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[Ectopic hormone-producing tumors--research and clinics].

Authors
  • Yamaguchi, Ken
Type
Published Article
Journal
Nihon rinsho. Japanese journal of clinical medicine
Publication Date
May 01, 2004
Volume
62
Issue
5
Pages
983–986
Identifiers
PMID: 15148831
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Recent progress in endocrinology, cytokine research, and oncology has provided new information for further understanding of ectopic hormone-producing tumors. The mechanisms responsible for this morbidity need further investigations to clarify the neuroendocrine nature of tumor cells. Meanwhile, a common hormonal substance produced by a specific tumor could serve as a specific tumor marker for the tumor, as is the case of ProGRP for small cell lung cancer. The development of drugs for ectopic hormonal syndrome might be a good lesson of the molecular targeting for hormone signaling pathways. It is reasonable to postulate that the clinical entities covered by the term 'ectopic humoral syndrome' will be increasing.

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