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PURPOSE To investigate the complementary/alternative medicine (CAM) applications and factors affecting its use among cancer patients in the western region of Turkey. PATIENTS AND METHODS Face-to-face interview technique was used. Patients were asked to answer a questionnaire about their socio-demographic features, their level of knowledge about the(More)
The aims of the present study were to investigate the distribution of the insertion/deletion (I/D) polymorphism of the angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) gene in breast cancer patients and the association between ACE genotypes and clinicopathologic features, as well as their effects on prognosis. We assessed the I/D polymophism of the ACE gene by using(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS The association between systemic inflammatory response and tumor biology has been well documented over the last decade. The aim of this study is to investigate the prognostic role of neutrophilto- lymphocyte ratio (NLR) in gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs). METHODOLOGY A prospectively recorded database of 67 patients who underwent(More)
Deterioration of anorectal function after long-course preoperative chemoradiotherapy combined with surgery for rectal cancer is poorly defined. We conducted a prospective study to evaluate the acute and long term effects of preoperative chemoradiotherapy on anorectal function and quality of life of the patients. There were 26 patients in surgery group and(More)
OBJECTIVES The pathogenetic mechanisms that regulate the aggressive behavior of pancreatic cancer still remain to be clarified. Alterations in the apoptotic pathway and proliferative activity of tumor cells as well as mechanisms contributing to the intrinsic drug resistance of pancreatic tumors have been investigated. Survivin is a recently described(More)
The hyperimmunoglobulin E (HIE) (Job's) syndrome often has it onset in childhood and is characterized by markedly elevated serum IgE levels, chronic dermatitis and recurrent pyogenic infections. Lymphoid malignancies have most commonly been associated with this syndrome while the first case in the literature of carcinoma associated with HIE syndrome was a(More)
PURPOSE The ability to predict response to chemoradiotherapy before the treatment may allow protecting poorly responding patients from the side effects of neoadjuvant treatment. Several molecular markers have been proposed to radio and chemosensitivity of rectal cancer. In this study, from pre-irradiation tumor biopsies, a novel and promising candidate(More)
PURPOSE Burnout is associated with decreased job performance and commitment, predicts stress-related health problems, and low career satisfaction. The specific objectives in our study were to assess the levels of burnout and to investigate the interrelationships between demographic characteristics and burnout health-care professionals working with cancer(More)
Breast and cervical cancer are the most common causes of cancer mortality among women worldwide, but actually they are largely preventable diseases. There is limited data on breast and cervical cancer knowledge, screening practices and attitudes of nurses in Turkey. A self-administered questionnaire was used to investigate the knowledge and attitude of(More)
BACKGROUND To investigate epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) gene mutations in patients with non- small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and to analyze any relationship with clinicopathological features and prognosis. MATERIALS AND METHODS EGFR gene exons 18-21 in 48 specimens of paraffin-embedded tumor tissue from NSCLC patients were amplified by PCR,(More)