Giovani Silva

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OBJECTIVE In the subgroup of patients with node-negative (N0) moderately differentiated (G2) breast cancer, the clinical decision of giving adjuvant therapy is critical. The aim of this study was to investigate the prognostic value of biomarkers (DNA flow cytometry and telomerase activity in correlation with routinely used estrogen receptors (ER) and HER(More)
Hierarchical Bayesian models are proposed for over-dispersed longitudinal spatially correlated binomial data. This class of models accounts for correlation among regions by using random effects and allows a flexible modelling of spatiotemporal odds by using smoothing splines. The aim is (i) to develop models which will identify temporal trends of odds and(More)
To evaluate “classic” prognostic parameters, as well as DNA ploidy and S-phase fraction (SPF), in relation to disease-free (DFS) and disease-specific (DSS) survival in breast invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC) with long-term follow-up study. The study involved 393 patients with IDC and median follow-up of 134 months (50–240). Histological grading, tumor size,(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the biological role of BCL-6 oncoprotein in breast cancer disease progression (recurrence and metastasis). METHODS The series consisted of 93 consecutive female patients with primary breast cancer and median follow-up of 10 years. BCL-6 expression was assessed in vivo by immunohistochemistry and real-time PCR. Breast cancer cell(More)
OBJECTIVE Histological grade is a well-established prognostic/predictive factor in breast cancer. However, mainly within intermediate categories, patients may have unpredictable outcome. We hypothesised whether ploidy status can distinguish different prognostic groups among breast cancer patients with similar tumour grade. MATERIAL AND METHODS The study(More)
This study aimed to investigate the prognostic influence of DNA flow cytometry and RAS gene mutations in patients with poorly differentiated (PDTC) and anaplastic thyroid carcinoma (ATC). The series consisted of 26 patients with PDTC and ATC, and a median follow-up of 10 months (range 1-138). DNA ploidy and S-phase fraction (SPF) were assessed by flow(More)
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is one of the most common adult-onset motor neuron disease causing a progressive, rapid and irreversible degeneration of motor neurons in the cortex, brain stem and spinal cord. No effective treatment is available and cell therapy clinical trials are currently being tested in ALS affected patients. It is well known that(More)
OBJECTIVE Familial non-medullary thyroid cancer has been proposed as an aggressive clinical entity. Our aim in this study is to investigate potential distinguishing features as well as the biological and clinical aggressiveness of familial vs sporadic papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC). We assessed clinicopathological characteristics, outcome measures and(More)
Mortality due to cardiovascular diseases shows a seasonal trend that can be associated with cold weather. Portugal is the European country with the highest excess winter mortality, but nevertheless, the relationship between cold weather and health is yet to be assessed. The main aim of this study is to identify the contribution of cold weather to(More)