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    Keywords: EXPRESSION ; IONIZING-RADIATION ; SURVIVAL ; tumor ; DIAGNOSIS ; FOLLOW-UP ; COHORT ; GLUTATHIONE ; METALLOTHIONEIN ; GENOME-WIDE ASSOCIATION
    Abstract: We assessed whether variants in 22 oxidative stress-related genes are associated with mortality of breast cancer patients and whether the associations differ according to radiotherapy. Using a prospective cohort of 1348 postmenopausal breast cancer patients, we estimated hazard ratios (HR) and 95% confidence intervals (CI) for 109 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) using Cox proportional hazards regression. Validation of results was attempted using two Scandinavian studies. Eleven SNPs in MT2A, NFE2L2, NQO1, PRDX1, and PRDX6 were significantly associated with overall mortality after a median follow-up of 5.7 years. Three SNPs in NQO1 (rs2917667) and in PRDX6 (rs7314, rs4916362) were consistently associated with increased risk of dying across all three study populations (pooled: HRNQO1_rs2917667 1.20, 95% CI 1.00-1.44, p = 0.051; HRPRDX6_rs7314 1.16, 95% CI 1.00-1.35, p = 0.056, HRPRDX6_rs4916362 1.14 95% CI 1.00-1.32, p = 0.062). Potential effect modification by radiotherapy was found for CAT_rs769218. In conclusion, genetic variants in NQO1 and PRDX6 may modify breast cancer prognosis.
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 23489758
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    Keywords: CANCER ; tumor ; FOLLOW-UP ; RISK ; TIME ; INFECTION ; breast cancer ; MICROMETASTASES ; PROGNOSTIC-SIGNIFICANCE ; body mass index ; PAIN ; ISOLATED TUMOR-CELLS ; ASPIRATION ; BIOPSY MORBIDITY ; Bone marrow puncture ; DTCs ; PRIMARY SURGERY ; Side-effects
    Abstract: BACKGROUND AND AIM: In breast cancer patients, intraoperative bone marrow puncture (BMP) with positive detection of disseminated tumor cells has been reported to predict unfavorable clinical outcome due to increased risk of recurrence. In this study, we prospectively assessed BMP-associated untoward side-effects. METHODS: Fifty-eight consecutive breast cancer patients were prospectively explored after intraoperative BMP for postoperative pain (visual analogue scale, VAS) and complications in terms of infection, hematoma, and sensibility disorder. Furthermore, the impact of BMP on hospital stay duration was analyzed in 254 patients. RESULTS: In all subgroups analyzed, during five postoperative days patients complained about minor pain only at the site of BMP (VAS 〈 1) while the corresponding pain scores were significantly higher for the area of the operated breast. Post-BMP iliac crest hematomas were encountered in 13 out of 58 patients (22.4%) who were significantly older (p = 0.04), less frequently smokers (p = 0.02), and presented with higher body mass index (p = 0.01) than controls. Within the area of BMP no signs of infection or sensibility disorders were observed. Comparison of patients with and without BMP did not show any significant difference in postoperative hospital stay duration. CONCLUSION: Referring to the potential clinical benefit of intraoperative BMP its prospectively assessed adverse side-effects appear relatively mild and thus acceptable.
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 20621481
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