Barbara M Loftus

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BACKGROUND Literature shows no data about a complete cohort of head and neck cancer patients who developed pulmonary metastases. In this study, we investigate factors related to survival, with emphasis on the role of a pulmonary metastasectomy. METHODS A retrospective review of 138 patients who developed pulmonary metastases (5.5% of all head and neck(More)
We evaluated the prognostic significance of overexpression of cyclin D1 in 47 patients with surgically resected squamous cell carcinomas of the head and neck. Overexpression of cyclin D1 was detected immunohistochemically using an affinity-purified polyclonal antibody directed against the carboxyl-terminal part of the cyclin D1 protein, applied to(More)
This study assessed the value of argyrophilic nucleolar organizer region (AgNOR) staining as a potential technique for the estimation of cell kinetics in conventional histology sections, in benign and malignant breast lesions. Using a silver staining technique and immunohistochemistry, the authors correlated the numbers of argyrophilic nucleolar organizer(More)
Dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans (DFSP), a fibrohistiocytic tumour of intermediate malignancy, has a strong tendency to recur locally. Wide local excision is the recommended treatment modality. A retrospective analysis was performed on 38 consecutive DFSP patients presenting to The Netherlands Cancer Institute, to define the role of radiotherapy. Of the 21(More)
We investigated the role of the C1772T polymorphisms in exon 12 of the Hypoxia-inducible factor-1 alpha (HIF-1alpha) gene C1772T genotype in prostate cancer (PCa) and amplification of the hypoxic response. We identified the heterozygous germline CT genotype as an increased risk factor for clinically localised prostate cancer (Odds ratio = 6.2; p < 0.0001).(More)
OBJECTIVES To evaluate the overexpression of cyclin D1 and p53 as a prognostic marker of squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck and to investigate whether deregulation of these genes is associated with an unfavorable course of disease. DESIGN Retrospective study. MATERIALS AND METHODS Formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tumor materials that were(More)
BACKGROUND Abnormalities of chromosome band 11q13 are frequent in squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (SCCHN). The oncogene CCND1 is located at 11q13 and encodes cyclin D1, a cell cycle-regulating protein. The authors investigated the clinical relevance and associations between amplification and overexpression of cyclin D1 and 11q13 rearrangements.(More)
OBJECTIVE To review our experience of keratinising squamous metaplasia of the bladder as a predictor for the development of cancer and other complications, and formulate a policy for its management. MATERIALS AND METHODS A retrospective review (1945-1999) identified 34 patients with histologically proven keratinising squamous metaplasia (27 males and 7(More)
Aberrant activation of Wnts is common in human cancers, including prostate. Hypermethylation associated transcriptional silencing of Wnt antagonist genes SFRPs (Secreted Frizzled-Related Proteins) is a frequent oncogenic event. The significance of this is not known in prostate cancer. The objectives of our study were to (i) profile Wnt signaling related(More)
While the histological grade of a renal cell carcinoma is of prognostic significance there is poor concordance amongst pathologists in the use of these grading systems. Many grading systems have been described, but none has achieved widespread acceptance. The objective of this study was to assess the degree of interobserver variation amongst four(More)