Michio Okabe

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OBJECTIVE Osteopontin (OPN) is a secreted integrin-binding glycophosphoprotein that may have a role in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). To evaluate the clinical significance of OPN in esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC), we compared plasma OPN levels with those of common tumor markers. METHODS Preoperative plasma OPN levels were measured(More)
The induction of apoptosis might be a promising treatment for cancers refractory to conventional therapies, such as esophageal cancer. In this study, we examined whether epidermal growth factor–induced growth inhibition results from apoptosis of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) cells as a result of STAT1 activation and evaluated whether interferon(More)
The patient was a 63-year-old man who suffered from advanced pancreatic cancer (T 4 N 3 M 0, Stage IVb). Palliative operation was performed for obstructive jaundice. He was treated with chemotherapy of gemcitabine (GEM) alone as first-line, and combined chemotherapy of GEM and S-1 as second-line. Both therapies were effective for this patient. Tumor marker(More)
In Japan, transabdominal preperitoneal (TAPP) inguinal hernia repair is performed by firmly pulling the peritoneum inwards to lift it from the underlying deep layer of subperitoneal fascia. It decreases the postoperative pain and discomfort in the inguinal area. The aim of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of the sandwich approach, which is a new(More)
AIM To evaluate a laparoscopic approach to gallbladder lesions including polyps, wall-thickening lesions, and suspected T1 and T2 gallbladder cancer (GBC). METHODS We performed 50 cases of laparoscopic whole-layer cholecystectomy (LCWL) and 13 cases of laparoscopic gallbladder bed resection (LCGB) for those gallbladder lesions from April 2010 to November(More)
A 73-year-old woman underwent chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and hormonal therapies for right advanced breast cancer (T4, N3, M1, Stage IV) in 1993. She obtained a complete response in pathological evaluation (pCR) in 1998. For adjuvant therapies, she had been treated with hormonal therapies for five years until 2003. After the interruption of hormonal(More)
S: POSTER PRESENTATIONS P149 The Treatment and Outcome of Patients With Extremity Synovial Sarcoma E. McCarron,* W. Kraybill, K. Donohue, J.M. Kane. Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY. Introduction: Extremity synovial sarcoma (ESS) is traditionally associated with a poor prognosis. The purpose of this study was to examine potential factors(More)
A 72-year-old woman was admitted to our hospital because of muscle weakness and was diagnosed as having polymyositis. Whole-body evaluation revealed advanced transverse colon cancer, and we therefore considered it likely that the patient had paraneoplastic myositis. We performed a curative surgical resection for colon cancer, after which her serum creatine(More)
INTRODUCTION Laparoscopic liver resection (LLR) has been widely performed throughout the world. Although prospective registry studies to clarify the safety of LLR have been feasible, no prior multicenter prospective study has addressed this issue. We have conducted a multicenter prospective cohort study to reveal the current status of LLR in Japan. (More)