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Prognostic assessment is crucial for the management of AML. Although the use of karyotype analysis for risk-stratification is widely accepted, prognosis of AML remains ambiguous, particularly for patients categorized into the intermediate cytogenetic risk group and additional markers are required for an accurate prediction of outcome. For this study, we(More)
From July, 2007 to June, 2008, we prospectively investigated the influence of Hange-shashin-to on the therapeutic and adverse effects of chemotherapy and the changes in quality of life(QOL)scores of the patients with metastatic gastric and colorectal cancer. Twenty patients receiving S-1/Irinotecan (CPT-11) therapy were randomly allocated into group A (with(More)
We report on two patients, successfully treated by the combination therapy of S-1 and 24-h infusion of cisplatin (CDDP), who were initially diagnosed with unresectable stage 4 advanced gastric cancer. Each patient had a very good clinical response and underwent curative gastrectomy after completion of 14 and 10 courses of S-1/CDDP chemotherapy,(More)
AIM To examine whether administration of lentinan, purified β-1, 3-glucan, can prolong survival in advanced gastric cancer patients receiving S-1-based chemotherapy. METHODS Since 2004, 78 patients with metastatic or recurrent gastric cancer have received S-1-based chemotherapy as first-line treatment. Survival, side effects, and the ratio of(More)
Natural compounds containing fungal β-glucans have been used to improve general health for thousands of years in China and Japan. Lentinan, the backbone of β-(1, 3)-glucan with β-(1, 6) branches, is one of the active ingredients purified from Shiitake mushrooms and has been approved as a biological response modifier for the treatment of gastric cancer in(More)
BACKGROUND There have been no well-documented reports detailing the relationship between skeletal metastasis and tumor markers in a large series of patients. The purpose of our study was to assess the relationship between the clinical features of skeletal metastasis and serum tumor markers and to determine whether tumor markers are a useful modality in the(More)
Gastric cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related mortality worldwide. Systemic chemotherapy is the main treatment option for advanced gastric cancer when the tumor is inoperable. Despite recent advances in chemotherapeutic agents, the prognosis of unresectable or recurrent gastric cancer remains extremely poor. In Japan, combination therapy(More)
Three cases with unresectable advanced gastric cancer with liver metastases were successfully treated by the combination therapy of TS-1 and cisplatin( CDDP). TS-1 (1.25 m2>: 80 mg/day, 1.25 m2-1.50 m2: 100 mg/day, > or =1.50 m2: 120 mg/day) was administered orally for 14 consecutive days followed by 14 days rest,and a 24-h infusion of CDDP (70 mg/m2) was(More)