Naruto Taira

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Provision of social support and rehabilitation for patients with physical, mental, and functional problems after cancer treatment is important for long-term health-related quality of life (HRQOL). Effective use of human and financial healthcare resources requires identification of patients requiring rehabilitation. The objectives of the current study were(More)
Current treatments for metastatic breast cancer (MBC) include palliation with chemotherapy and/or hormone therapy, neither of which has the effect of adequately improving survival. Local surgery to remove the primary breast tumor is performed to improve local control and prevent uncontrolled chest wall disease (UCD). From June 1962 to February 2007, 344(More)
OBJECTIVE The 7-year follow-up of the US oncology 9735 trial demonstrated the superiority of TC [docetaxel (DTX)/cyclophosphamide (CPA)] to doxorubicin/CPA therapy. To introduce TC therapy in Japan, the verification of the safety and tolerability is essential. We performed a collaborative prospective safety study with Okayama University to introduce TC(More)
Epidermal inclusion cysts are uncommon in the breast, but the consequences can be severe when these cysts occur in the breast parenchyma. Here, we report two such cases. The patient in case 1 was an 85-year-old woman with a 3-cm palpable mass in the right breast. Mammography revealed a round and smoothly outlined mass, which indicated a benign tumor, and(More)
Microtubule-associated protein tau (MAPT) inhibits the function of taxanes and high expression of MAPT decreases the sensitivity to taxanes. The relationship between estrogen receptor (ER) and MAPT in breast cancer is unclear. In this study, we examined the correlation of MAPT expression with the sensitivity of human breast cancer cells to taxanes, and the(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine if health-related quality-of-life (QOL) differences existed between breast cancer (BC) survivors receiving mastectomy and those receiving breast-conserving treatment (BCT). Factors associated with QOL in long-term BC survivors were also identified. METHODS One hundred patients who had previously undergone BC surgery and were alive(More)
A high mammographic breast density is considered to be a risk factor for breast cancer. However, only a small number of studies on the association between breast density and lifestyle have been performed. A cross-sectional study was performed using a survey with 29 questions on life history and lifestyle. The breast density on mammography was classified(More)
UbcH10 participates in proper metaphase to anaphase transition, and abrogation of UbcH10 results in the premature separation of sister chromatids. To assess the potential role of UbcH10 in colon cancer progression, we analyzed the clinicopathological relevance of UbcH10 in colon cancer. We firstly screened the expression profile of UbcH10 in various types(More)
BACKGROUND Expression of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) by human breast cancer tissues is associated with poor clinical response. The EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitor (EGFR-TKI), gefitinib ('Iressa', ZD1839), is a leading example of a molecular targeted agent, and has an anti-proliferative effect on various cancer cells. But the details of the(More)
Patients with estrogen receptor (ER)-positive breast cancers have a better prognosis than those with ER-negative breast cancers, but often have low sensitivity to chemotherapy and a limited survival benefit. We have previously shown a combination effect of taxanes and fulvestrant and suggested that this treatment may be useful for ER-positive breast cancer.(More)