Helen Gharwan

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Molecularly targeted cancer therapies, such as small-molecule kinase inhibitors and monoclonal antibodies, constitute a rapidly growing and an important part of the oncology armamentarium. Unlike conventional (cytotoxic) chemotherapeutics, targeted therapies were designed to disrupt cancer cell pathogenesis at specific biological points essential for the(More)
Epithelial ovarian cancer comprises ∼85% of all ovarian cancer cases. Despite acceptance regarding the influence of reproductive hormones on ovarian cancer risk and considerable advances in the understanding of epithelial ovarian carcinogenesis on a molecular level, complete understanding of the biologic processes underlying malignant transformation of(More)
With the objective of discovering novel tumor-associated antigens of the cancer/testis type, we compared the transcriptional profiles of renal cell carcinoma (RCC) and non-tumorous kidney and further screened for genes expressed in RCC and testis, but not other normal tissues. In a first step, a representational difference analysis library consisting of(More)
OBJECTIVE Myeloablative conditioning regimens given prior to hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) frequently cause permanent sterility in men. In patients with sickle cell disease (SCD) we use a nonmyeloablative regimen with sirolimus, alemtuzumab, and low-dose total-body irradiation (300 centigrays) with gonadal shielding preceding allogeneic(More)
Thymic epithelial tumors (TETs) are comprised of a spectrum of histologically distinct tumors that also exhibit differences at the molecular level (1). Surgery is the mainstay of treatment but locally advanced and metastatic TETs can be inoperable and are associated with worse survival (2). Although multi-agent chemotherapy is associated with objective(More)
We assessed fertility/gonadal function in premenopausal women treated with dose-adjusted EPOCH-Rituximab for untreated primary mediastinal B-cell lymphoma (PMBL). Eligible patents were ≤ 50 years and premenopausal. Serial reproductive histories were obtained and hormonal assays were performed on serum samples before, at the end of treatment and 4-18 months(More)
The most frequently described glomerulopathy in patients with thymoma is minimal change disease (MCD). The present study reports the case of a 63-year-old female with recurrent thymoma and poorly-controlled paraneoplastic MCD, who was enrolled on a phase I/II clinical trial (no. NCT01100944) and treated with the histone deacetylase inhibitor, belinostat, in(More)
We report the case of a 79-year-old Caucasian man, who developed numerous pruritic seborrheic keratoses on his chest and back within one year. An underlying malignant disease was suspected. Upper and lower endoscopies were performed and the patient was diagnosed with adenocarcinoma of the ascending colon. We discuss the clinical significance of his(More)