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Researchers from I-Shou University Describe Findings in Head and Neck Research (Metastasis over implantable venous access ports)

July 16, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Biotech Week -- Investigators publish new report on Health and Medicine. According to news reporting originating in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, "The totally implantable venous access port (TIVAP) is an important device for patients receiving chemotherapy. We have reported, to our knowledge, the first case of a metastatic tumor over a TIVAP implanted via the Seldinger technique with a subclavian vein puncture."

The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from I-Shou University, "Our patient, a 48-year-old man with hard palate cancer, had metastasis over the TIVAP. CT studies showed that the tumor had spread along the catheter from the neck to the chest wall. The cause of death was multiple lung metastases and intractable tumor bleeding over the TIVAP. We present a novel case of metastasis over the TIVAP implanted by use of the Seldinger technique. This technique is used for patients receiving prolonged cytotoxic therapy for malignancy."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "Although the Seldinger technique is quick and more effective, we prefer the cephalic vein cut-down technique when an aggressive, advanced cancer of head and neck is involved."

For more information on this research see: Metastasis over implantable venous access ports. Head & Neck, 2013;35(10):E314-6. (Wiley-Blackwell -; Head & Neck -

Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting C.H. Lee, Dept. of Otolaryngology, E-Da hospital, I-Shou University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Additional authors for this research include A.S. Day and T.Z Hwang (see also Health and Medicine).

Keywords for this news article include: Asia, Taiwan, Kaohsiung, Health and Medicine.

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