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OBJECTIVE/HYPOTHESIS Mucoepidermoid carcinoma (MEC) and adenoid cystic carcinoma (ACC), the most common malignancies of the major salivary glands, are clinically and pathologically different. To determine whether MEC and ACC have different molecular characteristics, we examined the expression of erbB-2, erbB-3, epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR), and(More)
Head and neck cancer locally recurrent after previous irradiation and surgery presents a difficult management problem. Conventional treatment alternatives include chemotherapy, reirradiation with interstitial implant, and hyperthermia. Reirradiation with external beam is generally not considered because of previous high radiation dose and limited tissue(More)
A female patient presented with hoarseness. Findings on physical examination showed whitish true vocal cords. Laryngeal biopsies were performed on two two occasions. On the first biopsy a histopathological diagnosis of Candida albicans and acanthosis was controversial because the acanthosis resembled squamous cell carcinoma. On the second biopsy, several(More)
PURPOSE Epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFr) is overexpressed in a majority of head and neck squamous cell carcinomas, and this overexpression is associated with a poor prognosis. Therefore, EGFr has become the target of investigations aimed at disabling the receptor to determine whether this process leads to improved tumor kill with conventional(More)
In vivo cancer gene therapy approaches for squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (SCCHN) based on adenoviral vector-mediated gene delivery have been limited by the suboptimal efficacy of gene transfer to tumor cells. We hypothesized that this issue was due to deficiency of the primary adenoviral receptor, the coxsackie-adenovirus receptor (CAR), on(More)
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS Define surgical outcomes of specific donor sites for free tissue transfer in head and neck reconstruction. STUDY DESIGN Retrospective cohort review at an academic tertiary care center. METHODS A review was made of free tissue transfer procedures performed at a university-based tertiary care facility from October 2004 to April 2011.(More)
OBJECTIVE Anatomic identification of parathyroid glands during surgery is challenging and time consuming. We sought to determine whether 5-aminolevulinic acid (5-ALA) could produce parathyroid gland fluorescence to improve their detection in a preclinical model. METHODS Thirty-two rats were administered 0 to 700 mg/kg of 5-ALA by intraperitoneal injection(More)
BACKGROUND The management of micrometastatic disease from squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the oral tongue remains controversial. This study describes prognostic factors in the disease and reviews the role of elective neck dissection (END). METHODS A retrospective analysis of all patients undergoing definitive surgical treatment of T1 and T2 SCC of the(More)
Until recently, tumor progression has been considered a multistep process defined by tumor cell mutations and the importance of the surrounding stroma poorly understood. It is now recognized that matrix-degrading enzymes that promote tumor cell invasion are elaborated by both tumor cells and fibroblasts in vivo. To determine the relative role of tumor(More)
PURPOSE The addition of platinum-based chemotherapy (ChRT) or cetuximab (ExRT) to concurrent radiotherapy (RT) has resulted in improved survival in Phase III studies for locoregionally advanced head and neck cancer (LAHNC). However the optimal treatment regimen has not been defined. A retrospective study was performed to compare outcomes in patients who(More)