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Whether to palliate dysphagia in patients with inoperable cancer of the cervical esophagus is a debatable issue. We report herein a patient who underwent definitive chemoradiotherapy for cancer of the cervical esophagus, with early recurrence of dysphagia 1 month after the end of the treatment. No salvage surgery was attempted due to the poor general(More)
BACKGROUND The role of growth factors/receptors in the etiopathology and/or development of gastric cancer has recently come under scrutiny, since overexpression or amplification of the EGF system has been found in many intestinal type gastric cancers and related to a more aggressive behavior. Since these gastric carcinomas appear to develop from intestinal(More)
Ulcerative colitis with malignant degeneration and dysplasia can be a precancerous lesion. Therefore, it is necessary to prevent or, at least to diagnose as early as possible any development toward neoplasia in the colon or rectum of the colitis patients. The only reliable guide for a risk of malignant tissue degeneration is dysplasia of the mucosa. A group(More)
BACKGROUND MAGE genes encode for tumor-rejection antigens and are expressed in tumors of different histologic types but not in normal tissues, with the exception of testis and placenta. The aim of this study was to evaluate the frequency of MAGE-1 and -2 expression in gastric and in cardial carcinomas; these conditions have been described as two distinct(More)
The use of inflatable intragastric balloons is a new non-intensive approach in the treatment of obesity when poor results are obtained by more conservative treatment. The intragastric balloons are certainly less hazardous than bariatric surgery but their long term effect on body-weight reduction it is not still proved. Several types of balloons are(More)