Diagnostic Utility of Interleukin-6 (IL-6) for Primary Bile Duct Cancer and Changes in Serum IL-6 Levels Following Photodynamic Therapy

@article{Cheon2007DiagnosticUO,
  title={Diagnostic Utility of Interleukin-6 (IL-6) for Primary Bile Duct Cancer and Changes in Serum IL-6 Levels Following Photodynamic Therapy},
  author={Young Koog Cheon and Young Deok Cho and Jong Ho Moon and Jae Young Jang and Young Seok Kim and Yun Kim and Moon Sung Lee and Joon Seong Lee and Chan Sup Shim},
  journal={The American Journal of Gastroenterology},
  year={2007},
  volume={102},
  pages={2164-2170}
}
OBJECTIVES:Difficult diagnoses and a lack of effective therapy complicate biliary tract malignancies. Interleukin-6 (IL-6) is a human bile duct epithelium growth factor correlated with tumor burden. We evaluated the usefulness of serum IL-6 in the diagnosis of primary BDC and measured changes in serum IL-6 levels following photodynamic therapy (PDT).METHODS:We prospectively measured serum IL-6 levels in patients with BDC (N = 26: 14 patients treated with PDT, 12 with biliary drainage alone… CONTINUE READING