secreted Factors

Breast-cancer secreted factors induce bone resorption by both indirect and direct actions on the osteoclast. Parathyroid hormone-related protein (PTHrP) is the most studied breast cancer-secreted factor. It indirectly activates osteoclastic bone resorption by stimulating osteoblasts and stromal cells to express RANKL, which in turn activates osteoclasts (20). PTHrP was first identified as a causal factor in humoral hypercalcemia of malignancy and was later shown to be a major factor in promoting osteolytic metastases (14). Breast cancer cells that have metastasized to bone express higher PTHrP mRNA levels than in soft tissue sites (21, 22). Inhibiting PTHrP with neutralizing antibodies decreased osteolytic bone metastases formed by MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cells in mice (23). A humanized PTHrP neutralizing antibody is currently in clinical trial for the treatment of breast cancer bone metastasis. Paradoxically, higher PTHrP expression in the primary breast tumor is correlated with a...

Supporting cancer patients

For cancer patients, the trauma of diagnosis, protracted and sometimes toxic curative treatments, possible disease relapse, with progression to incurable and increasingly disabling or terminal disease, provokes intense, often distressing emotional and psychological reactions. These may include The cancer not only impacts on the patient personally, but also on family, friends, their work, and finances. Up to one-third of cancer patients suffer significant psychological morbidity. Appropriate support interventions can help alleviate much of their distress. Palliative care is synonymous with good supportive care, at every stage of a cancer illness. Palliative care ameliorates all distressing symptoms, whether physical, psychological, social, or spiritual in an integrated approach, as essential in achieving the best of quality of life for patients and families. For patients with a terminal diagnosis, it strives to enable them to live as actively as possible until death, while offering...

The holistic approach to cancer

The holistic approach is typified by the emphasis placed on the role of 'mind, body, and spirit' in health and illness management, either by the individual themselves or by those caring for them. In cancer medicine this approach is implemented in three settings Complementary therapies which include acupuncture, shiatsu, and homeopathy (which may increase energy levels and improve well-being and symptom control) and body work, such as massage and aromatherapy (which can reduce fear, tension, isolation, and the alienation felt by cancer patients towards their diseased or disfigured bodies). Alternative cancer therapies that are reputed to have 'anti-cancer' activity, and in this sense are more like allopathic medicines than holistic, health-based therapies. These fall into the categories of Mind body approaches aimed at calming the mind and inducing states of well-being and happiness (e.g. regular practice of relaxation and meditation). Visualization promotes a positive mental state...

Alternative Cancer Therapies

This section reviews alternative therapies, anticancer therapies offered outside of mainstream cancer treatment programs. Most of these methods are based on unfounded theories and involve considerable travel or expense many are also known to incur significant risks of adverse events. It is common for advocates of alternative therapies to promote their treatment instead of conventional care. For example, Nicholas Gonzalez, a private physician in New York who treats cancer with a regimen that involves diet, vitamins, enzymes, and enemas, has stated that You don't do chemotherapy and my regimen . You do one or the other.19 This feeling raises the possibility that patients may be harmed by postponing care of proven benefit, an especially important consideration given that alternative cancer therapies are shown to be ineffective when subjected to clinical trial. The related principle is the importance of trying to dissuade patients from using unproven cancer therapies. These therapies are...

Project Title Development Of P53Based Vaccines For Oral Cancer

Summary (provided by applicant) Nearly 50 percent of oral carcinomas contain p53 mutations, making mutant p53 peptides attractive candidates for use in cancer vaccines. The probability is greater, however, that tumors will present wild-type sequence (wt) peptides derived from mutant p53 rather than mutant peptides. Our research is guided by the hypothesis that the effectiveness of vaccines targeting wt p53 epitopes will be influenced by (1) the ability of a patient's tumor to present wt p53 epitopes for immune recognition and (2) the ability of the patient's T-cells to respond to these epitopes. Our ongoing analysis of these factors, which focuses on the first of four CTL-defined wt p53 epitopes identified, p53, indicates that 1) nature or site of an alteration in p53 influences processing and presentation of this epitope and, perhaps, other epitopes as well 2) only a third of PBMC of either normal donors or patients responded ex vivo to this epitope and 3) tumors of responsive...