Yuichiro Higaki

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BACKGROUND We conducted a phase III study to evaluate S-1 as compared with UFT as control in patients after curative therapy for stage III, IVA, or IVB squamous-cell carcinoma of the head and neck (SCCHN). PATIENTS AND METHODS Patients were randomly assigned to the UFT group (300 or 400 mg day-1 for 1 year) or the S-1 group (80, 100, or 120 mg day-1 for 1(More)
The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of intra-arterial infusion chemotherapy for head and neck cancers using a coaxial catheter technique: the superficial temporal artery (STA)-coaxial catheter method. Thirty-one patients (21 males and 10 females; 37-83 years of age) with squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (maxilla, 2; epipharynx, 4;(More)
BACKGROUND Current organ-preserving dose-intensified modalities have apparently reached the limit of human tolerance. To optimize the therapeutic ratio, we evaluated the utility of a chemoradioselection strategy for the treatment of advanced hypopharyngeal carcinoma. METHODS Fifty-five patients with advanced hypopharyngeal carcinoma were enrolled in our(More)
This study sought to investigate the clinical outcome and the role of postoperative radiotherapy for patients with salivary duct carcinoma (SDC) who had undergone surgery and postoperative radiotherapy. We performed a retrospective analysis of 25 SDC patients treated between 1998 and 2011 with surgery and postoperative radiotherapy. The median prescribed(More)
Pleomorphic adenoma (PA) is known to occasionally progress to carcinoma, but the mechanisms of its malignant transformation have not been fully elucidated. S100P, an EF-hand calcium-binding protein, has recently been proposed as an initiator of carcinogenesis in some kinds of epithelial tumors. In this study, we aimed to elucidate the potential role of(More)
OBJECTIVES To assess the efficacy and toxicity of radical chemoradiotherapy for patients with synchronous head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) and esophageal cancer (EC). METHODS Thirty-four patients with synchronous HNSCC and EC were treated mainly with radical chemoradiotherapy at the same time. Median external radiation dose for HNSCC and EC(More)
AIMS   The aim of this study was to investigate the potential role of HER-2/neu in the stepwise progression of carcinoma ex pleomorphic adenoma (CXPA) and to evaluate its prognostic significance in CXPA. METHODS AND RESULTS   We examined HER2 overexpression and HER2 amplification by immunohistochemistry and chromogenic in-situ hybridization in 31 cases of(More)
Subjects were 16 patients--5 men and 11 women aged 46-82 years (mean: 61 years)--with malignant melanoma of the head and neck treated at our clinic from 1972 to 1988. Histologically, 1 subjects was amelanotic and 15 melanotic type. Primary lesions were 10 involving the nasal cavity, 2 the paranasal sinus, 2 the gingiva, 1 the lip, and 1 primary unknown.(More)
BACKGROUND Advanced head and neck squamous cell carcinomas frequently develop distant metastases to limited organs, including the lungs, bone, mediastinal lymph nodes, brain, and liver. Peritoneal carcinomatosis as an initial distant metastasis from hypopharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma is quite rare. CASE PRESENTATION A 75-year-old man diagnosed with(More)
BACKGROUND At our institute, a chemoradioselection strategy has been used to select patients for organ preservation on the basis of response to an initial 30-40 Gy concurrent chemoradiotherapy (CCRT). Patients with a favorable response (i.e., chemoradioselected; CRS) have demonstrated better outcomes than those with an unfavorable response (i.e.,(More)