M. Rita Thissen

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This paper examines communication tools for software development and data management teams who are distributed geographically. Using a case study approach, we describe collaboration processes used by RTI International's (RTI's) application programming teams for three projects. Techniques range from simple conference calls and email through webcasts,(More)
Our objective was to obtain practical clinical parameters to indicate those actinic keratoses (AK) that are at risk of becoming invasive. A systematic review of the literature, with focus on randomized trials, retrospective studies and reviews was undertaken. The main outcome measure was the rates and clinical features of AK that transformed into SCC. This(More)
The incidence of basal cell carcinomas (BCCs) is still increasing, and there is a demand for an easy, effective and selective non-invasive treatment such as topical photodynamic therapy (PDT). Twenty-three patients with 24 nodular BCCs were treated once with delta-aminolaevulinic acid (delta-ALA) PDT (100 mW cm(-2), 120 J/cm2) 3 weeks after prior debulking(More)
BACKGROUND Photodynamic therapy (PDT) for basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is a treatment modality that is increasingly used in dermato-oncology. Currently, 2 topical photosensitizers, 5-aminolevulinate (ALA) and methyl aminolevulinate (MAL) are widely used, but their efficacy in BCC has not yet been compared in a clinical setting. OBJECTIVE To evaluate the(More)
Although the therapeutic role of ajoene, an organosulfur compound of garlic, in cardiovascular diseases and mycology has been established, its usefulness in cancer treatment has only recently been suggested. We applied ajoene topically to the tumors of 21 patients with either nodular or superficial basal cell carcinoma (BCC). A reduction in tumor size was(More)
The incidence of basal cell carcinoma is rapidly increasing and a number of treatment modalities are available. Treatment of basal cell carcinoma includes both surgical and nonsurgical approaches, some of which are traditional, and others experimental. The treatment modality utilized is dependent on both the tumor type and the patient. In order to choose(More)
AIMS The reported incidence of metastasis from squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the skin and lip varies between 0.5% and 16%. Clinical and histopathological criteria have been proposed to identify tumours that may have an increased risk of metastasis. The aim of this study was to define such high-risk tumours, especially since the incidence of SCC of the(More)
BACKGROUND Both cryosurgery, with and without prior curettage, and surgical excision (SE) are common therapeutic strategies for basal cell carcinoma (BCC). OBJECTIVE The objective was to compare the efficacy between curettage plus cryosurgery (C&C) and SE in nonaggressive BCC of the head and neck. MATERIALS AND METHODS A randomized controlled trial was(More)
BACKGROUND Although effective in superficial basal cell carcinoma (BCC), the treatment effect of photodynamic therapy (PDT) in nodular BCC (nBCC) is still questionable. The relation between tumor thickness and PDT failure is unclear. OBJECTIVE We sought to compare long-term effectiveness of fractionated 20% 5-aminolevulinic acid (ALA)-PDT with prior(More)
In Caucasians, the acrolentiginous melanoma is a rare type of melanoma and may appear on hands, feet and subungually. It has the worst prognosis of all melanomas, due to the high rate of misdiagnosis. In 30% of the patients, it presents amelanotic and may resemble for example a common wart, paronychia, ulceration or mycosis. We present 4 patients, aged 48(More)