Yoshiko Azuma

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Reactivation of hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is a well-recognized and potentially fatal complication in patients treated with chemotherapy for lymphoid malignancies. Although several guidelines recommend antiviral prophylaxis and/or monitoring for HBV-DNA, there is no consensus over what time period these should occur. Clinically, we have encountered(More)
A humanized anti-CC chemokine receptor 4 (CCR4) monoclonal antibody, mogamulizumab (MOG), has been shown to be safe and effective in the treatment of relapsed/refractory adult T-cell leukemia/lymphoma (ATLL). MOG depletes ATLL cells as well as regulatory T cells (Tregs), as CCR4 is expressed on these cells as well. In this context, pretransplant treatment(More)
To evaluate the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) International Prognostic Index (IPI), we analyzed 284 patients treated with the combination of rituximab, cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisone (R-CHOP) in our institution in Japan. Their 5-year overall survival (OS) by risk level was 80.7%, 74.8%, 55.4% and 67.5% (P=0.005);(More)
A 74-year-old man visited our hospital with complaints of anorexia, weight loss, and impaired activities of daily living. He presented mild consciousness disturbance at the first visit, but specific causes were identified. The IgD level was>2,000 mg/dl and bone marrow biopsy was performed after aspiration failed due to excessive density. He was diagnosed(More)
A 27-year-old woman with acute lymphocytic leukemia, who underwent allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, complained of nausea and blurred vision 288 days after the transplantation. Intracranial tumors were identified on brain MRI. She received whole brain radiation after open biopsy, but she died. The tumors had characteristics of diffuse(More)
The acronym CRAB summarizes the most typical clinical manifestations of multiple myeloma, these being hypercalcemia, renal failure, anemia, and bone disease. CRAB can be used to distinguish between active, symptomatic multiple myeloma and monoclonal gammopathy of undermined significance or smoldering myeloma. The distinction is relevant not only for(More)
Gemtuzumab ozogamicin (GO) is a recombinant humanized immunoglobulin G4 anti-cluster of differentiation (CD)33 monoclonal antibody conjugated to N-acetyl-γ calicheamicin dimethylhydrazide, a naturally potent antibiotic. It has been introduced for the treatment of acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL), since large quantities of CD33 are commonly expressed on(More)
Lenalidomide is an immunomodulatory drug administered orally in the treatment of multiple myeloma. Some elderly patients require a reduced lenalidomide dose because of comorbidities and/or adverse events. This study investigated the actual dose of lenalidomide in elderly patients, finding that most received reduced (5-10 mg) doses. The most common reasons(More)
In patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) classified as high-intermediate risk or high risk using the International Prognosis Index, the efficacy of high-dose chemotherapy combined with upfront autologous stem cell transplantation (HDT/ASCT) remains controversial in the rituximab era. In the present study, 27 patients who had been treated with(More)
The mortality among patients with heart diseases increases steadily in an aging society like Japan. Among those, the patients with chronic heart failure (CHF) are thought to be increasing rapidly although the official report is missing. It is well-known that BNP or NT-proBNP is useful for a clinical diagnosis of CHF, but a role of the cardiac troponin (cTn)(More)