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BACKGROUND In colorectal cancer (CRC), DNA methylation anomalies define distinct subgroups termed CpG island methylator phenotype 1 (CIMP1), CIMP2, and CIMP-negative. The role of this classification in predicting recurrence and disease-free survival (DFS) in resected stage III CRC was evaluated. METHODS Sporadic cancers from 161 patients were analyzed.(More)
OBJECTIVES To evaluate the utility of perfusion MRI as a potential biomarker for predicting response to chemoradiotherapy (CRT) in locally advanced rectal cancer. METHODS Thirty-nine patients with primary rectal carcinoma who were scheduled for preoperative CRT were prospectively recruited. Perfusion MRI was performed with a 3.0-T MRI system in all(More)
PURPOSE To compare diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) and magnetic resonance (MR) volumetry for predicting treatment outcomes of locally advanced rectal cancers with preoperative chemoradiotherapy (CRT). MATERIALS AND METHODS This prospective study was approved by our Institutional Review Board. Thirty-four patients underwent three MR examinations: pre-CRT(More)
BACKGROUND Capecitabine plus oxaliplatin (CapeOX) is one of the reference doublet cytotoxic chemotherapy treatments for patients with metastatic colorectal cancer. We aimed to compare the efficacy and safety of CapeOX with that of S-1 plus oxaliplatin (SOX), a promising alternative treatment for patients with metastatic colorectal cancer. METHODS In this(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE The aim of this study is to evaluate the efficacy and safety of preoperative radiation therapy combined with S-1 and irinotecan (SI) in LARC. MATERIALS AND METHODS Patients were considered LARC if they had a T3/T4 lesion or node positive. Weekly doses of 40 mg/m(2) irinotecan were intravenously administered once per week during(More)
PURPOSE Irinotecan plus cisplatin has been previously documented to be effective in the treatment of extensive-disease small cell lung cancer (ED-SCLC). This study was undertaken to investigate the efficacy and feasibility of combination chemotherapy of irinotecan and carboplatin in previously untreated ED-SCLC. PATIENTS AND METHODS From December 2002 to(More)
Brain metastases from colorectal carcinoma (CRC) are rare. The objectives of this study are to assess the natural history, outcome, and possible prognostic factors in CRC patients with brain metastases. Between 1995 and 2008, 8,732 patients with CRC were treated at Yonsei University Health System. Brain metastases were found in 1.4% of these patients.(More)
Although celiac axis stenosis is a frequently encountered occlusive vascular disease, clinically significant ischemic bowel disease caused by celiac axis stenosis is rarely reported due to rich collateral circulation from the superior mesenteric artery (SMA). The most important and frequently encountered collateral vessels from the SMA in patients with(More)
OBJECTIVE E-cadherin (ECD) and urokinase plasminogen activator (uPA) have been noted as markers for tumor metastasis and prognosis in several tumors. We thus investigated the relationship between the expression of ECD and uPA and the clinicopathological characteristics in pancreatic cancer. METHODS The expression of ECD and uPA was evaluated in pancreatic(More)
BACKGROUND The purpose of this study was to compare 2 weekly docetaxel-based regimens as first-line treatments for advanced gastric cancer and to investigate the expression of secreted protein acidic and rich in cysteine (SPARC) and its abilities to predict treatment-related clinical outcomes. METHODS Patients were randomly selected to receive 3 weekly(More)