Serum cytokeratin 19 fragment 21‐1 and carcinoembryonic antigen combination assay as a biomarker of tumour progression and treatment response in extramammary Paget's disease

Extramammary Paget's disease (EMPD) is a rare intraepithelial adenocarcinoma affecting the genitals and axillary regions. As metastasis of these tumours is itself rare, solid disease management strategies have not been established. Serum carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) and cytokeratin 19 fragment 21‐1 (CYFRA 21‐1) levels have been identified as candidate biomarkers for tumour progression in EMPD; however, neither the accuracy of, nor correlation between, these markers have been examined in EMPD patients.

Topical Combination of Fluorouracil and Calcipotriene as a Palliative Therapy for Refractory Extramammary Paget Disease

Question  Can a combination of fluorouracil and calcipotriene creams be used safely and effectively as a treatment for refractory extramammary Paget disease (EMPD)?

Findings  In this case series, we report 3 cases of refractory EMPD treated with a topical combination of fluorouracil and calcipotriene. The treatment was well tolerated and was followed by clinical improvement in all cases with demonstrated histopathological response in 2 of the cases.

Meaning  Topical combination of fluorouracil and calcipotriene may be a viable palliative treatment option for patients with refractory EMPD.

Methylation and expression analysis of mismatch repair genes in extramammary Paget's disease

Background

Extramammary Paget's disease (EMPD) is a rare skin cancer with relative high frequencies of germline and somatic mismatch repair (MMR) genes mutations. However, the methylation and expression of these genes have not been validated in EMPD.

Objective

This study aims to confirm the methylation and expression of MMR genes in EMPD.

Serum cell‐free DNA levels are useful marker for extramammary Paget's disease

Although carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) and cytokeratin 19 fragment (CYFRA) are useful marker for extramammary Paget's disease (EMPD), the serum CEA and CYFRA levels are not elevated in most EMPD patients without metastasis. Therefore, further useful biomarkers are needed for the detection of EMPD including early lesions. Cell‐free DNA (cfDNA) has attracted attention as an indicator of clinical conditions in several cancers, and we studied the clinical implications of cfDNA for EMPD. The serum cfDNA levels were significantly elevated in EMPD patients with or without metastasis compared to those in healthy controls. And serum cfDNA was a better diagnostic marker for the presence of EMPD compared to serum CYFRA. Moreover, the post‐operative serum cfDNA levels were significantly lower than those from the pre‐operative samples, and the change in serum cfDNA levels reflected the clinical courses of EMPD patients treated with chemotherapy. Taken together, serum cfDNA levels may be useful marker for the diagnosis and disease progression in EMPD.

An advanced case of extramammary Paget disease: Safe and effective treatment in an inoperable elderly patient using extensive en face electron irradiation

Extramammary Paget disease (EMPD) is an intraepithelial adenocarcinoma characterized by epithelial infiltration of large atypical cells with prominent nuclei.1 The disease process is hypothesized to originate in the apocrine sweat glands in the anogenital region. It is often diagnosed in postmenopausal women and most commonly affects the vulva, perianal skin, and axilla but can sometimes be associated with invasive visceral or adnexal adenocarcinoma.2

Standard therapy for EMPD is wide local excision. However, many of the elderly patients affected by EMPD may be medically unfit for aggressive surgery. Radiotherapy is rarely used, and there is a paucity of reports detailing the efficacy of electron beam radiotherapy for exceptionally large EMPD lesions.

Anal canal adenocarcinoma with neuroendocrine features accompanying secondary extramammary Paget disease, successfully treated with modified FOLFOX6: a case report

Background

Anal canal cancer occasionally accompanies extramammary Paget disease. Although most of them are squamous cell carcinoma, anal canal adenocarcinoma with neuroendocrine features accompanying secondary extramammary Paget disease has never been reported.

Conclusions

This is a clinically significant case, as it reveals novel pathological features about anal canal cancer with secondary Paget disease and successfully treated with modified FOLFOX6. Careful pathological investigation and appropriate treatment choice are needed for this rare cancer.

Paget Disease, Extramammary

Introduction

Extramammary Paget disease (EMPD) is a rare dermatologic condition that frequently presents in areas where apocrine sweat glands are abundant, most commonly the vulva, although perineal, scrotal, perianal, and penile skin may also be affected. Lesions clinically present as erythematous, well-demarcated plaques that may become erosive, ulcerated, scaly, or eczematous. Extramammary Paget disease has a female predominance and usually occurs in the sixth to eighth decades of life. Professionals disagree about many aspects of EMPD, for example, the prevalence of concurrent vulvar adenocarcinoma or invasive EMPD, association with regional and distant cancers, and recurrence rates following surgical excision. Early recognition is imperative because the diagnosis is frequently delayed and there is a high incidence of associated invasive disease.

Rare perianal extramammary Paget disease successfully treated using topical Imiquimod therapy

Background: Perianal Paget’s disease (PPD) is a rare intraepithelial adenocarcinoma of the anal margin. Primary PPD likely represents intra-epithelial neoplasm from an apocrine source, whereas secondary disease may represent“pagetoid” spread from an anorectal malignancy.

Case presentation: Histologic CDX-2 and CK20 are hallmark markers for colorectal-derived Paget’s cells. Interestingly, our primary PPD patient presented both positive and no internal malignancy was identified. In addition, a negative CK7 marker was observed in our case in contrast with previously reported. Surgical excision is the standard treatment; however, previous studies have demonstrated good response with Imiquimod 5% cream in patients with vulval extramammary Paget disease (EMPD). The efficiency of Imiquimod treatment for PPD has not been well described. Our PPD patient was successfully treated using Imiquimod 5% cream.

Conclusions: This study describes a primary cutaneous PPD patient CDX-2+/CK20+/CK7- without invasion of the dermis and no associated colorectal carcinoma effectively treated using topical Imiquimod therapy, suggesting that Imiquimod might potentially be considered as a first-line treatment for PPD.

Prognostic Factors of Extramammary Paget’s Disease

Most patients with extramammary Paget’s disease (EMPD) show a good prognosis; however, some patients develop fatal metastases. Early detection is important for improving prognosis, due to the difficulties associated with the treatment of distant EMPD metastases. Several studies have emphasized the importance of the invasion level of the primary lesion for predicting the presence of metastasis, and deeper invasion or increased thickness is correlated with poorer prognosis. Vascular tumor invasion of the primary lesion can also predict the risk of metastasis. Lymph node metastasis is a strong indicator for poor prognosis, and the number of lymph node metastases affects patient outcome, in that there is a significant difference in survival between patients with zero or one lymph node metastasis and those with more than two lymph node metastases. Serum markers may be able to predict the presence of systemic metastases, and carcinoembryonic antigen and cytokeratin 19 fragment 21-1 reflect disease progression and may be clinically valuable. Although several genetic alterations have been determined for EMPD, factors determining prognosis should be further explored.

Mayo Clinic: Prospective Registry of Gynecologic Patients With Extramammary Paget's Disease Study

The Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN, USA) is currently recruiting women with vulvar Extramammary Paget's Disease for an EMPD study. This includes EMPD of the vulva, vagina or perianal EMPD. The 25-year study will allow physicians to better understand EMPD. The researchers also want to learn more about the microorganisms (microbiome) that live on or near the areas of skin affected by EMPD, in order to better understand this condition. Tumor tissues will be obtained in order to perform tumor molecular profiling to identify targetable somatic mutations in EMPD. This EMPD study is for women only. More information on the Prospective Registry of Gynecologic Patients With Extramammary Paget's Disease study can be found here

Evidence-Based Screening Recommendations for Occult Cancers in the Setting of Newly Diagnosed Extramammary Paget Disease

To identify the rates of associated and occult cancers in patients with extramammary Paget disease (EMPD) discovered using cancer screening methods at a tertiary medical center; to propose evidence-based cancer screening guidelines at the time of diagnosis of EMPD; and to clarify terminology associating EMPD with underlying malignancies.

A total of 161 patients met the inclusion criteria. Most (59.6%) were female patients, and the mean age at the time of EMPD diagnosis was 70.8±10.1 years. Most (82%) of the 161 patients had at least 1 cancer screening test performed, though screening practices varied widely. Of those screened for an underlying malignancy, 17 distant, noncontiguous malignancies were identified in 15 patients (11.4%), with prostate (n=5), urinary tract (n=5), and breast (n=2) malignancies found most frequently. Most malignancies were identified by urine cytology, mammography, and prostate-specific antigen blood test. Of all patients, 37 (23.0%) had an underlying contiguous malignancy identified by pathology.

131 Mutational landscape of extramammary Paget disease

Extramammary Paget disease (EMPD) is a rare malignancy of the skin. Because of the scarcity of the cases, genomic alterations in EMPD are poorly characterized. To address this issue, we have interrogated 39 EMPD samples and patients blood with exome sequencing. The mutational load of EMPD was moderately high; the median prevalence of somatic mutations was above 3 mutations per megabase, a number comparable to the one of kidney renal cell carcinoma. Our study identified several putative driver events. ERBB2 mutation, as well as amplification, is frequent in our samples and likely the key driver of EMPD. The mutations are enriched in the tyrosine kinase domain of ERBB2, and are likely to cause functional alteration of the gene product. This observation is in line with previous papers reporting the efficacy of trastuzumab for EMPD. Other cancer genes including ERBB3KMT2CMLL4, and COL1A1 are also frequently mutated in EMPD. Driver mutation analysis by OncodriveFM identified potential novel cancer genes that are previously unreported in other cancer types. Copy number analysis identified recurrent somatic copy number aberrations. Frequent deletion peaks included CDKN2A and TSC2, both of which were important tumor suppressor genes. Mutational signature analysis showed that APOBEC3B activation, coupled with aging, was driving the somatic mutations in EMPD. We also identified evidence of APOBEC3B activation including kataegis and strand bias in the EMPD genome. In conclusion, our study provides the comprehensive landscape of somatic mutations in EMPD as well as insights into the mechanisms behind the carcinogenesis of EMPD. We have identified putative driver mutations including ERBB2 and ERBB3, which are readily targeted. We also suggest that EMPD may be treated with cancer immunotherapy, for the moderately high mutational load observed in EMPD is associated with the response to cancer immunotherapy in other cancer types. These insights provide rationale for use of systemic treatments in patients with EMPD.

Extramammary Paget Disease

Extramammary Paget disease (EMPD) is a rare dermatologic condition that frequently presents in areas where apocrine sweat glands are abundant, most commonly the vulva, although perineal, scrotal, perianal, and penile skin may also be affected. Lesions clinically present as erythematous, well-demarcated plaques that may become erosive, ulcerated, scaly, or eczematous. Extramammary Paget disease has a female predominance and usually occurs in the sixth to eighth decades of life. Professionals disagree about many aspects of EMPD, for example, the prevalence of concurrent vulvar adenocarcinoma or invasive EMPD, association with regional and distant cancers, and recurrence rates following surgical excision. Early recognition is imperative because the diagnosis is frequently delayed and there is a high incidence of associated invasive disease.

Successful treatment of metastatic extramammary Paget's disease with pemetrexed monotherapy systemically and 5-fluorouracil topically

Abstract 
Advanced extramammary Paget's disease does not have a standardized treatment guideline as its incidence is low and has been rarely reported in literature. Here we describe a case of metastatic extramammary Paget's disease successfully treated with topical 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) and systemic pemetrexed. The therapy was safe without any appreciable adverse effects like diarrhea, rash, neutropenia or fatigue; maintaining remission for more than 6 months. Thus, we propose 5-FU and pemetrexed as the first-line therapy for advanced extramammary Paget's disease, especially for aged patients with unresectable skin lesions.

Evidence-Based Screening Recommendations for Occult Cancers in the Setting of Newly Diagnosed Extramammary Paget Disease

To identify the rates of associated and occult cancers in patients with extramammary Paget disease (EMPD) discovered using cancer screening methods at a tertiary medical center; to propose evidence-based cancer screening guidelines at the time of diagnosis of EMPD; and to clarify terminology associating EMPD with underlying malignancies.

All patients diagnosed with EMPD should undergo cancer screening. At minimum, evaluation should include age-appropriate screening and the addition of urine cytology, mammography, and prostate-specific antigen blood test—if not already performed—may be of particular use. An algorithm for evaluation of patients with newly diagnosed EMPD is proposed.

Metastatic Extramammary Paget’s Disease: Pathogenesis and Novel Therapeutic Approach

Metastatic EMPD is an aggressive skin adenocarcinoma with poor prognosis. Since current chemotherapeutic regimens are only moderately effective, improving clinical outcomes is imperative. The basic and translational research to date has provided an insight into the mechanisms promoting metastasis of EMPD that provide potential therapeutic targets for new drug development. Seemingly, Paget cells augment the ability of proliferation and survival by activating the RAS–RAF–MEK–ERK signaling, PI3K–AKT–mTOR signaling, or androgen–AR signaling. In addition, the interaction of Paget cells with other cells, such as LECs and CD163+Arg1+ macrophages in a tumor through the CXCR4–SDF-1 signaling and RANKL–RANK signaling, respectively, could establish a favorable tumor microenvironment to promote metastasis of Paget cells. Furthermore, recent genomic analysis of MMR has revealed that a decent percentage of EMPD comprises MMR-deficient EMPD cases that might achieve durable clinical response by an anti-PD-1 antibody. Hence, we are now beginning to understand multiple aspects involved in the pathogenesis of metastatic EMPD, and these findings will be sure to lead to better treatments for patients with metastatic EMPD in the future.

 

Efficacy of low-dose 5-fluorouracil/cisplatin therapy for invasive extramammary Paget’s disease

Extramammary Paget's disease (EMPD) is one of the cutaneous adenocarcinomas. The effective chemotherapy for advanced EMPD has not been established. This study was designed to evaluate the efficacy of combination 5‐fluorouracil (500 mg/body, 7 days/week) and cisplatin (5 mg/body 5 days/week) for invasive EMPD. Seventeen EMPD patients with multiple metastases who visited our dermatology clinic between October 2004 and May 2016 (mean age, 76.9 years; 10 men, seven women) were retrospectively analyzed. Eight EMPD patients underwent low‐dose 5‐fluorouracil/cisplatin therapy and nine patients chose best supportive care. The average number of treatment cycles was 12.3. All patients had a confirmed response, four (50%) showed a partial response, two (25%) stable disease and two progressive disease. The median times to progression‐free and overall survival were 25.0 and 77.4 weeks, respectively. There was no severe (grade 3 and 4) adverse event. Although not significant, the survival of the patients treated with low‐dose 5‐fluorouracil/cisplatin therapy showed a trend toward improved survival as compared with best supportive care (P = 0.08, log–rank test). This regimen had low risk and relatively high disease control rate, suggesting that this regimen be recommended as one of the treatment options for advanced EMPD.

Genito-Urinary Extramammary Pagets disease: Recognition and outcomes of distinct histological subtypes

ntroduction & Objectives: Genito-Urinary Extramammary Pagets Disease (EMPD) is a rare neoplasm that occurs in regions abundant in apocrine glands, or as a secondary intraepithelial spread of EMPD associated with another underlying carcinoma. The former occurs on peno-scrotal skin and can be in-situ or invasive. The latter occurs primarily on the inner precpuce or glans. Management and prognosis differ between these subtypes.

Extramammary Paget Disease of the Vulva: A Case Series Examining Treatment, Recurrence, and Malignant Transformation.

Patients with EMPD in this series have a high rate of recurrence. Many undergo multi-modal therapy often with multiple providers. However, patients experience relatively long disease-free intervals with a low rate of associated malignancy. We propose an algorithm for management that focuses on symptom control and minimizing morbidity of treatment intervention once invasive disease has been excluded.

Paget's Disease of the Vulva

Caucasian postmenopausal women are found to be more prone to Paget’s disease of the vulva. Symptoms include long-standing tenderness and itching, irritation, and burning sensation. Usually, symptoms are present for 2 years or even more before a diagnosis made. The lesions may be painful at times; however, some individuals are asymptomatic during diagnosis.

Though the appearance of the rash can create confusion with other similar vulvar rashes, biopsy typically provides a confirmation of the diagnosis. When Paget’s disease of the vulva is suspected, colonoscopy or cystoscopy is done as an additional diagnostic measure to look for cancers in the colon or bladder, respectively, if urinary or bowel symptoms are present.