A case of advanced gallbladder cancer with mediastinum lymph node metastasis successfully treated with multi-modality therapy

Munetoshi Katagiri, Yu Katayose, Shinichi Yabuuchi, Hideaki Karasawa, Jun Sato, Takanori Morikawa, Fuyuhiko Motoi, Takeshi Naito, Michiaki Unno

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Abstract

A 69-year-old female with advanced gallbladder cancer underwent cholecystectomy, S4a/S5 segmentectomy of the liver, and resection of the extra-hepatic bile duct in October 2005. Adjuvant chemotherapy consisted of gemcitabine (GEM) and tegafur-uracil (UFT) administered consecutively. Four years after surgery, computed tomography revealed a single enlarged lymph node in the mediastinum, along with 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose accumulation and increased carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) levels. Therefore, the mediastinal lymph node was considered to be a metastasis and GEM was readministered. Although the patient was treated with GEM for 1 year, the accumulation of 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose in the lymph node remained elevated. No other distant metastases were detected. A bronchoscopic biopsy histologically confirmed mucinous adenocarcinoma in the lymph node. Thus, the mediastinal lymph node was resected. Post-surgery, there was no evidence of recurrence during the 30-month follow up period without chemotherapy. Herein, we report a successful case of surgical treatment for solitary mediastinal lymph node metastasis of gallbladder cancer and review the relevant literature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1527-1529
Number of pages3
JournalJapanese Journal of Cancer and Chemotherapy
Volume41
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Nov
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Gallbladder cancer
  • Mediastinal lymph node metastasis
  • Surgical treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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