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  • PERSARC Study Group; Acem, Ibtissam; Verhoef, Cornelis; Rueten-Budde, Anja J.; Grünhagen, Dirk; van Houdt, Winan; van de Sande, Michiel A. J.; Aston, Will; Bonenkamp, Han; Desar, Ingrid; Ferguson, Peter C.; Fiocco, Marta; Gelderblom, H.; van Ginkel, Robert; Van der Graaf, Winette; Griffin, Anthony; Haas, Rick; van der Hage, Jos A.; Hayes, Andrew; Jeys, Lee M; Keller, Johnny; Laitinen, Minna K.; Leithner, Andreas; Maretty-Kongstad, Katja; Ozaki, Toshifumi; Pollock, Rob; van Praag, Veroniek M.; Smith, Myles; Smolle, Maria; Styring, Emelie; Szkandera, Joanna; Tanaka, Kazuhiro; Tunn, Per-Ulf; Willegger, Madeleine; Windhager, Reinhard; Wunder, Jay S.; Zaikova, Olga (2020)
    Purpose: No studies extensively compared the young adults (YA, 18-39 years), middle-aged (40-69 years), and elderly (≥70 years) population with primary high-grade extremity soft tissue sarcoma (eSTS). This study aimed to determine whether the known effect of age on overall survival (OS) and disease progression can be explained by differences in tumour characteristics and treatment protocol among the YA, middle-aged and elderly population in patients with primary high-grade eSTS treated with curative intent. Methods: In this retrospective multicentre study, inclusion criteria were patients with primary high-grade eSTS of 18 years and older, surgically treated with curative intent between 2000 and 2016. Cox proportional hazard models and a multistate model were used to determine the association of age on OS and disease progression. Results: A total of 6260 patients were included in this study. YA presented more often after 'whoops'-surgery or for reresection due to residual disease, and with more deep-seated tumours. Elderly patients presented more often with grade III and larger (≥10 cm) tumours. After adjustment for the imbalance in tumour and treatment characteristics the hazard ratio for OS of the middle-aged population is 1.47 (95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.23-1.76) and 3.13 (95% CI: 2.59-3.78) in the elderly population, compared with YA. Discussion: The effect of age on OS could only partially be explained by the imbalance in the tumour characteristics and treatment variables. The threefold higher risk of elderly could, at least partially, be explained by a higher other-cause mortality. The results might also be explained by a different tumour behaviour or suboptimal treatment in elderly compared with the younger population. Keywords: Adolescents and young adults; Elderly; Extremities; Metastasis; Middle-aged; Recurrence; Soft tissue sarcoma; Survival.
  • Riihimaeki, Matias; Thomsen, Hauke; Hemminki, Akseli; Sundquist, Kristina; Hemminki, Kari (2013)
  • Munier, Francis L.; Beck-Popovic, Maja; Chantada, Guillermo L.; Cobrinik, David; Kivelä, Tero T.; Lohmann, Dietmar; Maeder, Philippe; Moll, Annette C.; Carcaboso, Angel Montero; Moulin, Alexandre; Schaiquevich, Paula; Bergin, Ciara; Dyson, Paul J.; Houghton, Susan; Puccinelli, Francesco; Vial, Yvan; Gaillard, Marie-Claire; Stathopoulos, Christina (2019)
    Retinoblastoma is lethal by metastasis if left untreated, so the primary goal of therapy is to preserve life, with ocular survival, visual preservation and quality of life as secondary aims. Historically, enucleation was the first successful therapeutic approach to decrease mortality, followed over 100 years ago by the first eye salvage attempts with radiotherapy. This led to the empiric delineation of a window for conservative management subject to a "state of metastatic grace" never to be violated. Over the last two decades, conservative management of retinoblastoma witnessed an impressive acceleration of improvements, culminating in two major paradigm shifts in therapeutic strategy. Firstly, the introduction of systemic chemotherapy and focal treatments in the late 1990s enabled radiotherapy to be progressively abandoned. Around 10 years later, the advent of chemotherapy in situ, with the capitalization of new routes of targeted drug delivery, namely intra-arterial, intravitreal and now intracameral injections, allowed significant increase in eye preservation rate, definitive eradication of radiotherapy and reduction of systemic chemotherapy. Here we intend to review the relevant knowledge susceptible to improve the conservative management of retinoblastoma in compliance with the "state of metastatic grace", with particular attention to (i) reviewing how new imaging modalities impact the frontiers of conservative management, (ii) dissecting retinoblastoma genesis, growth patterns, and intraocular routes of tumor propagation, (iii) assessing major therapeutic changes and trends, (iv) proposing a classification of relapsing retinoblastoma, (v) examining treatable/preventable disease-related or treatment-induced complications, and (vi) appraising new therapeutic targets and concepts, as well as liquid biopsy potentiality.
  • Ferlito, Alfio; Devaney, Kenneth O.; Mäkitie, Antti A. (2019)
    The tissues of the laryngeal region only rarely harbor primary cartilaginous lesions, and squamous cell carcinoma remains the most frequently encountered malignant tumor in this area.
  • Kjällquist, Una; Erlandsson, Rikard; Tobin, Nicholas P.; Alkodsi, Amjad; Ullah, Ikram; Stalhammar, Gustav; Karlsson, Eva; Hatschek, Thomas; Hartman, Johan; Linnarsson, Sten; Bergh, Jonas (2018)
    Background: Tumor heterogeneity in breast cancer tumors is today widely recognized. Most of the available knowledge in genetic variation however, relates to the primary tumor while metastatic lesions are much less studied. Many studies have revealed marked alterations of standard prognostic and predictive factors during tumor progression. Characterization of paired primary- and metastatic tissues should therefore be fundamental in order to understand mechanisms of tumor progression, clonal relationship to tumor evolution as well as the therapeutic aspects of systemic disease. Methods: We performed full exome sequencing of primary breast cancers and their metastases in a cohort of ten patients and further confirmed our findings in an additional cohort of 20 patients with paired primary and metastatic tumors. Furthermore, we used gene expression from the metastatic lesions and a primary breast cancer data set to study the gene expression of the AKAP gene family. Results: We report that somatic mutations in A-kinase anchoring proteins are enriched in metastatic lesions. The frequency of mutation in the AKAP gene family was 10% in the primary tumors and 40% in metastatic lesions. Several copy number variations, including deletions in regions containing AKAP genes were detected and showed consistent patterns in both investigated cohorts. In a second cohort containing 20 patients with paired primary and metastatic lesions, AKAP mutations showed an increasing variant allele frequency after multiple relapses. Furthermore, gene expression profiles from the metastatic lesions (n = 120) revealed differential expression patterns of AKAPs relative to the tumor PAM50 intrinsic subtype, which were most apparent in the basal-like subtype. This pattern was confirmed in primary tumors from TCGA (n = 522) and in a third independent cohort (n = 182). Conclusion: Several studies from primary cancers have reported individual AKAP genes to be associated with cancer risk and metastatic relapses as well as direct involvement in cellular invasion and migration processes. Our findings reveal an enrichment of mutations in AKAP genes in metastatic breast cancers and suggest the involvement of AKAPs in the metastatic process. In addition, we report an AKAP gene expression pattern that consistently follows the tumor intrinsic subtype, further suggesting AKAP family members as relevant players in breast cancer biology.
  • Kjällquist, Una; Erlandsson, Rikard; Tobin, Nicholas P; Alkodsi, Amjad; Ullah, Ikram; Stålhammar, Gustav; Karlsson, Eva; Hatschek, Thomas; Hartman, Johan; Linnarsson, Sten; Bergh, Jonas (BioMed Central, 2018)
    Abstract Background Tumor heterogeneity in breast cancer tumors is today widely recognized. Most of the available knowledge in genetic variation however, relates to the primary tumor while metastatic lesions are much less studied. Many studies have revealed marked alterations of standard prognostic and predictive factors during tumor progression. Characterization of paired primary- and metastatic tissues should therefore be fundamental in order to understand mechanisms of tumor progression, clonal relationship to tumor evolution as well as the therapeutic aspects of systemic disease. Methods We performed full exome sequencing of primary breast cancers and their metastases in a cohort of ten patients and further confirmed our findings in an additional cohort of 20 patients with paired primary and metastatic tumors. Furthermore, we used gene expression from the metastatic lesions and a primary breast cancer data set to study the gene expression of the AKAP gene family. Results We report that somatic mutations in A-kinase anchoring proteins are enriched in metastatic lesions. The frequency of mutation in the AKAP gene family was 10% in the primary tumors and 40% in metastatic lesions. Several copy number variations, including deletions in regions containing AKAP genes were detected and showed consistent patterns in both investigated cohorts. In a second cohort containing 20 patients with paired primary and metastatic lesions, AKAP mutations showed an increasing variant allele frequency after multiple relapses. Furthermore, gene expression profiles from the metastatic lesions (n = 120) revealed differential expression patterns of AKAPs relative to the tumor PAM50 intrinsic subtype, which were most apparent in the basal-like subtype. This pattern was confirmed in primary tumors from TCGA (n = 522) and in a third independent cohort (n = 182). Conclusion Several studies from primary cancers have reported individual AKAP genes to be associated with cancer risk and metastatic relapses as well as direct involvement in cellular invasion and migration processes. Our findings reveal an enrichment of mutations in AKAP genes in metastatic breast cancers and suggest the involvement of AKAPs in the metastatic process. In addition, we report an AKAP gene expression pattern that consistently follows the tumor intrinsic subtype, further suggesting AKAP family members as relevant players in breast cancer biology.
  • Ahvenainen, Terhi; Khamaiseh, Sara; Alkodsi, Amjad; Mehine, Miika; Nevala, Riikka; Äyräväinen, Anna; Bützow, Ralf; Vahteristo, Pia (2022)
    Uterine leiomyomas, or fibroids, are very common smooth muscle tumors. Their potential to metastasize or transform into leiomyosarcomas is extremely low. Here, we report a patient who underwent hysterectomy due to a large leiomyoma and who was diagnosed with pulmonary tumors seven and nine years later. Histopathological re-evaluation confirmed the cellular leiomyoma diagnosis for the uterine tumor, whereas the pulmonary tumors met the diagnostic criteria of a leiomyosarcoma. Whole-exome sequencing revealed very similar mutational profiles in all three tumors, including a somatic homozygous deletion in a rare, but well-established leiomyoma driver gene FH. Tumor evolution analysis confirmed the clonal origin of all three tumors. In addition to mutations shared by all three tumors, pulmonary tumors harbored additional alterations affecting e.g. the cancer associated genes NRG1 and MYOCD. The second pulmonary leiomyosarcoma harbored additional changes, including a mutation in FGFR1. In global gene expression profiling, the uterine tumor showed similar expression patterns as other FH-deficient leiomyomas. Taken together, this comprehensive molecular data supports the occasional metastatic capability and malignant transformation of uterine leiomyomas. Further studies are required to confirm whether FH-deficient tumors and/or tumors with cellular histopathology have higher malignant potential than other uterine leiomyomas.
  • Ratasvuori, Maire; Lassila, Riitta; Laitinen, Minna (2016)
    Introduction and aim: Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a severe complication associated both with major orthopaedic surgery and cancer. However, survival and postoperative complications of skeletal metastases despite their thrombogenic potential, have received little attention in both the clinical management and research setting. This single-centre observational cohort study aimed to evaluate the incidence and impact of VTE in association with cancer surgery targeted to the management of fractures secondary to skeletal metastases. Methods: Data were collected retrospectively from the medical database. We included consecutive 306 patients operated for 343 non-spinal skeletal metastases during a 15-year period (1999-2014). The incidence of VTE and its risk factors were assessed using binary logistic regression analysis. Kaplan-Meier and Cox regression analyses were used to evaluate variables affecting survival. Results: The rate of symptomatic VTE was 10% (30/306) during the 3-month postoperative period, while 79% received thromboprophylaxis. Fatal pulmonary embolism (PE) rate was high, 3.3% (10/306) after surgery. Intraoperative oxygen saturation drop, pulmonary metastases and intramedullary nailing were independent risk factors for VTE. Indicators of decreased survival were lung cancer, intramedullary nailing, multiple skeletal and pulmonary metastases, anaemia, leukocytosis, and PE. Conclusion: Relationship between fractures secondary to skeletal metastases and VTE needs further clinical attention. Whether the survival of patients with fractures secondary to skeletal metastases can be improved by targeted thromboprophylactic means should be studied further. (C) 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.