Ultrasound guided pO2 measurement of breast cancer reoxygenation after neoadjuvant chemotherapy and hyperthermia treatment.


Journal Article

The objective of this study was to determine whether neoadjuvant chemotherapy in combination with hyperthermia (HT) would improve oxygenation in locally advanced breast tumours. The study describes a new optimized ultrasound guided technique of pO2 measurement using Eppendorf polarographic oxygen probes in 18 stage IIB-III breast cancer patients. Prior to treatment, tumour hypoxia (median pO2<10 mmHg) was present in 11/18 patients (average median pO2=3.2 mmHg). Seven patients had well oxygenated tumours (median pO2 of 48.3 mmHg). Eight patients with hypoxic tumours prior to treatment had a significant improvement (p=0.0008) in tumour pO2 after treatment (pO2 increased to 19.2 mmHg). In three patients, tumours remained hypoxic (average median pO2=4.5 mmHg). The advantages of the ultrasound guided pO2 probe are in the accuracy of the Eppendorf electrode placement in tumour tissue, the ability to monitor electrode movement through the tumour tissue during the measurement and the ability to avoid electrode placement near or in large blood vessels by using colour Doppler imaging. The results of this preliminary study suggest that the combination of neoadjuvant chemotherapy and hyperthermia improves oxygenation in locally advanced breast tumours that are initially hypoxic.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Vujaskovic, Z; Rosen, EL; Blackwell, KL; Jones, EL; Brizel, DM; Prosnitz, LR; Samulski, TV; Dewhirst, MW

Published Date

  • September 2003

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 19 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 498 - 506

PubMed ID

  • 12944165

Pubmed Central ID

  • 12944165

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0265-6736

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/0265673031000121517


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England