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  • 1
    ISSN: 1432-2161
    Keywords: Key words Skeletal metastases ; PET ; Fluoride ; CT
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Abstract  Objective. To characterise the uptake of 18F in skeletal metastases from breast cancer using positron emission tomography (PET) and to relate these findings to the appearance on CT. Patients and design. PET with 18F and CT were performed in five patients with multiple skeletal metastases from breast cancer. The CT characteristics were analysed in areas with high uptake on the PET study. Dynamic PET imaging of the skeletal kinetics of the 18F-fluoride ion were included. Results. The areas of abnormal high accumulation of 18F correlated well with the pathological appearance on CT. Lytic as well as sclerotic lesions had markedly higher uptake than normal bone, with a 5–10 times higher transport rate constant for trapping of the tracer in the metastatic lesions than in normal bone. Conclusion. PET with 18F-fluoride demonstrates very high uptake in lytic and sclerotic breast cancer metastases.
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    Annals of oncology 8 (1997), S. 109-110 
    ISSN: 1569-8041
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
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    ISSN: 1569-8041
    Keywords: breast cancer ; conservative treatment ; local recurrence ; risk factors
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Abstract Background: Risk factors for local recurrence after breast-conservingtreatment of early breast cancer have not previously been evaluated insettings where mammography has been a major pathway to diagnosis of bothprimary tumour and recurrences, or in patients treated surgically by a formalsector resection. Patients and methods: Three hundred eighty-one women with stage Iprimary breast cancer were randomised after a standardised sector resectionto either a course of postoperative radiotherapy to 54 Gy to the breast (XRTgroup) or to surgery alone (non XRT group). At five years, 43 localrecurrences, six of them in the XRT group, appeared. Patient characteristicscollected from the medical records, histopathological characteristicsdetermined by re-examination of slides, and mammographic characteristcs fromthe pre-operative mammograms were evaluated as risk factors for recurrence byunivariate and multivariate Cox proportional hazards models. Results arereported as relative hazards (RH) with 95% confidence intervals(95% CI). Results: In the univariate analysis comedo cancer, RH 3.5 (95%CI 1.8–6.7), lobular cancers RH 2.8 (95% CI 1.1–7.1),mammographic appearance as circular/oval shaped density, RH 2.3 (95%CI 1.1–4.5), and mammographic appearance as a stellate lesion withmicrocalcifications inside the lesion, RH 3.8 (95% CI 1.1–13.0)were identified as risk factors for local recurrence. Age, with a RH of 0.97(95% CI 0.94–0.99) for each increasing year was inverselyassociated with risk. A multivariate analysis, which also took postoperativeradiotherapy into account, only showed comedo cancers with a RH 2.6(95% CI 1.3–5.0) and mammographic appearance of a stellate lesionwith microcalcification inside the lesion RH 4.5 (95% CI1.1–17.6) to be statistically significant. The estimates for age RH 0.98(95% CI 0.95–1.0) and lobular cancers RH 2.5 (95% CI0.98–6.6) were marginally changed, with widened CIs. Patients 〉 60years of age, without comedo or lobular carcinomas were found to be at lowrisk (5.9% at five years in Kaplan–Meyer estimate) of localrecurrence, even without postoperative radiotherapy. Conclusion: Low age, comedo and lobular cancers and mammographicappearance of the tumour as a stellate lesion with microcalcifications insidethe lesion indicate an increased risk for local recurrence after sectorresection in stage I tumours at five years. Patients 〉60 years of agewithout comedo or lobular cancers are at low risk for local recurrence at fiveyears even without postoperative radiotherapy.
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    ISSN: 1569-8041
    Keywords: breast cancer ; conservative treatment ; cost-effectiveness ; randomized trial
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Abstract Background: Cost-effectiveness of routine postoperative radiotherapyafter breast-conserving surgery has not been prospectively evaluatedearlier. In times of rationing of medical resources, valid assessments ofcost-effectiveness are important for rational allocation of resources. Purpose: Cost and cost-effectiveness of routine postoperativeradiotherapy was calculated in a prospective randomized trial comparingsector resection plus axillary dissection with (XRT group) or without(non-XRT group) postoperative radiotherapy in breast cancer stage I. Threehundred eighty-one patients were included. After a median follow-up of fiveyears 43 local recurrences, six of them in the XRT-group occurred (P 〈0.0001). No difference in regional and distant recurrence (P = 0.23) orsurvival (P = 0.44) was observed. Patients and methods: Direct medical costs as well as indirect costs interms of production lost during the treatment period and travel expenseswere estimated from data in the medical records and the national insuranceregistry of each patient. Average costs of different treatment activitiesand measures were estimated for the XRT-group and the non-XRT grouprespectively. From these estimates differences in costs and effectivenessbetween the groups were calculated and marginal cost-effectiveness ratioswere estimated. For the construction of QALYs each life-year wasquality-adjusted by a utility value depending on which health state thepatient was considered to perceive. Results: Taking into account the cost of primary treatment, the cost offollow-up, the cost of treatment of a local recurrence, travel expenses andindirect costs (production lost) excluding costs for treatment of regionaland distant recurrence the cost per avoided local recurrence at five yearswas SEK 337,727 ($44,438, £27,018). Adjustment for quality of life showed a cost for every gained QALY to beSEK ∼1.6 million, ($210,526, £128,000), range SEK0.2–3.9 million ($26,315–513,158;£16,000–312,000). Conclusion: The cost of routine postoperative radiotherapy after sectorresection and axillary dissection in breast cancer stage I per avoided localrecurrence and gained QALY is high. The cost per gained QALY show greatvariation depending on utility value, which in this study was derived fromexternal observers and not from the patients themselves. These results stressthe importance of identifying risk factors for local recurrence, betterunderstanding of impact on quality of life of a local recurrence and addingcost evaluations to clinical trials in early breast cancer.
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    ISSN: 1569-8041
    Keywords: adjuvant ; breast cancer ; G-CSF (filgrastim) ; individualized chemotherapy
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Abstract Background: Conventional dosages of cytostatics in mg/m2 will cause marked variations in systemic exposure, resulting in over- and under-treatment, at least with respect to side effects. Patients and methods: We are conducting a randomized adjuvant study for breast cancer patients younger than 60 years of age with ≥70% risk of recurrence within five years. The first 89 consecutive patients who have received nine courses q three weeks of individually dose-escalated and G-CSF (filgrastim)-supported FEC (5-fluorouracil (5-FU), epirubicin, and cyclophosphamide) therapy given with ciprofloxacin prophylaxis were included in this analysis. Six different FEC dose levels were used for treatment at equivalent haematological toxicity. Dose modifications were based on white blood cell and platelet counts on days 8, 11/12, 15, and 22. Results: Eighty-three of 89 patients completed all nine courses. The median epirubicin and cyclophosphamide doses were 782 mg/m2 (range 0–994 mg/m2) and 10.330 mg/m2 (range 0–14.460 mg/m2), respectively. Patients treated at the two highest dose levels experienced NCI grade 0 or 1 toxicities in 73% to 92% of the courses. Three patients have developed acute myeloid leukaemia, and two of them have demonstrated abnomalities compatible with topoisomerase II-poison-related karyotypic changes. Conclusions: Tailored adjuvant G-CSF-supported FEC polychemotherapy will make it possible for all patients to be treated at equivalent levels of haematological toxicity with significantly higher doses without a marked increase in other organ toxicities.
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