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BACKGROUND The presence of pathogens in dental plaque is a risk factor associated with postoperative pneumonia in esophageal cancer patients. The effectiveness of pre-operative dental brushing to decrease the risk of postoperative pneumonia in esophageal cancer patients was evaluated prospectively. METHODS A total of 86 thoracic esophageal cancer patients(More)
A 52-year-old Japanese woman presented with a mass in the left breast. A tumor 2.9 cm in diameter was found in the D area on ultrasonography. An ipsilateral swollen axillary lymph node was detected. Invasion of the tumor to the pectoralis major muscle was seen. Based on a diagnosis of malignant lymphoma by fine needle aspiration cytology, radical mastectomy(More)
BACKGROUND Chemoradiation therapy (CRT) has the strongest antitumor effect against local tumors of esophageal cancer; however, no standard strategy has yet been established to achieve a clinical complete response (CR) after CRT. The aim of this study was to clarify when a decision can be made to perform further treatment for a clinical CR. METHODS We(More)
PURPOSE The antitumor efficiency of electrochemotherapy using chemotherapeutic agents and high-voltage electric pulse has been reported. This study was done to define the precise nature of the involvement of antitumor immunity in the regression of tumor nodules in electrochemotherapy, and to evaluate the effectiveness of using low-voltage electroporation.(More)
It is known that cisplatin induces the excretion of zinc from the urine and thereby reduces its serum concentration. However, the fluctuation of these trace elements during or after cisplatin-based chemotherapy has not been evaluated. To answer this question, we performed a clinical study in esophageal cancer patients undergoing cisplatin-based(More)
OBJECTIVES T1 esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) has a low, but still present, risk of lymph node (LN) metastasis. Endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) or endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) is often applied for T1 ESCC. To achieve successful treatment by EMR/ESD, the risk of LN metastases, LN recurrence, and hematological recurrence need to be(More)
Generally, the primary lesion of a mold infection is in the airway, an extravascular site. Therefore, the antifungal drug concentration at the actual tissue lesion of a mold infection is as important as in the blood compartment. Although our antifungal armamentarium has expanded recently, polyenes are still often needed in clinical practice because of their(More)
Although percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) is the preferred method to provide enteral nutrition for a longer time period, in obstructive esophageal cancer, we cannot safely perform endoscopic access to the stomach even with the ultrathin endoscope. We experienced 1 fatal case due to esophageal perforation caused by balloon dilation, and hence, we(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS The treatment of gastric submucosal tumors (SMTs) is strictly surgical and enucleation of the tumor or wedge resection of the stomach is efficient to achieve R0 resection. Laparoscopic and endoscopic cooperative surgery (LECS) can be safely performed with adequate cutting lines. This study describes the initial 16 cases treated by LECS and(More)
Adenocarcinoma arising from heterotopic gastric mucosa (HGM) is exceedingly rare. This report presents the case of a 57-year-old male who presented with the chief complaint of dysphagia. Endoscopy and computed tomography revealed a locally advanced tumor of the cervical esophagus and swollen mediastinal lymph nodes. He underwent chemoradiotherapy followed(More)