• Review|Open Access

    The magnitude of benefit from adding taxanes to anthracyclines in the adjuvant settings of breast cancer: discussion of large trials and meta-analyses

    Osama H. Elzaafarany , Atlal Abusanad
    The taxanes family of chemotherapy, which includes paclitaxel and docetaxel, has been incorporated in the adjuvant breast cancer treatments since 1990s. Sequential and concurrent use of taxanes was investigated with anthracyclines in many adjuvant early breast cancer randomized clinical trials. Results from taxanes trials showed inconsistent benefits. However, several meta-analyses showed significant survival benefit of adding taxanes. In this review article, data were collected and summarized from eleven large randomized trials and three meta-analyses to show and discuss the magnitude of... Read more
    J Cancer Metastasis Treat 2018;4:14. | doi:10.20517/2394-4722.2017.55
    Published on: 15 Mar 2018  | Viewed:117  | Downloaded:5
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    Targeting adenosine receptor 2B in triple negative breast cancer

    Carola A. Neumann , Kevin Levine , Steffi Oesterreich
    J Cancer Metastasis Treat 2018;4:13. | doi:10.20517/2394-4722.2017.60
    Published on: 15 Mar 2018  | Viewed:89  | Downloaded:5
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    Pharmacogenomics in colorectal cancer: current role in clinical practice and future perspectives

    Francesca Battaglin , Alberto Puccini , Madiha Naseem , Marta Schirripa , Martin D. Berger , Ryuma Tokunaga , Michelle McSkane , Taline Khoukaz , Shivani Soni , Wu Zhang , Heinz-Josef Lenz
    The treatment scenario of colorectal cancer (CRC) has been evolving in recent years with the introduction of novel targeted agents and new therapeutic strategies for the metastatic disease. An extensive effort has been directed to the identification of predictive biomarkers to aid patients selection and guide therapeutic choices. Pharmacogenomics represents an irreplaceable tool to individualize patients treatment based on germline and tumor acquired somatic genetic variations able to predict drugs response and risk of toxicities. The growing knowledge of CRC molecular characteristics and... Read more
    This article belongs to the Special Issue Cancer Pharmacogenomics
    J Cancer Metastasis Treat 2018;4:12. | doi:10.20517/2394-4722.2018.04
    Published on: 7 Mar 2018  | Viewed:338  | Downloaded:30
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    Current challenges and opportunities in treating hypoxic prostate tumors

    Declan J. McKenna , Rachel Errington , Klaus Pors
    Hypoxia is a well-established characteristic of prostate tumors and is now recognised as a major contributory factor to both tumor progression and increased resistance to therapy. One strategy to target hypoxic tumor cells is the development of hypoxia-activated prodrugs (HAPs), which are activated in low oxygen environments. Several HAPs have been developed but despite encouraging results from preclinical studies many of these have performed disappointingly in clinical trials. In the developing era of precision medicine, it is clear that more strategic deployment of these agents is... Read more
    This article belongs to the Special Issue How does the prostate cancer microenvironment affect the metastatic process and/or treatment outcome?
    J Cancer Metastasis Treat 2018;4:11. | doi:10.20517/2394-4722.2017.54
    Published on: 1 Mar 2018  | Viewed:709  | Downloaded:62
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    Microenvironment in the pathogenesis of gastric cancer metastasis

    Hiroshi Sawayama , Takatsugu Ishimoto , Hideo Baba
    Tumor tissues contain cancer cells, other cellular and non-cellular components. Tumor microenvironments consist of cancer cells and various types of stromal cells, cancer associated fibroblasts, bone marrow-derived cells, endothelial cells, and hematopoietic cells, mainly tumor-associated macrophages and tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes. Increasing recent evidence has demonstrated that alteration of tumor microenvironments is deeply implicated in tumor progression and metastasis in gastric cancer (GC) patients. Recent investigations have provided insights into the molecular mechanisms of the... Read more
    This article belongs to the Special Issue Reviews of Gastric Cancer Metastasis and Treatment
    J Cancer Metastasis Treat 2018;4:10. | doi:10.20517/2394-4722.2017.79
    Published on: 28 Feb 2018  | Viewed:349  | Downloaded:37
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    Therapeutic targets against gastric cancer stem cells interacting with tumor microenvironment

    Tomoyuki Uchihara , Takatsugu Ishimoto , Atsuko Yonemura , Hideo Baba
    Gastric cancer (GC) is a major cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide. The existence of cancer stem cells (CSCs) is known to be the main reason for resistance to anticancer agents as well as for the development of distant metastases. Although CSCs themselves harbor self-renewal and differentiation abilities, the tumor microenvironment that surrounds CSCs provides secreted factors and supports angiogenesis and is thus responsible for the maintenance of their CSC properties. The current review provides information regarding the impact of the tumor microenvironment on gastric CSCs, which... Read more
    This article belongs to the Special Issue Reviews of Gastric Cancer Metastasis and Treatment
    J Cancer Metastasis Treat 2018;4:9. | doi:10.20517/2394-4722.2017.81
    Published on: 26 Feb 2018  | Viewed:383  | Downloaded:48
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    Significance of peritoneal lavage cytology based on genetic signatures in gastric cancer

    Tasuku Matsuoka , Masakazu Yashiro
    Peritoneal metastasis is the most common pattern of recurrence and the most frequent cause of death after surgery in patients with gastric cancer. Peritoneal free cancer cells disseminated from the primary lesion site have been considered the main cause of peritoneal metastasis. Peritoneal lavage cytological examination (PLC) has been shown to be an independent predictor of gastric cancer relapse after curative resection and poor overall survival. However, the conventional cytological examinations have high rates of false-positive and false-negative findings. To improve the sensitivity,... Read more
    This article belongs to the Special Issue Reviews of Gastric Cancer Metastasis and Treatment
    J Cancer Metastasis Treat 2018;4:6. | doi:10.20517/2394-4722.2017.85
    Published on: 9 Feb 2018  | Viewed:464  | Downloaded:35
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    Gastric cancer: prevention and treatment of peritoneal metastases

    Paul H. Sugarbaker
    Gastric cancer is an aggressive malignancy that may metastasize through the bloodstream to the liver, through lymphatics to regional lymph nodes, or by penetration of the peritoneal lining of the stomach to result in seeding of the abdominal and pelvis surfaces. Peritoneal metastases are the most common mode of cancer dissemination. Technologies to prevent or treat peritoneal metastases from advanced gastric cancer are presented in this manuscript. The world’s literature, both recent and over the past three decades, was reviewed in order to identify publications that present information... Read more
    This article belongs to the Special Issue Reviews of Gastric Cancer Metastasis and Treatment
    J Cancer Metastasis Treat 2018;4:7. | doi:10.20517/2394-4722.2017.67
    Published on: 9 Feb 2018  | Viewed:868  | Downloaded:61
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    Gastric cancer treated with pressurized intraperitoneal aerosol chemotherapy: revising an option for peritoneal carcinomatosis

    Filipa Macedo , Kátia Ladeira , Adhemar Longatto-Filho , Sandra F. Martins
    Aim: Gastric cancer is the cancer with the highest rate of peritoneal metastization and this type of spread is associated with a higher death rate compared to distant organ metastasis. The systemic chemotherapy has a minimal effect in peritoneal metastasis so new types of treatment have emerged. The authors revised the main studies done in pressurized intraperitoneal aerosol chemotherapy (PIPAC) and presented the main conclusions. Methods: A PubMed search was conducted focusing on PIPAC in gastric cancer. The MeSH database was searched with the terms: “Gastric cancer [MeSH] and... Read more
    This article belongs to the Special Issue Reviews of Gastric Cancer Metastasis and Treatment
    J Cancer Metastasis Treat 2018;4:8. | doi:10.20517/2394-4722.2017.72
    Published on: 9 Feb 2018  | Viewed:561  | Downloaded:41
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    Bacteria in cancer therapy: beyond immunostimulation

    Wheeler Torres , Víctor Lameda , Luis Carlos Olivar , Carla Navarro , Jorge Fuenmayor , Adrián Pérez , Andres Mindiola , Milagros Rojas , María Sofía Martínez , Manuel Velasco , Joselyn Rojas , Valmore Bermudez
    Currently, conventional therapies in cancer are improving; chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery have increased survival significantly. New therapies have arisen with the same goal; immunotherapy has appeared as a promising option in the fight against cancer stimulating the immune system by inducing innate and adaptive responses. These responses include release of pro-inflammatory cytokines, making the immune system capable to eliminate or protect against multiple tumors. Nowadays, many of these therapies are being used in clinical settings, such as checkpoint inhibitors, monoclonal anti... Read more
    J Cancer Metastasis Treat 2018;4:4. | doi:10.20517/2394-4722.2017.49
    Published on: 24 Jan 2018  | Viewed:2793  | Downloaded:234
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  • Case Report|Open Access

    Pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor liver metastasis in a patient with previously diagnosed pancreatic adenocarcinoma: an unexpected diagnosis

    Mário Fontes-Sousa , Helena Magalhães , Bianca Machado , Olga Sousa , Manuela Machado
    Locally advanced pancreatic carcinoma has an usually poor prognosis despite multimodal approaches and sequential chemotherapy. The authors present a case of a long-term survivor with stage III pancreatic adenocarcinoma achieving partial response after a multimodal approach including local and systemic treatments. However, three years after diagnosis and amidst several episodes of cholangitis, hepatic metastasis were suspected. Despite pancreatic adenocarcinoma being the obvious culprit for metastization, a hepatic biopsy was considered at that time given a stable primary disease and... Read more
    J Cancer Metastasis Treat 2018;4:5. | doi:10.20517/2394-4722.2017.70
    Published on: 24 Jan 2018  | Viewed:872  | Downloaded:38
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    Immunotherapy of cancer is a part of biotherapy

    Shuen-Kuei Liao , Robert K. Oldham
    This article belongs to the Special Issue Cancer Immunotherapy
    J Cancer Metastasis Treat 2018;4:3. | doi:10.20517/2394-4722.2017.63
    Published on: 22 Jan 2018  | Viewed:624  | Downloaded:64
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    A primer on recent developments in cancer immunotherapy, with a focus on neoantigen vaccines

    Taku A. Tokuyasu , Jian-Dong Huang
    Cancer immunotherapy has now been conclusively shown to be capable of producing durable responses for a substantial number of patients. Adoptive cell transfer and checkpoint blockade therapies in particular both demonstrate that antigen-specific immune responses can be dramatically effective, even in previously refractory late stage disease. Such developments, together with advances in technology, have strongly encouraged revisiting the concept of neoantigen vaccines. Here we introduce basic ideas in the field to allow investigators from diverse backgrounds to understand these developments,... Read more
    This article belongs to the Special Issue Cancer Immunotherapy
    J Cancer Metastasis Treat 2018;4:2. | doi:10.20517/2394-4722.2017.52
    Published on: 18 Jan 2018  | Viewed:1929  | Downloaded:124
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    Impact of previous anti-angiogenesis treatment in nivolumab-treated advanced non-small cell lung cancer

    Takefumi Komiya , Chao H. Huang , Prakash Neupane , Stephen K. Williamson , Prabhakar Chalise
    Aim: To investigate how previous systemic therapy such as anti-angiogenesis can influence cancer immunotherapy for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Methods: A total of 134 patients with advanced NSCLC who were treated with nivolumab were retrospectively reviewed. Correlation between status of prior anti-angiogenesis treatment and clinical characteristics were determined. Impact of prior anti-angiogenesis on therapeutic outcome of nivolumab was investigated for tumor efficacy such as progression-free survival (PFS). Results: Sixteen patients were treated with at least one... Read more
    J Cancer Metastasis Treat 2018;4:1. | doi:10.20517/2394-4722.2017.65
    Published on: 17 Jan 2018  | Viewed:951  | Downloaded:49
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    Treatment of liver metastases in patients selected for cytoreductive surgery and hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy for colorectal peritoneal carcinomatosis

    Antonio Sommariva
    Cytoreductive surgery (CS) and hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) have gained increasing consensus in treatment of peritoneal carcinomatosis from colorectal cancer. The presence of liver metastases is generally considered a contraindication for CS + HIPEC, as hepatic involvement no longer represents a loco-regional aspect of disease. Despite this, liver resection (LR) has been tested in selected cases in combination with CS + HIPEC for treatment of peritoneal carcinomatosis with liver metastasis. Relevant studies on this topic were identified through a search in the... Read more
    J Cancer Metastasis Treat 2017;3:362-7. | doi:10.20517/2394-4722.2017.37
    Published on: 21 Dec 2017  | Viewed:1355  | Downloaded:27
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  • Topic: How does the prostate cancer microenvironment affect the metastatic process and/or treatment outcome?|Open Access

    Androgen-AR axis in primary and metastatic prostate cancer: chasing steroidogenic enzymes for therapeutic intervention

    Agnese C. Pippione , Donatella Boschi , Klaus Pors , Simonetta Oliaro-Bosso , Marco L. Lolli
    Androgens play an important role in prostate cancer (PCa) development and progression. Although androgen deprivation therapy remains the front-line treatment for advanced prostate cancer, patients eventually relapse with the lethal form of the disease. The prostate tumor microenvironment is characterised by elevated tissue androgens that are capable of activating the androgen receptor (AR). Inhibiting the steroidogenic enzymes that play vital roles in the biosynthesis of testosterone (T) and dihydrotestosterone (DHT) seems to be an attractive strategy for PCa therapies. Emerging data... Read more
    J Cancer Metastasis Treat 2017;3:328-61. | doi:10.20517/2394-4722.2017.44
    Published on: 12 Dec 2017  | Viewed:2201  | Downloaded:63
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  • Topic: How does the prostate cancer microenvironment affect the metastatic process and/or treatment outcome?|Open Access

    Membrane-type matrix metalloproteinases: expression, roles in metastatic prostate cancer progression and opportunities for drug targeting

    Robert A. Falconer , Paul M. Loadman
    The membrane-type matrix metalloproteinases (MT-MMPs), an important subgroup of the wider MMP family, demonstrate widespread expression in multiple tumor types, and play key roles in cancer growth, migration, invasion and metastasis. Despite a large body of published research, relatively little information exists regarding evidence for MT-MMP expression and function in metastatic prostate cancer. This review provides an appraisal of the literature describing gene and protein expression in prostate cancer cells and clinical tissue, summarises the evidence for roles in prostate cancer... Read more
    J Cancer Metastasis Treat 2017;3:315-27. | doi:10.20517/2394-4722.2017.40
    Published on: 12 Dec 2017  | Viewed:1037  | Downloaded:54
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    Tumor heterogeneity and therapy resistance - implications for future treatments of prostate cancer

    Fiona M. Frame , Amanda R. Noble , Sandra Klein , Hannah F. Walker , Rakesh Suman , Richard Kasprowicz , Vin M. Mann , Matt S. Simms , Norman J. Maitland
    Aim: To develop new therapies for prostate cancer, disease heterogeneity must be addressed. This includes patient variation, multi-focal disease, cellular heterogeneity, genomic changes and epigenetic modification. This requires more representative models to be used in more innovative ways. Methods: This study used a panel of cell lines and primary prostate epithelial cell cultures derived from patient tissue. Several assays were used; alamar blue, colony forming assays, γH2AX and Ki67 immunofluorescence and comet assays. Ptychographic quantitative phase imaging (QPI), a label-free imaging... Read more
    J Cancer Metastasis Treat 2017;3:302-14. | doi:10.20517/2394-4722.2017.34
    Published on: 6 Dec 2017  | Viewed:1832  | Downloaded:206
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    Prostate cancer exosomes as modulators of the tumor microenvironment

    Alex P. Shephard , Vincent Yeung , Aled Clayton , Jason P. Webber
    Researchers are currently trying to understand why some men with prostate cancer go on to develop aggressive disease whilst others maintain slow growing tumors. Although endogenous genetic anomalies within the tumor cell are important, the prevailing view is that the tissue microenvironment as a whole is the determinant factor. Many studies have focussed on the role of soluble factors in modulating the nature of the tumor microenvironment. There is however a growing interest in the role of extracellular vesicles, including exosomes, as regulators of disease progression. A variety of... Read more
    J Cancer Metastasis Treat 2017;3:288-301. | doi:10.20517/2394-4722.2017.32
    Published on: 6 Dec 2017  | Viewed:2172  | Downloaded:147
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    HOX transcription factors and the prostate tumor microenvironment

    Richard Morgan , Hardev S. Pandha
    It is now well established that the tumor microenvironment plays an essential role in the survival, growth, invasion, and spread of cancer through the regulation of angiogenesis and localized immune responses. This review examines the role of the HOX genes, which encode a family of homeodomain-containing transcription factors, in the interaction between prostate tumors and their microenvironment. Previous studies have established that HOX genes have an important function in prostate cancer cell survival in vitro and in vivo, but there is also evidence that HOX proteins regulate the... Read more
    J Cancer Metastasis Treat 2017;3:278-87. | doi:10.20517/2394-4722.2017.31
    Published on: 6 Dec 2017  | Viewed:853  | Downloaded:43
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Journal of Cancer Metastasis and Treatment Print ISSN: 2394-4722; Online ISSN: 2454-2857
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