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Cancer Vaccines And Tumor Immunity

Laboratory of Tumor Immunology and Biology National Cancer Isntitute Cancer vaccines and tumor immunity edited by Rimas Orentas, James W. Hodge, Bryon D. Johnson. p. cm. 1. Cancer vaccines. 2. Tumors Immunological aspects. I. Orentas, Rimas. II. Hodge, James W. III. Johnson, Bryon D. DNLM 1. Neoplasms therapy. 2. Cancer Vaccines therapeutic use. 3. Drug Design. 4. Immunotherapy, Active. 5. Neoplasms immunology. QZ 266 C215 2008 RC271.I45C38 2008 616.99'407 dc22

Chemotherapy Regimens and Cancer Care

VADEMECUM Chemotherapy Regimens and Cancer Care LANDES BIOSCIENCE Georgetown, Texas U.S.A. Chemotherapy regimens and cancer care Alan D. Langerak, Luke P. Dreisbach. 1. Antineoplastic agents--Handbooks, manuals, etc. 2. Cancer--Chemo therapy--Handbooks, manuals, etc. I. Dreisbach, Luke P. II. Title. III. Series.

Molecular Cancer Epidemiology

Molecular and genetic epidemiology represent two separate branches of epidemiology whose boundaries are overlapping. While molecular epidemiology evaluates the association of variations in known genes with risk of cancer, genetic epidemiology aims to identify the unknown genes that influence risk of malignancies.3-14 Moreover, molecular epidemiology also uses molecular markers to link exposures to cancer.7-13 The two terms are very often used interchangeably and are referred to in the following as molecular cancer epidemiology. Molecular cancer epidemiology identifies risk factors for the different cancer types at the population level. These studies are usually carried out as either case-control, cohort cross-sectional, or ecological studies.14 Case-control studies investigate patients with a specific cancer in relation to a healthy group (which serves as the control) while the cohort study assesses distribution of exposures to certain risk factors in a subset of a population and...

Risk Factors and Cancer

Cancer is a multifactorial disease, in which both environmental and genetic factors play a role. Part of the environmental factors are conditions of life that result in exposures to carcinogens depending on where people live and work as well as changes that people make in the world. Cancer shows both geographic and temporal variability, and there are different patterns of cancer at different places and different times which depend both on lifestyle and habits as well as environmental hazards.15 Risk factors in cancer etiology comprise four classes of external agents in carcinogenesis (carcinogens) physical, chemical and biological agents, and diet.12'13'15 The increasing knowledge of the process of carcinogenesis induced by chemical agents provides a major basis for cancer control and has unraveled the association between smoking and lung cancer. About 30 of all cancer deaths in the USA are due to the use of tobacco, and this death toll is still increasing reflecting smoking habits...

Cancer Screening Diagnosis and Prevention

Molecular biomarkers may be used to identify early responses to DNA damage and to assess cancer risk.45-47 Unscheduled DNA synthesis, chromosome aberrations, sister chromatid exchanges, and the micronucleus tests are some examples of these tumor markers. These markers are also referred to as genetic markers and can be scored in advance of preneoplastic lesions that are usually detected by histological methods.45-47 Genetic markers can also be used to show that the vast majority of cancers originate from a single stem cell. In addition to the clonogenic nature of cancer, there are numerous epigenetic events that create an environment for abnormal cell division, such as chronic inflammation or persistent stimulation of the immune system. A number of chromosomal abnormalities are associated with predisposition to cancer.48,49,51 The molecular pathology of the chromosome rearrangement are well understood and have been shown to inactivate tumor suppressors like the Wilms' tumor gene52 and...

Clinical studies head and neck cancer

Early clinical studies clearly demonstrated that cisplatin could be administered safely and concurrently with radiation therapy (73-75). Early clinical trials that demonstrated the promise of the combination of cisplatin and radiation therapy included the treatment of brain tumors (76,77), head and neck tumors (78), malignant melanoma (79), and bladder cancer (80). Early clinical trial integrating carboplatin administration with radiation therapy was carried out in patients with locally advanced nonsmall cell lung cancer (NSCLC) (81). A hypothesis put forth by Coughlin and colleagues (81) was that the best clinical outcomes would be achieved with the combination of cisplatin and radiation therapy in tumors that were responsive to cisplatin. As a biomarker or surrogate marker, several groups developed methodology for measuring platinum-DNA adduct levels in clinical samples (82,83). These methods included ELISA assay (84), HPLC assay (85), and atomic absorption spectroscopy (82,86)....

Finding the Breast Cancer Genes

Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer worldwide, and is heavily publicized as the leading cause of cancer death for women in Britain and the second leading cause of cancer death for women in the United States.7 The news media, medical charities, and public health organizations in each country quote that a British woman has a 1-in-12 chance of developing invasive breast cancer during her lifetime, and that an American woman has a 1-in-8 chance. Although governments and medical charities (including the Imperial Cancer Research Fund and Cancer Research Campaign in Britain and the National Cancer Institute and American Cancer Society) have spent a considerable amount of money to look for a cause and to develop prevention and treatment strategies for the disease, neither an unequivocal cause nor a completely effective prevention, detection, or treatment strategy has yet been found. Mastectomy, which involves breast removal, not only has severe physiological and...

Clinical studies lung cancer

There were early nonsurgical trials that examined combinations of cisplatin or carboplatin with thoracic radiation (120). There have been several phase II trials evaluating concurrent platinum chemotherapy and radiation therapy as preoperative treatment (121-125). Thoracic irradiation was compared with cisplatin and concurrent radiation therapy in at least four randomized trials in stage III nonsmall-cell lung cancer by the early 1990s (126-129). Although the cisplatin regimens and radiation regimens varied, none of these clinical trials showed a significant survival benefit for the combined modality treatment vs radiation therapy alone. Schaake-Koning et al. (126), in a phase II study in patients with inoperable lung cancer, showed that the best improvement in survival occurred when cisplatin was administered daily with radiation therapy rather than weekly with radiation therapy (Fig. 4). The earliest combination chemotherapy and radiation trials in nonsmall-cell lung...

Current Issues in the Treatment of Cancer

Since the main causes of death were first considered in medicine, cardiovascular disease has proven to be the leading cause, with cancer in second place. Each year since these statistics have been taken, the number of deaths from cancer has remained the same, while the number of deaths resulting from cardiovascular disease has decreased. In 2001 over half a million people died of cancer in the U.S. (see Fig. 1). It is estimated today that in just a few years from now the death toll from cancer will exceed that from cardiovascular disease. The situation is very different where cancer is concerned. Although we have all these improvements, the number of cancer incidences has exceeded the anticipated growth and age of the population. The number of deaths has remained the same, which means that many people who have cancer may not necessarily die as a result. However, this does not represent an improvement Cancer

Clinical studies cervical and other cancers

Early studies of radiation sensitization involved comparisons of cisplatin and 5-fluor-ouracil and radiation therapy with hydroxyurea and radiation therapy carried out by the Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG) for treatment of stages IIB to IVA disease (133,134). There have been several clinical trials testing cisplatin or cisplatin-based regimens with radiation therapy in locally advanced cervix cancer (135). A phase II trial of more than 70 patients with stage IB (bulky) to IVA cervix cancer received radiation therapy (external beam plus low-dose-rate brachytherapy) along with cisplatin to provide radiosensitization and optimize the dose intensity of the cisplatin (136-138). The cisplatin dose was 20 mg m2 d x 5 every 3 wk to a total dose of 400 mg m2. Radiation therapy was designed to deliver 80 Gy to point A and 55 Gy to point B. In the initial follow-up report 91 of patients had complete responses. At 4 yr, more than 75 of stage IB to IIB patients were alive however, only 25 of...

Cellbased Cancer Vaccines

Cancer immunotherapy can also be approached through the use of tumor cells as a platform to initiate a therapeutic immune response. Tumor cells by themselves are typically not immunogenic. However, as the science of determining how an effective APC initiates an immune response advance, these strategies are being used to alter tumor cells and render them as loci of immune stimulation. The most general method for cell-based immunotherapy is to use a single representative cancer cell as a universal vaccine for all patients with that same type of cancer. Some investigators consider this approach as suboptimal as it is allogeneic, where the MHC type of the vaccine and the patient do not match, and the immune system may be distracted from generating a tumor-antigen-specific to an allospecific response. Others argue that an allogeneic vaccine will be effective for just this reason, and that the alloimmune response will serve to amplify the cancer-antigen-specific response. This issue will be...

Angiogenesis and Cancer Progression

In cancer new vessels are required to provide cancer cells with nutrients and are targets for invading cancer cells themselves. At the beginning of its natural his- tory, a cancer is not vascularised, and it does not grow beyond 2 mm in size unless vascularisation has occurred. The switch to the angiogenic phenotype is a critical point in tumour progression 69 and depends on the additive effect of progressive genetic alterations 70 . Before this switch occurs, most tumours are restricted to a microscopic size. A prominent example is represented by the early in situ carcinoma, where neighbouring mature microvessels are quiescent, and metastases are virtually absent. After the angiogenic switch, e.g., in the later stages of in situ breast carcinoma, neo-vascular sprouts breach the basement membrane 71 , and tumour cells can grow around each new capillary vessel, enter the circulation, and cause metastases. Furthermore, the angiogenic switch is also active in determining the translation...

What Significant Events Have Happened In Cancer Research In The Last 25 Years

As I was beginning to gather my thoughts for the fourth edition of Cancer Biology, one of my colleagues mentioned that he thought it would be of interest to describe the significant things that have happened in cancer biology in the 25 years since the first edition was published (1981). Many things have happened since then, of course, and everyone has their favorite list. But looking back at the table of contents for the first edition and at the outline for this edition, several things struck me, as listed below. 1. Cancer susceptibility genes. In 1981 we knew that familial clustering of some cancers occurred, for example, with colon cancer, but the genes involved in this hadn't been determined. The APC, BRCA-1, BRCA-2, and p53 inherited mutations, for example, were not known at that time. Research in this area has identified a number of genes involved in cancer susceptibility, and with modern cloning techniques, more are identified every few months. 3. Genes involved in cancer...

Paradoxical Control of Inflammation Influences Clinical Outcome in Head and Neck Cancer

Head and neck cancers are a group of diseases affecting all sites of the upper respiratory tract, from the oral cavity to the larynx, through the oropharynx, the hypopharynx, and the epilarynx. Tobacco, synergized by alcohol, being the main causal factor, head and neck cancers have a higher incidence in males. Human papilloma viruses (HPV) have also been implicated in the genesis of these tumors. In any case, they develop in a context of chronic inflammation which usually persists during the clinical stage of the cancer. Classical treatment consists of surgical resection accompanied by radio chemotherapy. However, despite new treatment modalities and their success in terms of organ preservation, survival rates have not improved over recent years. IL-15 binds with high affinity to the IL-15 receptor (IL-15R)a chain, which associates with the IL-2 receptor (IL-2R)p and IL-2Rg chains to tranduce IL-15 signaling. The trimeric receptor is therefore similar to the complex involved in IL-2...

Treatment Options for Major Cancers and Future Directions

According to the most recent statistics, one in three people will be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetime. Increased life expectancy (cancer can be considered a disease of advanced years), environmental factors (e.g., exposure to carcinogens), and social habits (e.g., diet and or smoking) have dramatically increased the risk of cancer in Western populations. Breast, lung, colorectal, and prostate are the four major types of cancer in adults, and they account for over half of all cases diagnosed. The treatments of these major cancers depend upon a variety of factors, but the most common ones involved surgery combined with radiation and or chemotherapy. These treatments are briefly discussed in this section. Table 1 shows representative examples of anticancer agents and their mechanism of action. Depending on the tumor size and the stage of the disease, treatment for breast cancer may involved surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, or a combination of two or...

FSee 708 Kinase Inhibitors for Cancer

Cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, and vincristine sulfate (CAV) cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, and etoposide (CAE) etoposide and cisplatin (EP) and cyclophosphamide, etoposide, and vincristine (CEV). Depending on the extent of the disease, non-small cell lung carcinoma can be removed by surgical resection or treated with radiation therapy in combination with chemotherapy (e.g., gemcitabine hydrochloride together with cisplatin and vinorelbine). In addition to the preceding treatment modalities, photodynamic therapy is use for the care of patients with inoperable lung cancer or with distant metastasis. Surgery is the treatment of choice for colorectal cancer and, depending on the stage of the disease, chemotherapy and radiation are used as adjuvant treatment.76 For example, a cocktail of different agents (fluorouracil, leucovorin, and irinotecan) is used for metastatic colorectal cancer. An important advance in the treatment of colorectal cancer has been reported recently with...

The Cell Cycle and Cancer

A unique feature of cancer cells is high, indefinite cellular proliferation that continues without regard for the surrounding environment and the regulatory mechanisms that exist in normal cells. In normal tissues, cell division occurs in the context of a series of sequential biological events known as the cell cycle, which is composed of four different phases (Figure 1). DNA replication occurs in the so-called S (synthesis) phase, and cell division occurs in the M (mitosis) phase. These two main activities are preceded by two gap phases G1 to prepare cells for DNA synthesis, and G2 to allow cells the opportunity to check the integrity of the newly synthesize DNA and to prepare cell division. Phase transitions are controlled by a series of serine threonine kinases called cyclin-dependent kinases (CDKs) and their regulatory subunits named cyclins. Misregulation the cell cycle is a general event in diseases of uncontrolled cell growth and some of the most common alterations of this...

Smallcell lung cancer

The concept of delivering concurrent chemoradiation has long since been established in the therapy of limited-stage small-cell lung cancer. It has been shown to contribute to both local control and survival in two meta-analyses (72,73). Standard therapy includes the concurrent delivery of thoracic radiation with either the first or second cycle cisplatin-etoposide chemotherapy (74,75). With the advent of a newer generation of chemotherapeutic agents, investigators have hoped that their incorporation into treatment regimens may allow the cure rates to be pushed beyond their current 20-25 range for limited stage disease.

Rationale for the Use of Aromatase Inhibitors in Cancer Treatment

Reticulum of placenta and granulosa cells of ovarian follicles. In three consecutive hydroxylating reactions, estrone and estradiol are synthesised from their precursors androstenedione and testosterone, respectively (Fig. 6). The final hydroxylating step in aromatisation does not require enzymatic action and is not product-sensitive. Aromatase is also present in peripheral tissues, including adipose tissue, liver, muscle, brain and breast cancer tissue. In the peri-menopausal period, the ovaries, as a result ofthe complete loss ofprimor-dial follicles, stop producing estrogens. This leads to a steady decline in ovarian estradiol production although serum estradiol concentrations can vary considerably. In post-menopausal women, approximate plasma estradiol levels are 20 pmol L, and most of the estradiol is formed by peripheral, extra-gonadal conversion of testosterone. As peripheral aromatase activity increases with age, peripheral estrogen production approximately doubles. Estrone is...

All cancers154118231980

Carcinomas of the lung, breast, colon, rectum, and bladder constitute nearly 50 of all cancers at all ages 19 , but are all uncommon in adolescents and young adults. However, examples of all of these carcinomas are seen, and the rates increase from the 13- to 14-year age group to the 20- to 24-year-olds. The rates for carcinomas of the genitourinary tract show a marked increase across the three age groups. Genitourinary tract carcinomas comprise 18 of all carcinomas in 13- to 14-year olds, but 21 and 42 in the 15- to 19-year-olds and 20- to 24-year-olds, respectively. All sites within the genitourinary tract show increases with age, There are also marked differences in the incidences of certain cancers in this age group by gender, ethnicity, and country that are described in more detail elsewhere 23, 24 . Ethnic racial differences in incidence are particularly apparent between African-American and non-Hispanic white adolescents and young adults. For example, among 15 to 19-year-olds...

Gynecological cancers

The experience with either of the taxanes in the combined modality setting with any of the gynecological tumors is limited. With the relatively recent publication of several landmark trials showing that concurrent cisplatin based chemotherapy improves survival in cervical cancer (99-101), the door would appear to be open to try and improve upon those results with the addition of paclitaxel or possibly by decreasing the side-effects of concurrent treatment by reducing or replacing the cisplatin. The current literature contains information on three trials looking at the role of paclitaxel in combined modality treatment there is no data looking at the addition of docetaxel to radiation in a setting of cervical cancer or any other gynecological malignancy for that matter. Chen et al. from the University of Minnesota (102) looked at the addition of weekly paclitaxel to concurrent cisplatin (30 mg m2) and pelvic radiation in a phase I trial. They escalated the dose to 50 mg m2 and found...

Surgery as a Cancer Therapy

Before the late nineteenth century, extensive surgery more frequently resulted in death than in the cure of the patient. It was the discovery of anesthesia that led to a dramatic improvement in cancer surgery and its growing acceptance. For example, in the decade before the introduction of anesthesia the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston performed just 400 operations. But from 1894 to 1904, over 24 000 operations were performed there. The greatest innovations in cancer surgery were associated with Central European doctors, such as Theodor Billroth (1829-1894) and his student Emil Theodor Kocher (1841-1917). In America, William Stewart Halsted (1852-1922) transplanted the German model of organized postgraduate surgical education to America. In 1890, he described the radical mastectomy that bears his name. This Halsted operation was so extensive that it undeniably caused a great deal of suffering for many of the patients who survived. But, presumably, it was dramatically more...

Cav1Mediated Oncogenic Activities in Prostate Cancer

We recently demonstrated that in addition to promotion and maintenance of Akt activities, induction of Cav-1 expression led to enhanced tyrosine kinase signaling, which involved increased basal and VEGF-stimulated phosphorylation of VEGFR2, PLCg1, and Akt, in PCa cells 87 . We have also shown that in PCa cells, a positivefeedback loop is established in which VEGF, TGF-P1, and FGF2 up-regulate Cav-1 expression, which in turn leads to increased levels of VEGF, TGF-P1, and FGF2 mRNA and protein, resulting in enhanced invasive activities (migration, motility) of PCa cells 50 . In the same study, we found that Akt-mediated Cav-1-enhanced mRNA stability is a major mechanism for the up-regulation of these cancer-promoting growth factors. In particular, Cav-1-mediated up-regulation and secretion of growth factors may lead to cell-cell signaling that involves the recruitment and functional activation of cancer-associated stromal cells (Fig. 1.1). Fig. 1.1 Caveolin-1 (Cav-l)-growth factor (GF)...

Preoperative radiotherapy for oesophageal cancer

When the MRC set up a new Oesophageal Cancer Working Party in 1990, this working party considered conducting a randomized trial of surgical resection with or without pre-operative radiotherapy. A small planning group was given the task of pursuing this idea, but, having consulted widely and conducted a literature search, were aware that a number of randomized trials had already investigated this question. The results of these trials appeared conflicting, however, and none of the trials was large enough to provide a reliable answer. The planning group therefore suggested that a meta-analysis would be more appropriate, and this was carried out by the MRC CTU meta-analysis group. The results 13 did not show a clear role for pre-operative radiotherapy, nor did they show sufficient promise to generate enthusiasm for a further trial.

Intraportal fluorouracil for colorectal cancer

In 1989, the UK Coordinating Committee on Cancer Research identified improving survival of colorectal cancer patients as a national priority, and set up a working group to develop trial proposals. This group conducted a systematic review 14 of published adjuvant chemotherapy trials, and also contacted other trials organisations to find out about ongoing trials and to obtain, where possible, unpublished data. This review identified portal vein infusion of fluorouracil given immediately post-operatively for one week as a highly promising treatment six trials had evaluated this treatment and together they suggested a striking, and highly statistically significant, reduction in the annual odds of death. However, the total number of patients included in the trials was only 1500 (only 300 of whom had died) and a high proportion of randomized patients were excluded from the published analyses which may have biased results in favour of chemotherapy (see Section 9.4.1). The data were therefore...

Secretion of Cav1 by Prostate Cancer Cells

Cav-1, which is secreted by mouse and human PCa cell lines, promotes cancer cell survival in vitro 89 . These results were validated in independent studies and extended to include perineural cells in the PCa microenvironment 3, 5 . At the time these results were reported, those from a previous study had shown that Cav-1 was secreted by normal pancreatic acinar cells in vitro 54 but, to our knowledge, there were no previous reports of the secretion of Cav-1 by malignant cells. These results raised the question about the mechanism responsible for Cav-1 secretion from cancer cells and whether this mechanism was specific to PCa cells or the PCa microenvironment. An intriguing article reported that Cav-1 was found in prostasomes, which are vesicular organelles enriched with raft components, of PC-3 cells, suggesting that Cav-1 is secreted by PCa cells through a unique mechanism 55 . The results of a more recent study supported the concept that Cav-1 is secreted by PCa cells through a...

Chemotherapy as a Cancer Therapy

Chemotherapy is more scientifically based than either radiotherapy or cancer surgery. In the five years between 1999 and 2004, over 75 000 peer-reviewed articles have appeared in Medline (PubMed) on the topic of cancer chemotherapy. An additional tens of thousands of abstracts have been presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and the American Association for Cancer Research annual meetings. Out of this vast amount of research, over 115 new approvals have been made by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for drugs used in the treatment of cancer patients (see http www.fda.gov cder cancer druglistframe.htm). All of these are based on clinical trials of some sort. But what is the nature and quality of these trials Has the current generation of anticancer drugs been proved to improve the overall survival of cancer patients Surveys have shown that the two outcomes that cancer patients seek from chemotherapy are first, an improvement in quality of life and second,...

Bcg In Bladder Cancer

It was with this background that studies of BCG in bladder cancer began. Studies by Coe and Feldman in 1966 5 demonstrated that the bladder responded to BCG with a delayed-type hypersensitivity reaction such as that observed in the skin, and in 1974 Silverstein reported response of melanoma metastatic to the bladder treated with intralesional BCG 6 . The success in melanoma led us in 1973, at the suggestion of David McCullough, to evaluate BCG in an animal model of bladder cancer 7 . At the same time Morales independently began clinical studies, and published the results of the first successful clinical trial of BCG in nine patients with recurrent bladder cancer in 1976 8 . In that study six weekly intravesical plus percutaneous administrations of 120 mg of Armand Frappier BCG resulted in a 12-fold reduction in bladder tumor recurrence. This success prompted the NCI to request proposals for controlled clinical trial of Morales' technique, and contracts were given to Lamm at the...

Prostate Cancer Derived Secreted Cav1 Alters the Local Tumor Microenvironment

PCa is unique in its capacity to influence and become dependent on stromal cells that reside in the tumor microenvironment. Growth factors derived from PCa cells, including VEGF, TGF-P1, and multiple FGFs, are known to significantly affect, through autocrine and paracrine activities, the capacity of PCa cells to grow and metastasize 12, 47, 61, 72 , Various mechanisms are reportedly involved in the deregulation of these growth factors in cancer cells, including transcriptional regulation 42 and alteration ofmRNA stability 11,43, 82, 95 . These initial clinical and basic laboratory study results, together with those of pathology-based tissue analysis, demonstrate the potential of serum Cav-1 as a prognostic biomarker for identification of men with clinically aggressive PCa. Specifically, the pretreatment serum Cav-1 concentration may be used to identify men with clinically significant PCa who are likely to experience rapid recurrence of the cancer following radical prostatectomy....

Rationale for the Use of Steroid Sulfatase Inhibitors in Cancer Treatment

The biologically inactive estrone sulfate (E1S) and dehydro-epiandrosterone-sulfate (DHEAS) are the most abundant circulating estrogenic precursors in the plasma of post-menopausal women 103 . Desulfation of inactive steroid-3-O-sulfates by estrone-sulfatase (STS) plays a key role in the regulation of levels of receptor-active estrogenic steroids (estradiol and androstenediol) in breast cancer cells (Fig. 9). There is strong evidence suggesting that estrone sulfatase (STS) and DHEA-sulfatase are the same enzyme 103 . Although the affinity of androstenediol for the ER is much lower than that of estradiol, the plasma concentration of androstenediol is 100-fold higher than that of estradiol and it is presumed that the amount of circulating an-drostenediol is sufficient to stimulate hormone-dependent breast cancer cells. In addition, the activity of the STS and the tissue concentration of estrone sulfate were found to be higher in tumour than in normal breast tissue 104 . This led to the...

Box 42 Control arms in advanced ovarian cancer trials

In the late 1990s, several chemotherapy regimens were in use in the treatment of advanced ovarian cancer. In the US, both cisplatin (P) alone and cyclophosphamide + cisplatin (CP) combinations were standard, although evidence from a meta-analysis of trials comparing CP with CAP (cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, cisplatin) showed a survival benefit to the 3-drug combination 1 . The US Gynaecological Oncology Group (GOG) used CP as the control arm in one trial evaluating a paclitaxel-based combination 2 and P as the control in another 3 . The former trial showed striking benefits to the paclitaxel arm, which were at odds with the results of the European ICON3 trial 4 . ICON3 compared a similar paclitaxel combination with a control group comprising either CAP or single agent carboplatin. This choice followed from the results of the ICON2 trial 5 , which demonstrated the clinical equivalence of adequately dosed carboplatin and CAP. ICON3 did not find a benefit to the paclitaxel combination,...

Cancer Immune Surveillance

Immune surveillance mechanisms prevent the outgrowth of tumor cells induced by horizontally transmitted, ubiquitous, potential oncogenic viruses, there was much less evidence for immune surveillance acting against chemically induced tumors in syn-geneic mice (Klein, 1976). The use of genetically identical mice, however, generated tumor-specific protection from methylcho-lantrene (MCA) and virally induced tumors (Prehn and Main, 1957 Old and Boyse, 1964). These results from mouse models strongly suggested the existence of TAAs and immune surveillance for protection from transformed cells in the host, which was postulated by Burnet and Thomas (Burnet, 1957 Burnet, 1971 Thomas, 1982). Despite the fact that several lines of evidence from experimental mouse models showed the immune system played a critical role in dealing with transformed cells, it was argued that there was no increased incidence of spontaneous or chemically induced tumors in athymic nude mice compared to wild-type animals...

Cooperative Group and cancer center Limitations

Pediatric and adult cooperative groups and cancer centers may not allow the enrollment of adolescent and young adults onto clinical trials because of restrictive eligibility criteria. A clinical trial may not be available. Adult cooperative groups and cancer centers may lack treatment protocols for younger patients. Pediatric cooperative groups and hospitals may lack treatment protocols for older patients. Clinical trials for the types of cancer that predominate among adolescents and young adults may not be a priority of the cooperative group enterprise.

Plasminogen Activation and Cancer

Plasmin are inhibited by the action of specific inhibitors, plasminogen activator inhibitor (PAI-1) and a2-antiplasmin, respectively uPA is secreted as a proenzyme that is reciprocally activated by the action of plasmin. Activation of the cascade is locally confined by the high-affinity binding between uPA or pro-uPA and the cell surface receptor uPAR. Mice lacking uPA display defects in extravascular fibrin degradation while cooperation is observed in transgenic animals that coexpress uPA and uPAR.192 In a similar manner to MMPs, stromal cells appear to be the major sources of plasminogen activity in most tumors. The stromal cell type producing uPA depends on the origin of the tumor, myofibroblasts being responsible in breast and colon and macrophages in prostate cancer. Elevated levels of uPA and uPAR in the blood and tissue are associated with poor prognosis in many types of cancer, regardless of their respective sources.193,194 Manipulation of uPA levels by overexpression,...

Why the lack of Progress in Older Adolescents and Young adults with cancer

Comparison in males and females with invasive cancer of average annual percent change from 1975 to 1997 in the 5-year survival rate (United States SEER program). Modified from Bleyer 26 Correlation of national cancer mortality rate reduction in the United States as a function of age at death, with the rate of improvement in survival duration as a function of age at diagnosis (data from the United States Census Bureau and United States SEER program) spiritual, economic financial, and social factors. Biologic factors include the unique physiologic and pharmacologic characteristics of adolescent and young adult patients and their cancers. The health-care profession explanation includes a lack of awareness by general healthcare providers and of training, knowledge, and experience by oncology specialists. There is no other age during which the time to diagnosis is longer, fewer tumor specimens are available for transla-tional research, or clinical trial participation is lower 11 . The...

Rationale for the Use of Antiestrogens in Cancer Treatment

The effects observed after surgical oophorectomy and the discovery of steroid hormones and the steroid hormone receptors led to the concept that inhibition of steroid hormone receptor function by antagonists should prevent tumour growth. While the first anti-estrogen, tamoxifen, was found accidentally, a deeper understanding of the estrogen receptor as a transcription factor enabled more rational, SAR-based drug discovery. The introduction of the anti-estrogen tamoxifen has changed the treatment of all stages of breast cancer. It is still the method of choice not only for the treatment of advanced disease in pre- and post-menopausal women but also for prevention in women at high risk for developing breast cancer 141 . Tamoxifen has some interesting side effects that render this compound so unique that the term selective estrogen receptor modulator (SERM) was coined for this class of compounds. Although tamoxifen is an anti-estrogen, the drug is a partial estrogen receptor agonist with...

Metabolic Activation of Chemical Carcinogens

As studies on the reactions of carcinogens with cellular macromolecules progressed, it became apparent that most of these interactions resulted from covalent bond formation between an elec-trophilic form of the carcinogen and the nucle-ophilic sites in proteins (e.g., sulfur, oxygen, and nitrogen atoms in cysteine, tyrosine, and histi-dine, respectively) and nucleic acids (e.g., purine or pyrimidine ring nitrogens and oxygens). Frequently, the parent compound itself did not interact in vitro with macromolecules until it had been incubated with liver homogenates or liver microsomal fractions. These studies led to the realization that metabolic activation of cer tain carcinogenic agents is necessary to produce the ultimate carcinogen that actually reacts with crucial molecules in target cells. With the exception of the very chemically reactive alky-lating agents, which are activated in aqueous solution at physiologic pH (e.g., N-methyl-N-nitrosourea), and the agents that intercalate...

Cancer Immunoediting

Although strong evidence has been presented supporting the existence of a functional cancer immune surveillance process against cancer in mice and humans, cancer continues to develop in intact immune systems and is refractory to many treatment approaches. These findings might be caused by the failure of early host tumor immunity to eradicate nascent transformed cells. Even in the presence of continued immune pressure, the failure to eradicate tumor cells results in tumor progression with reduced immunogenicity. Cancer immunoediting has been proposed in terms of the dual functions of host immunity not only for eliminating tumor cells but also for shaping malignant disease during the period of equilibrium between the tumor and host. Elimination is the hallmark of the original concept in cancer immune surveillance for the successful eradication of developing tumor cells, working in concert with the intrinsic tumor suppressor mechanisms of the nonimmunogenic surveillance processes. The...

Rationale for the Use of Progesterone Receptor Antagonists in Cancer Treatment

It is well known that progesterone in physiological concentrations - beside estradiol - may be required for the proliferation of mammary carcinomas 174 . Therefore, it is expected that progesterone receptor (PR) antagonists (PRAs) will be able to block the growth of those mammary carcinomas that express a functional PR, and that PR antagonists might be promising new tools for breast cancer therapy 175 . Although these compounds require a functional PR in order to block tumour growth, there is strong experimental evidence that PR antagonist-mediated tumour growth inhibition is not solely based on progesterone antagonism. The ability of these compounds to induce tumour cell differentiation that leads to apoptosis is a unique ability compared to all other endocrine therapies 176 . mechanism, PR antagonists bind to the PR and modulate PR-dependent gene transcription. In addition, it has been demonstrated that the biological response to a PR antagonist involves more factors and that this...

Rationale for the Use of Antiandrogens in Cancer Treatment

Prostate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed malignancy in males and ranks second only to lung cancer in terms of annual mortality. Great efforts have been made in the past to develop novel approaches to the treatment of prostate cancer. The two main options for the treatment of prostate cancer are limited to surgical removal by radical prostatectomy (if the tumour is organ-confined) or endocrine therapy (if the tumour has crossed the capsule). One major problem in the treatment of non-organ confined prostate cancer is that the currently available therapies are only palliative. For locally advanced or metastatic prostate cancer the only effective therapies are those targeting the androgen receptor (AR). As most prostate cancer cells initially grow androgen-dependently, androgen withdrawal results in the apoptosis and inhibition of tumour proliferation. Although the majority of patients (80 ) responds to endocrine therapy, almost all prostate cancer patients undergo a relapse after...

Derived From Cancer Cells

Cancer Cells Produce Chemokines Early Observations From Chemokines and Cancer Edited by B. J. Rollins Humana Press Inc., Totowa, NJ The example of the MG-63 tumor cell line as a cytokine source might be extreme, but it nonetheless clearly illustrates that one particular tumor may produce many chemokines and cytokines simultaneously, presumably through the action of common second-messenger pathways and shared transcription factors. This example also shows that the expression of C-X-C and C-C chemokines in tumor biology are not mutually exclusive, which implies that TAMs, TANs, and TALys may coincide in individual tumors. Although this section emphasizes the structures and biologic functions of the C-C chemokines in cancer, the interrelations with the C-X-C and other chemoattractants such as lymphotactins, complement factors, and virus-encoded peptides (2,5,65) must be kept in mind. The simultaneous production of various chemokines by cancer cells and the interrelation in vivo is...

Cellular Senescence And Cancer

Much of the evidence that links cellular senescence and tumor suppression derives from studies of cells in culture. Nonetheless, there is substantial supporting evidence from studies of intact organisms. Perhaps the best evidence derives from mice in which genes encoding p53 or INK4a proteins have been inactivated in the germ line. The INK4a locus encodes the p16 CDKI, as well as p14 ARF, a protein that is derived from an alternative reading frame and indirectly regulates p53 stability (145,146,153). Cells derived from animals that lack a functional INK4a locus fail to senesce in response to multiple stimuli. In all cases, the animals develop cancer at an early age (154). Similarly, p53 - - mice are composed of cells that re sist or fail to respond to senescence signals, and these animals are highly cancer prone (155-157). By contrast, a genetic manipulation that causes mammary epithelial cells to undergo premature replicative senescence suppresses the development of breast cancer in...

Rationale for the Use of Inhibitors of Releasing Hormones in Cancer Treatment

Prostate cancer and breast cancer are both stimulated by steroid hormones. The synthesis of estrogens and androgens is initiated by gonadotropins. In pre-menopausal women, gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) is released from the hypothalamus in a pulsatile fashion and is carried by the portal veins directly to the anterior pituitary gland where it binds to GnRH receptors, stimulating the release of luteinising hormone (LH) and follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) (Fig. 17). The ligand-bound receptors cluster and are taken up into the pituitary cells. These inactivated G protein-coupled GnRH receptors are replaced by newly synthesised receptors on the cell surface, ready for the next pulse of GnRH. LH stimulates the ovaries to produce

Complexity of Cancer Genetic Counselling

Genetic counselling is a highly complex process due to both objective and subjective factors. The information provided in the context of cancer genetic counselling, including the concept of risk, is objectively complex. More subjectively, this information must be provided to an individual, mostly a woman, who is often emotionally affected by a family history of cancer and who will have to consider the pros and cons of the necessities of surveillance or preventive surgical options. In addition, the counsellee also has to act as a messenger to the members of the family, whose relationships might subsequently be modified by the information.

The Functional Impact of Cancer Cachexia

Many of the consequences of cachexia are likely to impact on patient function but as yet this has not been studied in detail. There is, however, a considerable body of knowledge about the importance of weight loss in relation to clinical end-points and treatment variables. Scott 37 studied patients with inoperable non-small-cell lung cancer -about 40 had at least 5 weight loss and almost 80 an elevated CRP. Weight-losing patients had a significantly lower KPS and overall QoL and greater fatigue and pain. An elevated CRP was independently associated with increased fatigue. In patients with advanced gastrointestinal (GI) cancer receiving palliative chemotherapy, Persson 38 showed that those who were losing weight had a reduced global QoL. In addition, on multi-variate analysis, poor performance status and weight loss were independently related to decreased survival and a lower probability of responding to treatment. O'Gorman has published a series of studies in advanced GI cancer 39-41...

The Importance of Functional Assessment in Advanced Cancer and Cachexia

It goes without saying that the best way to treat cancer cachexia is to treat successfully the patient's cancer. For some patients oncological therapy may be influenced by chronological age 45,46 . However, it is often recognised that physiological age is perhaps more important. Functional assessment may provide one measure of this robustness and contribute to the shift in medical treatment delivery away from being unduly governed by chronological age and towards a greater use of markers of 'biological age' or risk. Understanding the relationship, therefore, between functional status and overall patient 'fitness' and 'reserve' is important. Unfortunately, for many of patients with advanced solid malignancy, progression of disease occurs despite active oncological therapy. At this point patients have often been weakened by the catabolic side-effects of anti-cancer therapy and their low performance status requires that any anti-cachexia therapy is non-toxic and will improve function....

Interaction of Chemical Carcinogens with Oncogenes and Tumor Suppressor Genes

Cellular oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes are two of the critical DNA targets for chemical carcinogens, leading to activation of oncogenes and the inactivation of suppressor genes. This will be discussed further in Chapter 5, but a few examples will be given here. Carcinogens can activate cellular oncogenes (proto-oncogenes) by a variety of mechanisms including base substitution (point) mutations, chromosomal translocations, and gene amplification. One fairly common example is the activation of ras proto-oncogenes by chemical and physical carcinogens in both cultured mammalian cells and animal models (reviewed in Ref. 24). H-ras and K-ras proto-oncogene mutations, for example, have been observed in rodent models of skin, liver, lung, and mammary carcinogenesis. The observed mutations in the tumors correlate with expected base adducts formed by the carcinogen G A base transitions with alkylating agents (e.g., NMU and MNNG), G T transversions for benzo(a)pyrene, A T transversions...

Carcinogen Induced Epigenetic Changes

Even though the application of Ockham's (or Occam's) razor to the effects of chemical carcinogens leads to the concept that the genotoxic results of carcinogen-DNA binding are the simplest, most straightforward explanation for their carcinogenicity, a number of important epigenetic effects are also observed. For example, changes in gene expression patterns caused by carcinogen-induced epigenetic alterations such as changes in DNA methylation or histone acetylation have been observed after exposure of cells to carcinogens. This pattern has been observed, for example, during cells' exposure to the carcinogenic metals nickel, cadmium, or arsenic.7 The carcinogenic effects of nickel have been linked to DNA hypermethylation and histone deacetyla-tion, both of which can alter chromatin structure and cause epigenetic silencing of tumor suppressor genes (see Chapter 5).

CASE 1 Child With Sclerosing Papillary Cancer Case Description

In January 1996 her mother noted a swollen gland in the left posterior neck and in July 1997 found another swelling in the patient's anterior neck. Thyroid ultrasound and 123I scan showed a solid, cold, left thyroid nodule. Her endocrinologist found an enlarged thyroid, left cervical lymphadenopathy, and a firm nodular mass involving the right thyroid lobe. The preoperative chest X-ray showed a diffuse interstitial nodular pattern consistent with metastases. She was referred to surgery and underwent open biopsy of a slightly enlarged Delphian lymph node and the thyroid isthmus. The final pathology sections revealed metastatic papillary thyroid cancer (PTC) in the lymph node extending through its capsule into the soft tissues, and skeletal muscle infiltrated by PTC, and she underwent total thyroidectomy, bilateral node dissection, and thymectomy. Final histo-logic sections showed that the thyroid gland was totally replaced by diffuse sclerosing variant PTC with extrathyroidal...

Communication in Cancer Genetic Counselling

The three main objectives of doctor-patient communication in medicine are the creation of a trustful interpersonal relationship, exchange of information, and treatment-related decisions (Ong et al. 1995). The primary objective of cancer genetic counselling is exchange of information. However, to obtain an adequate level of informed consent, to minimize distress, improve satisfaction, and promote appropriate preventive behaviour, other aspects must also be taken into account, especially an evaluation of the patient's understanding of the information provided and of the emotional reactions induced by this information.

Endogenous Carcinogenesis

An important question that arises is, what is the source of mutations in the human genome that leads to cancer One might argue that the answer is obvious. We live in a sea of carcinogens PAHs from automobile exhaust, industrial pollution, pesticide residues in foods, chlorinated organic compounds in drinking water, etc. Furthermore, epidemiologists argue that almost 30 of human cancers are related to cigarette smoking. Yet, a significant amount of cancers occur in people with no clear evidence of exposure to clearly defined carcinogens. For a number of cancers of the pancreas, ovary, kidney, and breast, for example, there are in most cases no clear geographic or genetic risk factors (although heritable genetic changes may account for 5 to 10 of some cancers such as breast cancer). Thus, if cancer is initiated through a mutation or a series of mutations, how might these arise One possibility is that spontaneous mutations arising from an inherent error rate in the fidelity of DNA...

Twenty First Century View of Tamoxifen as a Treatment for Breast Cancer

The impact of the clinical introduction of tamoxifen on healthcare can be assessed through the work of the Early Breast Cancer Trialists Collaborative Group (EBCTCG) that meets in Oxford, UK every 5 years. The international group has met since 1984 to evaluate the impact of therapies on the treatment of breast cancer. The method is to integrate the positive and negative findings of all the world's randomized prospective clinical trials to reach a consensus on the merits of a treatment approach. Reports on the value of long-term adjuvant tamoxifen therapy in the treatment of node-positive and node-negative estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer can be documented through the EBCTCG publications.138-140 Overall, the reports document the enhanced survival and disease-free survival conferred by tamoxifen. The recent report by the EBCTG141 analyzes the results from 145 000 women in 194 trials of chemotherapy or hormonal therapy begun before 1995. The treatment of estrogen...

Biology and Clinical Observations of Regulatory T Cells in Cancer Immunology

4 Mechanisms of Treg-Mediated Immune Suppression in Cancer 67 5 Clinical Observations of the Association of Tregs with Cancer 69 6 Modification of Treg Biology as Cancer Immunotherapy 77 Cancer Immunology Program, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, East Melbourne 3002, VIC, Australia Division of Haematology and Medical Oncology, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Locked Bag 1, A'Beckett St., East Melbourne 3002, VIC, Australia Cancer Immunology Program, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, East Melbourne 3002, VIC, Australia G. Dranoff (ed.), Cancer Immunology and Immunotherapy, 61 Abstract This review specifically examines the role of regulatory T cells (Tregs) in cancer in both mice and the clinic. Due to the rapid refinement of the definition of Tregs and their heterogeneity, emphasis is given to research findings over the past three years. For clarity, this review is broadly divided into three short sections that outline the basic biology of Tregs - (1) Treg lineage and development, (2) Treg...

BOX S1 Summary of Recommendations to Develop Biomarker Based Tools for Cancer

Of cancer care by allowing physicians to tailor treatment for individual patients an approach known as personalized medicine. Some promising strides have been made in classifying tumors at the molecular level and in selecting patients who are more likely to respond to some targeted therapies. However, progress overall has been slow, despite considerable effort and investment, and there are still many challenges and obstacles to overcome before this paradigm shift in oncology can become a reality. The committee was asked to examine questions regarding the discovery, development, adoption, and use of biomarkers for cancer screening, diagnosis, and treatment, with the goal of identifying obstacles to progress that could potentially be overcome through policy changes. The committee identified a number of challenges in biomarker research, development, and implementation and proposed 12 recommendations to foster progress in the field, as outlined in Box S-1. These recommendations fall into...

Experimental Models for the Study of Carcinogenesis

A number of models for the study of carcino-genesis have been developed over the years. Historically, two of the most useful ones have been the initiation-promotion model of mouse skin carcinogenesis (the skin-painting model) and the induction of liver cancers in rats. The classic model of carcinogenesis is the single application of an initiating agent such as a polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon followed by the continuous application of a promoting agent like TPA to the backs of shaved mice. Much of what we know about tumor initiation, promotion, and progression has come from this model system. Initiation and promotion during mouse skin carcinogenesis produce multiple benign squamous papillomas. A few squamous cell carcinomas eventually arise from the papillomas over many months. However, malignant conversion can be speeded up by exposure of papilloma-bearing mice to mutagens, which activates oncogenes such as H-ra.s and causes loss of tumor suppressor genes such as p53, as noted above....

Tamoxifen and Breast Cancer Prevention

Thirty years ago, tamoxifen was shown to prevent the induction and promotion of carcinogen-induced mammary cancer in rats.92,200 Similarly, tamoxifen was also shown to prevent the development of mammary cancer induced by ionizing radiation in rats. These laboratory observations, coupled with the emerging preliminary clinical observation that adjuvant tamoxifen could prevent contralateral breast cancer in women,201 provided a rationale for Powles to start a toxicology study at the Royal Marsden Hospital, London, UK to test whether tamoxifen would be acceptable to prevent breast cancer in high-risk women. This vanguard study opened for recruitment in 19 8 6202 and was to provide important toxicological and compliance data for subsequent trialists. In the decade following the Powles initiative, several studies were started to answer the question ''Does tamoxifen have worth in the prevention of breast cancer in select high-risk women '' Eventually four studies were available to evaluate...

Organization of Cancer Genetic Counselling in France

Various models of cancer genetic counselling, depending on national or regional expertise and resources, have been developed (Hopwood 2005). In France, for example, the various professionals working in the field of cancer genetics, forming the Genetics and cancer group, have proposed guidelines for cancer genetic counselling, based on a multidisciplinary organization in which the various healthcare professionals meet with the counselee at various times. The first meeting is a long consultation, for which the counselee is encouraged to attend with a certain amount of preparation (maximum of information about the family history of cancer). The counselee is invited to attend the visit with one or several members of the family. The coun-selee's family tree is constructed and a maximum of information is obtained about all cancers in the family then, the geneticist describes the objectives of genetic counselling, the existence of genes and their possible alteration, the concept of risk, the...

Caveolin1 Expression in Colon Cancer Tissue Analysis

Most available studies have focused on the analysis of caveolin-1 in the human colon however, data are controversial. On the one hand, caveolin-1 is reportedly present in normal colon mucosa, as well as stroma and expression is reduced in tumors of different stages 11 , On the other hand, data arguing that caveolin-1 levels are elevated in colon tumor samples has also been provided 37, 107 . Specifically, caveolin-1 expression was increased in samples of adenocarcinomas, but not adenomas and normal mucosa 37 . Studies in rodents investigating the role of caveolin-1 in colon carcinogenesis are generally scarce. In one such study, caveolin-1, but not caveolin-2, expression increased in a rat model of adenocarcinoma induced by azoxymethane 107 , To the contrary, however, another study using caveolin-1 knock-out mice points to a role for caveolin-1 in controlling proliferation of intestinal crypt stem cells 86 . Clearly more experiments are required to clarify these discrepancies...

Irradiation Carcinogenesis

A number of the points made about chemical carcinogenesis are also true for radiation-induced carcinogenesis. Both X-rays and ultraviolet (UV) radiation, for example, produce damage to DNA. As with chemical carcinogens, this damage induces DNA repair processes, some of which are error prone and may lead to mutations. The development of malignant transformation in cultured cells after irradiation requires cell proliferation to ''fix'' the initial damage into a heritable change and then to allow clonal proliferation and expression of the typical transformed phenotype.105 Fixation appears to be complete after the first postirradiation mitotic cycle. In the case of mouse C3H 10 T 1 2 cells, expression of radiation-induced transformation requires an additional 12 rounds of cell division. Thus, as in the case of chemical carcinogenesis, a promotion phase is required for full expression of the initiated malignant alteration. Moreover, when low doses of chemical carcinogens and X-rays are...

Caveolin1 Expression in Colon Cancer Human Colon Cancer Cell Lines

Explanations may help explain these often contradictory observations. For instance, Caco-2 cells have been observed both to express or not caveolin-1 (Table 2.2). These variations may be linked to cell passaging, since differences in caveolin-1 expression have been reported for Caco-2 with low (Caco-2E) and high passage numbers (Caco-2L) 93 , Also, augmented caveolin-1 levels in colon cancer cell lines have been associated with MDR and elevated metastatic potential. For instance, HT29-MDR cells obtained by selecting HT29 cells for growth in increasing concentrations of colchicine 14 or HT29-5M21 and M12 cells obtained from HT29 cells by selection in the presence of methotrexate 11 all have elevated caveolin-1 levels with respect to HT29 cells. Alternatively, cells with elevated metastatic potential, such as Lovo E2 and C5 as well as HT29(US), express higher caveolin-1 levels than the reference lines, Lovo and HT29(ATCC), respectively 11, 139 . Finally, caveolin-1 expression levels may...

Of Familial Breast Cancer Genetic Consultations

Butow and Lobb (2004) conducted a major study, examining in detail the process and content of genetic counselling in initial consultations with women from high-risk breast cancer families. Over 158 consultations of women unaffected and affected with breast cancer, conducted in 10 familial breast cancer clinics throughout Australia, were audiotaped and transcribed. A detailed coding system was developed to cover all facts thought to be important to be elicited from or conveyed to the consultant, and all behaviours thought to facilitate active involvement and expression of emotional concerns. This analysis evidenced that the average genetic counselling session was 61 min comparable to that of European clinics (Hopwood et al. 2003a) , that patients spoke on average one-third of the session and consultants demonstrated consistently good practice in providing detailed information on essential aspects related to familial breast cancer. The authors noted that, although the woman's agenda was...

Breast Cancer Activists

The Washington-based National Breast Cancer Coalition and the San Francisco-based Breast Cancer Action (by the mid 1990s the most influential advocacy groups involved in breast cancer politics at the national level) cautioned against the widespread availability of the new technology. They worried that the risk information generated by BRCA testing would provide ambiguous results, because of the risk, rather than certainty, of future disease incidence and the paucity of medical management options available. Therefore, both suggested that testing be offered in a highly regulated manner and only in conjunction with extensive clinical care. In fact, the Representatives of these patient advocacy groups began to express such opinions almost as soon as the BRCA gene discoveries were announced. In a front-page New York Times article announcing the BRCA gene discovery, Nancy Evans, president of BCA, noted It's a very mixed blessing to have this knowledge . . . it's the first step in a long...

Oxygen Free Radicals Aging And Cancer

The diseases of aging include cardiovascular disease, decline in function of the immune system, brain dysfunction, and cancer. People living in the United States who are 65 or older have 10 times the risk of those under age 65 for developing cancer. Part of the increase in cancer incidence with aging could be due to an accumulation of damage to DNA over a lifetime of exposure to carcinogenic substances. Another, perhaps more likely, possibility is that cellular damage produced by endogenous oxidants accumulates over time and the body's ability to repair this damage

Skeletal Muscle And Cancer

The skeletal muscle compartment is the only organ that is not affected by cancer pathology. No epigenetic or any other typology of altered events has been reported in skeletal muscle tissues. As a matter of fact, the skeletal muscle is being studied to understand the mechanisms that protect this organ from cancer pathology. The only cancer related to muscles is rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS). RMS is the most common soft tissue sarcoma arising from undifferentiated mes-enchymal cells with developing skeletal muscle features. It consists of several subtypes, with ERMS (the embryonal subtype) and ARMS (the alveolar subtype) being among the most frequent tumors in children 29 . RMS presents a number of genetic alterations that define the embryonal and the alveolar subtypes 30 . These different subtypes also share molecular changes, including disruption of the p53 pathway through mutation or MDM2 amplification, and deregulation of imprinted genes at the chromosome region 11p15.5 31 . RMS cells...

Clients Journey through the Breast Cancer Activists System

All benefits and risks of genetic susceptibility testing. . . .4 Neither organization specified where this counseling should take place or how it should be conducted. They did not specify, for example, that such counseling be offered by a specially trained geneticist and thus did not take an explicit position in the debate that had been raging for years over whether non-specialists in genetics could provide counseling. However, one might easily assume that both imagined a counseling session that included information about the limitations and implications of the test for clients concerned about cancer risk and their families.5 After the genes were analyzed, the client returned to the clinic on an ongoing basis for post-test counseling and long-term follow-up.10 Both groups were careful, however, to note that both counseling and laboratory services should remain confidential unless the client decided otherwise. BCA urged that the array and number of unresolved issues related to genetic...

The Ambiguous Role of Caveolin1 in Cancer

The expression of caveolin-1 in colon tissue and cancer cell lines (see previous section). Furthermore, caveolin-1 is known to promote tumor formation and its presence is correlated with poor prognosis and survival in prostate cancer. Indeed, the expression of caveolin-1 reportedly increases in primary tumors from prostate 154 and certain leukemia-derived cell lines 52 , Also, in prostate cancer cells, caveolin-1 presence increases tumor growth and the incidence of metastasis 7, 67, 88, 136 . Increased caveolin-1 expression in tumor samples is not restricted to cases, like the prostate, where normal tissues have low relative caveolin-1 levels, since increased expression was also reported in tumor models where initial caveolin-1 loss is observed, such as colon 11 and breast cancer 38,42,123 . In most of these cases, the available data argue for a strong positive correlation between expression of caveolin-1, metastasis, and MDR ,42, 80, 81 , Moreover, studies in samples derived from...

Satisfaction with Cancer Genetic Counselling

Assessing the satisfaction of 36 counselees with cancer genetic counselling in The Netherlands, Bleiker and coworkers (1997) found generally high levels of satisfaction with the different aspects assessed. The areas identified as needing further attention were related to the information regarding the possible impact of genetic counselling and testing on daily life, communication between the clinical geneticist and other healthcare workers, and psychosocial support during and after genetic counselling.

Genetic Susceptibility And Cancer

As was noted above, there are a number of inherited cancer susceptibility gene mutations, such as xeroderma pigmentosum, Fanconi's anemia, and ataxia telangiectasia. These types of inherited defects that lead to cancer are generally caused by a deficiency in DNA repair pathways. Almost certainly we have only scratched the surface of inherited cancer susceptibility genes that make an individual more prone to developing cancer. Other susceptibility genes may include alterations in the metabolic enzymes that metabolize drugs and environmental toxins, polymorphisms in genes that regulate utilization of certain essential nutrients such as folic acid, or inherited mutations in tumor suppressor genes. The completion of the Human Genome Project allows a systematic approach to discovering the genetic alterations that make individuals prone to developing various diseases. The Environmental Genome Project is producing a catalogue of variation in genes involved in catabolizing toxins, nutrient...

Nk Cell Trafficking And Cancer Any Relevance

Since the early 1980s, the adoptive transfer of LAK cells or tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) has been performed in a series of cancer patients, resulting in a low but significant proportion of clinical responses, especially in those with renal cell carcinoma and melanoma (35). Critical to the activity of these systemically transferred effector cells is their localization to tumor sites. However, for the most part, the proportion of LAK and TIL cells capable of penetrating tumor tissues is quite small, consistent with several early lymphocyte trafficking studies demonstrating that highly activated T- and mononuclear cells migrate poorly into peripheral tissues and tend to localize in various organs and lymphatic tissues (35). Overall, the biologic significance of NK cells as antitumor effector cells remains unproven. Their potent tumoricidal activities in vitro suggest that these cells would be capable of fighting established tumors in vivo. Furthermore, the incidence of cancers...

Multiple Mutations In Cancer

In most cases, it takes years for a full-blown invasive, metastatic cancer to develop from a small clone of initiated cells. This process might take 20 years or more, during which time an There is evidence for the accumulation of thousands of mutations in cancer cells derived from human tumors. For example, examination of the colon tumor-derived DNA from patients with hereditary non-polyposis colon cancer (HNPCC) reveals that as many as 100,000 repetitive DNA sequences are altered from the mismatch DNA repair defects that these patients' cells harbor (reviewed in Reference 122). Mismatch repair defects have also been noted in ''sporadic'' (not known to be hereditary) cancers. As noted earlier, one hypothesis explaining the genetic instability of transformed cells is the mutator phenotype hypothesis, championed by Loeb and colleagues.122 This hypothesis states that an ''initial mutator gene mutation generates further mutations including mutations in additional genetic stability genes,...

Of Cancer Genetic Counselling

Studies indicate that cancer genetic consultants present generally good practice in terms of the information they provide however, they less frequently demonstrate attention or skills to deal with the subjective aspects of the genetic counselling, i.e. verifying the counselee's understanding of the information, assessing emotional reactions or attitudes of informed family members. There is a growing number of guidelines for communicating risk, suggesting the need to develop and evaluate innovative communication strategies (Bottorff et al. 1998 Hopwood 2005). Genetic counsellors should also be encouraged to explore idiosyncratic risk beliefs, personal theories of inheritance, and personal or social support that underpin coping. Integration of risk information may be enhanced when emotional issues are addressed. Geneticists or genetic counsellors are confronted with the challenging task of providing objective information which is adapted to the individual, taking into account the...

History Of Mononuclear Cell Infiltration In Cancer

Mononuclear cell infiltration is a common feature of many types of human cancers. In fact, its occurrence is considered so unremarkable that there are no systematic studies describing the prevalence or intensity of infiltrates by tumor type or stage. Instead, it is generally asserted that intense infiltrates are associated with certain tumor types, such as medullary carcinoma of the breast and malignant melanoma (1,2), and that most other cancers are also infiltrated to differing extents. Even without an epidemiology of tumor-related inflammatory infiltrates, tumor biologists have extensively focused on this phenomenon for more than 100 yr. Leukocyte infiltration in cancer has been appreciated since the beginning of microscopic analyses of human tumors, but controversy surrounded the question of its origin and the causal relationship in which it stands to carcinogenesis. Virchow (3) first described the association of inflammatory cells with human tumors and inferred that cancers arose...

Role of Viruses in the Causation of Human Cancer

To prove a causal relationship between a putative cancer-causing virus and human cancer is not a simple task. Such proof relies on evidence that is to a fair extent circumstantial. This evidence includes (1) epidemiological data showing a correlation between living in an area of endemic viral infection and a type ofcancer (2) serological evidence of antibody titers to viral antigens in patients with a given cancer type (3) evidence for insertion of viral DNA into a cancer-bearing host's cell genome (4) evidence for a consistent chromosomal translocation, particularly those involving an oncogene, in virally infected patients (5) data showing that viral infection of cells in culture or transfection of viral genes into cells causes cell transformation and the ability of such cells to produce tumors in nude mice and (6) development of cancers of the suspected target organ in transgenic mice produced by embryonic gene transfer of viral genes. On the basis of this sort of evidence, some...

Modification of Treg Biology as Cancer Immunotherapy 61 The Cellular Microenvironment

Tregs remain one of the major obstacles to successful cancer immunotherapy. Other leukocytes, including myeloid derived suppressor cells (MDSC), tumor associated macrophages (TAMs), type I II NKT cells, mast cells, B cells, and subsets of DC have also been implicated in promoting tumor progression. In this section, we will first discuss how Tregs and other immunomodulatory cells are associated in tumormediated suppression before discussing clinical strategies to attenuate Treg function to improve current immunotherapeutic strategies. The relative hierarchy and importance of Tregs, MDSC, and TAMs in immune suppression and their temporal cross-regulation during the course of tumor progression still remain to be elucidated. It is likely that different cancer types or the location of the cancer dictates which immunomodulatory cells are preferentially recruited and or induced to mediate immune suppression. In a study to evaluate the interplay between tumor and the different...

Caveolin1 and the Proliferation of Cancer

Although Cav-1 has been shown in multiple settings to be critical for pancreatic tumorigenesis, the exact role of Cav-1 in pancreatic tumor cell promotion and survival is unclear. Recent data show its importance in a newly described tumori-genic mechanism involving the tumor microenvironment called the reverse Warburg effect 10 , Many previous studies suggest that Cav-1 is a tumor suppressor gene. For example, down-regulation of Cav-1 expression was observed in breast, lung, colon, and ovarian cancers 11-13 . Ectopic expression of Cav-1 in transformed normal cells and tumor cell lines inhibited cell growth in vitro and tumorigenesis in vivo. Further, Sunaga et al. reported that Cav-1 acted like a tumor suppressor gene in small cell lung cancer, whereas in nonsmall cell lung cancer it is required for cell survival and growth 14, 15 , In contrast, other studies have reported that Cav-1 expression was up-regulated in human cancers, including prostate cancer and esophageal squamous cell...

Safety assessment for noncarcinogenic endpoints

FDA's recommendations for assessing systemic toxicity endpoints for food contact materials are described in detail elsewhere (Chapter 2 FDA, 2002, 2004). Several key points are now briefly summarized. The notification process places the responsibility upon the notifier for addressing the non-carcinogenic risk of constituent exposure from a proposed use of a food additive. FDA does not generally consider testing for systemic toxicity endpoints necessary to demonstrate the safety of exposures < 150 mg person day (discussed further in section 7.5 below). FDA usually recommends in vivo animal testing for each exposure greater than 150 mg person day (mg p d) consisting of one subchronic study in a rodent species and subchronic study in a mammalian non-rodent species (Table 7.1).

Leptin and Cancer Anorexia Cachexia

Progressive wasting is common in many types of cancer and is one of the most important factors leading to death in cancer patients. Weight loss is a potent stimulus to food intake in normal humans and animals. The persistence of anorexia and the onset of cachexia in cancer patients, therefore, implies a failure of this adaptive feeding response 86 . Leptin, a member of the gp 130 family of cytokines, induces a strong T helper-1 lymphocyte response and is regarded as a proin-flammatory inducer 87 . Several data suggested a role of leptin in inflammatory diseases. Proinflammatory cytokines up-regulate leptin expression in white adipose tissue and increase plasma leptin levels in hamsters and mice 88 . However, in many common diseases associated with cachexia, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and chronic inflammatory bowel disease, there is an inflammatory status caused by high proinflammatory cytokine levels, whereby leptin concentrations are decreased related to body fat...

Carcinogens and Cocarcinogens in the Food

Carcinogens and cocarcinogens occur in our food naturally, but they are also generated during processing, storage, and preservation. Natural ingredients with mutagenic activity include, for example, hydrogen cyanide-containing glycosides in bitter almonds and kernels of stone fruits, and solanine in potatoes (28). It is still not clear what role additives and residues play in carcinogenesis, but they seem to play a minor role as compared with other factors of nutrition (61). Alcohol is a risk factor for carcinogenesis in the upper respiratory and digestive tracts, in particular (45). In most epidemiological studies examining this relationship, a direct correlation has been demonstrated and the risk rises with increasing consumption (26). Alcohol itself does not have a carcinogenic effect, but it acts as a cocarcinogen and thus promotes the development of cancer through various mechanisms. In addition, carcinogenic compounds have been detected in various alcoholic beverages, such as...

BOX 11 Biomarkers of Hematologic Cancers

The diagnosis of hematologic cancers presents an enormous challenge. The numerous stages of hematopoietic differentiation give rise to many biologically and clinically distinct cancers, most often via acquired genetic alterations. Knowledge of the biology underlying hematological malignancies has greatly increased in recent decades, leading to a much more sophisticated classification system that incorporates not only the traditional morphologic characteristics, but also immunophenotypic, genetic, and clinical features. However, even with this added information, considerable heterogeneity still exists within identified subtypes, with different clinical presentations and outcomes. Developing drugs and determining appropriate therapy for most diseases is still largely empirical and lacking well-defined molecular targets, and most medicines have been shown to be effective in less than 60 percent of patients in the disease populations that they address (Spear et al., 2001 Austin and...

Lessons Learned From Traditional Cancer Vaccine Trials And Infectious Disease Vaccine Models

Over the past two decades, cancer vaccines as a possible treatment modality have seen much promise. While a variety of approaches in preclinical studies have induced a cure for mouse cancers, several of these approaches have been tried in human with limited success. The only approved therapeutic cancer vaccine, a xenogeneic DNA vaccine, was for the treatment of canine melanoma (74). However, the field has substantially matured, with information from a host of clinical trials now available to help in the understanding of major aspects of preclinical and clinical vaccine development. In contrast, infectious disease vaccines target an invading pathogen, and the success in developing this type of vaccine is inherently straightforward. Taken collectively, there are some elements from these studies that may be useful in developing therapeutic cancer vaccines regardless of whether the cancer arises from self-tissue or is induced by a pathogen. There are several factors in the preclinical...

Epithelial Ovarian Cancer Surgical and Staging Considerations

The recommended surgical procedure for a patient of reproductive age with epithelial ovarian cancer who desires continued fertility, and who has clinically limited disease with no involvement of the contralateral ovary or uterus, includes conservative therapy with unilateral salpingo-oophorectomy and staging. In a review of 36 patients with stage IA disease who underwent conservative fertility-sparing surgery with complete staging, only 3 patients relapsed, 1 of whom had involvement of the residual ovary 49 . The incidence of microscopic disease in the residual ovary at the time of primary surgery is 5-7 50 , and bivalving or biopsy of the normal-appearing contralateral ovary in the patient with true stage I disease may be unwar The majority of ovarian epithelial tumors diagnosed in young women are stage I. The rare patient with apparent advanced-stage epithelial disease should undergo cyto-reductive surgery with every attempt made to achieve an optimal tumor reduction (no implant...

E Paclitaxel intravenously 175 mg m2 on days 1 and 8 of 21 day cycle reported in control arm of phase III breast cancer

Benchmark nucleoside antimetabolite 5-FU, its prodrug capecitabine, the nucleoside analog gemcitabine, which has supplanted 5-FU as the standard of care in pancreatic cancer, and the antifolate pemetrexed. Also for comparison, representative adverse events for paclitaxel, which acts by inhibiting microtubule formation, are included. The antimetabolite drugs act by inhibiting processes in rapidly dividing cells, in both tumors and normal tissue. Thus, the observed toxicities tend to be associated with tissues that undergo relatively frequent cell division, such as bone marrow, gastrointestinal tract, and hair. A significant number of patients in the trials discontinued treatment due to the adverse events, indicating another challenge in the clinical use of such drugs. An additional hurdle for all chemotherapies is adapting the preclinical dosing regimen to the clinic. Efficacy doses for oncology drugs are determined in rodents (usually mice), and maximum tolerated doses are determined...

Therapeutic Cancer Vaccines Vs Traditional Cancer Treatment

Traditional cancer drugs are cytotoxic agents, meaning that they kill cells. Although most chemotherapeutics preferentially affect rapidly dividing cells (i.e., cancer cells), they cannot differentiate between malignant and normal cells. The unavoidable toxicity to normal cells often results in treatment-related toxicities such as increased susceptibility to bleeding and infection, mucositis, nausea and vomiting, hair loss, etc. This nonspecific approach to cancer treatment makes it more suitable for use in disease settings in which the tumor burden is high, such as advanced or metastatic disease. Therapeutic cancer vaccines belong to a newer class of targeted cancer therapies. Like innovative treatments such as Gleevec (imatinib mesylate Novartis, New Jersey, U.S.) and Herceptin (trastuzumab Genentech, California, U.S.), most cancer vaccines in development are designed to attack only malignant cells. By targeting tumor cells with high specificity, this new class of treatments tends...

Urinary Bladder Cancer

Bladder cancer is the ninth-most common malignancy in the world.35 There are 330,000 new cases and 130,000 deaths each year. In the United States alone there are over 63,000 new cases annually and 13,000 deaths.3 Smoking is the greatest risk factor and is estimated to be a causative factor in 65 of males and 30 females in some developed countries. Historically, some types of bladder cancer were associated with abuse of analgesic combinations containing phenacetin and occupational exposure in the aniline dye industry (e.g., exposure to 2-naphthylamine). In Egypt and some other African nations, chronic bladder infections with Shistosoma haematodium are a risk factor. Bladder cancer is treated by surgical removal if disease is invasive. Superficial, localized cancers can be treated by local instillation of immunomodulatory agents (e.g., bacilli Calmette-Guerin BCG ) or chemotherapy. Chemotherapy and or radiation therapy have been used as an adjuant or neo-adjuant (before surgery) to...

Dietary Recommendations for the Prevention of Cancer

It is assumed that compliance with dietary recommendations will lead to the largest possible decrease in the incidence of cancer within the population. In addition, dietary recommendations give each and everyone the chance to lower the personal risk of cancer. Adhering to these recommendations does not ensure definitive protection it only reduces the average probability of developing the disease. On the other hand, even the most severe violations will not necessarily result in cancer. The recommendations have been compiled by the World Cancer Research Fund International (WCRF International) in such a way that they take into consideration all important dietary risk factors for cancer worldwide. They largely agree with the recommendations for the prevention of other chronic diseases, and most of them are identical to the recommendations of the German Society of Nutrition (Table 8.6).

Personalized Cancer Vaccines

Despite the varied approaches employed by the many therapeutic cancer vaccines in development, they all share one fundamental goal to program a patient's immune system to attack the patient's cancer. Some vaccines utilize antigens (any substance capable of stimulating an immune response) that are known to be associated with certain types of tumors. In recent years, there was an increased interest on so-called unique antigens that are products of random mutations arising in the course of tumor cells' uncontrolled cell divisions. This led researchers' interest and work on personalized (autologous) cancer vaccines that use the patients' own tumor cells to generate immune response specific to the patients' own cancers. Pramod Srivastava, Professor of Immunology and Director of the University of Connecticut Cancer Center explains, A cancer cell can host millions of mutant peptides. Each time a cell divides, it probably has about somewhere between 6 and 60 mutations (16). Another approach...

The Role of Nutrition in Cancer Treatment

One should distinguish between the nutritional advice for preventing cancer and the nutrition therapy for patients already affected by cancer, even though nutrition therapy will always contribute also to secondary and tertiary prevention. One should take into account that a cure is not possible just by means of a special diet. However, there is no phase in which nutrition therapy cannot contribute to improving the overall situation of the body, thus strengthening the regenerative forces and preventing a potential relapse. The starting Increased stool volume results in low proportion of carcinogens per total stool volume, reduced contact of potential carcinogens with the intestinal wall, and rapid passage through the intestines. Binding of potential carcinogens Reduced pH due to generation of short-chain fatty acids inhibits production of cancer-promoting secondary bile acids Removal of ammonia from the intestinal lumen ammonia increases the pH in the colon, thus increasing the risk of...

Cancer Cachexia and Anorexia

The most common problems are cancer cachexia and anorexia, particularly when the tumor is already in a progressive stage. In a large study, DeWrys and co-workers reported that more than 50 of patients suffered from weight loss (21). About 15 lost more than 10 of their weight during the course of the disease. Cancer cachexia interferes with the patient's physical and emotional well-being. Patients not only have to cope with their life-threatening disease, they also change in appearance due to severe loss of weight. This leads to a significant increase in morbidity, mortality, and prolonged hospitali-zation, thus representing a major cost factor (67). Signs of cancer cachexia are anemia, anorexia, lack of energy, and increasing weight loss. The latter is caused by a decrease in body fat and muscle mass (56-58). There is no clear correlation between the extent of malnutrition, the tumor's size, Table 8.6 Dietary recommendations for the prevention of cancer (20) Nutritional supplements,...

Nutritional Recommendations for Cancer Patients

Cancer patients do not require a diet of special composition. In most cases, it is sufficient to offer a mixed, varied diet that is easy to digest and takes into account any aversions and preferences the patient may have (54, 56, 64, 70). On principle, patients should be informed that sufficient intake of food is important for their nutritional state and well-being and that a targeted diet is possible. Dietary recommendations for cancer patients are currently based on reference values for the diet of a healthy person, like those established by the German Society of Nutrition (22). As there is evidence that certain nutrients (e.g., omega-3 fatty acids) influence the growth and metabolism of cells, the condition and regeneration of tissues, and also the modulation of immune defenses, attempts have been made to improve the nutritional state of cancer patients by means of such substances (77, 78). However, clear recommendations are not yet available. The nutrition of cancer patients...

Angiogenesis and Cancer

Proposed in 1971 by Judah Folkman (Folkman 1971) as an important mechanism for tumor growth, angiogenesis is now a well-established facet of tumor biology and is key to the progression of cancer. Angiogenesis is important for the supply of oxygen, nutrients, growth factors, and additional survival factors necessary for the cellular function and subsistence of tumors. Angiogenesis is considered a balance between pro- and antiangiogenic forces, and the switch to a proangio-genic phenotype is one of the hallmarks of malignant processes involved in cancer (Hanahan and Weinberg 2000). Importantly, increased vascularization and the expression of proangiogenic factors are commonly associated with an advanced tumor stage and a poor prognosis in cancer patients (Dvorak et al. 1995 Hicklin and Ellis 2005). VEGF overexpression is associated with tumorigenesis and a poor prognosis in a multitude of cancers, including gastric carcinoma (Maeda et al. 1996), colorectal carcinoma (Lee et al. 2000...

Role Of Various Factors In The Development Of Cancers

Most cancer types vary in incidence and mortality among different populations in different parts of the world. When populations move from one country to another, the rates for many cancers tend toward that of the local population rather than that of their country of origin. A classic example is the incidence rates among Japanese individuals living in Osaka, Japan, in contrast to those who have moved to Hawaii (Fig. 3-9).49 Within a generation, the incidence for prostate, colon, and breast cancer begin to approach those of the United States population, whereas the incidence of stomach cancer, more prevalent in Japan, decreases. Another interesting point from the data in Figure 3-9 is that from 1970-71 to 1988-92, some of the ''more Western cancers'' became more prevalent in Japan, presumably because of a more Westernized diet and lifestyle. Some specific causes of cancer are known, the most prominent of which is cigarette smoking (Table 3-5). However, the causes for the large

Dendritic Cell Defects in Cancer Patients and Mouse Models A Role for VEGF

Dendritic cells (DCs) are central to the generation of an antitumor response. As professional antigen-presenting cells (APC), they present tumor antigens to both B cells and T cells, generating an antigen-specific antitumor response. Defective DC function, combined with a failure of DC maturation, is frequently observed in cancer patients and in tumor-bearing mice. These defects occur in DCs found in the blood, tumor tissue, or draining lymph nodes (Almand et al. 2000 Gabrilovich et al. 1996a, b, 1997 Nestle et al. 1997). The effects of defective DC function (i.e., defective antigen presentation) on the antitumor response are somewhat clear lack of tumor antigen presentation means lack of effective antitumor response or even worse, active tolerance. Indeed, it has been speculated that immature or incompletely matured DCs may mediate tumor tolerance, inducing T cell anergy or the expansion of regulatory T cells (Tregs) (Lutz and Schuler 2002 Mahnke et al. 2002). The clinical...

Cancer Vaccines Ongoing Phase 3 Studies Favld Favrille San Diego CA US

Favld is an autologous active cancer immunotherapy in which recombinant patient-specific idiotype protein isolated from tumor biopsy is conjugated to keyhole limpet hemocyanin (KLH) and administered in combination with the immu-nostimulatory factor GM-CSF. Favld is currently undergoing a phase 3 clinical study to determine its ability to extend time to progression (TTP) in patients with follicular B-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma following treatment with Rituxan . The primary end point is disease-free survival at three years. At the time of the prospectively planned interim analysis conducted on 233 out of 349 randomized patients who had been followed for 12 months or more (25), there was no significant difference between FavId-treated and control groups in a secondary end point of response improvement final data are expected at the end of 2007 (26).

Clinical Indications of Hyaluronan in Cancer

Extensive studies have examined HA levels in clinical tumours and in body fluids such as serum from cancer patients. A summary of the clinical tumours assessed for HA levels is shown in Table 1 with representative references. The number of these types of studies has increased steadily as methods have developed and become available to investigate HA in tumours and in their surrounding stroma. Evaluation of HA has employed techniques such as HPLC (17) or electrophoresis and enzyme digestion (15) to assess the HA content of tumours, as well as direct tumour staining for HA. Using a biotinylated affinity probe specific for HA, Anttila et al. (20) characterised HA staining in 309 epithelial ovarian tumours and 45 matched metastatic tumours. The high stromal staining seen in 98 carcinomas was significantly correlated with poor differentiation, serous histological type, advanced stage and large primary residual tumour. The 5 yr follow-up of the disease showed that overall survival and...

Industrial Chemicals and Occupational Cancers

The chemicals and industrial processes that have a known or suspected etiologic role in the development of cancer are listed in Table 3-6. As noted above, about 2 -5 of all cancer deaths are attributed to occupational hazards. Of those agents listed as carcinogenic for humans, a number were identified because of their close association between an abnormal clustering of certain cancers and exposure to an industrial chemical or process. For example, epidemiologic studies of workers occupationally exposed to industrial levels of 4-aminobiphenyl have a higher incidence of bladder cancer.80 Occupational exposure to asbestos fibers results in a higher incidence of lung cancer, mesotheliomas, gastrointestinal tract cancers, and laryngeal cancers.81 As mentioned earlier, cigarette smoking and occupational exposure to asbestos act synergistically to increase the incidence of lung cancer. Several epidemiologic studies have shown increased frequency of leukemia in workers exposed to...

Hyaluronan in Adhesion Migration and Invasion of Cancer

In cancers such as prostate cancer, which specifically metastasise to the bone, the circulating tumour cells undergo an adhesion process to the endothelial cells lining the bone marrow vasculature (54) followed by transmigration through the endothelial cell barrier and subsequent establishment in the stroma. Interestingly, HA has already been shown in murine anterior prostate gland to be a prerequisite for androgen stimulated ductal branching morphogenesis (55). Further to this, the role of HA in prostate cancer cell adhesion to bone marrow derived endothelial cell line (BMEC-1) has been demonstrated (56). In this study, highly metastatic PC3 and PC3M-LN4 showed a rapid adherence to BMEC-1 but not to endothelial cells derived from human vein. Adhesion was inhibited by the addition of excess HA or by pre-treatment of cells with hyaluronidase which digested away pericellular HA. Of note, pericellular HA was also correlated with increased level of HA synthesis and HA synthase expression...

Exercise for the Cancer Patient Outside of Specialized Types of Sport

Despite several official exercise groups in cancer follow-up there are still some white spots on the map. Many cancer patients who are interested in special sport programs are unable to find adequate offerings in their nearby surroundings. These patients can only be advised to join a group that offers an individually appropriate and physically noninjurious type of activity, or to take up their own physical activity. When choosing an appropriate type of activity, persons interested in exercising should discuss their medical history and preferred activity with the program director. In the course of mutual conversation critical exercises will quickly become apparent. Well-educated trainers, regardless of which sport, will at least attempt to offer adequate exercises and point out any harmful ones. The trainer should always be aware, for example, of the possibility that an affected arm in women after breast cancer may be overstrained, overstretched, or in any other way injured.

Hyaluronan Mediated Signalling Mechanisms in Cancer

Increasingly a number of guanine exchange factors (GEFs) have been identified (97) as downstream components of HA-mediated signalling. Evidence of Rac-1 signalling upon binding of HA with CD44 and its effect on tumour cell activation have been described above. Additionally Tiam 1, which is another GEF, was reported to interact with CD44v3 and to up-regulate Rac-1 signalling and cytoskeletal-mediated metastatic breast cancer progression (98). In a continued search for other CD44 isoform-linked GEFs, which correlated with tumour metastasis, Vav2 was identified (99). This group carefully dissected the interaction of CD44v3 and Vav2 and proposed that CD44v3-Vav2 interacts with Grb2-p185HER2 to form a signalling complex that had a pivotal role in promoting cross-talk between RAC1 and Ras signalling pathways, ultimately causing the migration and growth of ovarian cancer. different functions, including malignant transformation (e.g., CD44v) in different cancers by interactions with specific...

Phase III Studies of PaclitaxelRT Esophageal Cancer

Table 7 summarizes selected phase I II studies of paclitaxel radiation in esophageal cancer. Although pathologic complete response rates have been encouraging, ranging from 11-41 , these regimens have not been tested in a randomized fashion against the more standard cisplatin, 5-FU based therapies. Vanderbilt University Medical Center has recently completed accruing patients to a Phase II study of neoadjuvant chemoradiation, which consists of preoperative paclitaxel (175 mg m2, 3-h infusion) followed by cisplatin 75 mg m2 d 1 and 21. Concurrent radiation was given to a total dose of 3000 cGy, in 200 cGy fraction. Patients who are resec-table go on to surgery 4 wk after completion of chemoradiation, whereas those who are unresectable (i.e., cervical esophageal cancer) continue to a total dose of 60 Gy without treatment interruptions. One month following surgery, patients receive two cycles (q 2128 d) of postoperative chemotherapy, which consists of paclitaxel 175 mg m2 over 3 h d 1,...

Challenges In Clinical Development Of Cancer Vaccines Longer Trials to Reach Evaluable Clinical End Points

Experimental cancer agents are often clinically evaluated in the metastatic or advanced disease setting. For many reasons, this disease setting allows for more rapid clinical development. Often this patient population has limited or no treatment options, which provides clinical, regulatory, and financial incentive for working to fill unmet medical needs. Also, patient prognosis is usually poor due to the advanced There are several differences between traditional cancer treatments and therapeutic cancer vaccines, which largely stem from the differences in the action of newer targeted treatments such as cancer vaccines compared with the classical, cytotoxic (cell-killing) that characterize most of the current cancer treatments. Supported by numerous animal studies, these differences are consistent with basic principles of tumor immunology, and include The action of cancer vaccines is primarily cytostatic rather than cytotoxic therefore, treatment effect typically includes slowing tumor...