Assuntina G. Sacco

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This review highlights the evidence-based data to support current best management practices for patients with recurrent and/or metastatic (R/M) head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). Current limitations and areas of emerging therapeutics are also emphasized. The cornerstone of palliation for patients with R/M HNSCC is a platinum-based backbone.(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine if a rectangular template free tissue transfer is effective for the reconstruction of the hemiglossectomy defect. DESIGN Prospective case series. SETTING Tertiary care academic medical center. PATIENTS A total of 13 patients (male to female ratio, 8:5; mean age, 55 years) presenting with squamous cell carcinoma of the oral(More)
BACKGROUND Axitinib is an oral, potent, small molecule tyrosine kinase inhibitor with selective inhibition of VEGFR 1,2, 3, as well as inhibition of potential downstream effectors of the EGFR pathway. Given the upregulation of EGFR and VEGFR in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma, treatment with axitinib holds promise as a rational targeted therapy. (More)
OBJECTIVE To demonstrate that the 3 reconstructive advantages of the thoracodorsal artery scapular tip transplant (Tdast), a long pedicle, independently mobile tissue components, and the 3-dimensional nature of the scapular tip, will improve the quality and success of complex reconstructions by avoiding vein grafting, preventing the need for 2 separate(More)
Surgical intervention including composite mandibulectomy is the mainstay of treatment for extrication of disease in patients with neoplasms involving the mandible. The associated morbidities and reduction in quality of life after reconstruction of the mandibular defect are dependent on the quality of the reconstruction. Therefore, alternative treatments,(More)
BACKGROUND The purpose of this study was to describe the relationship of p16 and epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) expression with survival in surgically treated patients who had oropharyngeal or oral cavity squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). METHODS Tissue from 36 patients with oropharyngeal SCC and 49 patients with oral cavity SCC treated between 1997(More)
BACKGROUND A quasi-experimental retrospective study was undertaken to evaluate a new concept of free tissue volume restoration combined with bridging reconstruction plate (compartment approach) to reduce plate-related complication rates. METHODS We evaluated 40 patients with large lateral mandible defects and associated complex soft tissue defects(More)
The majority of patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) present with locally advanced disease, which requires site-specific combinations of surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. Despite aggressive therapy, survival outcomes remain poor, and treatment-related morbidity is not negligible. For patients with recurrent or metastatic disease,(More)
Background: AT-101 is a BCL-2 Homolog domain 3 mimetic previously demonstrated to have tumoricidal effects in advanced solid organ malignancies. Given the evidence of activity in xenograft models, treatment with AT-101 in combination with docetaxel is a therapeutic doublet of interest in metastatic head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. Patients and(More)
BACKGROUND To evaluate the efficacy of fluorine-18-fluorodeoxyglucose emission tomography (FDG-PET) and CT versus endoscopy with biopsy under general anesthesia for estimating tumor volume reduction among patients treated with induction chemotherapy for advanced squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the oropharynx. METHODS Twelve patients with oropharyngeal(More)