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Endometrial cancer is a malignancy of the endometrium (the inner lining of the uterus, or womb) and is the most common gynaecological cancer, and accounts for 13% of all cancers in women. It is most frequently in women over age 50. A know risk factor is prior oestrogen-replacement therapy (however, oestrogen replacement also lowers risk of heart disease). Symptoms can include pelvic pain, and blood-soaked discharge - though these are also common symptoms related to menopausal changes.

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Jagielski L, Jelen M, Kobierzycki C, et al.
Increase of nuclear expression of metallothionein I/II in neoplastic transformation of the endomnetrium.
Ginekol Pol. 2015; 86(3):182-7 [PubMed] Related Publications
OBJECTIVES: The aim of our study was to investigate the expression of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR), metallothionein (MT) 1/11, and Ki-67 antigen in endometrial cancer We analyzed cytoplasmic (cMT) and nuclear (nMT) metallothionein fractions separately Moreover we evaluated the relationships between expressions of the above mentioned proteins and compared them with clinicopathologic data.
MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study material included paraffin-embedded endometrial cancer samples from 84 patients. The control group consisted of 52 non-neoplastic endometrium samples. Immunohistochemical reactions were performed using monoclonal antibodies against EGFR, MT 1/11 and Ki-67. Expression intensity of the tested proteins was assessed by computer image analysis software. Chi-square, Spearman's correlation, Mann-Whitney and Kruskal-Wallis tests were used for statistical analysis with Statistica 8.0 PL.
RESULTS: Strong expression of nMT was revealed in endometrial cancer cells in relation to benign hyperplasia (p<0.0017) and normal cells (p<0.001) of the endometrium. Statistically significant but weaker expressions in analogous relationships were observed for cMT Moreover higher grade of histological malignancy G was positively associated with increased expression of nMT (p=0.009).
CONCLUSIONS: Expression of nMT remains in distinct correlation with neoplastic transformation of the endometrium and histologic grades. Our results clearly indicate a need for further research on metallothionein expression in tumor cells.

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Frey MK, Lin JF, Stewart LE, et al.
Comparison of two minimally invasive approaches to endometrial cancer staging: a single-surgeon experience.
J Reprod Med. 2015 Mar-Apr; 60(3-4):127-34 [PubMed] Related Publications
OBJECTIVE: To compare the clinical outcomes of endometrial cancer staging procedures performed by a single surgeon utilizing traditional and robotic-assisted laparoscopic techniques.
STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective review of minimally invasive endometrial cancer staging performed by a single surgeon.
RESULTS: There were no significant differences in operative time, blood loss, surgical complications, or length of hospitalization between laparoscopic (n = 45) and robotic-assisted (n = 77) procedures. On multivariable analysis controlling for surgical chronology, robotic assistance was independently associated with a significantly greater number of lymph nodes (23 vs. 19, p < 0.05; beta 0.163, p < 0.05). When comparing the first chronologic half of robotic-assisted surgeries to the second half, the latter had shorter operative time (208 vs. 246 min, p = 0.01) and a greater number of lymph nodes (27 vs. 19, p = 0.001). Finally, compared to the laparoscopic cases, the second half of robotic-assisted cases had a greater number of total (27 vs. 19, p < 0.001) and pelvic (23 vs. 17, p < 0.001) lymph nodes harvested.
CONCLUSION: There was a learning curve associated with robotic-assisted laparoscopic endometrial cancer staging, with decreased operative time and increased lymph node yield over time. In our study population, robotic assistance was independently associated with a greater lymph node harvest with no increase in operative time or perioperative complications.


Androutsopoulos G, Adonakis G, Terzakis E, et al.
Endometrial cancer in a patient with rheumatoid arthritis.
Eur J Gynaecol Oncol. 2015; 36(1):91-3 [PubMed] Related Publications
BACKGROUND: Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic, systemic, and autoimmune disease. In patients with rheumatoid arthritis, there is increased risk for site-specific malignancies. The authors present a case of endometrial cancer in a patient with rheumatoid arthritis and a review of the current literature.
CASE: The patient, a 60-year-old, postmenopausal Greek woman suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, presented with a complaint of abnormal uterine bleeding. She underwent total abdominal hysterectomy, bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy, and pelvic and para-aortic lymphadenectomy. Histopathology revealed endometrial cancer. The final diagnosis was Stage Ib endometrial cancer endometrioid type. She underwent postoperative adjuvant radiotherapy. She remains without evidence of disease, 16 months after initial surgery.
CONCLUSION: Although the present patient was diagnosed at early-stage disease and remains well 16 months after initial surgery, she needs a multidisciplinary treatment approach in order to achieve prolonged survival.


Kerimoglu OS, Pekin A, Yilmaz SA, et al.
Pyometra in elderly post-menopausal women: a sign of malignity.
Eur J Gynaecol Oncol. 2015; 36(1):59-61 [PubMed] Related Publications
PURPOSE: To describe the clinical and histopathological characteristics of 12 patients with pyometra and highlight the increased incidence of gynecological malignancy in these patients.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: The authors examined the medical records of 12 patients with pyometra, who were treated between 2009 and 2013.
RESULTS: All patients were post-menopausal, and their mean age was 70.83 ± 6.978 years (min = 61, max = 82). To remove purulent fluid via dilation and because of the probability of malignancy, three patients (25%) underwent cervical biopsy and endometrial curettage; the other nine patients (75%) underwent curettage alone, with suitable antibiotic therapy. Of the 12 patients, nine (75%) had gynecologic malignancy [(endometrial cancer, n = 5, 41.6%), (cervical cancer, n = 3, 25%), (uterine leiomyosarcoma, n = 1, 8.3%)]. In three (25%) patients, the cause of pyometra was benign pathologies, among which the most common were leiomyomas (n = 2, 66.6%).
CONCLUSION: Pyometra diagnosed during the post-menopausal period should be considered a complication caused by gynecological malignancy until proven otherwise.

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Xiao YT, Luo LM, Zhang R
Effect of lentivirus mediated cyclooxygenase-2 gene shorthairpinRNA on invasiveness of endometrial carcinoma.
Eur J Gynaecol Oncol. 2015; 36(1):44-8 [PubMed] Related Publications
OBJECTIVE: This study aims to explore the effects of lentivirus mediated cyclooxygenase-2 gene shorthairpinRNA (COX-2-shRNA) on invasiveness of endometrial carcinoma HEC-1B cells.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: Double-stranded DNA oligonucleotide of COX-2-shRNA was designed and synthesized, and the recombinant lentiviral vector COX-2-ShRNA (LV-COX-2-ShRNA) was constructed. LV-COX-2-ShRNA, pHelper 1, and pHelper 2 were transferred into 293T cells, followed by lentiviral packaging. The virus titer was tested according to expression level of GFP in 293T cells. HEC-1B cells were infected with recombinant lentivirus. The silencing of COX-2 gene was assessed by real-time PCR and western-blot, and the in vivo invasiveness of HEC-1B cells was analyzed by transwell invasion assay.
RESULTS: Recombinant lentiviral vector expressing siRNA targeting COX-2 gene was successfully constructed to harvest the recombinant lentivirus with the concentrated virus suspension titer of 5 x 10(7)Tu/ml. Compared with control group, the inhibitory rate of COX-2 expression in HEC-1B cells in siRNA group were 61.87% and 67.48% at mRNA and protein level, respectively. The mean number of cells penetrating matrigel was 16.6, which was significantly less than the control group 50.2 and non-specific siRNA infection group 47.2, the invasion inhibition rate being 64.8% (p < 0.01).
CONCLUSION: RNA interference can inhibit the invasiveness of HEC-in cells.

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Machado-Linde F, Sánchez-Ferrer ML, Cascales P, et al.
Prevalence of endometriosis in epithelial ovarian cancer. Analysis of the associated clinical features and study on molecular mechanisms involved in the possible causality.
Eur J Gynaecol Oncol. 2015; 36(1):21-4 [PubMed] Related Publications
PURPOSE OF INVESTIGATION: To determine the prevalence of endometriosis in patients with epithelial ovarian cancer and explore the differences between women with endometrioid and clear-cell histologic subtypes with and without associated endometriosis.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: The medical charts of 496 patients with epithelial ovarian cancer at the Hospital Virgin de la Arrixaca (Murcia, Spain) between 1971 and 2010 were reviewed.
RESULTS: Endometriosis was present in 27 (5.4%) of the 496 cases (p < 0001), and was associated with the endometrioid histotype in 13/45 cases (29%) and with the clear cell histotype in 7/22 (32%). The prevalence of an association with endometriosis according to histologic type was 28.8% (13/45) for endometrioid carcinoma and 31.8% (7/22) for clear-cell carcinoma.
CONCLUSION: Both endometrioid and clear-cell ovarians tumours are associated with pelvic endometriosis. Patients with endometiosis associated ovarian cancer differ from non-endometiosis associated ovarian cancer in their clinical characteristics.

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Abid N, Kallel R, Mellouli M, et al.
Mixed stromal and smooth muscle tumours of the uterus: a report of two cases.
Pathologica. 2014; 106(4):330-4 [PubMed] Related Publications
Mixed stromal and smooth muscle uterine tumours, defined as those containing at least 30% of each component as seen by routine light microscopy, are rare. This report describes the morphological features of two such tumours diagnosed in 44-year-old and 50-year-old females complaining from recurrent uterine bleeding that was unresponsive to medical treatment. Morphological and immunohistochemical evaluations were performed, and a final diagnosis of mixed endometrial stromal nodule and smooth muscle tumour of the uterus was rendered in both cases.


Shawana S, Kehar SI, Shaikh F
Differential expression of phophatase and tensin homologue in normal, hyperplastic and neoplastic endometrium.
J Pak Med Assoc. 2014; 64(10):1103-8 [PubMed] Related Publications
OBJECTIVES: To observe the differential expression of phophatase and tensin homologue in normal proliferative, hyperplastic and malignant endometrial lesions.
METHODS: .The retrospective study was based on the analysis of endometrial samples, both hysterectomies and curettage, received at the department of pathology Basic Medical Sciences Institute at the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, Karachi, from January 1, 2006 to December 31, 2010. A total of 55 endometrial samples were analysed for morphological features and results of immunohistochemical staining.
RESULTS: Of the 55 samples, 25 (45.45%) were malignant endometrial lesions, 6 (10.9%) complex hyperplasias with atypia, 14(25.45%) complex hyperplasias without atypia hyperplasia, 6 (10.9%) simple hyperplasias without atypia, and 4 (7.27%) normal proliferative endometrium. Among malignant endometrial lesions, 12 (48%) showed complete loss of phophotase and tensin homologue expression out of which majority were endometroid adenocarcinoma. Five (83.3%) cases of complex hyperplasias with atypia and 9 (64.28%) cases of complex hyperplasia without atypia showed complete loss of or diminished expression of phophotase and tensin homologue.
CONCLUSION: Loss of phophotase and tensin homologue expression was seen in a significant number of well differentiated endometrial adenocarcinomas and complex hyperplasias with atypia suggesting loss of PTEN expression as an early event in endometrial carcinogenesis.

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Celik B, Didem Yalcin A, Esra Genc G, Gumuslu S
Proteomics pattern of peritoneal sApo-2L but not CD200 (OX-2) as a possible screening biomarker for metastatic ovarian, endometrial and breast carcinoma.
J BUON. 2015 Jan-Feb; 20(1):280-6 [PubMed] Related Publications
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the soluble Apo-2L (sApo-2L) levels in the ascitic fluid and to study its potential in detecting malignant ascites and soluble CD200 (sCD200,sOX-2) levels so as to predict its clinical usage for detecting stage 4 metastatic endometrial, ovarian and breast cancer in serum samples.
METHODS: Ascitic fluid from 53 and blood from 25 subjects without known malignancy on admission were collected. There were 14 breast cancer (BC), 17 ovarian cancer (OC) and 19 endometrial cancer (EC) patients diagnosed later on. Blood samples for sApo-2L, sCD200, liver function tests and CEA, CA-19.9 and CA-125 were always taken and assayed in the morning.
RESULTS: Significantly low levels of sApo-2L were observed in peritoneal fluid from OC and EC patients compared to benign peritoneal fluid from control individuals. Positive correlation was observed between sApo-2L and aspartate aminotransferase (AST) in benign peritoneal fluid and sCD200, and creatinine and sCD200 and platelets in OC patients; also, sCD200 and CEA in EC patients and sCD200 and blood urea nitrogen (BUN) in healthy subjects.
CONCLUSIONS: Our data indicate that low proteomics pattern of sApo-2L but not sCD200 is a good biochemical marker. Further decline in the level of sApo-2L was seen in EC compared to OC. Since higher levels of sApo-2L were seen with higher levels of AST, the liver might be involved in its metabolism. The positive correlation detected between sCD200 and creatinine, platelets, CEA and BUN needs to be elucidated.

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Rauh-Hain JA, Buskwofie A, Clemmer J, et al.
Racial disparities in treatment of high-grade endometrial cancer in the Medicare population.
Obstet Gynecol. 2015; 125(4):843-51 [PubMed] Related Publications
OBJECTIVE: To examine the patterns of care and survival for African American and white women with high-grade endometrial cancer.
METHODS: The linked Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results and Medicare databases were queried to identify patients diagnosed with grade 3 endometrioid endometrial adenocarcinoma, uterine carcinosarcoma, uterine clear cell carcinoma, and uterine serous carcinoma between 1992 and 2009. The effect of treatment modality on survival was analyzed using the Kaplan-Meier method. Factors predictive of outcome were compared using the Cox proportional hazards model.
RESULTS: A total of 9,042 patients met study eligibility criteria. African Americans had definitive surgery (76.8% compared with 88.7%; P<.001) less frequently. There was no difference in the rate of adjuvant treatment between the groups. In the crude models for both all-cause mortality and cancer-specific mortality, African American women had an increased overall and disease-specific hazard of death compared with white women. The overall hazard ratio for African American women was 1.6 (95% confidence interval [CI] 1.5-1.7), and the disease-specific hazard ratio was 1.5 (95% CI 1.3-1.6). Over the entire study period, after adjusting for stage, age, period of diagnosis, registry region, urban compared with rural setting, marital status, treatment, surgery, socioeconomic status, and comorbidities, there was no association between race and lower disease-specific survival (hazard ratio 1.1, 95% CI 1-1.2; P=.06).
CONCLUSION: African American women had lower cancer-specific and all-cause survival compared with white women. Controlling for treatment, sociodemographics, comorbidities, and histopathologic variables eliminated the difference between African American and white women in the disease-specific analysis.

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Yoneyama K, Ishibashi O, Kawase R, et al.
miR-200a, miR-200b and miR-429 are onco-miRs that target the PTEN gene in endometrioid endometrial carcinoma.
Anticancer Res. 2015; 35(3):1401-10 [PubMed] Related Publications
Endometrioid endometrial carcinoma (EEC) is a common malignancy of the female genital tract. However, no adequate biomarker is currently available for predicting the prognosis of this cancer. Recent studies have revealed dysregulated expression of several microRNAs (miRNAs) in various cancer tissues, and therefore, these cancer-associated miRNAs (also called onco-miRs) could be promising prognostic biomarkers of cancer progression or metastasis. In this study, in order to identify onco-miRs and their possible targets involved in EEC, we performed microarray-based integrative analyses of miRNA and mRNA expression in specimens excised from EEC lesions and adjacent normal endometrial tissues. Using integrated statistical analyses, we identified miR-200a, miR-200b and miR-429 as highly up-regulated onco-miRs in EECs. Conversely, we detected expression of a tumor-suppressor gene, phosphatase and tensin homolog (PTEN), which was predicted in silico using a miRNA-targeting mRNA prediction algorithm, as a target of the three miRNAs and which was down-regulated in EECs. Furthermore, these miRNAs were validated to target PTEN experimentally using luciferase assays and real-time polymerase chain reaction. These results suggest that the occurrence of EEC is, at least in part, mediated by miRNA-induced suppression of PTEN expression.

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Brasky TM, Rodabough RJ, Liu J, et al.
Long-chain ω-3 fatty acid intake and endometrial cancer risk in the Women's Health Initiative.
Am J Clin Nutr. 2015; 101(4):824-34 [PubMed] Article available free on PMC after 01/04/2016 Related Publications
BACKGROUND: Inflammation may be important in endometrial cancer development. Long-chain ω-3 (n-3) polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCω-3PUFAs) may reduce inflammation and, therefore, reduce cancer risk. Because body mass is associated with both inflammation and endometrial cancer risk, it may modify the association of fat intake on risk.
OBJECTIVE: We examined whether intakes of LCω-3PUFAs were associated with endometrial cancer risk overall and stratified by body size and histologic subtype.
DESIGN: Women were n = 87,360 participants of the Women's Health Initiative Observational Study and Clinical Trials who were aged 50-79 y, had an intact uterus, and completed a baseline food-frequency questionnaire. After 13 y of follow-up, n = 1253 incident invasive endometrial cancers were identified. Cox regression models were used to estimate HRs and 95% CIs for the association of intakes of individual ω-3 fatty acids and fish with endometrial cancer risk.
RESULTS: Intakes of individual LCω-3PUFAs were associated with 15-23% linear reductions in endometrial cancer risk. In women with body mass index (BMI; in kg/m(2)) <25, those in the upper compared with lowest quintiles of total LCω-3PUFA intake (sum of eicosapentaenoic, docosapentaenoic, and docosahexaenoic acids) had significantly reduced endometrial cancer risk (HR: 0.59; 95% CI: 0.40, 0.82; P-trend = 0.001), whereas there was little evidence of an association in overweight or obese women. The reduction in risk observed in normal-weight women was further specific to type I cancers.
CONCLUSIONS: Long-chain ω-3 intake was associated with reduced endometrial cancer risk only in normal-weight women. Additional studies that use biomarkers of ω-3 intake are needed to more accurately estimate their effects on endometrial cancer risk. This trial was registered at clinicaltrials.gov as NCT00000611.


Yang TO, Crowe F, Cairns BJ, et al.
Tea and coffee and risk of endometrial cancer: cohort study and meta-analysis.
Am J Clin Nutr. 2015; 101(3):570-8 [PubMed] Article available free on PMC after 01/04/2016 Related Publications
BACKGROUND: Previous reports, mostly from retrospective studies, suggested possible protective effects of both tea and coffee against endometrial cancer, but recent reports from prospective studies generally showed weaker or null associations.
OBJECTIVES: We investigated endometrial cancer risk in relation to tea and coffee consumption in a large prospective study and did a meta-analysis of published results.
DESIGN: Daily consumption of tea and coffee was recorded in 560,356 participants (without a hysterectomy) in the UK Million Women Study of whom 4067 women developed endometrial cancer during 5.2 million person-years of follow up (average: 9.3 y per woman).
RESULTS: With the use of Cox proportional hazards regression, we showed no significant association between endometrial cancer risk and consumption of either tea (multivariate adjusted RR per cup daily: 1.00; 95% CI: 0.98, 1.02) or coffee (RR per cup daily: 0.98; 95% CI: 0.96, 1.01). Our meta-analyses showed no significant association between endometrial cancer risk and tea consumption and a weak association for coffee consumption in prospective studies, but there may have been selective publication of only part of the evidence.
CONCLUSIONS: There is little or no association between tea consumption and endometrial cancer risk. If there is any association with coffee consumption, it appears to be weak.


Wang H, Bao W, Jiang F, et al.
Mutant p53 (p53-R248Q) functions as an oncogene in promoting endometrial cancer by up-regulating REGγ.
Cancer Lett. 2015; 360(2):269-79 [PubMed] Related Publications
P53 mutation plays a pivotal role in tumorigenesis of endometrial cancer (EC), here we report that the gain-of-function mutant p53-R248Q targets the proteasome activator REGγ to promote EC progression. Increased p53 expression significantly correlated with high pathological grade and lymph node metastasis in EC specimens. Manipulation of p53-R248Q in EC cells caused coincident changes in REGγ expression, and chromatin immunoprecipitation coupled with PCR further indicated that p53-R248Q bound to the REGγ gene promoter at a p53 responsive element. Silencing of REGγ in EC cells attenuated the cell proliferation, migration and invasion abilities, whereas overexpression of p53-R248Q rescued these activities. Overexpression of REGγ also induced an epithelial-mesenchymal transition phenotype. Moreover, a mouse xenograft tumor model showed that REGγ promoted tumor growth, further demonstrating a p53-R248Q-REGγ oncogenic pathway. Finally, examination of EC and normal endometrium specimens confirmed the oncogenic role of REGγ, in that REGγ was more highly overexpressed in p53-positive specimens than in p53-negative specimens. Our data suggest that REGγ is a promising therapeutic target for EC with the p53-R248Q mutation.

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Yang HP, Cook LS, Weiderpass E, et al.
Infertility and incident endometrial cancer risk: a pooled analysis from the epidemiology of endometrial cancer consortium (E2C2).
Br J Cancer. 2015; 112(5):925-33 [PubMed] Article available free on PMC after 03/03/2016 Related Publications
BACKGROUND: Nulliparity is an endometrial cancer risk factor, but whether or not this association is due to infertility is unclear. Although there are many underlying infertility causes, few studies have assessed risk relations by specific causes.
METHODS: We conducted a pooled analysis of 8153 cases and 11 713 controls from 2 cohort and 12 case-control studies. All studies provided self-reported infertility and its causes, except for one study that relied on data from national registries. Logistic regression was used to estimate adjusted odds ratios (OR) and 95% confidence intervals (CI).
RESULTS: Nulliparous women had an elevated endometrial cancer risk compared with parous women, even after adjusting for infertility (OR=1.76; 95% CI: 1.59-1.94). Women who reported infertility had an increased risk compared with those without infertility concerns, even after adjusting for nulliparity (OR=1.22; 95% CI: 1.13-1.33). Among women who reported infertility, none of the individual infertility causes were substantially related to endometrial cancer.
CONCLUSIONS: Based on mainly self-reported infertility data that used study-specific definitions of infertility, nulliparity and infertility appeared to independently contribute to endometrial cancer risk. Understanding residual endometrial cancer risk related to infertility, its causes and its treatments may benefit from large studies involving detailed data on various infertility parameters.


Sinno AK, Fader AN, Tanner EJ
Single site robotic sentinel lymph node biopsy and hysterectomy in endometrial cancer.
Gynecol Oncol. 2015; 137(1):190 [PubMed] Related Publications
OBJECTIVE: Sentinel lymph node (SLN) biopsy has been proposed as a safe and less morbid approach to full lymphadenectomy in endometrial cancer (EC) [1,2]. The role of single incision robotic surgery (SIRS) remains unclear in this setting [3,4]. The aim of this video is to demonstrate the feasibility of SLN biopsy utilizing the SIRS platform and near infrared imaging in EC.
METHODS: The patient was a 67 year old with FIGO grade I endometrial adenocarcinoma. Body mass index was 23.6 kg/m2 and the uterus was 10 cm on bimanual exam. Two milliliters of ICG was diluted to 1.25 mg/mL and was injected into the cervical stroma. The patient underwent pelvic washings, SLN biopsy, and extra fascial hysterectomy utilizing the daVinci Si Surgical System (Intuitive Surgical, Sunnyvale, CA) through a single multichannel port inserted through a 2.5 cm umbilical incision.
RESULTS: SLNs were mapped bilaterally to the hypogastric lymph node chains.Total operative time was 88 min and estimated blood loss was 50 mL. The patient was discharged home from the recovery room and no postoperative complications were noted. Swapping instruments to keep graspers on the medial aspect of the field improved visualization and minimized instrument clash while utilizing a vertical pexy of the vaginal cuff allowed for a more rapid cuff closure.
CONCLUSION: SLN biopsy and hysterectomy utilizing the SIRS are feasible and may offer some benefits over traditional robotic surgery. However, patients need to be carefully selected to minimize the risk of requiring complete lymphadenectomy and injury due to poor visualization.


Baker J, Janda M, Gebski V, et al.
Lower preoperative quality of life increases postoperative risk of adverse events in women with endometrial cancer: results from the LACE trial.
Gynecol Oncol. 2015; 137(1):102-5 [PubMed] Related Publications
OBJECTIVE: To examine the association between preoperative quality of life (QoL) and postoperative adverse events in women treated for endometrial cancer.
METHODS: 760 women with apparent Stage I endometrial cancer were randomised into a clinical trial evaluating laparoscopic versus open surgery. This analysis includes women with preoperative QoL measurements, from the Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-General (FACT-G) questionnaire, and who were followed up for at least 6 weeks after surgery (n=684). The outcomes for this study were defined as (1) the occurrence of moderate to severe adverse events within 6 months (Common Toxicology Criteria (CTC) grade≥3); and (2) any serious adverse event (SAE). The association between preoperative QoL and the occurrence of AE was examined, after controlling for baseline comorbidity and other factors.
RESULTS: After adjusting for other factors, odds of occurrence of AE of CTC grade≥3 were significantly increased with each unit decrease in baseline FACT-G score (OR=1.02, 95% CI 1.00-1.03, p=0.030), which was driven by physical well-being (PWB) (OR=1.09, 95% CI 1.04-1.13, p=0.0002) and functional well-being subscales (FWB) (OR=1.04, 95% CI 1.00-1.07, p=0.035). Similarly, odds of SAE occurrence were significantly increased with each unit decrease in baseline FACT-G score (OR=1.02, 95% CI 1.01-1.04, p=0.011), baseline PWB (OR=1.11, 95% CI 1.06-1.16, p<0.0001) or baseline FWB subscales (OR=1.05, 95% CI 1.01-1.10, p=0.0077).
CONCLUSION: Women with early endometrial cancer presenting with lower QoL prior to surgery are at higher risk of developing a serious adverse event following surgery.
FUNDING: Cancer Council Queensland, Cancer Council New South Wales, Cancer Council Victoria, Cancer Council, Western Australia; NHMRC project grant 456110; Cancer Australia project grant 631523; The Women and Infants Research Foundation, Western Australia; Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital Foundation; Wesley Research Institute; Gallipoli Research Foundation; Gynetech; TYCO Healthcare, Australia; Johnson and Johnson Medical, Australia; Hunter New England Centre for Gynaecological Cancer; Genesis Oncology Trust; and Smart Health Research Grant QLD Health.


Takahashi R, Mabuchi S, Kawano M, et al.
Prognostic significance of systemic neutrophil and leukocyte alterations in surgically treated endometrial cancer patients: a monoinstitutional study.
Gynecol Oncol. 2015; 137(1):112-8 [PubMed] Related Publications
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate the prognostic significance of an elevated neutrophil count at the time of the initial diagnosis in patients with surgically treated endometrial cancer.
METHODS: The baseline characteristics and outcome data of patients who were diagnosed with endometrial cancer between January 2000 and December 2010 were collected and retrospectively reviewed. The patients were separated into two groups according to their neutrophil counts. The clinicopathological characteristics and overall survival rates of the two groups were compared. A Cox proportional hazard regression model was used to investigate the prognostic significance of an elevated neutrophil count among patients with surgically treated endometrial cancer.
RESULTS: An elevated neutrophil count was found to be associated with an advanced clinical stage (P<0.0001), lymphovascular space involvement (P=0.0003), cervical involvement (P=0.0049), the proportion of patients that received adjuvant therapy (P=0.0020), elevated NLR (P<0.0001), and treatment failure (P<0.0001). Multivariate analyses demonstrated that age (hazard ratio (HR)=2.23, 95% confidence interval (95% CI)=1.30 to 3.91; P=0.0035), clinical stage (HR=4.72, 95% CI=2.61 to 8.90; P<0.0001), lymphovascular space involvement (HR=3.15, 95% CI=1.60 to 6.68; P=0.0007), an elevated neutrophil count (HR=2.76, 95% CI=1.43 to 5.03; P=0.0033), and an elevated white blood cell count (HR=2.79, 95% CI=1.50 to 4.96; P=0.0017) were significant predictors of survival.
CONCLUSION: The elevated neutrophil or leukocyte counts at the time of the initial diagnosis are independent prognostic factors in patients with surgically treated endometrial cancer.


Creutzberg CL, van Stiphout RG, Nout RA, et al.
Nomograms for prediction of outcome with or without adjuvant radiation therapy for patients with endometrial cancer: a pooled analysis of PORTEC-1 and PORTEC-2 trials.
Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2015; 91(3):530-9 [PubMed] Related Publications
BACKGROUND: Postoperative radiation therapy for stage I endometrial cancer improves locoregional control but is without survival benefit. To facilitate treatment decision support for individual patients, accurate statistical models to predict locoregional relapse (LRR), distant relapse (DR), overall survival (OS), and disease-free survival (DFS) are required.
METHODS AND MATERIALS: Clinical trial data from the randomized Post Operative Radiation Therapy for Endometrial Cancer (PORTEC-1; N=714 patients) and PORTEC-2 (N=427 patients) trials and registered group (grade 3 and deep invasion, n=99) were pooled for analysis (N=1240). For most patients (86%) pathology review data were available; otherwise original pathology data were used. Trial variables which were clinically relevant and eligible according to data constraints were age, stage, given treatment (pelvic external beam radiation therapy (EBRT), vaginal brachytherapy (VBT), or no adjuvant treatment, FIGO histological grade, depth of invasion, and lymph-vascular invasion (LVSI). Multivariate analyses were based on Cox proportional hazards regression model. Predictors were selected based on a backward elimination scheme. Model results were expressed by the c-index (0.5-1.0; random to perfect prediction). Two validation sets (n=244 and 291 patients) were used.
RESULTS: Accuracy of the developed models was good, with training accuracies between 0.71 and 0.78. The nomograms validated well for DR (0.73), DFS (0.69), and OS (0.70), but validation was only fair for LRR (0.59). Ranking of variables as to their predictive power showed that age, tumor grade, and LVSI were highly predictive for all outcomes, and given treatment for LRR and DFS. The nomograms were able to significantly distinguish low- from high-probability patients for these outcomes.
CONCLUSIONS: The nomograms are internally validated and able to accurately predict long-term outcome for endometrial cancer patients with observation, pelvic EBRT, or VBT after surgery. These models facilitate decision support in daily clinical practice and can be used for patient counseling and shared decision making, selecting patients who benefit most from adjuvant treatment, and generating new hypotheses.

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Coenegrachts L, Garcia-Dios DA, Depreeuw J, et al.
Mutation profile and clinical outcome of mixed endometrioid-serous endometrial carcinomas are different from that of pure endometrioid or serous carcinomas.
Virchows Arch. 2015; 466(4):415-22 [PubMed] Related Publications
Clinical outcome of 23 patients with mixed endometrioid and serous endometrial carcinomas (mixed EEC-SC) was compared to that of pure endometrioid (EEC) and pure serous (SC) carcinomas. Hotspot mutation frequencies in KRAS, PIK3CA, PTEN, and TP53 and microsatellite instability (MSI) status were determined in mixed EEC-SC, as well as in their EEC and SC microdissected components separately, and alterations were compared to frequencies in pure EEC and SC. Relapse-free (RFS) and overall survival (OS) differed significantly between mixed EEC-SC and pure EEC and SC, revealing that outcome of mixed EEC-SCs was intermediate to that of pure EEC and pure SC. PTEN mutations were absent in pure SC, but occurred in 20 % of pure EEC, and 13 % of mixed EEC-SC. In contrast, TP53 mutations were more frequent in pure SC (17 %) and mixed EEC-SC (22 %) than in pure EEC (2 %). Mutations in mixed EEC-SC were shared by the two microdissected components in 30 %, whereas in 35 %, some mutations were component-specific. Mutation analysis confirms similarities between the EEC and SC components of mixed EEC-SC with pure EEC and pure SC, respectively. However, PTEN and KRAS mutations were more frequent in the SC component of mixed EEC-SC than in pure SC, while TP53 mutations were more frequent in the EEC component of mixed EEC-SC than in pure EEC. Presence of different clonal mutation pattern between EEC and SC components of mixed EEC-SC raises the possibility of divergent tumor heterogeneity or biclonal origin in some cases.


Bakkum-Gamez JN, Wentzensen N, Maurer MJ, et al.
Detection of endometrial cancer via molecular analysis of DNA collected with vaginal tampons.
Gynecol Oncol. 2015; 137(1):14-22 [PubMed] Article available free on PMC after 01/04/2016 Related Publications
OBJECTIVE: We demonstrate the feasibility of detecting EC by combining minimally-invasive specimen collection techniques with sensitive molecular testing.
METHODS: Prior to hysterectomy for EC or benign indications, women collected vaginal pool samples with intravaginal tampons and underwent endometrial brushing. Specimens underwent pyrosequencing for DNA methylation of genes reported to be hypermethylated in gynecologic cancers and recently identified markers discovered by profiling over 200 ECs. Methylation was evaluated individually across CpGs and averaged across genes. Differences between EC and benign endometrium (BE) were assessed using two-sample t-tests and area under the curve (AUC).
RESULTS: Thirty-eight ECs and 28 BEs were included. We evaluated 97 CpGs within 12 genes, including previously reported markers (RASSF1, HSP2A, HOXA9, CDH13, HAAO, and GTF2A1) and those identified in discovery work (ASCL2, HTR1B, NPY, HS3ST2, MME, ADCYAP1, and additional CDH13 CpG sites). Mean methylation was higher in tampon specimens from EC v. BE for 9 of 12 genes (ADCYAP1, ASCL2, CDH13, HS3ST2, HTR1B, MME, HAAO, HOXA9, and RASSF1) (all p<0.05). Among these genes, relative hypermethylation was observed in EC v. BE across CpGs. Endometrial brush and tampon results were similar. Within tampon specimens, AUC was highest for HTR1B (0.82), RASSF1 (0.75), and HOXA9 (0.74). This is the first report of HOXA9 hypermethylation in EC.
CONCLUSION: DNA hypermethylation in EC tissues can also be identified in vaginal pool DNA collected via intravaginal tampon. Identification of additional EC biomarkers and refined collection methods are needed to develop an early detection tool for EC.


Patankar S, Tergas AI, Wright JD
Comparative effectiveness research in gynecologic oncology.
Cancer Treat Res. 2015; 164:237-59 [PubMed] Related Publications
The field of gynecologic oncology is faced with a number of challenges including how to incorporate new drugs and procedures into practice, how to balance therapeutic efficacy and toxicity of treatment, how to individualize therapy to particular patients or groups of patients, and how to contain the rapidly rising costs associated with oncologic care. In this chapter we examine three common and highly debated clinical scenarios in gynecologic oncology: the initial management of ovarian cancer, the role of lymphadenectomy in the treatment of endometrial cancer, and the choice of adjuvant therapy for ovarian cancer.

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Divya A, Irfant A, Geetha P, et al.
Cancer-like presentation of female genital tuberculosis.
Indian J Tuberc. 2014; 61(4):331-5 [PubMed] Related Publications
Tuberculosis of the female reproductive tract affects usually reproductive age group and is a common cause of infertility with tubal pathology. Diagnosis of the female genital tract tuberculosis is challenging and, very often missed due to the unusual presentations and lack of specific diagnostic tests. This may occasionally lead to unnecessary surgical procedures. We present two case reports of female genital tuberculosis (FGTB) who presented to us with symptoms mimicking malignancy diagnosed TB only on histopalthology.

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Bendifallah S, Canlorbe G, Collinet P, et al.
Just how accurate are the major risk stratification systems for early-stage endometrial cancer?
Br J Cancer. 2015; 112(5):793-801 [PubMed] Article available free on PMC after 03/03/2016 Related Publications
BACKGROUND: To compare the accuracy of five major risk stratification systems (RSS) in classifying the risk of recurrence and nodal metastases in early-stage endometrial cancer (EC).
METHODS: Data of 553 patients with early-stage EC were abstracted from a prospective multicentre database between January 2001 and December 2012. The following RSS were identified in a PubMed literature search and included the Post Operative Radiation Therapy in Endometrial Carcinoma (PORTEC-1), the Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG)-99, the Survival effect of para-aortic lymphadenectomy (SEPAL), the ESMO and the ESMO-modified classifications. The accuracy of each RSS was evaluated in terms of recurrence-free survival (RFS) and nodal metastases according to discrimination.
RESULTS: Overall, the ESMO -modified RSS provided the highest discrimination for both RFS and for nodal metastases with a concordance index (C-index) of 0.73 (95% CI, 0.70-0.76) and an area under the curve (AUC) of 0.80 (0.78-0.72), respectively. The other RSS performed as follows: the PORTEC1, GOG-99, SEPAL, ESMO classifications gave a C-index of 0.68 (0.66-0.70), 0.65 (0.63-0.67), 0.66 (0.63-0.69), 0.71 (0.68-0.74), respectively, for RFS and an AUC of 0.69 (0.66-0.72), 0.69 (0.67-0.71), 0.68 (0.66-0.70), 0.70 (0.68-0.72), respectively, for node metastases.
CONCLUSIONS: None of the five major RSS showed high accuracy in stratifying the risk of recurrence or nodal metastases in patients with early-stage EC, although the ESMO-modified classification emerged as having the highest power of discrimination for both parameters. Therefore, there is a need to revisit existing RSS using additional tools such as biological markers to better stratify risk for these patients.


Lau S, Aubin S, Rosberger Z, et al.
Health-related quality of life following robotic surgery: a pilot study.
J Obstet Gynaecol Can. 2014; 36(12):1071-8 [PubMed] Related Publications
OBJECTIVES: To determine the relationship between BMI, age, and the physical, functional, and psychosocial areas of health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and patient satisfaction in women with endometrial cancer undergoing robotic-assisted surgery.
METHODS: During the first two years of the robotic surgery program, we prospectively collected data concerning patient demographics and surgical outcomes. At the first postoperative visit (21 to 28 days after surgery), all participants completed a HRQoL questionnaire. We examined the association between BMI and age, as well as the different areas of HRQoL, using chi-square and ANOVA.
RESULTS: Of 109 participants, 41 were 70 years of age or older, and 51 had a BMI of 30 kg/m(2) or more. Following surgery, the mean (±SD) duration of hospital stay was 1.9 ± 1.5 days, and reported pain level was highest on the second postoperative day, with a mean score of 3.4 ± 2.1 on a seven-point scale. Moreover, two thirds of women reported no pain by the first postoperative visit, and only 18.2% of women aged 70 years or older used any narcotic for pain control. These results indicated that there was little influence of the surgery on HRQoL, and women resumed typical activities within an average of 11 days after surgery. Lastly, participants' average rating of satisfaction was 6.7 on a seven-point scale.
CONCLUSION: This pilot study has demonstrated the advantages for HRQoL of robotic-assisted surgery in the management of endometrial cancer. Women with endometrial cancer benefited from use of robotic surgery regardless of age or BMI.


Bogani G, Liu MC, Dowdy SC, et al.
Detection of circulating tumor cells in high-risk endometrial cancer.
Anticancer Res. 2015; 35(2):683-7 [PubMed] Related Publications
AIM: To evaluate the presence of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) in patients with high-risk endometrial cancer (EC).
PATIENTS AND METHODS: We prospectively included 28 patients with a preoperative diagnosis of grade 3 EC undergoing surgery from June 2010 to December 2011. Their preoperative blood samples were tested for the presence of CTCs using an immunomagnetic and immunofluorescence assay technique.
RESULTS: Overall, 2 out of 28 patients (7%) were positive for CTCs. The presence of positive CTCs was significantly associated with myometrial invasion (MI) (33% vs. 0% for MI>50% vs. ≤50%; p=0.04) and lymph node positivity (40% vs. 0% for positive vs. negative nodes; p=0.03). Only patients with endometrioid histology had positive CTCs (29% in endometrioid vs. 0% in nonendometrioid; p=0.06).
CONCLUSION: The presence of positive CTCs was associated with deep MI and lymph node positivity. The absence of CTCs in patients with type II histology suggests the need to find other markers in this sub-group of patients.


Lu SM, Chang-Halpenny C, Hwang-Graziano J
Sequential versus "sandwich" sequencing of adjuvant chemoradiation for the treatment of stage III uterine endometrioid adenocarcinoma.
Gynecol Oncol. 2015; 137(1):28-33 [PubMed] Related Publications
OBJECTIVE: To compare the efficacy and tolerance of adjuvant chemotherapy and radiotherapy delivered in sequential (chemotherapy followed by radiation) versus "sandwich" fashion (chemotherapy, interval radiation, and remaining chemotherapy) after surgery in patients with FIGO stage III uterine endometrioid adenocarcinoma.
METHODS: From 2004 to 2011, we identified 51 patients treated at our institution fitting the above criteria. All patients received surgical staging followed by adjuvant chemoradiation (external-beam radiation therapy (EBRT) with or without high-dose rate (HDR) vaginal brachytherapy (VB)). Of these, 73% and 27% of patients received their adjuvant therapy in sequential and sandwich fashion, respectively.
RESULTS: There were no significant differences in clinical or pathologic factors between patients treated with either regimen. Thirty-nine (76%) patients had stage IIIC disease. The majority of patients received 6 cycles of paclitaxel with carboplatin or cisplatin. Median EBRT dose was 45 Gy and 54% of patients received HDR VB boost (median dose 21 Gy). There were no significant differences in the estimated 5-year overall survival, local progression-free survival, and distant metastasis-free survival between the sequential and sandwich groups: 87% vs. 77% (p=0.37), 89% vs. 100% (p=0.21), and 78% vs. 85% (p=0.79), respectively. No grade 3-4 genitourinary or gastrointestinal toxicities were reported in either group. There was a trend towards higher incidence of grade 3-4 hematologic toxicity in the sandwich group.
CONCLUSION: Adjuvant chemoradiation for FIGO stage III endometrioid uterine cancer given in either sequential or sandwich fashion appears to offer equally excellent early clinical outcomes and acceptably low toxicity.

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Tuomi T, Pasanen A, Luomaranta A, et al.
Risk-stratification of endometrial carcinomas revisited: a combined preoperative and intraoperative scoring system for a reliable prediction of an advanced disease.
Gynecol Oncol. 2015; 137(1):23-7 [PubMed] Related Publications
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to develop a risk-scoring system for predicting lymph node and distant metastasis in endometrial carcinoma.
METHODS: A total of 1166 patients, treated at a single institution between 1-2007 and 12-2013, were included in the study. The association of stage IIIC-IV disease with demographic factors (age, body mass index), biochemical factors (complete blood count, serum CA125), preoperative histology and tumor size was examined in unadjusted analyses. Logistic regression analysis was used for the identification of variables that independently predict an advanced disease.
RESULTS: Thrombocytosis, serum CA125>35 U/mL, preoperative high-risk histology (nonendometrioid or grade 3 endometrioid carcinoma) and tumor size≥3 cm were independently associated with an advanced disease. These predictors were internally validated by a bootstrapping method with statistical significance. A risk-scoring system with an area under the receiver operating characteristic curve of 0.852 (95% confidence interval, 0.821-0.883) was developed. Total risk score points ranged from 0 to 8 for individual patients. With a cut-off of 1 point, stratifying 66.3% of patients to surgical staging, the model predicted stage IIIC-IV carcinomas with a sensitivity of 100%, specificity of 38.0%, positive predictive value of 17.1%, and negative predictive value of 100%. With the same cut-off, the corresponding values were 100%, 34.7%, 16.5% and 100% in predicting stage IIIC carcinomas in a subgroup that underwent lymphadenectomy and had a stage I-IIIC disease.
CONCLUSIONS: This risk-scoring system is highly sensitive in predicting an advanced stage endometrial carcinoma at a cut-off of risk score points that is associated with an acceptable lymphadenectomy rate.


Cong W, Liu GH, Meng QF, et al.
Toxoplasma gondii infection in cancer patients: prevalence, risk factors, genotypes and association with clinical diagnosis.
Cancer Lett. 2015; 359(2):307-13 [PubMed] Related Publications
Prevalence of human infection with Toxoplasma gondii has been increasing in China due to the increasing number of cats. However, little is known of the epidemiology of T. gondii infection in different cancer patient groups. Thus, a case-control study of 900 cancer patients and 900 controls was conducted to detect anti-T. gondii antibodies by ELISA in China. Genomic DNA was extracted from the diseased tissues of 510 patients and the T. gondii B1 gene was amplified using a semi-nested PCR. DNA samples giving positive B1 amplification were then genetically characterized using multi-locus PCR-RFLP. The prevalence of anti-T. gondii IgG in cancer patients (35.56%) was significantly higher than that in controls (17.44%). The highest T. gondii seroprevalence was detected in lung cancer patients (60.94%), followed by cervical cancer patients (50%), brain cancer patients (42.31%) and endometrial cancer patients (41.67%). Exposure with soil and consumption of raw/undercooked meat were significantly associated with T. gondii infection in cancer patients. Three T. gondii genotypes (ToxoDB#9, ToxoDB#10 and Type I variant) were identified. In conclusion, T. gondii infection is a severe problem in cancer patients and it is imperative that improved integrated measures should be conducted to prevent and control T. gondii infection in cancer patients.

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Mahdi H, Lockhart D, Maurer KA
Impact of age on 30-day mortality and morbidity in patients undergoing surgery for endometrial cancer.
Gynecol Oncol. 2015; 137(1):106-11 [PubMed] Related Publications
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the impact of age on postoperative mortality and morbidity for women undergoing surgery for endometrial cancer.
METHODS: Patients with endometrial cancer who had a hysterectomy were identified in the 2005-2011 National Surgical Quality Improvement Program database. Patient characteristics and outcomes were compared between age groups. Multivariable logistic regression models were used.
RESULTS: 4000 patients met inclusion criteria. Octogenarians (n=328) were less likely to undergo laparoscopic surgery (p<0.001) but there was no difference in surgical complexity among age groups (p=0.54). In multivariate analysis, ages 60-69 (OR 0.9, 95% CI 0.3-2.8, p=0.82), 70-79 (OR 1.4, 95% CI 0.4-4.3, p=0.60) and ≥80 years (OR 2.4, 95% CI 0.7-8.1, p=0.17) were not associated with increased mortality compared to age<60 years. Significant predictors of mortality were respiratory or renal disease, dependent functional status, and hypoalbuminemia. Octogenarians were more likely to have non-surgical complications (8% vs. 3-5%, p=0.001) but there was no difference in surgical complications (p=0.89). In multivariate analysis, ages 60-69 (OR 1.2, 95% CI 1.0-1.6, p=0.09), 70-79 (OR 1.3, 95% CI 1.0-1.8, p=0.05) and ≥80 years (OR 1.3, 95% CI 0.9-2.5, p=0.14) were not associated with increased complications compared to age<60 years. Significant predictors of complications were higher ASA class, anemia, and thrombocytosis.
CONCLUSIONS: Older patients should not be denied surgery for endometrial cancer based on age alone as they do not have higher rates of 30-day morbidity or mortality after adjusting for other factors. An increased effort should be made to perform minimally invasive surgery in octogenarians.

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