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Lung cancer, a complex neoplasm of lung tissue, is influenced by several environmental and genetic factors which could be changed in each individual. Aurora-A gene is related to mitotic events such as: chromosome instability, cell cycle regulation, spindle formation, and kinetechore-microtubule connections. This centrosomic serine/threonine kinase provides(More)
BACKGROUND Differences between the individual variations in DNA may modulate lung cancer process. Many studies reported that Vitamin D Receptor (VDR) gene polymorphisms may influence the cancer risk due to their antiproliferative, antiangiogenic, antimetastatic and apoptotic effects. MATERIAL/METHODS The genotype and haplotype frequencies of three(More)
Hypoxia-inducible factor-1 (HIF-1), an important genetic component of angiogenesis, becomes stable as a response to tumor hypoxia and facilitates tumor survival. The polymorphisms of the HIF-1alphagene may cause changes in the activity of this protein, which serves as a transcription factor for many genes in tumorigenesis. In this study, we have(More)
PURPOSE To compare the efficacy and toxicity of gemcitabine versus docetaxel in a second-line setting of nonsmall cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients previously treated with platin-based combination chemotherapy. MATERIALS AND METHODS We retrospectively evaluated the medical records of 57 patients treated with single agent gemcitabine or docetaxel in(More)
Environmentally exposed erionite is a potent and unique inducer of malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) in Central Anatolia in Turkey. Previous studies have shown that erionite induced MPM has different biological behavior than asbestos induced MPM. Although impaired apoptosis has been implicated in tumor biology, the relationship between the type of(More)
Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is a rare and asbestosis-associated tumor. MPM commonly invades locally, mostly in the lung, heart, pericardium, chest wall, and vertebrae. Distant metastasis of MPM is very rare. Here we report a patient with MPM who presented with multiple unusual distant metastases. The patient's thorax tomography demonstrated(More)
BACKGROUND Different methods of diagnosis have been found to be inefficient in terms of screening and early diagnosis of lung cancer. Cancer cells produce proteins whose serum levels may be elevated during the early stages of cancer development. Therefore, those proteins may be recognized as potential cancer markers. The aim of this study was to(More)
In the present study, we present a patient with invasive pulmonary aspergillosis caused by Aspergillus fumigatus diagnosed by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technique on blood and bronchoalveolar lavage fluid samples of the patient. The value of PCR in the diagnosis of aspergillosis is discussed.
OBJECTIVE Cisplatin-gemcitabine (PG) and cisplatin-etoposide (PE) combinations are active regimens for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The present study aimed to compare PG with PE in the treatment of patients with stage IIIB and IV NSCLC. METHODOLOGY We conducted a prospective, multicentre trial. A total of 166 patients were enrolled into the study(More)
BACKGROUND In the management of malignant pleural mesothelioma, radiotherapy has been used for the purpose of prophylaxis to reduce the incidence of recurrence at surgical insertion sites or palliate the symptoms. AIM The purpose of the study was to evaluate the techniques and effectiveness of radiotherapy in malignant pleural mesothelioma. MATERIALS(More)
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