Gabriele Haensgen

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PURPOSE Tumor hypoxia is regarded as an important factor influencing radiation response, disease-free, and overall survival of patients with squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (SCCHN). This study was performed to reevaluate the prognostic significance of the "classical oxygenation parameters" hypoxic fraction (percentage of pO2 values < 5 mmHg or(More)
The tumor-associated glycoprotein osteopontin (OPN) is discussed as a plasma surrogate marker of tumor hypoxia and as an indicator of the presence of pleural mesothelioma in asbestos-exposed individuals. The clinical introduction of plasma OPN measurements requires the availability of a reliable enzyme-linked immunosorbence assay (ELISA). We compared(More)
PURPOSE To investigate the relationship between tumor oxygenation and the blood hemoglobin (Hb) concentration in patients with squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (SCCHN). METHODS AND MATERIALS A total of 133 patients with SCCHN underwent pretreatment polarographic pO2 measurements of their tumors. In 66 patients measurements were also made in(More)
BACKGROUND Most previous oxygenation measurements of head and neck tumors have mainly been performed in neck nodes. We investigated, therefore, the relationship between the pO2 status of primary tumors, cervical neck node metastases and normal tissues. PATIENTS AND METHODS 30 patients with histologically proven advanced stage III-IV squamous cell(More)
Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is an endothelial cell specific mitogen with strong angiogenic activity. Expression of VEGF may therefore be an indicator for the angiogenic potential and biological aggressiveness of a tumor. Recently, measurement of the VEGF-protein in sera has become available. We report results of serum-VEGF in an unselected(More)
BACKGROUND Tumor hypoxia has an impact on the outcome of cancer patients treated with radiotherapy. The validity of endogenous markers such as hypoxia-inducible factor-1alpha (HIF-1alpha) and carbonic anhydrase isozyme IX (CAIX) to detect therapeutically relevant Levels of hypoxia within tumors is controversially discussed. Furthermore, the association of(More)
Patients with cervical cancer frequently suffer from anemia. This two-stage, adaptive-design study investigated the effect of anemia correction with epoetin beta on treatment outcomes. Patients with stage IIB-IVA cervical cancer received radiochemotherapy (RCT) and were randomized to epoetin 150 IU/kg three times weekly (n = 34) or standard care (control; n(More)
In 1999, five randomized studies demonstrated that chemoradiation with cisplatin and low-dose rate (LDR) brachytherapy has a benefit in locally advanced cervical cancer and for surgically treated patients in high-risk situations. We evaluated the safety and efficacy of concomitant chemoradiation with cisplatin and high-dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy in(More)
Hypoxia is the most important stimulus for the up-regulation of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), one of the key cytokines for angiogenesis. We have investigated the possible relationship between tumor hypoxia and systemic levels of VEGF. Patients and Methods: 56 patients with head and neck cancers underwent measurement of tumor volume(More)
PURPOSE We have evaluated the tumor tissue pO2 in cervical cancers during radiotherapy with special emphasis on the course of the pO2 in primarily hypoxic tumors and in patients treated with radiotherapy plus 13-cis-retinoic acid/interferon-alpha-2a. METHODS AND MATERIALS From June 1995 through April 1997, 49 patients with squamous cell carcinoma FIGO(More)