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AIM We aimed to compare the frequencies, clinical characteristics, and prognostic factors of peripheral T-cell lymphoma (PTCL) vs. extra-nodal natural killer (NK)/T-cell lymphoma and to characterize the subtypes of extra-nodal NK/T-cell lymphoma. METHODS We reviewed 97 consecutive patients with PTCL and extra-nodal NKT lymphoma from 2000 to 2006. During(More)
PTEN Hamartoma Tumor syndrome (PHTS) encompasses a clinical spectrum of heritable disorders including Cowden syndrome (CS), Bannayan–Riley–Ruvalcaba syndrome, and Proteus and Proteus-like syndrome that are associated with germline mutations in the PTEN tumor suppressor gene. Breast cancer risk estimates (67–85 %) for women with germline PTEN mutations are(More)
PURPOSE Age-adjusted cancer incidence and age-related penetrance studies have helped guide cancer risk assessment and management. PTEN hamartoma tumor syndrome (PHTS) is a term encompassing subsets of several clinical syndromes with germline mutations in the PTEN tumor suppressor gene. We conducted the first prospective study to clarify corresponding cancer(More)
BACKGROUND To evaluate the efficacy and toxicity of single-agent docetaxel (Taxotere) as therapy in patients with disseminated nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC). PATIENTS AND METHODS Patients with histologically confirmed metastatic or recurrent NPC who have failed at least one line of palliative chemotherapy regimen but no prior docetaxel were eligible.(More)
Intestinal parasite infections are a major cause of ill health in many resource-poor countries. This study compares the types and rates of these infections and their risk factors in recently arrived and long-term immigrants in Australia. Cross-sectional surveys of 127 East African and 234 Cambodian immigrants and refugees were undertaken in 2000 and 2002,(More)
Sixty patients with the diagnosis of reflex sympathetic dystrophy of the knee were evaluated retrospectively at our institution. The average followup was 2 years. Fifty-five (92%) patients treated with outpatient sympathetic blockade had resolution of the symptoms attributed to reflex sympathetic dystrophy. The time from onset of symptoms to initiation of(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine if acupuncture is an effective, safe adjunctive treatment to standard therapy for chronic low back pain (LBP) in older patients. METHODS The inclusion criteria for subjects were: (i) LBP > or =12 weeks and (ii) age > or =60 yr; the exclusion criteria were (i) spinal tumour, infection or fracture and (ii) associated neurological(More)
CONTEXT Thyroid cancer is believed to be an important component of Cowden syndrome (CS). Germline PTEN and SDHx mutations and KLLN epimutation cause CS and CS-like phenotypes. Despite the established association, little is known about the incidence and clinical features of thyroid cancer found in CS/CS-like patients. OBJECTIVE The aim of the study was to(More)
The prevalence of and risk factors for vitamin D deficiency were examined for recent adult immigrants from East Africa living in Melbourne. Demographic data were collected via a face-to-face questionnaire and risk factors predicting deficiency were examined. Suboptimal levels <25 nmol/L were found in 61 patients (53%; 74% of women; 20% of men). Lower levels(More)
The tumor suppressor phosphatase and tensin homolog deleted on chromosome 10 (PTEN) is an important phosphatase that counteracts one of the most critical cancer pathways: the phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K)/AKT signaling pathways. Clinically, deregulation of PTEN function resulting in reduced PTEN expression and activity is implicated in human(More)