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Articles by Rossella Bettini
Based on 4 articles published since 2010
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Between 2010 and 2020, Rossella Bettini wrote the following 4 articles about Pancreatic Neoplasms.
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1 Review Role of resection of the primary pancreatic neuroendocrine tumour only in patients with unresectable metastatic liver disease: a systematic review. 2011

Capurso, Gabriele / Bettini, Rossella / Rinzivillo, Maria / Boninsegna, Letizia / Delle Fave, Gianfranco / Falconi, Massimo. ·Digestive and Liver Disease Unit, II School of Medicine, 'Sapienza' University of Rome, Rome, Italy. ·Neuroendocrinology · Pubmed #21358176.

ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Surgery remains the only curative option for pancreatic neuroendocrine tumours (PNETs), but its indication is limited by metastatic disease in most patients. Indication for removing the primary lesion only in the setting of unresectable liver disease is controversial. The present systematic review aims at determining the potential bene- fits (survival, progression-free survival) or harms (morbidity, mortality) of surgical resection of the primary lesion only in patients with PNETs and unresectable metastases. METHODS: Medline was queried for studies reporting the outcome of PNET patients with unresectable liver metastases whenever there was an explicit comparison between resection of the primary lesion only ('active treatment') and no resection ('non-active treatment'). The primary outcome was survival; possible secondary outcomes were progression-free survival, treatment-related mortality and morbidity, and relief of symptoms. RESULTS: Only 3 cohort studies found were eligible and analysed; no meta-analysis could be performed. The number of patients undergoing 'active treatment' varied from 16 to 20, with a percentage ranging from 17 to 39% of cohorts. Survival was longer in patients who received 'active treatment' in 2 studies, and the 5-year survival rate also seemed higher, without significant complications. DISCUSSION: Available data suggest a possible benefit of resection of the primary lesion only in this setting. However, a bias towards a more aggressive surgical approach in patients with a better performance status or less advanced disease seems likely, and no conclusion can be drawn except for the need of randomised trials. We calculated that such a trial would require at least 118 patients per arm.

2 Article Malignant pancreatic neuroendocrine tumour: lymph node ratio and Ki67 are predictors of recurrence after curative resections. 2012

Boninsegna, Letizia / Panzuto, Francesco / Partelli, Stefano / Capelli, Paola / Delle Fave, Gianfranco / Bettini, Rossella / Pederzoli, Paolo / Scarpa, Aldo / Falconi, Massimo. ·Department of Surgery, University of Verona, Verona, Italy. ·Eur J Cancer · Pubmed #22129889.

ABSTRACT: INTRODUCTION: Malignant pancreatic neuroendocrine tumours (PNENs) are generally associated with a good prognosis after radical resection. In other pancreatic malignancies predictors of recurrence and the role of lymph node ratio (LNR) are well known, but both have been scarcely investigated for malignant PNETs. METHODS: The prospective database from the surgical Department of Verona University was queried. Clinical and pathological data of all patients with resected malignant PNET between 1990 and 2008 were reviewed. Univariate and multivariate analysis were performed. RESULTS: Fifty-seven patients (male/female ratio=1) with a median age of 58 years (33-78) entered in the study. Twenty-nine (51%) patients underwent pancreaticoduodenectomy and 28 (49%) distal pancreatectomy. Postoperative mortality was nil with a 37% morbidity rate. There were 36 (63%) patients with lymph node metastases (N1). Of these, 23 (64%) had a lymph node ratio (LNR) >0 and ≤0.20 and 13 (36%) had a LNR >0.20. The median overall survival and the median disease free survival (DFS) were 190 and 80 months, respectively. Recurrent disease was identified in 24 patients (42%) with a 2 and 5-year DFS rate of 82% and 49%, respectively. On multivariate analysis, LNR >0.20 (HR=2.75) and a value of Ki67 >5% (HR=3.39) were significant predictors of recurrence (P<0.02). CONCLUSIONS: After resection for malignant PNETs, LNR and a Ki67 >5% are the most powerful predictors of recurrence. The presence of these factors should be considered for addressing patients to adjuvant treatment in future clinical trials.

3 Article Tumor size correlates with malignancy in nonfunctioning pancreatic endocrine tumor. 2011

Bettini, Rossella / Partelli, Stefano / Boninsegna, Letizia / Capelli, Paola / Crippa, Stefano / Pederzoli, Paolo / Scarpa, Aldo / Falconi, Massimo. ·Department of Surgery, S. Cuore-Don Calabria Hospital, Negrar, Verona, Italy. ·Surgery · Pubmed #21683859.

ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Tumor size is a criterion of staging in nonfunctioning pancreatic endocrine tumors as well as a predictor of outcome after curative resection. This study analyzes the correlation between tumor size and malignancy in patients with nonfunctioning pancreatic endocrine tumors. METHODS: All patients with nonfunctioning pancreatic endocrine tumors who underwent curative resection (R0) at our institution between 1990 and 2008 were considered. Their clinicopathologic characteristics were compared among 3 different groups according to tumor size. Univariate and multivariable analyses were performed. RESULTS: Over the study period, 177 patients were identified. Overall, 90 patients (51%) had a tumor size ≤2 cm (group 1), 46 (26%) had tumor size between >2 cm and ≤4 cm (group 2), and 41 (23%) had tumor size >4 cm (group 3). Tumors ≤2 cm were more frequently incidentally discovered (group 1, 57% vs group 2, 51% vs group 3, 32%; P = .014) and benign (group 1, 81% vs group 2, 65% vs group 3, 5%; P < .0001). The presence of a nonfunctioning pancreatic endocrine tumor >2 cm and a nonincidental diagnosis of the tumor were independent predictors of malignancy at multivariable analysis. None of the 51 patients (29%) with a pancreatic endocrine tumor ≤2 cm that was incidentally diagnosed died of disease. CONCLUSION: A strict correlation between tumor size and malignancy in nonfunctioning pancreatic endocrine tumors was demonstrated. A nonoperative management could be advocated for tumors ≤2 cm when discovered incidentally.

4 Article Pancreatic endocrine tumors: improved TNM staging and histopathological grading permit a clinically efficient prognostic stratification of patients. 2010

Scarpa, Aldo / Mantovani, William / Capelli, Paola / Beghelli, Stefania / Boninsegna, Letizia / Bettini, Rossella / Panzuto, Francesco / Pederzoli, Paolo / delle Fave, Gianfranco / Falconi, Massimo. ·Department of Pathology, University of Verona, Verona, Italy. aldo.scarpa@univr.it ·Mod Pathol · Pubmed #20305616.

ABSTRACT: Pancreatic endocrine tumors are rare diseases and devising a clinically effective prognostic stratification of patients is a major clinical challenge. This study aimed at assessing whether the tumor-node-metastasis (TNM)-based staging and proliferative activity-based grading recently proposed by the European NeuroEndocrine Tumors Society (ENETS) have clinical value. TNM was applied to 274 patients with histologically diagnosed pancreatic endocrine tumors operated from 1991 to 2005, with last follow-up at December 2007. According to World Health Organization (WHO) classification, 246 were well-differentiated neoplasms (51 benign, 56 uncertain behavior, 139 carcinomas) and 28 poorly differentiated carcinomas. Grading was based on Ki67 immunohistochemistry. Survival analysis not only ascertained the prognostic value of the TNM system but also highlighted that in the absence of nodal and distant metastasis, infiltration and tumor dimensions over 4 cm had prognostic significance. T parameters were then appropriately modified to reflect this weakness. The 5-year survival for modified TNM stages I, II, III and IV were 100, 93, 65 and 35%, respectively. Multivariate analysis identified TNM stages as independent predictors of death, in which stages II, III and IV showed a risk of death of 7, 29 and 58 times higher than stage I tumors (P<0.0001). Ki67-based grading resulted an independent predictor of survival with cut-offs at 5 and 20%. In conclusion, WHO classification assigns clinically significant diagnostic categories to pancreatic endocrine tumors that need prognostic stratification by applying a staging system. The ENETS-TNM provides the best option, but it requires some modifications to be fully functional. The modified TNM described in this study ameliorates the clinical applicability and prediction of outcome of the ENETS-TNM; it (i) assigns a risk of death proportional to the stage at the time of diagnosis, and (ii) allows a clinically based staging of patients, as the T parameters as modified permit their clinical-radiological recognition. Ki67-based grading discerns prognosis of patients with same stage diseases.