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Recently, various cell cycle regulators have been investigated as biological markers of malignant potential. These regulators might influence the survival rate and the effect of adjuvant therapies. In this study, we analyzed p53, p21(Waf1/Cip1) and cyclin D1 expression in 64 esophageal cancer patients and the relationship between clinicopathologic(More)
A case of esophageal carcinosarcoma is described herein. A 58-year-old man presented with dysphagia and was admitted to our hospital. Imaging studies revealed a type 3 tumor in the upper intrathoracic esophagus with direct invasion to the left main bronchus. Analysis of a biopsy specimen revealed carcinosarcoma. The patient underwent esophageal bypass and(More)
This study used an isogenic pair of metastatic (M4A4) and nonmetastatic (NM2C5), green fluorescent protein-labeled human breast cancer cell lines derived from the same patient and inoculated into the mammary glands of nude mice to investigate the dissemination patterns and fate of cells that escaped spontaneously from the resulting tumors. After tumors(More)
UNLABELLED This phase I study was designed to determine the maximum-tolerated dose (MTD) of docetaxel (TXT) and toxicities of combining weekly administration of TXT and continuous infusion of 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) with concomitant radiotherapy for advanced esophageal cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS Patients received TXT by i.v. infusion over 1 h on days 1,(More)
We compared the surgical outcomes between 114 patients who did not receive neoadjuvant therapy (group 1) and 92 others who received neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy (nCRT) (group 2), and assessed the preoperative and surgical factors that influence postoperative morbidity to determine the impact of nCRT on morbidity and mortality after esophagectomy via(More)
The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between hypoxia inducible factor (HIF)-1alpha expression, vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) expression, and tumour vascularity in squamous cell carcinoma of the oesophagus. Expression of HIF-1alpha and VEGF was examined in two oesophageal squamous cell carcinoma cell lines (TE2, TE3) and 82(More)
Airway stenting is required for the palliative treatment of advanced esophageal cancer. This study retrospectively analyzes the outcomes of airway stenting for esophageal cancer at our institution. Data from nine patients who underwent airway stenting were reviewed. All patients had poor respiratory status due to esophagorespiratory fistula and/or(More)
Esophageal bypass surgery using a gastric tube prior to definitive chemoradiotherapy in preparation for the formation of esophago-tracheal or bronchial fistula is a possible strategy for esophageal cancer invading the airway. This report presents the case of a patient with esophageal cancer involving the left main bronchus who underwent esophageal bypass(More)
BACKGROUND In T4 esophageal cancer with tracheobronchial invasion, an esophagorespiratory fistula (ERF) often occurs during or after chemoradiotherapy. We have performed esophageal bypass operations prior to definitive chemoradiotherapy for these patients to increase the chemoradiotherapy completion rate by minimizing the potential effect of an ERF. The aim(More)
Neutrophil elastase is a neutral serine proteinase produced by polymorphonuclear leukocytes and monocytes/macrophages, especially under surgical stress. In the present study, we investigated whether NE promotes cell growth by activation of EGFR to elucidate whether surgical stress induces tumor proliferation and progression. Furthermore, we examined the(More)