Erica Rakowsky

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BACKGROUND Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) has been associated with a high incidence of other skin tumors and hematological malignancies. The purpose of this study was to analyze data from the Israel Cancer Registry regarding the incidence of second neoplasms in patients with MCC and their impact on survival. METHODS Sixty-seven patients in whom MCC was(More)
Classic Kaposi sarcoma is an indolent cutaneous proliferative disease affecting mainly elderly people of Mediterranean and Jewish origin. The authors review the epidemiologic and clinical findings in Israeli patients with classic Kaposi sarcoma treated at the Institute of Oncology, Rabin Medical Center. A total of 123 patients were identified. The average(More)
Ninety-one patients with malignant epithelial tumors of the nasopharynx seen in our department from 1970 to 1982 were evaluated. The 5- and 10-year actuarial survival rates were 62.0% and 42.0%, respectively. Patients seen from 1970 to 1979 were treated by radiotherapy to the primary site and upper neck, the lower neck being irradiated only in instances of(More)
BACKGROUND The orbit is rarely a secondary site of lymphoma dissemination, and only few reports exist on the course and characteristics of involvement in these sites. METHODS The authors retrospectively reviewed the records of 187 consecutive patients with systemic non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) diagnosed and treated at Beilinson Medical Center between 1986(More)
The clinical electromagnetic hyperthermia system has been in use at the Kaplan Hospital since 1980, for treating patients with hyperthermia combined with radio- or chemotherapy. For prostatic tumors, hyperthermia at 43 degrees C is achieved in the prostatic mass using microwaves of 2.45 GHz, with simultaneous cooling of the rectal mucosa and the rectal(More)
Response to several types of endocrine therapy or chemotherapy was evaluated in 60 patients with breast cancer. Estrogen and progesterone receptors were determined by radioimmunoassay. Response to endocrine therapy was significantly higher (P less than 0.01) among estrogen receptor (ER)-positive cases than among ER-negative cases. The response to(More)
Of the numerous prognostic factors for patients with localized malignant melanoma (LMM), none is superior to the simple parameter of tumor thickness. The aim of the present study was to better define prognostic factors for this disease. Between January 1992 and December 1994, 188 consecutive patients with LMM were treated at the Rabin Medical Center.(More)
Vaginal necrosis can occur following radiation therapy for gynecological malignancies. The distal vaginal mucosa has a poorer radiation tolerance than the mucosa in the upper region. We examined the extent of vaginal shortening in patients treated by intravaginal brachytherapy with or without pelvic irradiation. Maximal extension of the vaginal cylinder(More)
The feasibility of using elevated Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) specific-IgG antiviral capsid antigen (VCA) and IgA anti-VCA antibody levels as an aid in diagnosis of nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) was analyzed by determination of serum antibody titers to EBV in 54 NPC patients, 114 healthy blood donors, and 40 family members by the immunoperoxidase assay (IPA).(More)