Alfredo A Santillan

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BACKGROUND Cervical lymphadenectomy is frequently performed in patients with lateral cervical lymph node metastases to improve regional control of disease. However, there is no consensus regarding the appropriate levels of the neck that need to be dissected. Treatment options that have been advocated include the modified radical neck dissection, limited(More)
Overexpression of S100A7 (psoriasin), a small calcium-binding protein, has been associated with the development of psoriasis and carcinomas in different types of epithelia, but its precise functions are still unknown. Using human tissue specimens, cultured cell lines, and a mouse model, we found that S100A7 is highly expressed in preinvasive,(More)
As the wave of the baby boomers shifts the age demographic of patients, the current surgical management of breast cancer in elderly women (≥70 years of age) becomes relevant because deviation from standard treatment often occurs in this group. The purpose of this study was to determine the operative mortality when treated with standard surgical procedures(More)
Overexpression of insulin-like growth factor-I receptor (IGF-IR) is seen in a multitude of human thyroid cancers and correlates with poor prognosis. However, recent studies suggest that low phospho-IGF-IR (pIGF-IR) expression rather than its overexpression may be an indicator of poorly differentiated disease. No previous study has evaluated the expression(More)
PURPOSE The insulin-like growth factor-I receptor (IGF-IR) and its ligands have been implicated in the pathogenesis and progression of various cancers, including those arising in the thyroid gland. We therefore evaluated whether the IGF-IR could serve as a potential target for therapy of anaplastic thyroid carcinoma (ATC). EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN The(More)
BACKGROUND The role of interstitial brachytherapy (IBT) in the salvage surgical management of regional lymphatic metastases for head and neck cancer has not been defined to date. To further explore its therapeutic benefit in the management of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma, the authors reviewed their experience utilizing IBT at the M. D. Anderson(More)
We hypothesized that epidermal growth factor (EGF) receptor (EGFR) activation and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-induced angiogenic signals are important for the progression and metastasis of human salivary adenoid cystic carcinoma (ACC). To test this hypothesis, we evaluated the therapeutic effect of AEE788, a dual inhibitor of EGF and VEGF(More)
BACKGROUND Controversy remains regarding the benefits of sentinel lymph node (SLN) biopsy for predicting survival in cutaneous melanoma of the head and neck (CMHN). METHODS We analyzed the factors associated with the recurrence and survival of CMHN patients treated in our institution. RESULTS One hundred thirteen patients underwent SLN biopsy for CMHN(More)
PURPOSE Patients with thin melanoma (<or= 1.0 mm) and melanoma in situ (MIS) represent the majority of newly diagnosed melanoma. We estimated the impact of expert review of outside pathology material on the staging and thus treatment decisions affecting patients referred to a multidisciplinary clinic with early-stage melanoma. PATIENTS AND METHODS We(More)
The clinical manifestations of hereditary skin cancer syndromes depend upon the interplay between environmental and genetic factors. Familial melanoma occurs in the setting of hereditary susceptibility, with a complex phenotype of early age of onset, multiple atypical moles, multiple primary melanomas, multiple melanomas in the family, and in some instances(More)